Travelers on a new stretch of road in Rocky Mount will be greeted with name of a former state transportation member who resigned a few years ago after his questionable fund raising tactics came to light.
The state Board of Transportation this month approved a request to name a 4.6 mile stretch of new highway in Rocky Mount after Thomas A. Betts Jr. The project, known as the Northern Corridor, was approved during his time on the board.
Betts resigned his seat in 2008 after he pushed a Roanoke Rapids city official to help raise money for then-Lt. Gov. Bev Perdue's gubernatorial campaign from country singer Randy Parton and others involved in a theater there.
Betts represented the region on the DOT board from 2003 until he resigned in early 2008. In that role, Betts helped steer money for road projects to the area.
The Rocky Mount City Council asked the transportation board in May to name the Northern Corridor after Betts "in sincere appreciation of his selfless service and his contributions not only to the Rocky Mount/Nash County community, but to the state of North Carolina."
Perdue distanced herself from Betts after the 2008 fund raising revelation, but they seem to have revived their connection. He was listed on the agenda of an April "Team Perdue" reelection campaign meeting.