Just ahead on NEWS 7 at six.
It's just what Franklin County officials were hoping for.
Hundreds turn out for a job fair-- in hopes of a luring a major company to the area.
Plus, the latest numbers on a major drug bust.
In sports, Tony Banks leads the Redskins to their first win of the exhibition season James River High School hosted a Jamboree today.
And the Virginia Cavaliers open their season taking on 22-nd ranked Wisconsin.
The weekend starts off sunny and comfortable... more of that in our weather forecast for tomorrow... but rain may not be far behind.
[IN Q=I worry every night]
((SUSAN McALEXANDER: I WORRY EVERY NIGHT IF I'M GOING TO FIND A JOB, WHERE I'M GOING TO FNID A JOB, SO I CAN PUT MY LITTLE GIRL THROUGH SCHOOL AND FEED HER AND MAKE SURE SHE HAS CLOTHES AND EVERYTHING, IT'S HARD.))
[OUT Q=and everything, its hard]
An economic downturn prompts hundreds to turn out for a job fair in Franklin County.
Good evening, I'm Teresa Hamilton.[Job-Fair]
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A utility company could be the spark needed to launch a economic comeback in Franklin County.
The company known as Miss Utility helps homeowners and contractors locate underground utility lines.
As News 7's Justin McLeod found out--- the company wants to test the waters before setting sail.
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[IN Q=Nat sound of job fair]
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[SUPER=01-John Campbell/Worker; :11]
[SUPER=01-Barb Kaplonski/Worker; :30]
[SUPER=01-Richard Huff/Franklin Co. Administrator; 1:05]
[OUT Q=JM, News 7, Rocky Mount]
((((NAT SOUND OF JOB FAIR))
You'd expect to find laid-off workers at a job fair.
But at this one, you'll see a lot of people who fear they may soon be out of a job.
[IN Q=Right now, I am currently]
((JOHN CAMPBELL: RIGHT NOW, I AM CURRENTLY EMPLOYED AT LANE COMPANY FOR MAYBE ANOTHER WEEK AND SOON WHEN I'M DONE THERE, I DONT KNOW. I AM LOOKING FOR ANOTHER JOB RIGHT NOW.))
[OUT Q=job right now]
He may find it right here in Franklin County.
A Roanoke company known as Miss Utility wants to relocate to Rocky Mount.
The only catch? Enough people have to show interest.
[IN Q=It looks like there's a]
((BARB KAPLONSKI: IT LOOKS LIKE THERE'S A GREAT TURNOUT AND I THINK IT WILL HELP THIS AREA REAL GOOD.))
[OUT Q=area real good]
An area that needs it.
In the last year, Franklin County lost more than 800 jobs.
[IN Q=Although this job fair]
((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: ALTHOUGH THIS JOB FAIR ATTRACTED MORE THAN A THOUSAND PEOPLE IN REALITY ONLY ABOUT HUNDRED WOULD BE HIRED IF THE COMPANY CHOOSES TO COME HERE. BUT COUNTY OFFICIALS ARE HOPING THIS IS JUST THE BEGINNING, THAT IT WILL SHOW OTHER POTENTIAL COMPANIES THERE IS A ABUDANT WORKFORCE HERE IN FRANKLIN COUNTY.))
[OUT Q=workforce here in Franklin County]
((NAT SOUND OF ANNOUNCEMENT TAPE 01-26, TC1:31:46))
Just this week, the county announced a company called Group Insurance Concepts plans to re-locate here, hiring some fifty full-time workers.
[IN Q=We're out all the time]
((RICHARD HUFF/FRANKLIN CO. ADMINISTRATOR: WE'RE OUT ALL THE TIME TELLING OUR STORY ABOUT WHAT A WONDERFUL PLACE THIS IS FOR BUSINESS, HOW OPEN WE ARE TO BUSINESS IN OUR COMMUNITY AND HOW WELL THE COMMUNITY WILL TURN OUT AND WORKS TOGETHER TO MAKE IT SUCCESSFUL FOR THE COMPANIES THAT ARE LOOKING TO LOCATE HERE.))
