These are the top stories on NEWS 7 at SIX:
The Fire Marshal could use your help.
And the road to explore has a beginning- -the end is still a year and a half
In sports, the brooms are out in the nation's capital, the Redskins will
talk about their sweep of America's team, a Bath County player sets a new state
and Mike Stevens has more from "Bowlburg...excuse me... that's Blacksburg, as
the Hokies voice their feelings on going to New Orleans.
Did you know that this is Winter Weather Preparedness Week in Virginia?
That's the focus of WeatherSchool this evening.
Fire investigators in Roanoke say they need the public's help.
Deliberately set fires over the past few months have officials baffled but
may point to a fire bug.
Two fires were set in one week in the 800 block Campbell Avenue.
Most of the fires were in vacant homes.
Officials say they are investigating more than a half dozen arsons in the
IN Q=It's hard for us
((JERRY PERCELL/ASSIST. FIRE MARSHAL: IT'S HARD FOR US TO BE THERE ALL THE
TIME. WHAT WE WOULD SUGGEST IS THE CRIME WATCH NUMBER IF THEY CAN CONTACT THE
POLICE DEPARTMENT AND NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH SEEM TO BE IN ORDER AT THIS TIME.
JUST PEOPLE GET THEIR EYES OUT AND REPORT ANY SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY.))
SUPER=01-Jerry Percell/Assist. Fire Marshal;
OUT Q=any suspicious activity.
Officials say most of the arson fires were set at the rear of the buildings
or in the basement.
So far no arrests have been made and the investigation continues.
A Danville woman was paralyzed in a weekend shooting.
Authorities say 49- year old Roberta Hughes Sydnor (SID-NER) of Claiborne
Street was shot in the neck Saturday evening.
Sydnor is listed in critical condition.
Police have NOT made an arrest. The case is still under investigation.
They declined to discuss a motive.
Explore Park has begun construction on what will probably be its biggest
But it's not an attraction-- it's a road.
Scott Prince reports.
IN Q=Officials broke
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Rupert Cutler/Explore Park Director; :16
OUT Q=Scott Prince, News 7
(( Officials BROKE ground on the Roanoke River Parkway, hoping to put Explore
Park on SOLID ground.
The road will give Blue Ridge Parkway travelers a direct link to the living
And that will probably mean more visitors, and ultimately, more money.
IN Q=I feel
((RUPERT CUTLER/EXPLORE PARK DIRECTOR: I FEEL MUCH BETTER ABOUT EXPLORE'S
FINANCING TODAY, THAN I'VE EVER FELT BEFORE.))
OUT Q=felt before
The spur is 1- point- 4 miles, but the road to make it a reality was much
The Roanoke River Parkway was authorized by Congress back in 1987, but
questions over its funding, coupled with environmental concerns, forced the set
This ground- breaking ceremony could spur- on financial stability for the
This year about 20- thousand people visited Explore Park and officials say
once this spur is complete, that number could jump to 100- thousand a year.
But officials believe Explore is not the only winner from the spur.
They say the entire Roanoke Valley will benefit as well.
IN Q=This transportation
((DEL. DICK CRANWELL/D-VINTON: THIS TRANSPORTATION LINK AT THE BLUE RIDGE
PARKWAY TO EXPLORE IS VITAL BECAUSE THERE ARE TWO MILLION PEOPLE A YEAR FROM
OUT OF STATE THAT PASS THROUGH HERE. IF THEY STOP AND SPEND THE NIGHT, IT WILL
MEAN A LOT OF MONEY IN THE ROANOKE VALLEY. ))
OUT Q=Roanoke valley
The construction may have ended an 8- year wait, but officials will still be
without the spur next year.
It's not scheduled to be completed until May of '97.
Scott Prince, News 7.))
GRAPHIC=Roanoke Co. Seal
By the spring of 1997 Roanoke County will also fill some retail space that
has sat vacant along route 221 for nearly a decade.
