At least three thousand people are out of their homes this morning after train carrying sulfuric acid derailed near Knoxville, Tennessee.
Melissa McDermott reports.
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[SUPER=03-Near Knoxville, TN;]
[SUPER=01-Lt. Jeff Devlin/Rural Metro Fire Department;]
[SUPER=01-Tim Hutchinson/Knox County Sheriff;]
[SUPER=01-Melissa McDermott/CBS News;]
[OUT Q=McDermott, CBS News.]
(Near Knoxville, Tennessee)
AS CREWS TRY TO CLEAN UP 10-THOUSAND GALLONS OF TOXIC CHEMICALS, OFFICIALS ARE PAYING CLOSE ATTENTION TO THE WIND.
A ONE MILE RADIUS AROUND THIS DERAILED TRAIN HAS ALREADY BEEN EVACUATED.
BUT THAT COULD CHANGE IF THE WINDS PICK UP.
(SOT-no font too quick)
we may have to go to a 4 or 5 mile radius
AND THAT WOULD MEAN THOUSANDS MORE WOULD HAVE TO EVACUATE.
3-THOUSAND PEOPLE IN THIS NEIGHBORHOOD NEAR KNOXVILLE, TENNESSEE WERE TOLD TO LEAVE THEIR HOMES AFTER WHITE CLOUDS OF VAPORIZED SULFURIC ACID FILLED THE AIR.
ABOUT 20 PEOPLE WERE TAKEN TO THIS HOSPITAL FOR MINOR SKIN AND LUNG IRRITATION BUT NO ONE WAS SERIOUSLY INJURED AFTER 24 CARS OF THIS 141-CAR TRAIN DERAILED SUNDAY MORNING.
(SOT- Lt. Jeff Devlin/Rural Metro Fire Department)
the other cars that are involved are everything from sheet metal to limestone. The stuff is considered non-hazardous at this point
EMERGENCY WORKERS ARE TRYING TO NEUTRALIZE THE ACID WITH LIME AND SODA.
THE PROBLEM THEY ARE FACING NOW IS GETTING TO ALL IT.
(SOT-Sheriff Tim Hutchinson/Knox County, TN)
they are piled up together and there are some tankers still on top that have not broken lose or started leaking at this time
AND IT DOESN'T LOOK LIKE CREWS ARE GOING TO BE ABLE TO SOLVE THE PROBLEM ANYTIME SOON.
OFFICIALS SAY IT WILL BE AT LEAST UNTIL TONIGHT AND MORE LIKELY TUESDAY BEFORE PEOPLE CAN START RETURNING TO THEIR HOMES.
MELISSA MCDERMOTT, CBS NEWS.
Secretary of State Colin Powell is with the United Nations General Assembly today.
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Powell hopes work drafting a U-N resolution on Iraq will begin in a few days.
He says the measure would give Saddam Hussein a matter of weeks to comply with long- standing U-N resolutions on Iraq's weapons program.
Meanwhile, Iraq will be the focal point of several hearings this week on Capitol Hill.
There are now SIX men under arrest for connections to a terrorist cell based in western New York.
A Muslim group says the latest person was arrested in the Middle East.
Five other men are in custody in the U-S.
They're charged with providing material support and resources to foreign terrorist organizations.
Prosecutors say four of the men were trained at an al-Qaida camp
It has been one month since nine year old Jennifer Short vanished without a trace.
Nearly a hundred people gathered last night across the street from the Short's Oak Level home for a candlelight vigil.
As Justin McLeod reports-- the family still remains hopeful even as deputies scale back the investigation.
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[IN Q=NAT SOUND OF CHOIR SINGING]
[SUPER=03-Henry Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Frank Arrington/Jennifer's Great Uncle; :30]
[SUPER=01-Linda Short/Jennifer's Aunt; 1:08]
[SUPER=01-Capt. Kimmy Nester/Henry Co. Sheriff's Department; 1:20]
[OUT Q=FADE OUT AFTER MUSIC STOPS PLAYING]
((((NAT SOUND OF CHOIR SINGING AT 15:34:15))
Through song, prayer, and candlelight a community came together Sunday night to remember Jennifer Short who has been missing now for more than a month.
[IN Q=No matter how]
((PASTOR: NO MATTER HOW....))
[OUT Q=we will never give up]
It is a sentiment and a determination shared by Jennifer's family.
[IN Q=It's been very]
((FRANK ARRINGTON: IT'S BEEN VERY DIFFICULT...))
[OUT Q=be found alive]
So does an entire community.
Since Jennifer disappeared, family, friends, and complete strangers have donated to the Jennifer Short fund.
That fund now totals nearly 70-thousand dollars.
[IN Q=Even as the vigil]
((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: EVEN AS THE VIGIL TAKES PLACE....))
[OUT Q=work the case full-time]
Jennifer's family says they understand.
[IN Q=Well I hate to see]
((LINDA SHORT: WELL I HATE TO SEE....))
[OUT Q=they're coming from]
Many of the investigators showed up to the vigil to let the family know this case is still they're top priority.
[IN Q=There is a core]
((CAPT. KIMMY NESTER: THERE IS A CORE....))
[OUT Q=will continue to be active]
Many here at this vigil hope it will stay that way until Jennifer's brought home safe and sound.
((NAT SOUND OF MUSIC BEGINNING AT 15:44:48))))
Police have arrested another suspect in the murder of a Campbell County man last month.
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25-year-old Tony Stone was shot to death inside his Lynch Station home in mid-August.
Authorities have arrested 23-year-old Brian Keith Jones and charged him with murder.