[OUT Q=to locate here]
((NAT SOUND OF CEO TALKING IN SESSION))
The CEO of Miss Utility says the turnout at this job fair went far beyond their expectations.
Company officials will announce their decision within the next two weeks.
For many of these people, that news cannot come soon enough.
Justin McLeod, News 7, Rocky Mount.))
The town of Rocky Mount is making the most of its membership in a state organization.
[SUPER=03-Rocky Mount; ]
The town belongs to the Main Street Program for the Commonwealth of Virginia.
By being a member-- the town is entitled to free advertisement.
In June-- the town was featured in Southern Living Magazine.
But that's not all.
Now people who fly on United Airlines can read about the town when they pick up the company's in- flight magazine.
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[IN Q=I think it's ]
[SUPER=01-Sam Litton/Community Partnership for Revitalization; ]
((SAM LITTON: I THINK IT'S A GREAT WAY FOR US TO ADVERTISE. IF YOU THINK ABOUT FRANKLIN COUNTY OUR COUNTY IS WONDERFUL. IT'S LIKE THE SEVENTH LARGEST COUNTY. THERE'S VERY LITTLE POLLUTION. WE HAVE MOUNTAINS, TWO WONDERFUL LAKES HERE IN THE COUNTY. SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE AND PHILPOTT . THIS IS WONDERFUL PLACE TO RAISE YOUR FAMILY OR TO RETIRE. WE HOPE WE GET BOTH COMING IN AS A RESULT.))
[OUT Q=here in the county.]
The main street program has put together a brochure that highlights the 19- towns that belong to the organization.
Officials say demand for the pamphlet has increased since the Southern Living article.
A Vinton man remains in critical condition following a collision last night.
46 year old Michael Flowers was injured when his motorcycle hit a car on Orange Avenue at the intersection of Gus Nicks Boulevard around 8 o'clock.
The impact was so strong witnesses say the car spun around from the force.... trapping people inside.
Police say 54 year old Kathleen Paige and two passengers in her car all suffered minor injuries.
Police are investigating the crash.
A pot bust in Patrick and Floyd Counties keeps getting bigger.
A helicopter yesterday located several pot fields on the side of Tuggles Gap Mountain.
It was all part of the area's annual eradication drug sweep.
The Patrick County Sheriff says they've now found nearly 17- hundred plants all with a street value of nearly a half million dollars.
No arrests have been made, but the investigation is continuing.
The Ladies of Harley revved up their engines today for a good cause in Roanoke.
Hundreds of riders took part in the second annual "Hogs for Dogs" fundraiser to benefit the Saint Francis of Assisi Service Dog Foundation.
Each Biker paid a ten dollar entry free to ride around the city for several hours.
The foundation will now use the money to help train dogs for people who are physically and emotional disabled.
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[IN Q=Our dogs are trained]
((TERESA KELLY/ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI DOG FOUNDATION: OUR DOGS ARE TRAINED TO PERFORM FIFTY DIFFERENT TASKS SUCH AS TURNING ON AND OFF A LIGHT SWITCH, GOING TO GET HELP, PICKING UP ANY DROP OBJECT, GOING TO THE REFRIGERATOR TO GET SOMETHING OUT FOR THEIR RECIPIENT.))
[SUPER=01-Teresa Kelly/St. Francis of Assisi Dog Foundation]
[OUT Q=for their recipent]
Today's event raised more than ten thousand dollars.
Many of those who benefit from the dogs came out to thank the riders.
Afterwards, they all gathered at Fallon Park for lunch, a bike show, and a live auction.
Still to come on News 7 at six, a proposed powerline sparks discussion on NEWS 7 this morning....
We'll have the story in just a few minutes, but first, a look at the forecast, with Jacey in the WeatherCenter.
The National Forest Service has the final say in American Electric Power's proposed power line.
A-E-P says the line is necessary to meet the growing demand for electricity.
And, while opponents say the route is better than the last proposal they contend it's STILL not environmentally sound.
