Ahead on NEWS 7 at six...
A live report from the Grandin Theater... as the movie house prepares to fade to black.
And, fire crews make more progress on Bent Mountain.
In sports, The Hokies and Cavaliers win conference games former Virginia head coach George Welsh is honored by the University.
And Bill Elliott makes his way back to victory lane winning the Pennzoil 400 at Homestead, Florida.
Temperatures are taking a nosedive tonight... if the heat's not on already you might want to set the thermostat accordingly... we'll tell you exactly how cold it'll be coming up.
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((JULIE CAMDEN: OH MY GOSH, I'M GOING TO MISS IT SO MUCH. YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE TO GO PLACES THAT ARE NOT AS MEMORABLE, ALL THE MEMORIES ARE GOING TO BE GONE.))
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A piece of Roanoke history gets ready to take one final bow.
Good evening, I'm Teresa Hamilton.[Grandin]
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Tonight is the final curtain call for the Grandin Theater in Roanoke.
Competition from mega movie houses and hard economic times is forcing the owner to close the theater.
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Justin McLeod is live at the Grandin where a special screening party will take place tonight. Justin?
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Teresa, the final show here at the Grandin will be fittingly the "The Last Picture Show."
We're told the show is already sold out and nearly five hundred people are expected to attend.
Throughout the day, fans came out to see one last show here at the valley's oldest theater.
Many hope the Grandin Theater Foundation can raise the one and quarter million dollars needed to buy the theater and re-open it with state of the art equipment.
The foundation has until the end of May to raise the funds.
Until then, the classic movie house will close its doors.
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((CARA MOSER: I CAN'T IMAGINE WHAT ITS GOING TO BE LIKE WITHOUT THE GRANDIN HERE. ITS REALLY SAD, I'VE GONE HERE ALL MY LIFE.))
((JULIE CAMDEN: THERE'S SO MANY MEMORIES HERE. I CAN REMEMBER BEING KNEE HIGH AND COMING TO SEE LIKE THE 101 DALMATIONS AND ITS JUST A CLASSIC.))
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The owner Julie Hunsaker says keeping the Grandin open as a commercial theater just wasn't an option.
If the foundation plans to re-open it as a non-profit theater next summer if they can raise the necessary funds.
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Tonight's festivities begin at seven o'clock
We're told workers have had to add extra seats because of the full capacity crowd that is expected.
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Teresa, after the show people will be able to go up in front of the theater and share their fond memories of the place.
We'll hear from them tonight at eleven.
From Wise County to the outskirts of Charlottesville, residents of 31 southwest and southside Virginia localities will soon be choosing an electric utility.
The State Corporation Commission kicks off a multi- year, multi- media ad campaign today.
In January, energy consumers in southwest, southside, northern Virginia, and the Eastern Shore will be making that choice.
It's phase one of a two year deregulation process for the electricity industry in the Commonwealth.
Crews are still working that forest fire on Bent Mountain in Roanoke County.
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Officials say local and state firefighters will remain at the scene tonight... and possibly for several more days.
But Roanoke County relieved all of its crews about a half hour ago.
Another bit of good news...
Officials say less acreage has burned than they originally thought.
Yesterday-- estimates were that more than 250 acres had burned since early Friday morning.
Officials now say just 210- acres has been charred.
They were hitting all the right notes in Roanoke this weekend.
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More than one- hundred people participated in the third annual Roanoke Bluegrass weekend.
The event at the Hotel Roanoke attracted bluegrass musicians from all over the country including England.
It was an opportunity for musicians to learn and fine tune their skills by learning from some of the best bluegrass performers in the country.
Still ahead on News 7 at 6, it's been two months since the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon...
Plus, America honors the heroes of wars past and present. We'll take a look at what Veterans Day means to one local classroom.
But first... an update on the dry forecast now... with Jacey.
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It's been exactly two months now-- since the September eleventh attacks.
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Today--- President Bush took part in an emotional ceremony at the site of the World Trade Center wreckage...
Actor Ron Silver read the names of the 86 nations whose citizens also perished in the attack.
Earlier, Bush cited the devastation as a reason Americans are
especially grateful to the nation's veterans this Veterans Day -- having seen both the evil of terrorism and the heroism of those who've since gone into battle to defend freedom.
As the President noted--- Veteran's Day did indeed take on a whole new meaning this year.
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Several hundred people attended a ceremony at the Virginia Veterans Care Center in Salem.
