I have put too much time and resources into the NAACP, Democratic Party, Animal Services, Human Relations Commission and other for folk to think they are going to waste my time and to do their own thing that goes against the mission and what I stand for.

I am about the mission of all of the organizations I hold titles and if I was not I would not be a part.

I fight for other folk because I am good. I can fight for myself. If I should need someone to help me fight, I know who I can call.

As I have stated time and time again, I don’t like titles but I recognize and understand that sometimes I have to accept them until someone step up to the plate. However that person must be the one.

If you don’t think I can fight for myself and have some damn good resources that I can call try me!


Detention Center Administrator Calls For The Clergy To Support The Edgecombe County Sheriff Office

I understand there is a ministerial alliance that has been meeting about issues so I hope this letter went to them. I am going to see what kind of response this letter receives. I will see who shows up at the next Edgecombe County Commissioners meeting. Curmilus Butch Dancy II

To my fellow clergy of the Gospel, I greet you with the love of God.

I communicate with you in an effort to share the state of the Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office and request your support.

Let me start by saying I am grateful for the opportunity to serve Edgecombe County as the Detention Center Administrator.

As the Administrator my responsibility is for the entire operation of the Detention Center under the direction of the Honorable Sheriff Cleveland Atkinson, Jr.

The Detention Center has a capacity of 255 detainees, with 57 staff members and medical support team (vendor).

My concern is recruiting and maintaining quality staff to operate in a safe and humane environment due to low salary of the Sheriff’s Office.

The starting salary is $27,065.00 per year (excluding benefits) for a Detention Officer.

The staff work in hostile environments daily, with threats of violence toward them while having to provide protection for detainees, visitors and general public.

The county commissioners have been petitioned for salary increases in the past. Last budget year provided a 4% cost of living for all county employees, which was inadequate for the Sheriff’s Office.

The Sheriff’s Office generates over a million dollars a year in revenue for general funds for the county.

I am asking for your support and prayers that you will share with your congregation in hopes of you and them attending the Commissioners Meeting on February 3, 2020 at 7 pm. The meetings are held in the County Administrations Building located at 201 Saint Andrew St, Tarboro on the second floor.

To say that the Sheriff’s Office protects us, we need good quality staff. Let’s pay them so they can Recruit and Maintain Good Quality Staff.

Thanks my brothers and sisters in the gospel.

Oliver Washington, Pastor
Oliver Washington, Detention Administrator

Press Release: Dunn named Interim Parks and Recreation Director

imageDunn named Interim Parks and Recreation Director

Rocky Mount, N.C. – City Manager Rochelle Small-Toney has appointed Joel Dunn as Interim Parks and Recreation Director effective immediately.

He will fill the role previously held by Assistant City Manager Elton Daniels.

Dunn has spent his entire 14-year, public service career within Parks and Recreation. He has been a member of the city of Rocky Mount Parks and Recreation Department since 2009, when he was hired as Rocky Mount Sports Complex Supervisor.

Dunn has served as the department’s Recreation Superintendent since 2013, where his duties have included managing the activities of athletics, recreation services, outdoor programs, special events, administration and the Rocky Mount Sports Complex. The role requires the supervision of 23 full-time staff, more than 200 part-time staff, three community centers and the Rocky Mount Sports Complex.

“Joel has consistently proven himself as a valuable asset of our Parks and Recreation Department for the past 11 years,” City Manager Rochelle Small-Toney said. “I have the utmost confidence that his knowledge, decision-making and passion are what the department needs at this moment.”

Dunn is currently the Interim Imperial Centre Superintendent, where he has served since December 2017.

“I am honored and excited about the opportunity with the city of Rocky Mount,” Dunn said. “I look forward to continuing to work with everyone as I enter this new position.”

About Rocky Mount

The city of Rocky Mount, located in the Coastal Plains of North Carolina, was incorporated in 1867 and lies in Edgecombe and Nash Counties. Rocky Mount is a two-time All-America City on the Tar River. Serving as the Gateway to Eastern North Carolina, the city’s 875 employees serve approximately 58,000 residents daily.

The city’s mission is to advance community well-being, safety and quality of life by delivering excellent public services and actively collaborating with the community toward a fulfilling and inspired future for its citizens. As a publicly owned utility, the city of Rocky Mount is committed to safe, reliable service for its customers and operates in Nash and Edgecombe counties, providing customers with electricity, natural gas, water, wastewater (sewer), refuse, recycling and/or stormwater services.  To learn more, visit http://www.rockymountnc.gov for news and updates.