This morning Harris Teeter Supermarkets broke ground for its latest project.
The high-end grocery chain will put a 59- thousand- square- foot store on
That's double the size of most of the stores it has in our area.
IN Q=We hope
((FUZZY MINNIX/ROANOKE CO. SUPERVISOR: WE HOPE THAT THIS IS GOING TO SET THE
STANDARDS FOR GROWTH ALONG 221.))
OUT Q=along 221.
The president of Harris Teeter says it will hire 220 full and part-time
The company is very excited about the move because it will demolish the
current building on the site, and design its own store from the ground up.
Harris Teeter says it does NOT plan to close its Oak Grove store that's less
than a mile away.
Traffic was heavier than usual through downtown Blacksburg today.
Police had to reroute motorists on U.S. 460 when a tractor trailer
overturned late this morning.
Witnesses say the traffic light at Southgate Drive malfunctioned.
The truck was trying to avoid hitting a car when it ran up an embankment and
No one was injured, but Eastbound 460 is still blocked.
A North Carolina man is still in serious condition following a fiery tractor
trailer accident on Interstate 81.
The wreck happened around 2:30 yesterday afternoon and blocked traffic for
The tractor trailer flipped and was sandwiched between two guardrails.
The driver, 45- year- old Luke Sain (SANE) of Hickory, North Carolina,
suffered minor injuries.
His partner, 53- year- old David Morris of Yadkin, North Carolina was thrown
from the truck and airlifted to Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
The truck driver has been charged with reckless driving.
A group of highly decorated and successful women in the U-S armed Forces
has lined up behind the Justice Department in its battle against V-M-I.
They say the Institute is out of step with the times, and that their own
experience in the military should disprove the theory that there should be
different standards for women in uniform.
The "friend of the court" brief was filed with the SUPREME Court in
antiticpation of oral arguments set for next month.
Seventeen high-ranking female officers are cited in the brief.
V-M-I and its supporters say they respect and admire the women for their
accomplishments, but point out V-M-I never set out to duplicate the military
Bad news from the Allen Administration today on how the federal government
will hand over Medicaid to the states.
SOT 12:52:45 TAPE 2
IN Q=They're capping
((KAY COLES JAMES/VA. HEALTH & HUMAN RESOURCES: THEY'RE CAPPING THE AMOUNT OF
MONEY THAT WE HAVE TO SPEND. AND THEN GIVING US CERTAIN DICTATES. SO THERE'S
GOING TO BE A LOT LESS FLEXIBILITY THEN PEOPLE TEND TO THINK THERE IS. AND
IT'S GOING TO BE A VERY, VERY, VERY DIFFICULT PROCESS.))
OUT Q=difficult process.
But members of the bi- partisan Joint Commission on Health Care say it would
be easier if the Administration had more information about who receives
Medicaid in Virginia.
IN Q=I don't think
((SEN. JANE WOODS/R-FAIRFAX: I DON'T THINK IT'S A BLAME GAME KIND OF THING.
IT'S JUST WE NEED THIS. AND WE NEEDED IT YESTERDAY. JUST AS I WOULD HAVE
THOUGHT, IF THEY DON'T HAVE THESE NUMBERS, THEY NEED IT IN ORDER TO BE EVEN
THINKING TOWARD FUTURE MEDICAID EXPENDITURES.))
SUPER=01-Sen. Jane Woods/(R) Fairfax;
OUT Q=Medicaid expenditures.
The Administration says Virginia may have a matter of months or a year to
prepare to take over Medicaid.
Republican Senator John Warner drew a line in the sand today that he hopes
he'll never have to cross.
Asked by reporters if he'd still consider a bid for re-election as an
independent, Warner made it seem unlikely.
