DETROIT – Time and time again, General Motors Corp.’s board of directors reaffirmed its support for Chairman and CEO Rick Wagoner, even as the company piled up billions of dollars in losses and begged for government loans to stay alive. (News & Observer)
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From Daren Bakst, a Raleigh lawyer and analyst for the John Locke Foundation:
There are 4.1 million North Carolinians, nearly half the state, who live in unincorporated areas but face the long-term threat of forced annexation. (Carolina Journal)
This is just damn crazy. The article says it all. C. Dancy II -DCN Publisher
RALEIGH — Washington lawyers assisting Attorney General Roy Cooper in his suit against the Tennessee Valley Authority used North Carolina gas-tax revenue to purchase alcohol, candy, airline flight upgrades, and valet parking, an investigation by Carolina Journal reveals. (Carolina Journal)
It never seems to amaze me how some folks feel that Rocky Mount Councilman and President of the Rocky Mount Branch Rev. Andre Knight and the other council members should stop what he/they is/are doing and work on your issues without doing their homework. If it is strictly a city council related item, I say that is their duty however if not then it is a personal thing.
Where in the hell are you folks when Knight and the other council members are being attacked by folks when you know the attackers are misleading folks? It is a damn shame that you folks seek these folks out to stand with you when you have not stood with them.
Well some of you folks would say that it is Knight and the others job to fight your issues. Oh hell no it is not if they do not feel it is within their duties and especially without doing their homework on your issues.
I can relate because I experience the same damn thing and I will pick and choose my battles because I know who have stood and who will stand with me when I am going through.
Andre Knight has been catching hell every since he has been on the council and where in the hell where you. I was there and have most of the meetings on video.
Folks how many times have you picked up your damn phones and called Knight and the other council members and asked them about issues that they are being scrutinized about? How many times have you been to the council meetings to speak up to support them? How many times have you corrected others (family, friends, co-workers and etc.) when they make negative untruthful comments about Knight and the other council members?
Folks it is time to get involved with what is going on around you before it hit home. This is why I am always speaking out against what is going on with other folks so that when these very folks come after me, they will already know where I am coming from.
I remember last year when Dr. Claude Anderson talked about doing this. What a great idea coming from the black community. C. Dancy II – Publisher
SAVE THE DATE
Saturday, April 25, 2009 from 12 AM – 3 PM
WaterLand Fisheries has just completed the SECOND BUILDING of our seafood factory operation. This building adds 3 5,000 square feet of production space to our operation and increases our production capacity to more than one million pounds of live Tilapia annually. Our administrative offices will relocate to this second building. WaterLand’s cutting edge technology puts us in the forefront of a new and emerging aquaculture industry. This expansion makes us the largest seafood producer in Maryland and a major producer in the nation.
We will host an Open House, with refreshments, to celebrate these milestones on April 25, 2009 from 12:00 AM to 3:00 PM. SAVE THE DATE and watch your mail. You will soon receive directions and more information. (If you think we may not have your most recent address, send it to us in a reply to this email.)
The factory is located at 299 Nealson Street in Hurlock Maryland, on the Eastern Shore about 1 ½ hours from the Washington D.C. area. Hope to see you there.
Dr. Claud Anderson,
President & CEO
Sources say Rocky Mount City Council Board Members during the time they joined ElectriCities were:
Fred Turnage WM – Former Mayor for 30 plus years.
Rev. Gerald Neice WM
W. C. Strye, Jr. WM
Rev. George W. Dudley BM
L. Ernest Bridgers Jr. WM
Walter T. Mears WM
William E. Broughton WM
Jimmie Armstrong WM
*White Male/Black Male
Sources say that they believe all of the members are alive except Dudley, Mears, and Armstrong.
If anyone find the above not to be accurate please feel free to contact me with your information.
Stay tuned for names of some of the key players in the next day or two that have played a major role in the ElectriCities fight. These folks have written letters to the editor and/or have attended the (NCEMPA) North Carolina Eastern Municipal Power Agency Commission meetings in Wilson faithfully. One person challenged Wilson Mayor Bruce Rose last year by seeking to unseat him.
The Beacon Center Headquarters is located in Rocky Mount behind Nash General Hospital. I wonder why the Rocky Mount Telegram has not reported the complaints. C. Dancy II – Publisher
A state investigation has been launched against The Beacon Center, which has been accused by African-American mental health service providers of discriminating against them and making it difficult for them to stay in business.
State investigators will be at The Beacon Center Monday to launch their inquiry into whether there has been racial discrimination at the center, which oversees mental health, developmental disabilities and substance abuse services for Wilson, Nash, Edgecombe and Greene counties. (Rocky Mount Telegram)
This is quite interesting. Hagan who fired her 2 blacks who worked with here is still doing her thing. With 3 months into the job she is showing black folks who she is for whatever that is worth.
I remember videoing the meeting in Rocky Mount at the Democratic Party Headquarters around September when a young black male was heading up this area and several other surrounding counties. Her son was here as well for that day. I wonder where is the black guy now. Guess I can shoot him an email. C. Dancy II – Publisher
ELON — The budget proposal pushed by President Barack Obama is “completely unsustainable and unacceptable” because it would burden the nation with annual deficits of more than $1 trillion, Sen. Kay Hagan said Saturday.
