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Winston-Salem Chamber Selects Mark E. Owens as Incoming President and CEO

The Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce announced today that it has selected Mark E. Owens as incoming president and CEO. Owens is presently serving as president and chief executive officer of the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce in South Carolina.

The executive committee affirmed Owens on Monday afternoon to succeed Gayle Anderson, who will retire at the end of the year. He will formally join the organization in early December.

“Winston-Salem has a rich history of growing and developing homegrown businesses into national brands. I look forward to cultivating the city’s entrepreneurial spirit as we script the next chapter together,” said Owens. “I am humbled and honored to be selected to lead this organization, which has a tremendous legacy and history.”

A strong and innovative leader, Owens surpassed the list of expectations guiding the executive search. He was the unanimous choice of the 17-member search committee, which was co-led by Alan Proctor and Peggy Carter. The committee reviewed more than 230 potential candidates for the position.

“Mark brings strong skill sets and great energy to our community,” said Carter. “He is a collaborator who understands and embraces strong partnerships to drive community goals. He sees great opportunity for Winston-Salem and we are excited to welcome him.”

Owens joined the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce in 2008 as a director of business development, was named vice president in 2012 and president and CEO in 2014. He is a 2007 graduate of Presbyterian College and the United States Chamber Institute for Organizational Management. A native of Charleston, South Carolina, Owens was a financial advisor, managing $10 million in assets for individual and business clients. He and his wife Melody recently welcomed their first child, Luke.

WSSU Student Helps Others Overcome Poverty

From single mother to a determined CEO of a local non-profit, a Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) business student is on a mission to help other single mothers and their daughters break the cycle of poverty.

Five years ago, Rasheeda Shankle, who will earn her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from WSSU later this week, was a single mother living in a poverty-stricken area of Winston-Salem and working a minimum wage job.

“I became a statistic, a product of my environment,” Shankle said. “Living here, I witnessed how awful the living conditions were, I saw how the communities living conditions forced people to live and behave unethically.” “I also noticed that there were many individuals who had a desire to do more but were unable to due to their resources or lack of support. Some people that have ambition to do more lack the confidence to step outside of their comfort zone. Their comfort zone was their community, and I knew it was not the life that I wanted to live.”

She added: “One day I asked myself, ‘Rasheeda, if your life were a book, and you were an author, how would you want your story to be told?’ And that basically changed my life forever. With the support of my family, I was able to overcome those obstacles and climb the ladder of opportunities.”

After transferring to WSSU from Forsyth Technical Community College in 2015, she started Honorable Youth, a non-profit that focuses on rebuilding communities and mentoring youth. Over the summer Honorable Youth hosted a young entrepreneurs summer camp for middle and high school students to explore entrepreneurship. She said as the program began to expand, many of the mothers began to ask her for similar programs to help them succeed.

On Nov. 16, the nonprofit received a $15,000 grant from The Women’s Fund of Winston-Salem to start a program to help low-income mothers achieve intergenerational economic security. The program, called Two-Generations, will offer free workshops and financial planning assistance to help mothers open a banking account and learn to manage money.

After graduation, Shankle, originally from the Stanly County town of Norwood, plans to continue her education, pursuing a Master of Business Administration (MBA). Shankle recently spoke at the open house for WSSU’s Center for the Study of Economic Mobility (CSEM), a new center that focuses on studying the barriers to economic mobility. WSSU Economic Professor Craig Richardson, founding director of CSEM, is hoping stories like Shanklin’s help to motivate others.

“Based on research, we know that many residents in Forsyth County face enormous impediments toward moving up the economic ladder,” Richardson said. “However, there are so many people like Rasheeda in our community who are motivated to improve their lives. It is even more inspiring to see how Rasheeda is motivated to help others improve their lives.”

