Developers tout downtown project – Rocky Mount Telegram

The Political Agitator’s response: I agree with Garland Jones that I like public forums where people are talking. I also like social media where people are talking because I can research what they are saying and not take what they are saying as whole trues. Sometimes lots of good information comes out of the grapevine but one must validate the information. It appears that the consultant did a great job and covered some good points. I love the following: Rocky Mount’s once-bustling central business district is on both sides of the railroad line, with Nash County on the west side and Edgecombe County on the east side. The central business district does not have a hotel. Chisholm said while a lot of the economic development locally has gone to the Nash County side, the project now provides the opportunity for some of the balance to go to the Edgecombe County side. Later in her presentation, she said, “You can’t on one hand only want people in Nash County to benefit and not want people in Edgecombe County to benefit.” She asked, if people in Nash County needed a parking garage, does one think Nash County’s elected officials would have an issue voting for them to have one? I found Tarrick Pittman who filed to run against Rocky Mount Councilman Andre Knights comments to be hilarious when he questioned the consultant whether she is from Rocky Mount? Really! A consultant does their homework and get information from all over to do their presentation how ignant of him. Me: When folk look at Rocky Mount businesses coming to town and whomever, they know more about Rocky Mount by reading the papers and social media than many folk who live there. I found the following to be very interesting as well, “Panel member and city Councilwoman Chris Miller said she believes it is a red herring to say that people do not want development downtown or on the Edgecombe County side. “It’s not a matter of where it goes. It’s how it’s funded,” Miller said. “Right,” panel member Jean Almand Kitchin said.” This is some b.s. right here because they would not have a problem with this if it was another location. What about the funding? Mad because a Black man is the developer? Why didn’t some local developers invest on the Edgecombe County side over the years? Because they didn’t plan to invest and that is why they moved their asses to the Nash side. But the strange thing is they moved but they still have that Klan mentality and want to control what goes on on the Edgecombe County side. Over the years Andre and Councilman Reuben Blackwell been going to recruit businesses with Allen Matthews Economic Development for the City to bring businesses to Rocky Mount.

The Central City Revitalization Panel heard from a consultant to the city about details of the proposed hotel, residential complex and parking garage adjacent to the Rocky Mount Event Center.

On Thursday morning at City Hall, Bridget Chisholm, managing partner of BWC Consulting, spent about 15 minutes giving an update, which was followed by about 40 minutes of questions and discussion.

Panel Chairman Garland Jones said he suggested BWC Consulting representatives come in because he does not take his information from newspapers and likes to have public forums where people are talking.

Developer David Hunt of Jackson, Tenn., wants to build a mixed-use development, comprised of a 109-room SpringHill Suites by Marriott with a 700-space parking garage, 20,000 square feet of retail space and 60 mixed-income but quality residential units.

During Thursday’s meeting, Chisholm showed that the Douglas Block census tract, where the project would be located, is a distressed area with a poverty rate of 24.1 percent and an unemployment rate of 11.1 percent. (Read more)


Rocky Mount city Council Approves Hotel/Parking Deck Funding & Public Comments/Parking Deck Public Hearing Was Hilarious

It is about Race. Some are mad because of Black Leadership. My videos don’t lie. Look at what happens and then see what they say after the meeting. They be the ones bringing up race but then play victim.

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First woman tapped as water supervisor – Rocky Mount Telegram (LJK)

The Political Agitator’s response: So it appears that Rochelle Small-Toney is putting folk in place that she feels are experienced and qualified. It appears that Amanda James is the one to lead the Rocky Mount WRD. Congrats Amanda James!

Rocky Mount’s Water Resources Department has promoted its first woman to serve as superintendent.

Amanda James, a 21-year employee of the city, began her new role last month as superintendent of Water Quality Services.

James said she realized how bringing together people with different backgrounds can make for better service in the department during her previous position as laboratory supervisor at the Tar River Regional Wastewater Treatment Facility.

“Women provide a different perspective and having diversity at all levels of management in the Water Resources industry as a whole benefits everyone,” James said.

No stranger to hard work, the wife and mother of two children earned her master’s degree in public administration in December, maintaining a 4.0 grade-point average throughout the program.

“I’m someone who likes being challenged,” James said. “I want to serve Rocky Mount to the best of my abilities, and this is one way for me to do that.” (Read more)

Rocky Mount City Manager Rochelle Small-Toney Has Selected Corey Mercer To Fill The Vacancy Of Fire Chief And Chris Beschler To Serve As Interim Energy Resources Director

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Rocky Mount City Manager Rochelle Small-Toney has selected Corey Mercer to fill the vacancy of fire chief and Chris Beschler to serve as interim Energy Resources director.
Mercer, who has worked in the fire industry since 1994, will leave his most recent post as Elizabeth City’s fire chief.

Starting March 2018, the Wilson, N.C. native provided oversight of the fire department and expanded public protection in Elizabeth City while sitting at the helm.
Mercer will return to the city of Rocky Mount where he started January 1994 as a firefighter. The army veteran moved up the ranks, also serving as a fire engineer, fire captain and battalion chief before acquiring the role of fire chief in Elizabeth City.

