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Monday, November 5, 2018

Namireddy joins Vidant Cancer Care

Dr. Praveen Namireddy has joined Vidant Cancer Care, specializing in hematology and oncology.

Namireddy treats cancers and tumors of the chest, including the lung, esophagus, heart and chest wall.

He completed a fellowship in hematology and oncology at The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, where he was chief fellow. His prior training included a fellowship in hospice and palliative medicine at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City and residency in internal medicine at St. Barnabas Hospital, Bronx, New York.

“I look forward to serving with the talented team at Vidant Cancer Care,” Namireddy said. “I am inspired by my colleagues here and by the health care needs in eastern North Carolina.”

He sees patients at the Eddie and Jo Allison Smith Tower at Vidant Medical Center, 524 Moye Boulevard.

Pitt County Animal Control officers win gold

On Oct. 22, Pitt County Animal Services (PCAS) received statewide recognition from the North Carolina Animal Control & Rabies Association (NCARCA), when two of their staff received gold medals for their performance during the NCARCA Olympics.

PCAS Assistant Director Chris Arnold was joined by PCAS Animal Control Officer Sean Ross in competing during the event, which judged participants in four different activities which highlight the skills animal control officers use in their daily operations. The two worked together to secure the top honors, competing against teams from across the entire state. The NCARCA Olympics were held has part of the Association’s 43rd Annual Training Conference, which took place in Carolina Beach from Oct. 22-24.

The North Carolina Animal & Rabies Control Association works to improve, promote, professionalize, and publicize animal control while promoting justice and equality in the enforcement of animal control laws. To fulfill that mission, NCARCA is dedicated to providing a quality work environment and the development of its members through effective training and leadership. The Association currently maintains a listing of nearly 120 public and private animal control or service agencies throughout the state. Pitt County Animal Services maintains its role as a contributing member to the organization, and won the Silver medal in the NCARCA Olympics held during the 2017 Annual Training Conference.

Despite the several challenges faced by PCAS in 2018, from accommodating the workflow disruptions of ongoing construction of a new facility, to emergency shelter operations needed for over 250 animals during Hurricane Florence; Shelter Director Michele Whaley has noted that her staff has not only improved upon last year’s efforts, but rose to the top in this showcase of skill amongst their peers.

To learn more about the NCARCA, and how they work to assist animal control and service organizations throughout the state, you can visit their website at www.NCARCA.com. To view the latest news and information from Pitt County Animal Services, you can visit their page on the Pitt County website at www.PittCountyNC.gov/PCAS, or like and follow them on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/PittCountyAnimalServices.

Two new family doctors join Vidant Family Medicine

Drs. John McGee and Andrew King are on staff at Vidant Family Medicine-Greenville.

McGee offers management of chronic diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure. He cares for individuals of all ages, especially senior citizens. He trained in family medicine at The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, following medical school here.

“While I grew up in the western part of the state, my family and I consider Greenville to be our hometown,” McGee said. “I am looking forward to practicing in the community where I live.”

King is an osteopathic physician offering osteopathic manipulation, trigger point injections, joint injections and minor dermatologic procedures. He also focuses on disease prevention. He trained at Latrobe Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program, Latrobe, Penn.

“I am glad to join an already established practice like Vidant Family Medicine in Greenville,” King said. “I look forward to working together with patients to achieve the goal of optimal health.”

McGee and King practice alongside Drs. Lara Surles and Wilton Gay. The practice is located at 2450 Emerald Place, Greenville.

Belk joins Rocky Mount real estate agency

Bob Allen and Michael Allen with Boone, Hill, Allen & Ricks Real Estate recently welcomed their newest agent, Candice Belk.

Belk was raised in Rocky Mount and has been married to her husband, Conly, who is also a Rocky Mount native, for 14 years. They have an 11-year-old son, Tanner and a 9-year-old daughter, Julie. They have lived in Nashville for the past eight years.

Belk graduated from Appalachian State University in 2003 with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. She also graduated from East Carolina University in 2008 with  master’s degree in library science.

She spent 10 years teaching in Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools before teaching at Faith Christian School, where her children attend. Belk and her family are members of Redeemer Church in Rocky Mount, where she serves in the Redeemer Kids Ministry.

Boone, Hill, Allen & Ricks is located at 2311 Sunset Ave., Rocky Mount, and specializes in residential and commercial property sales and rentals.

Keel Point opens office, hires Burleson

J. Michael Perry, President of Keel Point LLC, has announced the opening of a Greenville office and the hiring of Robert G. Burleson Jr. as a senior wealth adviser.

