Just ahead on NEWS 7 at six.
Rain and mud seem to have season tickets to see the Hokies play.
But fans don't seem to mind.
The Hokies win and despite the Labor Day holiday - traffic moves right along.
Plus, fire destroys a Bedford County furniture business.
In sports, It's the first full Saturday for college football we'll have highlights from several schools including Virginia Tech where Michael Vick had a big day.
And we'll go over to Rocky Mount where Averett College was playing its first ever football game against Ferrum College.
Some Minor Flash Flooding is taking place throughout our area from the heavier showers I'll show you where coming up........
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Thousands of football fans brave the rain and mud to watch the Virginia Tech Hokies in their season opener.
Good evening, I'm Teresa Hamilton.
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Hokie fans got their moneys worth today as Virginia Tech beat the Akron Zips 52 to 23.
But today's rainy weather made for some muddy conditions... on the field and in the parking lot.
Kate Weidaw was at today's game and has more.
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It's Labor Day weekend so where's the traffic?
((WE THOUGHT THE TRAFFIC WOULD BE A REAL PROBLEM.))
And so did most people. The new exit off interstate 81 made it easier for traffic to bypass Christiansburg but no one saw any major back ups.
((IT'S BETTER THEN LAST WEEKEND.))
What a different story from last Sunday when the sky opened up and rain came pouring down. It left folks parked in lot 9 stuck in the mud and calling for tow trucks to get them out.
((GETTING OUT TOOK ABOUT AN HOUR WITH A LITTLE PUSHING.))
Mud seemed to be causing problems for more then just the cars last week.
((WE WERE COVERED WITH MUD COVERED WITH MUD.))
And with the threat of rain lingering over the fans again it didn't stop them from parking their cars and having a good time.
((SO FAR IT'S A LOT BETTER AND IF WE WIN I COULD CARE LESS HOW MUDDY IT IS.))
Some obviously didn't mind getting wet.
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It's all part of coming to the game...
((HOKIES NUMBER 1))
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And cheering on the team. Kate Weidaw News 7 Blacksburg.))[Montgomery-Ax]
An accident in Montgomery County is slowing traffic.
Motorists are being warned to avoid the area near North Fork road.
State police say the accident - one mile North of Interstate-81 at exit 128 - has left several people injured.
The extent of the injuries are not known at this time.
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Lightning is being blamed for a fire that destroyed an furniture shop in Bedford County over night.
Roger Henderson, the owner of Henderson's Antiques, says the fire broke out around 3:30 this morning during a severe thunderstorm.
Danny Coleman, fire chief for the Big Island fire department says crews from Bedford and Forest were called in to assist his department.
But, he says, torrential downpours slowed their response time.
The building was engulfed when firefighters arrived.
Crews stayed on the scene until this afternoon.
Henderson made wooden furniture.
The building and its contents are a complete loss.
Teresa tosses to Leo.
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Cool temperatures and high humidity may not sound like good Labor Day weekend weather.
But it's good for crews battling forest fires in the West.... except in Texas which is under a heat advisory.
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Firefighters from Virginia are among those helping douse those fires.
A handful of local volunteers left Virginia this week bound for Eastern Texas.
The Virginia Department of Forestry is loaning one dozen firefighters, five bulldozers and two support trucks.
The help is part of the Southeastern Forest Compact.
The compact is an agreement between southeastern states to help each other in times of need.
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Employees at New River Castings will soon be back on the job...
They're expected to return to work next week... six months after an explosion killed three of their co-workers.
Production at the Radford auto-parts plant is expected to resume Tuesday.
About 150 workers are already back on the job.
5-hundred workers were employed at the plant when a gas explosion killed workers Curtis Grooms, Karen Anderson Hamilton and Debbie Sheppard.
Next on News 7 - Mother Nature is giving the owners of some vineyards a reason to "whine."
And the fifth annual Appalacian Folk festival is underway at Roanoke's Explore Park.
We'll take you there, after the break.
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The fifth annual Appalachian Folk Festival at Explore Park kicked off this morning.