SOT TAPE 2 12:18:21
IN Q=In the last election
((SEN. JOHN WARNER: IN THE LAST ELECTION FOR THE UNITED STATES SENATE, AN
EFFORT WAS MADE BY AN INDEPENDENT. IT WAS UNSUCCESSFUL. THAT OUGHT TO TEACH
YOU SOMETHING. SECONDLY, I HAVE WORKED VERY HARD FOR OVER 30 YEARS FOR THE
REPUBLICAN PARTY OF VIRGINIA. AND NO ONE'S GONNA STRIP ME OF MY RIGHTS TO BE A
REPUBLICAN AND TO TRY AND SEEK THAT ELECTION AS A REPUBLICAN.))
OUT Q=as a Republican.
Warner brought the architect of the seven year balanced budget to Richmond
to help him raise 40- thousand dollars over lunch.
But questions for New Mexico Senator Pete Domenici (da-MIN-ih-chee) were
outnumbered by those on this Saturday's Republican central committee meeting in
If party officials opt for a convention instead of a primary -- and Warner
loses to party favorite Jim Miller -- will he run as an independent?
SOT tape 1 12:16:20
IN Q=I don't have
((SEN. JOHN WARNER: I DON'T HAVE TO CONSIDER THAT. THE LAW IS THERE. SEEMS
TO ME A COURT WOULD HAVE TO INTERVENE. WOULDN'T YOU THINK SO?))
OUT Q=think so?
Party chairman Pat McSweeney says he favors a convention and letting
Warner's lawyers do the talking.
G-O-P Attorney General Jim Gilmore and every Republican congressman in
Virginia have supported Warner's right to a primary.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Coming up on News 7,
Good job news for two Roanoke Valley companies. We'll tell you who's
and how a new business deal may pay off big for this firm. Stay with us.
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Hayes, (SEE) Seay, Mattern and Mattern is one of Roanoke's larger homegrown
companies, with more than 200 employees.
The architectural firm is perhaps best known for the buildings and bridges
But Len Besthoff reports another portion of its business has secured it the
second largest contract in its history.
IN Q=Nat sot
SUPER=01-Vern Danielsen/HSMM; :25
SUPER=01-Cecil Doyle/HSMM; :59
OUT Q=LB, News-7.
This scanner traffic may be just noise to you, but to the folks at Hayes,
Seay, Mattern and Mattern, it's the sound of money.
The Roanoke architectural firm has won a multi-million-dollar contract, its
second largest to date, to design the second phase of a statewide mobile radio
system for six Florida law enforcement agencies.
SOT vern/what they're doing TAPE ONE 10:51:11
IN Q=We're responsible
((VERN DANIELSEN/HAYES, SEAY, MATTERN & MATTERN: WE'RE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE
DESIGN OF THE SYSTEM, AND THAT MEANS THE DESIGN OF THE RADIO SYSTEM, AS WELL AS
THE BUILDINGS AND TOWERS, AND THE POWER AND AIR CONDITIONING AND ALL OF THOSE
OUT Q=those things.
SOT TAPE ONE 11:30:25
IN Q=Hayes, Seay
((Hayes, Seay, Mattern and Mattern says this project basically comprises the
eastern part of the state, all they way from Hollywood in the south, to Daytona
in the north. And the company says if all goes as planned, the company says
this contract could get even bigger.))
OUT Q=even bigger.
SOT TAPE ONE 10:53:30
IN Q=Phases three
((DANIELSEN: PHASES THREE FOUR AND FIVE HAVE NOT YET BEEN FUNDED. WE'VE BEEN
SELECTED TO DO THOSE, IF THE FUNDING IS APPROVED.))
OUT Q=is approved.
The project will mean new jobs, in H-S-M-M's Lynchburg office and a new
location it's setting up in Florida.
IN Q=At its
((CECIL DOYLE/HAYES, SEAY, MATTERN & MATTERN: AT ITS PEAK, WE'RE PROBABLY
TALKING 20 TO 25 PROFESSIONAL POSITIONS.))
OUT Q=professional positions.
The company says the new contract gives it a better foothold in Florida, a
market it has tried to tap into for some time.
