Area jobless rate drops again – Rocky Mount Telegram

Rocky Mount again has the highest jobless rate of North Carolina’s metropolitan areas, but local leaders remain optimistic such a status is going to become history.

“We’re ready to pass that baton on to someone else,” Rocky Mount Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO David Farris said.

Farris said he believes the unemployment numbers for the Rocky Mount area are going to look vastly different in approximately a year and a half, given approximately 3,500 potential jobs in the economic development pipeline in the Twin Counties.

Farris cited the commitments of Chinese-based Triangle Tire and New York-based Corning to build facilities in Edgecombe County, as well as Florida-based CSX’s commitment to build an intermodal facility across U.S. 301 from N.C. Wesleyan College. (Read more)


Chamber set to host its annual gathering – Rocky Mount Telegram

The Political Agitator’s response: Congratulations to Rev. Richard Joyner and Calvin Ballance plant manager at Cummins Rocky Mount Engine Plant (formerly Consolidated Diesel) who is retiring and will take over as chairman of the Chamber in 2016.

A finalist for the CNN Hometown Heroes awards, the announcement of the new Distinguished Citizen Award recipient and the transfer to the new chairman are some of the highlights for the Rocky Mount Area Chamber of Commerce’s 112th annual meeting.

Chamber President Theresa Pinto said the annual meeting is the official meeting of the Chamber’s membership where the organization formally brings in new leadership, recognize outstanding volunteers, conduct a review and talk about strategic priorities for 2016.

The Rev. Richard Joyner, director of pastoral care at Nash UNC Health Care and pastor of Conetoe Missionary Baptist Church, is scheduled to be the guest speaker at the event. (Source: Read more)

The Word “I!” Hell Yeah I Can Use The Word “I!” Mr. James Moore Chief Rocky Mount Police Department

imageLast week I attended this forum and I found it to be quite interesting. I learned some things however much of it I was very much familiar with.

I remember back in the late 80’s I used to write lots of editorials and I believe they began with responding to former Highway Patrol T.C. Cherry and former Edgecombe County Commissioner when he used to write letters to editor. He wrote one about the old Winn Dixie on Fairview Road where the Roses is located now. He said folks were stealing and that the store would not be there long if it continued as it did. Yes it eventually closed. Well I said they better watch the folks working there because they could be major contributors to the items getting missing. This was one of the things that was emphasized during the presentation by the presenters during the forum crime from within.

I made a comment towards the end of the forum how I enjoyed the forum but why were not more ministers and others present to hear this? I know it was for businesses but everyone ought to be concerned about the crime on businesses. I took time off from my job to go hear the message. I said how could the message be conveyed to the folks not present because the people needed to know the impact of crime on businesses because everyone has a role they can play.

The lady presiding at the time thought it was a good question. Well the Rocky Mount Police Chief James Moore said the message is always in the newspaper and on the city website. I said everyone don’t get the newspaper and everyone don’t go to the city website. I said many folks tell me they don’t read the newspaper until they go to my blog to see what articles I have highlighted. I said but if it was presented at a church or some type of gathering where the people are they could get the message. I said I am always speaking up for Rocky Mount although I don’t live in Rocky Mount.

Chief Moore said well the forum today was for businesses and he didn’t want anyone to leave and forget that. I said ok however I was reading the newspaper on the way to the meeting and I seen where 9 – 15 new businesses (restaurants) were coming to Rocky Mount by the end of 2015 but the negative folks keep saying ain’t no businesses coming to Rocky Mount because of the crime.

Again I  was not ignant to the fact of what the forum was for and I was in no ways trying to make anyone leave and forget what the forum was for. I thought my damn comments were in line with what all he had said about Chicago and other places as he responded to a question by city manager Charles Penny. Hell much of his response to him and my comments were pretty much in line but I guess they were not. But some folks told me they appreciated my comments and that they truly thought I was on point. 

The Chief went on to say that he read my blog and that he didn’t have the convenience of using the word “I” so frequently. Well damn sir, I am representing myself and you are representing Rocky Mount Police Department so how in the hell can you compare me to you? Hell yeah I can say “I!” everyday because I am representing my views, opinions and etc. based on facts and not emotions only.

I usually video all the public events I attend however I was told that I couldn’t video this one. I wish I could have since I made a comment and could actually have played back word for word what the Chief said and what I said.

I learned during the forum that the Chief read my blog faithfully since he stated it during the forum. I feel so honored. So since the Chief read my blog, he should read this message however I am quite sure my haters will make sure he get to read it.

Now let me get back to doing what “I!” was doing. I have no problem with talking about what “I!” do because if I don’t talk about it who in the hell is? I can tell my story better than anyone else. I don’t need folks coming to my funeral talking about what I did because I am going to tell it all before I die so folks can’t stand up and say all these damn things about me after I am dead but was hating on me while I live. I know in the black community the myth is if you talk about what you do you are bragging and trying to make a name for yourself. Well call it what the hell ever because I am The Political Agitator and I am damn good at it.

Now haters, “Run and Tell That!”

Rocky Mount NC: Blackwell touts regional approach to business growth – Rocky Mount Telegram

Response: Interesting the banquet was held on Tuesday and it was not mentioned in the previous article about Blackwell was named the new chairman of the Chamber. Blackwell was recruited to Rocky Mount with the Chamber back in the 80’s. However he was removed from the Chamber. Now he has been named the chairman. So was this suppose to be kept a secret? I couldn’t help but notice the photo and that it was a special to the Telegram. So the Telegram didn’t even take a picture of him receiving the gavel?

Blackwell touts regional approach to business growth

As the new chairman of the Rocky Mount Area Chamber of Commerce, Reuben Blackwell said he wants Rocky Mount to become part of a regional business alliance.

“What I’d like to see is really a strong effort at ensuring that we are thinking and acting like a region, and that we are really pursing local economic opportunities for our businesses that are here who make things here and who provide services,” said Blackwell, who kicked off his term at the Chamber’s annual meeting Tuesday. (Source: Read more)

Chamber meeting sold out – Rocky Mount Telegram

Tickets for the Rocky Mount Area Chamber of Commerce’s 110th annual Meeting of the Membership are sold out and none will be available at the door.

The keynote speaker will be David S. Langdon, a senior economist and senior policy advisor to the secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce. Chamber officials said they are looking forward to his speech.

“Having David Langdon address our business members is a great opportunity to gain insight into how national economics and policy impacts us here on the local level as we strive to regain our economic strength,” said 2013 Chamber Chairman Bill Lehnes. (Source: Read more)

Tickets go on sale for Chamber ‘s annual meeting – Rocky Mount Telegram

Response: Congratulations Reuben Blackwell on becoming the new chairman. I wish I could make it to the event but I have a prior engagement.

Tickets have gone on sale for the Rocky Mount Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting that will feature a keynote speech from a top-ranking economist for the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Tickets are $40 for this year’s event, which is scheduled to begin at 6:15 p.m. on Feb. 4 at the Gateway Convention Center.

The 110th annual meeting also features a dinner, the passing of the gavel to the new Chamber president, the announcement of the winner of the 2013 Distinguished Citizen of the Year Award and a brief overview by Chamber officials of the year ahead.

The keynote speaker will be David S. Langdon, a senior economist and senior policy advisor to the secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce. (Source)