Remembering Dr. Tim Monroe

Monday, the Winston-Salem Journal published a front-page story on the retiring director of the Forsyth County Department of Public Health. I’m not familiar with Marlon Hunter. His name was seldom in the paper.

By contrast, Dr. Tim Monroe, Hunter’s predecessor, was a public figure who didn’t shy away from controversy. Wesley Young’s piece introducing Mr. Hunter to the Journal’s readers provides some insight into the differences between Marlon Hunter, and Tim Monroe approaches to running a public health department.… Read the rest

John Robert Hayes Awaits Another Appeal Without The Support That Darryl Hunt And Kalvin Michael Smith Received

The Winston-Salem’s Journal’s Michael Hewlett has done some excellent reporting on John Robert Hayes‘ case. On Thursday Hewlett reported that the Wake Forest Innocence and Justice Clinic filed another appeal on Hayes’ behalf.

Hewlett’s reporting reveals more improper behavior on the part of the Forsyth County D.A.’s Office in the 80s and 90s. Look closely at John Robert Hayes’ case and you will see the similarities with Darryl Hunt and Kalvin Michael Smith’s wrongful convictions.

John Robert Hayes is … Read the rest

An Important Conversation About The Opioid Crisis in Winston

Sometimes you find wisdom in an unexpected place, such as The Less Desirables podcast. The Less Desirables normally discusses craft beer and pop culture. But the May 1o, 2017 Less Desirables podcast features an hour-long interview with local legal advocate Kerri Sigler. It’s a must listen. It’s an illuminating oral history of Winston’s ongoing opioid crisis. Sigler is brilliant.

Listening to her describe opioid addiction is like a Ted Talk, public service announcement, and comedy hour rolled into one. I … Read the rest

Will Reynolds Envisioned More Than Just A White Christmas…

A few days ago The Winston-Salem Journal reported that more than 294,000 attended the 2016 Festival of Lights, making last year one of most successful years in the festival’s 25-year history. Tanglewood is a huge, sprawling park, with a lot to offer. The Festival of Lights is Tanglewood’s biggest annual event. It’s a popular Christmas tradition in the Triad, an illuminated drive down memory lane. But what about the history of Tanglewood? That’s a history that folks don’t like … Read the rest