The Two-Generations program starts in January. Applications will be accepted through the end of December. For more information, visit

A bold past. A brilliant future.
For 125 years, Winston-Salem State University has fostered the creative thinking, analytical problem-solving, and depth of character needed to transform the world. Rooted in liberal education, WSSU’s curriculum prepares students to be thought leaders who have the skills and knowledge needed to develop innovative solutions to complex problems. WSSU is a historically Black constituent institution of the University of North Carolina with a rich tradition of contributing to the social, cultural, intellectual, and economic growth of North Carolina, the region and beyond. Guided by the motto, “Enter to Learn. Depart to Serve,” WSSU develops leaders who advance social justice by serving the world with compassion and commitment.

Tarheel Basement Systems Offers “Building Solid Foundations” Scholarship

Tar Heel Basement Systems is excited to launch its “Building Solid Foundations” scholarship, awarding a $1500 scholarship to a local high school student. In partnership with the Winston Salem Chamber of Commerce’s Construction Council, this educational scholarship will be open for applications through December 31, 2017.

“We are on a mission to bring purpose, innovation and evolution to the construction industry, and we think it begins with our youth,” said Pete Burgess, CEO of Tar Heel Basement Systems. “The construction industry is in need of driven, honest, customer-oriented people. We hope that by offering this scholarship, it will create opportunities and open new doors into the construction field for the young people in our community.”

In order to be considered for this award, the applicant:
• Must be currently enrolled in 11th or 12th grade
• Must attend high school in one of the following counties:
o Alexander, Alleghany, Ashe, Caldwell, Catawba, Hickory, Newton-Conover, Watauga, Wilkes, Alamance, Asheboro, Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Guilford, Mount Airy, Randolph, Rockingham, Stokes, Surry, Yadkin
• Must complete the online application at

In addition:
• Selected student must be willing to participate in press release and media engagements announcing the award, including (but not limited to) photos, videos & written news releases
• Duplicate entries will not improve a candidate’s odds of selection
• Judges will base their decisions solely on the information provided within the online submissions
• Please provide detailed information so judges can give the applicant full consideration

The recipient of the Building Solid Foundations Scholarship will be announced on January 5, 2018. In an effort to continue to give back to the community and our youth, this scholarship will be offered on an annual basis.

About Tar Heel Basement Systems
Tar Heel Basement Systems is North Carolina’s largest basement, crawl space and foundation repair contractor. In addition to creating healthier homes for their customers, the team at Tar Heel Basement Systems is focused on improving lives and redefining the construction industry.

Company Contact: Jackie Hoffman- 336-464-9727-

Thunderbirds Add Two Home Games in December

The Carolina Thunderbirds will be playing two additional games at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds Annex due to an unforeseen scheduling conflict. The games on December the 22nd and 23rd were originally scheduled to be played at neutral site locations against the North Shore Knights in South River Ontario and Temiscaming Quebec. The games on Friday and Saturday will instead be played in Winston-Salem.

Friday’s game will be a 7:35 pm puck drop on December 22nd. Saturday the 23rd the game will begin at 6:05 pm EST, and as with all Thunderbirds home games the doors will open 1 hour before puck drop.

All current full-season ticket holders will receive their seats at no additional cost, the tickets will need to be picked up at either the VIP door on the day of the game. Those who hold 14 and 7 game packages may purchase tickets at a discounted price. As these games are not typical home dates for the Thunderbirds, for this limited time all tickets will be $10 with reserved seating.

For questions or to request media availability please contact Al Kessler at or call 336-774-4625

UNCSA Stevens Center Repairs Underway

This week, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) will be starting a three-month project on its primary performing arts venue, the Stevens Center, that will impact traffic on Fourth and Marshall streets.

The Stevens Center is located at 405 West Fourth Street in Downtown Winston-Salem.

The project – installing netting around the Stevens Center’s terra cotta façade on its upper floors – will protect passers-by from possibly falling debris, said University Architect Christopher Placco.

“Several pieces of terra cotta fell from the upper floors of the Stevens Center this summer,” Placco said, “and we immediately installed planking underneath the Plexiglas canopy to protect patrons and people walking by.”

