The Gate Keeper’s response: This is a great place for women. Vanessa has done a great job over the years providing a Safe Haven for these women.
For the past 18 years, a woman in the Twin Counties has operated a home for women overcoming addiction.
In order to continue to supply their needs, Vanessa Scaife, owner of the Lighthouse Home, a Rocky Mount shelter for women in recovery from drugs and alcohol, said the 501(c)3 nonprofit is asking the public for emergency winter donations during the holidays. Scaife said all donations are tax deductible.
As a certified massage therapist, Scaife uses her income to supply needs for the Lighthouse Home and also relies on outside contributions.
“The upkeep and maintenance of the home is always an expense we need,” Scaife said. “Our light bill is $800 and we really need help with our electric bill. Some girls work and some can’t, but they do go out everyday being productive and going to their substance abuse classes is a must.” (Read more)
During the November Edgecombe County Commissioners meeting Sheriff Clee Atkinson along with 2 of his staff people did a presentation before the commissioners about the Sheriff Office. Salary of the Sheriff and the staff was a part of the presentation. Commissioner chairman Leonard Wiggins said the commissioners had the right to lower Sheriff and the Register of Deeds salaries because these two were appointed to fill the unexpired terms.
In Edgecombe County we have a white Register of Deeds Robin Williams Braswell who appointed some years ago to fill the unexpired term of Register of Deeds Judy Coles Retired. Robin has done a great job modernizing the office and handling the needs of the citizens. I supported her for the appointment and supported her campaign for election. It makes no sense to me that Robin began at a lower salary than Coles. If I am correct Robin has not reached the salary that the former Register of Deeds was at before she retired.
Sheriff Clee Atkinson who was appointed to fill the unexpired term of Sheriff James Knight Retired. Clee has done a great job coming in making some changes to the office that was needed immediately. I supported Clee for the appointment and supported his campaign for election. It makes no sense to me that Clee’s salary began at a lower salary than Knight.
I know all of the commissioners on the board now was not there when Robin was appointed but over the years the discussion of her salary should have come up. I have visited the office over the years to pick up documents and most recently did a property transaction. I have been pleased with the service over the years. I have not heard any complaints about the office over the years however I am quite sure there has been some. If I am correct Robin’s salary has not reached the salary that the former Register of Deeds was making when she retired. And by the way the former Registered of Deeds recommended Robin.
Since Clee was appointed all of the commissioners on the board were there when he was appointed. He was a former Highway State Patrol and he has much training in law enforcement. He had to come in and learn the workings of the Sheriff Office but it is not like he is not an experienced in law enforcement.
I addressed the commissioners during the public comments during the meeting and I responded that I understand they had the right to reduce the starting salary of these 2 offices. However I don’t understand why because if the money was already there and it was not a problem I don’t see it being a problem now. I hope that the commissioners will do what they can to get the increase the salaries for Register of Deeds and the Sheriff along with the staff because the Sheriff Office runs the county and putting their lives on the line daily.
I support the Register of Deeds and the Sheriff that their salaries need to brought up to the former retiree’s salary. I also support the salaries of the Sheriff staff because they deserve more in comparison with some other counties.
I left the meeting trusting and believing that the commissioners will do whatever they can to get these salaries increased.
I understand the call black and brown folk to leave the Democratic Party but I say if they would come together and take over the Democratic Party it would save a lot of heartache, pain and time. It is no reason why each county should not have a black political machine but black folk are some scared folk.
Been there done that meeting with some black folk many were ministers across the state trying to work on a 3rd party but that didn’t work.
I strongly believe it will have to happen county by county and when the counties work it then we will be on to something.
If we can’t get some black folk out now what will it take to get them out to start another party?
I strongly believe that the only way to start the process is for serious unafraid black folk to come together to come up with a strategy to see how we can get everyday black folk to want to get involved.
Over the years I have been actively engaged in politics working to expose and to get my candidate/s elected. I have enjoyed Edgecombe County Politics and if I was to just let politics go, I know I have done more than
I am going to use the Edgecombe County Sheriff Office for example.
In 1995 I was the 1st Vice Chair of the Edgecombe County Democratic Party and Rev. Roosevelt Higgs called a meeting at North End Baptist Church about the replacement of Sheriff Phil Ellis. Higgs called the meeting trying to get the white guy next in line to Ellis appointed. Dorothy Joyner a former Edgecombe County Democratic Party former chair said I am here to get Detective James Knight appointed. We removed Higgs as the convener of the meeting and we elected Roy Gray as the Convener. I worked hard to get Knight appointed. The Edgecombe County Democratic Party went on to appoint James Knight in 1996 and he was 1st elected in 1998. In 1998 was the interim Chair of the part.
I am happy that the Democrats of Edgecombe County appointed and then voted Knight in. But not only did the Democratic Party support him but much support came from the Republican Party. So when folk say why can’t we work across party lines, well we do when it comes to certain offices.
In February 1997 Sheriff James Knight announced his retirement and former State Patrol Cleveland “Clee” Atkinson Jr. decided he wanted to be appointed to be the next Sheriff of Edgecombe County. When I heard he wanted it and then he approached me, I said I wanted to see where the guy that was next in line to Knight was going to do. After speaking to a couple of folk I was told he was not going to seek the appointment. And then shortly after the guy next in line called me and we met. I told him I had heard that he was not going to seek the appointment but he said he had decided to seek the appointment. I had heard that Rev. Roosevelt Higgs had told him he should seek the appointment. Again here we go Higgs in the mix. Higgs did all he could trying to sabotage appointment process since he was the chair of the party at that time.
Once I met with 2 of the candidates and not hearing from the others, I decided Atkinson was my choice. I had T-shirts made Atkinson for Sheriff some white and some blue and people asked me how they could get one. I ended up giving away many of the shirts and probably sold less than 5. I had me one for every day of the week. I was serious about getting my candidate appointed.
In March 2017 the Edgecombe County Democratic Party met and Clee Atkinson was appointed overwhelmingly. Since he has been appointed he has been doing some great things.
A couple of weeks ago this month November 2018 I am proud to call Cleveland “Clee” Atkinson my Sheriff. He continues to do great things and not only did he have the support of Democrats but also much support from Republicans.
Although I don’t have a Political Pac that come out during election time, I sacrifice my time and resources in support of my candidate/s all year long. I expose and promote my candidate/s so that the citizens can see what they are doing.
So do you support and promote your candidate/s or are you just playing politics during election time?
Now that the election is over back to business as usual.
Oh and by the way as I have stated over and over again if you are running for an office in Edgecombe County you need to talk to me. The DCN News Blog Online TV ain’t no joke.
Curmilus Butch Dancy II Talking about the Electoral Vote why is it one can win the Popular Vote but not the Electoral Vote and become President?
Arthur Johnson Because the electoral college was put in place protect the 13 slave states. They control 170 electoral votes. It was put in place by Virginia to protect the southern states because of Slavery. It’s long past run its course. Its time it is abolished because with it in place the voices of the people were ignored…… again.
Curmilus Butch Dancy II Thanks! Just want someone that read this post that didn’t know now they know.
You see my brother that is an educational moment because folk black and white act as if racism do not still exit. Until the bill of sales are paid in full to eliminate everything connected to Slavery they will continue to reap the benefits of white privilege.