North Carolina’s junior senator, drawing a contrast with the nation’s top Democrat, said she has been working to limit the growth in non-defense spending. She questioned the Obama plan that the Congressional Budget Office estimated would result in a $1.2 trillion annual deficit even a decade from now. (News & Observer)
Rocky Mount will receive more than $500,000 in federal stimulus funding for energy conservation projects throughout the city.
As part of a $3.2 billion Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant program announced by President Barack Obama’s administration Thursday, Rocky Mount is poised to receive $572,100 in funding. (Rocky Mount Telegram)
Well damn I understand the brother ran the stoplight and the police did the right thing and stopped him. However after finding out that the person was trying to make it in the hospital because someone was dying, the officer did not make the right choice. He could have followed them in the hospital to make sure they were not lying but to just hold them is beyond embarassing. C. Dancy II – Publisher
A Dallas policeman who refused to allow Texans running back Ryan Moats and his family to reach the bedside of a dying family member was placed on administrative leave Thursday and chastised by the city’s police chief for lack of compassion, discretion and common sense. (Houston Chronicle)
The National Criminal Justice Commission Act of 2009 that I introduced in the Senate on March 26, 2009 will create a blue-ribbon commission to look at every aspect of our criminal justice system with an eye toward reshaping the process from top to bottom. I believe that it is time to bring together the best minds in America to confer, report, and make concrete recommendations about how we can reform the process. See details of this legislation and other forums info at link below
Excerpt from this Sunday’s (March 29th) Parade Magazine-“What Wrong with our Prisons”
by US Senator (Virginia) Jim Webb
PS/Save the Date: Stay tuned for info coming about our 5th year anniversary program— May 1-2 in Raleigh, NC
I learned about ElectriCities back in the late 90’s when North Eastern NC Committee on the Affairs of Black People (NCCABP) held a meeting at Truth Tabernacle Church in Rocky Mount.
(NCCABP) members were Carol A. Batchelor, Jackie Norris, Lewis Turner, Andre Knight, yours truly and a couple of others who I can’t remember. We formed to deal with every day people issues.
The meeting at Truth Tabernacle consisted of the Rocky Mount City Utilities Staff. This was a very good meeting and most of all very informative.
As the years passed and Angela Bryant was elected to the Rocky Mount City Council, she was appointed to sit on the North Carolina Eastern Municipal Power Agency Commission (NCEMPA). This is when we found out that the ElectriCities Board of Commissioners were paid a stipe-end $1,000 a month to attend their meetings. The NCEMPA Commissioners didn’t get paid to attend their meetings however they do go to Parkers Barbecue and Restaurant in Wilson to eat after their meetings.
Folks it appears that some folks in Rocky Mount are reaping some good benefits off the backs of the citizens. It is a damn shame that it has been made to appear that it is the current council who is the reason why Rocky Mount is having hard times.
I have much respect for former Mayor Fred Turnage who was mayor of Rocky Mount for 30 plus years. He was the attorney for Nash Edgecombe Economic Development Inc. (N.E.E.D. Inc.) when I was the vice chair of the board during the late 90’s. It appears that some choices that he has made has not been in the best interest of Rocky Mount be it intentional or unintentional. I would hope that he thought that he was doing the right thing but we all know sometimes we all make some choices that we find out later may not been good after all. Some things we can change and some things we can not and it appears that the ElectriCities is one of those things that can not be changed as Turnage stated.
Lewis Turner, Andre Knight, yours truly and some others became a member of Common Ground. Chris Miller chaired this group was elected to the Rocky Mount City Council the same year that Andre Knight was. We had a meeting about ElectriCities in the early 2000’s.
Later Andre Knight was elected the Rocky Mount City Council and then when Rep. Angela Bryant was appointed to the NC General Assembly, Knight was appointed to Bryant’s seat on the NCEMPA Commission. He has been speaking questioning the commission and now the discussion is where we are today.
But guess what folks when Knight was elected to the Rocky Mount City Council he was attacked by some in the white community questioning his residency and tried to get him off the council. They also said it was a conflict of interest that he is the President of the Rocky Mount Branch NAACP and serving on the council. After they couldn’t get him removed from the council, Roosevelt Higgs a Safe Negro, a former convicted felon in Edgecombe County was successful in helping the whites to remove Knight from his council seat for only a short period of time. The NC Court of Appeals ruled that Knight’s rights had been violated and Knight continues to be a strong voice on the council.
It appears that since more black folks are being elected and/or appointed to boards, commissions, councils and etc. that some darkness are being uncovered that would not otherwise have been brought to light. You see this is a prime example of someone being outspoken and labeled as a troublemaker. Besides myself the only person I can think of at the moment is Rocky Mount Councilman Andre Knight who has been unbought and unbossed unlike some other black leaders in Edgecombe County. Just think, if Knight was not on the council and the NCEMPA Commission, would we be discussing ElectriCities to this degree.
The article in the Sunday, March 29, 2009 paper that reads, “Debt keeps region bound to ElectriCities,” take the discussion about ElectriCities to a whole new level. Am I surprised? Oh hell yeah, never thought I would read an article of this magnitude about ElectriCities and Rocky Mount.
So now you got it from a person who signed the Articles of Incorporation. As I have stated many times, he is the one who could tell us what can be done. C. Dancy II – Publisher
He said the power agency’s debt is primarily financed by bonds, which were sold to investors, including many who live in Rocky Mount. “It’s a tremendous expense to undo it (the agreement), if you can, and I’m not sure you can,” Turnage said. (Rocky Mount Telegram)