2005 Tar Heel Bus Tour

Itinerary May 16 – 20, 2005


Monday, May 16


7:30 a.m.

Depart Friday Center Parking Area

9:10 – 10:45 a.m.

Citizen-Soldier Initiative — Rocky Mount, NC

A team of Carolina’s faculty—led by Dennis Orthner in the School of Social Work and Doug Robertson in the Highway Safety Research Center—helped develop this national demonstration project. The Citizen-Soldier Initiative is a national demonstration project designed to extend existing Guard and Reserve programs. It brings employers, schools, child-care providers, health professionals and other organizations into a broad network of family support. Rebekah Murray, Citizen-Soldier community liaison in Rocky Mount, and Orthner, will meet with us. Also, we hope to spend time with families that benefit from this new support program.

12:45– 2:45 p.m.

Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge and Pocosin Arts — Columbia, NC

We’ll have lunch at Pocosin Lakes, a national wildlife refuge, and hear from Will Stott, director of Carolina’s Albemarle Ecological Field Site. He’ll share information about the Carolina Environmental Program’s efforts, and we’ll spend time with University interns working in that area. After lunch, we’ll stroll along the Scuppernong River and visit Pocosin Arts, a craft education studio and CEP intern placement.

3:30 p.m.

Downtown Manteo — Manteo, NC

After checking into the inns in downtown Manteo, participants may enjoy a waterfront walk on their own.

6 p.m.

Dinner – Roanoke Island Festival Park / Overnight — Manteo, NC


Tuesday, May 17


7 a.m.


10-11:45 a.m.

DESTINY Science Bus, Farmville Central High School — Farmville, NC

DESTINY, Carolina’s traveling science laboratory, is a custom-built 40-foot, 26,000-pound bus full of state-of-the-art science and technology equipment for wet-lab experiments, Internet exploration and classroom materials. The bus brings the latest science and technology to students who otherwise would not see a high-technology laboratory or what a science career can offer. Since hitting the road in 2000, DESTINY has visited 98 of North Carolina’s 100 counties. Farmville Central High School in Pitt County, has 742 students in ninth through 12th grades. At least two of its science teachers are graduates of the North Carolina School of Science and Math. The science instructor, who trained for the DESTINY program, says providing just one of the DESTINY lab tools for every student would blow the school’s entire science budget. DESTINY provides a unique experience for the students. We’ll hear about the program then go onto the bus with students from the school so that our faculty can see the difference DESTINY is making across the state.

12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

King’s Barbecue — Kinston, NC

We’ll enjoy a traditional Eastern North Carolina Southern-style lunch at this popular restaurant.

1:45 - 3 p.m.

Randy Smith’s Tobacco and Hog Farm — Deep Run, NC

We’ll tour Randy Smith’s flue-cured tobacco farm to understand the role tobacco farming plays in the state’s economy and the lives of farmers. The state ranks No. 1 in the production of tobacco. Despite past legal action and the proposed cigarette tax increase, it remains an integral part of the lives of North Carolina residents. We also will hear about hog farming to learn about the concerns and complexities in farming hogs and the importance of this livestock industry to the state.

7 p.m.

Dinner – the Market House / Overnight — Fayetteville, NC

Wednesday, May 18


7:30 a.m.


9:30 - noon

Diversity in NC Populations — Siler City, NC

Siler City’s population is indicative of changes throughout North Carolina.  Over the past decade the Latin American population has grown more than 400 percent.  At Siler City Presbyterian Church, our hosts will discuss their efforts to assist the Latino population in gaining access to services and making the transition to America in terms of economic and social considerations. Also, we’ll learn how Carolina is involved in this effort.

1:30 – 3 p.m.

RagApple Lassie Winery — Boonville, NC

RagApple Lassie lies just under the southwestern gaze of Pilot Mountain in the heart of the Yadkin Valley, one of the few winegrowing appellations on the East coast and the only one in North Carolina. We will tour RagApple Lassie’s complete winery building—the production area, the wine cellar and the tasting room. Frank and Lenna Hobson, the winery’s owners, will host us. Frank is a third-generation tobacco farmer who has successfully transitioned to winegrowing. Lenna is in charge of the winery’s marketing activities. Linda King, the winemaker, also will meet with us.

5 p.m.

Dinner – Green Park Inn / Overnight — Blowing Rock, NC



Thursday, May 19


7:45 a.m.


8:30 a.m.

Broyhill Furniture — Lenoir, NC

Manufacturing plants in North Carolina lead the nation in production of household furniture and fixtures. The industry is the second largest employer in the state’s factory sector.  We will take a behind-the-scenes look at the manufacturing of furniture by Broyhill. We will be joined by Tom Broyhill, vice president of International and Contract Sales, who is the grandson of founder T.H. Broyhill. Tom Broyhill, a Carolina graduate, has worked with the business 30 years.

11:15 –1 p.m.

Stonecutter Mills — Spindale, NC

Stonecutter Mills textile plant was founded in 1920 and processed cotton, synthetics and blends until it was forced to shut down most of its operations in 2000. In January 2003, the plant announced that it would close its remaining operations. The result was a major loss in jobs for the town of Spindale. This stop will include a discussion with local community and corporate leadership, a visit to the former plant and a look at how Carolina is helping in the town’s recovery efforts.

2:30 – 4 p.m.

American & Efird Textile Mill — Mt. Holly, NC

The state of North Carolina has a long and rich tradition in textile manufacturing. As this industry faces the ever-present challenges associated with global economic development and technological advances, some historic industry leaders are weathering the storm. A&E is one of those companies. Since 1891, A&E has produced yarn and thread. Today, it remains one of the leaders in the industry.  This stop, which will include a plant tour, will explore the challenges of the textile industry as well as the processes that create the product.

6 p.m.

Dinner – Levine Museum of the New South / Overnight — Charlotte, NC

Friday, May 20


7:30 a.m.


8 a.m. – 10 a.m.

Charlotte’s Place in North Carolina — Charlotte, NC

North Carolina’s largest city is continually evolving with a light rail system expected to begin operating in April 2007 and a new basketball team set to go into a hard-fought Uptown stadium. Some of Charlotte’s most popular media personalities, who each spent more than 25 years reporting on the city’s evolution, will talk about its changes and its relationship to the rest of the state. With Trustee Chair Richard T. “Stick” Williams as host, we’ll gather in Charlotte’s City Club at The Square for breakfast with Jack Claiborne, retired editor and columnist for The Charlotte Observer; Moira Quinn, president of Charlotte City Center and former television personality; Beatrice Thompson, radio talk show host and former CBS- and NBC-affiliate television reporter and anchor; and Bill Walker, ABC-affiliate television anchor for 37 years who just announced plans to retire in June.




Noon – 2 p.m.

BEAUTY Project — Burlington, NC

We’ll meet with hair salon owners and members of the Community Advisory Board to hear how they’re using beauty salons as a setting to share information about cancer prevention with women. The BEAUTY study (Bringing Education and Understanding to You) is a Carolina research project being conducted at 40 salons statewide.

3 p.m.

Arrive Friday Center Parking Area