He is being held without bond.
Another man, Adrian Dawson of Lynchburg was charged with murder last month.
Nearly 500- people in the city of Roanoke have been warned about illegally using water.
Officials say they've visited about 450- violators who were issued verbal warnings for breaching Roanoke's mandatory water restrictions policy.
Other counties and cities across the state are issuing similar warnings-- as well as warrants and fines.
In Chesterfield County-- about 245 fines have been handed out, while the city of Richmond has issued about 10- warning letters to people watering lawns on the wrong day.
In business news, Stocks have been sliding down hill for the past three weeks, but will that trend continue?
Alexis Christoforous has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
[SUPER=01-Alexis Christoforous/Reporting; :00]
[OUT Q=your local stocks]
(tape tosses to stocks)
Nearly a week after Election Day, the Democratic Gubernatorial primary in Florida is STILL up in the air--
A re- check of precincts with technical problems found over 25- hundred votes for Janet Reno.
Her opponent, Bill McBride's lead over Reno has dwindled to just under 57- hundred votes.
Officials are still looking for more un- counted ballots.
State officials say ballots will be tabulated tomorrow and certified on Wednesday.
There's a new use for southwest Virginia's old salt mines.
They're about to turned into a natural gas storage depot.
Officials say it'll be the only large-capacity natural gas storage center within 500 miles.
Natural salt caverns in the mountains in the area around Saltville gave the town its name.
The project is a joint venture between subsidiaries of Duke Energy and the N-U-I corporation.
This was no doubt the perfect weekend to crawl up with a good book.
And many found a variety of selections at the main library in downtown Roanoke.
That's where the American Association of University Women is holding its annual used book sale.
A-A-U-W is an organization that promotes equity and education for girls and women through scholarships and other programs.
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[IN Q=We send about 500 dollars]
((HELEN RUTH BURCH/AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF UNIVERSITY WOMEN: WE SEND ABOUT 500 DOLLARS TO THE LEGAL ADVOCACY FUND WHICH IS THE AAWU NATIONAL FUND. WE PROVIDE A PROGRAM CALLED SISTER TO SISTER AND WE SUPPORT WOMEN WHO WANT TO GET THEIR GED'S WITH SCHOLARSHIPS.))
[SUPER=01-Helen Ruth Burch/American Association of University Women]
[OUT Q=with scholarships]
The group hopes to raise six thousand dollars by selling more than ten thousand books.
The used book sale wraps up today from nine until one.
(Kimberly tosses to bump)
A traffic accident in Henry County has taken the life of a Martinsville man.
20 year old Fred Allen Shepherd Junior was driving westbound on Route 57 when he ran off the road and hit a utility pole.
Shepherd was transported to Martinsville Memorial Hospital where he died shortly before 2-o'clock yesterday morning.
Police say speed was a factor in the accident.
Preserving some of the beauty in the Roanoke Valley may be an uphill battle.
A citizen's group wants to preserve Read Mountain in its present UN-developed state.
Yesterday, the "Read Mountain Alliance" held a hikathon to raise money needed to buy land up and around the mountain.
They'll need at least a half a million dollars.
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[IN Q=This is probably]
((RON CRAWFORD/READ MOUNTAIN ALLIANCE: THIS IS PROBABLY THAT MOST DIFFICULT TIME I'VE EVER SEEN TO RAISE FUNDS, THERE'S JUST SO MANY NEEDS OUT THERE. BUT WE HAVE A ONE TIME CHANCE. IF WE MISS THIS CHANCE AND DEVELOPMENT MOVES UP THE MOUNTAIN WE'VE LOST THE CHANCE FOREVER SO IT'S IMPORTANT FOR US TO TRY TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE RIGHT NOW.))
[SUPER=01-Ron Crawford/Read Mountain Alliance]
[OUT Q=difference right now]
The Read Mountain Alliance plans to buy the land and then turn it over to Roanoke and Botetourt County to maintain the land as a park for all to enjoy.
The fundraiser attracted more than a hundred hikers and raised more than ten thousand dollars.
One person was taken to the hospital following an accident on Route 2-20 shortly after nine o'clock last night.
Police say 5 cars were involved in three separate accidents in the southbound lanes near the Roanoke River Bridge.
One driver was transported to Roanoke Memorial Hospital with injuries. There is no word on his condition.
Traffic was reduced to one lane for more than an hour, but all lanes have since been reopened.
The Roanoke Symphony is about to strike a major milestone.
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[IN Q=NAT SOUND OF SYMPHONY PLAYING]
[OUT Q=NAT SOUND OF SYMPHONY PLAYING]
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Roanoke Symphony.
To mark the occasion, the Symphony plans to add another pops and holiday concert.
Other events are also planned throughout the year.
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[IN Q=The 2002, the 2003]
((DAVID WILEY/MUSIC DIRECTOR AND CONDUCTOR: THE 2002, THE 2003 SEASON IS OUR 50TH ANNIVERSARY AND CULMINATES IN THE SPRING BUT THERE ARE EXCITING PROGRAMS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR, OUR HOLIDAY POPS IS COMING UP, MANY WONDERFUL SOLOISTS JOINING US AS WELL SO A WHOLE YEAR OF CELEBRATION AND WE HOPE THE COMMUNITY WILL CONTINUE TO JOIN US AND CELEBRATE WITH US.))
[SUPER=01-David Wiley/Music Director & Conductor]
[OUT Q=celebrate with us]
One major event will happen on March 31st.
That's the day the Roanoke Symphony played for the very first time a half century ago.