Nope my daddy would not let me do that! I know he better not give anymore way.
Photo: March 9, 2013 at a NCREWG meeting in Warren County.
How ironic Anthony is standing in front of a photo of President Barack Obama. I first met Anthony when he had tickets for me and some others to get on the football field at NC Central University during Obama’s first campaign stop in NC.
Latest update: Katris Clark posted the following on her facebook page a couple of hours ago. “My daddy woke up…. thank God! He is in and out of consciousness because of his meds but is able to respond to instructions…and that’s a good thing!!”
Katris Clark posted the following on her facebook page today. “My daddy’s is out of surgery (triple bypass). The surgery itself went well. He’s still in recovery and hasn’t come around yet. Thank you to all that included him in your prayers… Please continue to pray for his recovery.”
Anthony is in Vidant Hospital former Pitt Memorial Hospital In Greenville NC.
Last week I attended this forum and I found it to be quite interesting. I learned some things however much of it I was very much familiar with.
I remember back in the late 80’s I used to write lots of editorials and I believe they began with responding to former Highway Patrol T.C. Cherry and former Edgecombe County Commissioner when he used to write letters to editor. He wrote one about the old Winn Dixie on Fairview Road where the Roses is located now. He said folks were stealing and that the store would not be there long if it continued as it did. Yes it eventually closed. Well I said they better watch the folks working there because they could be major contributors to the items getting missing. This was one of the things that was emphasized during the presentation by the presenters during the forum crime from within.
I made a comment towards the end of the forum how I enjoyed the forum but why were not more ministers and others present to hear this? I know it was for businesses but everyone ought to be concerned about the crime on businesses. I took time off from my job to go hear the message. I said how could the message be conveyed to the folks not present because the people needed to know the impact of crime on businesses because everyone has a role they can play.
The lady presiding at the time thought it was a good question. Well the Rocky Mount Police Chief James Moore said the message is always in the newspaper and on the city website. I said everyone don’t get the newspaper and everyone don’t go to the city website. I said many folks tell me they don’t read the newspaper until they go to my blog to see what articles I have highlighted. I said but if it was presented at a church or some type of gathering where the people are they could get the message. I said I am always speaking up for Rocky Mount although I don’t live in Rocky Mount.
Chief Moore said well the forum today was for businesses and he didn’t want anyone to leave and forget that. I said ok however I was reading the newspaper on the way to the meeting and I seen where 9 – 15 new businesses (restaurants) were coming to Rocky Mount by the end of 2015 but the negative folks keep saying ain’t no businesses coming to Rocky Mount because of the crime.
Again I was not ignant to the fact of what the forum was for and I was in no ways trying to make anyone leave and forget what the forum was for. I thought my damn comments were in line with what all he had said about Chicago and other places as he responded to a question by city manager Charles Penny. Hell much of his response to him and my comments were pretty much in line but I guess they were not. But some folks told me they appreciated my comments and that they truly thought I was on point.
The Chief went on to say that he read my blog and that he didn’t have the convenience of using the word “I” so frequently. Well damn sir, I am representing myself and you are representing Rocky Mount Police Department so how in the hell can you compare me to you? Hell yeah I can say “I!” everyday because I am representing my views, opinions and etc. based on facts and not emotions only.
I usually video all the public events I attend however I was told that I couldn’t video this one. I wish I could have since I made a comment and could actually have played back word for word what the Chief said and what I said.
I learned during the forum that the Chief read my blog faithfully since he stated it during the forum. I feel so honored. So since the Chief read my blog, he should read this message however I am quite sure my haters will make sure he get to read it.
Now let me get back to doing what “I!” was doing. I have no problem with talking about what “I!” do because if I don’t talk about it who in the hell is? I can tell my story better than anyone else. I don’t need folks coming to my funeral talking about what I did because I am going to tell it all before I die so folks can’t stand up and say all these damn things about me after I am dead but was hating on me while I live. I know in the black community the myth is if you talk about what you do you are bragging and trying to make a name for yourself. Well call it what the hell ever because I am The Political Agitator and I am damn good at it.
Now haters, “Run and Tell That!”
For the past 2 months I have been having to endure some things. On yesterday I received a confirmation that if you just trust, believe and keep the faith that things will work out.
Although a few weeks ago I was trying to figure out why I was going through this test, as the days went by my daddy revealed some things drastically and was coming so fast I couldn’t hardly stand it. Although I don’t serve him as I should, he has been so good to me.
