Coming up on News 7, Sharon Bottoms decides to give up a three year fight to
get custody of her son, but now she wants visitation rights for her gay
and good news for one locality as a business changes its mind and decides to
keep its 200 jobs in the area.
Tonight in sports, The Cavaliers are ready to roll on the gridiron this
season, Steve Mason checks in from the Cavs media day in Charlottesville.
Plus, golf news from Hunting Hills and the Roanoke Country Club,
And the Roanoke Rush is sold this afternoon, I'll tell you who the new owner
is coming up in sports.
Sharon Bottoms is giving up on Virginia's courts.
The lesbian mother today ended her three- year court battle for custody of
her son Tyler.
Sharon's mother Kay Bottoms has won five out of six court appearances --
convincing judges her daughter's sexual orientation makes her an unfit parent.
Sharon Bottoms made NO public statement about her decision.
((DONALD BUTLER/SHARON BOTTOMS' ATTORNEY: SHE'S NOT INTENDING TO SEND ANY
MESSAGE TO ANYBODY. THIS AFFECTS HER PERSONALLY. SHE DOES NOT EXPECT TO
REGAIN CUSTODY, AND SHE DOESN'T WANT TO GO THROUGH THIS ORDEAL AGAIN.))
SUPER=01-Donald Butler/Sharon Bottoms' Attorney;
OUT Q=ordeal again.
Bottoms is now pushing for better visitation rights.
That includes seeing her son in the presence of her lesbian partner, April
Bottoms has had some limited visits with Tyler over three years -- but Wade
has been banned from those times.
IN Q=Oh there's
((RICHARD RYDER/KAY BOTTOMS' ATTORNEY: OH THERE'S NEVER BEEN ANY PROBLEM WITH
IT, AS LONG AS APRIL'S NOT THERE. THERE HAS BEEN A PROBLEM WITH HER TAKING THE
CHILD FROM PILLAR TO POST AND GOING WITH OTHER LESBIANS AND THINGS OF THAT
NATURE. YEAH THAT'S BEEN A PROBLEM.))
SUPER=01-Richard Ryder/Kay Bottoms' Attorney;
OUT Q=a problem.
Henrico Judge Buford Parsons will rule next week on visitation.
Parsons is the same judge who originally took Sharon Bottoms' son away from
Parsons' ruling concluded at that time that Bottoms and Wade must be
engaging in oral sex -- which is a felony in Virginia.
His conclusion that that made Bottoms an unfit mother was upheld by a
federal appeals court.
It's apparently been a decision 20 years in the making.
The Virginia Department of Transportation is closing the Eagle Rock bridge.
But as Scott Prince found out, residents aren't giving up the fight.
IN Q=The Eagle Rock
SUPER=03-Botetourt Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Mal Kerley/State Bridge Engineer; :11
SUPER=01-Dee Dee Bruce/Eagle Rock Resident; :38
OUT Q=S.P., N-7, Botetourt County
(( The Eagle Rock bridge has withstood the test of time-- 63 years in fact.
But according to state officials, time has run out.
IN Q=It was
((MAL KERLEY/STATE BRIDGE ENGINEER: IT WAS DETERMINED BY THE COMMISSIONER THAT
NOW IS THE TIME TO MAKE THE DECISION TO CLOSE THE BRIDGE. ))
OUT Q=the bridge
Kerley says the bridge is safe right now... but that upkeep would be too
The plan would be for residents to use a different route.
STAND UP 13:13:17
This is Route 43, the road less traveled.
But if in fact the bridge is torn down, this will be the only way in and out
of Eagle Rock.
That means a detour for everyone, including ambulances and fire trucks.
Eagle Rock residents say that's not acceptable.
end stand up
IN Q=If the
((DEE DEE BRUCE/EAGLE ROCK RESIDENT:IT WAS ALIENATED SOME WHEN 220 BY PASSED IT
WHEN THE FOUR LANES CAME OUT AND THEN IF WE CLOSE THE BRIDGE NOW, THE TOWN WILL
BE COMPLETELY SHUT OFF. ))
OUT Q=shut off
Dee Dee Bruce is leading the charge and she's teaming up with State Senator
Together, they're trying to designate Eagle Rock as an historical district.
They hope that will be enough to save the bridge.
IN Q=You've got
((SENATOR BO TRUMBO/R- BOTETOURT COUNTY: YOU'VE GOT RIVER, YOU'VE GOT CANAL,
YOU'VE GOT ROADS, YOU'VE GOT BRIDGE, YOU'VE GOT TRAIN. ALL OF THAT AND IF YOU
LOOK OVERHEAD, YOU SEE AN OCCASIONAL AIRCRAFT. WHAT YOU END UP HAVING BY
STANDING IN 1 POINT. YOU HAVE THE TOTAL TRANSPORTATION HISTORY IN THE U.S. ))
OUT Q=in the U.S.
