What's News Today: Tuesday, July 14
(WSLS 10) - The Tree of Life will be displayed at Roanoke Fire EMS on Tuesday. It's one of the most iconic visual elements of the National EMS Memorial to honor fallen EMS heroes. Its trip to the Star City is part of a tour from Colorado to Virginia. Honor Guard members will escort the Tree of Life exhibit in a vehicle with custom signage on a journey to its new permanent home in Fredericksburg.
Volunteers in Lynchburg will fill backpacks full of school supplies. The backpacks will be given to kids this fall in an effort to make sure that every child has the tools needed to be successful on the first day on school. Supplies were purchased with grant money by the Lynchburg City Schools Education Foundation.
Martinsville City Council asks for your input on whether to continue adding fluoride to water. The issue was initially brought up in January as well as during budget deliberations in April. Many have already expressed concerns about stopping the practice. Eliminating fluoridation would save the city $15,000 a year. The meeting is at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in council chambers.
The Roanoke County Board of Supervisors votes Tuesday on spending $384,000 to purchase new noting machines. This move comes after the state Board of Elections decertified the WINVote machines the county currently uses because of irregularities during the 2014 elections. The new equipment uses optical scan technology that leaves a paper trail. The board meets this afternoon at 3 p.m.
Lynchburg City Council meets Tuesday to discuss establishing a police department at Lynchburg Regional Airport. The airport had a police force starting in late 2001. In April of last year though, the airport was notified that the Attorney General's Office did not have authority to designate an entity as a police force, so it was terminated. The General Assembly passed a bill this session authorizing Lynchburg to create a police department at the airport.
The Roanoke County Board of Supervisors gets an update Tuesday on the Mountain Valley Pipeline Project. The board will get an update from the county's Pipeline Advisory Committee on a revised alternate path through the county that was published this month and the committee wasn't aware. It will also discuss conditions it will place on surveys at Camp Roanoke. The board meets at 3 p.m.
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