Roanoke Rapids Fires Management Firm; Mayor Pro Tem Quits

By: Bill Wilson
By: Bill Wilson

A big shakeup in Roanoke Rapids last night. The city council fired a new management company for the controversial Roanoke Rapids Theatre, and then the council's mayor pro tem quit in protest.

UGL Unicco was hired in December after Randy Parton's contract with the city was terminated. The vote last night to give Unicco 30-days notice came after city council received a report that said the theater lost $147,000 during a one month period.

Mayor Pro Tem Reggie Baird was the only council member to vote against the management change.

In December, Roanoke Rapids cut ties with Parton and voted to change the name of the theater.

Mayor Drewery Beale tells WITN no one is lined up yet to take over management of the theater, but they are leaning toward the possibility of an individual manging the facility.

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