She was the gym teacher for an entire generation of Salem school kids.
Now she's charged with possession of cocaine, marijuana and amphetamine.
We'll have Penny Stallings' story on NEWS 7 at SIX.
And the last day at Singer furniture is no easier to take- -even though 300
workers knew it was coming.
IN Q="And tonight...
OUT Q=PRACTICE INSIDE"
Back to steve on set!!!!!!
we will also have qualifying from Pocono and a talk with Avalanche manager
After some bumpy weather tonight, the forecast settles down nicely for the
weekend. Details on that coming up.
Amateur golfer and retired school teacher Penny Stallings was indicted today
for drug possession.
A Salem Grand jury returned a three- count indictment, charging her with
possession of enough cocaine to show intent to distribute, plus at least half
an ounce of marijuana.
Stallings is best known for her success on the links... as a three-time
winner of the Roanoke Valley Hall of Fame Women's Tournament.
She retired from the Salem school system a year ago, with a disability-
-having taught Phys Ed at Salem High and Andrew Lewis Middle School.
Salem Commonwealth's Attorney Fred King says Stallings consented to a
search of her home six weeks ago.
She'd gotten caught up in an undercover operation in Botetourt County June
third, allegedly trying to buy a couple of ounces of cocaine. She has NOT been
charged in that case. It lead to today's indictment.
Workers at Roanoke's Singer Furniture plant knew the end was coming.
But that didn't help soften the blow.
For nearly 300 laid- off factory workers... today was their LAST day on the
Scott Prince was there.
IN Q=Singer Furniture
SUPER=04-File Tape; :07
SUPER=01-Carolyn Anderson/Laid Off Employee; :12
SUPER=01-Annabelle Craighead/Laid Off Employee; :22
SUPER=03-Roanoke/February 18, 1985; :32
SUPER=01-Bill Foster/Singer Vice President; :56
OUT Q=Scott Prince, News- 7
((Singer Furniture workers milled around outside the plant... for this,
their final goodbye.
Some of these employees have been here for decades... and now must move on
with nothing but uncertainty.
IN Q=A lot of stress
((CAROLYN ANDERSON/LAID OFF EMPLOYEE: A LOT OF STRESS... WONDERING WHERE YOU'RE
GOING TO GO.... WHAT YOU'RE GOING TO DO... JUST HOPE YOU CAN DO THE JOB YOU GO
TO, AND BE ABLE TO MANAGE. ))
OUT Q=able to manage
BUTT! BUTT! BUTT!
IN Q=I've been
((ANNABELLE CRAIGHEAD/LAID OFF EMPLOYEE: I'VE BEEN HERE 25 YEARS... AND TO
LEAVE OUT OF HERE WITH NOTHING BUT AN UNEMPLOYMENT PAPER TO TRY AND FIND A JOB.
OUT Q=find a job
Annabelle Craighead and others had to overcome some tough times at Singer...
like this fire... which killed four employees in 1985.
The Roanoke plant seemingly bounced back.
But this past May, company officials announced a downsizing plan... sending
operations to North Carolina... and laying off 290 employees.
The facility was scheduled to stay open through July 24th... but there was
no work left to be done.
IN Q=The cleanup
((BILL FOSTER/SINGER VICE PRESIDENT: THE CLEANUP OF THE PLANT AND SO FORTH HAS
BEEN COMPLETED. THERE'S NO OTHER WORK FOR THEM SO WE'RE JUST LETTING THEM GO A
LITTLE EARLY. THEY WILL BE PAID, THOUGH.))
OUT Q=paid, though
But being paid for a few extra days is small consolation for most of these
They are forced now to look ahead... and bid farewell to the past.
Scott Prince, News 7.))
Despite the layoffs Singer will keep about 50 of administrative employees.
Another 20 workers will stay on a few more months to take inventory.
The investigation in the explosion of T-W-A flight 800 is continuing at this
Searchers are now saying they have some promising leads into what happened
to T-W-A flight 800.
Closer to home, airport officials say the incident has done little so far to
change their security policies..
Jay Moore joins us from the Roanoke Regional Airport with more.
