Rocky Mount dealing with state audit’s aftermath: Councilman rebuffs report in TV interview

By Lindell J. Kay | lkay@springhopeenterprise.com | 252-265-8117

ROCKY MOUNT — The city council is set to have dueling meetings Tuesday with two top city officials calling for special sessions to discuss a state audit report that revealed one of them had write-offs of nearly $50,000 in unpaid utility bills.

Mayor Sandy Roberson postponed his Thursday meeting until 2 p.m. Tuesday while Mayor Pro-tem Andre Knight set for a special meeting to begin at 3 p.m., an hour before the regular council workshop is scheduled to start.

Roberson called for Knight to step down after State Auditor Beth Wood released a report revealing Knight has received $47,704 in unpaid utility bill write-offs over a two-decade period.

Roberson also said City Manager Rochelle Small-Toney should reimburse taxpayers for city money she spent on lavish meals including steak and lobster.

Knight told WTVD that black people can eat lobster too. (Read more)

Rocky Mount City Council Election 2019 Why I Supported TJ Walker However I Couldn’t Vote For Anyone

I supported TJ Walker during the 2019 Election because I was hoping that he could be able to give young Black Males some hope especially because he know a lot of young Black males in Rocky mount.

It was hard for me to not to support Elaine Burnette Williams because we were losing the only Black female on the council since Lois Watkins chose not to seek re-election. I am for strong Black female leadership especially when the women are the ones that make things happen the majority of the time. If they are not holding elected offices and/or serving in leadership roles they are the backbone of the community when it comes to political and community activism.

Now that Chris Miller is the only female on the council and just happen to be a Caucasian, I can’t imagine how it feel to be the only female. Miller has to deal with being a target just because she just happens to vote on certain things that the majority Black council majority vote on so she is said to be going along with them. Well I knew Miller before she became an councilwoman. I attended the Rocky Mount Common Ground meetings that she either founded and/or co-founded.

When Common Ground began it started out trying to reach the business community, ministers elected officials and other. Common Ground didn’t get much participation but when it was opened up to non-elected officials everyday people, the group that I was in we continued to meet until the Common Ground Group faded out due to many of the members had family obligations that they had to attend to.

I know it has to be hard for Councilwoman Chris Miller to have to deal with the male perspectives on the council especially when it is clear that Mayor Sandy Roberson and Councilman Lige Daughtridge has an agenda of their own. It is clear that the Black majority councilmembers are going to be chastised no matter what they do.

Thank you Councilwoman Miller for continuing to serve and for doing what you feel is in the best interest of the citizens of Rocky Mount. Although I may not agree with some of the stands you have taken, I respect you but will let you know how I feel when I disagree.

Councilman TJ Walker please make good choices. Although you are new to the council, I know you are smart enough to figure out what is in the best interest of all the citizens. Listen to what all of the councilpersons has to say but then think carefully before voting a certain way. You must always keep in mind that when you vote on something you need to have a reason why you voted up or down on an issue.

Yes you were voted in by citizens from all walks of life however you need to keep in mind that at the end of the day you are a young Black Male and you need to know that all folk are watching you especially young Black males and females.

I ain’t trying to tell you what to do but just letting you know that I and others are watching you.

Curmilus Butch Dancy II 

 

Fighting Crime Posted This On Tuesday 1st Saying This Was A Demotion But After Being Called Out She Did Another Post After The City Manager Release The Facts

It is sad that Fighting Crime put out half-trues often. This story was just negative at it’s finest. Hell this post should have been a positive. But this is what happens when folk have a problem with Black Leadership. Some folk attempt to discredit Black Leadership but end up making an ass out of themselves. But then want to play victim. Damn shame!
Curmilus Butch Dancy II

Yesterday at 4:24 PM ·

This is not Breaking News but a Breaking Lie.

This is not a demotion.

Stay tuned for the real story.

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Fighting Crime News and Who’s Wanted

Yesterday at 2:06 PM ·

****BREAKING NEWS*****

CHRIS BESCHLER OUT AS ASSISTANT CITY MANAGER of ROCKY MOUNT

ELTON DANIELS NEW ASSISTANT CITY MANAGER (Former Parks & Recs Director)

UPDATE. BESCHLER TAKES UTILITY DIRECTOR POSITION

Wishing Daniels luck in his new role and Beschler luck in his new endeavors.

