Dan River considers some new wrinkles, hoping to wring additional profits out of the business.
And the search is over for the body of a man who jumped off a Parkway bridge.
In sports, we will have qualifying from Martinsville and highlights from both the Cup and the trucks, Tampa Bay Buc and former Uva star Ronde Barber remembers beating Florida State
and the Express opens the season against the Ice Dogs.
A good weekend for viewing the fall foliage at the higher elevations if the recent storms did not blow all the leaves away. Details ahead.
Southside's largest employer tries to find a way to boost sales.
But Dan River officials say the company faces hard times before it gets out of the red.
Good evening, I'm Shannon Young.
And I'm Keith Humphry.
[TAKE DAN RIVER GRAPHIC IN BAM]
This week Dan River Incorporated announced it would not meet third quarter projections.
Now the company's trying to find ways to save money while, at the same time, launching new and better products.
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Jennifer Wishon listened in on a conference call today and has more.
Keith and Shannon, Dan River's Chairman says the company can't save its way back to prosperous times,
But he does hope new products will help spark new sales.
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[IN Q=During a conference call Friday]
[SUPER=03-Danville/File Tape; :07]
[OUT Q=to seriously influence sales]
((During a conference call Friday, company officials announced a decrease in home fashions, apparel and engineered products.
While they partly blame a sluggish economy, they know current products aren't making the buck.
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[IN Q=We think new]
((TOM MUSCALINO: WE THINK NEW PRODUCT CONTENT IS THE ANSWER AND I WOULD SAY BASED ON THE WEALTH AT RETAIL WITH PURE PRICE OUR CUSTOMERS NOW AGREE WITH US.))
[OUT Q=agree with us]
Sales at department and specialty stores have been hardest hit and new products will be designed with that in mind.
The company is planning a new line of sheets that are larger with a higher thread count.
Ironically, the demise of the Pillowtex company in Fieldale will help give the new product the visibility it needs.
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[IN Q=Their exiting the]
((TOM MUSCALINO: THEIR EXITING THE SCENE HAS ENABLED SOME OPEN TO BUY SHELF SPACE THAT WILL BE OPEN TO US IN THE FIRST QUARTER.))
[OUT Q=the first quarter]
So far, the fall of Pillowtex has provided some extra business for Dan River, but officials say not enough to seriously influence sales.))
For the past nine months the company has been rotating layoffs at it's Danville plant, but now plans to shut down some departments for weeks at a time in order to move out inventory.
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Keith and Shannon, company officials say they're still a market competitor, but 4th quarter sales are expected to remain at 3rd quarter levels which are down from last year.
The strike by Kroger workers in West Virginia and two other states is affecting a company in the Roanoke Valley.
About 35 drivers and mechanics for Ruan Transportation have lost their jobs.
The company delivers goods to Kroger stores, and officials say because of the strike there's just no work for these people.
Ruan says once the walkout is settled its employees will be back to work.
As site work continues for a new football stadium and amphitheater, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality has recommended that Roanoke consider another survey of the site.
A small number of barrels have been located on the property since the site work began, most recently on October 7th.
A D-E-Q official says the state agency is not asking the city to do any additional work, but a recent letter suggested that Roanoke officials might want to consider additional testing.
Pain Specialist Cecil Knox wrote 1-point-six million dollars worth of OxyContin prescriptions one year.
That made him very popular with drug maker Perdue Pharma. The company paid him to address pain seminars.
The JUDGE today bluntly asked Doctor Knox: "Did you understand you might be pushing their product, and that they were rewarding you for it?" Knox said, "No, sir, it was to promote pain management," going on to say: "I can't remember any part of the seminar was about OxyContin."
Later, the prosecutor demanded Knox identify his source of marijuana. Knox had admitted smoking pot with an employee and a patient or two, but said patients never supplied him with dope. So where did it come from?
The judge ordered Knox to answer the question. After a long lunch break, Knox named an old college friend in Texas as the source of about an ounce and a half of marijuana.
Knox was on the witness stand all day as the case ended its sixth week.
The trial resumes Monday.
A missing person's search on the Roanoke River is over.
Two park rangers today found the body of 55-year old Ronald Lee Mayfield, Jr.
A passerby saw the man climb over the railing of the Roanoke River Bridge on the Blue Ridge Parkway yesterday morning.
Police found a suicide note and wallet nearby.
Divers and a State Police helicopter were called in to assist in the search which ended around noon today about a half mile from the bridge.
Police say Mayfield was employed by Roanoke City.
Even though the reservoirs are full now, Roanoke City and County are moving ahead with a regional water authority.
That story is straight ahead on the newscast.
and also, those interested in touring historic tombstones in Lynchburg will now have an easier time finding their way around.
