“OIC celebrated individuals who created the bedrock for our team to build on today. We appreciate the overwhelming support from everyone that we received from our great communities near and far to acknowledge the great work that we’ve done together. We highlighted OIC students and team members who are making a difference and being the difference as we work to build a better Rocky Mount and better North Carolina!” Reuben Blackwell CEO
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“OIC 50th Golden Anniversary was and awesome and successful event! OIC has and is a beacon of hope and light in the Rocky Mount area and throughout Eastern NC. As we celebrated our past and chartered our future this is a true testament that God is with us ..and God will sustain us another 50 years to come!” Andre Knight Board Chair
The OIC Of Rocky Mount 50th Anniversary was Fa bu lous ta stic! If you were not there you missed seeing what the inside of China America Tobacco Warehouse looks like. This was the place where many black folk made their living. Today OIC owns the place. Ain’t God good! Talking about transformation, OIC of Rocky Mount has done a thing. OIC provided a night of food, fun and fellowship and I believe everyone enjoyed. When you see these folk in the video and photos that are responsible for what has taken place and what is about to take place, tell them thank you. Folk can create their own narrative about OIC but the verdict is in, 50 years of facts! Now Share & Tweet That!
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Tell me them Special Cs over at WHIG-TV this morning said Reuben Blackwell should not have responded to Warren Daughtridge LoveRockyMount founder. Really!
So they think they can say what they want and Black Folk suppose to accept it. Oh hell no!
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The Watch Dog response: Wow! I was wondering who had put Lindell on this and then the 1st comment was Elijah Daughtridge. One thing I can say The Community Council and Lige are persistent and consistent with their passion to go after the Rocky Mount City Council. What tickles the hell out of me is that I have been actively engaged in activism since the late 80’s and I used to say to black officials what are you doing to promote jobs and other that benefit black folk and other folk like the white officials were doing. The white officials were on the boards and commissions and obtaining land and creating jobs. Well it appears that when white white businessmen and other were doing things it was ok. It appears that any time the black man begin to rise up, there is a movement to make it appear he is doing something that is not right.
A new conflict of interest policy under consideration by the Rocky Mount City Council may affect whether some council members will have a vote on certain matters — possibly including the Rocky Mount Event Center.
The proposed policy presented to the council during last week’s Committee of the Whole meeting adds federal guidelines to existing local and state rules. The guidelines apply to sub-recipients and includes apparent conflicts as well as actual conflicts.
Councilman Reuben Blackwell asked city staff about making sure the council signs all the required documents. He said he wants to make sure the council understood the policy and all it entails.
Blackwell is the president and chief executive officer of the Opportunities Industrialization Center, a nonprofit organization that helps residents with health care, job training and other programs. He earned a $141,114 salary from OIC in 2015, according to the most recent IRS tax forms made available by GuideStar, a watchdog organization that provides information on nonprofit groups. (Read more)
City Manager Charles Penny and Police Chief James Moore will be the featured speakers at a public meeting about downtown development and public safety Monday at Bread of Life Christian Church and Community Center.
The meeting also will include information about the ongoing negotiations between Duke Energy and the N.C. Eastern Municipal Power Agency for the sale of the municipal power agency’s ownership shares of power plants. (Source: Read more)