Montgomery County Supervisors throw a roadblock at the Smart Highway.
One of two men suspected of a murder last month in Henry County turns
and we'll meet a children's author who uses a different approach to get
young people to read.
Tonight in sports, autopsy results revel that Sergei Grinkov had serious
Former Roanoke hockey boss Dave Allison lands a job in the NHL.
And Tiki Barber lands a spot on the All-ACC first team along with his brother
Ronde and four other Cavaliers.
It was a nice fall day, a little windy though. Cold air is spilling down
through the mountains tonight. The chilly details coming up.
Did the Montgomery County Board of Supervisors deal with the state
tranportation department in good faith?
The state transportation secretary is asking that question tonight.
After six years and seven resolutions SUPPORTING the smart highway, the
board voted last night NOT to rezone land needed for it.
Tracy Altizer joins us with reaction from Blacksburg.
Jean, by voting to protect the 140 acres of agricultural and forest land in the
Ellett Valley, the board may have killed the smart highway, and jeopardized its
own industrial development efforts.
IN Q=We hope it will not
SUPER=01-Larry Linkous/Montgomery Co. Supervisors Chmn.; :01
SUPER=03-Montgomery Co.; :08
SUPER=01-Laura Bullock/VA Dept. of Transportation; :15
SUPER=01-Ray Pethtel/Center for Transportation Research; :55
OUT Q=do an experiment.
((LARRY LINKOUS/MONTGOMERY CO. SUPERVISORS CHMN.: WE HOPE IT WILL NOT CAUSE US
TO LOSE ANY INDUSTRIES THAT WE'RE LOOKING AT RIGHT NOW. ))
Linkous says the county is very close to landing a couple of industries for
the new Falling Branch Industrial Park.
Part of the attraction is the planned access to interstate 81.
IN Q=Montgomery County
((LAURA BULLOCK/VDOT: MONTGOMERY COUNTY ASKED US TO PROVIDE AN INTERCHANGE THAT
WOULD OPEN UP LAND THEY OWNED FOR INDUSTRIAL PURPOSES AND TO DO THAT WE
DESIGNED A CLOVERLEAF. IF WE HAVE TO REDESIGN THAT INTERCHANGE, WE DO NOT KNOW
IF ACCESS CAN BE PROVIDED TO THAT PROPERTY ))
SUPER=01-Laura Bullock/VA Department of Transportation;
OUT Q=to that property
The interchange would likely be redesigned to accommodate another 25
thousand vehicles a day the smart road would have handled.
Without it, that traffic would use 3-A, a new route 460 bypass planned to
relieve congestion between Blacksburg and Christiansburg.
Smart road opponents have argued researchers could test their intelligent
vehicle systems on 3-A.
But the Interim Director of Tech's Center for Transportation Research says
that's not possible.
((RAY PETHTEL/CENTER FOR TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH: BUT WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT
IS NOT DEPLOYMENT OF TECHNOLOGY, WE'RE TALKING ABOUT THE EXPERIMENTATION WITH
IT. I DON'T KNOW ANYBODY THAT'S GOING TO WANT TO GET OUT IN THE MIDDLE OF 460
AND DO AN EXPERIMENT. ))
The smart road is estimated to draw hundreds of millions of dollars worth of
research and related spinoff jobs to the region.
QUESTION: So does this vote actually signal the end of the project, or does
V-DOT have some recourse?
One of the brothers wanted in a Henry County murder has turned himself in.
18- year- old Harden Ward surrendered to police this morning in Prince
George's County, Maryland.
Meanwhile, his brother, 24- year- old Michael Ward is still at large.
Both are suspects in last month's fatal shooting of 25- year- old Orbin
The two brothers are also wanted for their alleged roles in five armed
robberies in Henry County.
A legislative watchdog group says Governor Allen is missing the mark when it
comes to young criminals.
The Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission says the state should
focus more on treatment programs.
The Commission report indicates there is a bias against black offenders and
a high rate of repeat offenders.
The Allen administration calls for harsher punishment of juvenile criminals
and has recommended that violent juvenile offenders be tried as adults.
