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Tolson: Marketing the key to Global TransPark’s success – Rocky Mount Telegram

A local economic developer has been tapped to serve on the oversight authority of an industrial park adjacent to one of the larger commercial airports in the Southeastern United States.

Gov. Roy Cooper has appointed Norris Tolson, CEO of Carolinas Gateway Partnership, to the Global TransPark Authority, which oversees a 2,500 acre, multi-modal industrial airport in Kinston, about an hour’s drive from Rocky Mount. The airport runway is 11,500 feet, one of the longer commercial runways in the nation.

“The reason I accepted is because I see a lot of synergy between what the Global TransPark is trying to do and what we’re trying to do in the whole area of logistics,” Tolson said. (Rocky Mount Telegram)

City Council considers gentrification concerns – Rocky Mount Telegram

The Rocky Mount City Council voted Monday night to guard against gentrification in impoverished neighborhoods during an unprecedented time of economic growth in the area.

The council is stepping up plans to prevent poor residents from being pushed our of their long-time neighborhoods due to revitalization efforts. The unanimous decision makes anti-gentrification a top priority in the first year of implementing plans based on a new fair housing assessment.

The council took the action after a required public hearing as part of an Assessment of Fair Housing that is due to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development by Dec. 31. HUD is requiring the assessment from the city and the Down East HOME Consortium, of which the city serves as the lead entity.

City Councilman Reuben Blackwell made a successful motion to move gentrification talks to year one, diversify avenues of notification and establish a workforce housing committee. (Rocky Mount Telegram)

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Video/Photos – Rocky Mount City Council Committee Of The Whole Meeting Monday December 11, 2017 6 PM

Photos/Video: Willie Williams Appointed Rocky Mount Police Chief During December 2017 Rocky Mount City Council Regular Monthly Meeting

Letter to editor: Thank You Lindell John Kay & Amelia Harper For The Article, “Studies give conflicting views of city”

You say, “Rocky Mount is either one of the safest cities in North Carolina or one of the worst places to raise a child in the United States, depending on which recent study is to be believed.”

What tickles me is those folk who are consistently trying to discredit the Rocky Mount City Council and Mayor I am going to see if they are going to talk about the school system’s role in the report, “Metro area schools may also be underfunded. The Nash-Rocky Mount school district spends only about $8,400 per pupil annually, about $2,300 less than is typical one nationwide. The report based its ranking on preschool enrollment figures of 33.4 percent, the graduation rate of 82 percent, the population with access to areas for activity at 53 percent and the 2015 violent crime rate of 423 per 100,000, which was considerably above the average national rate of 373 violent crimes per 100,000, according to the report.” Now this is something that can be easily found out by challenging the school system by seeking answers when it comes to school issues.

I don’t want to get into the crime reporting because you said it best, “Studies of this type from third-party business websites pop up from time to time with differing methodologies and varied results based on cherry-picked statistics.” I feel a forum could help with helping to better understand what is real and what is perceived by the statistics and the people who have ties to Rocky Mount.

I would love to see more discussion in a forum on the following, “A Telegram investigation this summer revealed crimes in the city have been underreported to state and federal authorities during Moore’s watch.” I would love to see the investigation discussed and to see what was reported and the total number of cases to see how much of an impact on the city. I think that something need to be done to bring some closure to the issue so that the new chief will be able to come in and be effective without having to have this investigation findings to keep coming up but not forgotten.

I find the following to be very, very interesting, “City officials are searching for a new police chief. When asked whether the new chief’s priority will be crime prevention or lowering crime statistics, those officials would only say that the new chief will work to make Rocky Mount a safer community.” What kind of question is that? The new chief should come in with one thing in mind and that is to follow the mission for serving as chief of Rocky Mount which is:

We, the members of the Rocky Mount Police Department, are committed to providing the highest level of police service. We will improve the quality of life in the community by building partnerships that reduce crime, maintain order, and create a safe environment while upholding the laws of North Carolina and the United States Constitution. We adhere to the principles of integrity, professionalism, respect, and fairness. See what the Rocky Mount Webpage say about integrity, professionalism, respect, and fairness at http://www.rockymountnc.gov/departments___services/police.

I have heard several folk say that the outgoing Chief James Moore is a smart man and is unique in his own way. I agree after attending a meeting a couple of years ago whereby I took off work to attend about law enforcement and the community that was held at the BTW Center. I found out then he was unique in some of his comments especially after he responded to my comments on that day. I felt he had an issue with my comments as he addressed me in some kinda way. I videoed the meeting but can’t remember the details at the moment.

I have heard several folk say that the outgoing Chief didn’t work close enough with other local law enforcement agencies. I have heard some officers from the different agencies including Rocky Mount itself that said Chief Moore was unique. These officers felt that Chief Moore should have done more collective policing and the times when they did that many times he was not out with them unlike the other agencies top man.

