The Conceptual Plan For Falls Road Streetscape and Park Site: Rocky Mount, NC

View a section of the Falls Road Streetscape and Depot Park Concept Plan! The project team used the feedback from the first phase of engagement to create this concept plan. What you are seeing is a polished culmination of the ideas from that public meeting. This second meeting for the public on Thursday, June 30th … Continue reading The Conceptual Plan For Falls Road Streetscape and Park Site: Rocky Mount, NC

Hoagy Carmichael Still Singing in Rocky Mount

Georgie - "Sing Nana's Song" You know me well enough to know that a Stepheny-story pops up on my social media a lot. I grew up listening to my parents sing the songs that have followed me through life. Stardust, Georgia on my Mind etc. There is only time to talk about the song, Melancholy … Continue reading Hoagy Carmichael Still Singing in Rocky Mount

Rocky Mount, NC: Andre Knight Can’t Catch a Break

Perhaps you agree with me that life is not a laughing matter right now. Filling a gas tank cost me $72.00, a grocery bill for one person cost as much as I once paid to feed six young children and two adults. You know the litany of woes I could mention, so I won't. I … Continue reading Rocky Mount, NC: Andre Knight Can’t Catch a Break

Beyond Rocky Mount: A Famous Restoration: The Greenbrier

I read another book, The Grand Design - a novel by Joy Callaway about Dorothy Draper, a famous interior designer who was hired to restore the Greenbrier. It is well written and about an era we have left behind in our sensibilities, manners, tastes and style. Politics is part of the Greenbrier story, which is … Continue reading Beyond Rocky Mount: A Famous Restoration: The Greenbrier

Finding Yalem’s Garden in Rocky Mount, NC

At 5:30 in the early evening, most of the 'garden' is in shade; Yalem Kiros's garden. A blue heron lifted off the island and elegantly floated past me. Swallows dipped and played. In the quiet I could hear the flow of the water. For the moment I'd been given the gift of this bit of … Continue reading Finding Yalem’s Garden in Rocky Mount, NC

DEFCON 3: The Cuban Missile Crisis and Councilman Andre Knight in Rocky Mount, NC

PRESIDENT KENNEDY The readiness of the defense establishment, referred to as DEFCON, for 'defense condition' has a numbering system (1-5) that indicates the severity of the situation. DEFCON 5 is the least severe condition. President Kennedy delivered his Cuban Missile Crisis speech via televised address on October 22nd, 1962. During the speech, US military forces … Continue reading DEFCON 3: The Cuban Missile Crisis and Councilman Andre Knight in Rocky Mount, NC