Coming up on News 7-
The body count continues to climb at a Georgia crematory.
A credit card helps police track a Texas fugitive to North Carolina.
A Roanoke neighborhood gets much needed facelift.
And, one hairdresser proves he's a cut above the rest-- by taking his shears down under.
News 7 is next.
Residents in one Roanoke neighborhood are hoping a clean- up in the area will help clean OUT crime...
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Good Evening, I'm Teresa Hamilton.
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A new million dollar project is trying to change perceptions that the area around Afton Gardens is a haven for drug dealers and crime.
Now the residents are getting into the act...
As Justin McLeod discovered the area has a new name, a new coat of paint, and maybe a new outlook.
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[IN Q=Nat sound of drilling]
[SUPER=01-Margaret Harp/Resident; :24]
[SUPER=01-Bob Farmer/Regional Property Manager; 1:12]
[OUT Q=JM, News 7, Roanoke]
((((NAT SOUND OF DRILLING ))
Progress these days can be seen throughout Afton Gardens.
All of this (shot of blue) will soon be replaced with this. (shot of brown).
[IN Q=It's a big]
((ROBERT SINGLETON/RESIDENT: IT'S A BIG IMPROVEMENT.))
[OUT Q=big improvement]
An improvement that's costing nearly two million dollars.
Every apartment here on Hunt Avenue has been gutted.
In its place are new bathrooms, kitchens, and a central air and heating system.
[IN Q=When I walked through]
((MARGARET HARP/RESIDENT: WHEN I WALKED THROUGH THOSE DOORS AND LOOKED I SAID I'VE GONE TO HOLLYWOOD. IT WAS BEAUTIFUL.))
[OUT Q=It was beautiful]
And more beauty is on its way.
Workers will soon landscape and install vandal proof lights as well as a brand new playground.
Once completed, Afton Gardens will be completely renovated from the inside out.
[IN Q=Crime is also down]
((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: CRIME IS ALSO DOWN HERE. ABOUT A YEAR AGO, MANAGEMENT AND THE ROANOKE POLICE DEPARTMENT JOINED FORCES. THEY INCREASED FOOT PATROLS, ADDED SECURITY MEASURES LIKE LIGHTNING AND FENCING AND MORE IMPORTANTLY THEY STARTED EVICTING RESIDENTS WHO WERE CAUSING TROUBLE.))
[OUT Q=causing trouble]
More than ten residents were evicted.
As a result, crime is now down nearly fifty percent.
Residents who once lived in fear can now venture safely outside. (SHOT OF KIDS OUTSIDE)
The hope is the public will soon see some of this work in progress.
[IN Q=We're trying to be]
((BOB FARMER/MANAGEMENT: WE'RE TRYING TO BE A GOOD NEW MEMBER OF THE COMMUNITY PARTICULARLY WITH ALL THAT IS GOING ON NEXT DOOR AT THE LINCOLN TERRACE AND THAT'S SUCH A BIG IMPROVEMENT TO THIS AREA AND I HOPE WE'LL BE PART OF THAT.))
[OUT Q=part of that]
It's a part that will soon be set in stone as renovations are set to be completed by May.
Justin McLeod, News 7, Roanoke.))
A prison escapee from Texas is captured late this afternoon at a hotel in North Carolina.
John William Roland the Third gave himself up, almost a week after authorities say he overpowered a corrections officer and fled in a pickup truck.
Police evacuated the fourth floor of the Red Roof Inn in Raleigh where Roland was staying and made contact with him by phone.
Authorities say Roland had been tracked to the hotel through a stolen credit card.
He was serving a life term in Texas for gunning down a former roommate.
Plans to build a new museum in southside are closer to reality.
Both the House and Senate budget bills call for nearly 15-million dollars in bonds to build a new Museum of Natural History in Martinsville.
The current building is too small and too old.
Museum officials say a new state of the art facility will be worth every penny.
