Coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX:
Fires in Rocky Mount, Roanoke and Danville....
And getting back to normal. All that snow melting... and rain likely the
end of the week. Are we in for the FLOOD of '96, now, too?
Tonight in sports, Marcus Camby is OK and out of the Hospital.
The injured Packers' coach isn't so lucky.
We'll hear some comments from last week's media tour that may have passed you
And his Airness, Michael Jordan passes by the Bullets today with his second
straight 45 point plus performance.
Wow...still plenty of snow on the ground but temperatures soaring into the
60's. What a great Monday this turned out to be.
Fire today destroyed one of Rocky Mount's oldest buildings.
The Old Mount Theater... which was transformed into a barber shop and
auction house... went up in flames around eight this morning.
Both Main Street businesses are a total loss.
IN Q=I had
((CRAIG JAMISON/AUCTIONEER: I HAD PROBABLY 40 TO 50 THOUSAND DOLLARS WORTH OF
CONSIGNMENT MERCHANDISE AND MERCHANDISE OF MY OWN TO BE SOLD AND IT'S ALL
OUT Q=smoke ruined it
Fire officials think the blaze broke out in the back of the barber shop.
A kerosene heater could be to blame.
IN Q=I think
((CHIEF POSEY DILLON/ROCKY MOUNT FIRE DEPARTMENT: I THINK FROM WHAT... I HAVE
TO GATHER IT WAS A POSSIBILITY THAT THERE WAS ONE LOCATED WITHIN, WHETHER THAT
WAS THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE... WE'RE NOT SURE. ))
SUPER=01-Chief Posey Dillon/Rocky Mount Fire Dept.;
OUT Q=not sure
A fire- fighter suffered a heart attack while battling the blaze.
He's listed in stable condition at Franklin Memorial Hospital.
There were no injuries in an overnight fire in Roanoke last night.
Around eleven- thirty... in the historic Gainsboro district... a home was
destroyed by flames.
Then the fire jumped to an abandoned house next door.
The owner wasn't home at the time... but she was quickly notified by a
She couldn't believe she had lost everything.
IN Q=We was at the
((ANGEL SMITH/FIRE VICTIM: WE WAS AT THE MOTEL RIGHT HERE. WHEN I LOOKED OUT OF
MY WINDOW, IT LOOKED LIKE MY HOUSE FROM THE TOP AND I CALLED MY GRANDFATHER AND
ASKED HIM IF MY HOUSE WAS ON FIRE. HE SAID YES. HE HAD BEEN TRYING TO CONTACT
ME. SO I DON'T KNOW WHAT HAPPENED. ))
SUPER=01-Angel Smith/Fire Victim;
OUT Q=what happened
Smith says she and her four children will stay with friends for now.
Meanwhile, the Fire Marshal is still trying to figure out how the blaze
The damage is estimated at 40- thousand dollars.
GRAPHIC=State Police Investigation
Lexington police officer Mark Ramos has been cleared of any wrong- doing.
Last Fall a woman filed a warrant against him, charging the officer with
assault and battery during an arrest.
Ramos had been suspended with pay, pending a state police investigatation.
He was back on duty as of today.
A week after the big snowstorm brought the Roanoke Valley to a standstill,
there was another sign that life is returning to normal.
Today, trash collection resumed in the city of Roanoke
And Joe Dashiell reports the sanitation crews have their work cut out for
A week without trash collection means that two weeks of garbage will be
waiting for the crews as they make their rounds this week.
But the workers we caught up with this morning, were just happy to be back
IN Q=I'm glad to be back
SUPER=01-Angela Hopson/Roanoke Resident; :29
OUT Q=too quick. too quick.
IN Q=I'm glad
((GENE COOK: I'M GLAD TO BE BACK TO WORK.))
((MELVIN POINDEXTER: GLAD TO BE BACK AT IT. A LITTLE TOO LONG OFF, BUT I'M GLAD
TO BE BACK AT IT.))
