Black Males And Hope!

Folk you got to be careful who you are connected to. Some folk may mean well but you need to make sure they don’t have a hidden agenda.

Some folk have a problem with me because I talk to Rocky Mount City Councilmen Andre Knight, Reuben Blackwell and some other Black folk. Folk they are elected officials and as long as they do what they are suppose to do as elected officials per the description per the LGC, I will support them. You see what the haters description of what they think they ought to be doing is the haters problem not mines.

What these guys do outside of their role as Rocky Mount City Councilmen is their personal business. I don’t give a damn if they bought every piece of property in Rocky Mount. Hell anyone got a problem with that, then why in the hell don’t you buy some property? Hell the only reason I have not bought any is because I don’t have the funds to do so. But some of these haters got the funds. They got the funds but ain’t trying to buy a damn thing on the Edgecombe County side of Rocky Mount and don’t want to see anything good happen on that side. But haters want to control what others do. GTHOH!

The haters got a problem because Reuben has a real job CEO Oic Rocky Mount (Opportunities Industrial Center Inc.) Damn the O stands for what they do, give folk opportunities and those who need training they offer that and those who are ready for work they provide jobs for them. Andre is on the board.

The haters got a problem that Andre is his own boss. He runs a couple of group homes giving his family and some others some employment.

The haters got a problem with him being the President of the Rocky Mount NAACP talking about a conflict of interest! The NAACP is Oldest, Boldest and the Baddest Civil Rights Organization in America. Anyone that have a problem with an organization that fight for folk who civil rights have been violated be they Black, Brown, Caucasian and other they are ignant as all hell. GTHOH

The sad part is the haters that look like me these Ignant Safe Black folk team up with the Caucasian haters and work with them to help them to attempt to accomplish their mission. Now don’t get it twisted because some Caucasians work with us so I ain’t talking about all Caucasians, just the Special Cs. There has been a hater campaign that began back around December of last year that has been faithfully attending the Rocky Mount City Council meetings all of this year attacking Black leadership. While the council meetings are not in session, the haters have been on Social Media 24 hours a day since December faithfully talking about Black Leadership. Oh this was leading up to the Elections of 2019.

Folk it is about POWER! It began with Lige Daughtridge Community Council and candidate for Rocky Mount City Council who attend the meetings challenging the council and on his Community Council Social Media page.

Most recent Warren Daughtridge began attending the Council meetings this year attacking them as well. He started a Social Media Page LoveRockyMount because his thing is folk like myself is negative but he and Special Cs but not limited to can negatively attack Black Leadership and that is ok. GTHOH!

However WHIG-TV, Fighting Crime, Rocky Mount Concerned Citizens, Hood Newz 252 and some individual haters have been around on Social Media attacking the Council for quite some time.

The Rocky Mount Mayoral Race is the one I am watching very, very close. I am tickled to death how these Black folk who are supporting Sandy Roberson are working hard trying to get him elected. Damn shame!

I don’t know Sandy Roberson but I do know Bronson Williams. I heard some folk say they went to school with Sandy and that is fine. But tell me about his concerns about the Rocky Mount City Government meetings before this year’s election because I have not seen him attend the meetings over the years. Oh but just maybe my video camera and photo camera didn’t pick him up. I have no problem with who folk support I am just telling you who I would support if I could vote for them.

I have been attending the meetings long before any of the current members have been on the council. So for the record I was concerned who got elected back then and damn sure concerned now when I see the progress that has been made and some folk are mad because the council is a 4-3 Black majority.

Bronson Williams has been coming to the meetings for years. He has ran for mayor before. He is a young Black Male. He is a smart young business man and actively engaged in Rocky Mount City Government. I know him and I didn’t go to school with him. I am old enough to be his daddy.

And that brings me to an interesting point. Folk talk about supporting the youth, young folk Black Males but you are lying and the truth ain’t in you especially school teachers, pastors, church folk and other because look at what you are doing. Here we go got a chance to get a young Black Male elected as the next Mayor of Rocky Mount and look at the movement. Black folk have teamed up trying to get the Caucasian elected.

But damn these are the same folk that witness how Black Males are acting as if they have no hope and we hear about how they are shooting each other nearly every week. What in the hell do they have to look forward to when I have said over and over again that hell we don’t support Black Males who are doing positive things.

But folk talking about crime in Rocky Mount. Well all of you who are supporting the Caucasian Male over the Black Male, then know that you are supporting the negative vibes of the young Black Males who feel like they can not be leaders. So damn when they choose to become leaders of gangs and other, then don’t act like you don’t know that you are not a part of the solution but you are a part of the problem.

Talking about Black Males need a job, well Bronson is a business man so what other half-trues you going to come up with?

I am The Watch Dog of The East and I am damn good at it. I am watching what is goings on.

I am The Political Agitator! Professional

I am Unbought and Unbossed! I refuse to be silent on issues that matter and Black Males but not limited to is my Main Issue because I am Black Male.

Now Run & Tell That!

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So Just What In The Hell Is Tarrick Pittman So Damn Mad About? What About These Numbers?

But Tarrick I wonder you even have been at the Douglas Block if it had not been for the current council?

But Tarrick damn if business is so damn good, then why in the hell didn’t you pay the money on July 15, 2019? When will he pay?

But Tarrick it appears your addresses of where you live is questionable since you stated in March 2019 in the Rocky Mount Telegram you have lived on Woodland Ave for over a year. However your voter’s registration shows you voted in Nash County around 5 months prior to the March in November 2018. Damn that could be challenged by any Democrat as to if this is voter fraud. The local Board of Elections would rule on that.

