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Carter County Health Department prepares to launch flu vaccine program

With the holiday spirit in full swing, illnesses are preparing to enjoy the parties, too. Health officials are hoping to curb the risk of disease before it can even begin.

Tennessee’s Department of Health has dedicated the entirety of next week towards making this year’s flu vaccine as accessible as possible, launching a campaign called FightFluTN and advertising free flu shots during the entire week of December 3 to December 7.

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Unaka High School wins top awards at Top Wrench competition

ELIZABETHTON STAR – A small school with a new team, the students at Unaka High School said they were just excited to be there. When they won first and third place in several categories, however, beating out hundreds of other schools, they said they knew they were going places.

Scotty Johnson, teacher at Unaka High School, runs both the Collision Repair class and its associated after-school club.

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Early Voting sees record turnout in Carter County

When the early voting polls closed in Carter County on Thursday afternoon a record number of residents had cast their ballots.

At the end of the day on Thursday, a total of 9,722 Carter Countians had voted in the mid-term elections. This is more than twice as many as took part in early voting during the 2014 mid-terms, which 4,196 residents voted early.

In addition to the high turnout at the early voting polls, Carter County Administrator of Elections Tracy Harris said new voter registrations saw an increase ahead of this election. According to Harris, she and her staff received 1,600 new voter registrations ahead of the deadline to participate in this election.

Carter County currently has 34,028 registered voters in the county. So, with 9,722 residents casting their ballots early, voter turnout in the county is already at 28.5 percent with Election Day yet to come.

Harris credits the rise in early voting and voter registration numbers to high interest in the state and federal races appearing on the ballot.

Polls will be open on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6, from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. Those already in line at 8 p.m. will be allowed to vote. The results from early voting will not be calculated until after the polls close on Election Day.

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Carter County Election Commission to provide live election results on website

For the first time ever, the Carter County Election Commission will be providing live results updates through its website as the precincts begin reporting in on November 6.

“This is something we have wanted to do for a long time,” said Carter County Administrator of Elections Tracy Harris. “We are pleased we are now able to offer this service to our citizens this year.”

Those who are interested in following the results in Carter County can visit the Election Commission’s website at and click on the link for “Live Election Results.” Election officials will be entering results as the precinct totals are available and the web page will update automatically every few minutes.

Each of the major races will be tracked and website visitors can click through the different tabs on the results page to track the races they are interested in.

Interest in the Nov. 6 mid-term elections has been high, according to Harris, with Carter County seeing a record number of residents participating in early voting. When the early voting polls closed on Nov. 1, a total of 9,722 Carter Countians had cast their ballots. That number is more than double the early voting turnout for the mid-term elections in 2014 when 4,196 Carter Countians cast their ballots early.

When the Early Voting polls closed on Thursday, election officials secured the vote tally cards from the machines in lockbox. After the polls close on Election Day, those tally cards will be processed so the votes cast during early voting can be tallied.

Residents of Carter County will cast their votes for a number of local, state, and federal races. At the state level, voters will be casting ballots for representatives to the Tennessee General Assembly as well as the Tennessee Governor. On the federal side, voters will be choosing a new U.S. Senator as well as casting ballots for their member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Residents who live in the cities of Elizabethton and Watauga will be voting in a variety of municipal races.

Residents of Carter County’s 4th District – which includes the Courthouse, East Side, National Guard Armory, and Siam Precincts – will be voting to fill an unexpired term on the Carter County Board of Education.

Election Day will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 6. Polls will be open that day from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. Voters are reminded they need to bring their state or federal government issued photo identification in order to participate in voting.

Voters seeking additional information on the election, or needing to find out where they vote, can contact the Carter County Election Commission at 423-542-1822 or go online to

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TCAT Elizabethton forms training partnership with Kubota

JOHNSON CITY PRESS – ELIZABETHTON — Kubota, the global company that manufactures construction and agricultural equipment, is the latest corporation to enter into a training partnership with the Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Elizabethton. The partnerships are designed to provide technical training to current and future employees of Kubota dealers.

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Little Milligan celebrates Halloween with annual event

ELIZABETHTON STAR – For decades now, the Little Milligan community has come together for some scary festive fun.

And this year was no different as people converged on the Little Milligan Elementary gym to celebrate the Halloween season Monday.

“We have done this since probably the 1960s, and it is just a tradition that has continued every year,” said Little Milligan teacher Christy Dickerson.

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Cloudland Elementary School to host career fair for parents of school children

ELIZABETHTON STAR – When parents go through hard times, their children do, as well, and when financial situations make school even more difficult, many students find it difficult to keep up. One counselor hopes to break that pattern.

Cloudland Elementary School Counselor Brandon Young said the idea for a special job fair came to him after researching why so many students at Cloudland Elementary School were “chronically tardy.”

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County asks state to amend Post-Mortem Examination Act

ELIZABETHTON STAR – Reacting to a growth in autopsies performed by ETSU’s William L. Jenkins Forensic Center for Carter County, the county commission voted to ask the Tennessee General Assembly to make a key change to state law.

During this month’s meeting, the commission approved unanimously, 23-0, a resolution to request that State Representatives for Carter County present legislation that would amend the Post-Mortem Examination Act so that only district attorneys, with the consultation of local law enforcement, can call for autopsies.

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Carter County dedicates Roan Mountain bridge after Jim and Edna Potter

ELIZABETHTON STAR – After a lifetime of service to their community through education, the late Jim and Edna Potter will now have a bridge named in their honor this weekend.

On Sunday, October 28, Carter County will come together and dedicate the bridge spanning Doe River in Roan Mountain in honor of Jim and Edna Potter, lifetime teachers in Carter County. Mr. Potter died in 2002, and Mrs. Potter died in 2015.

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