Keith Harris The Special C Is Mad And Leaving Facebook

With Council’s action on Monday, with only one dissenting vote, this City Manager has been handed the final and undisputed say concerning the termination of city employees. Only legal action through the court system can overturn her firing decisions now. Watch closely as the gang takes their agenda to another level, removing those who stand in their way and replacing them with friends and associates at inflated salaries.

Keep in mind that this power and responsibility has been given to an administrator who was run out of Savannah and reportedly made the following statements over the past year:

• Where’s the secret money? (referring to the city finances and money not accounted for)

• I’m glad they didn’t pick the next file in that cabinet (referring to the HUD auditor looking through grant files and uncovering malfeasance)

• I will get anyone who talks to the media or anyone else. (a gag order directed to the management team during a dept head meeting)

• Build the 5th floor security wall and door to protect this office from a drunken debutante.

• I’m sorry but you don’t fit the demographic needed for that department head position in this city.

…and many more rare statements.

So, I think it’s clear. With the exception of Lige, I believe there will be little to no voting resistance to the self-serving and racist agenda being pushed by two council members and their puppet. I’ve lost respect and confidence in other council member’s ability to lead and not be intimidated by the gang. I’ve had it with spineless politicians.

I realize my social media comments, my posts, and yes my rants are of little consequence now. Clearly, most people have grown so tired of the mess in Rocky Mount, they’ve simply tuned-out. With the exception of a handful of people, I believe most view this fight as a circus sideshow, and, unfortunately most have lost hope that anything positive will come of this. Some view this struggle as a detriment to economic development and especially for our downtown businesses. Most want to hear the good news and nothing else. So be it.

Accordingly, I’m finished on Facebook. If and when the state audit results are released or if and when other agencies converge on Rocky Mount, I will re-engage. For now, I will continue to fight behind the scenes providing information to those agencies who can hold these crooks accountable. I pray that Lige, Mayor Roberson and the Mayor’s transition team can steer Rocky Mount in a positive direction. Lord knows they need our prayers.

I’ve done what I can but I’m tired of being bitter, angry and disappointed every single day. And, I’m tired of going-it-alone. Going forward, I am refocusing my energy toward family, faith and work. God Bless the City of Rocky Mount!


J. Keith Harris

I’m a liberal, but that doesn’t mean what a lot of you apparently think it does

Thanks Chris Miller for sharing this is damn good!

This is a long read, but I completely agree!

Copying from a friend’s page since it reflects many of my beliefs. If it offends you and you feel the need to unfriend me, that is your right. I can say that I have never unfriended anyone who has beliefs that differ from mine.

I’m a liberal, but that doesn’t mean what a lot of you apparently think it does. Let’s break it down, shall we? Because quite frankly, I’m getting a little tired of being told what I believe and what I stand for. Spoiler alert: not every liberal is the same, though the majority of liberals I know think along roughly these same lines:

1. I believe a country should take care of its weakest members. A country cannot call itself civilized when its children, disabled, sick, and elderly are neglected. PERIOD.

2. I believe healthcare is a right, not a privilege. Somehow that’s interpreted as “I believe Obamacare is the end-all, be-all.” This is not the case. I’m fully aware that the ACA has problems, that a national healthcare system would require everyone to chip in, and that it’s impossible to create one that is devoid of flaws, but I have yet to hear an argument against it that makes “let people die because they can’t afford healthcare” a better alternative. I believe healthcare should be far cheaper than it is, and that everyone should have access to it. And no, I’m not opposed to paying higher taxes in the name of making that happen.

3. I believe education should be affordable. It doesn’t necessarily have to be free (though it works in other countries so I’m mystified as to why it can’t work in the US), but at the end of the day, there is no excuse for students graduating college saddled with five- or six-figure debt.

4. I don’t believe your money should be taken from you and given to people who don’t want to work. I have literally never encountered anyone who believes this. Ever. I just have a massive moral problem with a society where a handful of people can possess the majority of the wealth while there are people literally starving to death, freezing to death, or dying because they can’t afford to go to the doctor. Fair wages, lower housing costs, universal healthcare, affordable education, and the wealthy actually paying their share would go a long way toward alleviating this. Somehow believing that makes me a communist.