Mercer is a graduate of Wilson Community College where he received an associate degree in fire protection technology. He also obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in business management from Mount Olive College and a Master of Science in administration from Central Michigan University.

A graduate of the National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer Program, Mercer is also a member of several other organizations, including the International Association of Fire Chiefs, North Carolina Fire Chief’s Association, North Carolina Accreditation Support Consortium, Center for Public Safety Excellence where he serves as a Level 1 peer assessor and North Carolina State Fireman’s Association.

“Corey Mercer’s 25 year of service in the fire industry and knowledge gained while serving as fire chief in Elizabeth City will be an asset to the city of Rocky Mount,” said City Manager Rochelle Small-Toney. “Corey’s previous work with the Rocky Mount Fire Department, including his experience in the accreditation process, will also be a tremendous benefit to the city.”

Mercer will start work with the city of Rocky Mount within the next 30 days.

Assistant City Manager Chris Beschler has been selected to fill the role of interim Energy Resources director. The department is responsible for electric and natural gas service, load management, energy audits, area lights and tree trimming.

A majority of Beschler’s previous experience is in the area of utilities and construction. Prior to being appointed deputy chief administrative officer of Operations at the city of Richmond, Beschler started work there in 2006 as director of Public Utilities. Additionally, for 26 years, prior to joining the city of Richmond, Beschler worked at Yankee Gas Services Company, Connecticut’s largest natural gas utility. He started his career with the company as a staff engineer, ultimately transitioning to the position of vice president of Operations.

In addition to oversight of utility operations and maintenance, Beschler was responsible for the day-to-day operations of all city operating departments. He assumed responsibility for the construction of many multi-million-dollar utility and building projects, most notably the construction of a $132 million urban jail in Richmond.

Beschler received a Master of Business Administration degree and a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering, both from the University of Connecticut.

“Chris Beschler has done a great job as one of the city’s assistant city managers,” said Small-Toney. “His varied experience in utilities will be beneficial to the city of Rocky Mount during this transition phase.”

Beschler started as interim Energy Resources director July 1, 2019.

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.

Rocky Mount NC – See What Patsy Pridgen And Others Are Saying About Rocky Mount City Council, You Better Follow Social Media

Folk are always sending me information about what is on other social media sites and recently I have been receiving messages telling me to visit this Facebook page. It tickles the hell out of me how these folk make their own story out of the newspaper story.

I find the text in the post, “Questions For Rocky Mount City Council” to be quite interesting. I don’t need to go into detail because you can read it for yourself.

See what they are saying on the Rocky Mount Concerned Citizens page. See who are commenting.

Others sites you better follow are Whig-TV, Fighting Crime, Community Council and 252HoodNewzz (that has me blocked because I said they should not be posting about roadblocks). I normally don’t visit the sites until someone send me a link to go look at what they are saying especially when they or talking about me.

If there are other sites please share them.

Folk you better follow these pages because not only are the racist white folk there but you have some black folk who follow these pages faithfully. Some of these black folk are feeding them information.

Folk ya’ll better wake up because there is a movement to take Rocky Mount back. It is about race and economics. These folk are mad because of the majority black council. They are mad that they don’t control the money and control what goes where and most of all they can’t control these black folk. They only black folk they are controlling are the ones in the street who are feeding them while they are getting nothing out of the deal.

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Rocky Mount NC – The Rocky Mount Telegram, Fighting Crime, WHIG-TV & The Community Council Do They Really Care About Unifying Rocky Mount Or Do They Just Want Black Folk To Sit Down And Shut Up?

The system is set up so that black folk are scared to speak out even when they are hurting. When you hurt me I am going to let you know. When you hurt other folk and I can see for myself what is going on, I hurt then too. I refuse to be silent on issues that affect folk as a whole.

I look at all of these media outlets and social media sites how they single out certain folk. But most of all I look at the comments and who are not afraid to speak out. Them white folk ain’t scared.

Look at what black folk being speaking out about on social media. Just damn scared until it hit home.

Right now there are 2 things going on on social media that is dear to me, I said to me because I know some of the folk or have been contacted by some of the folk.

In Sharpsburg there is discussion on 252 Hoodnews about black folk (women/young folk) cars being towed that don’t need to be towed when the Sharpsburg Police Department call a local wrecker to get the cars. If the folk don’t pay the money to get cars back they get to sell them. I have been told and it has been stated that when the folk ask to let their cars sit there and they come back to get it or to request to call their own wrecker, they have been denied.

Today in the paper and all those I named above are going after Councilman Andre Knight. Look at the comments who are saying what. Black folk are scared to comment.

Now I understand some black folk are scared to comment because they are scared of retaliation. Well just know that when your time comes, you may need some folk to help you while you were silent while it was happening to others.

This pisses me the hell off because I refuse to be silent. I can’t understand how folk sit back and allow injustice to take place and say nothing.

I will not sit down and shut up even if you come after me. I will stand until the end.

I ain’t mad with nobody, however I will not allow you to promote mess that ain’t right. Tell the whole story!