County Board of Health

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The primary agencies for local health services are the county board of health and the county health department.  Each county is authorized to establish a board of health that is charged with the following duties: governing the policies of the health department, enforcing state health regulations, adopting rules to promote the general health of the county, and preparing an annual budget.  The board must consist of the following members:

  1. The county mayor;
  2. The county director of schools or his or her designee;
  3. Two physicians nominated by the county medical society;
  4.  One dentist nominated by the county dental society;
  5. One pharmacist nominated by the county pharmaceutical society;
  6. One registered nurse nominated by the county nurses' association;
  7. The county health director (ex officio member);
  8. The county health officer (ex officio member); and
  9. A veterinarian and a citizen representative (optional members).

T.C.A. § 68-2-601.

Violation of health board regulations is a Class C misdemeanor, punishable by a fine not to exceed $50 and by imprisonment for up to 30 days, or both.  If the county fails to establish an active board of health, the commissioner of health and environment may establish a health advisory committee.  T.C.A. § 68-2-601.