What’s News Today: September 15, 2016

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(WSLS 10) – Doctors, lawyers, recovering addicts and more will gather today for a conference on fighting addiction. Speakers will talk about the stigma of behavioral health and substance use. More than 200 people are expected to attend.

In an effort to tackle the heroin epidemic, the U.S. Attorney, in partnership with the Hope Initiative and Roanoke leaders are holding a community forum today at the Grandin Theatre. “Chasing the Dragon,” a documentary produced by the FBI and the Drug Enforcement Agency will focus on opiate addiction. The goal is to create and continue discussion on the crisis and link those suffering from addiction to the proper resources to get help. The event is free and starts at 7:15 p.m.

The Salvation Army in Roanoke is holding a training for session for anyone who is interested in working with the organization for natural disasters. The Salvation Army wants to prepare a team that is ready to serve if something happens. The training is free and begins this morning at 10 a.m.

A three day special needs conference begins today in Roanoke County. The conference will cover ways to get special education services and resolving disputes with schools. It runs through Saturday at Bonsack Baptist Church.

Roanoke County kicks off its Route 419 Town Center Study today. The area being looked at runs from Route 220 to Starkey Road. A national consulting firm will develop a plan by interviewing stakeholders and open houses. The study coincides with the sale of Tanglewood Mall, providing a chance to work with the buyer to enhance commercial opportunities.

United Way of Roanoke Valley kicks off its Community Campaign today with a student talent show, “Roanoke Valley Kids on the RYSE.” To celebrate the launch of the RYSE program, which provides housing and support services for families who face homelessness, area kids will perform acts, ranging from singing, dancing and drama, to help their classmates who do not have a place to call home. The event starts at 6:40 at Williams Fleming High School.

An originial Confederate Officers dresss sword goes up for auction today. It was donated to the Rocky Mount Goodwill Store then sent to Farmer Auctions in Salem to be looked at for authenticity. The sword was determined to be made in England for a company in South Carolina. It’s expected to fetch between $5,000 and $10,000, with the money raised supporting Goodwill programs.

The nation’s first Collision Reporting Center opens today, serving Roanoke and Roanoke County drivers. It will help police by cutting down the time ti takes to log accidents, but drivers will need to take an extra step. After police respond to a minor, non-injury accident, they will then be referred to the center when an accident report will be written.

Patrick Henry Memorial Library in Campbell County will hold a program this morning at 10 a.m. remembering the events of September 11th. Woodman Life will host the program, honoring and remembering those who lost their lives while trying to help and save others.

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