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Kyle Huggins, left, and Andrew Edwards recently took the wastewater treatment plant certification test. After passing the exams, Huggins was certified as a grade 2 operator and Edwards was certified as a grade 1 operator.


Monday, July 9, 2018

CMSD employees receive certifications

Contentnea Metropolitan Sewerage District recognized two employees at its June 27 board meeting.

Kyle Huggins and Andrew Edwards recently took the wastewater treatment plant certification test. After passing the exams, Huggins was certified as a grade 2 operator and Edwards was certified as a grade 1 operator.

“These are accomplishments worthy of recognition,” said District Manager Chuck Smithwick. “These tests are not a joke.”

Most wastewater treatment plant operators are grade 1 and 2. It typically takes an employee five years to become a grade 4 operator, according to Smithwick.

“This is a grade 4 facility, so we’re required to have a grade 4 operator and response controller and a backup operator and response controller of grade 3,” he said. “We try to hire local, so we can grow our communities and get a good return on our investment.”

Local Educators Attend NCCAT

Several area educators recently attended programs held at the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching, a recognized national leader in professional development programming for our state’s teachers.

Participating educators from Pitt County Schools included Mary-Allison Gray and Deborah W. Mooring of A.G. Cox Middle School; Martha M. Bryant and Jennifer C. Bullard of Chicod Elementary School; Vanessa L. Rogers of E.B. Aycock Middle School; Melissa H. Coxe of Eastern Elementary School; Meredith Partin of H.B. Sugg Elementary School; Jennifer Casey of Lakeforest Elementary School; Maribeth Adams and Noelle K. Tucker of Ridgewood Elementary School; Jonna M. Kurr-Murphy of Wellcome Middle School; and Elizabeth Ulffers of Wintergreen Primary School.

Increasing teacher effectiveness is fundamental to improving public education. NCCAT provides teachers with new knowledge, skills, teaching methods, best practices and information to take back to their classrooms. NCCAT conducts a wide variety of high-quality professional development for pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade teachers. For more information about NCCAT visit www.nccat.org or call 828-293-5202.

Wesleyan taps Mann to be social media manager

N.C. Wesleyan College recently named Stephen Mann as social media manager.

Mann has gained public relations and marketing experience over the last eight years through various jobs in the public sector.

In his new role with Wesleyan, Mann will oversee all college social media accounts across various platforms, develop strategies to increase awareness and engagement among current and prospective students and oversee all online advertising and digital marketing efforts. Beyond his social media responsibilities, Mann will plan and manage college events and be a key contributor on various college publications.

Mann received a bachelor’s degree in communications with a concentration in public relations and a minor in business administration from N.C. State University. Most recently, his focus has been primarily on social media marketing, serving as social media coordinator for the state Department of Transportation in Raleigh. In this role, he managed over 37 social media accounts, created paid advertising campaigns and increased brand awareness and website engagement.

Prior to his role with the NC DOT, Mann served as knowledge management specialist for the Retirement Services Division of the Department of State Treasurer, where he created the social media presence for the division.

Rhodes elected president of CPCU Society

Thomas Rhodes was recently elected as President of the Eastern North Carolina Chapter of the CPCU Society.

In order to be inducted into the CPCU Society, individuals must pass eight national exams on topics including insurance law, accounting, risk management, and ethics. CPCUs continually update their base of insurance expertise by participating in technical and professional development workshops and seminars.

CPCUs promise to abide by a code of professional ethics, placing their clients’ needs before their own.

Rhodes has held his CPCU designation since 2012.

The CPCU Society is the premier international insurance and risk management professional organization, administered by The Institutes. The Eastern North Carolina Chapter of the CPCU Society spans from the Triangle all the way to the coast.


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February 11, 2019

The following civil lawsuits were filed Nov. 27-Dec. 11, 2018, in Pitt County:

■ Fountain Rural Fire Association Inc. v. National Blend Vegetable Dehydration LLC and Carolina Agribusiness LLC and Ham Equipment LLC, money owed, Nov. 27; notice of case selection for arbitration, Jan. 31; 18CVD…

February 11, 2019

The following deeds of trust were recorded with the Pitt County Registrar of Deeds from Jan. 31-Feb. 6:

■ Christopher W. Purcell, Lori A. Purcell to JG Wentworth Home Lending LLC $216,300

■ Steve Nagy, Elaine Holmes Nagy to First-Citizens Bank & Trust Company $230,400

■ William O.…

February 11, 2019

Tyman Wallace Jr.

U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman Tyman Wallace Jr. has been selected as the Director of Medical Services Sailor of the Month for November 2018.

Wallace works in the U.S. Naval Hospital in Yokosuka, Japan. He has served in the Navy for 18 months.

He is the son of Tyman M. Wallace Sr.…


February 11, 2019

ECU physician receives national service award

A physician at the ECU Brody School of Medicine has received the 2018 Outstanding Service Award from the Association of Medicine and Psychiatry (AMP).

Dr. Michael Lang, clinical associate professor in the Departments of Internal Medicine and Psychiatry…

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February 11, 2019

TUESDAY: Mental health professionals are invited to a continuing education event entitled Get Ahead of the Curve: Building Best Behavioral Health Practices to Prepare for Value-Based Payer Reform hosted by Eastern Area Health Education Center. The way in which behavioral healthcare services are…

February 04, 2019

The following civil lawsuits were filed Nov. 14-26, 2018, in Pitt County:

■ State of N.C./Pitt County in the matter of found firearm, petition and order disposing of firearm upon prosecutor’s petition, 18CVD 3166; Nov. 14, 2018.

■ State of N.C./Pitt County in the matter of Rosa…

February 04, 2019


The City of Greenville Inspections Department issued the following permits Jan. 22-28, 2019:

■ SNL Investments LLC, 2465 Emerald Place, new commercial/business, $509,800.

■ Epsilon Iota Housing Corporation, 507 W. Fifth St., retaining wall, $4,000.

■ Ashby Todd Jordan and…

February 04, 2019

UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of North Carolina has donated $50,000 to Legal Aid of North Carolina and the North Carolina Coalition to End Homelessness as part of the company’s efforts to support Hurricane Florence recovery.

Each organization received $25,000 to aid continued recovery…

February 04, 2019

ROCKY MOUNT — Oxford House has opened a residence in Rocky Mount that will serve eight men.

This house is part of the contract to unveil 20 new houses in Trillium Health Resources’s 26-county region by 2020 that was signed between Trillium and Oxford House in 2016. This will be the 14th…

February 04, 2019

Budget Blinds of Greenville, New Bern and Morehead City has been recognized in Budget Blinds Top 20 franchises as the No. 5 best performing franchise in North America for the second year in a row. The eastern North Carolina company was recognized and awarded on Jan. at the Annual Budget Blinds…

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