Just ahead on NEWS 7 at six.
Spilled milk and diesel fuel leave traffic blocked for hours along Route 460- in Bedford County today.
And, an unique sport propels a Blacksburg group into the national spotlight.
In sports, George Welsh will coach his final game at Virginia tomorrow night Steve Mason has a report on his career.
And the Giants will have the home field advantage through the N-F-L playoffs after today's win over Jacksonville.
The cold weather will stick around...I'll have your Holiday forecast coming up....
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It isn't ice - but instead a messy combination of milk and gasoline - that ties up traffic in Bedford County most of the day.
Good evening, I'm Teresa Hamilton.
State Police say both eastbound lanes of Route 460 in Bedford County near the Moose Lodge are still closed this evening - following an early-morning accident..
A tanker truck carrying gasoline crashed into a milk truck around 6 a-m causing the closure.
Crates of milk and diesel fuel from both trucks spilled across both lanes.
State Police say the accident happened when the driver of the milk truck attempted to turn into the Moose Lodge.
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((SGT. KEN KEESEE/STATE POLICE: HE WAS ATTEMPTING TO SLOW DOWN AND PULL HIS TRUCK IN THE MOOSE LODGE TO CHECK IT FOR DAMAGE AT THAT POINT THE TANKER STRUCK HIM IN THE LEFT REAR AND PUSHED HIM DOWN THE HIGHWAY.))
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State Police believe the driver of the tanker truck fell asleep at the wheel.
So far, no charges have been filed against either driver.
Both were taken to Bedford Memorial with NON life- threatening injuries.
Traffic on 460 is being routed into the west bound lanes while crews clean up the mess.
A counterfeit money arrest leads to the discovery of at least 140 hits of the drug Ecstasy.
Police say John Adam Hudson of Roanoke was charged with passing off a fake one-hundred dollar bill at a local Walgreens.
Hudson was arrested at another Walgreens where he was again trying to pass another counterfeit bill.
Police say Hudson admitted to using the bogus bills at various other stores in the city... He also reportedly led police to the Ecstasy find in the county.
The drugs were confiscated from a Roanoke County residence, after police chased a man and woman from the home.
No one has been arrested in connection with the ecstasy bust, but the investigation is ongoing.
Even though the Hokies won't be going for a national title this year, one hometown team will be taking part in the Orange Bowl festivities.
The Mount Tabor Vaulting team from Blacksburg will perform during the Orange Bowl parade in Miami.
Kate Weidaw shows us how their stunts are unique to this area.
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((If you've never heard of horse vaulting - you're not alone. Its a unique sport from Europe where the athletes perform gymnastics on a horse. The Mount Tabor Vaulting team has been around for 20 years and is the only one in Southwest Virginia, but the sport dates back to ancient times.
((KIM BEISECKER/COACH: IT WAS ACTUALLY AN ORIGINAL SPORT OF THE ANCIENT OLYMPICS IT WAS USED TO TRAIN THE GREEK AND ROMAN SOLDIERS HORSE BACK RIDING AND THEN IT WAS A DEMONSTRATION SPORT IN THE ATLANTA OLYMPICS.))
After making several appearances in local parades, Beisecker felt the team was ready for the national spot light and entered the group in the Orange Bowl parade.
((KIM BEISECKER/COACH: THEY CAME BACK AND SAID OUR THEME IS A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE AND THAT COMBINED WITH A GROUP OF ATHLETIC CLEAN CUT AMERICAN TEENAGERS WOULD BE A GREAT ADDITION TO THEIR PARADE.))
To get ready the team of 22 vaulters ranging in age from 8 to 20 years old have been practicing as much as they can. And even though their moves may look a little dangerous one of the youngest members on the team says its easy.
((LING BEISECKER: SOMETIMES YOU'RE SCARED BECAUSE YOU THINK YOU MIGHT FALL BUT IT'S JUST FUN.))
In fact most of the members have little if not any training in gymnastics or horse back riding.
((AMY DAPPER: I HAD NO IDEA WHAT IT WAS BUT I CAME AND SAW IT AND I SAID THAT'S WHAT I WANT TO DO.))
