Carter County, TN

Johnson City Press

Half of the next Carter County Commission will be new members

ELIZABETHTON — There has been a revolution in Carter County government. There wasn’t any violence, or even a political disagreement, but the fact is that half of the Carter County Commission is going to be replaced next month. All 24 seats on the commission were up for election during the current election cycle and only 12 of the commissioners will be going on to another term.
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Carter County’s next sheriff will be Mike Fraley

ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. (WJHL) — Carter County voters have elected Republican Mike Fraley as sheriff.  The retired sheriff’s office lieutenant defeated Rocky Croy in the August general election. He will replace two-term incumbent Sheriff Dexter Lunceford, who lost to Fraley in the Republican primary. Fraley retired from the sheriff’s office in January 2020 after more than […]
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Kingsport Times-News

Woodby, Fraley win mayor and sheriff's races in Carter County

ELIZABETHTON — Patty Woodby won the Carter County mayor’s race and Mike Fraley was elected as the new sheriff in strong performances in the Carter County General Election on Thursday. The other countywide offices were unopposed, but Highway Superintendent Roger Colbaugh beat back a write-in challenge from Rick Guinn.

Woodby re-elected; Fraley takes sheriff seat in Carter County election

Carter County Mayor Patty Woodby handily won re-election on Thursday, capturing 62 percent of the vote in a three-way race for the seat. Woodby garnered 4,136 and defeated independent challengers Devon Buck and Leon Humphrey Jr., who received 941 votes and 1,585 votes respectively. In the race for sheriff, Mike...

Patty Woodby elected mayor of Carter County

ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. (WJHL) — Patty Woodby will continue to serve as Carter County’s mayor. Voters chose Woodby over two independent candidates, awarding her 62% of the vote compared to 23% for Leon Humphrey and 14% for Devon Buck. The county commission appointed Woodby to serve the remainder of Mayor Rusty Barnett’s term in November 2020 […]

THP: Motorcyclist killed after Carter County crash

Editor’s Note: The Tennessee Highway Patrol provided News Channel 11 with an updated crash report that corrected previously supplied information. This story has been updated to reflect that. CARTER COUNTY, Tenn. (WJHL) – One person is dead and another injured after a crash involving a motorcycle in Carter County Tuesday. According to a crash report […]

Grandy, Venable, Woodby among incumbent election winners

Incumbents mayors Patty Woodby of Carter County, Richard Venable of Sullivan County, and Garland Evely of Unicoi County have claimed victories in Thursday’s elections–all winning by securing 60 percent of the vote or higher. The closest race of the night occurred in Washington County with incumbent Mayor Joe...

Woodby ‘humbled and excited’ to serve as mayor

That’s how Patty Woody described her emotions on Friday after being elected the first female mayor of Carter County. “This is an exciting and trail-blazing moment,” said Woodby, who had been appointed to fill the unexpired term of the previous mayor. She won the election on Thursday, capturing 62 percent of the vote against two independent challengers.

Remembering the Legend: John Hyatt

John Hyatt, a Hampton High product, was a three-sport athlete and trained by one of the best, Buck VanHuss. He held the school record for over 30 years running the mile in 4 minutes and 21-seconds. He was also the conference champ and undefeated in cross country. Hyatt later exhibited...

E-T Constables Association schedules training for constables in early September

The elected office of constable is the oldest law enforcement position in the United States, according to the Tennessee Constables Association. The president of the East Tennessee Constables Association Robert Kent Harris estimates more than 50 constables serve in the Tri-Cities area alone — 16 of them serve in Carter County, two each from the eight districts.

Helping Teachers Teach grant

Jennifer Rickert, Instructional Coach at Harold McCormick Elementary, is the latest Northeast Community Credit Union Helping Teacher’s Teach grant winner. Rickert is using the grant to help purchase books to supplement the school’s Science of Reading program. The program helps students build reading skills through phonics and spelling patterns while also sharing knowledge of the world around them. “Our youngest learners have been so negatively impacted during their formative years, especially with COVID,” Rickert said. “Many of our students do not have rich exposure to texts to build understanding of our world. They need to encounter rich stories through read alouds.” Rickert and First District Congresswoman Dianna Harshbarger are pictured observing her class last school year. Northeast Community Credit Union awards $300 every month to a classroom to be utilized for classroom needs, classroom activities, and academic enrichment. Helping Teachers Teach is open to teachers within Carter, Johnson, Unicoi, Sullivan and Washington counties who are members of Northeast Community Credit Union. Area teachers may become members online or at any NCCU location and can download the grant application on the credit union’s website:

#44. Carter County, TN

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 298 (168 new cases, +10% change from previous week) - Cumulative cases per 100k: 31,165 (17,574 total cases) --- 3.6% less cases per 100k residents than Tennessee - Cumulative deaths per 100k: 606 (342 total deaths) --- 53.0% more deaths per 100k residents than Tennessee - Population that is fully vaccinated: 40.9% (23,082 fully vaccinated)

Patty Woodby wins Carter County mayoral race

CARTER COUNTY, Tenn. (WCYB) — Carter County Mayor Patty Woodby won the mayoral race against Leon Humphrey, Jr. and Devon Buck. This will be Woodby's first full term as mayor. She was appointed in 2020 after former mayor Rusty Barnett died in office. Election results throughout Northeast Tennessee have...

Mike Fraley picked to be next Carter County sheriff

CARTER COUNTY, Tenn. (WCYB) — Mike Fraley defeated Rocky Croy and will be the next Carter County sheriff. Fraley garnered about two-thirds of the vote. Election results throughout Northeast Tennessee have been tallied. Click here to view them.

THP: Motorcyclist killed in Carter County crash, charges pending

CARTER COUNTY, Tenn. (WCYB) — A motorcyclist was killed in a Carter County crash which occurred on Tuesday, according to Tennessee Highway Patrol. Police said the driver of a Subaru was stopped at a stop sign on First Avenue and then tried to cross Highway 19E. A Honda motorcycle driven by Gregory Maney, of Butler, then struck the Subaru.

Happy Valley’s Jarrett Previews 2022 With WXSM

Tuesday was Happy Valley’s turn as part of WXSM’s 24 Teams in 24 Days. Warrior Head Coach Jason Jarrett joined WXSM’s Morning Monster with Bobby Rader and Bud to preview the season. The full interview is below. Jarrett discussed how fall camp is going so far and...