Chief Moore has retired so it is time to move on and focus on hiring a new chief. The new chief need to be held accountable for his actions as well. However what folk need to understand is that the new chief along with police officers need to keep the mission of the Rocky Mount Police Department in mind at all times. Folk need to understand that the new chief cannot stop crime if they are not in present during a crime. Folk need to understand that it is the role of the chief to enforce the law after a law has been committed and would hope that the crime will be reported as it and not sugar coated to make the statistics look good.

In my opinion there should be more talk about the funding of the school system and the crime situation in Rocky Mount in some type of forum and to me this is where the Rocky Mount Human Relations Commission should be the lead however they could ask for partners from other entities.

Now as the search for the new chief go on, let us welcome the interim chief Willie Williams to lead the Rocky Mount Police Department until someone is hired. Former Chief Willie Williams bring a wealth of knowledge and professionalism to the table. The last time I was in his presence while he was working he was at NC Central head of their security on the campus when my daughter was in college. I know Chief Williams will do a fa bu lous ta stic job until the new chief is hired.

Curmilus Dancy II
Pinetops, NC

Photos/Video: Willie Williams Appointed Rocky Mount Police Chief During December 2017 Rocky Mount City Council Regular Monthly Meeting

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Part 1 –  Rocky Mount City Council December 2017 Regular Monthly Meeting Chief Willie Williams Sworn In As Interim Police Chief Along With Council Members Being Sworn In Monday December 11, 2017 7 PM

Part 2 –  Rocky Mount City Council December 2017 Regular Monthly Meeting Chief Willie Williams Sworn In As Interim Police Chief Along With Council Members Being Sworn In Monday December 11, 2017 7 PM

Part 3 –  Rocky Mount City Council December 2017 Regular Monthly Meeting Chief Willie Williams Sworn In As Interim Police Chief Along With Council Members Being Sworn In Monday December 11, 2017 7 PM

Part 4 –  Rocky Mount City Council December 2017 Regular Monthly Meeting Chief Willie Williams Sworn In As Interim Police Chief Along With Council Members Being Sworn In Monday December 11, 2017 7 PM

Part 5 –  Rocky Mount City Council December 2017 Regular Monthly Meeting Chief Willie Williams Sworn In As Interim Police Chief Along With Council Members Being Sworn In Monday December 11, 2017 7 PM

Part 6 –  Rocky Mount City Council December 2017 Regular Monthly Meeting Chief Willie Williams Sworn In As Interim Police Chief Along With Council Members Being Sworn In Monday December 11, 2017 7 PM

Part 7 –  Rocky Mount City Council December 2017 Regular Monthly Meeting Chief Willie Williams Sworn In As Interim Police Chief Along With Council Members Being Sworn In Monday December 11, 2017 7 PM

Condolences Goes Out To The Family Of Anthony Clark Formally Of Northampton County

Wow! Just received a message that my friend Anthony Clark had expired. I served as Vice Chair to Anthony in the North Carolina Rural Education Working Group for a couple of years.

I met Anthony Clark through Anthony Young when Senator Barack Obama announced his campaign run for President of these United States. Anthony was responsible for me, Andre Knight and Reuben Blackwell as he provided us with tickets to the campus of NC Central University when Obama came to NC to announce his intentions to become President. This was the 1st of around events that I videoed Barack Obama during his announcement and then after he filed to run. I will never forget that day at NC Central as we met Anthony to get into the event seems like yesterday.

Anthony was a smart man and loved people. He was a very busy man until his health began to fail him but even after his medical condition he tried to come back.

Anthony traveled with me to numerous meetings across the state whereby he shared much wisdom and knowledge with me.

See links below for some events that he and I was a part of:

NCREWG Addresses Warren County High Alumni Association

Schools to Prison Pipeline 

Viewing & Celebration of Life

The Clark family would like for you to join us in celebrating the life and memory of Anthony Clark on Saturday, December 16th, at 1pm at Willow Oak A.M.E Church, in Rich Square, NC.

Burial will follow at Willow Oak A.M.E. Church cemetery.

Repast will be held at Willow Oak AME Church following the burial.

The viewing will be Friday, December 15th, from 1- 6pm at Wilders Funeral Home at 921 S. Main Street in Rich Square, NC.

The family will take visitors at my grandmother’s home place in Rich Square NC.

Video/Photos – Rocky Mount City Council Committee Of The Whole Meeting Monday December 11, 2017 6 PM

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Part 1 – Rocky Mount City Council Committee of The Whole Meeting Presentation of Downtown Facility Center Director and General Manager Monday December 11, 2017 6 PM

Part 2 – Rocky Mount City Council Committee of The Whole Meeting Presentation of Downtown Facility Center Director and General Manager Monday December 11, 2017 6 PM

Part 3 – Rocky Mount City Council Committee of The Whole Meeting Presentation of Downtown Facility Center Director and General Manager Monday December 11, 2017 6 PM