A vote in favor of school renovations.
A live report coming up from Joe Dashiell.
And the price of low UNemployment: high wages in hourly positions.
Would you believe seven dollars an hour?
Tonight in sports, college football readies itself for a true national
champion in 1998,
The Dream Team wins again in Atlanta,
and Steve Mason joins us from a smoking Spartanburg, South Carolina.
OUT Q=...STORY IN SPORTS."
A vote to move forward with rennovations was a relief for Roanoke County
school officials today.
Double Boxes=Keith/Joe D
Joe Dashiell reports from the County adminstration center where the supervisors
approved additional funding for improvements to Fort Lewis Elementary and two
((Rollcue: Supervisors approved the additional funding this afternoon.))
IN Q=it's time
OUT Q=fiscally responisble.
Battle lines are being drawn over how to fund school construction and repair
A state report showed last week that one third of Virginia's classrooms are
unfit for learning, and over 36-hundred trailers make up for classrooms
SOT TAPE TWO 02:01:04
IN Q=Just because
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: JUST BECAUSE THERE'S SOME FLAMBOYANT STATEMENT RIGHT AT
THE BEGINNING OF A STUDY COMMITTEE, YOU DON'T SAY OH GOSH, WE'VE HAD OUR FIRST
MEETING SO LET'S MAKE SOME RASH JUDGMENTS. I THINK FIRST AND FOREMOST AGAIN,
STOP DIVERTING THE LITERARY FUND.))
OUT Q=the Literary Fund.
Governor Allen told reporters today his administration had returned
unclaimed lottery jackpots to the literary fund school loan program.
Lawmakers diverted those funds during the recession.
But House Majority Leader Dick Cranwell of Vinton said last week schools
could better use matching state funds -- NOT just loans from the state.
The labor pool in the Roanoke Valley is tapped out.
It seems everybody's got a job these days. Some have two or three.
Out of 275 cities across the country, Roanoke has the eighth lowest
UNemployment rate in the nation.
And yet everywhere you look these days, there's another retail outlet that
wasn't there yesterday.
Where are the workers going to come from?
IN Q=I'd have to
SUPER=01-Henry Caldwell/Sonic Drive-in Owner; :00
SUPER=01-Judy Egle/Rack & Sack; :36
SUPER=01-Carolyn Pinkerton/Sonic Employee; :50
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SUPER=01-Tim Reith/Taco Bell Owner; 1:07
SUPER=01-Erin King/Taco Bell Employee; 1:22
SUPER=01-Matt Sheridan/Taco Bell Employee; 1:27
OUT Q=I just like Taco Bell.
((HENRY CALDWELL/SONIC DRIVE-IN OWNER: I'D HAVE TO SAY THAT THAT IS THE
ABSOLUTE TOUGHEST PART OF OUR BUSINESS, ATTRACTING GOOD, NEW EMPLOYEES WHEN THE
UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IS SO LOW.))
At 2-point-6 percent, Roanoke is far below "full employment."
It's a sign of the times.
Six dollars an hour flipping burgers?
How about $6.25-an-hour at Walmart?
Along comes Rack-and-Sack, paying people SEVEN dollars an hour.
((WE OFFER BENEFITS NOT ONLY TO OUR FULL-TIME ASSOCIATES, BUT TO OUR PART-TIME
Including a medical plan, 401(k)-contributions, tuition re-imbursement, paid
((MONEY IS NOT THE BIGGEST ISSUE.))
"Job satisfaction" is, she says. Rack and Sack officials wouldn't let us
talk to THEIR employees, but their theory was borne out elsewhere.
Even fast food workers tend to develop loyalties.
((I LOVE IT. I LOVE BEING ABLE TO GET OUTSIDE, NOT BEING INSIDE ALL THE TIME.
AND THE PEOPLE HERE ARE REALLY GREAT.))
((THERE'S NOT TOO MANY PLACES WHERE YOU'LL FIND SUCH A NICE GROUP OF PEOPLE
THAT REALLY TAKE CARE OF YOU WELL.))
When Tim Reith opened his 18th Taco Bell in the Cave Spring area, he knew
he'd have to do more than post a "Help Wanted" sign out front.
((WE TRY TO DO THE THINGS ABOVE AND BEYOND THAT AREN'T A PART OF COMPENSATION
TO GET EMPLOYEES TO WANT TO WORK FOR US.))