Now all the team wants to do is leave the cold weather of Virginia and introduce the Sunshine state to the sport of horse vaulting. Kate Weidaw News 7 Blacksburg.))
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For those of you who didn't "jump the gun" on your holiday shopping...You only have one full day left.
Shoppers were out in full force at Valley View Mall today buying those last minute gifts.
The manager at the mall says the last weekend always seems to be the busiest.
Both Tanglewood and Valley View Mall have extended their hours...They'll be open until 10 o'clock tonight and until 6 o'clock tomorrow.
Who says there's no such thing as a free lunch?
A Roanoke church is reaching out to the less fortunate this holiday season.
The Holiness Tabernacle Church made lunch at the Roanoke Academy for anyone who wanted a hot meal.
The pastor of the church says he hopes to offer the free lunches every month, but wanted to start the tradition during the holiday.
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((REV. DWIGHT L. GREEN: THIS IS ONE OF THESE OUTREACHES THAT WE WANT PEOPLE TO KNOW WE CARE ABOUT OTHERS ALSO.))
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The church served more than 2-hundred meals this afternoon.
D-N-A evidence cleared a death row inmate of some charges, but he'll have to stay behind bars - at least for now.
That story is still ahead.
And a proposed merger between USAirways and United isn't taking off - just yet.
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A death row inmate pardoned by Governor Gilmore will stay in prison a little while longer.
Earl Washington was pardoned after D-N-A evidence cleared him of rape and murder.
But Governor Gilmore left it up to the parole board to determine whether Washington should be released from prison immediately.
The board yesterday denied Washington early release from a 30- year sentence for a malicious wounding conviction in 1983.
Washington's mandatory release date is February 12th.
U-S Airways and United Airlines have set a new deadline for their proposed merger.
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The deadline has been extended until April second, to give the justice department more time to review it.
The airlines had been hoping for a ruling by the middle of next month.
The move comes two days after a General Accounting Officer report found if the merger went through, the new airline would be extremely dominant - carrying a quarter of the nation's paying air customers.
Both airlines currently serve the Roanoke Regional Airport.
The future of a South Roanoke condominium project is still uncertain, and another Martinsville business announces an expansion.
Jennifer Miele has more in this week's business review.
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(( This week in review, the battle over Cherry Hill continues.
Some five hundred residents of South Roanoke say phase two of the Condominium building is too high.
They want developers Jim Body and Winter Hodges to tear down the top two floors.
Residents were denied an injunction that would have stopped construction for 45 days.
Drake Extrusion of Henry County has managed to drive competitors out of the business.
The company makes the fiber for trunk lining in automobiles.
The company plans to hire seven new employees, and expand its facility in Martinsville.
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Dennis Cronk is a local Realtor known for helping business like Blockbuster come here.
He finished his term as president in November, and now he's focused on marketing the Roanoke Valley.
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((DENNIS CRONK/ROANOKE REALTOR: I'VE WRITTEN TWO CONTRACTS, I'M NEGOTIATING A THIRD RIGHT NOW, TWO BANK CITES, SOME LARGE COMMERCIAL TRANSACTIONS. I'M REALLY BUSY ALL THE WAY UNTIL CHRISTMAS.))
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Cronk attended both the democrat and republican national conventions this year.
He was also voted one of the 25 most influential Realtors in the nation.
Finally, the Dow was up 148.27 to close at 10635.56, and the NASDAQ finished up 176.90 to close at 2517.02 for the week.
For News 7, I'm JM and that's this week's business review. ))
The Wahoos prepare to say "aloha" to football coach George Welsh .. Thats still ahead on News7.
And if the holidays are just too much of a load on your shoulders - we'll show you how to give yourself the gift of relaxation ..
We'll be right back.
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This holiday season, think about giving yourself the gift of relaxation ..
It just could be the perfect treat after a trip to the mall - or a weekend with the in-laws.
Shannon Young shows you how to re-energize by taking some Time Off for yourself.
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((Crowds of shoppers, to-do lists that rival Santa's, and the pressure to get everything done by the Christmas deadline can make for anything but a super season.
That's why experts say giving yourself the gift of relaxation can make the difference between a happy holiday and a holiday headache.
And all it takes is one hour with a massage therapist.
