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Facts About Rocky Mount NC

What do President Lyndon Johnson, Martin Luther King Jr and Jack Kerouac have in common? All of them have a place in Rocky Mount, NC history. The comforting rattle of the train beckons young and old alike to close their eyes and remember the past in order to embrace a brighter future. Are you aware of some of these lesser-known Rocky Mount facts? 

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Loft Renovation in Downtown Rocky Mount

Forget the nice two-bedroom house in the suburbs with the white picket fence and the two-car garage. Now, the latest trend is that young professionals aren't headed toward suburbia--they're going downtown, where urban lofts and renovated apartments are the dwellings of choice.  Downtown Rocky Mount is also embracing this trend toward urban living. Take a look at what's available in the renovated downtown area, and find out how to put your name on the waiting list.

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Know Your Rights Event in Rocky Mount, NC

Know Your Rights Rocky Mount, NC

 Members of the Rocky Mount Police Department referred to them as the three Cs, and they are important to remember when approached by an officer: be courteous, cooperative and compliant. These three Cs were the focus of a local "Know Your Rights" forum that captured the attention of both the The Los Angeles Times  and The News and Observer .  If you are pulled over by a cop, do you know your rights?  Read more to find out and watch video highlights from the popular and important community event.

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Reducing Crime & Poverty: How Rocky Mount’s Downtown Revitalization Helps

Downtown Revitalization Rocky Mount NC

Downtown Rocky Mount is getting a lot of attention. The restoration of the historic area has not only assisted officials in lowering the crime rate, but it has also dawn attention of organizations such as the UNC School of Government and development experts from across the state. See who called the redevelopment of Douglas Block "one of Rocky Mount's most successful initiatives," in this article that takes a closer look at how Rocky Mount is revitalizing its community. 

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Rocky Mount, NC: Where Barbecue is a Tasty Tradition

Barbcue is dangerously good in rock mount

In North Carolina, it’s not polite to discuss the following subjects : politics, your favorite shade of basketball blue and barbecue. If you do have the courage to approach these subjects, be ready for a fierce debate—particularly concerning the Eastern vs. Western North Carolina barbecue. The debate may never be settled, but residents of Rocky Mount, NC recently got to sample some of the best pork in the BBQ biz at the Eastern Carolina BBQ Throw Down.

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How Rocky Mount Lowered Public Utilities Bills

The Rocky Mount City Council officially approved the reduced electric rates resulting from the Duke Energy Progress asset sale.  Rocky Mount Public Utilities customers saw a reduction of roughly 3.18 cents per kilowatt-hour. 

But how did the city get there? Why was this issue with public utilities vital for economic development? Learn the story behind the story.

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Can Rocky Mount's Lower Cost of Living Help Fight Poverty?

cost of living in Rocky Mount NCA lower cost of living can affect every aspect of a city: it can reduce unemployment by enticing new businesses and industries, and it can fight poverty by offering more affordable alternatives than living in larger--and more expensive--areas.Rocky Mount, NC is fortunate to have plentiful resources to enhance the quality of life and to be a city where residents can enjoy one of the lowest costs of living in North Carolina. 

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Volunteerism in Rocky Mount, NC: Good for Revitalization and Good for You!

ways to volunteer in Rocky Mount NC

The community isn't the only one that benefits from the work of volunteers. Recent studies indicate that charity work can also be good for you. Researchers found that those who volunteer not only live longer, but they have lower blood pressure and stress levels. What impact do volunteers have on cities and towns? They can help fight poverty and lead revitalization efforts.

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Ways to Beat the Heat in Rocky Mount, NC

Beat the heat in Rocky Mount

Hang on. The summer’s almost over. Don’t misunderstand: we love summer. The June – August months mean time to spend with family, a break from school, and wonderful activities such as the downtown concerts and movies on the lawn. Rocky Mount excels in a lot of things, including the July – August heat.  Sometimes the August heat even lingers until mid-September, so we’ve got a list of some things that can help you beat the heat in Rocky Mount.

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Rockin’ Classic Auto and Motorcycle Expo Comes to Downtown

downtown rocky mount

It was a time when you found your thrill on “blueberry hill” after you “rocked around the clock.” It was a decade of drive-in movies, tail fins and white-walled tires. This July, car and motorcycle lovers of all ages will be able to get a glimpse of classic designs as a part of the annual Rockin’ Classic Auto and Motorcycle Expo. The event will be held July 25 in downtown Rocky Mount starting at 10 a.m. and ending with a motorcycle and car parade at 2:45 p.m.

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