For immediate release: New citizen committee created to help cops crack cold case murders

More than $15,000 raised in one week for tipster rewards

ROCKY MOUNT — Retired Brigadier General Arnold N. Gordon-Bray will head a new team to spotlight the scores of unsolved murders and missing person cases in the Twin Counties and beyond.

Still in the early stages of organization, the nonprofit board will serve as a round table team of individuals from different backgrounds in close communication with law enforcement officials to assist in engaging the public to help solve cold cases in an effort to bring closure to victims’ families and respective communities as a whole.

Christened as Team Cold Case by Gen. Gordon-Bray, the board will also oversee donations and issue reward monies to be paid to anonymous tipsters for information about unsolved homicides in Nash and Edgecombe counties with an eye toward expanding into Wilson County, and eventually Fayetteville, Wake County and throughout central and eastern North Carolina.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for citizens to participate in enforcing the rule of law, bring closure for loved ones and let all know, just because a case is cold…it ain’t over,” said Gen. Gordon-Bray. “Do I expect instant or tons of success? No. First, I trust our District Attorney Robert Evans and investigators. The missing piece has been civic participation.”

Gen. Gordon-Bray pledged the TCC board will practice parity in case selection and show the utmost respect for victims and their families. The cases will be referred to the board by the area’s top law enforcement officials including Rocky Mount Police Chief George Robinson, Edgecombe County Sheriff Clee Atkinson and Nash County Sheriff Keith Stone, who will each appoint members to the board.

The sheriffs and Chief Robinson, who attended organizational meetings, said they are 100 percent behind the project. All three said they are committing all available resources to get the job done.

“I’m with this all the way,” said Sheriff Atkinson. “Anything this team needs, I’ll be there.”

Chief Robinson said he hopes the board helps to bring closure to grieving families.

“I’ve seen people who didn’t get closure leave this world,” Chief Robinson said. “That’s a sad thing to see.”

The TCC board will hold regular meetings with detectives directly involved in cold case investigations and vote on the award amounts to be distributed to tipsters who provide information leading to arrest. So far $15,000 has been raised by local business owners to be added to existing reward amounts.

Less than an hour before this information was released, Hope Fisher Connie, a Rocky Mount attorney, signed on as the team’s legal liaison.

“It’s a worthwhile cause and I look forward to serving our community in this way,” Connie said.

The board involves a three-pronged approach utilizing law enforcement, members of the civic and business communities and the news media. Under the umbrella of the TCC board, Sandra Smith of WHIG-TV, a local television station with a wide reach; Lindell Kay, an award-winning investigative reporter who writes for The Enterprise; and Katheryn Zughbi, who operates Fighting Crime, a popular local crime blog; have joined forces to present detailed information about unsolved murders and missing person cases.

In addition to his continued coverage of cold cases for The Enterprise, Kay will appear live with Smith at 8 a.m. every Thursday on the station’s morning show. The hour will be repackaged to run in primetime at 7 p.m. Fridays as The Kay Files, a brand Kay developed while reporting about unsolved cases in the area.

Zughbi will receive tips generated by the show via a special hotline — 252-406-6736 — and turn the information over to detectives. All tipsters will remain anonymous. Zughbi said only the pertinent tip information will be passed along to authorities. Personal information will never be shared in order to protect informant identities and prevent them from having to appear in court.

“Fighting Crime has been helping us for years with good tips,” Sheriff Stone said. “I’m excited about this new group. It will be good to get citizen involvement. I’m here to help in any way that I can.”

More information about the board appointees and move to include Wilson County will be shared in real time on the show and via future press releases.

“I am praying this will incentivize those who know something to say something without fear of retribution,” said Gen. Gordon-Bray. “It’s a great start. Lindell and Kat have been doing this for years. Let’s give them a boost.”

About Gen. Arnold Gordon-Bray

Gen. Gordon-Bray served more than three decades in the U.S. Army as a joint-qualified officer. A combat leader, the general commanded more than 4,000 men and women from Ft. Bragg in the War in Iraq. He is a Ranger qualified Paratrooper earning numerous medals including the highest award for peacetime service and two bronze stars for combat.

