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Next on News Seven-- President
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Clinton continues his journey towards the Democratic National Convention in Chicago.
Some Northwest Roanoke residents are fed up about a halfway house that may be built in their community.
And in "Made in Virginia" tonight we will feature Burlington Industries... one of the nation's textile giants.
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The news is next!

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Good evening.
President Clinton continues his
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journey towards the Democratic National Convention in Chicago.
He was greeted by trongs of supporters in Kentucky... shouting four more years.
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Some Northwest Roanoke residents are up in arms about a Washington firm that wants to build a halfway house in their community.
Now they say they're ready for battle.
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And the first French woman astronaut was enjoying a cool drink of floating lemonade on the Mir Space Station.
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We'll bring you that story and more at eleven.

Escape


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WE are working on a story at this hour of an apparent escape of several juveniles from a facility called the Sanctuary which is near the Juvenile Detention Center in Botetourt County.
Authorities tell us the sanctuary is used as a holding facility for wayward youth... some with criminal charges.
Apparently law enforcement officers and deputies are on the scene searching the area for the young people.
The identity of the juveniles have NOT been made available.
There's a News Seven crew at the scene. .. we'll bring you up to date as information is made available.

DMC


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Virginia delegates at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago are getting some plush treatment this evening from a major tobacco company.
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Philip Morris is hosting a reception at a downtown Chicago restaurant for the Virginia and Kentucky delegations.
The event was closed to the media.
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Meanwhile, President Clinton appeared more enthusiastic than ever... as his supporters shouted four more years.
Terry Phillips has the latest.
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(CHEERING FOR CLINTON)


IT WAS A PICTURE-BOOK SENDOFF FIT FOR A PRESIDENT. BILL CLINTON STOOD , WITH THE FIRST LADY AND DAUGHTER CHELSEA AT HIS SIDE, ON THE 21ST CENTURY EXPRESS, A TRAIN TO CHICAGO, A TRAIN THAT WILL TAKE HIM TO THE WARM EMBRACE OF THE DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION.

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I WANT AMERICA TO KNOW THAT WE'RE ON THE RIGHT TRACK..WE ARE GOING FORWARD. 13;50ISH

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CLINTON'S FOUR DAY TRIP IS A MADE-FOR-TV EVENT, EACH SPEECH DESIGNED TO HIGHLIGHT ONE OF HIS THEMES FOR RE-ELECTION. BOB DOLE ACTUALLY BEAT CLINTON TO CHICAGO, DRUMMING UP SUPPPORT FOR HIS TAX CUT PLAN. THE PRESIDENT WOULD HAVE NONE OF THE TAX CUT TALK, WARNING PEOPLE IN ASHLAND, KENTUCKY TO BEWARE OF OFFERS THAT SOUND TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE.

(SOT, CLINTON)

YOU KNOW WHAT WILL HAPPEN. IT WILL BLOW A HOLE IN THE DEFICIT, BIGGER CUTS IN MEDICAID AND MEDICARE...THINGS I VETORED WHEN THEY SHUTDOWN THE GOVERNMENT. 26:00
CLINTON ENDED HIS DAY IN OHIO, A BATTLEGROUND STATE WITH ITS MUCH NEEDED 21 ELECTORAL VOTES.

(PHILLIPS STANDUP CLOSE)

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On the eve of the start of the convention, Bob Dole and his running mate brought their campaign to Oregon today.
Speaking to the crowd at a rally at Portland's Rose Quarter Commons this evening, Republican vice presidential candidate Jack Kemp urged his supporters to not only vote for a Republican president but to also vote for a Republican congress.
Bob Dole again attacked President Clinton for not doing enough to deal with the drug problem in America citing last week's report on drugs.
The two will later attend a fundraising dinner at a downtown hotel.
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Halifax-Murder


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In Halifax County a husband has been charged with murder after allegedly shooting his wife to death this morning.
Police say 48- year- old Robert Lewis Clay shot his wife, Joy at around 11 O'Clock at their home on highway 7-0-6.
She was shot in the arm and head with a 12 gauge shotgun.
Clay turned himself over to sheriff's deputies 30 minutes after the shooting.
He's charged with first degree murder.
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When News 7 at 11 returns,
Oregonians are trying to deal with wildfires--
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And a community is fighting to keep a halfway house out of their backyard.
But first, let's check in with Kimberly
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Kimberly in the WX Office
Thanks, Ron--
We've been keeping a close watch of the very strong Hurrican Edouard-- now twirling across the tropical Atlantic.
The latest information on that is coming up-- meanwhile, closer to home, it's been fairly pleasant outside.
Today's temperatures were a bit cooler than usual... let's check them out... Roll Lake Level MUSIC UP FULL
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Wildfires


