Coming up next on NEWS 7.
A sudden thunderstorm leaves behind thousands of dollars in damage.
Today... the clean-up begins.
We'll check in with one couple who lost items that money can't replace.
And... neighbors in one community sound off on a new construction project.
In sports, Steve Mason continues his reports from the Carolina Panthers training camp today its a look at the Panther defense.
And Atlanta Pitcher Tom Glavine reaches another milestone in his major league baseball career.
Heavy Rains continue tonight as a system stays grounded in our area. Details on how long it will be around coming up.
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((KENNETH OVERSTREET: EVERYBODY WHO WAS ON THE FIRST FLOOR WAS TERRIFIED LAST NIGHT.))
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Torrential rain overnight left visitors at one Roanoke hotel flooded out of their rooms.
Today, the clean-up began.
Good evening, I'm Teresa Hamilton.
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Guests at the Ramada Inn on Franklin Road spent the day gathering their belongings after several rooms were flooded last night.
Other guests awoke this morning to find their cars had been filled with water overnight.
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Kate Weidaw is at the Ramada Inn to tell us more.
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Teresa, this is where the water came up, it came over the bank and came rushing into the rooms.
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((KENNETH OVERSTREET/GUEST: IT CAME UP IN A MATTER OF MINUTES I LOOKED ONE TIME AND IT WAS INSIDE THE ROCK WALL AND WITHIN FIFTEEN MINUTES IT WAS IN MY ROOM.))
Kenneth Overstreet says he was terrified when water came rushing into his room.
((KENNETH OVERSTREET/GUEST: THE NEXT THING I KNEW I HEARD A LOT OF WATER RUNNING OUTSIDE AND I WONDERED IF IT WAS RAINING A LOT AND I OPENED MY DOOR AND WATER CAME INTO THE ROOM.))
Overstreet had been staying at the Ramada Inn for the past two months and lost everything -- his clothes, tools, and stereo equipment.
((KENNETH OVERSTREET: HERE ON THE SIDE OF THE BED YOU CAN SEE HOW IT CAME UP, IT WAS ABOUT A FOOT AND A HALF AROUND THE ROOM.))
But the rooms weren't the only thing damaged, the parking lot flooded as well. High water seeped into cars leaving mud caked on the inside.
Emily Roberts and her husband say their car may have been destroyed but they lost something even more precious.
((EMILY ROBERTS/LOST CAR: WE HAD OUR WEDDING PICTURES IN THERE, WE JUST GOT MARRIED AND OUR NEGATIVES WERE IN THERE AND ALL OF HIS CD'S WERE IN THERE.))
And while the water may have gone down the clean up process is just beginning.))
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The manager at the Ramada Inn says their insurance should pay for most if not all of the damage. They've been asking their guests to make itemized lists of their belongings so it can be replaced.
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Workers at a Roanoke building supply company also spent the day digging out under feet of mud left behind by rising waters.
Several delivery trucks and forklifts owned by Ideal Building Supply had to be towed away today after they sustained water damage.
The company says water from a drain on Franklin Road normally backs up during heavy rains - but last night's storms caused unusually high waters.
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((RANDY LIKENS/IDEAL BUILDING SUPPLY: IN A MATTER OF ABOUT 30 MINUTES WE HAD SIX TO EIGHT FEET OF WATER INSIDE OUR AREA HERE, AND INSIDE THE SHOP AREA BUILDING HERE AS MUCH AS TWO FEET OF WATER.))
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Likens says the company has brought in machinery from another store, and they plan on opening their doors to customers tomorrow.
Are we in store for more heavy rain this evening?
Jacey Birch joins us from the Weather Center with a look at the forecast.
((Jacey tosses to Teresa))[Gypsy-Moths]
Despite recent rains, the lack of moisture over the past three years has taken its toll on Virginia.
Agriculture and forestry officials say gypsy moths have defoliated more than 71-thousand acres of woodlands this year.
The moths come in greater numbers in prolonged periods of drought.
Bath County is one of the hardest hit areas with 18-thousand acres defoliated.
Officials say it's likely to be worse next year when eggs left behind this year hatch.
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A new construction project at Roanoke Electric Steel is causing some nearby residents to reach for ear plugs.
The company is in the process of constructing a new building to store finished steel but the noise has become too much for some residents.
With two acres leveled, they say the sound buffer between the company and the neighborhood is gone.
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((DERECK MEADOR/RESIDENT: IT SOUNDS LIKE AN INTERSTATE PILE UP ALL MORNING LONG I MEAN THEY DROP BIG HUGE PIECES OF ANGEL, I MEAN IT'S DEAFENING.))
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Meador says he's lived on Trout Street for 30 years and the noise has never been this bad.
He also says with the trees gone, rats that live in the steel have migrated up to the neighborhood.
