Carter County Living: Why Carter County

Published 11:09 am Wednesday, July 13, 2022

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My name is Eric Carter. I have been born and raised in Carter County. I graduated from Elizabethton High School in 2014, where I played football and baseball. I then went to the University of Tennessee for undergrad and for pharmacy school. I’m an outdoors lover, so I’ve always loved Carter County for the mountains, rivers, and the lake.
1) What made you choose Carter County and Elizabethton for your services and business?
Carter County has always been my home. My 6th and 7th great-grandfathers (Landon and John Carter) are the Carters who built the Carter Mansion, and helped to settle our county. I think this gives me a sense of pride in our community and a desire to help it continue to grow into the future.
2) What is your purpose as a business? What do you do?
I had the opportunity to purchase Lingerfelt Drug Center in Downtown Elizabethton after graduating from pharmacy school. We are a hometown pharmacy that helps to serve customers in our area. Our goal is to help provide the best personal, friendly, and affordable care to our customers that we can. Our motto is “Where we know you by name”, and that is the level of personal care we want to give. Along with filling prescriptions, we also give vaccinations, do medicine planner packaging, free local delivery, and easily accessible counselling.
3) How long have you been in business?
Lingerfelt Drug Center has been in business since 1964; over 50 years! Lingerfelt’s has been a staple in Downtown for offering fast and friendly service, and we hope to continue doing so for another 50 years.
4) How long have you, personally, been working in the industry?
I have worked at Lingerfelt’s since I was in high school, learning all the details of the pharmacy world. In June of 2021, I had the opportunity to purchase the pharmacy, and have been working here since, providing the care our customers deserve.
5) Are you a part of a franchise or are you independent?
Lingerfelt Drug Center is a locally owned independent pharmacy. At big chains you never get the customer service or attention you feel like you deserve, but that is different at an independent pharmacy. Here, we know all of our customers on a personal level. We are able to give our customers the care and attention they deserve. At Lingerfelt’s, you’re not just another number, you’re a friend, and we will serve you the best that we can.
6) What impact do you think your services/business will have on the Carter County community?
With the level of care that we can give you at Lingerfelt’s we try to make a positive impact on the lives of each of our customers. Whether that be filling your medicines, delivering medication to your home, helping find ways to make medicine more affordable, filling pill planners, giving advice, or just being here to listen, we want all of our customers to know we care, and will help serve them in any way we can.

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