As it stands right now, the structure is expected to close in the next 12
Residents say if that happens... the state will not only be tearing down a
bridge... it will be burning one as well.
Scott Prince, News- 7, Botetourt County.))
You might think Botetourt County was making a big deal over nothing by
calling a news conference about a plant hiring two dozen people.
But in the eyes of the community, it really gained almost TWO HUNDRED jobs.
Len Besthoff explains.
IN Q=Marshall Stinett
SUPER=01-Marshall Stinett/Groendyk Employee; :08 (VERY QUICK!)
SUPER=03-Fincastle; :13 (VERY QUICK!)
SUPER=01-Roland Dube/Groendyk Vice President; :26
SUPER=01-Jerry Burgess/Botetourt Co. Administrator; 52
OUT Q=LB, News-7.
((Marshall Stinett of Buchanan is thrilled that Groendyk Manufacturing, his
employer for 31 years, is staying in town.
IN Q=They're keeping
((MARSHALL STINETT/GROENDYK EMPLOYEE: THEY'RE KEEPING IT IN THE COMMUNITY.
AND IT'S GOOD FOR THE TOWN AND IT'S GOOD FOR EVERYONE THAT'S WORKING HERE.
OUT Q=It's great!
Groendyk announced it will spend close to four- million- dollars to
modernize its plant.
Just 10 months ago, Buchanan's largest employer was ready to vacate the
aging facility and put 150 people out of work.
IN Q=There were
((ROLAND DUBE/GROENDYK VICE PRESIDENT: THERE WERE A LOT OF REASONS THAT WE
THOUGHT, SOMETIMES IT'S EASIER TO BUILD A NEW FACTORY THAN TO REMODEL AN OLD,
AND THIS WAS THE CASE.))
OUT Q=was the case.
IN Q=Right now
((Right now Groendyk makes foam products like this computer mouse pad or check
this out, this is the seal to the door of a conventional oven. But the company
wants to expand its product line in the aircraft and aerospace industries. And
Botetourt County and the state of Virginia have come up with an incentive
package to convince the company to do that right here.))
OUT Q=right here.
IN Q=We went
((JERRY BURGESS/BOTETOURT CO. ADMINISTRATOR: WE WENT TO THE GOVERNOR, THROUGH
THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OFFICE, GOT APPROVAL FOR AN OPPORTUNITY FUND GRANT AND
WITH THAT WE'VE MATCHED IT, ACTUALLY EXCEEDED THE MATCH A LITTLE BIT, AND PUT
ENOUGH MONEY ON THE TABLE FOR THE SITE COSTS. THAT MADE IT FEASIBILITY OF THE
OUT Q=the project work.
All told, the state will kick in 100- thousand- dollars to the Groendyk
expansion, the county will spend 130- thousand.
The company expects to complete the project by the middle of next year.
Len Besthoff, News-7.))
Groendyk (GRUN-dike) is owned by R-B-X Holdings, which also owns the Rubatex
Rubatex has a plant in Bedford that employs close to one thousand hourly and
Its parent company has made good on its plans to modernize the facility, to
the tune of more than two-million dollars.
IN Q=This is
((JERRY KERSKY/RBX HOLDINGS: THIS IS GOING TO GIVE US NEW TECHNOLOGY, NEW
OPPORTUNITIES TO REALLY SERVICE OUR CUSTOMERS A LOT BETTER.))
SUPER=01-Jerry Kersky/RBX Holdings
OUT Q=a lot better.
R-B-X Holdings proposed modernizing the plant earlier this year.
But first it said workers needed to improve productivity.
Some Roanoke residents may soon be inconvenienced when it comes to shopping
The B-and-K Community Supermarket in the Melrose-Orange Avenue area plans to
close down September first because of slow business.
It was part of a joint project between Total Action Against Poverty and the
Farm Fresh Supermarket chain.
Local residents say many of the store's customers are the elderly and people
They say the store's closing will mean many will have to walk as far as two
miles to get to the closest food store.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Stay with us, still to come on the newscast, the Smart Road is set on the
and do you think your job bugs you? Then you should change places with this
woman. When we return, we'll let you know why she's a professional at raising
wx ad lib
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Commonwealth's Attorney Bill Fuller and an assistant did NOT violate a
former Danville school teacher's fifth amendment rights.
That's the opinion of a federal judge who dismissed the multi-million dollar
case against the two as well as the Danville Register and Bee newspaper.
Teresa Hamilton reports-- as part of the decision the Reverend Thomas
Motley's attorney was also ordered to pay the newspaper's court costs.
IN Q=The drawn out
SUPER=03-Danville/File Tape; :00
OUT Q=Hamilton, News 7.