Mayor-elect wants council meetings broadcast – Rocky Mount Telegram

The Political Agitator’s response: Sandy Roberson in response to your following comment, “I mean, we are allowing a local blogger to film it and put it out there online at some point,” Roberson said, a reference to activist and videographer Curmilus Dancy II. “I mean, that happens on a fairly regular basis. Oh hell no 2 things wrong with this picture. The first is where in the hell did the we come from? The second thing is nobody is allowing me to video because videoing the meeting is governed by a NC State Statue. Please make factual comments.

Mayor-elect Sandy Roberson said one of his top priorities as Rocky Mount’s chief executive is going to be to have the municipal government broadcast live the meetings of the City Council as well as meetings of the city boards and commissions.

So when this become a top priority because I don’t recall this being in your platform? But maybe I missed it. But anyway this is something that Bronson Williams has approached the city council about over the years.

“I do think it’s important,” Roberson told the Telegram. “I would like to move forward on that as quickly as possible.”

Roberson is not the only voice calling for the meetings at City Hall to be aired in real time.

Ward 5 Councilman-elect Lige Daughtridge told the Telegram he also wants to move on it as soon as possible.

I expect no other response from Lige but he has been attending the meetings and know that they have been recorded by WHIG-TV and myself along with Theresa Alston Stokes recording live regularly. Also Clint Williams has been recording live. But although Bronson and now you 2 are talking about broadcasting the meetings live, what good will that do? Hell those watching can’t interact with the council live so what’s the fuss? And then the racist comments from folk when they watch the videos and then act as if the videos are a lie by attempting to create their own narrative. For me it is embarrassing and ignant as hell to see the comments from Ignant Racist Special Cs and Ignant Safe Black Folk.

The transparency b.s. Lige talks about get the hell out of here. The official documentation of the meetings are going to be the actual minutes that are recorded by the Clerk if I am correct and I stand to be corrected.

Roberson said he would like to first familiarize himself a bit about the details of policies in existence relative to the subject matter to see what the municipal government would have to do.

Damn one would think before one speak to such an issue they would have familiarize themselves with such before speaking to it in the media. But goes to show that it does not matter because some feel it is okay to just throw out stuff.

What I am waiting on is for the new council members to get sworn in so I can see how they operate as a council member. To operate on the council on their personal agendas only not keeping in line with the actual agenda items will make no sense. So folk for right now let the new members be great with their so-called agenda but time will tell if they will be about the business of the council or their business.

Read the entire article, Mayor-elect wants council meetings broadcast.

Knight files for re-election to council – Rocky Mount Telegram (LJK)

The Political Agitator’s response: I owe Lindell John Kay an apology. I got confused with reading where Tarrick Pittman had filed on his personal page. LJK had not done an article on Pittman. I have contacted LJK and apologized to him. However I stand behind the other information included. Again my guy LJK I apologize.

You know I try to deal with my guy Lindell John Kay but damn this was the filing day for Andre Knight but look at all of this b.s. talking about Tarrick Pittman. There is no mention of the court case pending with Pittman because he has not paid the city for space on Douglas Block and claim he has money in an escrow account but sources say he told them that he does not and he does not have a lawyer. Look at the Community Council page and see how Lige Daughtridge founder of the page highlighted Pittman comments because it is his desire to get Andre out. Lige just told me on Tuesday that I was giving him a hard time and not being fair to him on social media. I said why and he couldn’t really respond. I said you post and allow b.s. on your page as fact and don’t make corrections. He said he miss some things he can’t monitor his page all the time. What a lie because he should get notifications every damn time someone post on his page. However he should check it daily and if he miss it when they 1st comment then he should get it later in the day. But look at the page today how he highlighted Tarrick in the link to Andre’s filing. Black Folk y’all better be woke and see who the Evil doers are that several Special Cs called the Black Leaders during the Public Comments at the Council meeting on Monday night. These Special Cs also mentioned voo doo as well as they spoke about the Black council members.

TARBORO — Rocky Mount Councilman Andre Knight filed to run for re-election on Friday while surrounded by supporters at the Edgecombe County Board of Elections.

Knight and nearly 30 Twin Counties municipal candidates filed this week, joining the two dozen candidates who filed on July 5. The candidate filing period lasts until noon on July 19.

The Nash County Board of Elections is considering extending the deadline. The board will discuss the matter at its Wednesday meeting.

Knight thanked his supporters who showed up for his filing, including Rocky Mount mayoral candidate Bronson Williams and Ward 3 candidate Nellene Richardson.