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[IN Q=When you have a]
((STEPHEN PIKE/MUSEUM DIRECTOR: WHEN YOU HAVE A 15-MILLION DOLLAR CONSTRUCTION PROJECT THAT'S FAIR AMOUNT OF JOBS RIGHT THERE BUT BEYOND THAT IT'S GOING TO BE A REAL HIGHLIGHT FOR THE ENTIRE REGION IN TERMS OF AN EDUCATIONAL RESOURCE. IT WILL BE A GREAT POINT OF PRIDE FOR MARTINSVILLE AND HENRY COUNTY AND I HOPE FOR THE WHOLE SOUTHSIDE.))
[SUPER=01-Stephen Pike/Museum Director]
[OUT Q=the whole southside]
Both the House and Senate budgets are now in conference.
If the funding is approved, the museum hopes to begin construction next year on land located on Starling Avenue.
The museum would then open by 2005.
The annual Southwest Virginia Boat Show is making waves in Roanoke this weekend.
More than 40 vendors and 11 boat dealers make up this year's show at the Roanoke Civic Center.
Organizers say you can often find better deals when buying a boat in the winter.
Someone who can probably afford to buy a boat is Big Tom from Survivor Africa.
The Smyth County farmer greeted and signed autographs for several hours today.
The boat show wraps up tomorrow.
Hammers and nails made up another show, this one in Christiansburg.
The Reed Lumber Company held the 5th annual home show at the Christiansburg Recreation Center today.
The show featured more than fifty vendors who addressed just about every home improvement need you could think of.
One popular display this year was the work of a renowned brick artist who created a Virginia Tech sculpture in about five hours.
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[IN Q=The clay was]
((SUE LANDERMAN/BRICK ARTIST: THE CLAY WAS FRESH DONE SO IT WAS SOFTER THAN IT IS NORMALLY FOR ME SO IT WORKED QUICKER.))
[SUPER=01-Sue Landerman/Brick Artist; :]
[OUT Q=worked quicker]
The hokie bird sculpture was then raffled off.
Proceeds from the fundraiser will go to the Jennifer Fund which helps care for children with cancer at UVA Children's Medical Center.
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[IN Q=The money will go]
((JENNIFER MARSHALL/RECOVERING CANCER PATIENT: THE MONEY WILL GO TO RESEARCH AND COMFORTS IN THE HOSPITAL SUCH AS BUYING NINTENDOS OR TVS FOR THE CLINICS FOR THE PATIENTS WHEN THEY ARE THERE ALL DAY LONG OR RESEARCH TO HELP FIND A CURE FOR CANCER.))
[SUPER=01-Jennifer Marshall/Recovering Cancer Patient; ]
[OUT Q=a cure for cancer]
The fund is named after Jennifer who was diagnosed with Leukemia at the age of eleven.
Her cancer is now in remission.
A man whose creativity and imagination made so many of us laugh, has passed away.
Chuck Jones, who brought characters like Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck to life, died yesterday at the age of 89.
Dave Browde has more on his successful career.
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[IN Q=What's Up Doc?]
[SUPER=04-Warner Brothers; :02]
[SUPER=01-Chuck Jones/Cartoonist; :26]
[SUPER=01-Dave Browde/Reporting; :]
[OUT Q=Dave Browde, CBS News, New York]
((BUGS SOT UP FULL: "What's up Doc?"
TRACK: He started work as an animator back in 1936...but the characters
he created seem as fresh and funny today as they were back then:
DAFFY SOT UP FULL: "Shoot him now! Shoot him now!"
TRACK: Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Tweety Bird, Road Runner, Wile-E Coyote
and of course Porky Pig, all sprang from the pen of Chuck Jones...who
said - in many ways his characters kept him young:
JONES SOT (paraphrased): Working with strange creatures like Daffy and
Bugs all those years doesn't/didn't instill me with dignity.
TRACK: It DID instill him with honor after honor - three Academy Awards
for his films - and a lifetime achievement award in 1996. His original
artwork - along with Picassos - on the walls of the Museum of Modern
Art...a far cry from his start selling sketches on the street for a
PORKY SOT UP FULL: "That's all folks!"
TRACK: Though porky pig and the Warner Brothers cartoon characters he
created were wildly popular with kids - Jones always said he didn't
consciously draw for a young audience:
JONES SOT (paraphrased): We tried to make pictures that would make us
laugh and figured the audience would follow.
