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Batts, Mitchell appointed to Nash Health Care Board
Jeffrey Batts, a partner in the law firm of Batts, Batts & Bell, LLP, and Melvin M. Mitchell, president of the Melvin M. Mitchell Agency, were appointed to the Nash Health Care Board of Commissioners.

A North Carolina native, Batts was born and raised in Rocky Mount, and his extensive experience represents 20 years of dedication to the community.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Wake Forest University. In 1986, he graduated cum laude from Wake Forest University School of Law, where he served as managing editor of the Wake Forest Law Review. Batts practiced law in Greensboro from 1986 to 1990 before returning to Rocky Mount to join in practice with his father and brother. He is admitted to practice before all state and federal courts in North Carolina, as well as the United States Tax Court, and was admitted to the United States Supreme Court Bar in 2001. Batts is also a member of state and local professional associations and the Eastern North Carolina Inn of Court.

Batts has demonstrated his commitment to the Rocky Mount community through his volunteer activities, which include serving as the 2011 chairman of the Board of Directors for the Rocky Mount Area Chamber of Commerce and as a trustee for the Turner W. Battle Scholarship Fund at his high school alma mater, Rocky Mount Academy. He has also served on the Board of Directors for the Nash Community College Foundation and  Nash Health Care Foundation.

Batts is actively involved in NCLEAP, a project of the North Carolina Bar Association’s Business Law Section, offering pro bono legal advice to low-wealth entrepreneurs.

Originally from Murfreesboro, Mitchell has lived in Rocky Mount since 1974. He received his bachelor’s degree in business education from Fayetteville State University, and since then, he has earned several accolades for his business expertise and community service. He is the president/proprietor of the Melvin Mitchell Agency, Inc., an Exclusive Agency with Allstate Insurance Company.

“I volunteered for the board because I welcome the opportunity to become a part of improving health care for a community that I have been a part of for over 35 years,” Mitchell said. “I have a genuine, vested interest in the community members, as well as the businesses and industries striving to survive here, and I feel that with the vast changes in health care in this uncertain economy, this is a very important time to get involved.”

In addition to serving as a board member of the Rocky Mount Boys Club, Triangle Bank and Greater Rocky Mount Family Practice, Mitchell’s insurance agency was named Agency of the Year in 1998, 1999 and 2000.  He is a former member of the Allstate Agency Advisory Board, a recipient of the 24-Year Honor Ring Award, and a six-time recipient of the Life Leaders Award. He also serves on the board of directors for Providence Bank, and is a past member of the board of directors for First Carolina State Bank.

Mitchell has also served on the trustee board, the finance committee and the usher board of North End Missionary Baptist Church.

He is a member of Alpha Omicron Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and has served that organization as a member of the executive board and as the assistant keeper of finance.

Mitchell will serve a three-year term.

The Nash Health Care Board of Commissioners is a 14-member volunteer board appointed by the Nash County Board of Commissioners. Each board member is appointed for  one 3-year term. Commissioners may be reappointed to serve two additional terms for a maximum of three terms. The Nash Health Care Systems Board of Commissioners meet on the first Thursday of each month.

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