Engineers subsequently discovered that water had infiltrated behind the terra cotta, weakening the material and its mounting hardware.

The School of the Arts has hired a contractor and is spending approximately $300,000 of state repair and renovation funds to install specialized netting and make the roof waterproof. A permanent repair to the façade will cost between $2-3 million, and is probably two to three years away, Placco said.

The netting and terra cotta work are not part of the $35.2 million Stevens Center renovation announced in September by UNCSA, but point out the real need for refurbishing an aging facility, which was last renovated in 1983, Placco said.

The contractor will mobilize this week, adding fencing and signage, to precede the installation of a permanent rail system on the roof from which the netting will be suspended with hooks. A crane will move the equipment into place on Sunday, December 3, which will necessitate the closing of Marshall Street from Fifth to Fourth streets from 5 a.m. to 4 p.m. that day.

The roofing work will occur between December 4 – 18, which coincides with one of UNCSA’s most cherished holiday traditions: “The Nutcracker,” which opens on December 8 and concludes on December 17.

“We’re open for business and look forward to welcoming all of our patrons who have purchased and will purchase tickets,” said Wiley Hausam, Managing Director of Performance Facilities for UNCSA. “Look for the additional lighting on the scaffolding at the main entrances to the Stevens Center. We’d like to urge patrons to arrive for their performance of ‘The Nutcracker’ a little earlier than usual, since the scaffolding may slow down traffic on our sidewalk. Our festive ‘Nutcracker’ boutique will be open and it has great holiday gift items!”

Placco noted: “We will also add additional netting above the Plexiglas canopy to ensure the safety of our guests and pedestrians while this project is underway.”

According to the timeline confirmed with the City of Winston-Salem, the Marshall Street netting installation will run from December 18 – January 15. That means that one lane of Marshall Street will be closed from Fourth to Fifth streets during this time, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily.

In addition, the Marshall Street sidewalk on the Stevens Center side will be barricaded from the Stevens Center loading dock to Fourth Street while the Marshall Street netting installation is happening.

The Fourth Street netting installation will occur January 22 – February 16. That means that one lane of Fourth Street will be closed from Cherry to Spruce streets during this time, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily.

Each street will have one lane open at all times, and work will never be performed on both streets simultaneously, Placco said.

The University of North Carolina School of the Arts is America’s first state-supported arts school, a unique stand-alone public university of arts conservatories. With a high school component, UNCSA is a degree-granting institution that trains young people of talent in dance, design and production, drama, filmmaking, and music. Established by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, the School of the Arts opened in Winston-Salem (“The City of Arts and Innovation”) in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina system when it was formed in 1972. For more information, visit

North Carolina’s New Powers of Attorney Law

In July 2017, the North Carolina General Assembly enacted a new law governing most powers of attorney in this State. The law is a version of the 2006 Uniform Power of Attorney Act issued by the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws, which is now in effect in at least 25 states. The new powers of attorney law (referenced as the “Act”) goes into effect on January 1, 2018 and will affect both existing and new powers of attorney. The Act brings some much-needed clarity to the law concerning powers of attorney in North Carolina. It also brings this State into line with the laws of a majority of other states in the country concerning powers of attorney.

What are Powers of Attorney?

A “power of attorney” is simply a document signed by a person (the “principal”) that authorizes and empowers another person (the “agent”) to act on behalf of the principal. (The Act uses the term “agent” instead of the traditional “attorney-in-fact,” a welcome simplification of terms.) The powers granted by a power of attorney to an agent can be as broad as permitting any act that the principal could do by him/herself, or can be limited to specific enumerated actions. Powers of attorney are frequently used in estate planning and elder care matters, as well as in real estate and other business transactions.

Notably, the Act does not affect health care powers of attorney, proxies or other delegations of voting or management rights, or powers granted on a form prescribed by a governmental agency, which remain subject to the current law governing those types of powers of attorney.