TRACK: Generations did follow. And Jones continued to crank out new
titles ..turning out more than 300 films in a career than spanned more
than 60 years.
Dave Browde, CBS News, New York))
Still ahead on News 7 at 11, U-V-A loses a heartbreaker to Georgia Tech. Roy Stanley will have highlights...
and talk about school spirit...
This was no game, though--- Some area cheerleaders compete to find out which team has all the right moves.
New information about the collapse of the World Trade Center towers...
The New York Times reports investigators are focusing on the
speed of the two planes as they try to figure out why the second tower to be hit-- was the first tower to fall.
An analysis by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology concludes speed may have been a factor.
They say the second plane was going 537- miles an hour.
That's about 100 miles an hour faster than the first plane.
[in q=The plane ]
[super=01-Eduardo Kausel/M.I.T Professor ]
((THE PLANE THAT HIT THE SOUTH TOWER WAS TRAVELLING BASCIALLY AT CRUSING SPEED, EXTREMELY FAST ACTUALLY. ))
[outq =fast actually.]
A spokeswoman for Boeing tells the Times the second plane was flying so fast it was in danger of breaking up.
But the difference wasn't just speed.
The second plane also hit at an angle-- which experts say also may have weakened the structure causing it collapse before the first tower.
The body count at a northwest Georgia crematory continues to climb.
As of this evening, 301- corpses had been recovered on a 16 acre lot around Tri-State Crematory.
Officials are now planning to drain a three- acre lake located on the property to search for more bodies.
Two bodies were recovered from the lake in a preliminary search.
The 28- year old operator of Tri-State is in jail on 16 counts of theft by deception for allegedly accepting payment for cremations he did not perform.
Up ahead on News 7 at 11, Guilford won its second straight ODAC women's basketball crown. Roy Stanley will have highlights in sports.
Plus, Shannon Young takes us on a tour through a home in Marion that has played host to some famous Virginians... Stay with us...
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There was no shortage of good cheer in the Roanoke Valley today.
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[IN Q=Nat sound of cheering]
[OUT Q=Nat sound of cheering]
The Western Valley District held its annual cheerleading competition at Cave Spring High School today.
Six teams competed and were judged on their creativity, projection, choreography, and how well they interacted with the crowd.
Organizers hope competition like this one will put cheerleaders on a whole new playing field.
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[IN Q=For the longest time]
((JOE HAFEY/EVENT ORGANIZER: FOR THE LONGEST TIME CHEERLEADERS HAS ALWAYS BEEN PERCEIVED AS JUST A SUPPORT GROUP WORKING ON THE SIDELINES CHEERING ON FOOTBALL, CHEERING ON BASKETBALL BUT THEY'RE ATHLETES ONTO THEIR OWN RIGHT AND THIS GIVES THEM AN OPPORTUNITY TO SHOW EVERYBODY WHAT THEY'RE CAPABLE OF DOING.))
[SUPER=01-Joe Hafey/Event Organizer; :]
[OUT Q=capable of doing]
E-C Glass came in first place, followed by Halifax County, Cave Spring, and Franklin County.
All four teams advance to the regional competition which takes place next month.
90-years ago, high society met rural Virginia in the small community of Marion.
Today, the finery of the era can still be seen in some of the older homes.
In this week's Time Off Shannon Young takes us to Smyth County for a tour of the Staley-Collins house.
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[IN Q=The exterior of the home]
[SUPER=01-Brenda Gwyn/Smyth County Museum; :11]
((The exterior of the home at 109 Strother Street is deceiving.
Peeling paint and a slightly rundown air belie the historical jewel inside.
[IN Q=IT'S A BEAUTIFUL VICTORIAN HOME.]
((BRENDA GWYN: IT'S A BEAUTIFUL VICTORIAN HOME... VERY RARE TO FIND SOMETHING IN THIS GOOD A CONDITION AT THIS POINT AND TIME IN HISTORY.))
[OUT Q=POINT AND TIME IN HISTORY.]
A Mr. Baylor gets credit for building the home in 1905.
But his tastes ran to the expensive and he went bankrupt during construction.