Things like employee picnics, Christmas parties, prizes, even paying a
bounty to employees who bring in someone else willing to work.
((I LIKE IT. IT'S NICE PEOPLE AND FUN.))
((Was the money what attracted you here?
NO, NOT REALLY. I LIKE THE IDEA OF NOT HAVING TO FLIP BURGERS. I DON'T KNOW. I
JUST LIKE TACO BELL.))
OUT Q=like Taco Bell.))
Money still talks.
The Virginia Employment Commission says the UNofficial minimum wage in the
Roanoke Valley is now at least six dollars an hour.
A former Miss Virginia is suspected of embezzling more than 12 hundred from
funds for a high school band.
Vicky Pulliam Robertson was indicted yesterday following a six month
investigation by Martinsville Police.
Robertson is the choral director at Martinsville High School.
The investigation was prompted following complaints from band booster
members about misused funds.
Robertson was the 1981 Miss VIrginia.
If convicted she faces up to 20 years in jail.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at Six- in part two of a series,
Danville's Police chief reponds to charges of racism and police brutality in
And from campbell county, we'll see how residents of the Timberlake
subdivision are moving earth to restore their former lifestyle.
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The Danville police department has weathered its share of criticism in the
wake of allegations ranging from police brutality to discrimination.
The lawsuits filed in federal court this year are allegations and have not
made it to trial.
But Police Chief Neal Morris admits negative publicity can cause some people
to lose sight of the fact his officers are professionally trained.
Teresa Hamilton has more in the conclusion of our series.
IN Q=There are
SUPER=01-Neal Morris/Danville Police Chief; :20
SUPER=03-Pulaski Co.; :45
SUPER=01-Chris Blevins/Danville Police Officer; :55
SUPER=01-Joe Hancock/Danville Police Officer; 1:05
SUPER=@Teresa1; 1:55 VERY QUICK!!
OUT Q=Hamilton, News 7.
((There are 122- sworn officers in the Danville Police Department-- of that
number, Morris says, approximately 12- to 14 percent are minorities.
In a city that's nearly 37- percent African American-- the low percentage of
minority officers has been a sore point for some civil rights advocates.
IN Q=We've asked
((NEAL MORRIS/DANVILLE POLICE CHIEF: WE'VE ASKED THE MINISTERIAL ASSOCIATION TO
HELP US IN RECRUITMENT EFFORTS OVER THE YEARS, WE DO THE BEST WE CAN IN TRYING
TO RECRUIT BLACK OFFICERS INTO THE DEPARTMENT, WE TRY TO FIND THE BEST PERSON
FOR THE JOB, WHATEVER THEIR RACE MAY BE. ))
OUT Q=race may be.
Race and gender aside, Morris says all recruits are trained the same.
They initially ride with an experienced officer.
After that the new hires are sent to Martinsville, where through satellite,
they are linked with the New River Criminal Justice Training Academy for a
state mandated 12- week intensive course.
IN Q=The training
((CHRIS BLEVINS/DANVILLE POLICE OFFICER: THE TRAINING IS SUPERB, IT IS GREAT
TRAINING, IT REALLY HELPED MYSELF, AS WELL AS MY, THE OTHER OFFICERS THAT ARE
TRAINED, THAT ATTENDED THE ACADEMY. ))
OUT Q=the academy.
((JOE HANCOCK/DANVILLE POLICE OFFICER: THEY PUT US INTO SITUATIONS THAT ANY
OFFICERS CAN BE PUT INTO, WE'RE TRAINED HOW TO HANDLE THEM THE CORRECT WAY, BY
LAW, AND BY PROTECT OURSELVES AND THE CITIZENS AT THE SAME TIME. ))
OUT Q=same time.
After the 12- week course is complete, Morris says the new hires continue to
He strongly denies his officers use racist language.
And, while he admits his officers aren't perfect, he says they work under
extreme pressure and mistakes do happen.
IN Q=We have
((NEAL MORRIS: WE HAVE SENSITIVITY TRAINING, DIVERSITY TRAINING, ALL OF THESE
THINGS THAT SHOULD AID THE POLICE OFFICERS IN DEALING WITH THE PEOPLE IN THE
FIELD, BUT AS I SAY, IF YOU TREAT EVERYBODY THE SAME, IT REALLY DOESN'T MATTER
WHAT YOUR COLOR IS, YOU WANT TO TREAT EVERYBODY WITH RESPECT.