Known as a broad strategic thinker and a life-long learner, Gen. Gordon-Bray was the Deputy Operations Officer for the entire continent of Africa, and Principal staff officer for all U.S. Army installations worldwide. He holds multiple advanced degrees including an honorary doctorate of humanities from N.C. Wesleyan College. The general has served on numerous national, state and local community boards. He’s the founder of ANGB Consulting LLC.

About Lindell Kay

A print journalist since 2003, Kay covered Nash and Edgecombe counties for local newspapers for five years before moving to The Enterprise and The Wilson Times last summer. In his short time at The Enterprise he’s already won an award from the N.C. Press Association.

It was Kay’s 19th such acknowledgement, which includes numerous accolades for writing about unsolved homicides, many of which have been reopened or resolved.

A Navy veteran, Kay’s training includes body recovery with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, suspicious activity reporting with the Department of Homeland Security and recognizing sexual abuse with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. He’s been featured on WRAL, CNN, Fox News, Dateline and programs on Investigation Discovery.

About Katheryn Zughbi

Since 2012, Zughbi has operated Fighting Crime News and Who’s Wanted, a blog and social media page with more than 70,000 followers. She has a track record of helping law enforcement solve hundreds of crimes.

In the last year, Zughbi has been directly involved in helping solve at least two homicides, one involving a woman who’s been missing for more than a decade.

Having vanished in 2004, Debra Deans remained a missing person until information from Zughbi led authorities straight to Dean’s shallow grave, and the arrest of Dean’s sister-in-law on a murder charge.

In another case, Zughbi received tips and relayed the information to police in Nashville, resulting in two arrests in the brutal death of a man during a 2019 home invasion.

Nashville Police Chief Anthony Puckett publicly thanked Fighting Crime for the information provided.

About Sandra Smith

Smith is an on-air personality and president of WHIG-TV. She is the main host of the Don Bulluck Chevrolet Morning Show.

An employee of WHIG for two decades, Smith has grown the station to a 19 county reach on cable, half a million viewers on HD antenna and a worldwide audience on the web.

Smith is the recipient of several honors, including the Rocky Mount Area Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business Advocate Award.

She serves on the Twin County Hall of Fame Board of Directors and the Christian Fellowship Board where she was chairman from 2017 to 2019.

WHIG appears over the air on Channel 31.1; SuddenLink on Channel 17; GreenLight on Channel 19; CenturyLink PRISM on Channel 31; and CBN on Channel 26.

WHIG reaches Nash, Edgecombe, Wilson, Cumberland, Wayne, Wake, Harnett, Warren, Franklin, Person, Vance, Granville, Moore, Sampson, Roberson, Halifax, Northampton and Johnston counties including the major cities of Rocky Mount, Wilson, Tarboro, Nashville, Fayetteville, Clayton, Fuquay-Varina, Louisburg, Henderson, Oxford, Zebulon, Wake Forest, Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Roanoke Rapids and Carthage.

Questions about the WHIG program should be directed to Sandra Smith at sandra@whigtv.com.

Gen. Gordon-Bray can be reached via email at info@teamcoldcase.com. The TCC is receiving tips at 252-406-6736 or at info@ncfightingcrime.com.

Rocky Mount City Council Meeting – This Special C Right Here Randy Adcox I Can Speak For Myself

Randy Adcox's Profile Photo, Image may contain: 1 person, smilingThe Political Agitator’s response: Wow! I love it “in your face” really! Damn this ignant said I was a self – professed “political agitator.” Wrong! I am a damn Professional Political Agitator. My message was not about bridging a damn racial divide and claiming to resolve a damn thing. I came to address the council however I mentioned Ignant Ass Racist Special Cs. I know you and others who think like you are about division because I am not here bridge a damn thing but to speak truth to power about the facts as presented. I have no control over how Ignant Ass Racist Special Cs receive and respond to it. But fact is you can attempt to twist my words but the facts remain the same. Damn this Ignant Ass Special C said I should not be able to voice my opinion but this Ignant Ass Special C and his Special Ass friends can. Oh but if I said that was White Privilege he would attempt to twist that fact too. Randy Adcox this is the reason I began to video the meetings years ago so I can play back what was said while ignants like you try to twist what Black Folk say. This is what I said during the Public Comments and I meant every word so prove what I said is not factual. I stand behind and challenge Ignant Ass Racist Special Cs and Safe Negro Black Folk may as well to get the hell over it because I am a Professional Political Agitator and it is documented. I do not need your approval. My comments are I repeat as follows: https://youtu.be/hwscsEpvgrw?t=2681