“We don’t want to go backwards, we want to go forward,” Knight said.

After filling out the required paperwork and paying the filing fee, Knight said, “It’s official,” to applause from the crowd packed into the elections office.

Knight’s campaign manager Robert Davis said they have their work cut out for them, but it is necessary work.

“Andre sees the same vision we see,” Davis said. “We know he will work for us.” (Read more)

City staff told to seek funding, devise plan for event center – Rocky Mount Telegram

“I’m not against an event center, but all of the information we’ve gotten is that it ‘could or should’ do this, but there is no proof,” Bullock said. “… I just feel that we’ve overlooked private investments and if this is such a great economic opportunity, why haven’t entrepreneurs and investors already done something like it?”

W.B. what? If a business move to Rocky Mount they could make money and they could not.

I would think private investors could step to the plate if they wanted to however we know the reason why they have not.

Yep! They wanted to do it years ago but who was the majority then? Well we know there is a hidden factor but really not hidden just some folks are in denial.

Councilman W.B. Bullock was the only council member to vote against the motion to pursue funding, saying afterward that he feels now is not the time to plan an event center, adding the project would put other important concerns such as jobs and education on the back burner.

So W.B. you are saying the city staff and city council can’t do more than one thing at a time? I believe they can and they will.

City staff told to seek funding, devise plan for event center

Rocky Mount City Council members voted Monday night to authorize city staff to pursue funding for a proposed event center and prepare a plan for the center within 90 days.

Councilman W.B. Bullock was the only council member to vote against the motion to pursue funding, saying afterward that he feels now is not the time to plan an event center, adding the project would put other important concerns such as jobs and education on the back burner.

He said he feels there are too many unknowns associated with the event center plan.

“I’m not against an event center, but all of the information we’ve gotten is that it ‘could or should’ do this, but there is no proof,” Bullock said. “… I just feel that we’ve overlooked private investments and if this is such a great economic opportunity, why haven’t entrepreneurs and investors already done something like it?” (Source: Read more)

Nashville NC – Get the Latest on the Federal Stimulus Package and the N. C. State Budget Thursday April 16, 2009

LEARN HOW THE FEDERAL STIMULUS IS EXPECTED TO IMPACT OUR REGION, STATE, AND COUNTRY.

TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS OPPORTUNITY TO HEAR FROM A DISTINGUISHED PANEL OF ELECTED AND APPOINTED OFFICIALS AND TO ASK QUESTIONS.

Panel guest includes: Congressman Bob Etheridge and GK Butterfield (invited), Senators: AB Swindell and Clark Jenkins, Representatives: Angela R. Bryant, Randy Stewart, Jean Farmer Butterfield, Lucy Allen and Joe Tolson

Thursday, April 16, 2009 6:00 PM

Nash Community College Brown Auditorium

Tickets: $15.00 per person includes meal

Sponsored by Nash County Democratic Party and facilitated by Nash County Young Democrats

Contact Forum Chairperson Lois Watkins at 252-210-2510 or County Chairperson Gwen Wilkins 252-883-4184.

The Nash County Democratic Party will have its County Convention on April 18th at 10:00 a.m. at the Nash County Courthouse in Nashville.

Rocky Mount NC – Manley: Uptick in Rocky Mount crime reflects national trends

Rocky Mount Police Chief John Manley briefed the City Council on crime statistics from the past year at Monday’s Committee of the Whole meeting. (Rocky Mount Telegram)

Rocky Mount NC – How to Start a Small Business

Let SCORE counselors tell you how to start your own small business!

DATE:
Thursday, March 19, 2009

REGISTRATION:
6:30pm-7:00pm

WORKSHOP TIME:
7:00pm-8:30pm

LOCATION:
Braswell Memorial Library
Warner Meeting Room
727 North Grace St.
Rocky Mount, NC

PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED:
Brenda Greene, BICOS Manager
(252) 442-1951 ext. 245
or
SCORE (252) 442-1173

This workshop is sponsored by SCORE and co-sponsored by BICOS (Business Information Center Outreach Services).
BICOS received support from the Golden LEAF Foundation.

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Braswell Memorial Library
727 North Grace Street
Rocky Mount, NC 27804

Visit us online:
Braswell Memorial Library: http://www.braswell-library.org
BICOS: http://www.bicos-nc.org
SCORE: http://ucpscore.org

Raleigh NC – NC Black Leadership Caucus March 21st Mtg

Please forward to those interested in uplifting the involvement and voice of Black people at the state, local and national levels.

