R.L. Miller to seek input of people

By Julie Fann
star staff

R.L. Miller, a Roan Mountain native and Cloudland High School graduate who is running for county commissioner for the 2nd District, said his first term on the commission taught him the value of his constituents. "I am running for re-election because I have been able to represent the people of this county, especially my district," he said.
   Miller mentioned the work he did to get the new elementary school at Cloudland after the flood of 1998, as well as the help he gave to solve countywide problems by serving on the planning commission and the highway department.
   Approximately 90 percent of the people in Miller's district didn't support a countywide zoning plan, and Miller said that he would continue to seek their opinion on the issue. "I've been elected to represent the people of the 2nd District, and I will vote their wishes," he said.
   Miller said he supports the idea of a financial director who works with the county executive because all departments will then be headed under one central budget. "All departments will come together under the finance director and represent the county as a whole. It consolidates numbers better and makes things more easily understood," he said.
   Miller believes the only way Carter County is going to get more industry is by seeking outside help. "We need to do a background check on these companies and see that they are stable before we sell our industrial property to them."
   Miller also said the county needs to purchase more industrial land and consult Greene and Unicoi counties concerning their industrial recruiting strategies.
   Miller said he enjoys representing the people of his district. "That includes Tiger Valley, which seems to get left out," he said.