Coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX: a record number of boating accidents at Smith
Mountain Lake this year has boaters and law enforcers bracing for the Labor Day
A MAN in Roanoke tells of sexual discrimination on the job.
And we'll get Holdren's new owners' reasoning for abandoning extended
In sports, the first week of the Friday Football Extra regular season is
here, we will look at the Avalanche/Hillcats series,
and a scary moment at Darlington as South Boston's Ward Burton hits the wall
in qualifying...great balls of fire in sports.
What a way to finish the last big weekend of summer. Folks on the coast
will at least see wind and rain, we will likely stay high and dry in the west.
The danger is always there... but it intensifies during a holiday weekend.
Authorities are keeping a close eye on Smith Moutain Lake this Labor Day...
in an attempt to cut down on the number of accidents.
Scott Prince has the story.
IN Q=If you're
SUPER=03-Smith Mountain Lake/File Tape; :05
SUPER=01-Paul Howell/U.S. Coast Guard Auxillary; :26
SUPER=01-John Dabareiner/Boater; :47
OUT Q=News 7
((If you're shipping off this holiday weekend... the Bedford County
Sheriff's Office will be making sure you do it safely.
The Boat Patrol will have additional manpower and extended hours on Smith
And the emphasis will be placed on reeling in drunken boaters.
But even if you're being responsible on board... that doesn't guarantee a
The Coast Guard says everyone needs to take extra precautions during a
IN Q=No one
((PAUL HOWELL/U.S. COAST GUARD AUXILLARY: NO ONE IS GOING OUT EXPECTING TO HAVE
AN ACCIDENT SO JUST STAY TOTALLY ALERT TO EVERYTHING THAT'S GOING ON AROUND
YOU. AND WHEN IT GETS VERY CROWDED, YOU HAVE TO BE VERY CAUTIOUS. IF THERE'S
ANY POSSIBILITY OF AN ACCIDENT, THE THING TO DO IS JUST BASICALLY STOP YOUR
OUT Q=your boat
An excess of boats can certainly cause its share of problems... but some
lake- goers still manage to see another side.
IN Q=I like
((JOHN DABAREINER/BOATER: I LIKE TO SEE THE CROWDS BECAUSE YOU KNOW THE
TROURISM IS DOING WELL AND EVERYTHING'S GOOD. BUT IT'S NICE ON THE WEEK DAYS...
WHEN NOBODY IS AROUND... TO GO OUT WITH WITH YOUR FAMILY AND DO EVERYTHING.
COMING HERE WHEN THERE'S PEOPLE, IT'S EXCITING, BUT ON THE LAKE, I'D RATHER NOT
HAVE AS MANY BOATS.))
OUT Q=many boats
Last year, a total of 35 accidents marred the waters of Smith Mountain Lake.
This year, there have already been 40.
That's the highest total ever... with still plenty of summer- like days to
Officials say if proper safety precautions were taken, the majority of those
accidents could have been avoided.
Scott Prince, News- 7.))
"All men are the same. They're all dogs."
That comment prompted a two -million dollar lawsuit in Roanoke this week
against the woman who supposedly said it.
Carolyn Hooper is a supervisor in the Head Start program at TAP, Total
Action Against Poverty.
Ed Mitchell worked for her during the last year of his eight years at TAP.
IN Q=She has a
((SHE HAS A PROBLEM WITH MEN, THAT SHE REFERS TO US AS ALL MEN BEING DOGS. I
HAVE A VERY SERIOUS PROBLEM WITH THAT MORE THAN ANYTHING ELSE.
Q: Did you ever call her on that statement?
I CALLED HER EVERY TIME SHE MADE THAT STATEMENT, AND MADE HER KNOW HOW I DIDN'T
LIKE IT, I RESENTED IT, WHETHER IT WAS BEING SAID TO ME, WHETHER IT WAS BEING
SAID IN MY PRESENCE.))
SUPER=01-Ed Mitchell/Former TAP Employee
OUT Q=in my presence.
BECAUSE he spoke up, Mitchell believes, he became a victim of retaliation.
He wants it known he's still a believer in TAP, but says there are serious
internal problems with certain people.
Hooper- -Mitchell's former supervisor at TAP- -failed to return our phone
Lieutenant Governor Don Beyer will NOT be in Buena Vista Monday for the
parade that has become Virginia's premier fall campaign event.
But Beyer's campaign is busy squelching rumors today that he's reconsidering
his Democratic bid for Governor next year.
A spokeswoman confirms Beyer's 20- year old son Donnie has been transferred
from a Winchester hospital to a treatment center in Western Maryland.
That's after what the campaign confirms was a suicide attempt last week,
when Donnie Beyer jumped from a bridge and was rescued by boaters.