Len Besthoff, News-7. ))
A Pulaski company has some expansion plans on the drawing board.
Jefferson Mills makes synthetic fibers used in things such as pantyhose,
sewing thread, and socks.
It says it needs more room for warehousing and some new machines.
So it wants to connect its office building with its warehouse to create more
The expansion will result in the addition of about 50 employees.
That will bring Jefferson Mills' total work force past the 400 mark.
The move does require the town to close a road permanently though.
Pulaski's town council will vote on the issue tomorrow.
Business leaders from across central and southside Virginia gathered in
Lynchburg today to discuss ways to bring new economic dollars to the area.
The conference was sponsored by 5th District Congressman L.F. Payne.
Speakers included state transportation secretary Robert Martinez.
Martinez says the national highway bill signed by President Clinton last
month should boost Virginia's economic development efforts.
IN Q=It authorizes
((ROBERT MARTINEZ/VA TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY: IT AUTHORIZES OVER SIX BILLION
DOLLARS OF SPENDING FOR HIGHWAYS ACROSS THE COUNTRY, INCLUDING ABOUT 150
MILLION DOLLARS FOR VIRGINIA ON AN ANNUAL BASIS, SO THAT'S AN IMPORTANT PIECE
SUPER=01-Robert Martinez/VA Transportation Secretary; :00
OUT Q=piece of legislation.
Congressman Payne says another kind of road.. the information super-
highway, is playing an increasing role in attracting new business.
IN Q=These are all
((REP. L.F. PAYNE/D- 5TH DISTRICT: THESE ARE ALL TECHNOLOGIES THAT ARE ACTUALLY
HERE TODAY AND WILL ONLY BE MORE AND MORE IMPORTANT, NOT ONLY TO EXISTING
BUSINESSES BUT TO US IN TERMS OF ATTRACTING BUSINESSES AND HAVING THE
INFRASTRUCTURE TO UTILIZE THESE HIGH- TECH TYPE FACILITIES.))
SUPER=01-Rep. L.F. Payne/(D) 5th District; :00
OUT Q=high-tech type facilities.
This was the first such conference Payne has sponsored in his district.
The Dow reached yet another new high today on a rally of 52 points. Today's
closing mark, 51 hundred 05, breaks the record set just last Wednesday.
NASDAQ was up as well, 14 and a half points.
Hokie Fans are pumping up for the Big Easy.
Tracy Altizer reports if you want to ring in the New Year in the Sugar Bowl,
you'd better make plans now.
IN Q=Driving around Blacksburg
SUPER=01-Ernie & Jane Lyle/Hokie Fans;
SUPER=01-Susan Erikson/The Travel Company;
OUT Q=Altizer, News 7.
Driving around Blacksburg you wouldn't know there was a Big East
championship team in town.
here's no banner on Main Street, or on campus for that matter.
But fans are no less happy their Hokies have hit it big.
((ERNIE & JANE LYLE/HOKIE FANS: I THINK IT'S GREAT, IT'S THE BEST THINK THAT'S
EVER HAPPENED TO US.
SWEETEST THING THAT'S EVER HAPPENED. SWEETEST, YES, LOOKING FORWARD TO IT. ))
At The Travel Company of Blacksburg, consultants were booking Hokie fans
from all over Virginia and surrounding states on charter flights to New
((OKAY, NOW I DO HAVE SOME PACKAGES THAT ARE GOING OUT OF RICHMOND. ))
Most agencies are requiring non-refundable payment up front, and report
they're filling up so fast there's little time to shop around.
((SUSAN ERIKSON/THE TRAVEL COMPANY: YOU HAVE TO DO IT QUICKLY. IF YOU'RE GONNA
SHOP YOU HAVE TO JUST REALLY DO IT QUICKLY BECAUSE THEY'LL BE GONE THAT
It's not a cheap date for New Year's Eve. Most three-day air and hotel
packages run upwards of 600 dollars per person.
