Category Archives: Heard on the Street

Heard on the Street 10-13-17

Kim McMillan:  Formally head of  the department of Public Information  for the City of Charlotte, recently left Moore and Van Allen for a new adventure.  She is currently VP of Marketing and Communications Charlotte Regional Realtors Association.

Tim Newman has a new adventure too.  He recently departed ways with Daniel Levine where he headed up asset management.  He is developing a program called Adult Spectrum Transition, which will develop paths towards an independent life for South Carolina special needs adults over the age of 21.  They will provide vocational training as well as job placement, transportation and housing, It will be based in Rock Hill and open for business in January. Tim has two 21 year old autistic boys and if anyone has the heart and know how about special needs adults, it is Tim.  I see this as a tremendous success for Tim and a valuable ministry .

Black Political Caucus made their endorsements for the General Election after the Mayoral City Council debate which took place on October 5. Their plans for the upcoming election November 7 is to mail to all A and B voters in the African American households in the city,  distribute flyers, mail to ministers, run radio spots, and  conduct an aggressive social media campaign. Their estimated budget for all that is $14, 750.  Only Democrats were endorsed with the exception of Republican Tariq Bakhari who in running for City Council District 6 against a Democrat and a Librarian.

Tricia Cotham, former NC House representative has joined Mc Guire Woods consulting.



Heard on the Street 9-22-17

  • Matthew Ridenhour has been a busy man these days.  Not only did he deliver his son Hobson in his driveway August 17, he is a risk analyst for FIS Global and he has founded a small company Fortitudine Cleaning Services.  He does light to medium interior commercial demolition, post construction clean up and general cleaning.  All I can say is whew!
  • Governor Pat McCrory has begun a daily segment on WBT 1110 AM radio. Yeah, yeah yeah, I know. The  Observer and WSOC-TV has spun this news but without the particulars that I’m about to  to give you. His segments will run every day Monday through Friday at 7:15 AM and will last five minutes. These will run through the election in November. Word has it the station hopes to make it a permanent gig for him.
  • Scoop: The Liberty restaurant building, the building across from it which houses Tupelo Honey and the entire adjacent parking lot has been put under contract by a large out of town developer.  This is prime property in SouthEnd next to the light rail line. Whether and when it closes or not remains to be seen.
  • Black Political Caucus:   Rumor has it the Caucus plans to only endorse two at large City Council Candidates for the General election , rather than four as they did in the primary. Wonder which two that would be?  Smuggie and Braxton?
  • State Senator Joel Ford:  although he came in third in the Democratic Mayoral primary, he plans to stay in the state senate and run again for that office in 2018.
  • Nick Simmonette group Vice President at Raycom media plans to retire January 31 after 40 years in the business.  I got to know Nick when he served as Vice President and General Manager at WBTV in Charlotte.  Congratulations, Nick!
  • Mark Washburn Veteran Charlotte Observer columnist has accepted a gig beginning in January as a writer for Business North Carolina.  Ahhh, to have Mark’s writing back in print is a wonderful thing.  He does know how to turn a phrase unlike any other.
  • Kenny Smith As of September 22, Republican Mayoral candidate Kenny Smith has  contributions totaling $375,000 in the bank.
  • Upcoming Mayoral debates....October 18 an Observer millennial debate and an Observer WBTV debate on November 1.
  • Former County Manager Harry Jones will officially have Renaissance Park Golf Course named after him October 14 at 10:00 AM….. As of October 14 it will be named The Harry Jones, Sr Golf Course. What a wonderful testimony to him and his leadership in Mecklenburg County.  He touched with love so many people and I was blessed to call him my good friend.