Farm Aid Returns to Raleigh + New Blacklight Mass Incarceration Show

Sorry that I was MIA yesterday, my computer has been having a lot of issues and finally died on me yesterday. Rest assured, I’m back with a laptop that is allowing me to crank out all the news events and info you will want to know, including:

  • Raleigh Police continue their speed crack down
  • Celebrating the legacy of Swift Creek Elementary
  • Bluegrass events gearing up for IBMA

But first, today’s weather:

Mostly sunny and nice. High: 81 Low: 55.

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Here are the top five stories today in Raleigh:

  1. Farm Aid returned to Raleigh this weekend to help bring awareness to the loss of family farms and raise funds to help keep them in business, On Saturday night, Indianapolis Colts’ owner Jim Irsay joined the cause and donated $1 million to Farm Aid. The festival featured “Homegrown Concessions” and the “Homegrown Village” devoted to education and advocacy. Funds from Farm Aid are used as disaster relief for farmers. Local farmers came out and spoke about the state of the industry as the pandemics impacts still linger. (abc11, CBS17, CBS17, WRAL)
  2. On Friday around 3 pm, Raleigh police officers were notified of a shooting that took place on Griffis Glen Drive in southeast Raleigh, A police investigation alleged that the suspect, Tyler Jordan Hawkins shot the victim, who was also his mother, Trumelia Vanessa Hawkins. Tyler was arrested, charged with the murder and transported to the Wake County Detention Center. (abc11, CBS17, WBTW)
  3. One couple, in partnership with Raleigh’s Emancipate NC has launched a podcast to shed light on the North Carolina justice system, Cierra Cobb and her husband Jeffrey Cobb began the podcast, as Jeffrey Cobb is currently incarcerated following a conviction of first-degree felony murder. The Cobbs maintain Jeffrey’s innocence and are hoping to bring awareness to things like solitary confinement and hear stories from those inside the system. The Blacklight Mass Incarceration Show’s first episode is available now and will release episodes bi-weekly. (CBS17)
  4. Raleigh Police partnered with the North Carolina Highway Patrol on Friday as part of a “speed-calming initiative.” Units were present on Interstate 440 at the Lake Wheeler Road exit for two hours and made 79 traffic stops. The stops led to 66 speed-related tickets being written as part of “a continuing effort to keep our roads safe.” (RPD Facebook, WNCT)
  5. Students, staff and alumni gathered to celebrate the 90th anniversary of Swift Creek Elementary School on Saturday, The original building is slated to be torn down and replaced with a more modern school. The event allowed people to come together and honor the space. Swift Creek Elementary is one of the oldest schools in the district, built in 1932. The new school should be open and welcoming back students and staff by 2025. (CBS17)

Today in Raleigh:

  • It’s Better Breakfast Day and if you’re searching for something healthy and delicious to get your day going, check out Raleigh Raw. I myself have been on an insane acai bowl kick and I definitely qualify it as a better breakfast.
  • Performers in the Triangle are expressing optimization around the future of the new Downtown South Raleigh music venue announced earlier this week. (CBS17)
  • Michael Watkins is sharing his story as he pursues a doctorate and reflecting on the 20 years he spent in homelessness in Raleigh. (NBC12)

You’re all caught up for today. See you all tomorrow for another update!

, CJ Fullford

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