((SARAH ZEIGLER & CHRIS LHOMMEDIEU/VA TECH STUDENTS: PROBABLY END UP DRIVING.
PROBABLY DRIVING AND PROBABLY CAMPING FROM WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE.
QUESTION: IT'S AN EXPENSIVE TRIP?
ANSWER: LOOKS TO BE. ))
And don't leave home without your tickets, which start at 60 dollars.
((ALRIGHT, ARE YOU A SEASON TICKET HOLDER OR AN ATHLETIC FUND CONTRIBUTOR? ))
They're moving fast too.
Tech's initial allotment is 15 thousand, though more may be available later.
For now, fans may fill out order forms complete with credit card numbers, and
the tickets will be mailed out after December 17th.
((IT'S EXCITING, EVERYBODY IS PRETTY PUMPED UP FOR IT SO, READY TO GO. ))
Tracy Altizer, News 7.
Mike Stevens will have more from Blacksburg as the Hokies talk more about
their Sugar Bowl bid, the Skins ward off capitol punishment with yesterday's
win over Dallas,
and a Bath County player sets a new state record as his team charges into
the state championship game.
Tickets for the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans went on sale today at the Virginia
Tech box office.
The Hokies have been given 15 thousand tickets, but they hope to sell more
than 20 thousand.
Mike Stevens says the fans and players who make the trip will have more to
see than just a football game.
IN Q=FIRST AUDIO
SUPER=03-New Orleans, LA/January 1, 1991; :00
SUPER=01-Chuck Zatarain/Sugar Bowl Representative; :24
SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Va. Tech Head Coach; :53
SUPER=01-Jim Druckenmiller/Va. Tech Quarterback; 1:12
SUPER=01-J.C. Price/Va. Tech Defensive Tackle; 1:22
SUPER=01-Cornell Brown/Va. Tech Defensive End; 1:52
OUT Q=...News 7 Sports."
(( The last time a team from the Commonwealth invaded the Sugar Bowl, Shawn
Moore and the Cavaliers were bigger than life. But a big fourth quarter and
this late TD gave Tennessee a 23-to-22 victory. Bowl officials think this
year's matchup has the potential to top that 1990 game.
((CHUCK ZATARAIN/SUGAR BOWL REPRESENTATIVE:))
There's certainly a lot of fun to be had in the "Big Easy"!
Whether it be devouring Chicory and Beignets at a sidewalk cafe, or taking in
the sights, New Orleans has plenty offer.
((FRANK BEAMER/VA. TECH HEAD COACH:))
And keeping his team focused will be quite a challenge!
Bourbon Street gives a much more revealing look at life than many have ever
((JIM DRUCKENMILLER/VA. TECH HEAD COACH:))
((J.C. PRICE/VA. TECH DEFENSIVE TACKLE:))
But the right kind of lights aren't all bad. And the Hokies hope to take
advantage of their position in national spotlight on New Year Eve.
((CORNELL BROWN/VA. TECH DEFENSIVE END:))
The lights come on December 31st at seven o'clock. In Blacksburg, Mike
Stevens news 7 sports.))
Bath County is one of our Friday Football Extra teams still in the state
championship chase. The Chargers will meet Strasburg this Saturday at Alleghany
High School for the title.
SUPER=03-Low Moor/This Past Saturday; :00
This past saturday, Charger defensive back K.C. Jones set a new state
record. The senior intercepted Appalachia quarterback Travis Turner's pass and
returned it 105 yards for a touchdown for the first score of the game.
The Washington Redskins might be 4 and 9 on the season and out of playoff
contention, but as far as many of the players are concerned, sweeping Dallas
has made this season productive and shows these Skins never give up.
SUPER=01-Ken Harvey/Redskins Linebacker; :00(quick)
SUPER=01-Norv Turner/Redskins Coach; :11
SUPER=01-Heath Shuler/Redskins Quarterback; :22
OUT Q=....of my career"