Items from across the Triad and beyond


The Winston Salem City Council approved the requests for four AT&T cell phone towers at its meeting Monday night. One will be located on the northwest side of New Walkertown Road across from Northampton Drive. It will be a monopole tower and rise to a height of 150 feet. It will require two maintenance visits per month according to Tom Johnson, an attorney with the Raleigh firm Nexsen Pruet. Johnson said all vegetation will be located within 150 feet of the site. Appraiser Michael Berkowitz said studies have determined that the tower’s presence will not be a detriment to the surrounding area.

A similar tower will be located at the intersection of Business 40 and Hastings Hill Road, while monopine towers of 150 feet each will go in on the northwest side of Reidsville Road and a site east of Griffith Road and west of Bethel Methodist Church Lane.

A number of residents who live nearby the proposed sites expressed concern at the meeting about what effect the towers would have on property values and the environment.

As residents addressed the council, they were told by Mayor Allen Joines that the council did not have the ability to discuss either of these issues.

Resident Ginger Matthews lives in a neighborhood that is bordered by an existing cell phone tower and Duke Energy power lines. She said she was not in favor of putting in a monopine due to its lack of aesthetic appeal.

“The monopine does bring attention to the tower,” she said.


On July 2 the Greensboro Police Department announced the retirement of Chief Ken Miller.

“For the past four years, I have loved calling Greensboro my home. The community warmly embraced my family and me, and has welcomed the many changes in the department and in our policing strategies,” said Miller. “I have had the good fortune of working with a great City leadership team, and working with outstanding and committed employees of the police department. Policing a free society is difficult work, but I have found the men and women of the Greensboro Police Department to be prepared and willing to meet the challenges directly and lift the department and community to new heights along the way. Words can hardly express my pride in the GPD and our community for all we have done together to make our city safer. I look forward to watching more exceptional progress in the coming years.”

Before coming to Greensboro in 2010, Chief Miller had served with the Charlotte- Mecklenburg police since 1989.

“Chief Miller has served this community well and will be missed,” said Mayor Nancy Vaughan. “He has done a great job responding to multiple requests, serving various needs, and creating ties with the community. Most importantly, he’s leaving our department in better shape than he found it and should be commended for accomplishing that goal as our chief.”

Miller intends to retire sometime this fall. The City has brought in a hiring consultant to begin the process of searching for a new chief.

Miller was named this week as one of six finalists for the chief of police job in Greenville, South Carolina. Miller faces stiff competition from the current interim chief, who was previously a major in the Greenville Police Department, in addition to two other internal candidates who currently serve as captains in the department. Other candidates include the assistant chief of the DeKalb County (Georgia) Police Department and the chief deputy from the Pinal County (Arizona) Sheriff’s Department. Greenville, South Carolina has a population of about 61,000. !