Can beer save Rocky Mount? News & Observer

The Watch Dog response: I am just trying to get past the heading however the other is right on! Save Rocky Mount from what?

For 200 years an abandoned cotton mill along the Tar River in Rocky Mount has been a symbol of resilience, burned down by Union troops, rebuilt, accidentally burned again, rebuilt again and then ceasing operations in 1996 with the collapse of the textile industry.

Now the plant is churning back to life as a multimillion-dollar redevelopment project called Rocky Mount Mills, a mix of offices, lofts, cottages, common areas and start-up breweries that could help the economically distressed region an hour’s drive east of Raleigh.

Its village of 60-some mill houses are being turned into rental dwellings, each with a washer-dryer, charcoal grill, free landscaping, and an American flag on the front porch. There is a waiting list for the next vacancy. (News & Observer)


Tar River Transit cancels service

Rocky Mount, N.C.-Upon further review of streets, Tar River Transit will cancel services today. Bus service will resume tomorrow, Jan. 5, 2018, at 10 a.m.
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Oratorical Competition rescheduled

Rocky Mount, N.C.-Due to inclement weather expected in the area, the MLK Oratorical Competition and practice have been rescheduled. The practice for contestants will be held Tuesday, Jan. 9 at 5:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers on the third floor of the Frederick E. Turnage Municipal Building. The competition will be held Thursday, Jan. 11 at 6 p.m. in the Theatre at the Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences. 
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Parks and Recreation facilities to open at noon

Rocky Mount, N.C.-Due to inclement weather conditions, Rocky Mount’s BTW Community Center, South Rocky Mount Community Center, the Rocky Mount Senior Center and the Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences will open at noon today.
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Rocky Mount NC – It Is A Damn Shame That The Haters Are Reporting Half-Trues Because They Have An Issue With Location Of The Event Center

Damn shame these ignant racists continue to attempt to discredit The Event Center even while it is almost half way through its completion. They are reporting half-trues because they act as if the Imperial Center, The Library, The Prime Smokehouse and other businesses are not within walking distance. Why these ignants have not shown us where crime has been connected to all the other businesses in the area? I can’t think of one but maybe I missed that part.

It is a damn shame that the racists have been alive and well trying to discredit whatever the black majority city council does however they act as if the whites (except one) on the council have been voting along with them also.

Damn since it is a fact that The Event Center is coming what is these ignant motives? Damn sure ain’t going to stop the work on the Event Center. So are they trying to discourage folk from attending the Event Center when it is completed?

Funny as hell these ignants talk about how the council spend money but they up here trying to get donations to report against whatever the city does. Damn when will good folk who read these ignants mess stop being silent on issues that matter? Why do you read this stuff and don’t say anything? Anyone who allow these ignants to go unchallenged are just as bad as them. Will you allow these ignants to go into 2018 promoting ignant mess that affect the Twin Counties? If you do and I know you are allowing them to promote half-trues I am going to call you out along with them. It is time for folk to stand up to the lies they tell.

Folk Silence Is Betrayal! I refuse to be SILENT!

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Letter to editor: Thank You Lindell John Kay & Amelia Harper For The Article, “Studies give conflicting views of city”

You say, “Rocky Mount is either one of the safest cities in North Carolina or one of the worst places to raise a child in the United States, depending on which recent study is to be believed.”

What tickles me is those folk who are consistently trying to discredit the Rocky Mount City Council and Mayor I am going to see if they are going to talk about the school system’s role in the report, “Metro area schools may also be underfunded. The Nash-Rocky Mount school district spends only about $8,400 per pupil annually, about $2,300 less than is typical one nationwide. The report based its ranking on preschool enrollment figures of 33.4 percent, the graduation rate of 82 percent, the population with access to areas for activity at 53 percent and the 2015 violent crime rate of 423 per 100,000, which was considerably above the average national rate of 373 violent crimes per 100,000, according to the report.” Now this is something that can be easily found out by challenging the school system by seeking answers when it comes to school issues.

I don’t want to get into the crime reporting because you said it best, “Studies of this type from third-party business websites pop up from time to time with differing methodologies and varied results based on cherry-picked statistics.” I feel a forum could help with helping to better understand what is real and what is perceived by the statistics and the people who have ties to Rocky Mount.

I would love to see more discussion in a forum on the following, “A Telegram investigation this summer revealed crimes in the city have been underreported to state and federal authorities during Moore’s watch.” I would love to see the investigation discussed and to see what was reported and the total number of cases to see how much of an impact on the city. I think that something need to be done to bring some closure to the issue so that the new chief will be able to come in and be effective without having to have this investigation findings to keep coming up but not forgotten.

