Edgecombe County Focused, Always Have Been And Always Will Be

I am focused on local Edgecombe County Politics but not limited to.

I was born and raised in Pinetops. Since shortly after the flood of 1999 I have lived 7 miles out of Tarboro and 3 miles out of Pinetops.

I have worked in Rocky Mount at the Edgecombe County and Nash County line for the past 32 years. Where my job is located the back of the plant is at the line because the railroad tracks are dividing the county. Actually behind where I work is where the CSX hub is coming.

I got involved in the late 80’s joining Black Workers for Justice that used to be housed over where the Event Center is now, The Edgecombe County NAACP Rocky Mount Branch because Edgecombe County didn’t have an active branch at the time and do not at the present. I have resigned from more community organizations than most folk have been a member of because it was a waste of my time.

I became active so I could be a voice for the voiceless the young folk and the elderly. I will continue to be a voice.

I find it interesting that some folk are coming on board thinking they have figured something out when I have been there done that and fighting some of the same issues from back in the day. Yes I have seen a hell of a lot of progress made and been involved in the process, however it is a hell of a lot more progress that need to be made. I am going to continue to do what I do until the end.

I welcome folk whom want to get involved however again don’t act like you have figured something out with words because words without action and results means ab so damn lute ly nothing.

I welcome anyone that want to get into the action but I request you do your homework so you can make informed decisions when acting on issues and when it comes to people.

I hope everyone whom want to get in on the action can help make Edgecombe County a better place to live, work and play. But you need to keep in mind some things can be done individually and then collectively. Don’t think it is all about you.

I know my worth, know what I have done as an individual and collectively. It is documented in the minutes of the meetings across the county, the videos I have done and the archives of the local and some statewide media. I am TeamDancy however I work with others as well.

Remember the following when it comes to me. I am not in a popularity contest.

I am Unbought and Unbossed!

I am for justice no matter who it is for or against!

I have no permanent friends no permanent enemies only permanent interest!


Talking about Poverty In Edgecombe County what are some examples of someone living in poverty?

I posted this on my Facebook page Tuesday. I received some responses and they were okay but nobody was touching on where my mindset is so I couldn’t hold out any longer.

The following is where my mindset is.

Ok I try not to give my opinion about certain things until others have given theirs. I know many times my opinion drive the conversation.

The Senior Citizens are a great example of POVERTY.

I don’t want to hear about folk with children being in poverty as if they are the majority of the folk who are in POVERTY.

What everyone needs to understand is that there are some important folk who are doing jobs such as law enforcement, teachers and etc. that we need in place to provide a service for the masses.

In Edgecombe County law enforcement and some other positions are underpaid. We need these men and women to protect and to serve us. I am grateful of these folk putting their lives on the line daily for us but having to work 2 jobs just to be able to live comfortable with the basic necessities such as a place to live and a car to drive along with other basics.

We do ourselves a disservice many times by always talking about POVERTY in the negative only talking folk having all these babies and when they are not the majority. Yes that is an issue but that does nothing to the majority of the working folk who want to work and live a good life.

All I am saying is we need to find a way to deal with real POVERTY and it ain’t always having to do with babies, being uneducated and other negatives that becomes the topic of discussion.

I am talking about things that Edgecombe County need to be addressing whether something can be done or not.

Senior Citizens income is not governed by Edgecombe County so that is a bigger picture to deal with.

Just my ignant opinion.

Media Why Black Folk Need A Reliable Source And One That Will Capture Things That Should Be Dear To Us Here In Edgecombe & Nash Counties

Do you not understand that you learn what is going on around you from the local media newspaper the Rocky Mount Telegram from reporters that tell the story how they want to tell it instead of making sure the real meat of the issue is on the table?

Do you not understand that the local TV Station WHIG-TV Out of Rocky Mount attend selective meetings and events and broadcast them? Look at when things are about the black community if it is a positive they rarely cover it if it is going to empower black folk or should I say wake up black folk.

Take for instance about weeks ago the Rocky Mount City Council held interviews for candidates that were seeking to replace Judge Lamont Wiggins vacated seat in Ward 3. The interviews were held beginning around 10 AM on a week day while folk were working. They knew then that Rev. Richard Joyner was not qualified and that he is not qualified as I am typing this post.

It appeared that the interview session was interesting because it was reported in the Telegram and reported by several candidates and others present that the qualifications of Joyner and he having receiving the questions was a topic of discussion. Where were WHIG-TV?