It's been a year and a half since the Task Force on Teen Pregnancy was
But before they reveal any recommendations, they want to make sure the
public gets involved.
At a news conference, members announced they'll hold a town meeting at the
Roanoke Civic Center one week from today.
The task force will hold public workshops in order to get community input.
IN Q=I'm convinced
((GLENN RADCLIFFE/TEEN PREGNANCY TASK FORCE: I'M CONVINCED THAT WE CAN COME UP
WITH RECOMMENDATIONS THAT WILL HAVE AN IMPACT ON THIS PROBLEM. WE HAVEN'T GONE
AFTER THIS IN A VERY QUICK FASHION. WE'VE TAKEN OUR TIME, STUDIED IT, TRYING TO
MAKE SURE WE DON'T HAVE TO REPEAT THIS AGAIN. ))
SUPER=01-Glenn Radcliffe/Teen Pregnancy Task Force;
OUT Q=this again
Roanoke ranks third in the state when it comes to its percentage of pregnant
Officials say it's crucial to act now, before the problem gets any worse.
GRAPHIC=Welfare in Virginia
Two months into central Virginia's welfare reform experiment, social workers
say the program seems to be working.
Community support is growing and recipients are excited about looking for
Steve Smallshaw reports.
SUPER=01-Sharon Swedlow/Welfare Reform Coordinator; :14
SUPER=01-Jean Eberhardt/Employment Services; :54
OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.
(( It has been Sharon Swedlow's daunting task to try and implement welfare
reform in the city of Lynchburg.
But she says getting able- bodied recipients to find work and take more
responsibility for their children is not mission impossible.
IN Q=I know I
((SHARON SWEDLOW/WELFARE REFORM COORDINATOR: I KNOW I CAN'T DO AND I KNOW OUR
AGENCY CANNOT DO WELFARE REFORM ALONE. AND THAT'S BEEN SOMETHING THAT WE'VE
KNOW FROM THE VERY BEGINNING THAT WE NEED HELP AND WE'RE GOING TO NEED
COMMUNITY AND ALSO AGENCY SUPPORT.))
OUT Q=agency support.
And that support has been there.
Swedlow says area churches, community groups and non- profit agencies have
come forward to see what they can do to help.
And despite what the public might think, welfare recipients themselves have
been willing to actively seek employment.
IN Q=I see them
((SWEDLOW: I SEE THEM BECOMING MORE AWARE OF THAT AND I THINK A LOT OF OUR
CLIENTS HAVE ALWAYS WANTED TO WORK, THEY'VE ALWAYS TALKED ABOUT WANTING TO WORK
AND I THINK THIS PROGRAM WILL HELP THEM BECAUSE IT WILL GIVE THEM INCENTIVES TO
OUT Q=to work.
IN Q=This is a
((JEAN EBERHARDT/EMPLOYMENT SERVICES: THIS IS A GRADUAL THING, IT'S NOT LIKE A
BOLT OF LIGHTNING STRIKING OUT OF THE BLUE, WHICH GIVES US AS WORKERS TIME TO
WORK OUT THE KINKS AS WE GO ALONG.))
OUT Q=we go along.
((And that's what most area social workers say, is that it will take time
before they know just how successful welfare reform is. The real test comes in
January, when the first round of recipients will be faced with a deadline of
finding their own job. Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))
OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.))
Still to come on the broadcast, a children's author wants to see young
people get silly about reading,
and we'll remember the life of a Martinsville musician who's left a long legacy
MUSIC UP FULL
SUPER=#C-380; Weather Roll
Another chapter's unfolded in the tug of war over the sale of the Danville
Register and Bee.
A Pittsylvania County judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a local
Zan Womack was seeking to buy the newspaper or be awarded ten- million
He filed suit against American National Bank and Trust after the bank
decided NOT to sell Womack the paper when the Attorney General questioned the
IN Q= The main
((CHARLES "ZAN" WOMACK, JR./NEWSPAPER PUBLISHER: THE MAIN THING I WANTED WAS
THE PAPER, THAT WAS THE GOAL ALL ALONG, THAT WAS WHAT WE WERE TRYING TO
ACCOMPLISH WITH THIS LAWSUIT, BUT THIS DECISION WAS VERY DISAPPOINTING, AND I
DON'T KNOW WHETHER WE'RE GOING TO APPEAL IT OR NOT, WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO
DISGEST IT FOR A FEW DAYS. ))
SUPER=01-Charles "Zan" Womack, Jr./Newspaper Publisher; :00
OUT Q=few days.