NC Black Leadership Caucus – March 21st Mtg

Elections update

The last twelve months have been historical, uplifting and a signal of change to come. As our new President has stated frequently, change begins with each of us and we need your help. On Saturday, March 21st, 2009, the NC Black Leadership Caucus will have its monthly third Saturday meeting. These meetings are an opportunity for Black North Carolinians of all backgrounds to come together to share their concerns for present and future prosperity and to impact change through targeted action. In 2009, the NCBLC seeks to rebuild the membership and input within the thirteen congressional districts for maximum support on issues that affect each of us and it takes all of us to make this happen. Please join us!

Details are below:

When: Sat, March 21, 2009
Where: Office of Brad Thompson & Associates
132 E. Morgan St, Downtown Raleigh NC
(next to First Baptist Church)
Time: 11am

(Scroll down for more info on upcoming officer elections in April).

History:

The North Carolina Black Leadership Caucus was organized in October 1976 to consolidate the civil rights and voting rights gains of the past into a new and different thrust for Black political and social influence. Since that time, the goal of the Caucus has been to seek full equity for all Black North Carolinians.

Membership & Upcoming Elections:

The strength of the Caucus comes from its core – the membership. During the historic Obama campaign and volunteer turnout, attendance at meetings dropped while everyone worked to initiate change. Because of the busy season, the fall 2008 elections were postponed and will be held on Saturday, April 18th, 2009 at the Office of Brad Thompson & Associates. Voting will begin promptly at 11:30am.

After much discussion at the recent February meeting, members in attendance moved to suspend the rules (controlling bylaws) pertaining to voting eligibility at the upcoming elections to allow for the greatest input from NCBLC members. Therefore, all lifetime members and any annual member that was current on dues as of Dec. 31, 2008 are eligible to vote in the April election for officers. New members will be eligible to vote in the September 2010 election of officers and on agenda items throughout the year. New members are also eligible to volunteer on issue committees, special events and to chair such committees and events. (Bylaws are attached).

Election Offices:

· Chairperson

· Vice Chairperson

· Secretary

· Treasurer

· Parliamentarian

· Membership Chair

· Three Regional Vice Chairs (Eastern, Piedmont, Western)

Annual Membership: $15

Lifetime Membership: $150

Membership Form available at http://www.ncblackleadershipcaucus.com

Nominations for Upcoming Elections/Candidates:

The nominating committee for upcoming elections is appointed by the NCBLC Chair. See pg. 17 of Bylaws for official duties of the nominating committee. If you would like to be appointed, please call Carnell Robinson by Monday, March 9th at 8pm at 910-574-3503. The official nominating committee roster will be publicized via email and official NCBLC website by Thursday, March 12th and anyone seeking to run in the April elections is asked to attend our March meeting, contact a member of the nominating committee, or the current NCBLC chair.

Structure:

The concept of the NCBLC is structured throughout thirteen congressional districts and one hundred counties within North Carolina, the Caucus membership includes concerned citizens and community residents, progressive organizational leaders, public officials, community activists, clergy and working men and women from all qualities of life who are concerned about the survival of Black people and have joined forces to fight systemic oppression in all forms and at all levels.

Notes from the February meeting will be emailed no less than two days prior to the meeting. Please contact an executive committee member is you have questions.

NC Black Leadership Caucus Executive Committee:

N. Carnell Robinson, Chair

910-574-3503

crobinson156@nc.rr.com

Charmaine Fuller, Vice Chair

Erin Byrd, Treasurer

Eugene Barufkin, Parliamentarian

Stella Adams, Piedmont Regional Chair

Loretta Hines, Eastern Regional Chair

Walter Rogers, Membership Chair

Upcoming Events:

The NC Black Leadership Caucus is a member group of the NC NAACP HK on J Coalition ‘Historic Thousands on Jones Street’ and a supporting partner of the upcoming NC Black Summit.

HK on J Lobby Day for People of Color – Wed, March 25, 2009, NC General Assembly, Jones St, Raleigh NC

NC Black Summit – April 23-25, 2009, Downtown Raleigh Sheraton Hotel

NC Bimbe’ African Heritage Festival – Sat, May 16th, 2009 – Downtown Durham, NC

NC Legislative Black Caucus Weekend – June 19-20, 2009 – Sheraton RTP Hotel, Durham, NC

featured speaker: Donna Brazille