Officials Speak Out Over Parton Controversy

Roanoke Rapids officials say they do not want Randy Parton to return to his namesake theater, and that they plan on changing the name of the theater.

City leaders will meet to discuss Parton's contract.

Financial documents released by Roanoke Rapids Thursday shows that city money intended to help start the Randy Parton Theatre was spent on alcohol and tickets to Las Vegas shows.

The documents show how the brother of country music star Dolly Parton spent some of the first $254,000 of a $3-million reserve fund he was given to start the theater on Interstate 95 in Halifax County.

Nearly $2.5 million of the fund was spent in the first two years.

Mayor Drewery Beale says some expenses don't look right, especially the alcohol and trips to Las Vegas.

The city borrowed more than $21 million to build the theater to anchor a new entertainment complex to boost the struggling economy of northeastern North Carolina.

Roanoke Rapids took control of the theater last month. is reporting Parton was asked to leave the theater Thursday night. Parton confirmed that in an interview obtained by WRAL, as Parton was leaving the theater. (See related links below)

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  • by connie Location: vanceboro,nc on Dec 9, 2007 at 09:32 PM
    i have known randy(not really personally) for several years and i was very sorry to hear that all this happened. i do not feel that all the blame should be put on randy but on having opened the theater before anything else was there in that area to attract fulltime tourist. i personally thought he had a good show and when the monies was not coming in as others expected then the ones that pushed this to happen without other fulltime interest there, they started to put pressure on one in there right mind would invest so much in one small unknown artist theater without knowing that there was going to be major finacial problems. i noticed that the monies posted did not equal to anything that even touch the amount of salary that they promised to pay him. how sad to think that randy is being made to take the full scope of blame for the areas failure .
  • by Kim Location: Colerain on Dec 9, 2007 at 05:50 AM
    To Patsy Ann,no one but Randy ruined his name. If a growing city with a lot to offer is the redneck capital of the world, then so be it. Put the blame where it belongs, not with the officals but with Randy. He misused funds, and took advantage of a city that is trying to bring work and growth to its area. Change the name. The talent that they have doing the shows now don't need the likes of Randy Parton. The arena will do just fine without him.
  • by tristan Location: greenville on Dec 8, 2007 at 07:29 AM
    I know who dolly is but who is Ranndy Parton and why is he considered an intertainer just because he is her brother. seems a case of a STAR like Dolly giving her "Hillbillie" brother a break and he blew it! Hats off to the city officials of Roanoke Rapids for stopping any further fleecing of a poor counties tax base!
  • by patsy ann on Dec 7, 2007 at 08:24 PM
    the greedy politicians are the blame for this - using parton as a scapegoat for their failure to transform the redneck capital of the world into beverly hills - shame on them for ruining this poor mans name
  • by Al Location: Swansboro on Dec 7, 2007 at 02:31 PM
    I'm glad to see the officials keeping up with the expenditures. I thought that this theater would be great in this area.
  • by Steve Location: Kinston, NC on Dec 7, 2007 at 09:46 AM
    Once again the fleecing of taxpayers in order to create corporate welfare for an amusement facility(sports facilities included) has come to the inevitable fiasco. Throw the bums out.

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