The judge's ruling clears the way for bidding to resume on the newspaper.
When was the last time you met a nationally known author?
Students at Roanoke's Academy for Mathematics and Science did today, as part
of First Union's Partners in Education program.
Len Besthoff has the story.
IN Q=After the
SUPER=@File; :00 (QUICK!!!!)
SUPER=01-Bill Dallas Lewis/Children's Author; :17
SUPER=03-Roanoke; :29 (QUICK)
SUPER=@Len1; :42 (QUICK)
SUPER=01-Shemeka Childress/5th Grader; 1:04
SUPER=01-Dane Hollar/5th Grader; 1:09 (QUICK)
OUT Q=Len Besthoff, News-7.
(( After the L-A riots in 1992, Bill Dallas Lewis quit his sales job to
pursue his dream; writing and illustrating books for children.
He has succeeded, producing the "Silly Billy" series, which emphasize a love
of learning, harmony, and respect for differences.
IN Q=I asked myself after the
((BILL DALLAS LEWIS/CHILDREN'S AUTHOR: I ASKED MYSELF AFTER THE L-A RIOTS, WAS
I REALLY DOING ANYTHING TO HELP SOCIETY AND WAS I FOLLOWING MY DREAM AS AN
INDIVIDUAL, SO I QUIT MY JOB AND STARTED SILLY BILLY'S BOOKS INCORPORATED.))
OUT Q=Books, Incorporated.
The author visits 80 classrooms a year, telling his computer-generated
stories in an animated style that captivates even the most fidgety of students.
NAT SOT 1:08:40
IN Q=Bill Dallas Lewis
((COMPUTER: BILL DALLAS LEWIS AND I ARE VERY HAPPY TO BE IN ROANOKE
OUT Q=Roanoke, Virginia.
IN Q=Perhaps Lewis' biggest
((Perhaps Lewis' biggest message is to read, read, and read some more, because
he says through reading you can do anything you want.))
OUT Q=anything you want.
IN Q=So we would
((LEWIS: SO WE WOULD LIKE TO SEE PEOPLE OF MANY DIFFERENT COLORS READ A TON
AND EDUCATE OURSELVES, AND HAVE A GOOD TIME IN LIFE.))
OUT Q=a good time in life.
In addition to the power of reading, Lewis also tells students about the
power of computers.
It looks like he got through to this class.
IN Q=If you
((SHEMEKA CHILDRESS/5TH GRADER: IF YOU READ YOU CAN HAVE FUN AND IF YOU USE
YOUR IMAGINATION YOU CAN HAVE FUN.))
SUPER=01-Shemeka Childress/5th Grader;
OUT Q=have fun.
IN Q=I had no
((DANE HOLLAR/5TH GRADER: I HAD NO IDEA THAT COMPUTERS COULD DO STUFF LIKE
SUPER=01-Dane Hollar/5th Grader;
OUT Q=stuff like that.
And parents take note, Lewis says his message also applies to grownups.
Len Besthoff, News-7.))
A Martinsville musician who made a national name recording bluegrass and
country music has died.
Jim Eanes played with some of the best- known names in bluegrass, and he
recorded more than 200 songs on his own.
Tonight, Joe Dashiell takes a look at his career.
IN Q=Smilin Jim Eanes
SUPER=04-September, 1992; :06
SUPER=01-Bill Vernon/Bluegrass Radio Announcer; :37
OUT Q=JD News 7
((Smilin' Jim Eanes slowed his pace in recent years, but health problems
couldn't keep him from the stage.
In September, 1992 he joined the band Lost and Found at the Roanoke Civic
NAT SOUND FROM ROANOKE CONCERT 23:21:52
IN Q=The way you are
((THE WAY YOU ARE JUST SUITS ME TO A T.))