The Act replaces or amends a number of existing North Carolina laws pertaining to powers of attorney. What are some of the key changes made by the Act?

Durable Powers

There are two major changes from the current law regarding “durable” powers of attorney. Durable powers are those that survive the incapacity or mental incompetency of the principal. Currently, in North Carolina, a power of attorney terminates upon the incapacity or incompetency of the principal unless (1) the power expressly states that it is not affected by the principal’s incapacity or mental incompetence and (2) the power has been registered in the office of the Register of Deeds. The Act completely reverses these rules and makes a power of attorney durable unless it specifically states that it is terminated by the incapacity of the principal. Also, the power is no longer required to be registered in order to be durable. Essentially, under the Act a power of attorney is going to be durable unless it states that it is not.

General and Specific Powers

The Act does a better job of defining the powers that the agent may exercise and distinguishing between general and specific grants of such powers. The Act allows a principal to grant to the agent the power to do anything that the principal could do, in which case the agent is deemed to have all of the powers listed in the Act, with a couple of exceptions. The principal can also grant such general authority by incorporating by reference in the power of attorney the fourteen categories of activities that are described in the Act. Either way, the scope of the agent’s authority is then defined in detail by the specific provisions of the Act dealing with such matters as “real property”, “tangible personal property”, “stocks and bonds”, “banks and other financial institutions”, “insurance and annuities” and more.

However, certain things require specific grants of authority in a power of attorney and are not deemed to be included in a general power. These are things that could dissipate the principal’s estate or alter the principal’s estate plan, such as changing beneficiaries, exercising powers under a trust, or making gifts. Additionally, matters that would be self-dealing on the part of the agent (such as making gifts to him/herself or being designated a beneficiary) require express authorization in the power.

Safe Harbors Protect Persons Relying on Powers of Attorney

The Act does not allow a person or entity such as a bank to require use of a particular form of power of attorney, as long as the power presented reasonably appears to authorize the business the agent wishes to conduct. However, to protect persons acting in reliance on a power of attorney, the Act creates some safe harbors, including the following:

° A person may rely upon a presumption that the notarized signature of the principal is genuine, absent actual knowledge to the contrary. Also, if a person in good faith accepts a power of attorney without actual knowledge that it is void, invalid or terminated, or that the agent is exceeding authority, then the person may rely upon the power and will not be responsible for any breach of fiduciary duty, self-dealing or misapplication of funds by the agent.

° A person receiving a power of attorney is permitted within 7 business days to request a written certification from the agent as to the validity of the power, including that it has not been terminated or revoked.

° The recipient of the power may also request an opinion of counsel if a written reason for such a request is provided. This opinion may be useful in determining whether a non-North Carolina power has been validly executed and authorizes the action in question. Even upon receipt of a certification and/or a legal opinion, however, one is not required to accept a power of attorney for certain reasons that are set out in the Act, including having knowledge that someone has made a report of possible physical or financial abuse of the principal to adult protective services or law enforcement.

The Act has a number of other new provisions, including the following:

° Short Form Power: A new “short form” power of attorney is provided in the Act, replacing the version in the prior statutes. However, there is a trap for the unwary regarding short form powers that used the old form, which is that the new Act will not govern the interpretation of the powers referenced in a short form under the prior statute. Rather, the previous statute will continue to govern such powers.

° Real Estate Power: The Act also contains a new limited power of attorney form solely for use in real estate transactions.

° Incapacity: The term “incapacity” is defined differently in the Act, with more precision than before and with certain default mechanisms for determining when incapacity has occurred. This is important since powers of attorney do not deprive the principal of the ability to act on his/her own until incapacity has occurred.

About the Author – Stephen D. Poe

Steve Poe practices commercial law, with a particular emphasis on banking and financial services, at the law firm of Bell, Davis & Pitt, P.A. Steve has practiced at the firm for almost 30 years and recently served for 6 years as the firm’s President.

