NRC issues two "apparent" violations against Shearon Harris – IndyWeek

A wimpy air-conditioner and a question over acceptable amounts of unfiltered air entering a building have prompted the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission to issue two apparent violations against Shearon Harris Nuclear Plant, according to the NRC.

The NRC has scheduled an enforcement conference at the agency’s Region II office, 245 Peachtree Center Ave. NE, Ste. 1200, in Atlanta on Friday, Aug. 24, at 8 a.m. The conference is open to the public. (More)

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Willingham to lead N.C. Association of ABC Boards – Rocky Mount Telegram

Shelly Willingham of Rocky Mount has been selected to serve a one-year term as president of the N.C. Association of ABC Boards. (More)


Knight receives service award – Rocky Mount Telegram


This picture was taken by The DCN at the NC Sheriff’s Association in 2009. Sheriff James L. Knight Sworn in As The First Black President NC Sheriff’s Association.

Edgecombe County Sheriff James Knight recently received a service award for significant contributions and ten or more consecutive years of dedication and service during the N.C. Sheriffs’ Association’s 90th annual Training Conference. (More)

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Public utilities employees named Hometown Heroes – Rocky Mount Telegram

Rocky Mount Public Utilities Gas Division employees Brian Marshall, Terry Johnson and Brad Short were named Hometown Heroes this week at the ElectriCities 2012 Annual Conference awards banquet.

The awards were presented by ElectriCities Board Members Jennie Stultz and John Craft to Marshall, Johnson and Short for their split-second decision to act to save the life of a Rocky Mount resident. (More)

Not Voting? The Koch Brothers Thank You – HuffPost

Response: And those who do not vote if things get rough then don’t say a damn word. If you don’t participate in the process then after November you don’t need to complain about anything. You see anyone that knows you will be able to go online to see if you voted.

I don’t know what’s worse: Is it that a party would deliberately seek to deny American citizens the right to vote knowing full well the extraordinary sacrifices that went into securing those rights? Or is it that there are so many Americans who – with that same knowledge of sacrifice and for whatever unsatisfactory reason — decide to give in to apathy and simply choose not to vote? (More)

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Edgecombe County Public Schools: Leadership Academy helping participants develop vision for schools – Daily Southerner

Response: The Leadership Academy began on Tuesday and will end today. The Leadership Academy has ran from 8:30 am to 4:00 PM Tuesday – Thursday and will run from 8:30 am – 1:30 PM today. The agenda has included included building a new District Vision and Mission Statements, a new District Strategic Plan and new School Improvement Plans. Each school will be represented by 5 teachers, 2 administrators, a parent and a student.

TARBORO — A Leadership Academy this week at Pattillo Elementary School brings together 150 school administrators, teachers, parents and students for the goal of creating a new mission and vision for Edgecombe County’s public schools.

“Our No. 1 job is to raise student achievement, so that’s at the heart of what we’re trying to do in these plans,” said ECPS Supt. John Farrelly. Student achievement is the first initiative of the Leadership Academy; others are continuous improvement and building leadership capacity. (More)

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The Black Vote: The Only Way Republicans Can Beat Obama –Black Enterprise

Response: Black folks better get out and vote. Nope can’t get

In 2010, noted political reporters John Heilemann and Mark Halperin authored Game Change, a book about the 2008 U.S. presidential election. Most of the attention from the book focuses on the reporting surrounding Senator John McCain’s choosing of then-governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin, as his vice presidential running mate. Game Change was a success and, subsequently, HBO bought the movie rights to the book. Earlier this month, the network debuted the film, which focused exclusively on all of the reporting about Palin’s role on the McCain ticket. (More)

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