((Rollcue: depend on the F-A-A.)
IN Q=as of
SUPER=01-Mark Courtney/Roanoke Reg. Airport Exec. Director; :00
OUT Q=put in place
The mother of two Danville children killed in a car crash last fall has been
awarded more than 70- thousand dollars for their deaths.
Tammy Mustain had sued to recover the cost of her childrens' funerals.
12- year- old Jami Earles and her 10- year- old brother James were
passengers in a car driven by Norma Jean Daniel.
SUPER=04-October 19; :12
The two children died when Daniel' vehicle was broadsided by a dump truck
Daniel's insurance company agreed to pay Mustain 100- thousand dollars, and
a Pittslyvania County judge today approved that offer.
IN Q=This is a
((TOM BLAIR/MUSTAIN'S ATTORNEY: THIS IS A WRONGFUL DEATH CLAIM, THERE'S NEVER
ENOUGH MONEY TO COMPENSATE PEOPLE FOR THEIR LOSS, BUT GIVEN THE AMOUNT OF MONEY
THAT WAS THERE AND WE GOT IT ALL, THAT'S THE BEST WE CAN UNDER THE
CIRCUMSTANCES. IT'S A VERY TRAGIC CASE AND EVERYONE INVOLVED, ALL THE FAMILY
MEMBERS ARE OBVIOUSLY VERY SORRY, WE SIMPLY DID THE BEST THAT WE CAN GIVEN THE
FACTS OF THE CASE. ))
SUPER=01-Tom Blair/Mustain's Attorney; :00
OUT Q=facts of the case.
19- thousand dollars of the settlement will go to two young relatives of the
Their biological fathers will receive five hundred dollars each.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at Six--
How have changes in coverage and policy impacted the quality of this area's
largest newspaper? Len Besthoff concludes his series "Changing Times at the
and one group of teachers is discovering the schoolyard is a good place for a
science lesson. We'll explain.
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MUSIC UP FULL
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Lynchburg sheriff's authorities say a female prisoner hanged herself in a
jail cell this afternoon.
The 35- year- old woman was brought to the jail annex to sober up after
being found drunk in public.
Jailers had put the woman in a back cell and given her a sheet at her
When they checked her again about five minutes later, she had hanged herself
with the sheet.
The woman, whose identity has not been released, was pronounced dead on
arrival at Lynchburg General Hospital.
Sheriff Lawrence Simpson says an investigation is underway.
There've been a lot of changes at the Roanoke Times.
Some are related to industry trends... but not all of them are.
In the final installment of Changing Times at the Roanoke Times, Len
Besthoff assesses how the changes have affected the paper in terms of the
quality of the product it delivers.
IN Q=Nat Music
SUPER=01-Edmund Arnold/Newspaper Consultant; :16
SUPER=01-George Kegley/Former Roanoke Times Reporter; :28
SUPER=01-Wendy Zomparelli/Roanoke Times Editor; :54
SUPER=01-Doug Pardue/Former Roanoke Times Editor; 1:23
SUPER=01-Mark Layman/Roanoke Times Editor; 2:01
OUT Q=LB, News-7.
(( Many people, like semi- retired newspaper consultant Edmund Arnold of
Roanoke, agree that the Roanoke Times remains a "good" paper.
SOT 14:30:14 from times #3 tape
IN Q=It is
((EDMUND ARNOLD/NEWSPAPER CONSULTANT: IT IS A COUPLE OF NOTCHES ABOVE THE
TYPICAL PAPER OF A COMMUNITY IN A MARKET THIS SIZE.))
OUT Q=this size.
But some say it used to be a great paper.
IN Q=I do
((GEORGE KEGLEY/FORMER ROANOKE TIMES REPORTER: I HAVE FRIENDS WHO DO CRITICIZE
SAYING THE PAPER ISN'T WHAT IT USED TO BE. AND I GUESS YOU MIGHT CALL IT A
SLIDE PERHAPS. ))
OUT Q=slide perhaps.
The period referred to as "the glory days" by many in the newsroom was from
1988 to 1990, when the paper was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize, arguably
journalism's most prestigious honor, three years in a row.
