Young professionals see potential in city – Rocky Mount Telegram

The Political Agitator response: Interesting, “Gorman said transplants are blessed without bias and see potential where others see problems.” This is because there are some folks whom just don’t want to see Rocky Mount move forward simply because of this city council, this city manager and staff.

The development of projects such as Rocky Mount Brewmill and the redevelopment of downtown has proven to be the catalyst for a growing group of young professionals picking the Twin Counties to develop their careers as well as their personal lives.

Rachel Gorman and Vann Joines are one such couple. Joines, a 31-year-old developer, and the 29-year-old public relations guru at Nash Health Care moved into an apartment on the Douglas Block this spring after falling in love with the walkability of the area.

“I walked into this apartment and was totally floored,” Gorman said. “It is one of the most beautiful buildings I’ve ever lived in. I love the fact that it is historic with these tall ceilings. It is so light and airy, but with the perfect amount of space.” (Source: Read more)

Photos/Video: Long Branch Bible Institute Achievement Night Messenger Rev. Tony Barnes Friday May 29, 2015

A free Bible Institute offered by C.B. Daughtridge on Meadowbrook Road Rocky Mount NC. You can receive a Bachelors, Masters and Doctorial Degree for free if you are willing to put in the hours.

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Rep. Shelly Willingham Newsletter – Thursday May 28, 2015


Rep. Shelly Willingham

N.C. House of Representatives

501 N Salisbury Street, #501

Raleigh, North Carolina 27603

(919) 715-3024

(919) 754-3224 (fax)


Representative Shelly Willingham

Dedicated to District 23

May 28, 2015






Alcoholic Beverage Control


Appropriations –   Information Technology




Judiciary IV




13 of 18 Democratic Amendments Adopted Mitigate Damage in House Budget

RALEIGH, NC – House Democrats successfully added the majority of their amendments, that made it to a vote on the House budget.   Democrats offered 18 amendments that were voted on and 13 of the 18 were adopted.

“We were able to mitigate some of the damage in this budget through our amendments that passed on the floor.  The budget should have reflected the priorities of the people of North Carolina yet it fails to retain our best teachers.    Sadly, it fails to raise incomes for middle-class families, fails to recruit new jobs, and – after losing Volvo to South Carolina – fails to make North Carolina competitive,” said Democratic Leader Larry Hall.

“The budget does not address the needs of the majority of the people in this state.   Republicans made devastating cuts in the last several budgets and this budget does not repair that damage. Contrary to claims of support for education, this budget failed to put teacher assistants back into our classrooms.   These micro increases that do not completely restore or surpass support levels prior to Republican cuts do not materially support education, our economy, or the needs of the people.”

Adopted Democratic Floor Amendments:

· Lottery Funds to supplement, not supplant, public education funding

· Disclosure on Use of Lottery Proceeds

· Corner Store Initiative – “Healthy Food Small Retailers”

· $200k of UNC funds to be used for repairs to World War Memorial Stadium at NC A&T State University

· Repeal Closing of Department of Revenue Rocky Mount Call Center

· Joint Study of Justice and Public Safety and Behavioral Health

· Targeted Case Management Services Pilot Program

· Report of Hospice Residential Beds

· Residential Hospice Funds used for non-profit and publicly funded hospice related care facilities

· Grants for Body-Worn Video Cameras for Law Enforcement Agencies

· Collaboration with State Board of Education with Regional Education Service Alliances

· Workers’ Compensation Claims

· DOT funds allocated to each county based on pavement condition scores

House Budget Faces Uncertain Future

McCrory proposed a $21.5 billion General Fund budget for 2015-16, and $22.2 billion for 2016-17. The House budget is set at $22.2 billion the first year and $22.4 billion the second. The chamber’s plan is a 6.3 percent increase for the biennium over the 2014-15 budget.  Asked for a reaction to the House proposal, McCrory spokesman Rick Martinez responded, “The governor stands by his budget.” “I would imagine [Senate leader Phil] Berger, and the leadership of many of our senators, want to maintain what we have accomplished with tax reform, and actually move it in the direction of less credits, less deductions and exemptions, and continue lowering the rates,” said Sen. Bob Rucho, R-Mecklenburg, co-chairman of the Senate Finance Committee. 

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The N.C. House voted 65-45 Wednesday to allow magistrates to opt out of performing weddings – legislation that stems from the legalization of same-sex marriages in North Carolina last year.  Because the House made no changes to the legislation already approved by the Senate, it will go directly to Gov. Pat McCrory.  In March, McCrory voiced concerns about the bill and said he won’t sign it. He stopped short; however, of saying he would veto it.  The governor can allow bills to become law without his signature. Senate Bill 2 would allow magistrates and register of deeds employees to be exempt from performing weddings if they have a religious objection. 

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The federal government is again threatening to withdraw operational funding for North Carolina’s food stamp program – this time over the speed at which health officials are approving applications. In a letter to the state’s health agency, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said North Carolina social services workers failed to approve applications within the required 30-day window, or one week for emergency applications. In 2013, the state processed those applications an average of 75 percent of the time, ranking fifth from the bottom when compared to the rest of the country. This means North Carolina lags behind neighbors Tennessee, Georgia and South Carolina and even territories such as the Virgin Islands and Guam. 

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Homegoing Celebration For Raymond Harlan Livesay (Ray) Zebulon NC Formerly of Rocky Mount NC

My condolences goes out to Nancy and the entire family of the late Raymond Harlan Livesay (Ray) Zebulon NC formerly of Rocky Mount NC.

I have been knowing Ray since the early 90’s. I used to have a talk show on his TV Station and it went very well. Ray did some great things by way of providing an outlet for people to be on tv.

Script.: Read Eccles. 3 and know, “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven”

Song: The Storm Is Over Now – Kirk Franklin

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Breaking News: Raymond (Ray) Livesay Owner WNCR TV 41 Has Expired

Sources say Ray Livesay Raleigh NC formerly of Rocky Mount NC has expired from a lingering illness. I understand that a celebration of his life will be held on Friday at Wheeler and Woodlief Funeral & Cremation Services Rocky Mount NC.

I have been knowing Ray since the early 90’s. I met him and the late Herb Greenberg as they ran WHIG-TV until they busted up.

It is ironic that Herb expired one year ago on May 18, 2014 and Ray expired one year after Herb on May 24, 2015.

WNCR TV 41 is the station that Bronson Williams Movingforward is on Monday – Friday.

Stay tuned for more details coming soon.

When You Forget Who Was And Are There For You

When you forget who was and are there for you, you better recognize and understand that they helped you along the way. You need to understand that you need to be there for them. When you try to be there for other folks whom are temporary and disrespect those whom have been there and is there for you, you will catch hell. You better know who are real and who are in your life for a season. I am so glad that I have a handful full of folks who are and will be there for me and I will be there for them.