The spokeswoman says the Lieutenant Governor's "feeling positive" about his
Beyer cancelled his trip to the Democratic convention to spend more time
The spokeswoman also confirms Beyer's grueling schedule has been re-designed
to cut down on some of his travel.
A source within the campaign tells News 7 Beyer was "exhausted" by his
Beyer will be back on the campaign trail Sunday.
But he'll go to Tidewater Monday, and let Mark Warner represent Democrats in
GRAPHIC=Roanoke City Seal
The Henry Street revitalization project is about more than neighborhood
Roanoke City Mayor David Bowers
hopes the project will help build trust between the city and the black
Bowers says wounds from the 1960's have never healed.
The city has been criticized for demolishing parts of a predominantly black
neighborhood to build the Roanoke Civic Center.
IN Q=something should happen
((DAVID BOWERS/ROANOKE CITY MAYOR: SOMETHING SHOULD HAPPEN IN THE HENRY STREET
AREA. IT'S NOT FOR ME TO SAY. IT'S FOR THE PEOPLE TO DECIDE AND THAT'S THE
PROCESS THAT WERE GOING THROUGH. WE'VE HAD OTHER BLIGHTED AREAS IN THIS CITY
AND THE CITY AND THE NEIGHBORS WORKED TOGETHER. WE DID THAT IN OLD
OUT Q=IN OLD SOUTHWEST
Bowers is the interim chairman of the Henry Street Revival Committee.
He assumed the position after former mayor Noel Taylor resigned.
The committee has scheduled another public meeting on the project for
September 10th at the Roanoke Civic Center.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at 6--the latest on Holdren's.
We'll hear what the stores' new owner has to say about the controversy over
and furry winged creatures flying around the attic will drive anyone batty.
But one New River Valley company specializes in ridding homes of bats. We'll
have the story--Robin?
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Tonight we have the other side of the story about the thousands of appliance
warranties owned by Holdren's customers that are now worthless.
Double Boxes=Keith and Len/Newsroom
Len Besthoff spoke by phone with an officer of Crenshaw's T-V and Appliance
So, why did the new owner decide not to honor the extended service contracts
Holdren's sold in the Roanoke area?
Keith, the company insists it had no legal obligation to do so.
IN Q=Glen Bagwell
SUPER=03-Raleigh, NC; :00
SUPER=01-Steve Terry/Former Holdren's of VA GM; :35 QUICK
OUT Q=those going forward.
(( Glenn Bagwell with Crenshaw TV and Appliance Company stresses it only
bought Holdren's ASSETS, not the company, which was in poor financial shape.
So therefore it had no legal obligation to honor the service warranties
But for two months after the sale Crenshaw TV and Appliance covered the
warranties, at least according to what Steve Terry told us yesterday.
He supervised all the Holdren's of Virginia stores until he resigned this
SOT BLACKSBURG TAPE 03:11:31
IN Q=So almost
((So almost two months the contracts, the extended warranties, were honored?
STEVE TERRY/FORMER HOLDREN'S OF VA GM: YES. Then the company...TERRY: THEN
THERE WAS A DECISION MADE NOT TO HONOR THOSE GOING FORWARD.))
OUT Q=going forward.
Crenshaw TV and Appliance had no explanation for this, but did say Holdren's
assets were "a mess", in worse shape than what was represented to them at the
time of the sale.
The North Carolina company also says it's working to find a solution for the
thousands of people who own the now worthless warranties.
Double Boxes=Keith and Len/Newsroom
(question: so what do we know about this company's operations in North
Roanoke City's plea for lifeguards made a big splash in the swimming
Yesterday city officials asked certified lifeguards for help during this
The number of lifeguards was low because of college students returning to
And the city nearly had to close its two public pools, but 20 people
responded to the plea.
Now both pools will be open for the three day weekend.
IN Q=FOR A LOT OF
((MICHELLE BONO/ROANOKE PUBLIC RELATIONS: FOR A LOT OF PEOPLE THIS IS NOT ONLY
A NEAR BY PLACE TO GO, IT'S AFFORDABLE. IT'S A PLACE TO TAKE THE WHOLE FAMILY.
SO WE REALLY WANTED TO HAVE THAT AS A RECREATIONAL OPPORTUNITY ESPECIALLY FOR
THIS WEEKEND AND LABOR DAY.))
SUPER=01-Michelle Bono/Roanoke Public Relations;
OUT Q=AND LABOR DAY
The Washington Park Swimming Pool and the pool at Fallon park will be open
noon to 8 p-m both Saturday and Sunday.
On Monday pool hours are noon to six.
120 new manufacturing jobs are headed to the Hill City.
New York- based Tessy Plastics plans to build a new plant in the Lynchpin
Industrial Park in Lynchburg.
