Virginia's next governor wants to breathe life back into Southside's economy.
Plus, the walls were closing in on this Lynchburg museum even before the ceiling caved in.
Now, the city is considering the costs of re-raising the roof.
Tonight here on News 7 sports, the Hokies are headed back to Jacksonville to play Florida State in the Gator Bowl.
We're dining with the Hokies in tonight's Tech 2001 Report.
And the Tech-Miami has forced one of this weekend's state semi-final high school contests to be moved back to Friday night.
Around the country tomorrow the forecasts will include, thunder, record warmth, snow and sunshine. Which one is ours? The answer just ahead.
News 7 is next.
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Governor-Elect Mark Warner promises bi-partisan co-operation for the sake of Southside's Economy.
There's no plan yet, but the ideas have already started flowing.
Good evening, I'm Keith Humphry.
And I'm Shannon Young.
Martinsville and Henry County officials are looking to Governor -Elect Warner to help them out of economic crisis.
His response came in the form of a public meeting, one week after V-F Imagewear announced it will cut more than 2 thousand jobs by next summer.
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Business Reporter Jennifer Miele was at the meeting in Henry County today.
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Keith and Shannon, what Mark Warner wants are ideas about what should be done.
What he NEEDS are a lot of prayers... that according to Henry County and Martinsville officials.
They plan on providing him with both.
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(( When V-F Imagewear closes next year, thousands of jobs will be lost, and millions of dollars in tax revenue will go with them.
But Governor-Elect Mark Warner says where he's from, family takes care of family and if one part of Virginia suffers, the other parts will help.
((MARK WARNER/GOV. ELECT: NAFTA IS IN PLACE. WHETHER WE LIKE IT OR NOT, THEY ARE HERE TO STAY SO WE NEED TO DO A BETTER JOB OF PRESERVING OUR JOBS IN THIS CHANGING ENVIRONMENT.))
Though there was no mention of a master plan, Warner's presence was enough for most.
((EARL REYNOLDS/MARTINSVILLE CITY MANAGER: I THINK THIS WAS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR US TO GET IN ON THE FRONT END OF THE GOVERNOR-ELECT'S AGENDA.))
The only mention of action came from Congressman Virgil Goode.
He's optimistic about the current Economic Stimulus package that is making its way through Congress.
((VIRGIL GOODE/CONGRESSMAN: WE WILL HAVE COMPONENTS IN THAT THAT ENCOURAGE BUSINESSES TO EXPAND, TO DEVELOP AND TO HIRE ADDITIONAL EMPLOYEES.))
Martinsville officials are also banking on Warner's business contacts to bring new jobs to Sousthside.
((THAT NETWORKING IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT IN DEVELOPING BUSINESSES IN OUR COMMUNITY. WE'LL RELY ON THAT.))
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One thing everyone agrees on... Southside's economy didn't tumble overnight, and it certainly won't heal overnight.
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A bit of good news for Southside... an area business official says a company called Unique Industries will be coming to Pittsylvania County.
Unique manufactures and distributes party supplies.
The company will take over the building next to KB-Toys.
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An announcement about KB Toys On-line merchandise Distribution Center is also planned for tomorrow.
KB says it will concern new jobs.
Halifax County Deputies have made another arrest in a Thanksgiving Day murder case.
20 year old Quindell L. Williams of South Boston turned himself in yesterday afternoon. He's charged with the first degree murder of Thomas Jackson.
Deputies say Jackson was shot outside American Legion Post 99 early last Thursday morning.
Three other men were arrested earlier in the weekend.
When the last of the patients at the Burrell Nursing Home are re-located- -perhaps sometime next year- -Carilion plans to give away the old hospital. It'll become a MENTAL health facility.
About 20 people protested the deal across the street from Carilion's R-M-H.
These folks say if Carilion's going to GIVE away the facility that cost Carilion 150-thousand dollars a couple of decades ago, Carilion should give it to them.
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And yet Blue Ridge Behavioral Healthcare will be required to keep the Burrell name, preserve its cultural legacy- -as part of the deal recently signed by Blue Ridge and Carilion.
The agreement also requires Blue Ridge to make space available at Burrell for community use.
The protesters suspect the city will end up acquiring the Blue Ridge office building on Elm Avenue, as part of the deal.
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Blue Ridge Behavioral says "that's not accurate information."
Carilion says its agreement with Blue Ridge is not contingent on any other arrangements with the city.
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Roanoke Regional Airport will open its short-term parking lot tomorrow morning.
The F-A-A recently approved the airport's plan to open the lot on the condition that each vehicle be searched before being allowed to park.
The lot's been closed since September 11th.
You're advised to enter through the *long-term* parking entrance and pull up to the vehicle inspection point.
Only cars that pass the inspection will be allowed to park in the short-term lot.
You'll not be charged for the first 30-minutes.
A similar system is already being used in other airports around the country.
Virginia Tech is headed to Jacksonville Florida for New Years.
The Hokies have accepted a bid to play in the Gator Bowl on New Years Day.
They'll take on the Florida State Seminoles.
Seeing Santa this holiday season could get you some big bucks.
More on a Christmas crime when News 7 at Six returns.
And one of the Hill City's landmarks could get a multi-million dollar facelift... if the city can find the money.
Major changes are in the works for Lynchburg's museum system and its most recognizable landmark, the Old Court House museum.
Steve Smallshaw reports it could cost the city millions to renovate the building and find new space for tourists to gather.
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(( Even before July of 2000, Lynchburg museum officials knew they were living on borrowed time.
