Coming up on a HOLIDAY edition of NEWS 7 at SIX:
Rusty water could take DAYS to flush out of the system in Roanoke.
Southside home schoolers get some unwelcome attention.
And runaway teenagers may behind the murder of a lawman in Bristol.
In sports, a look at a couple of high school teams preparing for this
weekends playoffs, the Lions and Vikings battle in Detroit.
And Georgia beats Georgia Tech knocking the Yellow Jackets out of bowl
Some light rain, and a skiff of snow across the mountains, otherwise,
Thanksgiving delivers a lot less severe weather than earlier thought--and
that's good news. Stay tuned for all the details.
Some residents in Roanoke City and County are finding brown water flowing
from the tap.
Officials say the murky water is the result of heavy water use
Apparently iron deposits in the pipes are causing the brownish color.
Officials advise those with discolored water to boil it before using it.
Some residents are reporting low pressure as well as discolored water.
One Roanoke resident says his water has already cleared up.
IN Q=In the past
((A.C. DOSS/ROANOKE RESIDENT: IN THE PAST TWO HOURS, YES IT WAS CONSIDERABLE
BROWN. MUCH BETTER NOW. WE INDICATED WE WENT IN AND I DON'T SEE ANY BROWN
GOING ON NOW.))
SUPER=01-A.C. Doss/Roanoke Resident;
OUT Q=going on now.
A public works' official says the brownish water will probably continue for
the next couple of days.
One family's experience with the Pittsylvania County Department of Social
Services has changed the way child abuse allegations are handled.
The change stems from a federal lawsuit filed by Daniel and Laurie Cardwell.
Teresa Hamilton reports.
IN Q=Daniel and Laurie
SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co.; :00
SUPER=03-Purcellville; :33 VERY QUICK!!
SUPER=01-Mike Farris/Cardwell's Attorney; :47
OUT Q=Hamilton, News 7.
((Daniel and Laurie Cardwell belong to the Home School Legal Defense
Two children attend public school -- their youngest and oldest, however, are
taught at home.
Each year, they pay 100- dollars to belong to the organization.
But they never thought that membership would be put to use.
The Home School Legal Defense Association is located near Leesburg,
Virginia-- that's nearly five- hours from the Cardwell's Ringgold home.
But the man who represents them says this was one case he couldn't ignore.
Farris became acquainted with the Cardwell's after the Department of Social
Services began investigating an allegation of child abuse and educational
He says the family tried to cooperate.
IN Q=That cooperation
((MIKE FARRIS/CARDWELL'S ATTORNEY: THAT COOPERATION WASN'T ENOUGH IN THIS CASE
AND THE SOCIAL WORKER DID SOMETHING BIZARRE WHICH IS THEY HAD A PRACTICE GOING
ON IN PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY-- IF A SOCIAL WORKER WASN'T SATISFIED WITH THE
FAMILY'S COOPERATION-- SHE'D JUST GO DOWN AND GET A SUBPOENA WITHOUT A
OUT Q=without a lawsuit.
And he says that's exactly what they did.
According to Farris, a Sheriff's Deputy served subpoenas to everyone in the
family, expect their youngest son.
IN Q=He told
((HE TOLD THEM IF THEY DIDN'T OBEY THE SUBPOENA, THEY'D BE ARRESTED. IT'S A
PERFECTLY BOGUS SUBPOENA, THERE'S NO LEGAL RIGHT. THE WHOLE THING WAS BOGUS.))
OUT Q=was bogus.
Farris says the subpoena is NON-binding because there was no underlying
court proceeding or legal authorization.
According to the Cardwell's lawsuit, an intake officer with the Juvenile and
Domestic Relations court would later explain, "that she and DSS use it when
they cannot think of any other way to talk to the children."
DSS and court officials declined comment.
IN Q=Something like this
((SOMETHING LIKE THIS HAS PROBABLY HAPPENED DOZENS IF NOT 100'S OF TIMES IN
PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY IN THE PAST, BUT THE ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE IS INVOLVED
IN THIS CASE AND THEY AGREE WITH US THAT THIS PRACTICE IS PHONY.))
OUT Q=this again.
Attorney General Jim Gilmore through a spokesman acknowledged Pittsylvania
County is no longer using such subpoenas.
As for the Cardwell's, Farris says the DSS will NOT file any charges for a
lack of evidence. Teresa Hamilton, News 7.))
A chase that began in Bristol, Virginia ended with the death of a Tennessee
SUPER=03-Sullivan Co., TN/Yesterday;
Steve Mullins had set up a road block when he was struck and killed by a van
fleeing from authorities.
It happened yesterday on Tennessee Highway 44.