OUT Q=be back at it.
If Gene Cook and Melvin Poindexter were pleased to be hauling trash, they
had plenty to be thankful for.
The Blizzard of '96 left a backlog of garbage on the streets of Wilmont
Farms and other Roanoke city neighborhoods.
While many public employees were enjoying the day off, this was no holiday
for the sanitation crews resuming their rounds.
IN Q=I had six or seven
((ANGELA HOPSON/ROANOKE RESIDENT: I HAD SIX OR SEVEN BAGS OUTSIDE. BETWEEN MY
DOG AND MY CHILD AND EVERYBODY ELSE. I'M REALLY GLAD TO SEE THEM. PILES UP
PRETTY QUICK DOESN'T IT? TOO QUICK. TOO QUICK.))
OUT Q=too quick. too quick.))
(TOSS TO KEITH)
Bright sunshine and warm temperatures are a welcome sight this week, but the
threat of rain looms ahead.
At the same time, two feet of snow is melting fast.
Could all those conditions add up to a formula for flooding?
The National Weather Service says don't worry, just now.
((JEFF STEWART/NWS METEOROLOGIST: WE'RE LOOKING AT SOME RAINFALL FOR THURSDAY.
ANY AMOUNTS OVER AN INCH MIGHT CAUSE SOME PROBLEMS. BUT RIGHT NOW IT LOOKS
LIKE WE'LL BE AT LESS THAN AN INCH WITH RAINFALL THURSDAY. AND SO WE'RE
LOOKING PRETTY GOOD BUT WE'RE KEEPING AN EYE ON IT. ))
SUPER=01-Jeff Stewart/NWS Meteorologist;
OUT Q=an eye on it.
Stewart says December was fairly dry, with only about two inches of rainfall
for the month.
That has kept river and stream levels low enough to handle some extra water.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on the newscast, localities across the region remember Martin
and we'll see how the Bedford Sheriff is turning to some experienced rookies to
help out with his shorthanded department.
Toss to Robin
SUPER=#C-380; Weather Roll
While the nation paused to remember Dr. King in their thoughts, others
chose a more public way to honor his memory.
In Southside, a local civil rights group organized a three day march.
Teresa Hamilton has the story.
SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co.; :00
SUPER=07-Hazel Fontaine; :23
SUPER=01-Rev. William Avon Keen/Local SCLC President; :42
SUPER=07-Clinton Stokes; :51
OUT Q=Hamilton, News 7.
(( Doctor Martin Luther King, Junior's birthday is a time of celebration for
the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.
The civil right's group organized the local march-- which will likely go
down in memory.
They decided to honor the slain civil rights leader with a three day
march--beginning in Danville on Saturday.
IN Q=I feel
((HAZEL FONTAINE: I FEEL GREAT, I'VE WALKED FROM DANVILLE ALL THE WAY TO
CHATHAM AND I ALWAYS FEEL THAT IF HARRIETT TUBMAN CAN WALK MILLIONS OF MILES
THROUGH RAIN, SLEET AND SNOW, I CAN WALK THOSE FEW MILES. ))
OUT Q=few miles.
Reverend William Avon Keen is the SCLC's local President.
He views the three day march as symbolic.
IN Q=The death
((REV. WILLIAM AVON KEEN/LOCAL SCLC, PRESIDENT: THE DEATH OF THE MOVEMENT IN
THE 60'S, THE BURIAL OF THE MOVEMENT AND THE RESURRECTION OF A NEW MOVEMENT IN
19-HUNDRED AND 96. ))
OUT Q=AND 96.
IN Q=I'm walking
((CLINTON STOKES:I'M WALKING OUT HERE TO REPRESENT THE ELDERS THAT PAVED THE
WAY FOR US AND OUR YOUNGER CHILDREN THAT ALSO CONTINUED THE STRUGGLE AND KEEP
US SAFE AND FREE AS A PEOPLE. ))
OUT Q=as a people.
