From the Publisher – (Wilson NC) See Who Have Made Major Contributions Helping Rocky Mount With The ElectriCities Fight

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.

Wilson NC – State To Investigate Beacon Center

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)

Elon NC – Sen. Hagan calls Obama budget ‘unsustainable’

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 NC – Stimulus Cash To Fund Energy Conservation

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)

Dallas Texas – Officer Faces Rebuke In Handling Of RB Moats, Texans Player Was Trying To Make It To Dying Mother-In-Law

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)

Raleigh NC – The National Criminal Justice Commission Act of 2009

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

Dennis W. Gaddy
Executive Director
Community Success Initiative
PO Box 61114
Raleigh, NC 27661
919-834-7626, ext 11

From the Publisher – (Rocky Mount NC) ElectriCities Uncovered

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.

Angela Bryant had a meeting about ElectriCities in the early 2000’s.

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.