Police arrested a 15-year-old boy, the driver of the van, and two
15-year-old girls at the scene yesterday.
All were from Orlando, Florida.
IN Q=They haven't
((KEITH CARR/SULLIVAN CO. SHERIFF: THEY HAVEN'T BEEN FORMALLY CHARGED BUT
OBVIOUSLY THEY ARE FACING MURDER CHARGES, FELONY POSSESSION OF COCAINE, THEFT
OVER 10-THOUSAND DOLLARS INCLUDING THE VAN.))
SUPER=01-Keith Carr/Sullivan Co. Sheriff;
The chase began when Virginia authorities pursued a van stolen in Florida.
Mullins was a 17 year veteran of the department.
For most Americans Thanksgiving is a time of good cheer and good food.
But not for everyone-- especially for the shut in.
Our congressman in Roanoke was out to make a difference this morning.
Representative Bob Goodlatte helped the League of Older Americans and Meals
on Wheels deliver Thanksgiving dinners to shut in senior citizens.
He says those who receive the meals are very grateful.
IN Q=They got a
((CONGRESSMAN BOB GOODLATTE: THEY GOT A SPECIAL THANKSGIVING DINNER FOR THEM
TODAY THAT INCLUDES TURKEY AND STUFFING AND ALL THE TRIMMINGS. AND EVEN SOME
GODIVA CHOCOLATE THAT WAS DONATED BY A COMPANY SO WE HOPE THAT HAVE A WONDERFUL
MEAL AND YOU CAN SEE THAT THEY APPRECIATE.))
OUT Q=that they appreciate.
More than 200 meals were delivered throughout the Valley and the Alleghany
When News 7 returns, we'll talk to one family who's thankful for their
and we'll show you the connection between a Roanoke company and the turkey on
That when News 7 continues.
MUSIC UP FULL
The Roanoke Valley actually plays a large role in Thanksgiving dinners all
across the country.
SS=Made In Virginia
Len Besthoff and photographer Lawrence Young explain in our latest
installment of Made In Virginia.
IN Q=Nat Sot
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :06
SUPER=01-Larry Ptaschek/NSW President; :20
SUPER=01-Richard Nicely/NSW Plant Superintendent; :39
OUT Q=Nat Sot
(( You'd never know it, but there's a good chance your Thanksgiving turkey has
a connection with Roanoke, Virginia.
The turkeys aren't raised or processed here...but a large portion of the
turkey NETTING in the United States is made locally by the NSW Corporation's 90
LARRY PTASCHEK/NSW PRESIDENT: I WOULD ESTIMATE WE'RE IN THE 40 TO 50
PERCENT RANGE OF USAGE IN THE U-S.
The netting's made by mixing polyethylene with color pellets at a high
temperatures, cooling it, and rotating the colored strands.
It has the ability to stretch a great deal...and that's a good thing,
considering the fact that some birds weigh more than 30 pounds.
RICHARD NICELY/NSW PLANT SUPERINTENDENT: WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO TAKE A 16 POUND
BOWLING BALL, PUT IT IN THE NETTING, SWING IT AROUND YOUR HEAD WITH A KNOT TIED
ON THE END, EVEN BOUNCE IT ON THE FLOOR, AND YOU'LL VERY SELDOM EVEN FIND A
STRAND THAT'LL BREAK.
One big question though is, what's the netting for?
The turkey's already wrapped in plastic.
PTASCHEK: IT'S FOR EASE OF PICKING THE TURKEY OUT OF THE DISPLAY CASE AND
PUTTING IT INTO THE CART. THE OTHER IS PRESENTATION OF THE PRODUCT. THE
NETTING ON THE TURKEY LOOKS NICE. AND THE OTHER REASON IS TO AVOID, KEEP
PEOPLE FROM CHANGING THE PRICE LABELS.
The turkey netting is N-S-W's marquee product.
But the company says its products do have other retail and industrial uses.
Len Besthoff, for Made In Virginia.))
A dream home in the mountains can become a nightmare during a forest fire.
Forestry officials say many homes and housing developments in southwest
Virginia can be made safer once people are aware of the risks.
Beth Myer reports fire safety can start with the condition of the property
surrounding your home.
IN Q=The number
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00
SUPER=00-Chris Thomsen/Forester; :22 (Screen Right)
OUT Q=Beth Myer, News 7.
((The number of woodland homes in Virginia has sky rocketed from 18- thousand
to 138-thousand since 19-79.
This lot is being prepared for a home, but there are already problems with
fire safety. The road leading into the development is narrow with no adequate
space for fire trucks to turn around, and the driveway is just as bad.
