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.