Randy Adcox Greetings friends and welcome to another episode of the Rocky Mount City Council Roundup! If you couldn’t make it out to attend today’s council meeting, don’t worry; I was there, and I witnessed the entire Trainwreck; uh… Sorry…I meant meeting. 😉
So after a bit of a delay, Mayor Roberson dropped his gavel at 4:05, and then asked for a moment of silence so those with varying religious beliefs could pray in their own manner. The roll was then called, followed by the approval of the minutes from the June 8th “regular” council meeting, and then approval of the “Committee of the Whole” meeting from the same date.
Item 6 today was the city manager’s “Community Update” segment, and Mrs. Small-Toney used her time to thank the city’s fire and police departments for their efforts in rescuing 92 citizens and 4 pets during the recent flooding across the city. She also acknowledged assistant city manager Elton Daniels and his recent selection as secretary/treasurer of the state’s city manager’s organization. Sadly, she also announced the cancellation of the city’s annual July 3rd fireworks celebration, as well as the public gatherings scheduled at some of the city’s outdoor venues, due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Item 7 was the presentation of a plaque proclaiming the month of July as Parks and Recreation Month.
Item 8 was the “public speaking” segment of the meeting, and frankly, it was during this part of the meeting that I was tempted to get up and leave. Though I’m hesitant to even repeat some of the comments made during this portion of the meeting, I feel like there were some things said that NEED to be heard by EVERYONE in this city – in spite of their threatening and disgusting message. Truthfully, I’m just sorry my “audience” isn’t bigger (feel free to share this post. In fact, I’d ask that you PLEASE share it with everyone you come into contact with over the upcoming days and weeks; it’s THAT important!)
So, Mr. Tom Harris led off today’s speaking segment, and he used his time to inquire about the methodology the city uses in determining how utility bills are “written off”, an obvious reference to council member Andre Knight who has had (so far anyway) more than $47,000.00 in utility bills written off. Mr Harris also inquired about the status of the Local Government Commission’s (LGC) ruling on the downtown hotel and parking deck project, and further pointed out that the hotel/motel industry has suffered a significant financial downturn during the current Covid-19 pandemic. He also questioned the wisdom of moving forward with such a project in light of the current financial uncertainty.
Mrs. Morie Minges spoke next and pleaded with the council to respond to the citizens’ questions and concerns brought up during these meetings.
Nehimiah Smith spoke next and issued a not-so-subtle threat to any business in this city who doesn’t “respect the black citizenry”. Mr. Smith has apparently become the defacto spokesperson for the entire black population in Rocky Mount, and he repeatedly stated that “we will shut you down”. It’s hard to see how Mr. Smith’s bellicose and incendirary comments could possibly help to alleviate the racial disharmony he frequently *claims* to be trying to heal, but nonetheless, every business in this city has now been put on alert that *HE* will “shut you down” if you fail to live up to *his* expectations!
Curmilus Dancy spoke next and his message was also an “in your face”, defiant, and frankly, non-constructive diatribe about how everyone who doesn’t agree with *him*, should simply go away or “sit down and shut up”. In other words, unless you’re willing to agree – unconditionally – with Mr. Dancy, you shouldn’t be allowed to voice your opinion regarding this city council as a whole, but *especially* the black members of the council. It was in a word, “typical” commentary from the self- professed “political agitator”. And again, it was hard to discern how such comments could possibly help bridge the racial divide he and others claim to want to resolve.
Council member Reuben Blackwell’s son “Cooper” Blackwell spoke next, and dropped what some might call a “bombshell”. According to young Mr. Cooper, this city council has “met the demands” of he and his “Black Action Committee” members regarding the Confederate monument, and that “the revolution has begun!”.
Former mayoral candidate Bronson Williams spoke next, and used his time to pontificate on the status of Rocky Mount, and specifically how the city is moving forward in spite of perceived hindrances from certain (presumably white?) citizens.
There would be additional “fiery” commentary later in the meeting, but I for one was glad to see THIS segment of the meeting come to an end!