1 32 47 00 - 1 34 53 00
IN Q=Can you move
((CHRIS THOMSEN/FORESTER: CAN YOU MOVE EMERGENCY EQUIPMENT IN HERE? VERY
DOUBTFUL. YOU HAVE A NARROW DRIVE WAY. LOW HANGING LIMBS.))
OUT Q= hanging limbs.
3 26 30 00 - 3 26 39 00
IN Q=Forestry officials say
((BETH MYER/NEWS 7: FORESTRY OFFICIALS SAY YOUR YARD SHOULD SERVE AS A FIRE
BREAK. PROTECTING YOUR HOME FROM FOREST FIRES STARTS WITH EVALUATING THE TREES
AROUND YOUR HOME. ))
OUT Q=around your home.
1 44 23 00 - 1 44 38 00
IN Q=The smaller branches like this
((CHRIS THOMSEN/ FORESTER: THE SMALLER BRANCHES LIKE THIS, FIRE WILL BURN IN
THE LEAVES TO THE PINE, THE PINE WILL CARRY IT INTO THE OAKES. IT'S LIKE A
LADDER AND HOME OWNERS WANT TO REMOVE ONE SEGMENT OF THAT LADDER.))
OUT Q=of that ladder.
VIDEO OF THOMSEN'S HOME
It's best to have a clearance of at least 30 feet surrounding a home. That
distance increases if the house is built on a steep slope.
1 41 47 00 - 1 41 54 00
IN Q=Fire runs up hill
((CHRIS THOMSEN/FORESTER: FIRE RUNS UP HILL FASTER THAN DOWN HILL AND AROUND
HERE EVERYONE WANTS THE VIEW WHICH PUTS THEM UP ON TOP OF THE MOUNTAINS. ))
OUT Q=top of the mountains.
Branches should be 30 feet off the ground and the brush underneath should be
cleared. Green grass is ideal because it does not burn easily.
Thomsen recommends using fire resistant building materials like the
fiberglass used in this roof. Chimneys should be capped to keep sparks from
Good planning can reduce the fire risk. The state Department of Forestry
will advise developers and homeowners to on how to improve fire safety. Beth
Myer, News 7.))
A Roanoke teenager who won a scholarship to Harvard University is home for
Today, Theresa Robertson and her family were giving thanks for the
generosity of their neighbors.
IN Q=I was just stunned
((THERESA ROBERTSON/HARVARD UNIVERSITY STUDENT: I WAS JUST STUNNED AND IT'S
BEEN ABSOLUTELY AMAZING THE AMOUNT OF GENEROSITY PEOPLE HAVE SHOWN TO ME,
PEOPLE THAT I DON'T EVEN KNOW AND I DON'T KNOW WHO THEY ARE.))
SUPER=01-Theresa Robertson/Harvard University Student;
OUT Q=don't know who they are.
When Theresa Robertson hugged her family and headed for Harvard in
September, she wasn't expecting to return for Thanksgiving.
But the generosity of an anonymous donor, allowed her to fly home this week.
Today she shared thanksgiving dinner and an afternoon of football with her
IN Q=It's really nice to see everyone
OUT Q=it's really nice.
Robertson is making the grade in Massachusetts and adapting well to college
She says her work in the Roanoke City Schools prepared her well for freshman
classes at Harvard.
We'll hear more from Theresa Robertson and her family tonight at eleven.
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
The stock market is closed today, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.
But when News 7 returns,
We'll show you what to look for when buying toys this season.
MUSIC UP FULL
Before you start your holiday toy buying for the tyke in your life....here's
some advice from a Roanoke pediatrician.
Buy age-appropriate, and consider the developmental merits of a toy.
IN Q=In the one
((DR. MARK MCBRIDE/PEDIATRICIAN: IN THE ONE TO THREE YEAR AGE GROUP WE LIKE TO
CHOSE TOYS THAT SUGGEST INTERACTION. TOYS THAT WILL PROMOTE INTERACTION OF THE
CHILD WITH OTHER CHILDREN. THINGS LIKE BOOKS, PUZZLES WITH LARGE PIECES, ANY
THING ELSE YOU CAN FIND THAT WOULD SUGGEST OR PROMOTE INTERACTION., EDUCATIONAL
VIDEOS ARE HELPFUL, SING-A-LONGS.AND YOU ALSO WANT TO CHOSE TOYS AND VIDEOS
THAT SORT OF PROMOTE VOCALIZATION.