[TAKE WATER AUTHORITY IN NEWSROOM MONITOR]
They sorted through more than 60 suggestions, some serious some not.
In the end, Roanoke Valley officials rejected Wa-Wa, Waterworld and AquaSource, as they settled on a name for the new Water Authority.
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Tonight, Joe Dashiell reports that was one of many details standing in the way of regional cooperation.
Keith and Shannon, members of city council and the board of supervisors considered quite a few possibilities, before choosing one that wasn't even on the list... Western Virginia Water Authority.
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[IN Q=And that was the easy decision]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00]
[SUPER=@Smith; :14 quick]
[OUT Q=we're on that track.]
((That was the easy decision. Deciding whether elected officials should serve on the authority board, proved to be more problematic.
Still, members of both boards say months of quiet work behind the scenes have set the stage for a successful collaboration.
[IN Q=It's a very complicated process]
((RALPH SMITH/ROANOKE MAYOR: IT'S A VERY COMPLICATED PROCESS, BUT WE'VE MADE A GREAT STRIDE FORWARD TODAY.))
((JOE MCNAMARA/SUPERVISORS CHAIRMAN: IT'S NOT BEEN A WE VERSUS THEM, THEM VERSUS US. IT'S REALLY BEEN A COLLABORATIVE EFFORT WORKING TOGETHER COMING TO AGREEMENT ON THE MAJOR DECISIONS.))
[OUT Q=coming to agreement on the major decisions.]
Back in February, city and county leaders gave their blessing to the new water and sewer authority. By managing reservoirs and other facilities as one system, they hope to build a more reliable water supply for the roanoke valley.
Now they're negotiating the nuts and bolts. They hope to have a seven member board in place by the end of the year, and state approval by next Spring.
[IN Q=Nobody sitting at the table]
((DARLENE BURCHAM/ROANOKE CITY MANAGER: NOBODY SITTING AT THE TABLE, PARTICULARLY OUR EMPLOYEES HAS DONE THIS BEFORE, AND THEY HAVE A LOT OF QUESTIONS, BUT I THINK WORKING THROUGH ALL OF THAT WILL MAKE THE TRANSITION VERY SUCCESSFUL FOR EVERYONE.))
((ELMER HODGE/ROANOKE CO. ADMINISTRATOR: WE WANTED AN OUTSTANDING AUTHORITY THAT WOULD BENEFIT US ALL. WE ALSO WANTED IT TO BE GOOD FOR THE CITY, AND WE WANTED IT TO BE GOOD FOR THE COUNTY, AND I BELIEVE WE'RE ON THAT TRACK.))
[OUT Q=on that track.]))
City and County officials say recent public meetings on the water authority were productive, but poorly attended.
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Keith and Shannon, public interest may increase next year as the new water authority prepares its first budget and establishes new water and sewer rates that will take effect July first.
Authorities say a Floyd County man who died trying to fly his homemade glider did NOT have a pilot's license.
In fact, State police say 45-year-old Charlie West of Willis had very little aviation experience.
West died last night after attempting to take off in his homemade glider on Kyle Weeks Road.
The aircraft was being towed from a pickup truck when it lifted into the air, rolled over and crashed into the ground.
Investigators are not sure what caused the wreck, but say wind may have played a factor.
Authorities are trying to determine if there's a link between an intruder and the shooting death of a State Trooper near Richmond.
First Sergeant Taylor Blanton was shot with his own gun in his home in Caroline County yesterday.
Police say a short note was left by an intruder in the home TUESDAY morning.
Investigators say the note was left by someone who entered the home while Blanton was alone in the shower, and the note was NOT threatening.
Dissapointing news on Wall Street for the third straight day.
[TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE]
The Dow fell 70, the Nasdaq was off 38.
State police say it may take days to repair a sinkhole on Interstate-81 in Wythe County.
Workers have closed one northbound lane and part of another at mile-marker 82, in the Fort Chiswell area.
The emergency shoulder is open to traffic.
Officials don't anticipate reopening all of the Interstate until the first part of next week.
In the meantime, they warn drivers should expect delays.
Ten years ago, Lynchburg's Old City Cemetery was an overgrown mess and its only record keeping was a metal card file box stuffed in a closet in the Public Works Department.
Today, things are different.
City leaders helped dedicate a new addition to the cemetery's visitors center.
Here tourists and residents can visit a 19th-century Mourning Museum, browse the gift shop and research family histories in the library.
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[IN Q=We have about]
((JANE WHITE/SOUTHERN MEMORIAL ASSOCIATION: WE HAVE ABOUT 20-THOUSAND VISITORS A YEAR WHICH IS A LOT FOR A CEMETERY, SORT OF UNUSUAL, BUT IT'S SUCH AN INTERESTING PLACE AND WE FEEL LIKE PEOPLE CAN COME AND GO COMFORTABLY AND WE CAN ORIENT THEM AND THIS BUILDING REALLY MEETS OUR NEEDS.))
