Taxpayers need to follow the money while the Randy Parton Theater meltdown happens. We now have our three law firms feeding at the public trough. Don Carrington keeps reporting on the travails of Roanoke Rapids and the floundering Parton Theater with his latest Dolly Speaks Out to Support Brother story detailing the hiring of Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice to represent the city of Roanoke Rapids in this dispute. Carrington had already reported that Ernest Pearson, a lawyer with the Sanford Holshouser law firm, has signed checks from funds advanced by the city to his own firm. And let us not forget that Randy Parton has a lawyer from the firm Poyner & Spruill LLP representing him. Since Parton was given a very large sum from the city up front and they have already forgiven him a $475,000 advance – taxpayers are really the ones footing his legal bill in the end.
Let’s look at this again:
- Parton yearly artist fee – $1.5 million
- public money invested in a risky scheme- $21 million
- Lawyers continuing to make money – Priceless
As has been said many times, follow the money.