I find the following to be very, very interesting, “City officials are searching for a new police chief. When asked whether the new chief’s priority will be crime prevention or lowering crime statistics, those officials would only say that the new chief will work to make Rocky Mount a safer community.” What kind of question is that? The new chief should come in with one thing in mind and that is to follow the mission for serving as chief of Rocky Mount which is:

We, the members of the Rocky Mount Police Department, are committed to providing the highest level of police service. We will improve the quality of life in the community by building partnerships that reduce crime, maintain order, and create a safe environment while upholding the laws of North Carolina and the United States Constitution. We adhere to the principles of integrity, professionalism, respect, and fairness. See what the Rocky Mount Webpage say about integrity, professionalism, respect, and fairness at

I have heard several folk say that the outgoing Chief James Moore is a smart man and is unique in his own way. I agree after attending a meeting a couple of years ago whereby I took off work to attend about law enforcement and the community that was held at the BTW Center. I found out then he was unique in some of his comments especially after he responded to my comments on that day. I felt he had an issue with my comments as he addressed me in some kinda way. I videoed the meeting but can’t remember the details at the moment.

I have heard several folk say that the outgoing Chief didn’t work close enough with other local law enforcement agencies. I have heard some officers from the different agencies including Rocky Mount itself that said Chief Moore was unique. These officers felt that Chief Moore should have done more collective policing and the times when they did that many times he was not out with them unlike the other agencies top man.

Chief Moore has retired so it is time to move on and focus on hiring a new chief. The new chief need to be held accountable for his actions as well. However what folk need to understand is that the new chief along with police officers need to keep the mission of the Rocky Mount Police Department in mind at all times. Folk need to understand that the new chief cannot stop crime if they are not in present during a crime. Folk need to understand that it is the role of the chief to enforce the law after a law has been committed and would hope that the crime will be reported as it and not sugar coated to make the statistics look good.

In my opinion there should be more talk about the funding of the school system and the crime situation in Rocky Mount in some type of forum and to me this is where the Rocky Mount Human Relations Commission should be the lead however they could ask for partners from other entities.

Now as the search for the new chief go on, let us welcome the interim chief Willie Williams to lead the Rocky Mount Police Department until someone is hired. Former Chief Willie Williams bring a wealth of knowledge and professionalism to the table. The last time I was in his presence while he was working he was at NC Central head of their security on the campus when my daughter was in college. I know Chief Williams will do a fa bu lous ta stic job until the new chief is hired.

Curmilus Dancy II
Pinetops, NC

Rocky Mount NC – Willie R. Williams Has Been Appointed Interim Police Chief

The city of Rocky Mount has announced the appointment of Willie R. Williams as interim police chief, effective Dec. 12, 2017. Williams was chosen after Chief James Moore announced his retirement. Williams, a three-time police chief, will serve in an interim capacity until a permanent replacement is named.

Most recently, Williams worked as chief of Police for North Carolina Central University (NCCU). He retired from the school in 2013 after seven years of dedicated service. Under his leadership, the NCCU Police Department was accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies. During his tenure at the university, Williams also collaborated with his team to develop the department as a High Performing Agency, providing courteous, flexible and effective policing services to the community. An industry expert on management and leadership, Williams is an advocate for community policing and implemented the Community Based Policing Model as chief of Police for the city of Wilson. Williams worked in this capacity for six years.

He is also known in the city of Petersburg, Va. where he served as the police chief for three years before returning home. Williams also worked as a major for many years for the city of Rocky Mount before working in Petersburg, Va. Williams holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with a minor in Education from North Carolina Wesleyan College. He is also a graduate of the FBI Academy (129th session), FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Training Program, the Southern Police Institute and the Municipal/County School of Government program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Williams is currently a senior consultant with Developmental Associates and provides leadership training to new police chiefs through the Southeastern Community Oriented Policing Education Institute (SCOPE) at the University of Tennessee. Williams has received over 75 awards and honors for professional and community related achievements, including the Order of the Long Leaf Pine from former Governor Beverly Purdue.

“We look forward to welcoming Chief Willie Williams to the Rocky Mount Police Department during this transitional period,” says City Manager Rochelle Small-Toney. “I am especially excited about the chief’s community policing efforts, his many years of experience in comparable communities and the educational attributes he brings to our organization.”

Chief Moore’s retirement is not effective until Jan. 1, 2017. He will aid Williams during the transition. Williams will be sworn in at the Dec. 11, 2017 council meeting. His salary will be $5,408.42 bi-weekly. Small-Toney will also continue the search for a permanent police chief and for the executive search firm that will assist in the appointment of the next chief of Police for the city of Rocky Mount.

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