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Rocky Mount NC – Daniels appointed to NCCCMA Executive Committee

Rocky Mount, N.C. – City of Rocky Mount Assistant City Manager Elton Daniels will serve a one-year term as Secretary/Treasurer of the North Carolina City/County Management Association. The NCCMA is one of the larger local government associations in the country. It has existed since 1938 and is the professional association for city and county managers and assistant managers who work to improve the quality of local government throughout the state.
Daniels has been a member of the NCCCMA for more than a decade. He joined the city of Rocky Mount as Parks and Recreation Director in February 2019. He has served as assistant city manager since November 2019. He has previously served as Town Manager of Selma and Assistant County Manager of Franklin County.
“I am extremely honored to serve in this capacity as it will assist my personal professional growth as well as give the city of Rocky Mount a seat at the table on the state’s largest local government professional organization,” Daniels said. “I am thankful for the support and vote of confidence by my peers, and I look forward to the opportunity to serve our state and city.”
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 towards 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.

Jessie Nunery
Media Relations Specialist
Office of Communications and Marketing
City of Rocky Mount

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Rocky Mount NC City Council Meeting Monday June 22, 2020

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I addressed the Council During Public Comments
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Rocky Mount NC City Council Vote To Do Required Face Mask As Raleigh NC Put Into Effect On Friday June 20, 2020

imageThe Rocky Mount City Council voted to do the required mask thing. The attorney said they have to actually put it in writing in order to make it a Resolution. The Resolution will be brought back to the next meeting and voted on.
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Dan Eason & Scott Mizelle Obviously Had A Problem With My Public Comments During Rocky Mount City Council Meeting

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I am assuming this was on
Rocky Mount Concerned Citizens Facebook page where they have me blocked. Wow! I think I may know this Ignant Racist Special C Dan Eason’s brother but I don’t know him.

Move where? Obviously you can’t comprehend because I addressed that during my comments.

Scott Mizelle what about my website? Care to elaborate? I’ll wait!

Just received a message that these 2 ignants said this on the Rocky Mount Facebook page while the meeting was going on. I stand to be corrected.
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So Where Are You Guys That Have Been On J. Russell Harris Show Today June 22, 2020?

imageI tuned in to WHIG-TV Ignant mess talking about the Audit.

I attended the Rocky Mount City Council meeting today also.

So you all think that it is okay for WHIG-TV to bash the Rocky Mount City Council daily? Wow! Councilman T.J. Walker has been on the panel with you and you all don’t see the need to monitor and to call in to challenge them? You can call in and voice your opinion.

So you all think you are going to bring about changes but do not attend meetings where the decisions are being made? They have Public Comments were you can voice your opinions.

When and where do you plan on taking a stand? I’ll wait!

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Rocky Mount NC – Confederate Monument On Falls Road Need To Come Down Immediately

The Confederate Monument on Falls Road need to come down immediately before it become a news story for being torn down and/or destroyed.

It has been clear that some folk have wanted it down years ago when someone tried to destroy it which resulted in the city taking down the 4 sides to the statue and have them stored in a warehouse.

I served on the Rocky Mount Human Relations Commission and we held a series of 4 meetings discussing the Monument. A consultant was paid $40,000 to come in and moderate the discussion when the city could have just taken it down. But folk don’t want to talk about that monies being used. I said it was unnecessary then and it is evident that in this season, they are coming down across the nation.

The Rocky Mount City Council voted 6-1 to take it down. The mayor who only votes during a tie also said that if it had been a tie he would have voted to remove it. The Elected Officials have spoken so remove it now today!

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Rocky Mount NC – WNCR TV Juneteenth Education Scholarship Benefit

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It’s Time that We Get Some Real Answers About This Latest Audit

By Curmilus Dancy II

Note: I have withheld posting this since May 26, 2020.

State Auditor Beth Wood, in justifying why she launched her expensive, anticlimactic investigation into the goings on in Rocky Mount, said she was prompted to do so after being bombarded by citizen complaints about alleged improprieties. But I, along with a growing number of citizens across the region, are questioning Ms. Wood’s judgment and her motives.

