The Political Agitator response: I too agree: “Knight said Tuesday he believes Rocky Mount’s legal challenge helped bring Duke Energy to the table.” Knight has played a major role in trying to bring about a change as it relates to N.C.E.M.P.A. I remember back in the early 2000’s when Carol Batchelor, Lewis Turner, Andre Knight, myself and a couple of others had a utilities meeting at Truth Tabernacle. After inviting city utilities department to the meeting it was then when we found out about ElectriCities. Therefore Knight has been working on this issue long before becoming a Rocky Mount City Councilman and a member of the NAACP. It has been my belief that the Goodmaster has been putting Knight in the right place at the right time to help move Rocky Mount forward inspite of the naysayers. Although some do not like his style, it is obvious that his main concern is to “hope somebody” as he has always said that it is all about the elderly.
Duke Energy has made a formal offer to purchase the power plant assets of an agency representing Rocky Mount, giving officials hope that electric rates might be reduced in the coming years.
Graham Edwards, CEO of Electri-Cities that represents the N.C. Eastern Municipal Power Agency, said Tuesday that he could not reveal the dollar amount of Duke’s offer but said it would be discussed in closed session with the power agency’s board next Wednesday in Wilson.
The agency consists of 32 cities and towns in Eastern North Carolina, including Rocky Mount, which own and operate their electric systems. The agency provides wholesale power to its 32 participants. The power agency’s electric rates are 7 percent to 35 percent higher than Duke Energy. (Source: Read more)
Rocky Mount Councilman Andre Knight was one of seven Moral Monday protestors found not guilty of trespassing charges Wednesday in N.C. District Court in Raleigh.
The charges stemmed from a June 12 “Witness Wednesday” protest at the Legislative Building in Raleigh, named in honor of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers.
“The state never offered any evidence on who the owner of the property is that the defendants were allegedly trespassing on,” said John McWilliam, attorney for the defendants. “I think we, the people, own the legislative building and therefore cannot be considered trespassers.” (Source: Read more)
Response: Rocky Mount Mayor Pro-tem Rev. Andre Knight President Rocky Mount NAACP charges were dismissed!
RALEIGH — An attorney representing protesters arrested at the N.C. Legislative Building in June, attempted to call the leaders of both General Assembly chambers on Wednesday as witnesses in the trial of seven people.
John McWilliam, a Raleigh attorney representing some of the demonstrators arrested June 12, said he issued subpoenas for N.C. House Speaker Thom Tillis and Senate President Phil Berger to find out more about the enforcement of the building rules his clients had been accused of violating.
A lawyer from the office of Roy Cooper, the N.C. attorney general, successfully quashed the subpoenas for the Republicans at the helm of the state House and Senate. (Source: Read more)
Andre Knight (R), Attorney John McWilliam (L)
Photo by The DCN taken at the NAACP Humanitarian Awards Banquet. Knight received the John McClean Award.
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March 5, 2014
Contact: Rev. Andre’ D. Knight, President
ANDRE KNIGHT FOUND NOT GUILTY IN STATE TRESPASSING CHARGES
RALEIGH, NC –Andre’ Knight, President of the Rocky Mount Branch of the NAACP, was found not guilty today of trespassing charges brought against him by the State of North Carolina for acts of civil disobedience last summer. Knight said. “This is what democracy looks like. We live in perilous times when our elected leaders seek to imprison and prosecute law abiding citizens in order to suppress their right to free speech. I am glad that the courts have exonerated me and my peers today for being bold and courageous.” Knight, along with several other individuals, were protesting in the General Assembly building on Jones Street on June, 12, 2013 when they were arrested by General Assembly police. This protest was named Witness Wednesday to honor the 50th anniversary of the assassination of slain civil rights leader, Medgar Evers.
John McWilliam, attorney for the defense and partner in a Raleigh and Garner law firm, McWilliam, Henderson and Wall, commented, “It was a pleasure representing people whose actions I saw on the video that made me feel proud. The judge found all seven of the Wednesday Witness defendants not guilty. The State never offered any evidence on who the owner of the property is that the defendants were allegedly trespassing on. I think we, the people, own the legislative building and therefore cannot be considered trespassers. What was also very apparent in the trial is that Chief Weaver has the unfettered discretion to decide when behavior becomes a crime and when it doesn’t.”
President Knight stated, “I am thankful that there are people of reason throughout the state of North Carolina and the entire nation that are hearing our objections to the tyranny that flows from Raleigh to the rest of the state. I am proud that I had the chance to lift my voice along with white, black, young, old, rich, poor and middle class citizens last June to serve as a witness that justice is still alive in the Old North State. We all owe a huge debt of gratitude to our attorney, along with the other attorneys, that represented us and the more than 900 Moral Monday defendants because they believed in our cause.”
Rocky Mount electric customers could see their bills slashed by as much as a third if negotiations are successful for Duke Energy to buy Eastern North Carolina cities’ ownership in power plants, a fellow at the University of North Carolina Center for Civil Rights said Monday.
But attorney Peter Hull Gilbert said the 32 cities in the N.C. Eastern Municipal Power Agency will have to play hard ball in the negotiations with Duke to accomplish this outcome. In a telephone interview Monday morning, he said he does not expect state regulators to force Duke Energy to buy the power agency’s $1.9 billion power plant debt.
“If this is going to have any positive impact on ratepayers, it’s going to depend on the price that Duke pays for these assets,” said Gilbert, who wrote a blog on the negotiations that was posted on the UNC School of Law’s website.
