New Poll Finds People Living Near I-81 Want the Highway Fixed NOW, and are Willing to Pay for It

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

i81issuesRICHMOND - The results are in. Nearly half of voters along the corridor grade Interstate 81 as a D or an F.

Nearly nine in 10 voters from the I-81 corridor support a $2 billion investment in the highway for needed improvements a new poll finds. More than two-thirds, or 69 percent, of respondents say those improvements should be approved in 2019.

The Virginia Transportation Construction Alliance (VTCA), in conjunction with researchers at the nationally recognized public opinion and research firm, Public Opinion Strategies, today released key findings from a survey of 500 registered voters living along the I-81 corridor in Virginia.

Nearly half of those interviewed gave the highway a grade of a D or F while a majority of respondents said they would support improvements to I-81 even if it meant they had to pay higher taxes.

“The people have spoken and they want I-81 fixed now,” said Jeff Southard, executive vice president, VTCA. “Traffic on I-81 exceeds the capacity for which it was built. When more than half of your respondents say they don’t feel safe on the highway and a strong majority, both democrat and republican, supports a fix, it’s clear that action is needed from our elected leaders.”

The study also found that three-quarters or 75 percent of voters interviewed say they would be more likely to back a state legislator who supports a funding solution. In late November, VTCA along with the American Road & Transportation Builders Association released a report showing how a $2 billion investment in transportation improvements for I-81 would stimulate $4.3 billion in business activity in the cities, counties and rural areas immediately surrounding the interstate corridor.


The report card is in: I‐81 Corridor voters give Interstate 81 low marks. Nearly half – 45% –
grade I‐81 as a D or an F.
Asked to grade Interstate 81, voters gave it the following marks:
• 6% A; 14% B; 34% C; 27% D; and 18% F.
• Based on these grades, I‐81 earns an underwhelming 1.6 GPA – a D+ average.
2. A majority of voters do not feel safe when traveling on I‐81. Fully 56% of voters say they do not feel safe when traveling on I‐81, while 43% say they do feel safe:
• Fully 58% of daily users of I‐81 do not feel safe, nor do 55% of weekly users.
• Older voters, in particular, do not feel safe: only 37% of voters age 55‐64 feel safe, while
63% do not. Similarly, 35% of seniors feel safe, while 62% do not.


Better Business Bureau Warns of Vanity Award Scam Being Sent to Local Businesses

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

bbbbBBB Serving Western Virginia has received a report of a "vanity email" sent to businesses throughout western Virginia. An email was forwarded to our office that had been sent to an Accredited Business. It contained the subject line "Notification"  and states that the business has been chosen for the "2018 Best of Roanoke Awards.” Because the links in this message may be malicious and fraudulent, BBB advises any business that receives these e-mails to take the following steps: 

Do not click on any links and do not reply to the message;

Completely delete the message from your inbox; and

Run a full virus scan on your computer if you clicked on any links.

It’s always an ego boost to receive a notice that you or your company has won an award. BBB reminds you that if the award requires you to pay a fee to “claim” it, make sure you check out all the details before sending money. While there are many legitimate and competitive awards out there (even ones you’ve never heard of), there are also many “vanity awards.” These are available in virtually every industry and for every profession. For some, you fill out a form and pay a fee to enter the ‘competition.’ With others, you are notified that you’ve won and directed to a place where you can order plaques or trophies. These awards may sound good, but are not particularly prestigious. The more winners there are, the less respected the award becomes.

Check out our BBB tips to avoid being the victim of a scam related to vanity awards.

Research the company. If there is no address or phone number on the materials about the award, be wary. Check out the information provided to make sure it is legitimate. If the website seems very generic, it could be a red flag. Look up the company's BBB Business Profile at to view their BBB rating and see if the company has complaints or reviews.

Ask specific questions. Learn everything you can about who is giving the award, how long it's been in existence, and how your business was selected as a winner. Organizations that offer legitimate awards will be willing to provide specific details on why your company was chosen.

Know the nomination process. Ask how many awards are given and how businesses are nominated. Find out specifically who nominated your business. If you didn't apply for it or the organization cannot tell you how you were nominated, chances are the award is not legitimate.

Check for payment requirements. Most legitimate awards do not come with significant costs to the recipient. If there is a fee, scrutinize it closely as it could be a scheme after your money. Some legitimate awards may have an entry fee to cover administrative costs, but the winners don’t have to pay extra for the actual plaque or trophy.

Be careful on the web. If the announcement for the award leads to a website, do not enter any personal information on that site unless you are positive of the company’s legitimacy and the award’s validity.

If you are the victim of a scam related to a vanity award, you can go to to file a scam report.

You may also contact us directly with questions at (540) 343-1177, (800) 851-6869 or by emailing me directly at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Thank you for taking this under advisement. 

Angie Adams


BREAKING: Fire at Daniel's Auto Glass in Fork Mountain

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

47396429 2106134202781112 1141506142959042560 nFORK MOUNTAIN - Crews on are the scene of a structure fire at Daniel's Auto Glass in the Fork Mountain area of southern Franklin County just off of 220. The fire appears to be out as of 7:15 a.m., but the building appears to be a total loss. It was still smolderin as of this writing.

Fire crews were dispatched to the area shortly after 5 a.m. Crews from Fork Mountain, Henry, Rocky Mount, Ferrum, Glade Hill, Boones Mill, and Scruggs were dispatched to the scene. Also assisting were crews from the Franklin County Sheriff's Department, Franklin Co. Public Safety, and AEP.

On their Facebook page, the owner posted a photo of the fire, along with this message in a post:

"I’m sure everyone’s probably knows that my shop was burnt up over night ... at this point we don’t know what started or caused the fire ... I’d greatly appreciate any and all prayers at this time .... I’ve gotta process all of this and figure out my next step ..... everything as far as glass work and tools and equipment was in my shop ... thanks for any and all concern ..."

Cable 12 is working to get more information. Drivers on 220 in the area can expect delays.