During his tenure at Bell, Davis & Pitt, he has represented many national and state-chartered banks, finance companies, mortgage companies, credit unions, and other companies providing financial services. Prior to joining Bell, Davis & Pitt, he was a member of the general counsel’s office at NCNB Corporation, a predecessor of Bank of America.

Steve is very active in the community, including serving on the board of directors of the Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce.

Forsyth Tech Receives Largest Donation Made by an Individual Donor

In the true spirit of Thanksgiving, Forsyth Technical Community College is thankful to Robert L. and Elizabeth M. Strickland for their generosity. Longtime Winston-Salem residents, the Stricklands are making the largest donation by an individual donor in the history of the college. In support of the Stricklands’ desires to improve the lives of students and help them find meaningful careers upon graduation, the school has received a gift of $2.8 million to endow a newly-created Director position at the College’s Career Center. As a result, the Robert L. Strickland Director of Career Services will be responsible for providing leadership and vision in coordinating the development and operation of all Career Development programs provided by Forsyth Tech.

Bob Strickland said, “Betty & I have both long believed that you don’t go to college simply to learn how to make a living— you also go to college to learn how to live. It is our fondest hope that this new Career Center will be able to give our community’s students an extra boost of the guidance, information, and mentoring wisdom they’ll need to propel their Forsyth Tech education into exciting and productive careers — and thereby we hope, happy and fulfilling lives for themselves and their families. This gift reflects our desire to encourage others, as William Jennings Bryan writes ‘destiny is not a matter of chance; it is a choice. It is not a thing to be waited for; it is a thing to be achieved.’”

In recognition of the gift and Bob Strickland’s lifetime commitment to business excellence and public service, the College Board of Trustees has renamed the building currently known as the Oak Grove Center, the Robert L. Strickland Center.

“We appreciate the generosity of the Stricklands to help our students find their pathway to success,” said Corey Miller, executive director of Development and the Forsyth Tech Foundation. “This transformative gift will be a life-changing investment in our students. It will establish the first endowed position at the college, and bring resources to enhance our career center. In addition, it will allow us to complete our Pathways to Possibilities Capital Campaign, exceeding the goal of $18 million.”

Mr. Strickland joined Lowe’s Companies, Inc. in 1957 as its seventh employee, served as Chairman of the Board, and retired in 1998 after 41 years. He was a strong advocate for the development of the community college system through serving as a member of the North Carolina General Assembly from 1961-63 and as a founding Trustee at Wilkes Community College in 1965. His passion for higher education was also reflected through his service on the Board of Trustees at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 1987-1995. In addition, Mr. Strickland served in a number of other leadership roles outside Lowe’s, including board roles at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, T. Rowe Price Group, Inc., Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Hannaford Brothers, the ESOP Association, and the Home Safety Council.

“Bob and Betty Strickland have long been supporters and advocates for community college student success, and at Forsyth Tech that means connecting students with career opportunities. Through their generosity, the College will put students on the path to a successful career and a secure economic future,” Forsyth Tech President Gary Green said.

About Forsyth Tech
Forsyth Technical Community College provides students with guided educational pathways into a competitive workforce for the community and global economy. The college offers associate degrees, diplomas, and certificates in more than 200 programs of study, including programs that promote personal and professional development through non-credit courses and seminars, as well as customized training for business and industry. Forsyth Tech is the fifth largest community college in North Carolina and serves more than 35,000 students with approximately 1,500 full and part-time faculty and staff.

WSSU School of Health Sciences to Investigate Diabetes Prevention in High-Risk Communities

Winston-Salem State University’s School of Health Sciences (SOHS) has been awarded a $385,000 research grant to carry out a model diabetes prevention program for high-risk, low-income communities.

The long-term goal of the grant – through the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities – will be to create a first-of-its-kind network of healthcare intervention programs delivered through historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs), says Dr. Melicia Whitt-Glover, who will serve as co-project investigator (PI) on the grant.

