What's News Today: February 21, 2017
(WSLS 10) - Roanoke County Schools holds a community meeting tonight about opioid and heroin addiction. The meetings feature people law enforcement, parents and people recovering from addiction. They will talk about how youth get prescription medication, abuse, and resources for help. Tonight's meeting begins at 7 p.m. at Cave Spring High School. An additional meeting takes place next week.
The Campbell County Department of Public Safety will test its Emergency Alert System today. The CodeRED system works with the federal IPAWS network, the National Weather Service, and the Campbell County GIS database to send automated alerts. The system will send a test message to all landline phone in the county this morning at 11 a.m.
Virginia Tech will test its VT Alerts system today. Alerts will be sent to all university email accounts, the website and digital classroom billboards. The sirens will also sound of campus. For those who signed up, text messages will also be sent. The test will take place between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Roanoke City Council will meet today to discuss accepting money for bullet proof vests for Fire and EMS. A grant of $24,000 was received from the Virginia Department of Emergency Management for the vests and training. The city must match the grant, paying $24,000. Danville recently outfitted its firefighters with vests. Council will also meet in closed session to discuss selling naming rights for Elmwood Park.
The Martinsville-Henry County Chamber of Commerce holds a public meeting tonight about the business incubator. The second floor of the facility is currently unused, and leaders want ideas on how best to use it in the future. It was previously used as storage and warehouse space for Solid Stone Fabrics, which moved out in 2008.
The Roanoke Regional Chamber holds its Women of the Chamber event today. 75 women will learn about creating a career. This is the third year for the event. WSLS 10's Jenna Zibton will emcee the panel discussion.
Eighth Street in downtown Lynchburg will be closed starting today from Main Street to Commerce Street. Crews will work to install a waterline. Eighth Street will remain closed through Friday.
Governor Terry McAuliffe and Secretary of Commerce and Trade Todd Haymore will announce recipients of the Virginia Tourism Corporation's Marketing Leverage Program grants. The grants are designed to help attract more visitors across the Commonwealth.
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