A plane goes down in Bland County killing the two people on board.
Also tonight: We'll dig deep in the W-D-B-J archives for some rare blue grass performances- -in the new light of Ralph Stanley's stunning 21-st Century popularity.
Tonight in sports, Thanksgiving pigskins from the NFL, the Express will spend the holiday on the ice, and
the Cavaliers talk about their 84th meeting with Virginia Tech.
After a cold Thankgiving day, expect temperatures to drop into the low to mid 20's tonight. But a warmer day on tap for tomorrow. Your forecast is coming up.
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A small plane crashed in Bland County last night. It wasn't found until this morning.
Steve Smallshaw has been tracking developments in the story today and has some of the details.
Steve, what can you tell us about the crash?
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A fire damaged a house in Danville this morning.
Smoke was coming from two sides of the single-story house on Gable Street when firefighters arrived.
The owner, Mary Hickman, wasn't home at the time.
Damage was confined to the living room and hallway.
Authorities believe some flammable materials left on top of a gas flame furnace started the fire.
Sixth District Congressman Bob Goodlatte has been lining up support for the Chairmanship of the House Agriculture Committee.
He won't know for sure until early next year, but Goodlatte says he is very encouraged about his prospects.
Goodlatte is second on the seniority list, but the Republican congressman who's ahead of him, John Boehner (BAY-nor) of Ohio, has endorsed Goodlatte for the job.
He has also been cultivating support among Congressional leaders. A steering committee will make the final decision January 8th.
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((REP. BOB GOODLATTE: THE SPEAKER HAS BEEN VERY ENCOURAGING IN TERMS OF ACKNOWLEDGING THE WORK I'VE DONE ON THE COMMITTEE AND MY PREPARATION FOR TAKING THIS BIG RESPONSIBILITY AND HAS ALSO ASKED ME TO SPEAK IN ILLINOIS IN THE COMING WEEKS, AT THE FARM BUREAU CONVENTION THERE, SO I TOOK THAT AS A GOOD SIGN.))
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Goodlatte says the chairmanship would benefit the entire Sixth district, and not just the region's farming communities. The Agriculture Committee has jurisdiction over a wide array of programs, including food stamps, school lunches, food banks, agricultural research, and the national forests.
Two prosecutors are hoping to move up to the bench in the New River Valley.
Radford commonwealth's attorney Randal Duncan wants to succeed Radford circuit judge Duane Mink when he retires next year.
Bar associations in Giles and Pulaski counties have endorsed Duncan.
The Montgomery-Radford bar association has endorsed Blacksburg attorney Marc Long for the circuit court job.
Floyd prosecutor Gino Williams wants to replace retiring district court judge T.D. Frith.
Blacksburg lawyer David Mullins is also going after that seat.
Mink and Frith are stepping down because they both reach the mandatory retirement age of 70 by the end of the year.
But the General Assembly could decide to leave both judgeships vacant to save money.
Coming up on News 7 At 6 -
The D-M-V is NOT expecting customers to be giving thanks for the lines its expecting when it opens this weekend after a three day holiday.
The Roanoke Rescue Mission isn't talking turkey... it's giving some less fortunate their fill of turkey and talk.. we'll explain after the break.
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The Roanoke Rescue Mission was one place around here making sure no one went without a traditional turkey dinner today.
The Mission will feed about 600 people this Thanksgiving.
Organizers say the numbers are up, due to the sluggish economy, which in our area, translated to a large number of layoffs.
The Rescue Mission feeds people everyday and expects to serve 220-thousand meals this YEAR.
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((JULIE THOMAS/US CELLULAR; THANKSGIVING IS SPECIAL BECAUSE WE GO TO GREAT LENGTHS TO MAKE IT MORE LIKE A FAMILY DINNER AND SO WE BRINGS OUT THE TABLECLOTHS AND WE HAVE HOMEMADE DESSERTS COMING FROM ALL OVER THE CITY AND WE HAVE SPECIAL TABLE WAITERS AT EVERY TABLE SO WE TRY TO REALLY MAKE IT AS CLOSE TO HOME AS POSSIBLE SO THAT EVERYBODY REALLY FEELS INCLUDED AND PART OF THE FAMILY.))