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18-th and 19-th century music kept visitors entertained.
Meanwhile, a 19-th century doctor showed his tools of the trade - which many thought looked quite painful.
Kid's had a chance to play games the old fashion way.
Organizers say the Roanoke County festival brings history alive.
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If you missed the festivities today you can check it out tomorrow from 12 to 5 and Monday from 10 to 5.
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Mother Nature can ruin the best laid plans and even a good wine.
Jacey Birch takes us to a local vineyard where the winemakers are having some trouble picking the fruits of their labor... in this Weekend Gardener.
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Still ahead on News 7 .. Rockbridge County is dialing up problems for some cell phone companies.
And Mr. Electric lights up Lane Stadium as the Hokies take the first game of the season.
We'll be right back.
Rockbridge County plans to take on SunCom and the Virginia Department of Transportation.
The county is suing V-DOT and Triton P-C-S hoping to block construction of telecommunication towers on interstate highway rights-of-way - without local zoning approval.
V-DOT plans to let Triton PCS build three towers in I-81 and I-64 rights-of-way in Rockbridge.
County Attorney Todd Benson claims the county has the authority to regulate those towers.
Eight other towers are planned in Botetourt, Montgomery, Pulaski, Wythe and Augusta Counties.
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Several local businesses are moving things around.
Jennifer Miele has more.
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(( This week in review.... R and B Communications announced plans to provide small businesses and consumers with a faster connection to the Internet.
The communications company also announced plans to construct a new 4- and- a-half- million dollar facility.
The new building with be located next to their current site and will bring 1-hundred new jobs to the area.
A new company will be moving in to Botetourt County. The average pay ... twelve dollars an hour.
Altec Industries makes cherry-pickers for A-E-P trucks and other companies worldwide.
It plans to build a plant on 36 acres in Greenfield industrial park -- investing 12 and a half million dollars and hiring 150 people over the next three years.
Morgan Stewart Galleries in Tanglewood Mall is closing its doors.
Company representatives say the store has never been profitable in its three years at the Mall.
The store's five employees will be furloughed after a one month liquidation sale.
The Department of Energy has picked a local company to control seven of the nation's Nuclear Weapons Manufacturing Plants. B-W-X Technologies of Lynchburg got the job - worth two and a half billion dollars.
The company will send experienced managers from the Lynchburg plant to nine different states to supervise nuclear manufacturing. This contract is the second awarded by the D-E-P to B-W-X in the last month.
Finally the Dow was up 23.68 to close at 11238.78. 2, and the NASDAQ finished up 27.98 to finish at 4234.33.
For News 7, I'm Jennifer Miele and that' this week's business review.))
And coming up in sports, Heisman Trophy candidate Michael Vick has a big day in Blacksburg as the Hokies rout the Zips of Akron.
And we'll go to Lexington where V-M-I was trying to break a 31 game losing streak to one-double-a teams.
Virginia Tech and Akron racked up more than 950 yards of offense and scored a combined 75 points on yet another rainy day in Blacksburg.
Mike Stevens and Photographer Greg Moore have the story of Tech's 52 to 23 win.
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Virginia Military Institute was trying to open the season with its third straight home opener win this afternoon when Duquesne came to town.
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The Keydets are dedicating the 2000 season to former football captain Jeff Morgan who died in a plane crash earlier this year. No one will wear the number 60 this season.
Special teams played a big role in the first half, the Dukes block this Brent Barth punt for the first score of the game, but miss the extra point. Six-nothing Duquesne.
Down 14-seven in the second quarter, the Dukes back to punt, VMI's Dave Pucka makes the block then uses the stiff arm to fend off tacklers and find the end zone for the touchdown and the tie.
The Keydets take their first lead in the game when Franco Madaffari makes the four year scamper into the zone, but the Dukes take over in the second half and beat VMI 57 to 31.
The first full Saturday for College football lets check this afternoon's scores.
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September is a month of change in our weather ... as summer turns into autumn.
Jacey Birch has our September Weather Almanac.
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