(( The drawn out legal battle waged by Motley against two of the city's
prosecutors began more than two years ago.
In February of 94, Motley was CONVICTED of slapping a student with a
He later appealed the case to Circuit Court where he was acquitted.
Not long after, Commonwealth's Attorney Bill Fuller and his assistant James
Martin bought an ad in the Danville Register and Bee.
The ad outlined Motley's prior criminal record which was not admissible
during the trial.
Fuller says he bought the ad to address erroneous information that had
appeared in the newspaper-- while it was still in Juvenile Court.
Reverend Motley was eventually fired from his job as a Danville school
No long after Motley filed a million dollar lawsuit in Circuit Court-- which
was thrown out in June.
In dismissing the federal suit-- Judge Jackson Kiser wrote that the
prosecutors' actions may have been questionable but they were acting in their
Motley reportedly says he plans to appeal. Teresa Hamilton, News 7.))
Motley sued the Danville Bee for publishing the ad.
Judge Kiser ruled that his attorney must pay the newspaper's court costs
because quote, "no reasonable attorney would have thought that bringing such a
What was once just a hi-tech twinkle in the eyes of transportation engineers
is finally a state-approved plan waiting to go out to bid.
The Commonwealth Transportation Board says the Blacksburg to 81 "Smart Road"
is a smart design.
Ellen Qualls has the story.
IN Q=What makes
SUPER=01-Lorinda Lionberger/Salem District Member; :12
SUPER=01-Richard Roth/NRV Environmental Coalition; :28
SUPER=01-Ray Pethtel/Center for Transportation Research; :52
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( What makes a smart road a good idea?
Apparently in Virginia four and a half years of controversy over endangered
flowers and economic development... after this same state board okayed it in
the first place.
((LORINDA LIONBERGER/SALEM DISTRICT MEMBER: I THINK THAT THERE SETS IN A
FEELING OF RESPONSIBILITY NOW TO MAKE SURE THAT AS WE PROCEED WITH THIS PROJECT
THAT WE ARE VERY, VERY CAREFUL.))
That means don't forget it's a road -- NOT just a high-tech lab.
It is, after all, NOT without enemies.
SOT TRACY BITE
((RICHARD ROTH/NRV ENVIRONMENTAL COALITION: THIS HAS TAKEN A LOT OF TIME, WE'RE
ALL, ON THE OPPOSITION SIDE WE'RE ALL VOLUNTEERS, WE DO THIS IN WHAT SPARE TIME
WE HAVE. SO IN SOME WAYS IT'S A BIT OF A RELIEF JUST FOR IT TO BE OVER. BUT I'M
SURE WE WOULD'VE PREFERRED FOR IT TO BE OVER IN A DIFFERENT WAY. ))
Road supporters bemoan the delays -- but they've proved they're NOT only
smart, they can also use their time wisely.
((RAY PETHTEL/CENTER FOR TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH: THE SILVER LINING IN EVERY
CLOUD? I SUPPOSE IT'S FAIR TO SAY THAT AS THE DELAYS AND THE CONTROVERSY HAVE
SURROUNDED THIS PROJECT, THAT WE HAVE BEEN MOVING FORWARD, CONTINUALLY LOOKING
FOR NEW OPPORTUNITIES, AND A NUMBER OF NEW OPPORTUNITIES HAVE SHOWN THEMSELVES.
THAT'S THE WHOLE POINT OF THIS PROJECT.))
A one-of-a-kind all- weather simulator is the latest thing.
So if neither rain, nor snow, nor dark of night or bad directions can stop
cars on the 103- million dollar smart road -- what can?
A federal court order.
A lawsuit is still pending.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
A champion sportsman continued his tour of various courtrooms this
Charles Nichols has been convicted of hunting fraud in several areas across
Today he was sentenced in Botetourt County on two counts of forgery.
Nichols received a 2- year suspended jail sentence.
He's also been ordered to pay 4- thousand dollars in fines... plus he had
his hunting license revoked for four years.
Those penalties are in addition to the ones imposed in other counties.
On Wall Street today, investors apparently sat on the side lines on what
analysts are calling a slow summer day.
The DOW finished lower, but just by a point.
NASDAQ was up a point.
For most of us, our first reaction to a cockroach is to kill it, QUICKLY.
But a Virginia Tech en-tomology professor has devoted her career to breeding
Tracy Altizer reports.
IN Q=First entry into
SUPER=01-Dr. Mary Ross/Entomology Professor; :41
OUT Q=Altizer, News 7.
(( First entry into Virginia Tech's cockroach genetics lab may send shudders
down your spine, especially once you realize the bugs fill the jars lining the
There are nymphs and adults, and even some that hiss.
SOT 12:57:44 nat of hissing
Entomology Professor Mary Ross has raised roaches for more than 30 years.