WHIG-TV made sure they were at the meeting on the evening of the appointment simply because they and their faithfully followers were there to support Rev. Richard Joyner. Robbie Davis Nash County Commissioner one of the persons who recently purchased WHIG-TV and a critic of the Rocky Mount City Council made sure the station was present and then he came in just in time before the appointment was done.

I hate I didn’t take a vacation day on the day of the interview so I could have captured the mess that took place. Rev. Richard Joyner should never had been interviewed and damn sure should not have had the questions while the other candidates didn’t have them.

It was a campaign going on on the Community Council Facebook Page and also Elijah Daughtridge personal page to support Rev. Richard Joyner to replace Wiggins ignoring that Joyner was not qualified. It is funny how Lois Watkins black female made the motion and a Chris Miller white female, WB Bullock white male and Tom Rogers white male all who live on the Nash County side of Rocky Mount voted to appoint Joyner.

I worked 9 hours getting off at 4:30 and I covered the Committee of the Whole Meeting beginning at 5 PM and the Council Meeting beginning at 7 PM on the day of the appointment and got home around 10 am that night. I don’t get paid to do what I do but it is very much needed. My video shows that you just can’t make this mess up. It shows what happened in real time versus the sound bites of the narrative that the Rocky Mount Telegram printed.

Folk it makes no sense that I sacrifice my time and equipment to capture meetings and events so that you can see it for yourself and you don’t even say thank you and or make a donation. Don’t you care about what is going on in the community that you get to see it for yourself?

Folk black folk need a media outlet in the area. It do not have to be me but it is damn sure needed.

Go to all of these media outlets and see how they bash our black leaders that are making things happen. To do everything they can to try to discredit our leaders.

Folk if you care about what is going on around you, you ought to show it and you can do so by visiting the following link: Send All Donations To The DCN News Blog Online TV Through PayPal And Other

ECC to offer job training for tire plant – Rocky Mount Telegram

New industry announcements made at the end of last year will produce more than 900 jobs in the Twin Counties.

Chinese tire manufacturer Triangle Tire will create 800 jobs and invest nearly $580 million in building its first manufacturing facility outside of China at the Kingsboro megasite in Edgecombe County. The average salary of the new jobs will be $56,450, almost double the county’s average of $32,642.

The importance of having a trained workforce is paramount as Triangle Tire will break ground soon and hopes to have the first phase operational in 2019. The local community colleges are considered economic catalysts that train the local workforce.

Edgecombe Community College President Deborah Lamm, who will be retiring in May, said ECC currently has different advanced manufacturing programs such as manufacturing technology, industrial system technology, electrical system technology, facility maintenance, welding and supply chain management that anyone looking to be an employee of Triangle Tire could benefit from. (Read more)

Tire maker hikes investment – Rocky Mount Telegram

The largest manufacturing investment in rural North Carolina coming to the Twin Counties is likely to be even larger than anticipated and will break ground soon, according to local economic development officials.

Norris Tolson, CEO and president of the Carolinas Gateway Partnership, was the guest speaker at the first 2018 Rocky Mount Area Chamber legislative forum series sponsored by Pfizer of Rocky Mount on Friday at the Holiday Inn. Chinese tire manufacturer Triangle Tire plans to build its first manufacturing facilities outside of China in Edgecombe County.

The project was announced as a $582 million investment with the creation of 800 jobs coming to the 1,449-acre Kingsboro megasite in Edgecombe County. However, Tolson said, the full build-out of the project will now be a little more than $1 billion and create between 1,100 and 1,200 jobs. (Read more)

New facilities to boost local economy – Rocky Mount Telegram

The local economy in 2017 was bolstered by two major economic development announcements coming in a two-week span that will bring more than 900 jobs to the area.

The biggest news in the Twin Counties was the announcement by Triangle Tire Co., one of the largest Chinese tiremakers, making the largest ever manufacturing investment in rural North Carolina with a nearly $580 million in investment and the creation of 800 jobs coming to Edgecombe County by 2023 at the 1,449-acre Kingsboro megasite.

State economists said 70 percent of the jobs created in the state in 2017 went to the major metropolitan areas like the Triangle, the Triad and Charlotte. Gov. Roy Cooper said any jobs going to a rural area is significant. The Edgecombe County operation is expected to pay an average wage of $56,450, which is almost double the average wage of $32,642 in Edgecombe County. (Rocky Mount Telegram)