((KIMBALL PAYNE/LYNCHBURG CITY MANAGER: I THINK THE GREAT THING ABOUT IT IS THE BROAD DIVERSITY OF THINGS GOING ON IN THIS CEMETERY. IT'S JUST SUCH AN ECLECTIC MIX, NOT ONLY THE DIVERSITY OF POPULATION IN THE CEMETERY BUT THE OTHER EXHIBITS THROUGHOUT THE CEMETERY, IT'S JUST A WONDERFUL PLACE TO COME AND VISIT AND RELAX AND ENJOY BOTH THE OUTDOORS AND THE HISTORY ABOUT LYNCHBURG.))
[SUPER=01-Jane White/Southern Memorial Association; :00]
[SUPER=01-Kimball Payne/Lynchburg City Manager; :17]
[OUT Q=history about Lynchburg.]
The addition cost about 200-thousand dollars.
The cemetery is both a state and national historic landmark.
the Express is just over an hour away from face off against California's Ice Dogs, an NFL star and former Cavalier talks about the Florida State win
and we will have the highlights and the starting grid from Winston Cup qualifying at Martinsville
The fall race weekend at the Martinsville Speedway opened three days of non-stop action today with both Winston Cup and Truck series qualifying.
[TOSS TO TRAVIS DOUBLE BOX]
[DOUBLE BOXES= /Microwave;]
Travis Wells now checks in from the track with the fastest of the fast.
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[SUPER=01-Jeff Gordon/Subway 500 Pole Winner; :28]
[SUPER=01-Dale Earnhardt Jr./Will Start Third Sunday; :45]
[SUPER=01-Ward Burton/Qualified on Outside Pole; :1:06]
[SUPER=01-Ricky Rudd/Qualified 12th for Subway 500; :1:26]
[OUT Q=...GRID FOR SUNDAY'S RACE"]
[WIPE TO QUALIFYING BOARDS!!!!!!!]
[GO TO QUALIFYING BOARDS]
[SUPER=0107-1. Jeff Gordon//2. Ward Burton//3. Dale Earnahrdt, Jr.//4. Kenny Wallace//5. Kevin Harvick//;]
[SUPER=0107-6. Jimmy Spencer//7. Rusty Wallace//8. Ryan Newman//9. Sterling Marlin//10. Jeff Green//;]
[SUPER=0107-11. Mike Skinner//12. Ricky Rudd//13. Kurt Busch//14. Matt Kenseth//15. Michael Waltrip/;]
[SUPER=0107-16. Tony Stewart//17. Jamie McMurray//18. Ken Schrader//19. Greg Biffle//20. Bobby Labonte//;]
[SUPER=0107-21. Jeff Burton//22. Joe Nemechek//23. Mark Martin//24. Kevin Lepage//25. Dave Blaney//;]
[SUPER=0107-26. Jimmie Johnson//27. Ricky Craven//28. Bill Elliott//29. Johnny Benson//30. Jeremy Mayfield//;]
[SUPER=0107-31. Terry Labonte//32. Kyle Petty//33. Tony Raines//34. Jason Leffler//35. Casey Mears//;]
[SUPER=0107-36. Todd Bodine//37. Robby Gordon//38. Elliott Sadler/Prov/39. Dale Jarrett/Prov/40. John Andretti/Prov/;]
[SUPER=0107-41. Steve Park/Prov/42. Derrike Cope/Prov/43. Hermie Sadler/Prov/;]
[Travis will toss back to Steve Double Boxes]
The ACC officially invited Boston College to join the conference today at a news conference in Greensboro. UVa is supportive of adding the eagles as the 12th team.
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[SUPER=01-John Casteen/UVa President; :00]
[OUT Q=...to the search"]
Virginia and seventh ranked Florida State meet for the 12th time tomorrow night at 7:45 in Charlottesville.
The Cavaliers are 1 and 10 against the Noles with that lone win coming back in 1995/ The wahoos defense stopped warrick Dunn on the goal line.
Tampa Bay Buccaneer cornerback Ronde Barber was part of that UVa defense.
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[SUPER=01-Ronde Barber/UVA 3rd Career Interception Leader; :00]
[OUT Q=......re-create the magic up there"]
The Roanoke Express opens the ECHL season tonight at 7:30 at the Round House against the Califonia based Long Beach Ice Dogs.
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[SUPER=01-Rick Kowalsky/Express Right Wing; :00]
[SUPER=01-Tony MacAulay/Express Head Coach; :16]
[OUT Q=.....into friday night"]