The park already is home to the new Frito Lay plant which will open next
Officials say companies like Tessy are just as important to the city.
IN Q=This is the
((LEE COBB/LYNCHBURG ECON. DEVELOPMENT: THIS IS THE KIND OF THING THAT I WOULD
TERM OUR BREAD AND BUTTER IN LYNCHBURG. WE'RE NOT GOING TO GET MANY FRITO-
LAYS, IN FACT WE HAVEN'T SEE A FRITO- LAY IN THE PAST 13 YEARS. THE COMPANIES
SUCH AS TESSY PLASTICS ARE THE ONES THAT ADD UP AND HAVE A TREMENDOUS IMPACT BY
THE TIME YOU ADD UP THESE COMPANIES OVER A PERIOD OF 5 TO 7 YEARS.))
SUPER=01-Lee Cobb/Lynchburg Econ. Development; :07
OUT Q=five to seven years.
Tessy Plastics makes components for cellular telephones, and is a major
supplier for the Ericsson Corporation.
Expanding to Lynchburg puts Tessy right next door to its biggest customer.
The stock market was off in the final session before the long holiday
The Dow fell 31 and a-half points closing for the week at 56 hundred 16.
NASDAQ was down three and a half points.
Got bats in your belfry, or even your attic?
Hold off on calling an exterminator, there is another option.
Tracy Altizer reports.
IN Q=Thousands of bats
SUPER=01-Bob Lewis/NRV Grotto; :10
SUPER=04-Virginia Tech Video; :45
OUT Q=Altizer, News 7.
(( Thousands of bats screeching out of a cave create a menacing site, and
probably perpetuate the fears common to most people, though not necessarily
((BOB LEWIS/NRV GROTTO SOCIETY: THE VAST MAJORITY OF THEM CAN'T BITE YOU, THEY
DON'T HAVE ENOUGH STRENGTH IN THEIR JAW MUSCLES TO PENETRATE THE SKIN. OLD MYTH
ABOUT THEM WANTING TO FLY IN YOUR HAIR, THAT'S NOT TRUE. THEY'RE NOT DANGEROUS,
THEY'RE REALLY NEAT LITTLE CREATURES SO WE DO WANT TO TAKE CARE OF THEM AND
PROTECT THEM. ))
On this day, Lewis and members of New River Valley Grotto, a group of
cavers, are on a Christiansburg office building with bats in the attic.
Rather than sealing it and killing the bats, the cavers drape a special
netting over the vents.
((THIS ALLOWS THE BATS TO FLY OUT OF THE ATTIC AREA AND THEY CAN'T GET BACK IN.
AND THEY'LL TRY TO GET BACK IN A COUPLE OF TIMES AND THEN END UP GOING
SOMEWHERE ELSE. ))
With increased development and fewer good caves or trees to call home, they
may just find other attics.
That doesn't mean we, in this region, need to worry about a group like this
taking up residence in our homes.
The small brown bats most prevalent here may be perfectly comfortable
hanging out in a bat house. Virginia Tech's Museum of Natural History has kits
to build your own.
You may even learn to appreciate them. One bat may eat several thousand bugs
each night. And certain species are critical for pollination.
((FOR EXAMPLE, THE GUAVA FRUIT THAT GROWS IN THE TROPICS. IT WOULD NOT EXIST IF
IT WEREN'T FOR BATS. THEY ARE THE ONLY CREATURES THAT POLLINATE THESE TREES. ))
The National Spelological Society has 177 grotto groups nationwide. Most,
like the New River Valley's, will provide bat removal free of charge. Tracy
Altizer, News 7.))
Great balls of fire at darlington as Ward Burton's car explodes in flames
during qualifying, Jarrett is as hot as ever,
and Friday Football extra has arrived, the schedule and a fire side chat with
Mike Stevens about tonight's games.
Dale Jarrett took a big step towards winning the Winston Million as the
Quality Care Ford driver captured the pole for Sunday's Mountain Dew Southern
500 today at Darlington in first round qualifying.
SUPER=03-Darlington, SC/ESPN-2; :00
Not a good day for the 8th driver out, Ward Burton. Coming out of turn 4,
the South Boston native gets loose, spin sand hits the wall hard. His #22 MBNA
Pontiac explodes into flames,
Then a special moment. Fellow driver Ricky rudd rushes to Burton's side and
helps him out of the car, He was not hurt.
Cup point leader Terry Labonte and his Kellogs Chevrolet will start from
the number 8 spot.
Dale Jarrett's chase for the million begins from the top spot, he wins the
pole with a speed of 170.934 miles per hour.
IN Q="The car
((DALE JARRETT/MOUNTAIN DEW SOUTHERN 500 POLE WINNER:))
SUPER=01-Dale Jarrett/Southern 500 Pole Winner; :00
OUT Q=...start for us..."