The paper hasn't been nominated for a Pulitzer since.
SOT 8:46:39 tape three
IN Q=And it's
((WENDY ZOMPARELLI/ROANOKE TIMES EDITOR: AND IT'S TRUE THAT IN ONE CONTEST WE
HAVEN'T SHOWN UP ON THE RADAR SCOPE AS WE WOULD HAVE LIKED TO IN SOME RECENT
YEARS. BUT IN ANOTHER CONTEST THAT IN OUR VIEW IS EXTREMELY SIGNIFICANT, WE'VE
WALKED AWAY WITH IT.))
OUT Q=with it.
In four of the past six years the paper has won the Virginia Press
Assocition's Copeland Award for service to the community.
But a number of staffers past and present note a dropoff in the number of
writing and reporting awards in the 1990's.
SOT 14:42:01 TAPE ONE
IN Q=And I
((DOUG PARDUE/FORMER ROANOKE TIMES REPORTER: AND I WOULD HAVE TO SAY WHILE
CONTEST AND NEWS AWARDS ARE NOT NECESSARILY A JUDGE OF ANYTHING, YOU CAN
DEVELOP A PATTERN FROM THEM. AND MAYBE IF YOU DIDN'T WIN ANY THIS YEAR IT
WOULD BE ONE THING. BUT IF YOU DON'T WIN ANYTHING FOR SEVERAL YEARS IN A ROW,
IT BEGINS TO MEAN SOMETHING. ))
OUT Q=mean something.
In many other ways a newspaper is judged, The Roanoke Times has its share of
It coverage area has shrunk from 19 counties to six, it lost close to a
dozen frontline journalists in a short period, and, until recently, morale has
been kept low by a strictly run, manufacturing oriented, team management
SOT 10:47:43 LAYMAN TAPE
IN Q=We've tinkered
((MARK LAYMAN/ROANOKE TIMES EDITOR: WE'VE TINKERED WITH IT A LOT, AND WE'VE
FOUND WAYS TO MAKE IT APPLY TO THE CREATIVE PROCESS LIKE REPORTING AND WRITING,
AND IT'S RUNNING A LOT SMOOTHER NOW AND I THINK PEOPLE ARE BEGINNING TO SEE THE
VALUE IN IT NOW.))
OUT Q=value in it now.
(( Executives at The Roanoke Times believe it has emerged relatively
unscathed from some hard times in the newspaper business.
But its readers are the final judge.
They'll either buy the paper, or they won't.
Len Besthoff, News-7. ))
OUT Q=LB, News-7.
If you missed part of the series, we'll be airing a half hour version of
Changing Times at the Roanoke Times, the evening of Saturday July 27th at seven
thirty, and Sunday, July 28th at eleven in the morning.
On Wall Street the stock market took another tumble today.
The DOW lost 37 points to close at 54-hundred-26.
That's a loss of more than 83 points for the week.
NASDAQ fell 12 points closing at one thousand-98.
16 years after his first nomination to a federal judgeship, Abingdon
attorney Jim Jones is on his way.
Jones got unanimous consent in the U.S. Senate last night to take over for
retiring Judge J-Harry Michael out of Charlottesville.
Jones sits on the Virginia Board of Education and has served as a state
His nomination for a federal judgeship was dogged by politics 16 years ago,
and again this time.
He'll be sworn in to sit in Abingdon within a matter of weeks.
Ten Franklin County elementary school teachers are learning how to teach
ecology right from the school yard.
The program, run by a Ferrum College professor, is one of only eight special
camps across the nation hoping to get children excited about and involved in
Beth Myer tells us more.
SUPER=03-Franklin Co.; :06
SUPER=01-Bob Pohlad/Ferrum College Professor; :17
SUPER=01-Penelope Lynch/Special Education Teacher; :46
SUPER=02-Pat Miller/Elementary School; :58
OUT Q=Beth Myer, News 7,Franklin County.
((Open with natsot of teacher saying isn't he beautiful with close up of
10 16 16 00 - 10 16 20 00
IN Q=Isn't he beautiful?
