For the past several years, one of the sites for the AARP Foundation's free tax assistance program has been the Fair Park Senior Center. They graciously allowed the set-up of tables, computers and personnel each tax season. As both the number of programs offered by the Fair Park Senior Center and the number of Cumberland County residents utilizing the tax preparation service increased, space and time became harder to coordinate.

The opening of the new Art Circle Public Library with its high speed Internet and the technological changes using encrypted Internet servers to access tax preparation programs and laptop computers made it possible to relocate the Crossville Tax-Aide Service Center. Thank you to the Library Board for approving the use of the Cumberland Room every Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., starting February 3, 2011, through April 15, 2011. This community service will be made easily accessible to the pubic in the coming tax season by the cooperation of First National Bank of Tennessee. The bank will adapt their computerized scheduling program so taxpayers can call bank offices to make appointments for the tax assistance service at the library.

When you visit the Art Circle Library, the offices of First National Bank of Tennessee or Fair Park Senior Center, please make sure to tell them how very much you appreciate their community involvement, past, present and future.

You too can be part of the program. Over the years, thousands of seniors and local residents with low to moderate incomes have received free assistance from AARP Tax-Aide. Every year the group needs new people to participate. Tax preparation training classes are given in Cookeville and Crossville in January to certify their volunteers. For those people who do not want to test for certification, there are other ways to be involved. If you are interested in joining the team, contact Bob Garwood at 484-5738. For more information about the AARP Foundation, log on to www.aarp.org/foundation.