But Tarrick you go down to Edgecombe County Board of Elections around June and change your voters registration but now say you live on Rosewood Ave. And when you file for Ward 1 you say you live on Rosewood Ave.

But Tarrick you say you are a numbers guy so help me with this math.

So from November to March is how many months?

Let’s talk about that part!

But what are you so damn mad about?

It appears to me you need to be focusing on your business and getting some drivers license. I am just saying!

But that ain’t none of my business though, but you running for council is my damn business although I can’t vote for or against you.

Critics pan downtown hotel plans – Rocky Mount Telegram (LJK)

The Political Agitator’s response: Thank you my guy Lindell John Kay for your reporting about the critics concerns. However I strongly believe that your reporting is only half-trues. I don’t understand why all of the emphasis is being put on the parking piece and nothing, absolutely nothing is highlighted about the hotel, the retail stores and condominiums. If I am correct with all of that will come revenue. It is just sad that it appears, I repeat it appears that the critics are just mad because the city is growing in many ways positively under the leadership of Blacks and some Caucasians are just showing how racism is still alive and well. Follow the names of the critics and try to put a name with the mess the unidentified folk have to say then ask yourself what these folk with money have done on the Edgecombe County side of Rocky Mount. But these Caucasians continue to talk about what needs to be done but what have they done? Have they invested in Edgecombe County? “There are alternative uses for $18 million that could benefit downtown and the city far more,” said council candidate Lige Daughtridge, who have been a vocal critic of the hotel and parking deck proposal.” Tickles the hell out of me that he has been the spokesperson for the the critics who have been consistently attending the council meetings bringing up their issues for quite some time telling the council how they should spend money and where. So this shows that they have no problem with the council spending the money as long as Lige and his critics can tell them how and where to spend the money. I would love to hear more about the Jesse Gerstl project why it is on hold. Wow, a local real estate investor who do not want to be identified because has pending contracts has the audacity to speak out because they want to help Lige and critics build their case. Really but they have been and continue to be in the process of receiving monies from the city. Since the Caucasian critics are trying to paint a picture of the city, I sure hope Black folk and Caucasians that want what is best foll the entire Rocky Mount weigh what is going on and not allow certain folk to tell them what is best for Rocky Mount. There are competent, intelligent, capable and willing Black leaders who are making history by doing things to finally give the folk of Edgecombe County side of Rocky Mount the HOPE that has been long due. I ask that all folk do their homework and attempt to get all sides of the story. So the critics voice is spelled out here, so where are the voices support the city? Maybe I missed their voices in the series of articles. I want to thank the Caucasians on the council who have been supported of what is good for Rocky Mount as well. I am putting emphasis on the Black Leaders because they are the targets when it comes to the Lige and the critics.

What started out as a simple non-binding letter of intent presented six months ago during a hectic Rocky Mount City Council meeting is poised to become an $18 million downtown parking deck.

Proponents of the hotel — city officials and consultants — have said the project’s economic impact is projected to be around $100 million.

The downtown hotel project will mean 700 local jobs during its construction phase and $1 million in tax revenue, according to information provided by Alan O’Connell of Novogradac Consulting.

If approved, the city will provide $18 million and Hunt Services will put up $30 million for a hotel, parking deck, retail stores and condominiums. (Read more)

Council approves FY 2020 budget – Rocky Mount NC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 26, 2019
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 www.rockymountnc.gov. The budget is included on the homepage under news and on the Budget Office webpage.

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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.

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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City works to improve morale – Rocky Mount Telegram

Rocky Mount’s top administrator is meeting with the city’s middle management to address low morale.

In a review summary presented last month, the law firm Nexsen Pruet found no wrongdoing on behalf of City Manager Rochelle Small-Toney. The independent auditors did find low morale among the city’s mid-level employees.

“Mid-level managers have stated they feel excluded and uninformed,” according to a flyer emailed to employees Wednesday afternoon and shared with the Telegram by an employee who asked to remain anonymous.

Attendees will be able to discuss their concerns, priorities and more, according to the flyer.

“Managers are encouraged to have an open and honest conversation with the city manager only,” the flyer states. “Assistant city managers and department heads will not be in attendance.” (Read more)

Parks & Recreation to hold second annual camping event

Rocky Mount, N.C. – The city of Rocky Mount Parks and Recreation Department will host a Family Campout from 5 p.m. on Friday, June 7 until 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 8 at the Rocky Mount Athletic Stadium.

The campout will include games and other activities, a campfire and a glow walk. The event will also consist of the popular camping snack, smores, and a dinner on Friday with breakfast Saturday morning.

“This campout is a way for families to spend time together,” said Chris Koufopoulos, recreation program coordinator for Rocky Mount Parks and Recreation. “Camping is also a way for children to learn valuable lessons while enjoying nature, and for families to create lasting memories.”

Participants must bring their own tents and camping gear.

Pre-registration is required by Monday, June 3.

To register, visit the Parks and Recreation Department located on the third floor of City Hall. Registration is also available at the South Rocky Mount Community Center, located at 719 Recreation Dr., or at the Booker T. Washington Community Center at 727 Pennsylvania Ave. in Rocky Mount.

Online registration is available through the city’s website at www.rockymountnc.gov

The cost to attend the Family Campout is $20 per family campsite or per tent.

For more information, call 252-972-1135, or visit www.rockymountnc.gov.

The Rocky Mount Athletic Stadium is located at 600 Independence Dr.