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

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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

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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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Downtown Rocky Mount Offers Variety of Community Activities for the Whole Family

Imperial Center in Rocky Mount, NCLooking for something to do in Rocky Mount? Look no farther than the Imperial Centre. Each summer, the city sets the stage for Downtown Live and Lawn Chair Theatre events—yearly favorites that complement the family oriented activities at the Braswell Memorial Library and the Rocky Mount Children’s Museum and Science Center, also located in the Imperial Centre. There's something for everyone in downtown Rocky Mount!

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Update on Historic Tax Credits

Several months ago, Gov. Pat McCrory visited Rocky Mount, NC to help promote reinstatement of the historic preservation tax credit bill. Rocky Mount was just one of several cities across NC that benefited from the bill before it expired this year. The bill passed the NC House and headed to the Senate, where initial reports on the progress of the tax credit bill have received mixed reviews. 

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Juneteenth: A Celebration of Community Empowerment in Rocky Mount, NC

On June 19, 1865, the slaves received word that they were free, and the resulting celebration---termed “Juneteenth” --- is the oldest known celebration commemorating the end of slavery. It has been an African-American tradition since the late 19th century. Recently, Rocky Mount kept that tradition alive through the Juneteenth Community Empowerment celebration.

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Revitalization: A Key to Reducing Crime and Making Cities Less Dangerous

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What does landscaping have to do with crime reduction? Quite a lot actually, especially if you’re examining urban development and downtown revitalization.

Rocky Mount, NC is one of several cities across the country that has made great strides with downtown development, and studies show that revitalization isn’t just good for the economy. It also helps make cities safer and less dangerous.

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Exploring Bike Trails in Rocky Mount, NC

Tar River Paddle TrailRocky Mount, NC has a lot of great places to ride your bike. Whether meandering by the Tar River at Sunset Park, or exploring the scenery at Battle Park, the Tar River Trail offers a chance for exercise and recreation.  May is National Bike Month. Established in 1956 and sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists, the month is a chance to educate the public about the benefits of bicycling—whether for pleasure, as a part of an exercise regimen, or for transportation. 

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Good News: Crime in Rocky Mount, NC is at a 35-year Low

Rocky Mount lower crimeThe Rocky Mount, NC crime rate is at a 35-year low. Officials applauded the work of police officers and community leaders for their work toward creating a safer, less dangerous community. Police Chief James Moore credited collaborative efforts between Rocky Mount Citizens and the police department for the reduction. 

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Green Dot Initiative Helps Reduce Crime in Rocky Mount, NC

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Police officers of Rocky Mount, NC recently completed a training course that will reduce crime and make the city less dangerous. Green Dot is a strategy that encourages a new approach to violence prevention. Instead of focusing on slogans and educational skits, Green Dot uses social theory to make communities safer. Rocky Mount, NC police officers will be taking these tenants of crime prevention to members of the community.

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