The late Dr. King was no stranger to Southside.
He came to Danville in 1963 during a time of great civil unrest.
Many who took part in the three day march were too young to remember.
But by taking part, felt a strong kinship to his spirit. Teresa Hamilton,
Looking at the negative things to prevent history from repeating itself.
That's what the director of the Harrison Museum of African American Culture
said in reference to the holiday.
Children gathered at the museum to reflect upon Dr. King and the Civil
IN Q=We tend to
((ALETHA BOLDEN/HARRISON MUSEUM: WE TEND TO GO DAY TO DAY AND REALLY DON'T
THING ABOUT THOSE PIONEERS IN THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT WHO HELPED US GET WHERE
WE ARE TODAY.))
SUPER=01-Aletha Bolden/Harrison Museum;
OUT Q=we are today.
The workshop consisted of discussions, games, and activities.
One child said the work of Dr. King will help him in the future.
IN Q=I can stand up
((DEMETRIUS GRANT: I CAN STAND UP FOR MYSELF SAY WHAT TO SAY BE CREATIVE WITH
EVERYTHING I DO.))
OUT Q=everything I do.
Today's STATE holiday, Lee- Jackson- King- Day, also honors confederate
heroes Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson.
Ceremonies marking their birthdays are scheduled later this week.
A Virginia Tech communications professor is making it her life mission to
pursue her ideas of Doctor King's dream.
Detine (deh-TINE) Bowers announced her resignation today to embark on what
she calls the "Harmony Movement."
Bowers says she's following a vision to knock down racial and social
barriers and create a spirit of unconditional love and harmony.
She's working with others to start a business called Harmony Blessings,
aimed at facilitating those goals.
One of its first objectives will be to lobby for a national declaration of
1997 as "The Year of Family Harmony."
((DETINE BOWERS/HARMONY MOVEMENT LEADER: THAT IS GOING TO BE A MAJOR TASK OVER
THE NEXT FEW MONTHS. WE NEED A LOT OF SUPPORT. BUT WE WANT TO GET THE WORD
OUT THAT IT'S TIME FOR PEOPLE TO COME TOGETHER. ))
SUPER=01-Detine Bowers/Harmony Movement Leader;
OUT Q=to come together.
Bowers is also establishing a Harmony Center in Brunswick County.
She says it will be a sanctuary for those seeking their purpose in life.
A shortage of manpower has forced one area sheriff's department to get
creative in filling its staffing needs.
As Steve Smallshaw reports, there's no substitute for experience.
IN Q=Meet Carol and
SUPER=01-Mike Brown/Bedford Co. Sheriff; :16
SUPER=01-Bevie Johnson/TRIAD Volunteer; :46
SUPER=01-Carol Duus/TRIAD Volunteer; 1:09
OUT Q=News7, Bedford County.
((Meet Carol and Bevie...the two newest members of the Bedford County sheriff's
((LET ME GET THIS OFF HERE AND WE CAN MAKE OUR COPIES...))
They may not wear badges and guns, but these two senior citizens are
providing valuable assistance to Sheriff Mike Brown and his staff.
IN Q=Whether you're
((SHERIFF MIKE BROWN/BEDFORD CO.: WHETHER YOU'RE WITH THE STATE POLICE, THE
CITY OR COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE, LAW ENFORCEMENT IS JUST SHORTHANDED. WE NEED
OUT Q=need assistance.
That's where Carol and Bevie come in.
They're both members of Bedford County's TRIAD program, which provides links
between law enforcement and senior citizens.
Starting this week, ten elderly volunteers are lending their time and
expertise to chores like sorting through the department's daily avalanche of
All that helps free up deputies for more important law enforcement duties.
