Coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX:
A fatal fire in Roanoke overnight.
An unidentified body turns up in Amherst County.
And native Americans have performed this dance for the Governor for more
than 350 years. We'll hear from the Chief executive turned tax collector.
A 58-year-old Roanoke woman was killed in a house fire last night.
Crews found Shirley Bailey's body when they arrived at 5-0-6 Rutherford
Avenue around ten o'clock.
IN Q=I'd guess there's
((JIM PATTON/DISTRICT FIRE CHIEF: I'D GUESS THERE'S PROBABLY 25 OR 30 THOUSAND
DOLLARS DAMAGE DONE TO THE UPSTAIRS, IT WAS TWO BEDROOMS INVOLVED, IT WAS
PRETTY EXTENSIVE UPSTAIRS. SOME OF THE WATER DAMAGE DOWNSTAIRS. IT'S GONNA
PRETTY MUCH BE DAMAGED UNDER THE HOUSE.))
SUPER=01-Jim Patton/District Fire Chief;
OUT Q=under the house.
Investigators say a cigarette caused the fatal fire.
They believe Bailey was smoking in bed, and either knocked the cigarette
from an ashtray or dropped it onto her mattress.
Another woman who was in the house escaped unharmed.
Firefighters had the fire under control in just a few minutes.
Amherst County authorities are asking for the public's help in identifying a
woman found dead near Galt's Mill today.
Two deer hunters- one of them an off- duty deputy- found the body around
two-P-M in the eastern end of the County.
The victim is described as a white woman in her mid 20's, about 5-foot
5-inches tall, with brown hair and brown eyes.
Police are treating her death as a homicide.
No identification was found on the woman, and authorities ask anyone who may
have information to call the Amherst County sheriff's department at 804- 929-
A murder suspect jumped out the window of a motel room in Northern Virginia
early this morning.
Fairfax County Police quickly caught up with Michael DeLloyd Ward. They're
holding him on a grand larceny charge for the theft of the B-M-W he'd been
The 34-year old Maryland resident was already wanted for second-degree
murder and FIVE armed robberies in Henry County.
His brother, HARDEN ANTHONY Ward turned himself in yesterday.
They are suspects in the murder of 25- year old Orbin Smith, Junior- -shot
to death in an armed robbery in his Henry County home a month ago.
Senator John Warner is calling it a victory for voters.
Attorney General Jim Gilmore today upheld Warner's right to choose
nomination by a primary election instead of a Republican convention.
Gilmore says he must defend state laws unless they are clearly
Warner says he's pleased with the decision.
IN Q=How many times
((SEN. JOHN WARNER/R- VIRGINIA: HOW MANY TIMES HAVE YOU GONE INTO THE BALLOT
BOX AND SAID, "OH GEE. I WISH I HAD A BETTER CHOICE." WELL THIS GIVES
VIRGINIANS A CHANCE TO MAKE THAT CHOICE AND TO MAKE IT RIGHT THERE IN THERE OWN
HOMES, IN THEIR OWN PRECINCTS. ))
OUT Q=own precincts
Warner wants a primary next year because polls show it gives him the best
chance of winning renomination.
There were some Republicans who were hoping the Attorney General would
decide on a convention.
They're still upset with Warner for opposing Oliver North's Senate bid.
Governor Allen invited Democratic legislators to his office today to discuss
the next state budget.
That's something Allen refused to do last year.
That's when He drew up his budget plans without asking Democrats for their
They paid him back by rejecting most of his proposals.
After the election, Allen said he would do his best to work with Democratic
lawmakers in the next General Assembly.
The administration says today's meeting shows the governor is serious about
Thanksgiving is tax time for two of Virginia's Native American tribes and
Governor Allen was more than happy to serve as tax COLLECTOR today.
The chiefs presented the Governor with their tax payment of two deer this
The Governor seemed pleased to receive the bucks, but seemed even more
interested in an Indian weather rock.