OUT Q=suits me to a T.
Eanes career spanned more than 50 years. He was an original member of Flatt
& Scruggs Foggy Mountain Boys... and he played guitar with Bill Monroe before
organizing his own band.
A member of the Virginia Country Music Hall of Fame, Eanes wrote more than
450 songs, and recorded half that many.
IN Q=He had a genuine shot
((HE HAD A GENUINE SHOT AT NATIONAL STARDOM AND HE DECLINED TO DO THAT IN FAVOR
OF COMING BACK TO THIS PART OF THE COUNTRY IN SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA AND RAISING A
FAMILY. AND AMONG BLUEGRASS PEOPLE HIS STARDAY RECORDINGS IN THE LATTER HALF OF
THE 1950S ARE TREMENDOUSLY BELOVED AND TO THIS DAY.))
OUT Q=and to this day.
Friends say Eanes was as versatile as he was talented, and holds a unique
place in the history of country and bluegrass music.
NAT SOUND 04:52:44
IN Q=In his arms
OUT Q=I'm not afraid.
Joe Dashiell News 7))
A historic mark on Wall Street today-
The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed above the five-thousand mark for
the first time.
The DOW climbed over 40 points to close at five-thousand 24.
Nasdaq LOST four and a half points.
It was country versus rock and roll--
The much- hyped midnight release of the new Beatles collection, "Anthology"
was rather low- key.
But today, sales were up.
As Kimberly McBroom reports, most local Beatles fans stayed home last
night-- while Garth Brooks fans were out in force.
IN Q=Honestly, to be honest
SUPER=01-Renee Knecht/Garth Brooks Fan; :04 ( quick!)
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :09
SUPER=01-Dwayne Presgraves/Garth Brooks Fan; :29
SUPER=01-Fred Donaher/Beatles Fan; :57
SUPER=01-Sammy Oakey/Beatles Fan; 1:12
OUT Q=McBroom, News 7
SOT Beatles/Garth tape 12:07:46
((RENEE KNECHT/GARTH BROOKS FAN: HONESTLY, TO BE HONEST, I DIDN'T EVEN NOTICE
THE BEATLES' WAS COMING OUT TONIGHT. (LAUGHTER) I WAS FOCUSED ON COUNTRY. ))
As were many folks in the Roanoke Valley--
Blockbuster Music stayed open late-- for the release of the Beatles long-
awaited collection, "Anthology."
But apparently, many Beatles fans ARE waiting to buy it.
Instead, most people came out to buy Garth Brooks' new album, "Fresh
For some-- the Valley's geographic location makes it more of a haven for
country music fans.
((DWAYNE PRESGRAVES/GARTH BROOKS FAN: I'M FROM UP IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA, AND UP
THERE IT WOULD BE MORE BEATLES THAN GARTH BROOKS. BUT DOWN HERE-- DEFINITELY
MORE GARTH BROOKS FANS. ))
But some die-hard fans of the Fab Four did come out-- having to be among
the first to bring home the Beatles "Anthology."
While they were surprised at being in the minority at the Midnight Madness
Sale-- they still believe the Beatles are a tough act to follow.
((FRED DONAHER/BEATLES FAN: I FIND IT QUITE SURPRISING THAT PEOPLE ARE
ACTUALLY TURNING THE GREATEST MUSICAL GROUP OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY OVER FOR
SOME COUNTRY FAN THAT'S LIKE, A ONE- HIT WONDER. ))
(NAT SOUND OF GARTH BROOKS VIDEO)
((SAMMY OAKEY/BEATLES FAN: I DON'T WANT TO PUT GARTH BROOKS DOWN, BUT LET'S
SEE 30 YEARS FROM NOW IF GARTH BROOKS HAS AN ANTHOLOGY COMING OUT AND IF THEY
HAVE A SERIES ON T.V. AND THINGS LIKE THAT THAT'S GOING ON WITH THE BEATLES. ))
Time will tell--
And as long as their fans continue buying albums, the Beatles will stay as
popular as they were Yesterday.
Kimberly McBroom, News 7.))
