City changes committee meeting schedule – Rocky Mount Telegram

The Political Agitator’s response: This is great now folk who attend the 7 PM meetings can just arrive earlier. Some good stuff come out of these meetings.

The Rocky Mount City Council has changed the time for it Committee of the Whole meetings.

The Committee of the Whole meeting is a work session on various topics held once a month in the third floor committee room of the Frederick E. Turnage Municipal Building. The COW meeting is a work session

Starting Monday the meetings will be held at 5 p.m. every second Monday of the month. (Source: Read more)

Incentives seal Draka’s expansion plans – Rocky Mount Telegram

A company in Rocky Mount that manufactures elevator products is planning to add 34 full-time jobs over the next five years as part of an expansion.

The Nash County Board of Commissioners approved an inducement agreement Monday for Draka Elevator Products to expand operations at the Whitakers Business and Industrial Center in Nash County.

Draka, which operates its global headquarters on North Church Street, plans to hire 34 full-time workers at or exceeding an average annual wage of $38,584 by Dec. 31, 2020.

The agreement states that Draka plans to invest $12.1 million into the development of a 140,000-square-foot manufacturing facility.

Nash County transferred ownership of 14 acres of land and 11 acres of easement valued at $375,840 in Whitakers Business and Industrial Center to Draka. (Source: Read more)

Press Release: Dr. James Mills Candidate For Senate District 4

The Political Agitator’s response: Rep. Angela R. Bryant Rocky Mount NC is currently serving as the Senator in District 4. Stay tuned!

Dr. James Mills, Sr.


“We CAN Do Better”

Halifax County – On December 21, 2015, Nash County native, Dr. James Mills, filed for the North Carolina Senate 4th District seat.  For most of his life, Mills has resided in Halifax County.  Mills has devoted most of his life to public service, putting to use the skills he acquired in business. In New York, he was an auditor at the headquarters of Shell Oil, located at One Rockefeller Plaza, in Manhattan.  He also spent many years working in the manufactured housing business in Rocky Mount, Henderson and Roanoke Rapids, gaining many awards as a high achiever.  He captured national attention when he was elected as the Mayor of Scotland Neck, the second largest municipality in Halifax County.  He served two terms as mayor, and worked tirelessly to improve the economy of the town.  During his term more homes were constructed in the town than had been in the ten years proceeding, two additional restaurants were opened, the town received over $1 million in grants to improve water and sewer, he established a fund to assist indigent people pay their utility bills, submitted the town’s first appropriation request to congress for $10 million for economic development, and established the Scotland Neck Senior Center.  

Dr. Mills has received a huge number of honors and awards, including a Humanitarian Award, an Ambassador of Peace Award, African-American Hero Award, and a Doctorate of Divinity; but he is most proud of the people that he has been able to assist through the years. 

Dr. Mills is married to Jean Mills and they have 5 children. Presently, he is a Deacon at Galilee Missionary Baptist Church, a member of the Board of Directors for Legal Aid of North Carolina, and a member of the Board of Trustees for Eastern Carolina Christian College and Seminary.   

Dr. Mills says, “There comes a time when we must take a stand for what we believe.  I believe that we can work together to solve the problems that confront our communities.  Ten years has revealed failed leadership, that resulted in no jobs, poor educational outcomes, poor health, greater unemployment, poor wages, loss of businesses, rise of drug use, criminalization of our youth, decaying housing stock, lack of housing construction, lack of assistance to small businesses, and higher taxes and lower property values.  I know that we can do better.”

New school board leaders to strive for unity – Rocky Mount Telegram

The Political Agitator’s response: Ya’ll can fall for this ignance all you want but I know how politics work. Now the word on the street was the (Team of 6) were going to vote in Silver as chair and Sharpe as vice. So why would the others on the board (Team of 5) nominate one of their own when they didn’t have the numbers? The shake up came when Chavis-Brown nominated Brown but the 6 had to stick to their plan and if Brown had accepted it would have shown that the (Team of 6) was weak. So the 6 voted together and the 5 still voting together but this article talking about unity. What? This vote shows me this board is still divided and that 4 of the (Team of 6) who just happens to be white didn’t want to be chair or vice chair so if anything goes down they will be the top 2 go after folk. I don’t blame them one bit. So all I got to say is Silver and Sharpe better be on their p’s and q’s because it is all about you and the 4 got enough sense to know it. Brown said she didn’t have time as the chair. If she don’t have time why don’t she get off the board? I have nothing for anyone who are serving on a school board anywhere that do not have 100 percent of their time to give to the children. If this is not the board for her then she need to step down because the school board is dealing with our children which needs 100 percent plus from their board members. I ain’t on nobody side and ain’t mad with anyone. I hope the best from this board but I am far from ignant as it relates to how politics work so don’t get it twisted. I also say what others will not say publicly so you can get mad all you want but one thing about it, I am far from being an ignant black man. I have no permanent friends, no permanent enemies only permanent interest!. Now go figure out what is my interest in all of this. Oh for those who will try to discredit me but you can’t, my interest is the CHILDREN! Now Run & Tell That!

The transition to a new chairman and vice chairman of the Nash-Rocky Mount Board of Education went fairly smoothly this year despite a 6-5 split in the vote, primarily because one school board member threw her support behind the other nominee.

During a brief special called meeting held Monday prior to a reception for Superintendent Dr. Shelton Jefferies on, school board member Doneva Chavis-Brown nominated Brenda Brown to be the new chairwoman of the school board to replace Evelyn Bulluck. School board member Bill Sharpe nominated Reginald Silver for the position.

The school board traditionally changes leadership at the start of every year.

Silver won the post in a 6-5 vote. Board members voting for Silver were . . . . (Source: Read more)