IN Q=If the rock
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: IF THE ROCK IS WET, IT'S RAINING. IF THE ROCK IS WHITE,
IT'S SNOWING. IF THE ROCK IS MOVING FROM SIDE TO SIDE IT'S WINDY. ))
OUT Q=it's windy
Elementary school students later joined the Matiponi and Pamunkey Indian
chiefs in an American- Indian friendship dance.
The ceremony has been a tradition since 1646.
Turkey won't be the only thing cooking today and tomorrow--travellers will
crowd the highways and take to the skies for the Thanksgiving holiday.
Authorities are hoping people are also thinking safety as they set out to
enjoy the long weekend.
Ron Jones is in Roanoke with some tips for holiday travellers.
LIVE=Ron Full Microwave
((ROLLCUE: "more cars on the highway."))
IN Q=According to Virginia
SUPER=01-Vickie Hopkins/AAA Office Manager;
OUT Q=keep valuable close
(( According to Virginia Automobile Association Officials there will be more
than 30 million people on the highways and in the air.
They say this is a two percent increase from last year.
Authorities are hoping motorists take precautions as they make that yearly
trip to grandma's house.
IN Q=Well, make sure
((VICKIE HOPKINS/AAA OFFICE MANAGER: WELL, MAKE SURE YOU GET PLENTY OF REST
BEFORE YOU HIT THE ROAD AND MAKE SURE THAT YOU TAKE STOPS ALONG THE WAY AND GET
REST. AND ALSO DON'T DRINK AND DRIVE.))
There's also advice for those travelling by plane.
Airport officials are asking passengers to travel light and to keep an eye
on their valuables.))
When News 7 returns, economic development authorities are afraid the Smart
Highway will pack up and hit the road,
and Lottery Fever hits the Commonwealth as the Jackpot nears record levels.
MUSIC UP FULL
SUPER=#C-380; Weather Roll
A stubborn hay fire kept Bedford County firefighters busy for more than six
The blaze was reported around 9:30 at this farm off Route 122 near Big
Dozens of bales of hay stored in a metal hut had caught fire.
Crews poured more than 60- thousand gallons of water on the blaze with
IN Q=Hay and sawdust
((LT. TONY WARE/BIG ISLAND V.F.D.: HAY AND SAWDUST AND MULCH ALL THIS, IS JUST
PACKED SO TIGHTLY TOGETHER, IT'S JUST IMPOSSIBLE TO GET TO IT.))
SUPER=01-Lt. Tony Ware/Big Island V.F.D.; :00
OUT Q=get to it.
Firefighters from Big Island, Bedford and the Forestry Service responded to
They say it may take another day or two to completely extinguish the
Southside lawmakers joined several residents along the Roanoke River Basin
today in a lawsuit opposing the Lake Gaston pipeline.
SUPER=03-Warren Co., NC/File Tape;
The suit was filed in Mecklenburg County challenging the constitutionality
of the project.
Congressman L- F Payne says a 1992 state law authorizing the withdrawal of
water from Lake Gaston was enacted without the necessary two thirds vote
required for special acts which bind local governments.
The suit claims the pipeline violates the time-honored water rights of those
living along the Roanoke River and its tributaries.
If Montgomery County doesn't want the smart road, is it possible another
community in Southwest Virginia will?
That's what local economic developers are hoping.
Tracy Altizer reports.
IN Q=The Montgomery County board
SUPER=03-Montgomery Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Bev Fitzpatrick/New Century Council; :22
SUPER=01-Larry Linkous/Montgomery Co. Supervisors Chmn.; :47
OUT Q=Altizer, News 7.
(( The Montgomery County board of supervisors decision NOT to allow the state
to build the smart highway through this agricultural district stunned economic
developers and road planners.
They say the decision could cost the region hundreds of jobs and hundreds of
millions of dollars.
Bev Fitzpatrick, director of the group working to develop an economic vision
for Southwest Virginia, says the decision is a blow to the whole region.
