Burn Ban Now in Effect for the Town of Rocky Mount

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

doughtmonitorROCKY MOUNT - Citing no significant moisture in recent weeks and only light precipitation in the near-term forecast, Rocky Mount Fire Marshal David Bowles has issued a burn ban for the town of Rocky Mount until further notice.

"Lack of significant rainfall mixed with low humidity levels over the past month have created a high potential for rapid fire spread," Bowles said. "Officers of the Rocky Mount Police Department will be on high alert for violaters of this burn ban."

Dry conditions this time of the year are of particular concern because frequent cold fronts can also bring with them high wind gusts. 

Virginia is in a light to moderate drought, according to the latest drough monitor from the Climate Prediction Center, who issues an update to the drought monitor every Thursday. 

There may be a better chance of better moisture getting into the area by early January, as medium-range forecast models continue to instist on a more active pattern after Christmas. 


Rocky Mount Woman Killed in Crash on 122

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News


FRANKLIN COUNTY, Va. – Virginia State Police Senior Trooper D. H. Cepelnik is investigating a motor vehicle crash which resulted in a fatality.  The crash occurred at 2:00 p.m. (Dec 19), on Route 122, one tenth of a mile north of Route 697 in Franklin County.


A 2018 Chevrolet Equinox was traveling south on Route 122, when the vehicle crossed the center line and struck a 2005 Toyota Camry which was traveling north on Route 122.


The 2018 Chevrolet was driven by Rebecca Shively Wright, 58, of Collinsville, Va.  Ms. Wright was wearing her seatbelt and was transported to Roanoke Memorial Hospital for injuries received in the crash.


The 2005 Toyota was driven by Doris Pauline Jones, 75, of Rocky Mount, Va.  Ms. Jones was wearing her seatbelt and died at the scene.


The State Police Crash Reconstruction Team was called to assist.


The crash remains under investigation. 



BBB Warns of Complaints Against Missouri Furniture Company

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

Three Virginians are among the hundreds of consumers who have filed complaints against an “F” rated Missouri furniture company.
Consumers tell Better Business Bureau (BBB) that Rough Country Rustic Furniture, a manufacturer of hand-crafted gun concealment and rustic furniture, fails to deliver goods in a timely fashion and is lax in issuing refunds. BBB advises consumers to use caution when dealing with Rough Country Rustic Furniture.
The Mountain Grove, Mo., business has been the focus of 209 complaints, most of which were received in the last few months and has an "F" rating, the lowest on BBB's scale. Virginia residents in Roanoke, Dry Fork, and Abingdon are among the complainants.
According to the company’s website, the business makes gun concealment furniture ranging from $115 flag wall art to $2000 bedroom sets. They also manufacture concealment lamps, wall art and shelves in addition to non-concealment home furnishings. Their products are marketed on their website and Facebook. They have more than 2 million followers on Facebook.
Delivery timeframes listed on the website vary by product, from “approximately 42-56 business days” for concealed compartment patriotic flags, to “approximately 84-140 days,” for bedroom sets and other larger items. In spite of being behind on fulfilling order commitments, the company continues to solicit and accept new orders.
Frustrated by a lack of timely responses to emails, a Houston, Mo., woman says she posted inquiries about her order on the business’s Facebook page, but the posts were deleted without a response.
Consumers report to BBB that calls to a phone number listed on the website reach a voice mailbox that is usually full. Emails receive an automated message informing customers to expect to wait several days for a response, but some frustrated consumers say they have not received any responses to their inquiries.

According to the website, the company planned to add staff and contractors in 2017 to “increase production and reduce wait times,” but complaints to BBB persist.

BBB offers the following tips for consumers interested in purchasing furniture
● Research the business and owners carefully before signing a contract,
providing any sensitive personal information or paying any money. Go
to to search for BBB Business Profiles or find contact info for your
local BBB.
● Pay by credit card whenever possible in case you need to challenge the
payment for non-delivery of the product.
● Read all terms and conditions carefully before completing a purchase online.
Make sure you read and understand return and refund policies. Know your
options in case you receive an item that was not as advertised.
● Read online reviews from several sources to get a balanced view of customer
experiences with a business.
● Don’t accept a professional-looking website or presence on social media as
verification that a business is trustworthy. Make sure to check other sources
like BBB.