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Justin McLeod and Reporter | May 18, 2012
WDBJ7 has learned that Roanoke's July 4th celebration is in real danger of being canceled this year. It's been a tradition in Roanoke since 1976. For many years, Music for Americans took place at Victory Stadium before moving over the River's Edge Sports Complex seven years ago. The celebration includes a concert, children's games, followed by fireworks.  It usually attracts between 25,000 and 30,000 people. The Roanoke Times has sponsored the event since its inception.
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WDBJ7 Web Staff | August 16, 2012
As of 3 p.m., Interstate 77 North in Wythe County near mile marker 25 is still closed. ------------- A tractor-trailer accident has closed part of Interstate 77 North in Wythe County. The accident is near mile marker 25. Traffic is being re-routed off Interstate 77 at Exit 24. One tractor-trailer caught on fire. The Virginia Department of Transportation says drivers headed north on I-77 should plan alternate routes, if possible. VDOT says delays may be lengthy in that area.
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Hollani Davis and Anchor/Reporter | November 8, 2012
Say the words Northwest Roanoke and often, this section of town gets a bad rap. "I think pockets of crime or anything else happen all through the city.  We probably get more of it because again it's more condensed, more urban," says Mia Webb-Fittz who grew up in Northwest. Lt. M.W. Lovern with the Roanoke City Police Department patrols what's known as Zone Four.  The area includes Melrose and Shenandoah Avenues, along with parts of  Peters Creek and Hershberger Roads. "I refer to it as the tide.  We are going to have peaks and we can have our valleys," says Lovern.
NEWS
Tim Saunders and Reporter/Lynchburg Bureau Chief | May 6, 2013
When Elvis performs at El Cazador restaurant in Bedford, you better come early. "We don't take reservations, because we have a full house," said Donna Rodriguez, a co-owner of the business.  "When they know Elvis is here, it's packed. " "I think he's outstanding!" said Karen Allard, an El Cazador customer.  "He's exciting to watch, which is exactly the quality that Elvis had. " The entertainer impersonating Elvis wasn't alive to see the singer for himself.  He was barely around when the Backstreet Boys were popular.
HEALTH
Jean Jadhon and WDBJ-TV Anchor/Reporter | March 5, 2013
When you think of allergies you probably think of sneezing and wheezing, but there's another type of allergy that's relatively new. It can make it painful to swallow. This allergy can affect your esophagus which is the tube that transports food to the stomach. The allergic reaction is called eosinophilic esophagitis, a type of white blood cell (eosinophil) builds up in the tube that connects your mouth to your stomach (esophagus) as a reaction to foods, allergens or acid reflux, according to the Mayo Clinic website.
NEWS
November 2, 2012
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NEWS
August 23, 2011
Investigators with the Grayson County sheriff's department are calling it the largest indoor marijuana growing bust in the county's history. The plants were found at a home in the woods off of Pine Branch Road.  More than 500 pot plants were found, with a total street value of $1.5 million.  Firearms were also seized from the residence. Arrest warrants have been issued for Jason Jenkins of Leicester, NC for manufacturing marijuana.  Investigator Todd Perkins says more arrests are forthcoming.
NEWS
NEWS 7 Web Staff | November 18, 2011
Here's a look at some of the most heavily traveled roads in the Roanoke area: This camera is on Interstate 81 at mile marker 141 in Roanoke County.                                                                                This camera is on Interstate 81 at mile marker 144.6. That's near the Hollins/581 exit.                                                                                 This camera is at mile marker 150.                                                                             This camera is at mile marker 167.6                                                                            
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Justin McLeod and Reporter | July 26, 2012
What happened to Thelma's Chicken and Waffles? It's a question many have been asking since the popular downtown Roanoke eatery suddenly closed last Thursday. WDBJ 7 talked to the owner Christopher Mayo. He wouldn't go into detail but says they had unexpected in-house issues, prompting the restaurant to temporarily close. Mayo says the issues are close to being resolved. He hopes to re-open Thelma's by Saturday or Monday. Mayo says customers can expect the same menu, same faces, but the restaurant will re-open with a new direction and business model.
NEWS
Orlando Salinas and WDBJ7 Reporter | January 3, 2013
History lovers might be interested to know about some "possible" undiscovered sites in Montgomery County. A few weeks ago, this reporter was out on a completely different story, and  ran into someone who said they'd heard there could be several slave quarters, buried in front of Smithfield. Local historians say as many as 42 slaves may have once lived on the property known as Smithfield Plantation. A handful it's believed, lived in the mainhouse, but most lived in the front portion of the property that sits just off I-460.
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Chris Hurst and Reporter | January 25, 2011
A 19-year-old shot and killed in Franklin County is laid to rest. Alex Ernandes died earlier this month. His friend is charged with murder. He was accepted into the military academy's class of 2015 after his death. Last night at his wake his uncle took the cadet oath in his honor; this morning he was buried in a cadet uniform. Nearly two hundred came to the church near Smith Mountain Lake to remember Ernandes. His father said it was his dream to go to West Point since he was 12 and had an application pending at the time of his death.
NEWS
May 21, 2010
E-mail Jean Follow Jean on Facebook Follow Jean on Twitter Jean Jadhon is Co-Anchor of WDBJ7 at Six, Anchor of WDBJ7 at 5, and a reporter. Jean began at  WDBJ7 as anchor of News 7 at Eleven .  One year later, she helped inaugurate News 7 at Five.  In 2005 Jean took over the duties as co-anchor of the staion's flagship 6 p.m. newscast. Jean spends mornings reporting stories in the field and afternoons working on News 7 at Five and News 7 at Six. Jean is a native of central New York State and started her career as a  reporter in Binghamton, New York, before heading to Syracuse, New York, as a reporter  for the ABC affiliate there.  Jean's work then brought her to the Gulf Coast of Florida where she anchored the weekday 10 o'clock news in the Fort Myers-Naples market.
NEWS
Holly Pietrzak and New River Valley Newsroom Chief | October 5, 2010
A Christiansburg shopping center sits mostly vacant.     It recently lost ANOTHER business.     All of this as property managers search for a nationally known anchor store.     The most recent inquiry came from Sam's Club, but that never materialized.     Within the past year, at least five stores and restaurants have pulled out of the Christiansburg Marketplace.     The Sub Shack was the latest to fall victim.     The the restaurant closed just days ago.     Owner Leslie Paradiso said word of a Sam's Club possibly moving into the center gave her hope to stay open.
NEWS
Hollani Davis and Anchor/Reporter | July 18, 2011
A new shuttle bus connecting riders from Roanoke to the Amtrak train in Lynchburg debuts on Tuesday. The Smart Way Connector will run twice a day departing from the Roanoke Civic Center.  One-way tickets are $4.  Click here for additional pricing and parking information. Eventually, the connector buses will be 16-seaters and Amtrak passengers will have priority.  Soon, train riders will be able to reserve their seat on the bus online when booking their train tickets.  For now, it's first come first serve.
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