That's when the sky literally fell in.
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The ceiling over a second floor gallery in the old Court House museum collapsed, revealing major structural problems in the 145- year-old building.
The galleries there are still closed off.. and officials say the disaster underscored the need to save the building and find bigger and better office space.
((Its structural problems not withstanding, the old Court House Museum can also be tough for handicapped persons to get into, there's very little parking close by and it's too small to house all the artifacts the museum system would like to display. Tom Ledford says the best solution would be to move the museum headquarters down the hill to Ninth and Jefferson, where it would be closer to other attractions like the Academy of Music and Amazement Square.))
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The focus is now on the Riverviews annex building, which will probably cost the city close to two and a half million dollars to renovate.
Add to that more than a million to shore up the old courthouse, and city leaders have some tough budget decisions to make.
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City council will get its first look at the recommendations on Tuesday.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))
A three-car accident on Interstate 81 slows traffic this afternoon in the New River Valley.
State Police say one person was injured in this wreck near mile marker 116 in Montgomery County.
Officials believe an A-E-P truck rear ended a Buick, which then hit a pick-up truck and pushed it into the median
One Northbound lane remained open.
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Police and E-M-S workers were called to the same intersection in Roanoke three times today.
Around 10:15 a man had a seizure and hit a utility pole at Colonial Avenue and 23rd Street. The top of the pole fell on the OTHER car.
There had been a head-on collision only an hour earlier, then a third accident in about the same spot around 12:30. No serious injuries in any of those wrecks.
Don't forget about AIDS.
That's the message the Council of Community Services hopes to send with this year's World AIDS Day events.
Starting today you're invited to participate in a week's worth of activities designed to draw attention to the still-spreading disease and the hundreds of thousands who've lost their lives.
Organizers say they don't want the disease to fade from the public's mind.
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You're also invited to the Roanoke Red cross to see four panels of the National Aids quilt.
The panels, including one dedicated to local AIDS victims, will be on display through Friday.
Investors shrugged off a report that officially declared the economy in recession and pushed stocks higher.
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The DOW gained 23 points.
NASDAQ rose 38.
A jolly old elf is missing from the side lawn of a Roanoke County business.
Now-- the owners are offering a substantial reward for information leading to his abductors.
Over the weekend-- someone snatched the EIGHT foot tall, inflatable Santa from among the Christmas decorations at Paychecks Plus on Colonial Avenue.
Mark Harrell says he's certain Old Saint Nick didn't just blow away.
Whoever took Santa-- severed the ropes holding him down and left behind a half-- full can of beer in his place.
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Mark Harrell paid 50- dollars for his inflatable Santa-- but is offering a 500- dollar reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever abducted Old Saint Nick.
It just wouldn't be Christmas without a model train around the tree, but what about THIRTEEN model trains filling an entire basement?
Scott Adams has been steadily adding to his collection of model trains since he was a youngster, and has created a year-round display in the basement of his Roanoke home.
While most model railroaders stick with one specific guage or size of train, Adams has integrated many different scales into his layout, and has spent years working to keep his hobby on track.
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Adams says he's probably spent some five-thousand dollars on trains over the years, but the basement is nearly full, so the building process is now complete.
Coming up tonight on the Big 7 - the Hokies are headed back to the Gator Bowl to battle the Seminoles.
The Miami Hurricanes come into Blacksburg the new number one in the BCS.
And tonight's Tech 2001 report serves up dinner, as we go behind the scenes with the Hokies the night before kickoff.
The Virginia Tech football team now has two Florida team to worry about this week!
Earlier this evening the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville made it official that this year's game will pit the Hokies against the Florida State Seminoles.
The game will kick-off at Alltel Stadium on New Year's Day at 12:30.
It's Tech second straight trip to the Gator - and the school's seventh New Year's Day bowl in the past nine years.
This morning's Tech 2001 report is all about food.
You've heard coaches talk about swallowing their pride, devouring the competition, or even take a bite out of the defense.
Well, this morning we're dropping the clich�s for some real meat and potatoes as we take you behind closed doors for the Hokies Friday night meal the night before each game.
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((Ranch dressing is just a minor condiment on this menu that includes a 10 ounce new York strip sirloin, a boneless grilled chicken breast, baked potatoes, green beans. There's also a garden salad and plenty of rolls for everyone.
What would a true dinner be without a few picky eaters. Of course if you don't like something you can always become a part of the Hokies' dinner table swap shop.
Did he say Ice Cream? At the bottom of that lengthy menu there is listed an Ice Cream Station complete with gallons of Haagen Daas and toppings.))
Miami is the early 16 point favorite to beat Tech on Saturday.
The Canes are the new number one team in the just released Bowl Championship Series Standings.
Miami is now number one in the BCS with the Florida Gators number two.
There were few ups, but plenty of downs for the VMI football team this season, but today the Keydets got some great news as Titus Green was named the Southern Conference's freshman of the year.
He is the first VMI player to win the honor since Marlon Anderson did so in 1992.
The slotback, who set a new school record in kick returns took back 26 kickoffs for 634.
He ranked third in the Southern Conference and 29th nationally.
This Saturday's Tech vs. Miami game has caused two of the Friday Football Extra remaining playoff teams to make a move.
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A huge crowd is expected to be on hand at Kenneth Dobson Stadium for the Marion-Pulaski game, and with Tech-Miami going on at the same time, school officials decided to move the game to not only avoid the conflict, but also because there was some concern that getting security personnel would be a problem.
Again the division four state semi-final between Pulaski and Marion is now set for Friday night at 7:30.