What's News Today: September 5, 2017

Here's a look at some of the stories we'll be following today


You will have the chance to meet Roanoke's new City Manager today.  City council will hold a meet-and-greet reception to introduce Bob Cowell.  The event runs from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. At the Berglund Special Events Center.

Charlottesville City Council will vote today on removing the Stonewall Jackson statue from Justice Park.  Despite the vote, the statue will have to stay up while the legal battle over Confederate monuments is resolved.  Council members say they plan to call for a new memorial in the park that focuses on the city's slaves before the Civil War.

Visitation takes place for the Commonwealth's longest serving lawmaker.  Lacey Putney died last month.  He served in the House of Delegates for more than five decades, representing the 19th district.  Visitation takes place from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Tharp Funeral Home in Bedford.  He will lie in state in the State Capitol Rotunda tomorrow with his funeral on Thursday.  Putney was 89 years old.

The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office holds a relief drive today for flood victims of Harvey.  They will collect pop-top canned food, dry cereal, peanut butter, baby wipes and diapers as well as paper towels and toilet paper.  Asheville, N.C. Based Hearts and Hands Disaster Relief will distribute the items.  You can make a donation from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the sheriff's office in Christiansburg.

Milling and paving in Lynchburg could affect your commute tonight and for the next several nights.  Through Friday, from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m., traffic will be down to one lane on Lakeside Drive at Oakley Avenue.  On-street parking will not be allowed during the work.

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