5. I don’t throw around “I’m willing to pay higher taxes” lightly. If I’m suggesting something that involves paying more, well, it’s because I’m fine with paying my share as long as it’s actually going to something besides lining corporate pockets or bombing other countries while Americans die without healthcare.

6. I believe companies should be required to pay their employees a decent, livable wage. Somehow this is always interpreted as me wanting burger flippers to be able to afford a penthouse apartment and a Mercedes. What it actually means is that no one should have to work three full-time jobs just to keep their head above water. Restaurant servers should not have to rely on tips, multibillion-dollar companies should not have employees on food stamps, workers shouldn’t have to work themselves into the ground just to barely make ends meet, and minimum wage should be enough for someone to work 40 hours and live.

7. I am not anti-Christian. I have no desire to stop Christians from being Christians, to close churches, to ban the Bible, to forbid prayer in school, etc. (BTW, prayer in school is NOT illegal; *compulsory* prayer in school is – and should be – illegal). All I ask is that Christians recognize *my* right to live according to *my* beliefs. When I get pissed off that a politician is trying to legislate Scripture into law, I’m not “offended by Christianity” — I’m offended that you’re trying to force me to live by your religion’s rules. You know how you get really upset at the thought of Muslims imposing Sharia law on you? That’s how I feel about Christians trying to impose biblical law on me. Be a Christian. Do your thing. Just don’t force it on me or mine.

8. I don’t believe LGBT people should have more rights than you. I just believe they should have the *same* rights as you.

9. I don’t believe illegal immigrants should come to America and have the world at their feet, especially since THIS ISN’T WHAT THEY DO (spoiler: undocumented immigrants are ineligible for all those programs they’re supposed to be abusing, and if they’re “stealing” your job it’s because your employer is hiring illegally). I believe there are far more humane ways to handle undocumented immigration than our current practices (i.e., detaining children, splitting up families, ending DACA, etc).

10. I don’t believe the government should regulate everything, but since greed is such a driving force in our country, we NEED regulations to prevent cut corners, environmental destruction, tainted food/water, unsafe materials in consumable goods or medical equipment, etc. It’s not that I want the government’s hands in everything — I just don’t trust people trying to make money to ensure that their products/practices/etc. are actually SAFE. Is the government devoid of shadiness? Of course not. But with those regulations in place, consumers have recourse if they’re harmed and companies are liable for medical bills, environmental cleanup, etc. Just kind of seems like common sense when the alternative to government regulation is letting companies bring their bottom line into the equation.

11. I believe our current administration is fascist. Not because I dislike them or because I can’t get over an election, but because I’ve spent too many years reading and learning about the Third Reich to miss the similarities. Not because any administration I dislike must be Nazis, but because things are actually mirroring authoritarian and fascist regimes of the past.

12. I believe the systemic racism and misogyny in our society is much worse than many people think, and desperately needs to be addressed. Which means those with privilege — white, straight, male, economic, etc. — need to start listening, even if you don’t like what you’re hearing, so we can start dismantling everything that’s causing people to be marginalized.

13. I am not interested in coming after your blessed guns, nor is anyone serving in government. What I am interested in is the enforcement of present laws and enacting new, common sense gun regulations. Got another opinion? Put it on your page, not mine.

14. I believe in so-called political correctness. I prefer to think it’s social politeness. If I call you Chuck and you say you prefer to be called Charles I’ll call you Charles. It’s the polite thing to do. Not because everyone is a delicate snowflake, but because as Maya Angelou put it, when we know better, we do better. When someone tells you that a term or phrase is more accurate/less hurtful than the one you’re using, you now know better. So why not do better? How does it hurt you to NOT hurt another person?

15. I believe in funding sustainable energy, including offering education to people currently working in coal or oil so they can change jobs. There are too many sustainable options available for us to continue with coal and oil. Sorry, billionaires. Maybe try investing in something else.

16. I believe that women should not be treated as a separate class of human. They should be paid the same as men who do the same work, should have the same rights as men and should be free from abuse. Why on earth shouldn’t they be?

I think that about covers it. Bottom line is that I’m a liberal because I think we should take care of each other. That doesn’t mean you should work 80 hours a week so your lazy neighbor can get all your money. It just means I don’t believe there is any scenario in which preventable suffering is an acceptable outcome as long as money is saved.

Copy & paste if you want. I did.