Watch it happen

Click the radar image for larger page (links to wunderground.com) to watch the advancing storm.


Oh yes, I almost forgot

This just in.. there's a police chase occurring in SE Roanoke as we speak. It's been going on for about 15-20 minutes, and as usual - no details have emerged.

I do know the subject of the chase is from the area of 7th and Buena Vista, beyond that - nothing.

Let's see if anyone reports this today.

In 1911, this was Roanoke

ROANOKE, a city in (but administratively independent of) Roanoke county, Virginia, on the Roanoke river, about 55 m. W.S.W. of Lynchburg. Pop. (1890) 16,159; (1900) 21,495, of whom 5834 were negroes; (1910 census) 34,874. Roanoke is served by the Virginian railway, by the main line and the Shenandoah and the Winston-Salem divisions of the Norfolk Western railway, and by electric railway to Vinton and to Salem. The city is about 900 ft. above sea-level and is surrounded by high hills; its picturesque situation and its nearness to famous mineral springs make it a health resort. On a mountain slope, about 2 m. from the city limits, is the Virginia College for Young Ladies; 7 m. north of the city, at what was formerly called Botetourt Springs (there is a sulphur spring), is Hollins Institute (1842) for girls; and in the city are the National Business College, the City Hospital (1899), private hospitals, and St Vincent's Orphan Asylum (1893) for boys, under the Sisters of Charity. Stock-raising, tobacco-growing, and coal and iron-mining are the industries of the district. Roanoke's factory product in 1905 was valued at $5,544,907 (2.7% more than in 1900). Its railway car repair and construction shops, belonging to the Norfolk Western railway, employed in that year 66.9% of the total number of factory wage-earners; pig-iron, structural iron, canned goods, bottles, tobacco, planing-mill products and cotton are among the manufactures. The municipal water supply comes from a reservoir at Crystal Springs at the foot of Mill Mountain near the city limits. Roanoke was the town of Big Lick (founded about 1852; incorporated in 1874; pop. in 1880, 669) until 1882, when it received its present name; in 1884 it was chartered as a city.

-from the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica (1911encyclopedia.org)


It happened again

In 1941, it has been recorded that Norfolk and Western Railroad reached over 7,000 employees in the Roanoke area.

It took a long time, but finally someone has taken that mantle.

Carilion Clinic now employs over 7,932 persons in the Roanoke area.

They say N made this town, I guess now it's Carilion's turn.

Some more random economic stats from the past, and think for a moment how they match up to modern numbers.

In 1939, there were 105 manufacturing plants within the city and county of Roanoke.

In 1942, there were no less than 170 industries and 11 public utilities located in the immediate Roanoke area.

The Downtown businesses spawned WDBJ radio (in a manner of speaking, they did)

Shenandoah Life spawned WSLS radio.

All before 1945. The intervening years have seen some progress, much promise, and some loss.

How does a City overcome a change from manufacturing and industry to "other" kinds of work? Each worker must realize they are individual industries.

But it's been a long day, the Norfolk South-Western whistle has blown, and there's a meal in the distance. I'll be back tomorrow with oh so much more. These are just some things to consider.


Sometimes we miss the brilliant ones;

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." - MLKjr.

One of those brilliant things that gets hidden behind the larger scope of work.

This, as unusual as it seems, also falls into that category. Something we probably never thought of, someone finds and highlights. And sometimes it just takes one person to point out what should be so obvious, like the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. did in that line above.

And then theres this... it will shock you, but not upset you. And when it's over - it will make sense to you.

However, I may never make sense to you, but thats besides the point.