No matter where you stand on the politics, citizen should be yelling at the top of their lungs demanding to know why there was such an egregious waste of taxpayers’ money and resources. To be clear, Ms. Wood authorized spending nearly a half-million dollars ($421,282.00) and a year’s worth of manpower hours (4,058 hours) to come to her most dramatic findings, that: 1.) A city councilman was able to evade $47,000 in utility bills; and 2.) City Manager Rochelle Small-Toney overspent her expense account to the tune of $500 a year for three years. Let that sink in, and forget for a moment that Ms. Wood’s alleged objective is to ensure governmental fiscal accountability.

Now, I ask every thoughtful, honest person to take a closer look at these charges. In the case of the councilman, whom Ms. Wood later identified as Andre Knight, there are several things that are quite troubling. Firstly, the North Carolina Utilities Commission as well as federal data privacy laws prohibit the release of personal information about utility account holders. Ms. Wood certainly knew that, because her audit never identified Mr. Knight by name. Yet, when she was interviewed by television and print reporters, she quickly threw the councilman’s name to the wind.

Since Mr. Knight has denied the charges, the public has a right to know what proof she has to the contrary and why she was not obliged to follow the law. Let’s say, for the sake of discussion, that reporters had gathered all of Rocky Mount’s utility bills and matched them to certain properties belonging to Mr. Knight. Those reporters would still have to determine whether all of the utility bills were his responsibility – and not that of a tenant or sub-tenant – during, in this particular case, the entire twenty (20)-year period. That’s right, the period in question traverses two decades!

Responding to the auditor, the city wrote, “The write-off amount the City reported … did not have supporting documentation in the form of printable billings that verified the total amount. A true or even proximate value could never be reconciled to the amount that was reported to the [auditor]. A total of $47,000 has never been substantiated by the City Staff or the [auditor] but was gleaned from a data dump performed by the City’s Finance Department. …In addition, many of the balances referenced by the [auditor] dating back to 1999 were much higher than normal residential accounts and defied logic as to how the calculations of those were made, much less confirmed. It is not clear whether the [auditor] investigated, when informed, that the account in question was subject to possible manipulation by unauthorized City staff for a good portion of the time that the write-offs covered.”

What’s even more disturbing is the auditor’s comment that, “Other City residents had to pay their bills timely to continue to receive services.” Thus, even if Mr. Knight’s bills had been written off, as she claims, her statement clearly suggests that Mr. Knight is the only person during this 20-year period who was given such a benefit. Is there anyone who believes this? Of course not. In fact, there were about $20 million in utility bills that were written off by the city during this same period. Why aren’t those names bantered about in public discourse?

Now, let’s delve into Ms. Wood’s other major finding, that Ms. Small-Toney lavished herself with lobster and shrimp dinners at the public’s expense. I have been outspoken about my belief that this audit –like the previous one that fizzled in a pool of racial animus – is an outright assault on the city’s Black leadership. First of all, it is absolutely outrageous to suggest that this city’s chief executive should’ve stuck to the cheap side of the menu. Who believes for a moment that the public outrage would be just as intense if it had gotten out that Mayor Sandy Roberson’s or a white city manager had chosen seafood over chicken or spaghetti? It harkens to the old racist trope of the “welfare queen” spending her food stamps on luxury dinners, instead of more modest fare.

Ms. Small-Toney provided receipts for a full $1,416.12 of the $1,575 in question, and she noted that the expenditures were for city staff dinners at conferences for the National League of Cities in Charlotte in 2017 ($858.62) and the ElectriCities in Ashville in 2018 ($557.50). A balance of $158 was unaccounted for. Sorry Ms. Woods, but this is hardly a finding that can be justified by such an expensive, yearlong investigation.

But Ms. Woods is not the only public figure whose motivation must be questioned. The mayor – yes, the same one who campaigned on his ability and desire to bring this racially fractured city together – has accelerated the longstanding attacks on the duly elected council majority and city manager, both of whom happen to be African American. He really revealed himself when he stepped up his political gamesmanship and asked Mr. Knight to resign. He knew that was throwing raw meat to an angry white contingency in this city who contend that Mr. Knight’s position on the City Council is in direct conflict with his role as the leader of the local chapter of the NAACP. (That white rage is clear to anyone paying attention to several local social media pages.) This is a telling indication of this city’s racial climate. The NAACP’s mission is to ensure that everyone, regardless of race, has an equal opportunity to succeed in society. And the truth is, that mission should be in perfect harmony with anyone seeking to hold a council seat or sit in the mayor’s seat. Many African Americans worked for Mr. Roberson’s campaign, sincerely believing he would live up to his promise.