“HBCUs are typically located within communities that are at high risk for chronic disease,” Whitt-Glover says. “Through this grant, we will research how HBCU faculty and students can become partners to provide interventions to prevent and treat chronic diseases, such as diabetes, in the communities they serve.”

In the United States, studies show that 86 million adults have pre-diabetes and are at high risk for joining the 29.1 million Americans who already have type 2 diabetes.

The two-year grant, titled “Implementing Evidence-Based Interventions to Prevent Chronic Disease Through HBCUs,” will focus on three main goals:
• To assess and identify the barriers to diabetes prevention interventions in low-income, high-risk communities through HBCU-community partnerships.
• To adapt, pilot test and evaluate a curriculum for training HBCU students to facilitate evidence-based interventions in low-income, high-risk communities.
• To explore the feasibility of expanding the model to other HBCUs.

Whitt-Glover, who serves as director of the WSSU Center for Excellence for the Elimination of Health Disparities, said the neighborhoods surrounding WSSU have more than 50 percent of the racial and ethnic minority and low-income residents within Forsyth County. Also, the prevalence of chronic disease, including diabetes and related poor health behaviors, are among the highest in the county. Access to evidence-based interventions also are low, she added.

Initial research will be through WSSU’s SOHS and Wake Forest University Health Sciences.

Dr. Jeffrey Meixner, assistant professor of clinical lab sciences, will be the co-PI on the project. Co-investigators are: Dr. Jesse Pittsley (WSSU), Dr. Michael McKenzie (WSSU), Dr. Montrale Boykin (WSSU) and Dr. Mara Vitolins (Wake Forest).

A long-term goal is to expand the program through additional partner institutions. Faculty from three minority-serving institutions will serve on the advisory board for the grant: Huston-Tillotson University, Norfolk State University, and Virginia State University.

As part of the grant, students will receive learning opportunities through a for-credit multidisciplinary course. In the course, students will train to become facilitators who will offer the program on-campus and in the communities surrounding WSSU. The course is expected to begin in August 2018 with about 30 students.

This is one of a number of SOHS initiatives focused on the health of high-risk residents in Forsyth County. Between January and August, SOHS faculty and students served more than 1,200 residents, providing services as free care at the Community Care Center, free health checks and referrals through the Rams Know H.O.W. mobile unit, and diabetes prevention and outreach and wellness services at churches to improve the rate of diabetes. WSSU is the only HBCU in the nation with a mobile unit focused on chronic disease prevention in the country.

The National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities is one of 27 institutes and center of the National Institutes of Health, the nation’s premier medical research agency.

WSSU’s School of Health Sciences is an ethnically diverse school that embraces health equity in education, research, and service. Signature programs include master of science in occupational therapy, clinical doctoral degrees in nursing and physical therapy, and a bridge to the Ph.D. in nursing with Duke University.

A bold past. A brilliant future.
For 125 years, Winston-Salem State University has fostered the creative thinking, analytical problem-solving, and depth of character needed to transform the world. Rooted in liberal education, WSSU’s curriculum prepares students to be thought leaders who have the skills and knowledge needed to develop innovative solutions to complex problems. WSSU is a historically Black constituent institution of the University of North Carolina with a rich tradition of contributing to the social, cultural, intellectual, and economic growth of North Carolina, the region and beyond. Guided by the motto, “Enter to Learn. Depart to Serve,” WSSU develops leaders who advance social justice by serving the world with compassion and commitment. Join us in celebrating our 125th anniversary with events throughout 2017.

Tarheel Basement Systems and JES Companies Announce Merger

Tar Heel Basement Systems, one of North Carolina’s largest and fastest growing basement, crawl space and foundation repair contractor, has merged with JES Companies of Virginia Beach, Va., led by CEO Matthew Malone and President Jesse Waltz.

JES Companies, named to the Fortune 5000 Fastest Growing Companies, is comprised of some of the leading foundation, crawlspace, and basement repair companies in the Southeast and Midwest. Malone and Waltz envision JES Companies becoming the pre-eminent home repair company throughout North America.