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U-S Cellular is also at the Mission bringing free minutes.
The phone company provides cell phone service at no charge. People can call anywhere in the United States and talk as long as they want.
The program is called HOPE.
A local politician took time out from his own Thanksgiving to make deliveries.
Today State Senator John Edwards is volunteering as a carrier for Meals on Wheels.
The program provides the delivery of a hot meal to people, who for various reasons, can't leave their home.
It's something Edwards has been a part of for several years.
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((SEN. JOHN EDWARDS/(D) ROANOKE; IT GIVES YOU A GOOD FEELING TO BE ABLE TO HELP SOMEBODY AND BE ABLE TO HELP SOMEONE ELSE AND THAT'S WHAT THANKSGIVING IS ALL ABOUT GIVING THANKS FOR ALL THAT WE HAVE AND MAYBE GIVING BACK FOR A LITTLE BIT ))
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Meals on Wheels will deliver thousands of meals around our area today.
Edwards says the program is special, because the time you spend with the recipient may be the only contact they have with others the whole day.
Division of Motor Vehicles is bracing for some rough times this week.
The agency says Thursdays and Saturdays are its busiest days.
This Saturday may be even worse than usual, because of the Thanksgiving holiday.
The DMV offices in Roanoke and other parts of the state that escaped budget cuts shut down Wednesday, and won't re-open until this Saturday.
Because that's also the last day of the month, DMV officials are warning people to be prepared for some very long waits.
Many of us are eagerly anticipating this weekend's football match-up between the Hokies and Wahoos ... but are you ready for the gridlock on the roads to Blacksburg.
Game day traffic concerns are already promoting V-DOT to warn drivers about heavy delays in the area.
Congestion is expected on Interstate-81 and Route-460.
Officials say football traffic, which can be a hassle on its own, will be made worse by Thanksgiving travel.
Kick-off for the game on Saturday is scheduled for 3:30.
V-DOT reminds drivers to leave early, use the new Route 460-Bypass and to watch for signs about traffic patterns and parking.
There's a lot to give thanks for this holiday.. and for sports fans .. football tops the list.
Travis Wells has sports coming up..
But first - His career has spanned a half a century.. but many fans are just tuning in.. we'll have more on Ralph Stanley's career coming up
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Bluegrass fans have been listening to the smooth sounds of Ralph Stanley for more than five decades..
And now his popularity is at its peak.. spanning to fans of other genres of music.
Joe Dashiell explains.
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((Southwest Virginia native Ralph Stanley has been making music and bluegrass history for more than 50 years.
In 1946, he and his older brother Carter formed the Stanley Brothers... a group that is counted among the very best in early bluegrass.
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Their appearances on radio and television... included visits with Don Reno and Red Smiley on WDBJ.
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((I REMEMBER THAT. ONE THING I REMEMBER ABOUT IT, IT WAS REAL EARLY IN THE MORNING, AND I NEVER COULD SING THAT EARLY.))
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Today, Stanley is riding a wave of popularity and critical acclaim that followed the release of the soundtrack to the movie "O Brother Where Art Thou..."
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He is especially proud of the song, "O Death," that brought him a Grammy Award for best male country vocal performance.
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((YOU KNOW WE'VE HAD A LOT OF DIFFERENT BANDS. WE'VE HAD DIFFERENT CLINCH MOUNTAIN BOYS. THE BEST THING I LIKE ABOUT THIS, I DONE THIS ACAPELLA, AND I MADE IT MYSELF. AND I FEEL GOOD OVER THAT. ))
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Though he's recorded more than 150 albums, Stanley filmed his first music video last August when the "Down from the Mountain" tour came to the Roanoke Civic Center.
He's never been more popular... and Stanley says he wishes he could share that success with his brother.
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((HE PASSED AWAY JUST ABOUT THE TIME THE FESTIVALS STARTED AND WHEN IT REALLY GOT GOOD, AND YOU KNOW I THINK ABOUT THAT A LOT. HE DONE SO MUCH. HE WROTE SOME REALLY GOOD SONGS AND HE WAS SUCH A GOOD LEAD SINGER THAT I REALLY WISH HE COULD HAVE ENJOYED SOME OF IT WITH ME.))
