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Randy Parton Theatre Debate Rages On

Posted November 29, 2007

— The contract was signed at the Randy Parton Theatre more than a week ago, but the debate is not over.

City council members shared their concerns Thursday night about the new contract between the city of Roanoke Rapids and Randy Parton.

The move slashed Parton's salary, guarantees appearances and took him out of the theater's daily operations. Two council members said the new deal is a mistake.

“I don’t agree with paying him almost $2 million to walk away,” said City Council member Jon Baker.

Baker and fellow council member Carl Ferebee voted against the contract, which the council approved by a 3-to-2 margin. Ferebee said he thinks the city rushed to get a new deal.

“I did, and I know some of the other councilmen wanted to look at a little more detail on this new contract,” Ferebee said.

“I would like to have seen all the options explored with as much enthusiasm as the one option we were presented with,” Baker said.

Baker says the city will end up eating a little less than $2 million on the deal. Ferebee said he is especially concerned that Parton is guaranteed more than $1 million, even if the theater closes.

Both council members said they’re concerned with the wording of the new contract where it specified Parton must perform up to 36 performances a year. While there is a maximum listed, there's no minimum number of performances.

Mayor Drewery Beale previously said the new contract is the best option for the city in the long run.

“What’s really important is to look at what we’ve got here and what this could end up being,” he said.

Both Baker and Ferebee said they agree the theater can still be successful. They just wish the negotiations proved more successful for the city.

They're concerned there are too many restrictions that would keep the city from selling the theater if it finds a buyer in the next five years. Baker renewed his call for the city to release more financial figures from the theater prior to the new contract.


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  • BIGCHEESECAMATO Nov 30, 2007

    when is Dolly Parton coming

  • beafraidimstillhere Nov 30, 2007

    Never heard of him before either.

  • BIGCHEESECAMATO Nov 30, 2007

    I just heard that Petro Truck Stops as well as Pilot have given a offer to purchase this place. Then we will have another Cafe Risque on 95 :)

  • BIGCHEESECAMATO Nov 30, 2007

    That building seen from I-95 sure would make a great truck stop with a big country restaurant for eating grits, bitcuits and chicken....

  • Lightfoot3 Nov 30, 2007

    What kind of performance does Randy Parton do? Sing, dance, juggle? Like others, I'd never heard of him until this con game came to town.

  • BIGCHEESECAMATO Nov 30, 2007

    sounds like JD Hogg is the commissioner of this town. If there is a flaw in the slaw will scuff it. Soon it will be just a night club like the boars nest is on hwy 301

  • outhouseman 2007 Nov 30, 2007

    Just what is the "Randy Parton theatre house band?"

  • ifcdirector Nov 30, 2007

    Just remember to vote Richard Moore for governor because he believes in handing out your tax dollars to unknown country artists and to put the state in the music business. Maybe he will hollow out the capitol here in Raleigh and turn it into Richard Moore's Taxpayer Jamboree. It would not surprise me in the least however if he gets elected. The voters of this state need to wake up and make sure that people who are not good stewards of the state's funds are not elected any office.

  • hdvoodooqueen Nov 30, 2007

    I'd like to know what cperry knows about MY "trashy" town....lots of us don't agree with you, Mr. Raleigh....when this thing IS finally successful...AND IT WILL BE....some people will be more jealous than they already are. Rome wasn't built in a day, neither was Branson.....but it's going to happen....just watch. And stay out of my "trashy town" if that's what you think...just don't come.

  • FlSunshine Nov 30, 2007

    Read the stories. The new management group is going to have other acts perform at the theater. Randy Parton I believe agreed to perform 36 times in the new agreement. The rest of the time shows will be provided by other performers.

    I hear the Christmas Show is wonderful. I have had family members attend. They loved it. Why don't some of you critics try attending the shows instead of belly aching all the time and spreading doom and gloom. Try putting your money where your big mouth is. If I lived close enough I would attend.