My 55th Birthday December 25, 2017

Thank you God for waking me up this morning to see another birthday the big 55.

On December 23rd I was videoed my cousin Felton & Shelia Dickens birthday dinner and surprised renewing of the vows. I got to enjoy the evening of some good food, fun and fellowship.

On December 24th I attended the Carolina Panthers Football game for the 2nd year in a row on Christmas Eve. I was able to get my hands on 4 tickets last year and was going to take my wife, son and his girlfriend but my son and his girlfriend had other plans so my since I had 4 tickets my best friend Otis Barnes and one of his church brothers came from Richmond Virginia and my cousin Gregory Horne rode with me. Them Panthers lost.

This year I was able to get 6 tickets so my wife, son and his girlfriend, my daughter and her boyfriend all went with me this year. It was really all about them having the opportunity to go to the game because I would have been ok. What a way to spend my birthday weekend with the family. And the main thing them Panthers won!

I want to thank those who make it possible for me to get the tickets this year for my birthday. My family and I will never forget December 24, 2017 however they may forget today December 25, 2017 my birthday! But that’s alright whatever makes them happy.

Well since I volunteer my time and resources throughout the year, I am going to rest up today and go back to work tomorrow. I could have just stayed home and got paid this week but I am going in and make that triple time so I can pay that $1000.00 car insurance because I carry my dad, wife and children. Ain’t God good he continues to make a way out of no way.

As I rest and celebrate my birthday today I want to wish each and everyone of you a Merry Christmas and enjoy your day!

Edgecombe to build training center– Rocky Mount Telegram

The Watch Dog response: This is fa bu lous ta stic! This reminds me of when I began my job at Honeywell Aerospace formerly Bendix in Rocky Mount 30 years ago I attended training at the training center across from Cummins Diesel formerly Consolidated Diesel Corporation in Whitakers.

As part of the agreement with Chinese manufacturer Triangle Tire Co. coming to the 1,449-acre Kingsboro megasite, Edgecombe County will be building a state-of-the-art advanced manufacturing training center at Kingsboro for the purpose of helping provide a strong workforce for the company.

The Golden LEAF Foundation’s board of directors recently announced it has given a $10 million grant to construct and equip the training center that will be owned and operated by Edgecombe Community College. ECC President Dr. Deborah Lamm said the college looks forward to being the education and training partner for Triangle Tire Co.

“The new advanced manufacturing center will enable college personnel to provide innovative pre-employment training for prospective employees and cutting-edge retooling and training for current employees to guarantee they meet the skill sets required by Triangle Tire,” Lamm said. “This modern, state-of-the-art facility will ensure the long-term success of Triangle Tire and its workforce.” (Rocky Mount Telegram)

2017 TELEGRAM ALL-AREA GIRLS’ TENNIS: Tarboro’s Brenna Bryant the community and state champion – Rocky Mount Telegram

Cracked and uneven with grass sprouting from the worn out concrete, the Panola Street tennis courts in Tarboro, a quick walk from Brenna Bryant’s childhood house, oftentimes were passed by rather than played on, with Bryant and her parents electing for some of the other newer or smoother courts in town.

Other times, the convenience won out and Bryant, 17, would play on Panola Street despite its flaws.

In 2015, she made a pitch to the parks and recreation department: Why not revitalize the courts?

This past October, right around the same time the Tarboro High senior was competing for, and eventually winning, the NCHSAA 1-A singles tennis championship, construction workers came to her neighborhood and fixed the fence, the cracks and the sprouts, unveiling a brand new playing surface. (Rocky Mount Telegram)