SML Business Expo Will be Held May 5

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

smlEXPOMONETA - You are invited to attend the SML Business Expo! This FREE community Business Showcase event is held under the ‘Big Tops’ in DownTown Moneta, Route 122 on Friday, May 5 th . What you’ll experience is an up-close- and-personal glimpse of the products and services readily available through local businesses. The gates are open from 11 am – 4pm. The entire community is welcome and encouraged to stroll the aisles and speak with business pros who can answer questions and give solutions to a wide range of needs. It’s spring, a time when questions on renovation and landscape projects need answers. Expo booth displays showcase the latest in medical services, insurance, investment, real estate and so much of what you need to know to manage your home, business and life.

The Business Expo, organized by the SML Regional Chamber of Commerce, brings together our residential and business community for a day of ‘show and tell’. It’s an eye-opening experience which always delivers an amazing outcome. 2017 marks the chamber’s 14 th annual expo event.

Vicki Gardner, executive director states, “The chamber is an organization dedicated to business growth and community.” Bringing the residential and business community together to share information in a bright, vibrant atmosphere is a beautiful concept! After a day of learning and information exchange, attendees and participants alike echo a familiar comment, “I’m so glad I was there!”

For more information, contact the SML Regional Chamber of Commerce at 540-721- 1203 or


Officers Attend Career Fair in Roanoke

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

careerfair5Deputies Liz Sanborn and Walker Shively attended a Career Fair on April 8 at the Roanoke Police Academy. Sixteen agencies from around the area participated. Deputies Sanborn and Walker had the opportunity to speak with many individuals who were looking to make a career in law enforcement.


Drug Take Back Returns to the Area April 29

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

DrugTakeBack2014ROCKY MOUNT – The Town of Rocky Mount Police Department and the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office will be holding a prescription drug take back where community members can drop off unused and expired prescription medications for disposal. The event will be held on Saturday, April 29th from 10am to 2pm at the Rocky Mount Wal-Mart and the Office of the Sheriff Westlake Substation.

Typically, local law enforcement hold take back events twice a year as part of the federal collection hosted by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). At the last event over 200 pounds of prescription medication was turned in locally. In conjunction with the upcoming event the FRESH Prevention Coalition of Franklin County will also be donating prescription medication deactivation kits for home disposal. After using the kits, medications are rendered inactive allowing them to be safely discarded in the trash. Kits will be available at the Rocky Mount Wal-mart location only.

“The drug take backs provide a great way for the community to safely dispose of their medications. We appreciate the commitment of our local law enforcement to host these events,” commented Regina Clark, Coordinator for the FRESH Coalition. “We are especially excited to share the deactivation kits this year because this gives people an additional opportunity to get rid of their unwanted medications rather than holding on to them and risking them getting into the wrong hands.”

A permanent drop box is also located at Family Pharmacy in Rocky Mount where unwanted medications can be disposed of year round during business hours.

Nationally the abuse of opioids is on the rise and is presenting major problems for communities large and small. A leading cause is the abuse of used prescription medicines due to their prevalence and easy accessibility. Overdoses on opioids alone have caused nearly 30,000 deaths in the United States annually and close to half of those deaths are caused by legally prescribed drugs.

“The drug take back is an important event for our community. It helps ensure dangerous drugs are disposed of properly and do not get into the wrong hands or the water that we drink,” stated Officer Ryan King with the Rocky Mount Police Department.

Officers of the Rocky Mount Police Department and the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office will be on site to accept unwanted medications but cannot accept syringes or lancets or sharps of any kind.