Miller seeks re-election in 2nd District

From Staff Reports

   R.L. Miller has announced his candidacy for re-election in the 2nd District for county commissioner.
   Miller has operated businesses in Carter County for the past 30 years. As commissioner, he is currently serving on the highway committee, planning commission, and subcommittee for the development of the Roan Mountain Park. Miller also has attended schools for the operation of county government in Nashville, Memphis, Chattanooga, Gatlinburg and Johnson City.
   "I have enjoyed working for the people and tried to represent each one fairly and have been able to follow through with each situation that came before me. Not all things turned out the way we wanted, but we tried," he said.
   Miller would like to see the county's fire departments receive more funding "since they are a volunteer organization and receive no pay. They need better and safer equipment to continue meeting our needs," he said.
   Miller also believes the job situation in the county needs improvement. He says the county commission can only approve or disapprove of any industry brought before it by the Industrial Committee.
   "I have voted for all industry that has been brought before the commission; however, I personally believe that we are going to have to change the way we recruit industry before we can get stable jobs for our county," he said.
   "With the help of the commissioners and county leaders, we have been able to fulfill a lot of our goals. We were able to get better roads, bridges, a substation in Roan Mountain for the sheriff's department, a new ambulance for the rescue squad, new additions for the schools, and most of all, a new elementary school in Roan Mountain.
   "We are currently working toward the development of the flood property in Roan Mountain purchased by the county to create a community park," he said.
   A native of Roan Mountain, Miller is a 1963 graduate of Cloudland High School and is married to the former Cherylene McKinney. They have two children, Debbie and Byron.
   "I have four grandsons attending Cloudland schools: three at the elementary and one in junior high, so I have a large interest in Carter County education, jobs, roads, police protection, and the welfare of all people," Miller said.
   "If re-elected, I will continue to do my best to represent the people of the 2nd District. I appreciate your continued support."
   Miller welcomes all calls and questions. To contact him, call 772-4206.