The featured speaker was Lieutenant Governor John Hager.
In his remarks, Hager thanked veterans of past wars and asked Americans to remember the men and women who are embarked on a new mission.
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((LT. JOHN HAGER: WE HAVE A LOT TO HONOR AND WE HAVE A LOT TO BE EXCITED BECAUES THOSE YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN IN THE MILITARY WHO SERVED TODAY WHO ARE OVER IN THE MIDDLE EAST ARE THE REASON WE'RE ABLE TO BE HERE TODAY AND TO BE OUTSIDE AND FREE.))
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After the ceremony, the center dedicated a new wandergarden for Alzheimer's patients.
The garden will provide a safe, non-institutional setting for patients who want to socialize or exercise.
The nation's children are also more aware than ever of Veteran's Day.
In this week's Virginia Profile, Jennifer Miele take us to Green Valley Elementary in Roanoke County, where the young have a new appreciation of the past.
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((ONE NATION, UNDER GOD, INDIVISIBLE WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL.))
It may be that the students at Green Valley Elementary School don't fully understand what happened on September 11th.
But make no mistake, they do appreciate a hero.
((ROBERT GRAY/KOREAN WAR VETERAN: I SPENT MOST OF MY TIME AS A PRISONER AT WAR IN THIS AREA HERE ALONG THE RIVER.))
Robert Gray is a Korean War veteran.
He was one of dozens of vets honored by Green Valley.
((ROBERT GRAY/KOREAN WAR VETERAN: WE MUST GIVE THEM THE OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN AND KNOW BECAUSE WE WILL DEPEND ON THEM IN THE FUTURE.))
((UNITED STATES MARINES.))
The Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard were each saluted with a special song.
((JENNIFER MIELE/REPORTING: THIS IS A WALL OF THANKS. IT'S A LIST OF STUDENT FAMILY MEMBERS WHO SEVERED IN THE ARMED FORCES. SOME LIVED, SOME HAVE PASSED AND SOME WERE HERE TODAY.))
Lieutenant Colonel James McKinley is one of them.
His son Cameron is a 5th grader who already wants to follow in Dad's footsteps.
((CAMERON MCKINLEY: I JUST WANT TO BE ABLE TO FIGHT FOR MY COUNTRY.))
As an Air force pilot, McKinley served in the Gulf War, and is now in the Marine Corps reserves.
He's striving to teach his son to ask questions... there's only one answer he can't provide.
((LT. COL. JAMES MCKINLEY: THEY REALLY WANT TO KNOW WHAT'S GOING ON. WILL I GO? I DON'T KNOW IT JUST DEPENDS.))
Like all Green Valley parents, McKinley doesn't have all the answers.
But a tribute like this one makes it clear why our Armed Forces are worth celebrating.
((OFF WE GO))
((PRINCIPAL: I AM SO PROUD OF THIS STUDENT BODY THEY ARE SO WONDERFUL.))
Pride was in abundance... some with years of experience, and some newly found.
((CAMERON MCKINLEY: THE RED IS FOR THE BLOOD AND THE BLUE IF FOR VICTORY.))
((PRINCIPAL: WE SEE A LOT OF FLAGS BEING WORN ON SHIRTS THAT WE DID NOT SEE IN THE PAST.))
((ROBERT GRAY: WITHOUT THE YOUNG PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY THERE IS NO TOMORROW.))
If this is the future, the future looks bright.
Jennifer Miele, News 7, Roanoke County. ))
Up ahead on News 7 at 6, Bill Elliott makes his first trip to victory lane in SEVEN years. Roy Stanley will have highlights from the Pennzoil 400...
but before that, more than two-hundred youth soccer teams do battle in Salem today... where some say the city could also come out a winner. We'll have that and more in just a few minutes, stay with us.
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A presidential speech and Jerry Falwell's latest legal battle are the topics in our viewer mail this week.
Here's Feedback, with assignment editor Joe McKean.
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((The White House didn't ask for live coverage of the president's address in Atlanta last Thursday night, so only one broadcast network did.
That crew sharp comments from many viewers, including a woman in Roanoke: (Martha Spencer).
"We are at war--both in Afghanistan and here in America. Nothing can be more important than to show our support for the people fighting for our protection and freedoms. While I will continue to watch Channel 7 for local news, I will turn to (other outlets) for national events."