THE FOUR TO TEN YEAR AGE GROUP IS A DIFFICULT AGE GROUP, AND THOSE CHILDREN
JOIN THE MORE EDUCATIONAL AND THINKING TOYS. THEY CHOSE THINGS LIKE, AGAIN
EDUCATIONAL VIDEOS, SOME CHILDREN HAVE A COMPUTER SO COMPUTER GAMES THAT
ENCOURAGE THINKING, NOT JUST SEDENTARY LIKE THINKING IN FRONT OF THE TV. I
WOULD ALSO RECOMMEND GETTING AWAY FROM VIOLENCE AND AGGRESSION AND CHOOSING
TOYS THAT DO NOT FOCUS ON THAT.))
SUPER=01-Dr. Mark McBride/Pediatrician;
OUT Q=focus on that.
Dr. McBride recommends music or sports equipment for the older kids.
He advises planning your purchases, rather than succumbing to impulse
And coming up, The Cavaliers are going bowling Georgia beats Georgia Tech.
and highlights of the annual Detroit Minnesota N-F-L Thanksgiving day
GRAPHIC=UVA Peach Bowl
The Virginia Cavaliers will play in the Peach Bowl December 30-th.
Virginia accepted the invitation last night and will play an opponent yet to be
determined at 8 pm at the Georgia Dome.
The 8 and 4 Cavs made their first ever bowl appearance in the Peach
Bowl in 1984 beating Purdue 27 to 24.
SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA/ABC SPORTS; :
In Atlanta, Donnie Davis threw two first half touchdowns this six yarder to
Cedric Zachery as Georgia Tech took a 14 to nothing on Georgia.
But the Bulldogs rallied Torin Kirtsey rushed for 99 yards and two
touchdowns this one from 6 yards out as Georgia got right back in the game.
Then with 47 seconds left Kanon SUPER=36-Georgia/=18/Georgia
Tech/=17;Parkman booted this 34 yard field goal and the Bulldogs knock off the
Yellow Jackets 18 to 17.
Scott Mitchell threw four touchdown passes to lead the Detroit Lions over
Minnesota 44 to 38.
SUPER=03-Pontiac, MI/FOX SPORTS; :
Mitchell threw two touchdown passes to Brett Perriman in the first quarter
this 20 yarder and the Lions led 14 to nothing.
It was a high scoring game and when Viking quarterback Warren Moon hit Cris
Carter on this 10 yard touchdown pass the Vikings led 28 to 24.
But the Lions rallied with big SUPER=36-Detroit/=44/Minnesota/=38; plays
in the third and fourth quarters. Mitchell with the side arm pass to Herman
Moore for a 27 yard touchdown and the Lions win it 44 to 38.
The Division 5 Northwest Region championship will have a couple of familiar
faces when the Pulaski county Cougars host the E.C. Glass Hilltoppers.
In an earlier match up this season, The Hilltoppers dominated the Cougars
beating them 35 to 3. But a lot has changed since then.
IN Q="You still
((JOEL HICKS/PULASKI CO. HEAD COACH: ))
SUPER=01-Joel Hicks/Pulaski Co. Head Coach; :
OUT Q=......help us some."
SUPER=03-Lynchburg/This Season; :
The Hilltoppers jumped on the Cougars early and never let up beating them
for the first time at home.
But Glass is not overlooking the fact that the cougars have improved since
that game and this game is in the Cougar Den.
IN Q="IT'S A
((BO HENSON/E.C. GLASS HEAD COACH: ))
SUPER=01-Bo Henson/E.C. Glass Head Coach; :
OUT Q=...........go on."
The cougars and Hilltoppers hook up tomorrow night kickoff is 7:30.
This weeks Region Three division four finals is a rematch of last years
division championship the Amherst Lancers taking on the Salem Spartans.
And the Spartans clearly remember what happened last year.
IN Q=:I think the way
((WILLIS WHITE/SALEM HEAD COACH: ))
SUPER=01-Willis White/Salem Head Coach; :
OUT Q=.......we have."
SUPER=03-Amherst Co./Last Season; :
The lancers were the dominate team in the region last year outscoring their
opponents 499 to 59 including a 55 to 19 win over Salem.
Some of the speed is gone but the Lancers should be a good test for Willis
White and his Spartans.
Kickoff tomorrow night is 7:30
Regional Champions will be crowned in high school football tomorrow and
Saturday so lets take a look at our Friday Football Extra schedule,.
IN Q=FIRST SCORE
OUT Q=......FOOTBALL EXTRA BOARD."
After a half a century, NASCAR legend Junior Johnson is out of the business.
According to the Charlotte Observer the 64-year old veteran driver and car
owner sold both his race teams yesterday.
One to Brett Bodine and the other to Bob Brooks of Hooters. Brooks then
sold the team to Arkansas lawyer David Blair.