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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.


Humans of Greenville


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January 21, 2019

Martin Enterprises, located in Williamston, recently received another three-year CARF accreditation for services.

CARF is a worldwide independent, nonprofit organization focused on advancing the quality of services an agency offers to meet needs for the best possible outcomes. An accreditation from…

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January 21, 2019

AgCarolina Farm Credit, Cape Fear Farm Credit, and Carolina Farm Credit have announced the fundraising results of the second annual Pull for Youth Charity Sporting Clays events benefitting NC 4-H and FFA.

A total of over $200,000 has been donated directly to NC 4-H and FFA during the past two years.…

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January 21, 2019

The charity Sheetz For the Kidz raised more than $700,821 during its annual December campaign through customer donations.

This is a record for the Sheetz employee-driven charity and exceeds last year's campaign fundraising total by more than $82,000.

Each year, 100 percent of customer donations are…

January 21, 2019

WILSON — There is nothing cheesy about a downtown Wilson candy shop making it big. Well, there is if you count the product — cheese-infused caramels — that has put the Krueger’s Candies name on shelves across the country.

“We chose Krueger’s Candies as our co-…


January 21, 2019

Dean named as Hilton general manager

The Hilton Greenville has recently named John Dean as its general manager.

Dean is a 12-year resident of Greenville. He began his career in Greenville with the Battleground Restaurant Group and opened Tripps Restaurant.

In 2014 Dean began work as general manager…

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January 21, 2019


FARMVILLE — In an effort to increase foot traffic, Farmville Flea Market and Auction has moved part of its operations from its West Marlboro Road location to 3724 N. Main Street to create The Vintage Market.

The business offers customers a variety of vintage and antique merchandise.…

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January 21, 2019

TODAY: The City of Greenville is seeking volunteers to participate in the Martin Luther King Day of Service event from 10 a.m. to noon on Jan. 21. Participants will help clean up various streets, entrances to the city, neighborhoods, the river, and greenways. To sign up or to get more information,…

January 21, 2019

The following civil lawsuits were filed Oct. 29-Nov. 2, 2018, in Pitt County:

■ Kevin Francis Meszaros, petitioner, petition for release of custodial law enforcement agency recording from N.C. State Highway Patrol, Oct. 29; order on petition, Dec. 10; 18CVS 2978.

■ Kevin Francis Meszaros,…

January 21, 2019


The City of Greenville Inspections Department issued the following permits Jan. 8-14:

■ Greenville Board of Education, 1100 S. Elm St., storage/accessory, $70,000.

■ Tarheel Holdings LLC, 814 Dickinson Ave., commercial alterations, $120,000.

■ Vallen Distribution Inc.,…

January 21, 2019

The following new corporations in Pitt and neighboring counties filed Jan. 10-16 with the N.C. Secretary of State’s office:

■ 2 Dawg Kitchen LLC, agent Mary D. Keel, 314 Clay Bottom School Road, Chocowinity.

■ Absolute Paradise Villas LLC, agent Entity Solutions LLC, 108 S. Pitt St.,…

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