A viewer from Lynch Station (Richard Protz) took a more facetious tone.
"Thank you for not interrupting regular programming to broadcast the President's address to the nation. "Reality TV Survivor" is far more important than anything the President of the United States might have to say to the people. I know those with cable can watch it, but many people do not have cable."
The lawsuit Lynchburg evangelist Jerry Falwell has filed over limits on tax-exempt property brought this from a Roanoke viewer (Herb Detweiler):
"Since Mr. Falwell wants to get rid of archaic laws that stand in the way of his religious empire, I'm sure he wouldn't object to getting rid of the archaic laws which attempt to dictate what consenting adults, even married ones, may do for pleasure in the privacy of their own homes."
Let us know your thoughts on issues in the news, by mail, fax or e-mail.
Joe McKean, News-7.))
The Roanoke Valley netted a major victory this weekend.
More than four thousand players turned out for the 11th annual First Virginia Fall Soccer Classic.
215- teams from all over Virginia and several surrounding states competed in the two day tournament.
The event, sponsored by the Roanoke Valley Youth Soccer Club crowned 10 girl champions and 16 boy champions.
The local economy also came out a winner.
The tournmanent typically brings in more than two million dollars to the area.
Bill Elliott's last trip to Victory Lane was at the 1994 Southern 500 in Darlington. Elliott made it back today taking the checkered flag in the Pennzoil 400.
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Jeff Gordon was working his way to the front he passes Casey Atwood, who started on the outside up front, Atwood would take his car to the pit area.
But Tony Stewart was strong he worked his way from the 20th spot and he was the leader after 81 laps.
Then while exiting pit road Ward Burton and Atwood collide sending Burton into the pit position of Ricky Rudd. Several members of Robert Yates racing was injured Bobby Burrell was the most serious he suffered a head injury and was transported to a local hospital in serious condition.
Kevin Harvick made his move and he was the leader just past the halfway mark of the race.
Then with 50 laps to go Stacy Compton gets lose and crashes bringing out the caution.
But it was Bill Elliott's day he passed his teammate Casey Atwood with 4 laps to go and he wins the Pennzoil 400, his first Winston cup victory for Dodge and Ray Evernham.
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Michael Waltrip was second, Atwood third, Jeff Burton fourth and Sterling Marlin fifth.
Michael Vick made his first pro start today and he would combine with Doug Johnson in leading the Falcons to a 20 to 13 win over Dallas.
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Vick directed the Falcons first scoring drive he hits Alge Crumpler on the 9 yard scoring play Crumpler dives and gets the ball over the cone for the 7 to 3 Falcon lead.
A Vick fumble led to this Cowboy score. Ryan Leaf goes to the air and hits Jackie Harris on the 9 yard T-D pass play Dallas led 13 to 7.
The Falcons put it away when Johnson rolls out and hits Brian Kozlowski on the 1 yard T-D pass play and the Falcons win it 20 to 13.
There was plenty of other action in the National Football League this afternoon lets look at some of today's final scores.
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The Virginia Cavaliers knocked the dust off the play book and the play called led the Cavs to a 39 to 38 upset over 20-th ranked Georgia Tech
It caught the Virginia offense by surprise when Al Groh called the hook and lateral play. Billy McMullen made the catch then he lateraled it to Alvin Pearman who took it 27 yards for the winning touchdown.
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The Cavaliers improved to 4 and 6.
Meantime, Former Virginia head coach George Welsh was honored yesterday as the A-C-C's career coaching victories leader.
The school dedicated a bronze bust of Welsh and also said it would rename a street that runs behind Scott Stadium as George Welsh way.
Welsh led the team to 19 seasons of success before retiring last season.
Virginia Tech rebounded from a 2 game losing streak with a 35 to nothing win over Temple in Philadelphia.
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Tech running back Kevin Jones returned home for his first start he rushed for 155 yards and 2 touchdowns including this 87 yarder the fourth longest in Tech History.
And the Hokie defense made a strong statement with its fourth shutout of the season the first time that's happened since 1983.
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The Hokies are ranked 17-th in the coaches poll and 18th in the A-P.
Tech and Virginia will hook up next Saturday at Scott Stadium.
The Bridgewater Eagles received a first round bye in the N-C-Double-A Division three football playoffs.
The ODAC champion was seeded number one in its region.
Bridgewater will play on Saturday November 24-th against the winner of the Trinity Mary Hardin Baylor contest.