Roanoke Electric Steel says the purpose of the project is to improve the company's efficiency.
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Roanoke's gun buyback program netted 560- guns which were later melted at Roanoke Electric Steel.
Today President Clinton is expected to announce plans to continue giving local governments federal money for the programs.
This... despite opposition from the G-O-P.
House Republicans claim the administration lacks the legal authority to do that.
The program pays local officials in 70- cities.
They in turn pay 50- dollars apiece for guns turned in by private owners.
Right now, programs in at least 30- cities are on hold because of a despite between the Department of Housing and Urban Development and some lawmakers.
Coming up .. Tons of meat potentially contaminated with E-Coli bacteria are being recalled.
And a local hospital is doing away with its eldercare unit .. You'll hear from one man worried about where his wife will get the medical attention she needs.
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Beef potentially contaminated with E-coli bacteria is being recalled in Virginia and 10 other states.
The Moyer Packing Company in Pennsylvania shipped 345-pounds of the meat to wholesalers this month.
The U-S agriculture department says the meat MIGHT have been reground and sold to retailers.
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Carilion New River Medical Center is getting rid of its eldercare program.
It's a move that's upset family members of some patients.
Stanley Smith's wife suffered a severe stroke and has been in the hospital for the past six years.
Now Smith has to find a new place for his wife to receive the quality care she needs.
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((STANLEY SMITH/CONCERNED ABOUT HIS WIFE: I'VE FELT VERY FORTUNATE TO HAVE HER UP HERE WHERE ALL YOUR MEDICAL NEEDS ARE UNDER ONE ROOF, THE DOCTORS, I'M SURE I CAN FIND A PLACE FOR HER NEEDS BUT SHE IS GOING TO LOSE HER DOCTORS.))
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The hospital is doing away with the on site nursing facility over the next year.
The 27 bed space will be used to treat emergency patients.
Smith says he wishes hospital officials would've realized they needed more space before moving elderly patients into the facility... which opened approximately a year ago.
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Our coverage of Lewis-Gale Medical Center and Floyd County brought critical comments from a couple of viewers this week.
Assignment Editor Joe McKean takes a look in News-7's Feedback.
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((A few days after Lewis-Gale hospital opened its new emergency center to the media, it held a traditional ribbon cutting ceremony. A viewer from Roanoke (C.O. Burnett) said we should have been there for that event.
"You seem to cover any negative story of Lewis Gale (i.e. the problems with Phycor) endlessly while ignoring or minimally reporting the positive aspects of this hospital (the ribbon cutting for the new emergency room...) On the other hand, you tend to ignore or minimally report the negative aspects of Carilion policy (the closing of the Jefferson Internal Medicine office with the forced retirement of some very good doctors) and repeatedly report on any favorable aspect of this corporation."
Another writer (Bob Smith, Floyd County) found fault with a story on plans by a group of people in Floyd County to consider printing their own money, or scrip.
"I deeply resent your recent portrayal of the people of Floyd County as a bunch of hippy weirdoes who want to make up their own currency system. We are, in the vast majority, conservative and hard-working people, and the group you decided to highlight in no way represent us."
Our mailing address at News is PO Box 7, Roanoke, 24022-0007.
The fax number is 343-7269.
E-mail should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
And our web site contains a moderated online forum.
Joe McKean, News-7.))
Next on News 7 .. Virginia lawmakers head to Philedelphia to rub shoulders with the Presidential candidates.
And a home for the mentally and physically handicapped could be forced to close.
We'll tell you about one man's attempts to keep the home's doors open in this week's Virginia Profile.
Virginia lawmakers boarded a train earlier today headed to the Republican National Convention in Philadelphia.
The state's delegates will enjoy a prime spot at this week's convention - they're staying at the same hotel as presidential candidate George W-Bush.
His victory in Virginia's primary helped stop the momentum of Senator John McCain's campaign.
Governor Gilmore and Charlottesville legislator Paul Harris will speak at the convention.
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For 75 years, the Fairview Home has helped the mentally and physically disabled .. But it could be shut down if its license isn't renewed this week.
The home's Board of Directors vows THAT won't happen.
In this week's Virginia Profile, Marya Jones takes a look at the efforts of one man to nurse the home back to good health.
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(( At an age where many of his peers are living in nursing homes, Bob Hartsock is running one.
The 74-year-old came out of retirement earlier this month to help save the troubled Fairview Home in Dublin.
((BOB HARTSOCK/FAIRVIEW HOME ACTING ADMINISTRATOR: AT AGE 74 YOU WANT TO RETIRE AND GET AWAY FROM THIS, BUT IT BECAME A CHALLENGE TO ME AND I WAS DETERMINED TO COME BACK AND DO WHAT I COULD.))
For a few years in the 80s, Hartsock supervised the home.
In recent years, it's fallen on hard times.
It's estimated to be 80-thousand dollars in debt.