Even in spite of all that I was going through, I was there volunteering my time with others while they were going through some things as well. You see when you are a strong black man you can carry not only your burdens but you can share in others burdens as well. I receive calls, emails, facebook messages and etc. from folks who have personal problems and they call me for advice and I respond to them although I have my own issues. But you see my joy comes from being a blessing to other folks. I truly believe I was put here for a short while to be a blessing to others and in return I receive my blessings even though it gets rough sometimes.
I wouldn’t give nothing for my journey because I know who I am and whose I am so you can come after me all you want but you better come correct because my daddy is a powerful man and he watches over me.
It is a bad feeling when folks ask you how you are doing and you are being strong and responding by saying it is all well. However it was the truth but the issue at hand was there even though I knew that things were going to work out, the road was not easy. I had to endure some things and had to be on my best behavior because I had to show some folks that I am a professional.
When I get weak, as I travel to and fro and when I am by myself, I listen to some good gospel music and it keeps me sane. Join me and listen to a song that speaks to what I have been through for the past 2 months. You Don’t Know My Story by John P. Kee
N.C. Eastern Municipal Power Agency and Duke Energy Progress agreed to a $1.2 billion deal officials believe could lead to lower electric bills for residential and business customers in the 32 cities and towns NCEMPA serves in eastern North Carolina.
The potentially landmark agreement would substantially reduce but not completely wipe out the much-publicized debt that’s driven up electric bills throughout the region.
The announcement came down Monday morning that both companies’ boards had signed off on a pact for Duke Energy to purchase NCEMPA’s generating assets.
"This is a big deal, in both size and impact,” said Grant W. Goings, Wilson city manager and member of the Electricities Board of Directors. "It is too early to project a specific rate decrease. We do not know exactly what our wholesale rates will be and NCEMPA has not yet determined how the remaining debt burden will be distributed among the 32 members.” (Source: Read More)
I strongly feel that Sarah Peveler is Right On! by starting a petition to ask the current Taboro Town Mayor Rick Page (former Electric Department Director) to step down since he will not do it on his own. Some say this is being the judge and jury. Hell I say it is common sense. The following is not accusations, nor allegations from what I read and comprehend however my ignant ass has been wrong before.
I didn’t make this mess up read it for yourself on The NC Auditor’s Website
FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
3. FORMER ELECTRIC DEPARTMENT DIRECTOR (CURRENT MAYOR) MISREPRESENTED HEALTH INSURANCE PAYMENTS
The Town’s former Electric Department Director (Director) inappropriately received $27,770.55 in reimbursements for health insurance payments for his ex-wife after submitting documentation asserting that the health insurance was for him. In addition, payments totaling $16,757.25 did not have taxes withheld as required by law.
Director Misrepresented Documents Submitted for Reimbursement
The Director (current Mayor) received reimbursements from the Town for payments for his ex-wife’s health insurance that he submitted as if it were for his own supplemental health insurance. He originally told investigators that he submitted documentation for payment each month and implied that it was for his health insurance. He later admitted that this documentation was for his ex-wife’s health insurance.
The former Town Manager approved a request from the Director approximately 14 years ago allowing the Director to forgo town-provided health insurance and instead directly receive the amount the Town would have paid for his health insurance premiums. The Director said he already received health insurance coverage as a military retiree and did not need the Town’s coverage. He claimed he intended to use the payment from the Town to purchase a supplemental policy for items that his military insurance did not cover; however, he did not buy a supplemental policy.
Town’s Failure to Withhold Taxes on Health Insurance
The Town failed to withhold taxes on $16,757.25 in payments provided to the Director after his retirement in May 2009. The payments represented the amount the Town would have paid for the Director’s health insurance after retirement if he had accepted the benefit. The Director did not submit reimbursement requests to show he had used the money to purchase health care insurance, meaning the payments should have been reported as income under the rules associated with a so-called non-accountable plan.5
The Town of Tarboro should require the former Electric Director (current Mayor) to repay $27,770.55 in misrepresented reimbursements for his ex-wife’s health insurance.
The Town of Tarboro should implement controls to ensure all benefits paid to employees are accurately recorded and reported in compliance with tax laws.
The Town of Tarboro should require financial arrangements outside of normal procedures to be approved by the Town Council.
5 Non-accountable plan defined—employer’s reimbursement or allowance arrangement that does not meet the following rules (IRS Publication 463):
1. Expenses must have a business connection
2. You must adequately account to your employer for these expenses
Sign The Petition
It is an honor and a pleasure to wish my friends Mr. William and Gardenia Hobbs on his 81st birthday. I have to mention both because when you see one you see both of them.
The Hobbs are the same folks I met back in the early 90’s however they have only changed by getting older and wiser.
The Hobbs have always had the best interest for Rocky Mount from the local/statewide government to the local school system although they have no children.
