Rocky Mount NC – Corruption Continues At N.E.E.D. Inc.

The following was sent to The DCN News Blog Online TV on Thursday June 27. This is interesting since I used to be the Vice Chair back in the 90’s. I need to go to a board meeting to see just what is going on over there.


Rocky Mount NC – Tired Of The Negative Posts About Rocky Mount City Council

Cooper Blackwell

Sick of seeing negative post about the council so here’s some things that have been done for our great city under the leadership of a majority black city council. (Since some people want to deny the truth and act like nothing positive is happening in Rocky Mount).

Under the current city council, as a DIRECT result of their actions:

1)Fought Duke Power and reduced RM Utilities debt by $500 million.
2)Changed collection policies to make more customer friendly and required staff to create payment arrangements.
3) Encouraged hiring of more people of color and women in key leadership positions. Went from 1 black department head in Human Relations and Assistant City Manager to 3 black police chiefs, black female HR Director, former black Planning Director, more black assistant fire chiefs, black female Assistant City Manager, 3 black Parks and Rec directors and many more positions
4) Retail, banking and services increases in inner city Edgecombe and Nash
5) $50 million Event Center with millions of new private investment downtown
6) 30 black businesses downtown alone
7) Rapidly increasing retail sales throughout RM.
8. Recruited Capitol Broadcasting investment in Rocky Mount Mills. Renovated hundreds of homes and apartments in inner city.
9) $2 million South Rocky Mount gym with new housing development worth $2 million affordable housing
10) Funded and supported Carolina Gateway Partnership in recruiting 3500 new jobs to Rocky Mount in the last 18 months. New housing starts throughout the City
11) Funded scores of non-profits to build youth programming throughout all RM including Buck Buck Leonard league, Carolina Stallions, upgraded parks, youth soccer and softball

So enough of the lies.. our city has been evolving under the current leadership for the last 20 years… now they’re talking hotels and investment downtown and in Edgecombe county! Hallelujah! #supportrockymount#supportequity #communityunity #EDI #fightstigmas

Council approves FY 2020 budget – Rocky Mount NC

Council approves FY 2020 budget
Rocky Mount, N.C.

The Rocky Mount City Council approved the FY 2020 budget during the June 24, 2019 council meeting. The new budget is balanced without a tax rate increase or increases to the city’s utility rates.

The city of Rocky Mount’s total operating budget for FY 2020 is $220.1 million, a 6.2 percent increase over the adopted budget for FY 2019. The budget includes initiatives that address council priorities, such as access to safe, quality and affordable housing; opportunities for economic development in the downtown area; enhancements to city parks, recreation facilities and to City Hall; and programs benefitting neighborhood associations.

For the new fiscal year, an additional $350,000 has been added for new housing development, raising the total housing investment to $1 million. The funds will address specific needs of the city’s 14 identified economically distressed neighborhoods.

Economic development in the downtown area has been prompted by the completion of the Rocky Mount Event Center. The budget funds $5.53 million for the full-year operating and debt service costs for the center. In the downtown area, $1.78 million will be appropriated to fund underground electric utilities and for the first phase of a multi-year plan to rehabilitate downtown storm drainage.
In an effort to improve businesses downtown, the council also approved an additional $130,000 for existing and new grant programs such as the existing Downtown Business Assistance Program and the recently established Façade Improvement Grant, as well as a new roof grant.

Necessary renovations to parks and recreation facilities has also been a priority for council, resulting in $720,000 added to the budget for improvements to Marigold and Lancaster parks, repairs to Denton Street Pool and recreation facilities in the Battleboro Community, along with the development of a master plan for Battle Park.

The Frederick E. Turnage Municipal Building (City Hall) will also receive much needed repairs thanks to council’s approval of $1.64 million in appropriations. The rehabilitation of elevators, elimination of moisture intrusion in the stairwells and the renovation of the first and second floors for the opening of the new One Stop Shop, are among the list of items that need attention. The One Stop Shop will house permitting, inspections and planning in one location with the necessary advanced technology to make it easier for the establishment of businesses in the community.

The FY 2020 budget is also comprised of extra funding for programs implemented by the city’s neighborhood associations. Additional funding of $50,000 will be utilized for grants of up to $2,500 for landscaping and gateway signage. The expansion of neighborhood events is also a reason for the added dollars.

For the complete FY 2020 budget, visit The budget is included on the homepage under news and on the Budget Office webpage.



Rocky Mount was incorporated as a town in 1867. However, the city had its beginning in the early part of the 19th century. It centered around the first post office which was established at the Falls of the Tar River on March 22, 1816.