In 1911, Mr. Henry B. Staley bought and completed the house which stayed in the family for the next 86-years and was home to two Lieutenant Governors, Benjamin Franklin Buchanan and Lewis Preston Collins.
[IN Q=THE STALEY FAMILY MARRIED INTO THE COLLINS FAMILY.]
((THE STALEY FAMILY MARRIED INTO THE COLLINS FAMILY. THEY HAD TWO GIRLS AND A BOY. PAULINE STALEY MARRIED LEWIS PRESTON COLLINS. AND THEN THEIR FAMILIES, YOU KNOW, WORK ON DOWN.))
[OUT Q=YOU KNOW, WORK ON DOWN.]
The home is partially furnished, although much of the upstairs is still being restored.
Every item, whether photograph, jewelry or furniture, can be traced back to one of the families that lived under the high ceilings and grand chandeliers.
The pride the inhabitants took in their residence can still be seen in the well-oiled wood and what looks like wallpaper but is actually a charcoal drawing.
[IN Q=THIS IS ALL SOLID WOOD...]
((THIS IS ALL SOLID WOOD, WAINSCOTTING UP TO THERE, THE PLATE RACK AROUND AND THEN, OF COURSE, THE HAND DRAWN PIECES. THAT'S ONE OF THE THINGS THAT EXCITES ME THE MOST BECAUSE IT'S TELLING A STORY OF ALL THE SETTLERS COMING FROM ENGLAND AND EUROPE OVER TO THE NEW WORLD.))
[OUT Q=OVER TO THE NEW WORLD.]
The story the house tells is what appeals most to the Smyth County Historical Society.
Former residents went by names like Staley, Sheffey and Denit, names that appear regularly in history books and weave through local lore.
It's that connection to the past that Gwyn says must be preserved.
[IN Q=ONE OF OUR GOALS...]
((ONE OF OUR GOALS IS THAT WE WANT THE CHILDREN TO FEEL THEIR HERITAGE, TO FEEL THE CULTURE THAT THEY HAVE IN THE BACKGROUND AND WE WANNA BUILD THEIR SELF ESTEEM BECAUSE IT'S IMPORTANT FOR THEM TO FEEL THIS.))
[OUT Q=FOR THEM TO FEEL THIS.]
Shannon Young, News 7, Marion.))
Blacksburg takes Blue Ridge district tournament championship with a win over William Fleming 60 to 48.
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The Indians warm up before the tipoff.
Paul Velander steals the ball from C.J. Bannister gives the no look pass to Jaron Giddings who passes to Vellander for three of his 16 points.
Fleming answers when Bannister pulls up and hits the three pointer for the Colonels.
Blacksburg's Giddings gets the pass hitting the jumper for 2 of his 17 points.
[SUPER=33-Blacksburg/60/William Fleming/48/; :]
Velander passes down court to Sam Wheeler who takes it in for 2 and the Indians win it 60 to 48.
Northside beat Salem and check this out Laurel Park 70 Martinsville 67.
Georgia Tech's Marvin Lewis hit a three pointer with one second left as Georgia Tech beat 22-nd ranked Virginia 82 to 80.
[SUPER=03-Charlottesville/ESPN PLUS; :]
Pete Gillen working the referee's in the first half.
The Cavaliers fell behind early but when Adam Hall makes the steal and lays it in the Cavs had cut the lead to 2.
The Yellow Jackets answer when Ismail Mohammad takes it in on the alley oop drawing the foul.
Virginia answered when Travis Watson takes it to the hoop for the jam ending a 25 to 6 Cavalier run.
The Yellow Jackets opened the second half hitting from outside Marvin Lewis with the three.
But Virginia comes right back Chris Williams knocking it in from three point range and the Cavaliers took a two point 52 to 50 lead.
[SUPER=33-Georgia Tech/82/Virginia#22/80/; :]
The Yellow Jackets scored the winning basket at the buzzer as Lewis knocks down the three to beat Virginia 82 to 80.
Virginia Tech rallied in the second half to beat Providence 69 to 64 at the Cassell yesterday.
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Hokies vs Friars; :]
The Friars looking to pull out a win on the road.