((DON'T YOU THINK HE'S RATHER PRETTY?
ANSWER: FOR A COCKROACH HE'S RATHER PRETTY. ))
Ross has discovered nearly every known mutant strain of the German cockroach
in this lab, making it one of a kind in the world.
And she's worked with insecticide companies trying to find the best
combinations of chemicals to kill the bugs she breeds.
((DR. MARY ROSS/ENTOMOLOGY PROFESSOR: WE LOOK AT DIFFERENT, NEW INSECTICIDES
AND WE TEST THEM AGAINST VARIOUS STRAINS THAT WE KNOW ARE RESISTANT. ))
SUFor visitors to the lab, the obvious question is "can they get out?"
The tops of the jars and canisters are greased with vaseline to keep the
cockroaches in their place. But that doesn't stop the occasional stray.
((OOPS, OH OH. ))
But Ross says of the four thousand species, only about 25 are considered
((MOST OF THEM OUT IN THE TROPICS, THEY DON'T HURT ANYBODY, IN FACT THEY
PROBABLY DO SOME GOOD BREAKING DOWN VARIOUS ORGANIC MATERIALS. ))
Odds are though, that'll be small comfort the next time you find one in YOUR
kitchen. Tracy Altizer, News 7.))
Coming your way tonight in sports, the Virginia Cavaliers hold their annual
preseason football media day.
The Roanoke Rush has a new owner,
And we'll see who is on top as the 14th annual Scott Robertson golf
tournament comes to close at the Roanoke Country Club.
The Roanoke Rush, the area's national minor league football team is changing
ownership today as team founder Nick Rush
has sold principal ownership in the team to the former Montgomery County
Board of Supervisors chairman, Larry Linkous.
No big changes are expected as a result of the sale, and Rush will remain
with the team as a minority owner.
The Rush plays its third straight home game at Victory stadium this
Saturday night at 7 against the Triad Wallabees from Winston-Salem.
Training camps around the NFL are getting ready to break up and it's a good
thing because the players have had about enough of each other.
SUPER=03-Platteville, WI; :00
Al Fontenot and Todd Burger got up close and personal in this skirmish early
in one of the final practices and then watch running back Michael Hicks and
Myron Baker exchange pleasantries,
Fortunately, this is the Bears final day in Platteville.
A one hole playoff determined the girls 14 and over winner at the Scott
Robertson Memorial golf tournament.
Cimie Shahan blasted this sand shot out of the bunker at 18 within inches
of the cup for a par and a shot at title.
But Angela Jerman, the sixth ranked junior player in the country, countered
by sinking this 12 foot birdie putt to force the playoff hole.
Jerman needed another putt to take the playoff to another hole but she
missed giving Shahan, who shot 76, the title.
IN Q="This is my...
((CIMMIE SHAHAN/GIRLS WINNER: ))
SUPER=03-Cimmie Shahan/Girls Winner; :
OUT Q=.......first win."
Patrick Henry Golfer Lee Taylor, playing on his home course, is the winner
of the 14 year old division.
Taylor shot a 2 under par 68 to finish at 210, a 13 shot victory.
IN Q="I've had
SUPER=01-Lee Taylor/13-14 WINNER; :
OUT Q=.....pretty well."
The 15-18 year old boys just wrapped up with Mack Kellet of Florence,
South Carolina winning a four way playoff on the second sudden death hole.
GRAPHIC=Tee of For Sight
The 15-th annual Tee Off for Sight Golf tournament is set for the Hunting
Hills Country Club next month.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :
The tournament features a 136 players and the champions from all the clubs
in the Valley.
And tournament officials announced this morning that the host pro would be
D.A. Weibring who won the Greater Hartford open this year and has earned over
314-thousand dollars in nine starts.
((DICK METZ/ASSISTANT TOURNAMENT CHAIRMAN: ))
SUPER=01-Dick Metz/Assistant Tournament Chairman; :
OUT Q= .....number one choice."
The tournament is Tuesday September 24.
UVa's football media day kicked off in Charlottesville today. And in the
middle of all the talk of pre season rankings and quarterback questions, a good
time was had.
Steve Mason takes us inside the "UVA FAMILY" from Scott Stadium.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=01-Jamie Sharper/UVa Linebacker; :16
SUPER=01-Anthony Poindexter/UVa Strong Safety; :22
SUPER=01-George Welsh/UVa Head Coach; :38
SUPER=03-Charlottesville/1996 Spring Game; :41
SUPER=01-Tiki Barber/UVa Tailback; :48
SUPER=01-Tim Sherman/UVa Quarterback; 1:03
SUPER=01-Aaron Brooks/UVa Quarterback; 1:09
SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA/1995 Peach Bowl; 1:15
SUPER=01-Darrell Medley/UVa Fullback; 1:21
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