And earlier this year, it was slapped with several state violations, including improper drug dispensing to patients and faulty hiring practices.
((BOB HARTSOCK: WE ARE GOING TO GET IT TURNED AROUND. WE'RE GOING TO DO EVERYTHING WE CAN BECAUSE THIS IS A NEEDED FACILITY. THE COMMY NEEDS IT, PEOPLE HERE NEED IT, SOCIAL SERVICES NEEDS IT, IT'S A PRIME FACILITY FOR THOSE WHO CAN'T CARE FOR THEMSELVES.))
Fairview is home to 62 residents -- most whom are mentally or physically disabled.
Some have lived there for as many as 30 years.
((FRANK CONNER/FAIRVIEW BOARD CHAIRMAN: IT'S BEEN OUT OF SIGHT AND OUT OF MIND A LONG TIME. YOU TALK TO PEOPLE ABOUT FAIRVIEW HOME AND THEY SAY IS THAT THE OLD POORHOUSE? WE'VE GOT TO GET AWAY FROM THAT.))
Four counties and the city of Radford -- which share in operating the home -- say they'll bail it out of debt.
And the board recently approved a five-percent raise to help keep poorly-paid but qualified staff members.
Community support is helping, too. But the home still needs everything from computers to underwear for residents.
((BOB HARTSOCK: WE'RE GOING TO GET IT BACK ON ITS FEET AND IT'S GOING TO BE A PLACE THAT WE'RE REALLY PROUD OF.))
And Hartsock says he'll postpone retirement just long enough to see that happen.
Marya Jones, News 7, Dublin.))
And coming up, Tom Glavine gets career victory number 200 the Minnesota Vikings are breaking in an untested quarte
rback in their pre-season camp.
And Steve Mason continues his Carolina Panthers report today keying in on the defense.
Tom Glavine recorded his 200-th victory this afternoon as the Atlanta Braves beat the Houston Astros 6 to 3.
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Atlanta was going for the sweep against the Astros.
In the bottom of the second, George Lombard hits this single to left field scoring Javier Lopez and the Braves jumped out to the 2 to nothing lead in the inning.
The Braves would get on the board again in the bottom of the third. Keith Lockhart hits this double to the right field corner Bobby Bonilla scores from first but Lockhart is thrown out trying to get a triple but the Braves win the game 6 to 3.
The New York Yankees continued their road trip in Minnesota today.
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The Twins fell behind in the first.
Paul O'Neil hits this fielders choice to shortstop but Chuck Knoblauch trots home from third and the Yankees jumped out to the 1 to nothing lead.
Still in the first with the bases loaded. Tino Martinez hits this shot off the wall
in right field with the bases loaded three runs score to make it 4 to nothing and New York goes on to win the game 7 to 4.
Several games this afternoon in the Major Leagues lets go to the boards and check those scores.
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The Carolina Panthers reached the NFC championship a few years ago. To get back to the NFL final four, the defense must raise it's level of play and intensity. Steve Mason and photographer Mark Hollandsworth have more from camp.
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((The Panthers defense needs major improvements and this training camp, no one, not even the minister of defense and future hall of famer Reggie White is excused from crushing workouts to whip this unit into shape.
Signing White, who will be a role player in on 15 to 20 snaps a game,
, and fellow defensive line veterans, Eric Swann and Chuck Smith should improve a front rated 24th against the run.
and of those 35, 12 were produced by a player whose only presence this season will be on the back of a fans jersey. These vets presence should help Sean Gilbert, it has already generated a buzz amongst fans, players and coaches.
The defensive secondary is also stepping up it's intensity. The Panthers pass defense gave up 225 yards a game, well above the league average of 199 yards.
The secondary took a blow a few days ago when second round draft pick Deion Grant was lost for the season with a hip injury, opening the door even more for former James Madison star Tony Booth, his story still to come. Steve Mason news 7 sports.))
The Minnesota Vikings have several holes to fill if they are to challenge for the N-F-C Central title.
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It begins at quarterback where the Vikings must find a way to replace Jeff George who is now with the Washington Redskins.
And the heir apparent to the quarterback job is untested second year player Dante Culpepper.
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((DENNIS GREEN/VIKING HEAD COACH: HE HAS MUCH MORE INDIVIDUAL SUCCESS AS AN ATHLETE MUCH MORE INDIVIDUAL SUCCESS AS A FOOTBALL PLAYER THAN MUST GUYS THAT HAVE PLAYED THE POSITION IN THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE.))
((DANTE CULEPPER/VIKING STARTING QUARTERBACK: I JUST WANT TO GO IN EVERY DAY WITH THE MIND SET TO GET BETTER. I THINK IF I DO THAT BY THE TIME THE FIRST GAME COMES WE'RE GOING TO BE WHERE WE NEED TO BE.))
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