((BEV FITZPATRICK/NEW CENTURY COUNCIL: IF THEY WERE TO HAVE A MAJOR INDUSTRIAL
PROSPECT COME TO MONTGOMERY COUNTY AND OFFER THEM TWO THOUSAND JOBS, WOULD THEY
FEEL THE SAME WAY THAT THEY FELT ABOUT THIS? IT'S IMPORTANT FOR US TO KNOW
WHETHER IT'S THIS PARTICULAR ROAD OR IF IT'S AN OVERALL PHILOSOPHICAL FEELING
ABOUT GROWTH OR NO GROWTH. ))
That's just the type of question that worries Montgomery supervisors
chairman Larry Linkous, a smart road supporter.
((LARRY LINKOUS/MONTGOMERY CO. SUPERVISORS CHAIRMAN: I'M HOPING THAT THIS VOTE
WON'T BE MISCONSTRUED TO ALLOW PEOPLE TO THINK THAT THIS BOARD IS NOT PRO-
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT. ))
The road would provide a testing ground for intelligent vehicle research at
Virginia Tech, as well as a link between Blacksburg and I-81.
Fitzpatrick says the region lost out when the state yanked funding for
Radford's College of Global Studies, only to let George Mason set up a similar
He hopes Northern Virginia doesn't snap up the smart road as well.
((THERE'S AN OLD SAYING AN OPPORTUNITY LOOKS A LOT BIGGER LEAVING TOWN THAN IT
DOES COMING TO TOWN. I WOULD SAY THE SMART ROAD IS EXACTLY THAT AND WE NEED TO
BE CAREFUL TO MAKE SURE THAT WE DON'T WANT IT TO LEAVE TOWN. ))
It's to early to know if it would be feasible for VDOT and Tech to steer the
road in another direction. Tracy Altizer, News 7.))
The Radford Arsenal is continuing its downsizing efforts, this time with a
voluntary retirement incentive for full- time SALARIED employees.
SUPER=03-Montgomery Co./File Tape;
Alliant Techsystems, the plant operator, is offering the package to
employees who are at least 50 years old with a minimum of 10 years of service.
The company will add three years to an eligible employee's age and service
when it calculates pensions.
Alliant has not set a target number. Spokeswoman Nicole LaMarr says it will
reassess its downsizing needs after the first of the year when the retirements
Last May, 92 employees took the company up on a buyout incentive for WAGE
The man best known for a stint at the helm of Dominion Bankshares--right
before the bank was bought out-- has a new position.
Now the former Dominion head will oversee the board of directors at
The board at the Roanoke insurance company has elected him chairman.
Dalhouse has been a director since 1991.
He remains chairman of the First Union National Bank of Virginia.
He's held that position ever since it took over Dominion in 1993.
Dalhouse will NOT run Shenandoah Life's day-to-day operations.
That's C-E-O Robert Clark's job.
Another record day for Wall Street. The DOW rose 18 points today, closing
NASDAQ dropped four points.
Twenty-four million dollars could be in the bank for some lucky person in
the Commonwealth tonight.
People are flocking to convenience stores and other ticket outlets.
Lottery Officials estimate that at least 15- thousand tickets are sold each
Some have the money spent already.
IN Q=Well, I have
((WANDA & JIM SEARS: WELL, I HAVE NO QUESTION ABOUT WHAT I'M GOING TO DO, MY
WIFE SAID I WAS GOING TO GIVE IT TO HER SO I KNOW WHAT I'M DOING WITH IT. HE
SAYS ALWAYS SAID HE'D BUY ME A RED PORSCHE CONVERTIBLE AND I'M SURE HE WOULD.))
SUPER=01-Wanda & Jim Sears/Lottery Players;
OUT Q=sure he would
Some say they don't plan to share their winnings with anyone.
Not even their co-workers.
IN Q=Nope, Nope. We're
((VAN JOHNSON/BLACKSBURG: NOPE, NOPE, WE'RE ALL HERE ON OUR OWN. WE DON'T
INTEND ON SHARING ANY MONEY WITH ANYBODY WE WORK WITH. I'M GOING TO TAKE MY
TWENTY-FOUR MILLION IF I WIN AND HIT THE SUNSET AS THEY SAY.))