BUTT BUTT BUTT
WE'RE CERTAINLY NOT GOING TO MISTREAT ANYBODY. ))
OUT Q=mistreat anybody.
For those, however, who feel they've been abused or treated rudely, there is
recourse. You can fill out a written complaint.
An investigation and hearing will follow.
If the officer is found to be in the wrong, the department can take
disciplinary action. Regardless of the outcome-- a letter is forwarded to the
complainant. Teresa Hamilton, News 7.))
A decision has been made... but the debate is far from over.
Carthan Currin has been reinstated as Franklin County's G- O- P leader...
after he received backing from the State Central Committee.
Currin was seemingly ousted as the party chairman four months ago.
At a mass meeting, it looked as if proxy votes gave the chairmanship to
Randy Huckaba (HUHK-uh-buh).
But state Republican leaders said the use of those proxies was against party
rules... and they gave Currin the nod.
IN Q=In some
((CARTHAN CURRIN/FRANKLIN COUNTY REPUBLICAN PARTY CHAIRMAN: IN SOME RESPECTS, I
CAN TRULY RELATE TO DAVEY CROCKETT AND THE ALAMO. I KNOW WHAT BEING UNDER SIEGE
IS LIKE. IT'S NOT BEEN AN EASY PROCESS, BUT IT WAS ONE THAT I FELT VERY
STRONGLY ABOUT. ))
SUPER=01-Carthan Currin/Franklin Co. GOP Party Chairman;
OUT Q=strongly about
Despite the ruling, Currin's political counterpart isn't going down without
Huckaba (HUHK-uh-buh) told News- 7 tonight that he will abide by the
decision... but that he was-- quote "railroaded by the State Central
He says the proxies SHOULD count... because it's the only means by which
physically challenged members can vote.
Huckaba says the Republican National Committee may get involved.
More than twelve months ago, a dam collapse left residents of Campbell
County's Timber Lake community high and dry.
Tonight Steve Smallshaw demonstrates for us what a difference a year makes.
SUPER=03-Campbell Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Doug Washington/Timberlake Homeowner's Assoc.; :13
SUPER=01-Bud Colbert/Restoration Committee; :47
OUT Q=News7, Campbell County.
Instead of the hum of motorboats, the roar of heavy machinery is what fills
the air over Timber Lake this summer.
Residents say even that is preferable to silence.
IN Q=I feel like
((DOUG WASHINGTON/TIMBERLAKE HOMEOWNERS ASSOC.: I FEEL LIKE A LITTLE KID AGAIN,
WATCHING THESE BIG WHEELS ROLLING OUT HERE. I NEVER THOUGHT BIG EQUIPMENT AND
DIRT WOULD LOOK SO PRETTY.))
OUT Q=look so pretty.
That's because for thirteen months, they've been staring at a weed- choked
mudhole...now, finally, the landscape is changing.
Backhoes and bulldozers have begun to reshape the dam area... and dredging
operations are underway in the coves, removing years of built-up silt.
It's all being paid for by a Small Business Administration loan... and a
vast majority of the residents have pledged to help repay that loan over the
next fifteen years.
IN Q=Most of the
((BUD COLBERT/RESTORATION COMMITTEE: MOST OF THE PEOPLE ARE EXTREMELY
ENTHUSIASTIC ABOUT IT. THE WHOLE COMMUNITY WAS DEVELOPED BECAUSE OF THE LAKE
AND WE ALL WANT TO SEE IT BACK AND WE'RE WORKING TO GET IT THERE.))
OUT Q=get it there.
IN Q=We had sort
((KAY LIPSCOMB/RESIDENT: WE HAD SORT OF A COMMON GOAL THAT'S CAUSED US ALL TO
EXAMINE WHAT WE WANTED IN THE NEXT COMING YEARS AND HOW WE'RE GOING TO TRY AND
OUT Q=and achieve that.
While temperatures may rise this summer, this is the only thermometer
residents have been concerned with... it's the one where reaching 100 means
cooler days spent on a new lake are just around the corner.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Campbell County.))
Stock prices tumbled again today.