“Our partnership with JES Companies provides us with the resources to expand our award-winning service across the entire state of North Carolina,” says CEO Pete Burgess. “In addition to the opportunity to serve more people, I feel JES Companies share similar values as Tar Heel Basement Systems- a commitment to quality service, vision to change the image of the industry and an investment in the wellbeing and future of its employees. All of us at Tar Heel Basement Systems are excited to join such a quality organization.”

Tar Heel Basement Systems will continue to operate as it always has, with Burgess as its CEO, providing the quality service that has made it famous. Since starting this business in 2003, Pete Burgess has been committed to doing “whatever it takes” to satisfy his customers. The overriding principle of providing honest, friendly, professional, and high-quality service was adopted as the hallmark of this company in the early days. This philosophy continues as Tar Heel Basement Systems joins JES on this journey to help homeowners across the Southeast.

“Our partnership with Tar Heel Basement Systems greatly enhances our ability to serve the southeastern region of the United States,” said Matt Malone, CEO of JES Companies. “JES will infuse financial, operational and human capital to accelerate Tar Heel’s growth, augmenting their ability to provide the highest level of service to their customers. While we are excited to add the Tar Heel brand to our family of companies, we are truly thrilled to add Pete Burgess and his world-class team to the JES Companies family.”

Malone and his management team will oversee and support the acquisition to assure a seamless union of the two companies. Tar Heel Basement Systems will continue operating under its existing brand and will continue to be run by its current staff. A new corporate identity program, that will include a new logo, website, marketing materials and fleet vehicles, will occur in 2018.
Tar Heel Basement Systems has grown every year since 2003, expanding revenue, team members, services, territory, and facilities. Currently, Tar Heel services all of Northwest North Carolina and this merge with JES Companies will allow for expansion into the Raleigh & Asheville markets in 2018.

About Tar Heel Basement Systems
Tar Heel Basement Systems specializes in residential & commercial basement waterproofing, crawl space repair, foundation repair and concrete lifting. The mission of the company is to improve lives by inspiring its employees to live the Golden Rule and challenge industry standards. Tar Heel Basement Systems has been named to the Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Companies, Business NC’s Midsized Fast 40, and Triad Business Journal’s Best Place to Work. In 2017, Tar Heel was named by the United States Chamber of Commerce as the Top Veteran Owned Business in the nation. Tar Heel Basement Systems serves North Carolina and Southwest Virginia.
For more information about Tar Heel Basement Systems, please visit

SECU Family House Opens Dewey’s Bakery Pop-Up Shop

The SECU Family House will be managing a Dewey’s Bakery Holiday Pop-Up Shop as a fundraiser this season.

Shoppers can find their favorite Dewey’s goodies, including Moravian Sugar Cake, Ginger Spice Moravian cookies, and Cheese Straws. Proceeds from all sales will benefit the Family House.

The store is located at 153 Jonestown Rd, in the Summit Station Plaza, next to SAS Shoes. Hours are Monday-Saturday, 10am-6pm, and Sundays 1pm-6pm. The store will be open November 18 – December 23 (closed Thanksgiving Day).

The SECU Family House, a hospital hospitality house located in Winston-Salem, is a 45 bedroom facility that provides affordable lodging and support services in a caring environment for patients and/or caregivers traveling to Winston-Salem for medical care.

Since opening in September 2011, the Family House has cared for patients and their caregivers from 94 North Carolina counties and 38 states.

The Family House relies on the generous support of the community to continue serving guests. Please email to learn about serving a meal, donating wish list items, or to take a tour.

NC to Transform Communications for Public Safety

First-of-its-Kind Solution Will Create Jobs, Spur Investment and Modernize Public Safety Communications across the State

North Carolina is modernizing communications technology for its first responders. Today, Governor Roy Cooper announced his decision to accept the FirstNet and AT&T* plan to deliver a wireless broadband network to the state’s public safety community. FirstNet will bring advanced technologies to the state that will help North Carolina’s first responders save lives and protect communities.

