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 



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.

Andre Knight Vs Roosevelt Higgs Residency Challenge An Historical Moment

Where have these folk been that live on Edgecombe County side that is talking about running for a seat on the Rocky Mount City Council? I have not seen you at meetings over the years. Oh but I suppose to just give you a free ride but I have been putting the work in trying to make Edgecombe County a better place to live, work and play by trying to make sure we get good elected officials.

But Roosevelt has not lived in Speed since the 1999 flood because he was living with his mother and her house got flooded. She moved to the E. L. Roberson Center in Tarboro and he stayed with her.

For the past 2 years or more Roosevelt has been living in Rocky Mount on the Nash County side still saying he lives in Speed.

He kept mess going on in the Edgecombe County Democratic Party all of these years but some Black Folk have allowed it to happen especially the folk in Speed that serve in the precinct with him but on top of that he has been chairing the party over the years and then the damn fools just re-elected him chair again during the recent Edgecombe County Democratic Party County Convention. Funny to me!

A moment in history! Knight vs Higgs

Andre Knight vs Roosevelt Higgs Residency Challenge


Juneteenth Community Empowerment Festival Schedule of Events

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Join us May 31-June 1 at the Imperial Centre for the Arts & Science.


Main Stage: Friday

  • 5:00-7:00PM: AB Honor Roll (Edgecombe Room at the Event Center)
  • 7:00PM: Darryl Murrill Group
  • 8:45PM: We Are One Tribute Band

Main Stage: Saturday

  • 12:30-1:30PM: Mark Greene Friends & Family
  • 2:15-3:30PM: SoulJam
  • 4:30-5:00PM: Keynote Senator Toby Fitch
  • 5:00-6:15PM: Marcus Anderson
  • 6:45-7:00PM: Awards
  • 7:00-8:00PM: Vivian Green

Second Stage: Saturday

  • 11:45AM-12:00PM: Bike Rodeo/Opening Ceremony
  • 1:30-2:15PM: African Horizon Drumming & Dance
  • 3:30-3:45PM: Mr. Mime
  • 4:30-4:40PM: Truth Tabernacle Church Heritage Choir


All of our event participants may book rooms at Country Inn & Suites at a discounted rate. Please see hotel information below.

Country Inn & Suites
672 English Rd., Rocky Mount, NC, 27804, US
Phone: (252) 442-0500
For discounted rates call 252-442-0500 and ask for the Juneteenth Festival Rate.

For additional information about area accommodations and dining, please visit the Nash County Travel & Tourism website.

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

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

For more information, call 252-972-1135, or visit

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

Downtown hotel project moves forward – Rocky Mount Telegram

The Political Agitator’s response: Yes it looks like Rocky Mount Edgecombe County fitting ready to get a hotel.

The Rocky Mount City Council is set to hold a public hearing on its downtown hotel project.

The required hearing is scheduled for July 8 during the council’s regular monthly meeting.

Tennessee developer David Hunt has been selected as the hotel project developer. In a repeat play from the May 13 council meeting when the project’s request for qualifications was presented in addition to the meeting’s agenda and immediately approved, the hotel development agreement resolution was added to the agenda at the end of Monday’s meeting.

Councilwoman Chris Miller complained about the council not having enough time to digest what they were being presented prior to a vote being taken. She asked staff to get the information to council sooner than the day of the vote.

Miller joined the rest of the council in unanimously approving the resolution without further questions. (Read more)

Wow! Roger Brantley Really? I Have Not Judged You, I Don’t Know You & You Don’t Know Me

A couple of days ago a post by Roger Brantley came across my Newsfeed. When I visited his Profile I seen we were friends. He had to have sent me a Friend Request because I don’t know him and can’t think of any reason why I would have sent him a Friend Request. I only send Friend Request to folk if I know them and/or read something about them that I feel is good and that I want to follow them.

I am finding out that I am friends with lots of folk who are posting about Rocky Mount NC and it has to be because they are following The DCN News Blog Online TV whereby I am a bonifide and nothing but the truth source.

A couple of days ago Mr. Brantley posted. “Roger Brantley is with Tarrick Pittman and 10 others. May 26 at 7:42 AM ·Johnny Cunningham has been telling me the conditions in Rocky Mount for some time .Yesterday I saw first hand what he was talking about .We took 250 brownbaglunches .Several bags of Boostherbags from Dew4Him.These bags contain items for woman you can’t buy with Food stamps .Wakefield Central Baptist Church youth and Bellarussian youth donated bags with toothpaste lotion and mouth wash .Furniture was donated for these families .New Toys given to the kids So if you saw a dodge … See More

I made Mr. Brantley aware that I appreciate the work he is doing but he lost me when he incorporated politics into it when he tagged certain candidates and made it clear he was supporting them. Because I challenged him, he now like so many are playing victim.

Read all the comments in the above post and see my responses to Mr. Brantley. It appears he has a serious problem because I rebuke him saying he and others want to pray for me.

This morning I find it quite interesting to wake up to his new post about me, “Roger Brantley 6 hrs ·I need some prayer warriors to pray Because Prayer moves mountains Prayer changes people and circumstances Two people have visited my page and tried to press their agenda on me They have judged me for my beliefs and even helping others .So I need for you to pray for these two who judge others for what they are doing Send to their FB page Share with your friends family co workers to Pray Pray Pray for them They are Curmilus Butch Dancy and Tricia Sheppard Only GOD can judge me not them So reach out and Pray for them I am praying now for them.

Mr. Brantley I have never judged anyone. I challenge black, brown, white and other folk and have been doing so since the late 80’s. I been around!

I am sorry you feel some type a way about me but I am who I am.

I really was hoping we were going to move forward with bringing some closure but it appears you are on mission to come for me. Well sir I will not allow anyone to attempt to discredit me and to paint a negative picture of me and I not respond.

Sir again I repeat I don’t know you and you don’t know me. I repeat I appreciate what you are doing but I question the political piece attached to it especially when you invited me to participate in the feeding. I can’t because I do not support your candidates.

I hope we can move forward with you supporting your candidates and I supporting mines. You do what you do and I am going to continue to do what I do.