Obituary – John Clark Hussey Pinetops NC


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Condolences goes out to the family of the late John Clark Hussey.

Obituary: Retired Sheriff Phillip H. Ellis Tarboro Native of Macclesfield NC

imageCondolences goes out to the family of the late Retired Sheriff Phil Ellis.

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Obituary: Sarah (Moten) Lawrence Tarboro NC

Condolences goes out to Ola Pittman and the entire Pittman, (Moten) Lawrence family during the time of transition of Sarah (Moten) Lawrence.

Viewing was held on yesterday.

Homegoing Celebration today 2:00 PM.

Services entrusted to Dickens Funeral Home Inc. Tarboro NC.

Obituary: Douglas Ray Barnes Atlanta Georgia Formerly Of Macclesfield NC

Condolences goes out to Mother Nora Lee Barnes (Anderson Chapel MBC) and the entire Barnes family of the late Douglas Ray Barnes. Doug was in the SouthWest Edgecombe Class of 1981.

Services entrusted to Willoughby Funeral Homes Inc.

Obituary – Homegoing For Anthony Pitt Sr. Silver Spring Maryland Formerly Of Tarboro NC

Condolences goes out to cousins Sharon and Tony Pitt as they prepare for the Homegoing Service for their dad. They are also the children of my aunt the late Annie Mae Dancy Pitt.

Anthony Pitt Sr. Viewing & Homegoing Service

Friday, June 28, 2019
10:00 AM
First Baptist Church of Highland Park, 6801 Sheriff Rd, Landover, MD 20785

Homegoing: 11:00 AM First Baptist Church of Highland Park, 6801 Sheriff Rd, Landover, MD 20785
Burial: Cheltenham Veteran’s Cemetery, in Cheltenham, MD

Arrangements entrusted to Hodges-Edwards Funeral Home 3910 Silver Hill Road, Suitland, Md 20746

Attorney Ralph Steve Stevenson What An Interesting Conversation And He Thinks I Am Going To Send Him A Friend Request, The Devil Is A Liar!

This Special C right here has been trolling my page and reporting me. Ain’t that something! I just can’t!
6:01 PM

Steve Stevenson

You sir, must have blocked or unfriended me in the past. FB says you have to send me a friend request and will not send one from me to you.

10:58 PM

You are not on my Blocked List. I can see your page and you should be able to see mines. I don’t know why you can’t send me a request.

Steve Stevenson

I see yours but cant comment….send me a friend request or change your settings

You can now call each other and see information like Active Status and when you’ve read messages.


No you can’t comment because we are not Friends. I don’t understand why you can’t send me a request. Trying to figure out what is going on.

Steve Stevenson

Steve Stevenson

I figured it out…. I reported a post you made a while back…. FB blocked me as part of the block.


I knew it was nothing that I had done!

Steve Stevenson

So send me a friend request and let’s see if it goes thru….


So what was the post about that you reported me?

Steve Stevenson

A NOI post you shared that was antisemitic. It was removed.



Seen by Steve Stevenson at 11:36 PM

Letter to the Editor: Facts really do matter by Gardenia Hobbs – Rocky Mount Telegram

The Political Agitator’s response: They don’t want to hear these trues! I am familiar with all of these facts.

E. B. White said “Prejudice is a great time saver. You can form opinions without having to get the facts.”

There are people who live their whole life believing over-generalized stereotypes that supposedly set them apart from a particular group of people. The belief that people of color are not intellectually equipped to assume leadership roles is a longstanding stereotype. The election of a people of color council majority in 2003 and the chatter and expressed perils that followed gives credence to this misconception.

The day these council members were sworn in the crusade began to recapture control. They have been criticized at every turn, for every initiative taken to improve economic opportunities and quality of life. This council majority has been criticized for a lack of transparency, yet more issues have been discussed in an open setting than ever before and citizens have been encouraged to attend Committee of the Whole meetings to get direct information.

It was this council majority that brought to light the fact that the city owed hundreds of millions of dollars as a result of a failed utility venture. It was Councilman Andre Knight who was at the forefront of this fight. It was this council majority that heeded the call of citizens and established new guidelines to accommodate those having problems paying utility charges.

At the seating of this council majority, longstanding inequities existed. Only one person of color was serving on the Planning Board and one on the Board of Adjustments. All other boards and commissions dealing with growth and development had none. Goods and services on the east side were almost none existent and plans were on the drawing board to bulldoze the Douglass Block and Booker T. Washington High School. Preservation of African-American history was not a consideration.