SUPER=01-Van Johnson/Lottery Player;
OUT Q=as they say.
The winner of tonight's drawing would receive 816- thousand dollars each
year for the next twenty years.
Coming up tonight in sports, the Redskins put the ball in Heath's hands once
The Express pitches in for the area's Toys for Tots drive and you can help!
pull out to Wide shot or cut cameras
And University of Virginia all-ACC first team selections Ronde and Tiki
Barber join us LIVE to talk some football right after this quick break.
go to break
Two of the Roanoke Valley's finest athletes continue to put the star city on
the regional and national map.
UVa's Tiki and Ronde Barber, the former Friday Football Extra players of the
week are the first twins to earn all-Atlantic Coast Conference first team
honors in 20 years.
And the former Cave Spring Knights now join me on this Thanksgiving eve.
Gentlemen Happy Thanksgiving and congratulations on your awards.
Tiki let's start with you - a school record 14 touchdowns and nearly 14
hundred yards rushing this season, you wanted to be an impact player and you
SUPER=01-Tiki Barber/1,379 Yards Rushing This Year; :00
Roll B-Roll on first questions after super has been established
Tiki B-Roll runs :33 pop out when ever you need to.
I will do two or three questions tops with him!
Now Ronde last year you won every award imaginable as freshman, and this year
you not only had to battle lofty expectations, but injuries and some criticism
early in the year.
SUPER=01-Ronde Barber/All-ACC Cornerback; :00
Roll B-roll of Ronde #19 intercepting Tech pass after super is established.
B-Roll runs :25 Punch out at your convenience
Mike will do two questions come out to a three shot to thank them, if
possible. Then continue the sportscast.
Ronde's defensive backfield mate Percy Ellsworth, was named a first team
All-American today by the Football News publication.
Ellsworth is joined on the first team All-america squad by Virginia Tech
Junior defensive end Cornell Brown.
The former EC Glass standout led the Big East this season with 14 quarterback
In all, Cornell registered 25 tackles behind the line of scrimmage.
The Virginia Tech football team will likely be without center Billy Conaty in
its bowl game next month.
SUPER=03-Charlottesville/Last Saturday; :00
Watch the bottom middle of your screen and look for number 61. In last
Saturday's game against UVa Conaty got his legs trapped under pile while
blocking from his center position.
He fractured his right ankle and had surgery to repair the break today in New
Tech trainer Eddie Ferrell says the type of fracture usually takes FOUR TO
SIX WEEKS TO HEAL.
The struggling Washington Redskins have decided to give quarterback Heath
Shuler another chance at leading the team to victory.
SUPER=03-Washington, DC; :00
Shuler started the season as the Redskins number one man before suffering a
He played last week against Seattle but threw two interceptions.
Frerotte, once the darling of DC has struggled OF LATE.
The Express takes on Hampton Roads in Norfolk tonight.
Roanoke again battles the Admirals tomorrow. Before the puck drops, fans
are encouraged to bring an unopened toy to support the Express's second annual
toys for tots function.
((TIM WOODBURN/EXPRESS MARKETING DIRECTOR:))
SUPER=01-Tim Woodburn/Express Marketing Director; :00
OUT Q=....help out in the community"
The girls state semi-final matchups for both single A and double A, are
now set for next Friday at the Salem Civic Center. William Byrd will play Park
View Sterling at 7pm.
SUPER=03-Daleville/Last Night; :00
While the Lady Cavs of Lord Botetourt plays Culpeper December 1st at 8:30.
Botetourt beat Blacksburg 72-56 last night as Junior Sara Hicks registered
a career high 32 points.
Floyd County reached the group 1A state semis by pounding Honaker 97-66.
Melissa Cantrell scored 28 points. The Lady Buffs take on George Mason December
1st at 3:30 at the Salem Civic Center as well.