Coming up tonight in sports, a local college star in a finalist for national
Tiki and Ronde earn all-Acc honors.
And former are hockey coach hits the bigtime.
And we'll take a look at some of the changes colors coming up next season on
the Winston Cup circuit.
GRAPHIC=news 7 sports
The results of an autopsy performed on figure skating champ Sergei Grinkov
confirm that he died of a massive heart attack brought on by severe heart
The autopsy reveals that a coronary artery on his left side that feed a
major portion of the heart muscle was almost completely closed off.
The autopsy also showed that the 28 year old skater's heart was enlarged due
to high blood pressure.
Dr. Francis Varga, who performed the autopsy, also says Grinkov suffered an
earlier heart attack within 24 hours of the one that killed him.
His fellow skaters say he never indicated he had any heart problems
IN Q="It's very...
((OKSANA BAIUL/OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST:))
SUPER=01-Oksana Baiul/Olympic Gold Medalist;:00
OUT Q=...HIS HEART."
An alumnus of the east coast hockey league has landed a head coaching job in
Dave Allison who coached the Virginia Lancers and the Richmond Renegades was
named the new head coach of the Ottawa Senators today.
He replaces Rick Bowness who was fired yesterday.
The 36 year old Allison has coached the Senators farm team in Prince Edward
Island since 1994,
taking the team to an American Hockey League divisional championship last
The Stagg Bowl is just around the corner, as the Division Three football
playoffs continue to wind down.
Washington & Lee will not be playing, but the team's marquee player may make
a few headlines that week.
Robert Hull, this year's ODAC player of the year has been named one of the
10 finalists for the coveted Gagliardi award, that is presented annually to the
nation's division three football player.
Hull, who also played on Lexington';s 1988 state championship team, has 31
career quarterback sacks in his college career.
SUPER=04-Friday Football Extra;
Last year Cary Bender walked away with the Gagliardi trophy.
And in 1993, Mount Union quarterback Jim Ballard who was drafted by the
Dolphins and later traded to the Bengals, was the recipient.
The winner will be announce din Salem at noon on Wednesday December 7th.
It's a been a rough week for UVa fans and players, but tonight all you
Cavalier fans have plenty ot cheer about, as Tiki and Ronde Barber lead a
parade of 6 Cavaliers on the first team all-ACC squads.
The UVa starters were each named to the All-ACC first team all conference
squad by the associated press today.
Tiki was the second leading vote getter on the offense, trailing only Florida
State's Warrick Dunn.
Ronde lands on the first team all-conference squad for the second straight
season, earning his honors of course from his defensive cornerback position.
Joining Tiki and Ronde as first team selections are
SS=HOLD UVA FOOTBALL
Offensive tackle Jason Augustino, Punter Will Brice, Place Kicker, Rafael
Garcia and defensive back Percy Ellsworth.
The 1995 NASCAR season is history, but the
Stuart Virginia based Wood Brothers are already hard at work getting ready for
SUPER=03-Hampton, GA; :00
Recently the Woods and their new driver Michael Waltrip unveiled a brand new
look for the Citgo Ford for next season.
The white paint has been replaced with a day glow orange.
IN Q="I'm excited....
((MICHAEL WALTRIP/DRIVER- WOOD BROTHERS FORD:))
SUPER=01-Michael Waltrip/Wood Brothers Ford; :00
OUT Q=...going there."
Former Citgo pilot Morgan Shepherd has a new look and a new ride with Butch
The 54 year old veteran also has a sponsor that is new to racing - Remington
IN Q="Now we've set...
((MORGAN SHEPHERD/DRIVER REMINGTON FORD:))
SUPER=01-Morgan Shepherd/Remington Ford; :00
OUT Q=...coming in the sport."
SUPER=03-Mooresville, NC; :00
The odd man out in all of this Todd Bodine, who despite having his name on
the building at Mock racing is without a ride for next year.
The on again, off again MIke Tyson- Buster Mathis fight is back on again.
The fight has been rescheduled for December 16th in Atlantic City and not Las
Donald Trump plans to co-promote the fight with Don King.
And it likely will be carried on the Fox network.