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Residents of Bend, Oregon, took time to survey the damage from wildfires that destroyed nineteen homes.
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Around 500 were evacuated yesterday.
Many will not be able to return to their home until Tuesday, at the earliest.
Although the fires are currently moving away from the subdivisions, people fear that the winds could shift the fires back in the direction of the homes.
Firefighters have yet to get the blaze under control.
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HALFWAY-HOUSE


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Some Northwest Roanoke residents are preparing for battle.
A Washington, D-C, firm wants to build a federal halfway house in their neighborhood.
Denise Allen has the story.
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(( These homeowners say they're working hard to rebuild their neighborhood.
They live just off Melrose Avenue and say a proposed federal halfway house will hurt their efforts to revitalize the area.
The homeowners say they've already fought similar projects and won on four different occassions.
They say their area is a target because property is inexpensive.
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((TONY MARTIN: WE'RE CONCERNED WITH THE SAFETY OF OUR CHILDREN, OUR NEIGHBORHOODS AND BUSINESSES IN THIS AREA. WE ALREADY HAVE A SIGNIFICANT CRIME RATE.))
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Officials at Washington Halfway Homes, Incorporated, out of Washington, D.C., told the group they want to build a 20 bed facility.
Their property of choice is this lot on the corner of Melrose and Fantress Street.
Inmates would serve out the end of their sentence in the halfway house.
The goal is to help them rejoin society.
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((JASON PERDUE/U.S. PAROLE OFFICER: WHEN SOMEBODY DOESN'T HAVE A HALFWAY HOUSE AND THEY JUST COME RIGHT TO ROANOKE FROM THE INSTITUTION THEY HAVEN'T HAD A CHANCE TO ESTABLISH A RESIDENCY. THEY HAVEN'T HAD A CHANCE TO FIND A JOB. SO THERE'S TWO STRIKES AGAINST THEM RIGHT OFF THE BAT.))
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Jason Perdue says halfway house or not these inmates will be re-entering the community.
But these residents say the inmates that come to the Roanoke facility won't necessarily be from the Roanoke Valley.
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((DEANA WILLARD: THEY WILL BE LOOKING FOR JOBS IN THE ROANOKE COUNTY, ROANOKE CITY, VINTON, SALEM AREA. THEREFORE WHEN THEY FIND JOBS THEY WILL BRING THEIR FAMILIES HERE.))
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STAND UP DENISE ALLEN/NEWS7 REPORTER: CITY OFFICIALS CONFIRM THAT THE COMPANY IS LOOKING INTO BUILDING A HALFWAY HOME IN ROANOKE.
THEY SAY THEY SHOULD HAVE THE REGULATIONS GOVERNING THESE FACILITIES IN HAND BY THE BEGINNING OF THE WORK WEEK.
PAROLE OFFICER JASON PERDUE SAYS ROANOKE NEEDS A HALFWAY HOUSE.
BUT RESIDENTS SAY IT SHOULD BE IN A NON-RESIDENTIAL AREA.
DENISE ALLEN NEWS 7.))

William-Byrd


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School bells will be ringing in a new educational year for Roanoke County students tomorrow.
And when William Byrd High School students return, they'll notice things are changing at the high school.
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Workers started a three and a half million dollar construction project in June.
The money for the construction comes from the state literary loan program.
School officials say east Roanoke County is growing fast and this project will help alleviate the school's overcrowding problem.
The first phase includes the addition of 22 rooms.
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((DR. RICHARD TURNER/WILLIAM BYRD HIGH SCHOOL ASST. PRINCIPAL: WE'RE GOING TO BE ENLARGING THE SCIENCE ROOMS AND WE'RE GOING TO ADD AN ADDITION TO THE LIBRARY AND THEN WE'RE GOING TO BE ADDING TO THE TECH EDUCATION LAB.))
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The construction project is also changing the traffic pattern in the parking lot of the both the middle and high schools.
The small lot in front of the high school will be closed because of the construction project.
School officials say they're hoping the project will be complete by the start of the next school year.
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Stay with us,
Does lemonade taste as good in space?
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And,
A Made in Virginia Report-- on the over one thousand people who work for Burlington Industries.
We'll have that story when we come back.
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Mir


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The first French woman astronaut is high above the earth tonight,
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She is enjoying her trip-- chasing floating bubbles of lemonade around the space station.
Claudie Andre- Deshays was launched into orbit last week from Russia.
The french pioneer has another week to go before she returns to earth along with two Russian Cosmonauts.
This is the fifth joint space effort between the two countries.
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S-Cuts


