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What's News Today: Tuesday, August 18

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ROANOKE (WSLS 10) - News and events happening around the area Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Preserve Floyd and Preserve Bent Mountain are joining other groups across the country in a coordinated event, Hands Across Our Land. They will meet at the 221 exit/entrance of Milepost 136 on the Blue Ridge Parkway at 11 a.m. Hands Across Our Land promotes local community actions which will unite citizen activists as they symbolically create a blockade to stop the unnecessary and unwanted onslaught of new fossil fuel infrastructure being forced on private property owners.

The Town of Rocky Mount is asking for help with a million dollar problem. They need to repair the Veteran's Memorial Park. It's expected to cost nearly one million dollars to fix a massive erosion problem. Three years ago several hundred cubic feet of the bank at the intersection of Furnace Creek and Pig River washed away. The town manager says the damaged area is close to the Veteran's Memorial and the next erosion event may damage it. The town is asking Franklin County for help paying for the project since it a town and county memorial. There is a Memorial Day service and Veterans Day service at the site every year.  It is a focal point for those who have lost loved ones. Their names are inscribed into the memorial. The County will discuss it this afternoon starting at 1:30.

Haley Toyota is celebrating its grand opening and ribbon-cutting in Roanoke. It expanded and relocated to a new 71,000 square foot dealership.  The new facility, an investment of $10 million, offers the opportunity for the dealership to increase inventory from 350 to 500 cars, brings a thirty percent increase in employment, and is a healthy addition to the Roanoke "Motor Mile" making Williamson Road the place for car shoppers featuring its strong mix of auto dealers.

You may see a lot of motorcycles in our area today as part of the Dream Ride benefiting Special Olympics. It arrives in Lynchburg today at the Craddock Terry Hotel. They are on a 2,000 mile road trip from Palm Beach to Farmington, Connecticut.  They arrive there Friday and celebrate with a weekend full of fun.

The Rockbridge Regional Library Headquarters in Lexington will be closed starting today so they can replace carpet after it was damaged. A pipe burst in February. The branch will be closed through next Friday. All other branches in the system will be open normal hours.