Is this the kind of governing that critics are clamoring to reinstate?

The critics leading the charge spent every waking hour trying to prevent the construction of the Event Center so it is surprising that they would be so aggressively interested in the center’s medical contract. It is also surprising that they are so accusatory of downtown real-estate purchases considering they abandoned the area. It is unlikely such untruths would be on display if these critics had been successful in preventing construction of the Event Center.

Al Kersha said, “No matter what you believe, it doesn’t change the facts.” So true.

Gardenia B. Hobbs

Rocky Mount

Lottery Folk Talk To Your Children About Cashing In Lottery Tickets For Others It Comes With A Price

Last week when my son’s car transmission went out I found a lottery shirt that was too big for him the paperwork with the amount of money won and how much taxes were taken out.

The amount was $2500 dollars and $125.00 deducted in taxes.

I asked my son so you won the lottery? He said know he went with Larry Newkirk the barber to Greenville to cash it in for him. I said really? I said you have to file it on your taxes. I said I know you didn’t know but don’t you eve do that again.

I called Newkirk and asked him about it and he had a damn attitude as if I should not have had one. My son is 20 years old and live in my house. I said man what you doing don’t you know that ain’t right and then on top of that you didn’t give him but $200.00. I said you could have given him atleast $500.00. He said he didn’t get the whole thing that he got around $2200. I said so what. Hell I was thinking he out to have given him atleast a $1000.

Newkirk said let him talk. He said my son called him after he had sent a call out to his boys. He acted like I should not be mad and tried to put it on my son. After hearing enough of his b.s. I hung up.

I asked my son how did it go down and he said his friend Josh Speight called him and asked him did he want to make $200. Well it was legal money so who would not think that was a good thing especially at age 20 and not working.

I told Newkirk in the text that either he could not cash the lottery ticket in himself due to he owing the state money ie: hospital bills, child support and/or etc. or he just didn’t want to pay the taxes. Hell he may have won more and got someone else to cash in another ticket. But later it came to me maybe tried to hide it from his wife if he is married.

Well what happened was legal but it is a damn shame this dude took advantage of my son and possibly some others. Dude would have been mad as hell too if someone did his son like that I would think.

Folk you better talk to your children that goes to barbershops and other places where some men, not all will take advantage of your sons.

Larry Newkirk was attending Edgecombe Community College and my son Pitt Community College at the time.

There Is A Racial Divide Between Black People And White People

by Kyle-Durrell Johnson

There is a racial divide between Black people and White people. It makes no sense to try and gather the two populations together to bridge the divide and then get offended when people start talking about WHY the divide exist. I am consistently perplexed by White people who actively try to silence Black voices in spaces meant to BRIDGE the divide and create reconciliation.

Their actions consistently remind me that many people don’t want to heal wounds. they don’t want to be educated about a world perspective of which they have never experienced or understood. They want people to “get over it” so that they can be comfortable while Black people sit with festering wounds of injustice, oppression, and social marginalization.

I’m not here for that. I won’t settle for that. You can miss me with that.

Folks, if you don’t want to BE ABOUT THE WORK, don’t show up to the job site. If you want to be comfortable in a lie, stop asking for truth.

But, the LEAST you can do is stop expecting me to smile while you ignore my reality and act like everything is okay.

Natasha S. Hampton-Clayton Rocky Mount NC Assistant Manager On The 2019 International Stage In China

It was my honor to represent the City of Rocky Mount, North Carolina as a panelist during this morning’s 2019 Qingdao International City Management Conference in @qingdaochina . The topic of discussion was City Refined Management and Governance Capacity Modernization to include #bigdata application, precise governance, #affordablehousing, #genderequality & #womeninleadership to name a few. It was great to discuss how the City of Rocky Mount is strategically tackling global issues within our community. #2019ICMQC #ICMA #shibeidistrict #northcarolina 


Rocky Mount City Council June Meeting “Don’t Blame Me!” Part 2 Councilman Reuben Blackwell

This Video Is A Must See The Public Comments And Then Councilman Reuben Blackwell Put The Gang Conversation In Perspective

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This Guy Right Here Though, Damn He Was Good!


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”Don’t Blame Me!” Part 2


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”Don’t Blame Me!” Part 1

Richard Worsinger Rocky Mount’s residential electric rate is actually the lowest in our area and lower than the average cost in all but 5 states

Heather Owen The electricity rates are competitive? In comparison to what other energy companies? On an apples to apples basis? RMU has been one of the worst utilities I have ever dealt with in my adult life, and I have lived in 7 different states as a home owning or home renting adult.

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