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At 75, Stanley says he'll slow down a bit with fewer appearances in the new year... but he plans to return to the studio and continue the musical career that began 56 years ago in the mountains of southwest Virginia.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke))
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Coming up, the Wahoos won't be satisified with their season until they beat the Hokies, the Detroit Lions continue a Thanksgiving tradition, and
former Wahoo Thomas Jones has taken a hit to the wallet. We'll explain next.
Virginia will try to end a three game losing streak to Virginia Tech Saturday at Lane Stadium. But Steve Mason says that in state bragging rights are just the beginning as far as what's at stake for the Cavaliers in their final regular season game of the year.
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((When he returned to Charlottesville, Al Groh emphasized that he had two goals. To be number one in the ACC and to best the number one team in the nation. His Cavaliers are one spot short of the ACC crown and 26 steps off his national aspirations. Groh's second year accomplishments have earned him conference coach of the year honors and his team has beaten three top 25 teams. But all of this years success is hardly satisfactory.
And the Wahoos are hoppin mad at how the Gator bowl overlooked them. The Gator bowl went with N.C. State, a team whose strength of schedule is rated 79th while Virginia's is 12th toughest in the country, not to mention the Cavs beat them head to head this season.
Taking care of business on the field means UVa's defense must stop arguably the best running back tandem in college football. Lee Suggs and Kevin Jones have combined for 24 touchdowns and almost 19 hundred rushing yards.
The Cavaliers have allowed just two touchdowns I their last two games against ranked opponents. Steve Mason news 7 sports.))
Former Cavalier Thomas Jones has taken a financial hit this week. The Arizona Cardinal broke his hand on a counter top while trying to answer the phone last weekend, and now the team has decided not to pay Jones his base salary over the season's final five games.
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That's a loss of 135 thousand dollars for the former first round pick. Jones underwent surgery on Tuesday and placed on the non-football injury list, which means that the club is not liable for his salary. Jones had started nine games this season, rushing for 511 yards and two touchdowns.
The Detroit Lions have been a fixture on Thanksgiving, playing on Turkey Day every season for the past 57 years. Today, the Lions welcomed the defending Super Bowl champion Patriots to the Motor City.
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The throwback uniforms were a modern day classic today for the Pats.
Joey Harrington was picked off three times in the contest and that didn't help out a struggling Lions offense. Teddy Bruschi took this one to the house for 6.
Antowain Smith scored the game's only offensive touchdown, a one yard dive in the second quarter. New England carried a 17 to 6 led to the locker room at the half. The Patriots went on to gobble up the Lions 20 to 12.
In the late game this afternoon, the Redskins have gotten three touchdown passes from Danny Wuerffel to lead Dall
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The Roanoke Express will be back on the ice at the Roundhouse tonight to entertain the Reading Royals in a holiday affair.
The Express is 9, 7, and two, and currently sits 6 points behind first place Richmond. Roanoke broke a five game losing streak with a 6-3 win over Reading on Tuesday. Perry Florio's team will look for its third straight win tonight. The puck drops at 7 o'clock. We'll have some highlights at 11.
A big turkey dinner with all the trimmings isn't the only tradition on Thanksgiving. Well, at least not in Roanoke.
Another tradition is brewing at the Coffee Pot tonight where a well known band plays each year on this holiday.
This Thanksgiving marks the 25th year.
New 7's Rachel Cannon joins us with more on this, Rachel?
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Keith, We're going to have some fun tonight - the band you mentioned is know as Doug Clark and The Hot Nuts.
The founder of the group, Doug Clark passed away not long ago, but other members, including his brother and son are keeping the band's music alive.
Their heyday was in the 1960's but their still popular for their collection of rock and roll and R&B, they also have a bit of audience participation in their act.
Each Thanksgiving the show draws a big crowd to the Coffee Pot on Brambleton Avenue.
And besides playing music, the band has an interesting bit of history involving Roanoke.
We're going to tell you more about that tonight.
The show gets started at about Nine, we'll be there and if you can't...
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we'll bring it to you at 11. Keith.
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