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((We have people that are... you can look at them and see the stress and tension held in their bodies. and it doesn't have to be that way. There is a better way.))
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((We're aiming for stress reduction, for holding patterns in muscles. You can... by awareness through massage you can release muscle tension before you even know you've built it up to a certain stage.))
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Salzman and Cox are massage therapists at the Mountain Song Center for Life in downtown Roanoke.
The say the healing powers of touch have been known for centuries but are just now becoming accepted by the mainstream.
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((I think this is something like microwave ovens were at one time and health clubs were at one time. It's something we though other people had. And very soon it became a necessity and something we wanted to add to our lives quite regularly.))
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((It flows along with the health field with nursing or any of the other modalities that assist people in feeling comfortable and taken care of. It's just an extension of caretaking.))
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((If you don't have time to dedicate to a massage there are other steps you can take to de-stress. It can be as simple as bringing the outdoors indoors.))
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Not only do plants make us feel closer to nature, but Donna says they help us breathe easier.
Experts also recommend relaxing your muscles with a hot bath or shower, adding aromatherapy oils and soothing music.
Books on self massage can also bring relief.
In the end, you'll be happier, healthier and better equipped to handle the holidays.
Shannon Young, News 7, Roanoke.))
And coming up in sports, Virginia and Virginia Tech were on the Hardwood this afternoon The Giants and Jaguars slugged it out in New York Today.
And Steve Mason has an in depth look at Virginia head coach George Welsh as he prepares for his final game as a Cavalier.
The New York Giants will have the home field advantage throughout the N-F-L playoffs.
Tiki Barber rushed for 78 yards and a touchdown to lead New York to a 28 to 25 win over Jacksonville.
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Tiki gave New York the early lead when he goes outside and cuts it up the gut from the three yard line the Giants led 7 to nothing.
But Jacksonville came right back Fred Taylor breaks tackles at the line and dashes down the sideline on the 44 yard T-D run and the game was tied at 7 to 7 at the half.
The Jags led 10 to 7 in the third then in the fourth quarter Kerry Collins rolls out and hits Ike Hillard on the 4 yard T-D pass and the Giants led 14 to 10 in the fourth quarter.
The Giants put the game away with less than 3 minutes remaining when Collins hits Amani Toomer on the 51 yard T-D pass to make it 21 to 10 and the Giants win it 28 to 25.
Virginia and Georgia are one day away from their Christmas Eve showdown in the Oahu Bowl in Hawaii.
The game marks the end of a 19 year coaching era at UVa for George Welsh, and it's only fitting for him, that in Hawaii, aloha means goodbye. Steve Mason has words from players past and present on a man they call a legend.
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((In 19 years at Virginia, George Welsh has won few hats, he has shown his true self, admittedly, only a few times.
While the media rarely sees his sense of humor, his players seem to know a George Welsh that can be funny at times.
At all times, Welsh's players want to win for him, especially now.
Welsh leaves a program that is in good shape and many of the stand out underclassman have already said, even without Welsh, they are staying put at UVa.
Players present and past not only respect George Welsh but are realizing he single handily built UVa into a college football power whose athletes are reaching the NFL with increasing regularity.
Welsh's influence has not just been limited to players, other coaches and announcers have also been inspired by this 67 year old's wisdom.
Perhaps Welsh's impact can best be seen through the eyes of someone he has never met. During his final news conference at UVa, three UVa fans from Roanoke made the trip to Charlottesville to say an emotional goodbye.
Steve Mason News 7 sports.))
The Virginia Cavaliers were at University Hall today hosting Maryland Baltimore County.
It's Virginia's first game since upsetting Tennessee.
The Cavaliers fell behind by one early in the first half when Kennedy Okafor hits the jumper.
Then Virginia gets it to their big man Travis Watson he throws down the jam and the Cavaliers led by three.
Virginia upped that lead to six but UMBC's Peter Mulligan worked the inside for the basket cutting the lead to 2.
It remained close throughout the first half but the Cavaliers pulled away in the second half to win the game 85 to 69.
Virginia Tech was on the road at Chattanooga today and the Hokies come up short losing the game 84 to 70.
Joe Hamilton led the Hokies with 18 points Tech is now 5 and 5 on the season.
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