Bill Elliott qualified 26th, Rusty wallace 28th and Kyle Petty 38th.
Here's the drivers that did make the field.
wipe to boards
SUPER=0107-1. Dale Jarrett/170.934/2. Jeff Gordon//3. Geoff Bodine//4. Ken
Schrader//5. Sterling Marlin;
SUPER=0107-6. Mark Martin//7. Chad Little//8. Terry Labonte//9. Rick Mast//10.
SUPER=0107-11. Derrike Cope//12. Dale Earnhardt//13. Ernie Irvan//14. Kenny
Wallace//15. John Andretti;
SUPER=0107-16. Todd Bodine//17. Jimmy Spencer//18. Ricky Rudd//19. Brett
Bodine//20. Ted Musgrave
SUPER=0107-21. Bobby Labonte//22. Michael Waltrip//23. Loy Allen//24. Jeremy
Mayfield//25. Bobby Hillin;
The 1996 high school football season opens tonight and that means plenty
of highlights on Friday Football Extra.
Tonight we'll showcase 30 teams.
Toss to Mike
And Mike Stevens is already busy getting things ready for the first night
of LIVE action.
Mike on Big Screen
Steve, 15 games on tap tonight on our slate and one of the most
interesting of the night is down in Amherst where the defending Division Four
champs from Amherst are welcomed to the Triple A ranks by William Fleming.
IN Q="We've got...
((MICKEY CROUCH/AMHERST HEAD COACH: ))
((GEORGE "KILLER" MILLER/FLEMING HEAD COACH: ))
SUPER=01-Mickey Crouch/Amherst Head Coach; :
SUPER=01-George "Killer" Miller/Fleming Head Coach; :
OUT Q=.....stronger Faster."
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When Amherst moved up, Heritage moved down from the Western into the
But the move hasn't affected the Pioneers long standing rivalry with
E.C.Glass that renews itself tonight.
IN Q="It's a
((BO HENSON/E.C. GLASS HEAD COACH: ))
SUPER=01-Bo Henson/E.C. Glass Head Coach; :
OUT Q=.....TO PLAY."
The Pioneers have moved over to the Double A Division. But the rivalry
with Glass is just as intense as ever.
However, Heritage is part of the youth movement in the area and again the
Hilltoppers will be a challenge.
IN Q="I think....
((PEM APPERSON/HERITAGE HEAD COACH: ))
SUPER=01-Pem Apperson/Heritage Head Coach; :
OUT Q=......right now."
Now here's a look at the list of invitees coming to tonight's first Friday
Football Extra party of the year.
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OUT Q=..LOGO COMES FULL (YOU FADE MUSIC.)
The Lynchburg Hillcats visit Salem Memorial Stadium this weekend for a six
game series that has playoff implications for the Cats.
The Hillcats are a half a game behind the Wilmington Blue Rocks in the
Carolina Leagues Northern division.
Lynchburg has won only one game at Memorial Stadium this season. But the
team has been in a series like this before.
IN Q="These guys have
((JEFF BANISTER/HILLCATS MANAGER: ))
((BILL MCGUIRE/AVALANCHE MANAGER: ))
SUPER=01-Jeff Banister/Hillcats Manager; :
SUPER=01-Bill McGuire/Avalanche Manager; :15
OUT Q=......win these games."
The two teams will play six games in four days tonight's action begins at
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SUPER=331-Clear Skies/And Pleasant/60-63/Mostly Sunny/Wind:E-10mph/82-84;
SUPER=332-Patchy Dense/Fog Late/56-58/Mostly Sunny/Wind:E-10mph/78-82;
SUPER=333-Clear Skies/Patchy Fog/54-58/Mostly Sunny/And Nice/80-83;
SUPER=334-Patchy Fog/Again/50-55/Mostly Sunny/Light Wind/78-82;
It's been four years since Buena Vista took an economic hit when the Blue
Bird Plant closed down.
The company has apparently had potential buyers showing interest in the
Double Boxes=Keith and Connie/Newsroom
But Connie Stevens says Blue Bird didn't wanted to sell.
Keith, in the last several months two manufacturers have made offers for the
vacant building but Blue Bird officials don't seem to be interested.
The latest bid was made by a Natural Bridge company which was willing to pay
more than the property's assessed value. Blue Bird's refusal to accept the
offer is frustrating to the area's top economic development officer.
IN Q=This is
((DAVID KLEPPINGER/RAEDC DIRECTOR: THIS IS THE WORST SITUATION I'VE PERSONALLY
HAVE DEALT WITH. ))
OUT Q=have dealt with.
Double Boxes=Keith and Connie/Newsroom
tonight on News 7 at 11.
We'll have that story and a wrap-up of the days' news, sports and weather