I could go on and on about the Hobbs but their work has spoken for them inspite of the haters.
Again I want to wish my friend Mr. William Hobbs a Happy and Blessed 81st birthday which was on Monday July 28, 2014.
The Political Agitator response: I remember when the Northeastern NC Committee on the Affairs of Black People which consisted of Carol Batchelor, Lewis Turner, Andre Knight, myself and a few others had a community meeting about the utilities at Truth Tabernacle back in 1999 or early 2000’s. This is when we found out about there was such a thing called ElectriCities. The fight began at that time to do something about the high utility rates. Andre Knight went on to become a Rocky Mount City Councilman and also began serving on NCEMPA Board North Carolina Eastern Municipal Power Agency after former Rocky Mount City Councilwoman and former NCEMPA board member Angela Bryant moved on to become a House of Representative and now a current Senator. Knight played a strong role in challenging ElectriCities to do something about the high utilities in the 32 cities. Rocky Mount lead a lawsuit and a couple cities started out with them but eventually backed out. Rocky Mount Councilman and NCEMPA board member Andre Knight was responsible for stopping former Tarboro Town Manager Sam Nobles from receiving $1500 a month to chair the NCEMPA board meetings while the other board members received nothing but a free meal from Parkers if they chose to go there after the meetings held in Wilson. Don’t want to leave out that we also played a role in the Common Ground meetings under the direction of now Councilwoman Chris Miller leadership as there were several meetings held about utilities.
Raleigh, N.C. — A Duke Energy unit has agreed to buy out the North Carolina Eastern Municipal Power Agency’s interests in power plants formerly owned by Progress Energy for $1.2 billion, officials said Monday.
NCEMPA has partial ownership interests in several plants, including the Shearon Harris Nuclear Plant in Wake County, the Brunswick Nuclear Plant Units 1 and 2 in Brunswick County and the Mayo Plant Unit 1 and Roxboro Plant Unit 4, both in Person County.
Thirty-two municipalities belong to NCEMPA, including Apex, Wake Forest, Louisburg, Clayton, Smithfield, Rocky Mount and Wilson, and customers have complained for years about high electric rates because of they are still paying off debt incurred from building the power plants. (Source: Read more)
TARBORO – In a relatively quick meeting Monday to deal with personnel, the Edgecombe County Board of Education approved 24 resignations while giving its OK to bring 24 new employees into the fold.
Called specifically for a closed session to discuss personnel, the board spent barely 20 minutes in closed session before returning to open session and unanimously approving its list of employee moves.
New to the system are 15 teachers, one administrator, seven other permanent hires and one temporary hire. (Source: Read more)
The Political Agitator response: I remember when the Northeastern NC Committee on the Affairs of Black People which consisted of Carol Batchelor, Lewis Turner, Andre Knight, myself and a few others had a community meeting about the utilities at Truth Tabernacle back in the 1999 or early 2000’s. This is when we found out about there was such a thing called ElectriCities. The fight began at that time to do something about the high utility rates. Andre Knight went on to become a Rocky Mount City Councilman and also began serving on NCEMPA Board North Carolina Eastern Municipal Power Agency after former Rocky Mount City Councilwoman and former NCEMPA board member Angela Bryant moved on to become a House of Representative and now a current Senator. Knight played a strong role in challenging ElectriCities to do something about the high utilities in the 32 cities. Rocky Mount lead a lawsuit and a couple cities started out with them but eventually backed out. Rocky Mount Councilman and NCEMPA board member Andre Knight was responsible for stopping former Tarboro Town Manager Sam Nobles from receiving $1500 a month to chair the NCEMPA board meetings while the other board members received nothing but a free meal from Parkers if they chose to go there after the meetings held in Wilson. Don’t want to leave out that we also played a role in the Common Ground meetings under the direction of now Councilwoman Chris Miller leadership as there were several meetings held about utilities.
While the full extent of the local impact is yet to be determined, Rocky Mount officials were thrilled about a deal that is likely to reduce rates for the city’s 27,000 electric customers.
“It is encouraging, but we are cautiously optimistic because all the I’s have to be dotted and the T’s have to be crossed before the deal is final,” Rocky Mount City Manager Charles Penny said. “We are one step closer and I hope our rate payers are encouraged because if this goes through, they should benefit.”
According to a Monday morning announcement, Duke Energy Progress agreed to pay $1.2 billion for N.C. Eastern Municipal Power Agency’s generating assets in five facilities as well as fuel inventories and spare parts. Rocky Mount is among 32 cities in the Power Agency that took on $3.6 billion in debt to build nuclear power plants and whose customers have worked to pay down that debt to about $1.9 billion during the past three decades. (Source: Read more)