The former spinning room at Rocky Mount Mills on Friday.

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The former spinning room at Rocky Mount Mills on Friday.

Rocky Mount Mills owners look at home brewery for site

By John Henderson

Staff Writer

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A broadcasting company that has been trying to develop Rocky Mount Mills is marketing the site to become a future brewery community.

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Do both.

Both "sides" on the event center debate need to stop sniping. That event center is happening. And this public/ private effort can, too.

Ah, yes........

navigator wrote:
Both "sides" on the event center debate need to stop sniping. That event center is happening. And this public/ private effort can, too.
A profound post from a member of the "We are owed" coalition. Hey, I pay a hefty city property tax. I've paid for the right to take issue with that fiasco. I am a paying member of the "I am paying for it" coalition.

And a response

from the "we are old" coalition. Things change, louis. The era of development only in Nash County is over. I pay property taxes just like you, and that entitles each of us to one opinion, and one vote.

NOPE!

navigator wrote:
from the "we are old" coalition. Things change, louis. The era of development only in Nash County is over. I pay property taxes just like you, and that entitles each of us to one opinion, and one vote.
However, I'll accept "we are prudent." Do you really believe that constructing that folly just a few yards inside Edgecombe County will make one iota of a positive difference in the future of that county? Will there also be a city ordinance passed stipulating that all related economic development (if any by chance occurs as the result of the "Penny Folly") will be limited to the Edgecombe side? This event center is nothing more than an act of vengeance directed at the "evil" white man for all real and imagined wrongs he committed against the blacks. That's all it is. Ironically, the economic consequences of that act of revenge will fall equally on both races. In that regard, I can draw a degree of humor from that knowledge. Perhaps, blacks will then stop living in the past and finally begin to realize that they should start taking a degree of personal responsibility for the decisions they make. But, I fear that that is nothing more than a sense of false hope on my part.

At last some truly exciting news

about potential economic development in this city! IMO, the location and nature of the existing mill complex make it an ideal candidate for such a unique and exciting concept. Now, if only the city leadership will set aside the "We Are Owed" mentality and put on the back-burner an event center, and work diligently to do everything they can to assist the private ownership in bringing the proposal to reality, then the city will surely be on a good path. Let it develop, watch to see what kind of development it in turn generates (in terms of tax revenue for sure), and then consider how an event center might truly fit into the scheme of things. Sadly, however, I don't see that happening because of the arrogance of the city leadership (after all, they are a lot smarter than everybody else) and because the proposed facility isn't on the east side of the tracks.

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