IN Q=I've worked some
((BEVIE JOHNSON/TRIAD VOLUNTEER: I'VE WORKED SOME WITH COMPUTERS, I ENJOY
WORKING WITH COMPUTERS. I AM RETIRED NOW AND I HOPE TO HELP OTHER PEOPLE AND IT
ALSO HELPS ME.))
OUT Q=helps me.
After less than two hours on the job, both women seemed right at home in
their new part- time careers.
They hope to get other senior citizens involved as well.
IN Q=We would like
((CAROL DUUS/TRIAD VOLUNTEER: WE WOULD LIKE OTHER PEOPLE TO GET INTERESTED
BECAUSE IT REALLY IS A FUN THING TO GET OUT AND SEE NEW PEOPLE AND NEW
ADVENTURES. AND I'M SURE THERE WILL BE A LOT MORE BEFORE WE'RE FINISHED.))
OUT Q=we're finished.
It's a partnership both sides seem thrilled with.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Bedford County.))
On Wall Street today, technology stocks continued to pull the market down.
The DOW lost more than 17 points closing at five-thousand-44.
Nasdaq dropped 19 points.
Roanoke remains an affordable place to buy a home.
The latest annual survey by the Coldwell Banker real estate company ranks
Roanoke 78th out of nearly 300 U-S cities on the average price of a home.
The most affordable place in America to buy a single family house is
Oklahoma City, where an average home costs 97- thousand dollars.
It's the second time in three years Oklahoma City has topped the list.
In Roanoke, the average price comes in around 155- thousand dollars.
The survey says the most expensive housing market is Beverly Hills,
California, where the average price is 745-thousand-dollars.
Students in Salem today were the first in the Roanoke Valley to be back in
Most were energetic and excited about returning, but now the question is--
when will the days be made up?
Salem lost six school days, but administrative officials feel confident
they'll be able to RESCHEDULE school without too many problems.
IN Q=We try to avoid Saturdays
((DIANE WASHENBERGER/G.W. CARVER PRINCIPAL: WE TRY TO AVOID SATURDAYS, 'CAUSE
THOSE ARE HARD TO MAKE UP IF PEOPLE HAVE PLANS, BUT IT LOOKS LIKE WE'LL BE ABLE
TO USE SOME TEACHER WORK DAYS AND CONFERENCE DAYS AND THINGS LIKE THAT TO MAKE
THINGS UP. AS LONG AS WE HAVE GOOD WEATHER-WE SHOULD BE ALL RIGHT. ))
SUPER=01-Diane Washenberger/G.W. Carver Principal;
OUT Q=we should be alright.
Officials say the Salem schools were able to open today because of diligent
shoveling by the Salem street department, as well as school custodians and
Many more school systems will join Salem tomorrow, but a lot of them will be
on delayed schedules. We'll have the complete list immediately after this
newscast during the CBS Evening News.
Coming up tonight in sports, we'll check out some this afternoon's NBA action
including another one for the books from Michael Jordan.
Plus as update on the Packers' coach who was injured yesterday.
And we'll hear some of the humorous quotes from last week's NASCAR media tour
involving Gordan, Waltrip, Petty and others.
In honor of Martin LUther KIng day a number of NBA and NHL matinees were held
today across the country.
SUPER=03-Landover, MD/HTS; :00
At USAir arena, the Bulls were without Chris Webber and Calbert Cheaney as
Scottie Pippen blows down the lane on the left side and rams in the one
handed jam. Pippen had 27.
But the main man was Michael Jordan who followed up Saturday night's 48 point
explosion with 46 today.
Michael had 19 points in the first quarter, and he then added 19 more in
Look at the two handed throwdown!!
The Bulls win it 116-to- 109 this afternoon.
SUPER=03-New York, NY/Bucks vs. Knicks; :00
Elsewhere today they were dancing in the aisles at Madison Square Garden as
the Bucks beat the KNicks.
Danville's Johnny Newman goes behind his back inside to Glen Robinson, who
powers up for two plus the foul and Bucks beat New York 98-to-92.
SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA/Pistons vs. Hawks;
In Atlanta, the Hawks jumped over the 500 mark on the season by beating the
Mookie Blaylock had 21 points.
And Steve Smith had a game high 31 as the Hawks move above 500 for the first
time in over a month.
The 13th ranked Virginia Tech Hokies return to action tonight against George
Don't forget the game is being played at the Roanoke Civic Center, and don't
forget the unusual starting time of 9:30.
Also tonight, Radford hosts Liberty, VMI is at Marshall, and Washington & Lee
entertains Roanoke College.
The Atlantic 10 conference's marquee player is out of the hospital tonight.
University of Massachusetts center
Yesterday Camby passed out in the hallway after warmups before the U-Mass
game with St. Bonaventure.
He spent the night in the hospital and says he feels great today.
Doctors say his heart is fine and that the flu may have weakened him to the
point of collapsing.
Green Bay Packer assistant coach Gil Haskell remains in the intensive care
unit at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas.
SUPER=03-Dallas, TX/NBC; :00
Haskell, who serves as Green Bay's receiver coach, fractured his skull
when his head struck the ground after being hit while standing on the sidelines
during yesterday's game at Texas Stadium.
The packers trainer said Haskell is breathing on his own and has moved his
arms and legs.
Two games in the NHL are in the books at this hour.
The Islanders beat the LIghtning 3-to-2.
SUPER=03-Boston, MA; :00
And in Boston the Vancouver Canucks rocked the Bruins 6-to-nothing.
The Canucks scored six times on only 20 shots. Esa Tikkanen and Alexander
Mogilny each had a goal and an assist for Vancouver.
GRAPHIC=NASCAR MEDIA TOUR
161 media members from 19 states and Canada took part in last week's NASCAR
More than two thousand miles were logged in four days on the tour.
Now, last week we brought you the serious side of the preseason, tonight we
present a few humorous leftovers.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=04-1996 Nascar Media Tour; :00
SUPER=01-Jeff Gordon/1995 Winston Cup Champion; :13
SUPER=03-Level Cross, NC; :26
SUPER=03-Harrisburg, NC; :40
SUPER=01-Darrell Waltrip/84 Career Wins; :52
SUPER=03-Mooresville, NC; 1:15
SUPER=01-Austin Petty/Kyle's Youngest Son; 1:23
OUT Q=...A DOING STUFF."
(( Jeff Gordon proved to everybody last season that a 24 year old can dominate
the top tier in racing, and according to the champion it's a good thing he can
((JEFF GORDON/1995 WINSTON CUP CHAMP:))
No Video deals, but some job security for Bobby Hamilton, who is the first
driver to last more than a season for car owner Richard Petty.
((BOBBY HAMILTON/RICHARD PETTY:))
Darrell Waltrip recently found out that too much sympathy can get you in
heap of trouble. Waltrip recently had this grotesque plate removed from a leg
he broke in the early 90s.
((DARRELL WALTRIP/84 WINSTON CUP WINS:))
Free spirited Kyle Petty suffered a similar break earlier in his career, but
right now he's just like to get a break from his three kids, namely middle
child Austin Petty.))
((AUSTIN PETTY/KYLE'S SON:))
(toss to Jean)
Some call it an embarrassment for Virginia.
The orchestra's just warming up for the latest attack on the state song.
Jean Jadhon joins us now for more on that.
There's been a steady effort in recent years to rid Virginia of "Carry Me
Back to Old Virginny."
NAT SOT SINGING
IN Q=There's where
((THERE'S WHERE THIS OLE DARKY'S HEART AM LONG TO GO.))
OUT Q=long to go.
With references to "darkies" and "Ole Massa," it's NOT something many
lawmakers have tried to defend.
But a new challenger admits the odds may still be against his bill to change
That story -- plus all the day's news, weather, and sports at 11.