“We must do all we can to make sure North Carolina is ready to respond to emergencies and keep the public safe,” Governor Cooper said. “Communication is key in times of crisis and this technology can help strengthen public safety by keeping our first responders connected.”

AT&T, in a public-private partnership with FirstNet, will build, operate and maintain a highly secure wireless broadband communications network for North Carolina’s public safety community at no cost to the state. The FirstNet network will drive innovation and create an entire system of modernized devices, apps and tools for first responders.

“First responders deserve a state of the art communications system, and we believe this is the first step toward building that system,” said Eric Boyette, Secretary of the Department of Information Technology and State Chief Information Officer. “DIT has worked with public safety and IT professionals since 2014 to make sure that the people of North Carolina get the service they deserve. Ultimately, we will all be safer once this network is in place.”

“Rapid emergency response relies on the efficiency of communication among federal, state and local partners,” said Col. Glenn McNeill Jr., commander of the State Highway Patrol. “This new technology provides state-of-the-art resources for responding to future disaster situations.”

Following an in-depth evaluation of the proposed AT&T and FirstNet plan, as well as proposals by other potential vendors, North Carolina selected the FirstNet and AT&T public-private partnership, bringing public safety the overall best value solution with the least risk.
FirstNet will transform the way North Carolina’s fire, police, EMS and other public safety personnel communicate and share information. Specifically, it will:

• Connect first responder subscribers to the critical information they need in a highly secure manner when handling day-to-day operations, responding to emergencies and supporting large-scale events, like the North Carolina State Fair.
• Create an efficient communications experience for public safety personnel in agencies and jurisdictions across the state during natural disasters and severe weather events like Hurricane Matthew, which brought catastrophic flooding to the state.
• Enhance network coverage across North Carolina’s diverse landscape, benefitting first responders and residents throughout the state’s rural and tribal areas.
• Drive infrastructure investments and create jobs across the state.
• Usher in a new wave of dependable innovations for first responders. This will create an ever-evolving set of life-saving tools for public safety, including public safety apps, specialized devices and Internet of Things technologies. It also carries the potential for future integration with NextGen 9-1-1 networks and Smart Cities’ infrastructure.

FirstNet and AT&T designed North Carolina’s network solution with direct input from the state’s public safety community. Since 2014, FirstNet has met with North Carolina’s state and local public safety officials more than 20 times to address their unique communications needs. This includes:

• Bringing the state’s first responders the coverage they need when and where emergencies happen, including along North Carolina’s coastline.
• Giving first responders access to dedicated network assets that can be deployed for additional coverage and support when needed.

“Governor Cooper’s decision to make FirstNet services available in his state demonstrates his strong commitment to public safety,” said FirstNet CEO Mike Poth. “We look forward to continuing to work with North Carolina’s first responders to help ensure they receive access to the sustainable, cutting-edge network they need to connect local, state, tribal and federal first responders across the Tarheel State.”

The decision enables FirstNet and AT&T to begin creating an entirely new wireless ecosystem for public safety communications. North Carolina’s first responder subscribers will have immediate access to quality of service and priority to voice and data across the existing nationwide AT&T LTE network.

Preemption for primary users over the AT&T LTE network is expected by year-end. This means fire, police, EMS and other public safety workers will have dedicated access to the network when and where they need it – 24/7/365, like their mission.

“Gov. Cooper and his staff have been extremely thorough and thoughtful in evaluating North Carolina’s participation in this nationwide public safety broadband network,” said Venessa Harrison, president of AT&T North Carolina. “We appreciate and understand their diligence, for it matches our commitment to delivering this first-of-its-kind communications solution. We are honored to bring the FirstNet network to North Carolina and connect its public safety community to the life-saving technologies they, and our residents, deserve.”