A-E-P spokesman Todd Burns and Power Line Opponent Jeff (Jan-ahsk-oh) Janosko faced-off today on News 7 Saturday morning.
Burns says the line that would run from Wyoming County West Virginia to Jacksons Ferry, stems from a state-of-the-art design.
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[IN Q=While the noise was]
((TODD BURNS/AMERICAN ELECTRIC POWER: WHILE THE NOISE WAS CERTAINLY AN ISSUE ON EARLY PROJECTS, WE WERE THE FIRST TO DESIGN THIS TYPE OF TECHNOLOGY. AND WHILE SOME OF THEM ARE NOSIER THAN OTHERS, THEY HAVE EVOLVED TO BECOME MORE QUITE. THE NOISE ON THIS LINE WILL BE ABOUT HALF OF WHAT IT WAS ON EXISTING LINES.))
[SUPER=01-Todd Burns/American Electric Power]
[OUT Q=on existing lines.]
Jeff Janosko maintains "eminent domain" is also a pressing issue.
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[SUPER=01-Jeff Janosko/Power Line Opponent]
[IN Q=The state corporation]
((THE STATE CORPORATION COMMISSION HAS THE POWER TO TAKE YOUR LAND TO BUILD A POWER LINE. AND MANY PEOPLE ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THE AMOUNT OF COMPENSATION THEY WILL RECEIVE AS A RESULT. PRESENTLY HERE IN VIRGINIA WE HAVE SOME OF THE WEAKEST EMINENT DOMAIN LAWS IN THE COUNTRY.))
[OUT Q=in the country.]
The National Forest Service will make its decision by November.
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Virginia's major-party candidates for governor are both promising recovery plans to help Southside areas hit hard by layoffs.
And American Electric Power goes to work to restore service after a powerful storm rips through Roanoke.
Jennifer Miele has those stories in this week's business review.
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[SUPER=01-Mark Warner/D - Candidate for Governor;:17]
[SUPER=01-Mark Early/R - Candidate for Governor;:34]
[SUPER=07-Garland Conner; 1:13]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; 1:27]
(( This week in Review... the latest blow to South side's economy is Bassett Furniture's 300-man cutback.
Both candidates for Governor vow Bassett will rally.
[butt butt butt]
[INSERT GREEN FLASH HERE]
Garland Conner says he was fired because of his disability.
He lost his right hand in a hunting accident when he was 16.
After two days on the job as a courier-company driver for Willcar, he says he was fired.
With the help of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Conner is suing for compensation and punitive damages.
((GARLAND CONNER: I'D LIKE TO SEE....DO THE RIGHT THING.))
The Brambleton Court area of Roanoke County was hit hard by Thursday night's storm.
American Electric Power crews worked through the night to restore service.
Downed trees and power lines were to blame for most of the outages.
The closing bell on Wall Street left the Dow up almost 200 points to finish at 10,421. And the Nasdaq up 67 and a half to close at 1910 for the week.
For News 7, I'm Jennifer Miele, and that is this week's business review.))
Still to come on News 7 at 6, Roy Stanley will join us with highlights from a wet day in Wisconsin for the Wahoos...
but before that, looking for a place to get out of the sun? Shannon Young will show us the wonders of Dixie Caverns... Stay with us.
Salem is home to an unusual natural feature, that's quite a draw for tourists.
In this week's Time Off, Shannon Young takes a trip up and underground...
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[IN Q=As you head into the heart of this mountian...]
[SUPER=01-Connie Browning/Dixie Caverns; :13]
((As you head into the heart of this mountain you may be surprised to find yourself CLIMBING rather than descending, a staircase, a feature that sets the attraction apart from most other caves.
[IN Q=Our cavern in a little different in that...]
((Our cavern is a little different in that you don't go underground. There's only one place in this entire cave that you're actually underground.))
[OUT Q=entire cave that you're actually underground.]
Not that you can tell how far above or below ground you are at any given point.
The only hint comes from sunlight that peaks through a break in the limestone.
The cave is the only cavern in southwest Virginia.
Owner Connie Browning says its rarity is one of its selling points.