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The Carolina Panthers joined the ranks of several NFL teams that had to widdle their rosters down from 60 to 53 today.
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Former Virginia Tech star J.C. Price was one of the Panther casualties.
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Price was one of two defensive tackles the Panthers cut. Tim Colston was the other. Price still has a chance with the panthers. Carolina has 5 spots to fill on it's 5 man practice roster.
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Te panthers also aquired rahib Rocket Ismail from the oakland Raiders today in return for an undiclosed draft picjk.
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In other NFL moves, The washington redskins cut kicker Eddie Murray, the teams 5th leading scorer. The Redskins aslo waved fomrer Virginia defensive tackle Ryan Kuel.
Also, San Francisco cut former Virginia tech star Eugene Chung,
And Cincinnati gave the ax to former Virginia Cavalier linebacker Randy Neal.

S-Lions


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The 11th ranked Nittany Lions of Penn State dominated the 7th ranked Trojans of USC 24 to 7 today in the Pigskin Classic.
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Giants Stadium would be the meeting place for two of college football's legendary master minds,
Joe paterno of Penn State and
John Robinson of USC.
The man of the hour was State running back Curtis Enis,. Watch him scoot in ot the end zone from 24 yards out tp put the Nittany Lions up 10-nothing in the second quarter.
Enis put Pen State up 17-zip with this 10 yard touchdown gallop in the
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4th quarter.
Enis added yet another TD run, a 4 yarder and Penn State cruises behind it's running back, winning 24 to 7.
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S-Tiger


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Tigers Woods secured a spot in golf history today when he captured his thri straight U.S. Amateur Championship, a feat never before achieved.
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Woods defeated Steve Scott on the second hole of a sudden death playoff. Both exchanged great shots during the course of the day.
Woods trailed by as many as 5 holes in the 36 hole match play final and by two holes with just three to play.
Woods becomes the first golfer to win the Amateur in three straight years.
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S-Golf


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On the pro side, Lynchburg's Donna Andrews finished 5th in the LPGA StarBank Classic today. Her 3 round total was a 7 under 209.
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But the big winner was the dominator; Laura Davies. Davies takes first witha a three round total of 204; 12 under par. She finished 3 shots ahead of Pat Hurst and Maggie Will. Davies pockets over 82 grand for her efforts.
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On the men's side. Phil Mickelson birdied 16 and 17 to win the World Series of Golf. It marked his 4th victory of the year.
The 26 year old fired a final round 70. He finished the event at 6 under 274.
Duffy Waldorf, Billy Mayfair and Steve Stricker finished tied for second at 3 under.
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S-Rockies


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The Salem Avalanche lost to the Winston-Salem Warthogs 5-4 tonight on the road in a marathoner...a 16 inning bout. Salem's major league brothers faired better.
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Vinny Castilla hit a pair of homers and drove in 4 runs as the Rockies rallied to beat Pittsburgh 13 to 9.
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Larry Walker, who rehabbed in salem, also drove in 4 runs and smashed a homer on the day, Rockies win by 4 over the Pirates 13 to 9.
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S-Braves


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Over in the national League, the east Division leading Atlanta braves had their 2 game winning streak snapped by the Chicago Cubs.
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The braves did come up with some great defense. Ryan Klesko says..look mom I can still do a belly flop and make a great catch.
Chicago pitcher Kevin Foster was true blue Cub Scout today. He held the Braves to 2 runs on 6 hits over 8 innings, plus ending Fred McGriffs 28 game hitting streak and Chipper Jones 17 game streak.
When walking a batter...be careful..or this could happen. Mark
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Wolhers with the overthrow that advances a runner.
Brian McCrae knocked in the eventual game winner, a 2 out double in the top of the 9th, and the Cubs drop the Braves by the count of 3 to 2.
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S-Yankees


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The Oakland A's faced the Bronx Bombers at Yankee Stadium today. And not even the A's 6-4 win over New York could spoil a tribute to one of baseball's legends.
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The Yankees began the day with a dedication to one of the most celebrated Yankees of all time; Mickey Mantle.
Billy Crystal offers some kind words,
and then a statue in honor of Mickey was unveiled.
Speaking of future legends, Mark SUPER=35-Oakland/==6/New York/==4;

McGuire tagged this pitch for his major league leading 43rd homerun on the season.!!
How about a "Strawberry Sunday" Darryl Strawberry answers McGuire with one of his one but the Bombers fall by 2.
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S-Score


