What's News Today for Tuesday, March 29, 2016

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ROANOKE (WSLS 10) -  A traffic alert... Route 620 (Forest Oak Road) will close for a culvert replacement in Carroll County. Signs are posted and a detour will be in place through Route 802 (Waterberry Road). If the weather holds up for the replacement, the road is expected to re-open on April 29.

Every day, on average, 22 veterans take their lives due in part to the effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  A group of 11 men calling themselves Shepherd's Men started a 1,500 mile run through 10 cities to benefit the SHARE Military Initiative. Today they stop in Lynchburg. The group is expected to get to the Monument Terrace in downtown around 5:30 p.m. One of the men participating is Madison Heights native, Troy Campbell. Campbell is a U.S. Marine with more than 15 years of experience. His passion is helping others reach their full potential. They will continue onto Atlanta.  Each member of the group wears a flak jacket with 22 pounds of added weight and running at least 22 kilometers per day, symbolic of and representing the average number of veteran suicides that occur in the United States each day.

The SHARE Military Initiative is a 12-week program that treats both the physiological and psychological effects of TBI and PTSD. It is completely donor-funded and to date, no graduate of the program has been lost to suicide. In addition to raising money for the SHARE Military Initiative, the men work to raise awareness of the suicide epidemic plaguing veterans of the U.S. armed forces.

Anyone wishing to donate to Shepherd's Men or the SHARE Military Initiative may do so in person at Monument Terrace on Tuesday, March 29 or visit the website at www.shepherdsmen.com.

If a chemical spill happened at Smith Mountain Lake emergency crews would have to respond. The Smith Mountain Lake Marine Volunteer Fire Rescue is preparing... Coming up with a HAZMAT plan. With cars and trains passing over the lake a spill is a real possibility and could lead to the extinction of fisheries, dam shut down, property damage and more.  The NTSB, Norfolk Southern, CSX, local water authorities were asked the meeting to help with the plan.

Changes in Virginia law could have an impact on how the Roanoke Valley does business. The Roanoke Regional Chamber and local legislators are meeting over breakfast to talk about the 2016 Virginia General Assembly session.

The Towns of Pembroke and Narrows in Giles County is looking for ideas on business district revitalization that will help develop outdoor recreation and tourism. The town has secured a Community Development Block Grant to identify infrastructure and development projects that can revitalize downtowns, improve outdoor reaction assets, support existing businesses and attract tourists.

There is a meeting at the Pembroke Town Hall Tuesday, March 29th, 2-4 p.m.

In Narrows on Tuesday, March 29th, 6pm to 8pm the meeting will be held in the Narrows Town Hall at 210 Main Street.

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