In that blog, he outlines Rocky Mount’s plight. “Rocky Mount, Wilson, and other small cities in Eastern North Carolina, bought large ownership shares of these power plants anticipating continued service to large industrial power users, but with the loss of manufacturing facilities across the region, there is smaller industrial demand,” Gilbert writes. “With the high power costs, these cities cannot attract new industry; even when new industry comes to the region they intentionally locate in areas served by Duke Energy or a cooperative rather than pay the higher municipal rates. The result is that the entire debt burden falls upon the predominantly low-wealth residents who can least afford to pay.” (Source: Read more)
On Tuesday February 4, 2014 around 6:40 am on Dave Perkins morning radio talk show Spotlight on the Community he said that Rep. Buck Newton was going to call in and talk about the Duke Energy possibly buying out the NC Eastern Municipal Power Agency. He said he didn’t know what time he was going to call but he was going to have to try to figure out how to work him in if he called during the time another person was scheduled to call in. He said Buck just goes on and on long winded sometimes. He said he may have to do a Andre Knighter on Buck by saying he couldn’t talk anymore after 3 minutes. Perkins said that he would do like Knight, say what he wanted to say but would tell Buck he couldn’t talk anymore. He referenced a city council meeting when Lige Daughtridge spoke to the council during the public comments and then when Knight responded to him later after others had given their public comments, Knight’s response has been a racial issue. Knight told Lige that he felt that he was against the Event Center because the city council was a black majority and the city manager is black. Damn Knight is black and Lige is white so that was Knight’s black opinion and he was not speaking for the entire board.
I tried to call in to the show at 6:47 am, 6:48 am no answer. I blocked my number and called again at 6:50 am and got through but was told that they were going to play 2 songs did I want to call back. I said yes. I called back again at 6:53 am and I was told they were not on yet could I call back in 5 minutes and I said okay. By this time I was in the parking lot at work.
I called back during my break time at work and I asked Dave had Rep. Buck called in and he said yes. I told him I was calling because I was insulted by his comments earlier about Knight. I said I know you meant it as a joke but I said you need to make sure your jokes are truth when it comes to Knight because he already catches enough hell about what he said or didn’t say. I told him it Knight is the Mayor Pro-tem and he was not in control of the city council meeting he made reference too that he be in control of meetings when Mayor Combs is not at the meetings. I said it was Mayor Combs who shut Lige down at the city council meeting. I said so don’t tell a lie on Knight because some folks would believe it but that lie has already been used by WHIG-TV, Fighting Crime and Cleaning Up Rocky Mount, The Observers and some others. I said I am not defending Knight because he can defend himself. I said this could have been me that you lied on.
Dave said he was not going to apologize because he was joking about Rep. Newton being long winded is true. Well that part maybe so, but the part about what happened to at the city council meeting with the campaign to remove Knight is not a joke.
Dave you need to leave Mayor Pro-tem Andre Knight out of your jokes if you are not going to tell the truth about what really happened.
Rocky Mount City Council
WHIG-TV Tuesday Morning Show February 4, 2014
Since I work a real job during the day I have to look at the show at 11:30 at night.
Sandra and Andrew ignant asses were on their TV station today February 4, 2014 saying that Rev. Andre Knight and Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II get paid for being the Presidents of the NAACP. That is a damn lie because only the Executive Director receive pay and if the E.D. has a staff person or 2 that helps them they can be paid.
It is a damn shame that WHIG-TV tell a bunch of lies on their show but the sad part is they is the outlet for other racist to call in and say what they want to say but when someone who do not think like them, they say let me talk or I am going to hang up on you. They hang up on folks all the time without giving the the time to finish venting or should I say wearing their asses out. They don’t want to hear it so they hang up.
But damn ain’t that what they accused Rocky Mount Mayor Pro-tem Andre Knight when Lige Daughtridge addressed the city council a couple of weeks ago. It was not Knight who shut Lige down it was Mayor David Combs.
Folks need to wake the hell up and see who is on the damn TV every day and has been since the late 90’s when Rev. Andre Knight purchased that house on Falls Road, when he got elected to the city council, when he became President of the NAACP and etc. These folks just want to silence Mayor Pro-tem Knight.
Sandra & Andrew at WHIG-TV hung up on a black man because he was talking about Rev. Gailliard and they said let them talk. But then Rev. Roosevelt Higgs called in and they let him talk and talk.
Roosevelt Higgs talked about he had a problem with the NAACP when it comes to stuff like black on black crime. He said that the NAACP don’t come out when a white person commits a crime but that is too ignant. He said if they did it would give more credibility to the NAACP. Well this goes to show you that his ignant ass don’t know the mission of the NAACP and evidently he do not watch TV because there are numerous whites that are a part of the NAACP. The Moral Monday consist of numerous white folks and Rev. Dr. Barber has traveled across the state to majority white counties to meet with white folks who have an issue that affects white folks, black folks and other such as unemployment, affordable health care and more.
And the black lady that called in and said the black man that they hung up on must had an axe to grind. Well won’t that nothing. The man was speaking how he felt but since they didn’t agree with him, they hung up on him. But didn’t Mayor David Combs tell Lige Daughtridge that he could not speak again because he had had his time at the podium.
You guys at WHIG-TV are always contradicting yourselves blamed the city council for not allowing Lige to speak again but ya’ll hang up on folks.
Damn they have Please Limit Calls to 3 Minutes but they allow folks that are saying what they want to hear to go way pass the 3 minutes.
Rocky Mount City Council