Technology stocks led the retreat as the DOW lost 44 points to close at
Nasdaq dropped 32 points.
News was better for Norfolk Southern shareholders.
The railroad announced it will pay its regular quarterly dividend of 56 cents
All around the region, there seems to be a surge in popularity for
alternative methods of health care.
Take for example, reflexology, a form of massage.
Reflexologists believe that certain spots on the feet are directly linked
to other body parts-- including muscles, bones, and organs.
IN Q= Right down
((RIGHT DOWN IN HERE IS THE LYMPH GLANDS BETWEEN THE TOES. AND RIGHT DOWN HERE
IS SINUS AND ALLERGIES. ))
Here at Michele's Salon in Roanoke, they call it an art and a science,
with the greatest benefits in stress reduction and increased circulation.
IN Q=We can
((WE CAN MASSAGE AND USE PRESSURE ON YOUR FEET AND DO YOUR WHOLE BODY JUST
THROUGH YOUR FEET.
IF YOU ARE HAVING A HEADACHE
WE CAN DO AROUND THE BIG TOE AREA
AND RELAX AND USE PRESSURE AND MASSAGE
AND YOUR HEADACHE WILL BE RELEASED. AND IT'S WONDERFUL FOR STRESS. ))
SUPER=01-Linda Moyer/Certified Reflexologist; :
OUT Q=for stress.
Stockbroker Harry Davis backs up those claims--
IN Q=You just
((YOU JUST TOTALLY RELAX. YOUR MIND CAN WANDER, THE STRESS JUST FLOWS RIGHT OUT
OF YOUR FEET. WHEN I WALK OUT OF HERE I WOULD RATHER WALK OUT ON MY HANDS THEN
MY FEET THEY FEEL SO GOOD. ))
SUPER=01-Harry Davis/Reflexology Client; :
OUT Q=feel so good.
A reflexology session lasts nearly an hour, and costs about 35-dollars.
Coming your way in sports, a national championship for college football is on
the horizon, the Dream Team rolls to another win, champions are crowed in the
RVGA junior golf championship,
and Steve Mason begins his reports from the Panthers training camp tonight
from Spartanburg, South Carolina.
College Football is finally on its way to holding a true national
Thanks to an agreement worked out today such a game will take place each year
beginning in 1998.
SUPER=03-New Orleans, LA/December 31, 1995; :00
ABC sports announced that it has a reached a seven year deal with the Bowl
alliance plus the Pac Ten and Big Ten conferences.
That means the Rose Bowl is now a part of the alliance that already included
the Sugar, Fiesta and Orange Bowls.
No word yet on where the first game will be held after the 1998 season.
The Carolina Panthers are in their second NFL training camp at Wofford
College in South Carolina.
Steve Mason and photographer Greg Moore visited the successful expansion team
and it appears that from top to bottom these Cats are Cool.
IN Q=FIRST AUDIO
SUPER=03-Spartanburg, SC; :00
SUPER=01-Dom Capers/Carolina Panthers Head Coach; :18
SUPER=01-Kerry Collins/Panthers Quarterback; :59
SUPER=01-Mark Carrier/Panthers Wide Receiver; 1:28
SUPER=01-Eric Davis/Panthers Pro Bowl Cornerback; 1:35
OUT Q=...NEWS 7 SPORTS."
The Roanoke Valley GOlf Association's Junior championship finished up today
at Countryside with the final 18 holes of the 36 hole event.
Jason Orlando and Brandon LaCroix came into the 18 and under division dead
even after firing identical 67's yesterday at Blue Hills.
But LaCroix would emerge victorious as he nips Orlando by one shot.
The rising senior at North Cross shot a 69 today while Orlando fired a 70.
Ryan Patterson won the 16 and under age group.
The US men's olympic basketball team, the Dream Team has won again today.
This afternoon the US team whipped Ukraine by 33 points.
SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA/Last Night-NBC; :00
Last night they beat Angola 87-to-54, but their 87 point offensive effort was
the lowest by an American team since the college players made up the team in
Maybe the world is no longer afraid of the US.
IN Q="There is no...
((CHARLES BARKLEY/DREAM TEAM FORWARD:))
SUPER=01-Charles Barkley/Dream Team Forward; :00
OUT Q=...HAPPY WITH IT."
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