((ISN'T HE BEAUTIFUL? LOOK AT THAT CREST BACK FROM HIS HEAD! ))
OUT Q= from his head.
Teachers are exploring the backyards of four Franklin County Elementary
Schools so they can plan lessons to include the things they find in the
10 39 32 00 - 10 39 50 00
IN Q=Understanding science
((BOB POHLAD/FERRUM COLLEGE PROFESSOR: UNDERSTANDING SCIENCE IS NOT JUST A
TEXTBOOK THING. WE WANT THEM TO USE HANDS ON TO GET THE CHILDREN EXCITED AND
HAVE CHILDREN WORK TO REALLY FEEL SCIENCE IS PART OF THEIR LIVES AND HOPEFULLY
CONTINUE TO APPRECIATE IT. ))
OUT Q=appreciate it.
The teachers are drawing maps of what they discover.
Pohlad says HOW the teachers learn to incorporate the schoolyard into their
lessons will be part of a training manual used nationwide for ecologists and
10 51 24 00 - 10 51 36 00
IN Q=This really gives
((PENELOPE LYNCH/SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHER: THIS REALLY GIVES US A WAY TO GET
KIDS OUT OF THE CLASSROOM AND ONTO THE PLAY GROUND AND REALIZE THE BIODIVERSITY
WE HAVE HERE IN THE SCHOOL YARD. ))
OUT Q=the schoolyard.
Children will be encouraged to take what they learn to their own backyards.
10 46 00 00 - 10 46 22 00
IN Q=We're talking about the school yard in their neighborhood
((PAT MILLER/ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TEACHER: WE'RE TALKING ABOUT THE SCHOOLYARD IN
THEIR NEIGHBORHOOD SO THE PLANTS AND CRITTERS ARE WHAT THEY'LL FIND IN THEIR
BACKYARD AND WE HOPE WHAT THEY LEARN HERE THEY'LL TAKE HOME AND APPLY THAT
KNOWLEDGE TO THEIR EXPERIENCE THERE. ))
OUT Q=experience there.
Teachers are getting college credit for the camp and will attend several
follow up sessions during the school year. Beth Myer, News 7, Franklin Co.))
Do to some enclemet weather, our Mike Stevens followed the redskins inside
for traing camp,
and Weather has played havoc with qualifying at Pocono, highlights from the
few drivers who did hit the track.
Qualifying for Sunday's Miller 500 at Pocono International Raceway has been
postponed today because of rain. Drivers will qualify tomorrow morning at 9.
SUPER=03-Long Pond, PA/Prime; :00
6 drivers did qualify for the 17th race of the season. Bobby hamilton and
the STP Pontiac turned the 2.5 mile tri oval first.
Michael Waltrip then qualified the Wood Brothers Ford at a speed of
165.386 miles per hour.
Last week's winner Ernie Irvan qualified third in the Texaco Havoline
Of the 6 drivers who did get on the track, Johnny Benson had the best time.
Most of the 41 car field has had to play the waiting game all day with rain
that affects teams mentally and physically.
IN Q="It definitely
((JEFF GORDON/CURRENTLY 3RD IN POINTS:))
SUPER=01-Jeff Gordon/Currently 3rd in Points; :00
OUT Q=...get back down"
GRAPHIC==Redskins training camp
Redskins training camp continued today from the campus of Frostburg State
and, unfortunately Mike Stevens and photographer Scott Ayers say the rain
continued as well.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=03-Frostburg, MD; :23
SUPER=01-Norv Turner/Redskins Head Coach; :42
SUPER=01-Heath Shuler/Redskins Quarterback; :57
OUT Q=....back to you steve"
Home sweet home. The Salem Avalanche is glad to be back at Salem Memorial
Salem returns after a 16 day road trip. In one stretch the Avalanche lost
7 of 8 games however, at 10 and 14 the Avalanche is only two games out of first
place in their division.
IN Q=First audio
((BILL MCGUIRE/AVALANCHE MANAGER: ))
SUPER=01-Bill McGuire/Avalanche Manager; :
OUT Q=........miss a beat."
The Avalanche open a 7 game home stand tonight starting with Wilmington.
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