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One other football note. The Roanoke Rush lost to the Charlston Rockets 14 to 10 today. Former West Virginia star major Harris threw for 127 yards and 1 touchdown. The Rush is home September 7th aginst Knoxville, now the digits. wipe to boards
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Sports tease


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Still to come in sports, we will check in on the VMI football team and see how two local players are doing,
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and the Kenny Lewis conncetion is born as the former Tech star is watching his son excel on the track.
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S-Football


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VMI opens the 1996 football season at Ole Miss a week from this saturday. 4 of the Keydets first 5 games this year are on the road.
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A tougher summer weight lifting program should help the Keydets this year. Former G.W. Danville standout Travis Brooks is turning heads at linebacker and could see ample playing time this season.
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((MIKE ROGERS/VMI JUNIOR LINEBACKER:)) ((TRAVIS BROOKS/VMI FRESHMAN LINEBACKER:))
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While the VMI linebacking corp is in good hands; the receiving unit is another issue. All three starting receivers from last year's 4 and 7 team are gone. Look for former Rockbridge star Brandon Bissell to get a shot.
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S-Track


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Danville might just be nurturing Virginia's next olympian.
11 year old Kenny Lewis of Danville, who just happens to be the son of former Hokie Kenny Lewis, won a gold medal at the A-A-U Junior Olympic games in New Orleans.
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Lewis is following in the foot steps of his father Kenny who played football at Virginia Tech and with the New York Jets.
Lewis's coach Robert Marshall says he has natural talent, works hard and has the support of his parents.
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((ROBERT MARSHALL/DANVILLE TRACK AND FIELD CLUB: ))
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It all came together this year at the Junior Olympics. After a fourth place finish last year Lewis would win the 80-meter hurdles in a close race to capture the gold medal.
And Lewis credits his success to his dad.
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((KENNY LEWIS/AAU GOLD MEDALIST: )) ((KENNY LEWIS/KENNY'S DAD: ))
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Plus


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As we mentioned at the top of our newscast, several juveniles have escaped from a facility called the Sanctuary which is near the Juvenile Detention Center in Botetourt County.
Authorities tell us the sanctuary is used as a holding facility for wayward youth... some with criminal charges.
Apparently law enforcement officers and deputies are on the scene searching the area for the young people.
The identity of the juveniles have NOT been made available.
There's a News Seven crew at the scene. .. we'll bring you up to date as information is made available.
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Made-In-Va


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Burlington Industries is one of the nation's textile giants.
It employs thousands of people in our area.
The company also lays claim to owning the south's first carpet mill.
It was built in the small town of Glasgow in 1935.
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Len Besthoff and photographer Dennis Brown profile the Burlington Lees Carpets division in our latest installment of Made In Virginia.
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When you enter Burlington's Lees Carpets plant, you are immediately struck by how large it is...in all, the factory has 34 ACRES under one roof.
Some of the employees who often go from one end of the facility to the other are actually equipped with BICYCLES.
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((LINDA HARTWILL/LEES CARPETS EMPLOYEE: IT'S BIG, REAL BIG.))
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The 1200 people who work here make 140 styles of carpet, and when you account for all the different colors, there are 3500 selections that can come out of this plant.
One of its most labor and machine intensive operations is the "tufting" department...where modern day looms, each with no fewer than 900 needles in them, make carpet from spools of yarn.
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((MARLENE HARDIN/LEES CARPETS EMPLOYEE: IT'S JUST LIKE A BASICALLY LIKE A BIG SEWING MACHINE. IT SEWS THE YARN INTO CARPET.))
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This 100- million- dollar plant is referred to as one that's "vertically integrated", which means it makes nearly all the items it needs to manufacture carpet right on the premises.
In all, there are 40 separate processes that take place before the carpet goes out the back door...and that means folks like Fred Southers have a lot of machines to take care of.
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((FRED SOUTHERS/LEES CARPETS EMPLOYEE: WELL WE GOT ANYWHERE FROM 55 TO 60 MAINTENANCE MEN THAT WORK HERE. THEY KEEP UP PRETTY MUCH.))
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Another striking thing at this plant is how many people there are like Southers, who has worked here more than four decades.
Ed Arthur and his wife Carolyn have made it a family affair.
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((CAROLYN ARTHUR/LEES CARPETS EMPLOYEE: BUT IT'S A LOT OF COUPLES THAT WORK HERE. A LOT OF COUPLES HAVE BEEN HERE A LONG TIME.))
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And they've made a lot of carpet.
Right now Lees Carpets ships out about 20 MILLION square yards of it a year.
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