I’m in agreement with State Rep. Shelly Willingham (D-Edgecombe), who in recent days is asking from accountability from the state auditor and the mayor. Like many residents, he is asking why such a minute sliver of the city’s population (less than 4 tenths of one percent) was able to trigger such an expensive, protracted investigation. We want to know:

· Who were the complainants?

· What is her proof against Councilman Knight, and how, with protections afforded by law, was the auditor able to publicize his name as the utility account holder?

· Was Knight the only account holder who received write-offs during that 20-year period, as she intimated in the audit?

· If not, why was that information on other account holders withheld?

· How many others received write-offs; what are their names; and for how much were the entitlements?

· Why did Ms. Small-Toney receive such notable mention in the audit report when she was not employed until 2017 and many of the allegations date back to 1999?

It’s no secret that the audit was triggered by the usual crowd of disgruntled citizens who can find no comfort in the progressive agenda for downtown Rocky Mount developed and supported by the current city administration and City Council.

To those detractors, I say stop attempting to do an end-around a local government that was elected by the residents of this city, and allow the will of the majority to move forward.

Ms. Woods, stop allowing yourself to be a puppet of the recalcitrant obstructionists in our city and work to regain your reputation as an impartial state auditor. And, Mr. Roberson, be a change-maker – that person you promised during your campaign – not the one plotting against those making our city better for everyone.

The DCN News Blog Online Has Faithfully Videoed Rocky Mount City Council Meetings & Making Them Available For Anyone To Watch For Free

I have been videoing the Rocky Mount City Council meetings faithfully over the years for free and posting them on YouTube and then sharing it on my Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn social media sites. I also take photos and share them on my social media pages as well.

I made Rocky Mount City Council meetings a top priority because there has been some who have been attacking councilmembers Andre Knight and Reuben Blackwell over the years. WHIG-TV, Fighting Crime, Rocky Mount Concerned Citizens, LoveRockyMount, 252 Hoodnewz, Community Council, Tarrick Pittman, Samuel Battle, Randy Adcox, J. Keith Harris, Clint Williams, Albert Preston Holmes, (Jerry Fisher and the late Mark Bowling), Tales of an Educated Debutante and others have disrespected the Rocky Mount City Council because they are a Black Majority and because there are more Black Departments heads with the city along with a Black City Manager, Black Police Chief and a Black Fire Chief.

The sad part is some of the haters of the Rocky Mount City Council I have provided for free the video of the meetings so that folk could get the whole trues of what took place at the meetings.

The NC State Auditor Beth Woods was asked by some Rocky Mount Special Cs to do an audit on Andre Knight and Reuben Blackwell along with the Rocky Mount City Council and she completed the report. She asked for the Council to respond to the findings. The council responded to the findings and she said her report was completed and that she sent information to some agencies that she said she thought they needed to go to.

So now as to the facts that were presented the audit completed, findings presented, so now I am waiting on the response from the agencies.

It is time for the Rocky Mount Special Cs to stop the bullying and using racist tactics to divide Rocky Mount. It is time to move forward in a civil manner.

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Rocky Mount NC – Find other ways to televise council meetings

The Political Agitator’s response: It is a damn shame that the Rocky Mount Special Cs whom have been attacking the Rocky Mount City Council talking about Transparency when this council has been more transparency than any of the previous ones. I know because I have been attending the meetings before any of the current councilmembers have come on board. I have been recording the meetings for free faithfully over the years along with WHIG-TV. Community Connections With Theresa Alston has been doing Facebook Live. All of these videos have been provided free of charge costing the city ab so damn lute ly 0 dollars. However I believe Community Connections and myself could be given a one time donation for our services because although WHIG-TV does not charge the council, they are compensated through sponsors when they broadcast the meetings on their station. I have not been recording the meetings since the COVID-19 and watching the meetings from home.

