• Roanoke Rapids finally unloads former Randy Parton Theatre

    The shows at the old Randy Parton Theatre will go on, in some form or another. The city of Roanoke Rapids on Monday, July 23, officially transferred the Roanoke Rapids Theatre to new owners Thomas McLean and his wife Evon of Chocowinity. The McLeans are buying…

  • No celebration for Randy Parton Theatre’s 10th anniversary

    Ten years ago — July 26, 2007 — one of North Carolina’s most spectacular economic development boondoggles hosted its first performance. Dolly Parton’s brother Randy performed his first public show at the Roanoke Rapids theater that would bear his name. Parton had a contract to perform at the 35,000-square foot, 1,500-seat…

  • Randy Parton Theatre Still Haunts Roanoke Rapids

    ROANOKE RAPIDS — It took less than two years for the Randy Parton Theatre to become a white elephant, and its demise offers a cautionary lesson to cities that pay for economic development projects using untested financial vehicles.

  • Another Parton-Connected Project In Trouble

    Rick Henderson on second development tied to Partons; parents ask lawmakers to fully fund scholarships; legislators take aim at pension spiking & concerns over replacing Common Core with better standards; Troy Kickler on role of 13th amendment in history

  • Another Parton-Connected Project In Trouble

    RALEIGH — The saga of Pine Mountain — featuring hundreds of thousands of dollars in unpaid taxes, delinquent homeowners assessments, and overdue loans — has attracted little public attention and no news stories to date. And developer Ray Hollowell, along with homeowners in the development and officials in Burke County, hope that Pine Mountain doesn’t suffer a fate similar to that of the Randy Parton Theatre.

  • Resident Sues Parton for Fraud

    RALEIGH — A Roanoke Rapids businessman filed a lawsuit Thursday against entertainer Randy Parton and his business associates alleging they fraudulently obtained public money to build a theater in the city.

  • Document Shows Conflict in Parton Project

    RALEIGH — Former state-funded economic developer Rick Watson was the business manager for Randy Parton’s company at the same time he was recruiting Parton on behalf of North Carolina, according to documents obtained by Carolina Journal.

  • Parton Also Had Eyes on Missouri

    RALEIGH — Randy Parton says that for three years he dedicated his life to making the Roanoke Rapids theater a success, but after he signed the deal with the city Parton also tried to launch a clothing line and build a similar theater in Missouri.