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Written on Dear Readers: Blount Today to close:

Nice Job. Sincerely, Thank you from all of your online readers.

Written on Tim Helton kicks off campaign for Property Assessor:

I worked in the Property Assessor's Office a number of years under Mr. Morton. During his failed campaign for Mayor against Mr. Cunningham, Mr. Morton turned his office and duties over to an incompetent assistant who still runs the office today (an Appointed Assessor of sorts) without taking a leave of absence and missing any salary due. It is sad for the people of Blount County to have an Assessor that runs his office from his desk and still largely "in absentia", deferring most of his duties to others who are not fair to the taxpayers or their own staff, harbor personal vendettas, carry out their own agendas, and create questionable assessments disqualifying true sales to keep values overrated. Recordkeeping is a true mess as well. It is certainly beyond time for a change, to restore the Property Assessor's office to the way it should be ran and restore good government practices, fair assessments, and open transparency. If you care about good government, it is past time for a change in this office. Please vote for someone else - your choice. After working with him, I highly respect and recommend Tim, and he is the one I will support and give my vote.

Written on Slow real estate market forces lay-offs in Property Assessor’s office:

I worked in the Assessor's office for several years. This was no Layoff. The Assessor fired his most educated and experienced staff. But then, he and his two assistants prefer uneducated employees who are "encouraged" not to ask questions or make waves. Anytime an issue arises, your "boy" is known to say, lets keep this issue "under the radar" so the commissioners don't hear of it. I left because I became tired of the rights and ethics violations, treating employees and taxpayers terrible, questionable fiscal irresponsibility, and the continuous affair. Its so sad as I try to put this behind me, when another freshly fired or retired employee calls up and says, guess what is happening there now... Please, if you are a citizen that cares about your Local Government, hire someone else. Elect someone besides Morton this spring.

Written on New animal welfare group forms in Blount:

Before making donations to ANY group, please check their status as a for-profit or non-profit organization. Only a word of warning to the wise. Also, if all is well, consider a direct donation instead of through a fundraiser. The group can therefore get 100% of your benefit as opposed to 50%. Stop and (don't) smell the flowers.

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