The Rocky Mount Telegram reported Thursday, June 4, that the City Council questioned the costs to televise the meetings. It is fiscally responsible of our City Council to question the costs.

It leads to exploring alternative methods to obtain the desired outcome — transparency and greater public involvement in city affairs.

There is a legitimate cost to totally re-wire, repair, install and re-equip the City Hall to be able to televise the meetings. I would like to propose that we use the existing sources to televise the meetings in the future. We have two TV stations in this town. I know that WHIG televises some of the Kiwanis weekly meetings. The city could use the WHIG equipment and expertise to televise the meetings at this delicate time in our come back from the COVID-19 shut down.

Once the city has recovered from the COVID-19 shut down, we can then talk about re-equipping the City Hall to be able to televise the meetings.

My main question is “Why should we reinvent the wheel?” Why should we not utilize what we have available to us? Once we have extra unallocated funds, we can then invest in equipment to televise the City Council meetings. Spending money that we wish we had is an irresponsible act. I would like to be proud to know that my City Council is not irresponsible.

Jane Gravely

Rocky Mount

Rocky Mount NC – Mills unlikely to take back land if monument moved

Being a lifelong resident of Rocky Mount and the last president of Rocky Mount Mills, the yarn manufacturing company, I am getting calls for my thoughts on the recent action by the City Council with regards to the Confederate monument at Battle Park.

I am pleased six of the seven council members voted in favor of removing the monument. I, too, am in favor of removing the monument and storing it at a safe facility until a determination can be made for an appropriate location.

My current thoughts have evolved and are the result of conversations I have had with a number of people in a rational manner after checking my emotions at the door. I commend the city for the well-organized, thoughtful workshops they conducted a year or so ago about the monument.

Some concern has been expressed on social media about reversion rights for the plot of land if the monument is removed. Residents should rest assured if any reversion rights were put into play, as the last president of Rocky Mount Mills, I can say the reversion would be rejected or if necessary, any property in question would be deeded back to the City of Rocky Mount to be included with Battle Park.

In 1974, Rocky Mount Mills donated Battle Park, one it most valuable assets, to the City of Rocky Mount to be used as a public park for all the citizens of the Twin County area That desire remains in place and I am pleased the city is developing plans to further enhance the Battle Park experience.

Rocky Mount and the Twin Counties are on the cusp of an era of success and prosperity that hasn’t been evident in quite a number of years. May we all unite together to make the most of these times for all people.

John M. Mebane Jr.

Rocky Mount

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Public sounds off about Confederate monument

imageThe Political Agitator’s response: Damn this post shows just how racist Bill West the reporter is. Hell he gave Clint Williams an entire article to attempt to discredit Rocky Mount City Councilman Andre Knight bringing up old the audit and other. Well damn Beth Wood NC State Auditor did her audit based on the call from J. Keith Harris Retired Fired Chief who also live in Nashville and was allowed to live there while being the Chief because of a waiver. Beth report her findings and a request for response from the city. The city responded and she said she turned her findings over to some agencies for them to see if there are any criminal activities and she was done with the audit. But she is mad as hell because the council released findings that she sent to them on a Thursday but she released the entire report on Friday. Now back to this article. It is a damn shame all of them young and especially Caucasian speakers from the Black Action Committee that spoke so eloquently for removing the Confederate Monument. It should have been an entire article for the young folk who are sick and tired of older Caucasians who are living off the backs of Black folk hard work but having to face Racism today.

Public sounds off about Confederate monument By WILLIAM F. WEST Staff Writer

The City Council on Monday heard from a line of speakers about the subject of the Confederate monument just south of the vehicle entrance to Battle Park.

In a 6-1 vote earlier during the regular meeting, the council approved a resolution formalizing the specifics of a 6-1 vote during the June 2 budget work session to remove the statue, which dates to 1917 and is just south of the U.S. 64 interchange with Benvenue Road.

The council’s action calls for putting the statue in storage in a safe place, pending further direction from the council.

Additionally on Monday evening, the council without dissent approved a resolution against racial injustice and declaring black lives matter.

Not long after the votes, the public input phase of Monday evening’s meeting began, with quite a number of supporters of the removal of the monument being whites and African Americans. (Read More)

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