(9.10.07) Parton Payback Incentive Dropped
RALEIGH — State Treasurer Richard Moore’s staff told Roanoke Rapids officials in April 2005 that entertainer Randy Parton’s annual $1.5 million “artist fee” should be paid only after Parton’s company paid the monthly lease and operating expenses for the Randy Parton Theatre. Moore will not say why that requirement was dropped.
(8.28.07) Interview: Decker Discusses His Fall
RALEIGH — Rep. Michael Decker knew he was doing wrong, but he did it anyway because “it got easy to lie,” he said in an exclusive interview with Carolina Journal.
(8.27.07) Decker Job Process Questionable
RALEIGH — Gov. Mike Easley, Cultural Resources Secretary Libba Evans, or their designees apparently violated state law in 2005 when they honored former House Speaker Jim Black’s request to provide a job for former Rep. Michael Decker.
(8.13.07) Curtain Surrounds Theater's Revenue
RALEIGH — Roanoke Rapids keeps no attendance records for the 1,500-seat publicly financed Randy Parton Theatre, nor does the city know whether Parton profits from the sale of concessions or merchandise at the theater, the city manager says.
(7.31.07) CJ Presses for Theater Records
RALEIGH — The city attorney of Roanoke Rapids, in a letter dated Friday, responded to a written public records request by Carolina Journal by again refusing to release financial statements from the Randy Parton Theatre.
(7.24.07) More Secrets at Parton Theatre
RALEIGH — Roanoke Rapids City Manager Phyllis Lee refused Monday to release a Randy Parton Theatre quarterly financial statement that she had received from Randy Parton’s production company.
(7.16.07) Moore Knew of Parton Annual Fee
RALEIGH — Staff members of State Treasurer Richard Moore acknowledged Tuesday that Moore knew about Randy Parton’s annual $1.5 million “artist fee” but disputed as irrelevant a key contention of a feasibility study regarding the arrangement to build with public funds a theater in Roanoke Rapids named after the entertainer.
(5.30.07) Show time for Parton Theatre
RALEIGH — Entertainer Randy Parton, brother of country superstar Dolly Parton, says he will give his first performance at the new Randy Parton Theatre at Roanoke Rapids on July 26. City and state officials have a lot on the line: They provided 100 percent financing for the startup business venture and signed off on an annual $1.5 million “artist fee” for Parton, 53. Carolina Journal has found no evidence that Parton invested any money in the project.
(5.22.07) Panel Ignored Study, Approved Theater
RALEIGH — State Treasurer Richard Moore and other members of the Local Government Commission gave final approval to the City of Roanoke Rapids to borrow $21. 5 million to finance the Randy Parton Theatre even though a feasibility study found that other attractions must first be in place for the theater to be viable. The final approval came at the commission’s meeting Feb. 6.
(4.25.07) Parton to Get $1.5 Million Per Year
RALEIGH — Roanoke Rapids will pay a $1.5 million per year “artist fee” to entertainer Randy Parton, brother of Dolly Parton, for managing a new theater bearing his name, according to a contract obtained by Carolina Journal. In addition, the city is required to provide Randy Parton an “acceptable” fully furnished home and an “acceptable” vehicle.