[IN Q=It's just like the mountain and the trees...]
((It's just like the mountain and the trees and everything else you see out here that you just wonder why it's here. It's just there and it's for us to protect.))
[OUT Q=and it's for us to protect.]
As are its many formations, including the towering Chief One Feather and this stalactite dubbed "The Hokie" because of its resemblance to a turkey.
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[IN Q=The tour takes about 45-minutes...]
((The tour takes about 45-minutes and covers about a third of a mile. But that doesn't mean it's not difficult. Be prepared to hike 342-stairs.))
[OUT Q=Be prepared to hike 342-stairs.]
[IN Q=What you're doing is you're traveling up and down...]
((What you're doing is you're traveling up and down, up and down the mountain. So, that's the interesting part of Dixie Caverns is that you're going up first, then you're going up and down the mountain.))
[OUT Q=...then you're going up and down the mountain.]
So wear comfortable shoes and a jacket to beat the chill and enjoy the world from the inside out.
Shannon Young, News 7, Salem.))
The Virginia Cavaliers opened their season on the road this afternoon against 22-nd ranked Wisconsin.
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Al Groh's first game at U-V-A was delayed for about 30 minutes because of a rain storm.
But the Cavaliers weathered the storm and got on the board on their first possession David Greene booting this 35 yard field goal to make it 3 to nothing.
After scoring on a screen pass that was called back, Virginia's Antowine Womack injured his ankle and was through for the day.
A Virginia turnover set up this T-D. Wisconsin's Jerome Pettis takes the handoff and cut's it out side for the 16 yard T-D run and the Badgers led 10 to 7 at the half.
The Cavaliers would get on the board in the third quarter. Bryson Spinner gets the ball on the flea flicker and throws the 45 yard pass and Billy McMullen goes up over 2 defenders to make the T-D catch to make it 13-10 but Wisconsin goes on to win it 26 to 17.
The Virginia High School League football season will officially kick off next weekend throughout the area.
This afternoon in Buchanan James River hosted the Knights Jamboree. 4 teams, Laurel Park, Chatham, Patrick Henry and North Cross joined the knights in a day of scrimmages.
And for the Knights its a chance to get different looks as they prepare for their season opener Friday night.
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[SUPER=01-Toby Peer/James River Head Coach; :]
[OUT Q=.....variety of Looks.]
The Knights open with Fieldale of Collinsville next Friday night.
Jeff George got the start against Cleveland but it was Tony Banks who led the Washington Redskins to their first win of the exhibition season.
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After being sacked on his first series of plays, Banks led three scoring drives completing 12 of 15 passes for 177 yards and two touchdowns.
Banks showed his athletic ability rolling out on this play and hitting John L.
Bennett on the swing pass for the T-D to tie the game at 14 and the Redskins go on to win the game 27 to 25.
The Chicago Cubs were on the rebound this afternoon at Wrigley taking on the St. Louis Cardinals.
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Sammy Sosa with a smile on his face after the Cubs take the early lead.
In the bottom of the first, Fred McGriff hits a single in the corner of right field it scores Ricky Gutierrez and the Cubs went on top 1 to nothing.
Still in the bottom of the first, Michael Tucker hits a floater to left field Sosa scores and the Cubs jumped out to a 2 to nothing lead.
The Cubs added another run in the bottom of the third. McGriff hits a fly ball to centerfield again scoring Gutierrez to make it 3 to nothing and Chicago goes on to win it 6 to 4.
The Roanoke Express opens the season in October, but many will say the team notched a huge win with it's announcement earlier in the week.
New Owners Ashby Coleman and Mike Lonchar unveiled the teams new AHL affiliation with the Hershey Bears.
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[IN Q="If you]
[SUPER=01-Perry Florio/Express Head Coach; :00]
[OUT Q=.....stanley cup champs"]
Florio is not counting on Hershey for all his players. He has also solidified a two way deal for players with the old Hampton Roads Admirals, now the Norfolk Admirals of the AHL.
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[OUT Q=.....of the NHL"]