Keel Point is a registered investment adviser firm with $2.5 billion under management and maintains offices in Washington DC, Huntsville Ala., Chattanooga, Tenn., Brentwood, Tenn., Kansas City, Kan., and now Greenville.

Keel Point is the joining together of families, institutions, and advisors seeking to achieve each one’s mission, vision, values, and goals. Keel Point brings to each client its diverse heritage: financial and strategic advice for those just starting out and for those with multi-generational or institutional wealth, and investment management designed to assist each one to reach their financial goals.

Burleson has worked in Greenville in the wealth management industry since 1995. He strives to serve families with targeted and comprehensive financial advice delivered with a high level of personal service and professional integrity. Keel Point is located at 620-C Red Banks Road.

Rose named United Community Bank state president

Bank executive Jim Rose, who started his career in Wilson, has been named United Community Bank’s state president in North Carolina.

Rose has nearly three decades of banking experience, primarily in regional management and credit management for community banks. When he joined the company, he was tasked with overseeing the bank’s expansion into the competitive Triangle market.

Rose’s position is part of a new structure put in place by the bank to further strengthen its local bank operations, according to a news release.

Prior to joining United Community Bank in 2017, Rose served on the executive team of a regional bank that grew to more than 100 locations across North Carolina, eventually serving as regional president for eastern North Carolina. He has also served as CEO and chief credit officer for other community banks in the region. He began his career with BB&T in Wilson.

Rose serves on the boards of directors for Delta Dental and the N.C. Rural Center and is vice chairman of the State Board of Community Colleges in North Carolina. Rose earned his bachelor’s degree from Wake Forest University.

Based in Blairsville, Ga., United Community Bank has $12.4 billion in assets under management and operates 150 branches in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.


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November 12, 2018

WINTERVILLE — Boneyard Harley recently celebrated its grand opening with a weekend celebration.

Boneyard Harley-Davidson, formerly Hometown Harley-Davidson, is under the new ownership of Jerry Carrillo of Dayton, Ohio and Marc Ingwersen of Findlay, Ohio.

“We wanted to set ourselves…


November 12, 2018

Eagle Transport Corp. recently was honored with a SmartWay Excellence Award from the Environmental Protection Agency as an industry leader in freight supply chain environmental performance and energy efficiency.

“Safe and responsible transportation of chemical and petroleum products are core…


November 12, 2018

Hendon joins team at Gastroenterology East

Gastroenterology East, P.A. and Dr. Jack Cole have announces that Dr. Shane Hendon joined the practice in October.

Hendon’s professional training began with Medical School at University of Pikeville, College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kentucky. His…


November 12, 2018

East Carolina University Student Media director John Harvey received one of the nation’s top awards for collegiate media advisers at the annual College Media Association (CMA) Convention on Oct. 28 in Louisville, Kentucky.

Harvey was one of four to receive the 2018 award for…

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November 12, 2018

TODAY: The Pitt Community College Small Business Center is hosting a free seminar from 6-9 p.m. entitled ‘What is an Income Statement?’ Learn how an income statement works, what it contains, and where the numbers come from. Contact Wendy Dunbar at 493-7528 or wdunbar@email.…

November 12, 2018

Millions of small business and home owners currently depend on the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) to protect their property against flooding, the most costly and common natural disaster in the United States. To continue providing flood insurance after November 30, 2018, Congress must…

November 12, 2018

The American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) recently awarded six Vidant Health locations with an accreditation underscoring exceptional care in helping diabetes patients control their disease.

“We are delighted to be recognized by AADE in this way,” said Dr. Karen Coward,…

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November 12, 2018

The following new corporations in Pitt and neighboring counties filed Nov. 1-17 with the N.C. Secretary of State’s office:

■ AmbuCare Medical Transport Inc., agent Mary Alice Whitehead, 7187 County Home Road, Ayden.

■ Aqualitate LLC, agent Curtis Bearden, 38 Sir Dillons Lane,…

November 12, 2018

The following deeds of trust were recorded with the Pitt County Registrar of Deeds from Nov. 1-7:

■ Gregory O. Willis to Union Home Mortgage Corp. $169,900

■ Mary Ann O'Malley, Kevin O'Malley to Quicken Loans Inc. $147,811

■ Sandra A. Hickman to Bank of America NA $100,…

November 12, 2018

The following deeds were recorded with the Pitt County Register of Deeds from Nov. 1-7. Each $2 in revenue stamps is equal to $1,000 in valuation. ( * No fee required)

■ Fannie Mae (a/k/a Federal National Mortgage Association) to Jesus Javier Montes Yanez: 0.50 acre, Chicod Township *

■ Wells…

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