They go to Freshman Ryan Gomes he hits the short jumper and Providence led by 4.
But the Hokies answered when Carlton Carter hit the three however Tech trailed 33 to 26 at the half.
Then the Hokies worked the big man Terry Taylor he hit two straight baskets and the Hokies trailed by 7.
Providence would keep the lead when John Linehan pulled up to hit the three and make it 44 to 38.
[SUPER=33-Virginia Tech/69/Providence/64/; :]
But the Hokies got it together and Carlos Dixon takes it coast to coast for the jumper and the Hokies win it 69 to 64.
Ieve Kublina scored 24 points and Sarah Hicks 14 but it was not enough as Villanova beat the Hokies 76 to 64.
VMI's Jason Conley hit 27 as the Keydets beat Davidson by four and 5th ranked Alabama beat Florida for those and all of the scores lets check the boards.
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[SUPER=0098-j/Notre Dame/90//Miami#17/77////Purdue/66/j/Ohio St./77///;]
[OUT Q=.....last score."]
For the second straight year, Guilford is your ODAC women's champions, beating Bridgewater 73 to 51.
[SUPER=03-Salem/Guilford vs Bridgewater; :]
A good crowd at the Salem Civic Center for the championship game.
Bridgewater's Sarah Oktavec passes to Allison Nichols who hits the three pointer to make it 17 to 14 Guilford.
The Quaker's answered Jennie Keichline hits Kelly Burger who hits the three pointer to make it 20 to 14 Quakers.
The Eagles go to Oktavec who gets out on the break and scores the layup but the Eagles trailed by 4.
But the Quakers A.J. Robertson takes it in for the jumper and Guilford repeats with the 73 to 51 win.
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[IN Q="That was...]
[SUPER=01-Barb Bausch/Guilford Head Coach; :]
[OUT Q=......precious to me."]
Last year at this time the racing world was reeling from Dale Earnhardt's death when the circuit arrived in Rockingham just one day after his funeral service.
One of the cars Dale owned, the Pennzoil Chevy, won that week to lift a lot of spirits.
And Mike Stevens says this year a repeat performance is entirely possible.
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[IN Q=FIRST AUDIO]
[SUPER=03-Rockingham, NC; :00]
[SUPER=01-Kenny Wallace/Pennzoil Chevy Driver; :21]
[SUPER=01-Paul Andrews/Pennzoil Chevy Crew Chief; :33]
[SUPER=03-Mooresville, NC/January 2001; 1:09]
[SUPER=01-Steve Park/Recovering From Head Injury; 1:34]
[OUT Q=...NEWS 7 SPORTS."]
That's it for sports, have a great day everybody.
The Region C volleyball final four and championship games would invade Buchanan yesterday.
[SUPER=03-Buchanan/Region C Volleyball Championship; :00]
James River high school would host the event that would feature three local teams in Craig County, Auburn and and George Wythe. The Rockets always bring a big following, but the sport seems to be growing outside of Craig County.
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[SUPER=01-Dan Zicafoose/Tournament Director; :00]
[OUT Q=......have them here at James River..."]
The title game would feature Craig against Auburn. The Eagles were looking for revenge. Craig came into the game having beaten the Eagles twice this season.
Auburn came out hard and took a four-zip lead with some nice kills and solid defense.
Craig would battle back to close the gap to 14-12 on several nice plays by Heather St. Clair and Ashley Tripp.
But Auburn wins game one 15 to 12.
The Rockets would pull out another win , taking game two and then game three 15 to 6 to win the Region C tournament. Both teams will go to the state.
William Byrd won the Region 3 volley ball championship beating amherst 15 to 10 and 15 to 12.
Georgia Tech beats Virginia, more later on Sunday Morning.[Underwater-barber]
And finally tonight...
When you picture yourself going to the barber you probably think of a cozy room with a chair that twirls....not sitting underwater.
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But that's exactly where one Thailand hairdresser had his client sit for her trim.
The stylist has won several awards and wanted to prove that he could work just as well underwater.
Besides some bubbles getting in the way at times, the cut went smoothly...
And the performance was followed by an above water blow dry.
The stylist says that beauty is important.. no matter where you are.
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