T-bone's Tavern goes up in flames just as the Lynchburg eatery was between
That's the top story on NEWS 7 at SIX.
And we'll actually hear from some prospective FEMALE cadets at V-M-I about
why they want to be part of the corps.
In sports, It's the first week of the high school playoffs and we'll preview
the Staunton River Lord Botetourt Game, Tech's on the road at Miami,
And Virginia has an A-C-C showdown with the Tar Heels of North Carolina.
Friday football fans...go with the insulated socks tonight. A sunny weekend
is coming up with moderating temperatures.
After more than 40 years of business in the same location, a Lynchburg
restaurant was destroyed by fire this morning.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
IN Q=Firefighters got
SUPER=01-Battalion Chief Les Puckett/Lynchburg Fire Dept.; :23
SUPER=01-Wayne Saunders/Fire Marshal; 1:05
OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.
(( It began life as the Hollins Mill Road Drive-In, and more recently was known
as T-Bone's tavern.
However, just before ten this morning, that history came to a fiery end.
Fire crews arrived to find smoke and flames pouring from one side of the
Once it broke through to the roof, it didn't take long for fire to consume
the rest of the building.
IN Q=The crews
((BATTALION CHIEF LES PUCKETT/LYNCHBURG FIRE DEPT.: THE CREWS OPERATED MAINLY
FROM THE OUTSIDE ESPECIALLY, INITIALLY BECAUSE WE WERE WORRIED ABOUT THE
INTEGRITY OF THE ROOF AND IT TOOK A LITTLE WHILE.))
OUT Q=a little while.
Crews battled for nearly an hour to bring the blaze under control.
By the time the smoke cleared, only the front portion of the restaurant was
Even that had been thoroughly gutted.
((T-Bone's Tavern actually closed a few weeks ago, and was in the process of
being sold. In fact, the prospective owner spent more than fourteen hours in
here yesterday painting and renovating the interior. But his dreams of seeing
the restaurant re-open went up in smoke this morning.))
OUT Q=this morning.
Fire investigators inspecting the rubble this afternoon say the blaze
started on the southeast side of the building where an ash tray was found in an
outdoor trash can.
IN Q=It's entirely
((WAYNE SAUNDERS/FIRE MARSHAL: IT'S ENTIRELY POSSIBLE IT COULD HAVE BEEN
SOMETHING DISCARDED THERE, I DON'T KNOW. THERE'S A TRASH CAN THERE, WE'RE GOING
TO LOOK AT THAT AREA JUST A LITTLE BIT MORE LATER.))
OUT Q=bit more later.
The building's owners plan to demolish what little remains of the local
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))
Hillsville's mayor will have to pay a fine and attend a driver's safety
A drunk driving charge against Barton Cooley was dropped last month.
And a reckless driving charge was reduced to improper driving.
Cooley was stopped in March on North Main Street in Hillsville for weaving
and driving too slow.
Shortly after the incident Cooley told News 7 his blood alcohol level
The legal limit is point oh-eight.
Cooley has to pay a 200 dollar fine and attend the alcohol- safety class.
His driver's license is not affected.
A surprise guilty plea from a Gretna man charged with murder in Bedford
39- year- old Randall T. Faris pled guilty to second- degree murder for the
shooting death of his drinking companion last winter.
The body of Bobby Anthony Carter was found dumped along a roadside in
southern Bedford County in February.
Faris says he and Carter had been drinking and smoking crack when they
scuffled over a gun.
He remains free on bond until he's sentenced in January.
V-M-I Superintendent Josiah Bunting told lawmakers today that he's
confident Virginia Military Institute can avoid the kinds of sexual harassment
that are turning up now on active- duty Army bases.
Bunting told members of the Senate Finance Committee it'll be up to first
classmen- -seniors- -to see to it that female cadets are not harassed.
IN Q=Thirteen women
SUPER=01-Jennifer Jolin/Highland High School Sr.; ;15
SUPER=01-Kristy Wheeler/Heritage High School Sr.; :38
SUPER=01-Alexis Abrams/Edison High School Sr.; 1:00
OUT Q=career military? Yes.
Thirteen women were ON post today, sizing up the place, now that V-M-I is
actively recruiting female cadets.
One of them- -a senior at Highland High School in Monterey- -brought her
completed application with her. Nine women have applied now, so far.
IN Q=Actually I feel
((ACTUALLY I FEEL LIKE I NEED A REALLY DISCIPLINED ATMOSPHERE. AND THIS IS
ABOUT AS DISCIPLINED AS I CAN GET.))
OUT Q=as I can get.
She says she's also thinking about James Madison and the University of
A senior from Hermitage High in Richmond came... just to LOOK.
Kristy Wheeler said she's not the least bit intimidated by the thought of
being in the first class with female cadets.
IN Q=I think that VMI
((I THINK THAT VMI HAS TREATED THEIR MEN VERY HONORABLY AND I FEEL THEY'D BE
THE SAME FOR WOMEN. ))
OUT Q=same for women.
Brooke Elliott came from Poqouson for her first official visit, though she
sent in her application more than a month ago. Hers was the first.
Many of these young women are inspired by parents in the military- -like
Alexis Abrams whose father is in the Navy.
IN Q=It's just what
((IT'S JUST WHAT I'VE BEEN INTERESTED IN EVER SINCE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ON BOARD
SHIP? YES, DEFINITELY. DOING WHAT EXACTLY? PROBABLY SOMETHING WITH ENGINEERING,
PROBABLY. I REALLY LOVE SHIPS, AIRCRAFT CARRIERS. CAREER MILITARY, YES. ))
OUT Q=career military? Yes.
The northern Virginia senior concedes it would be hard to turn down the
Naval Academy, if she got into Annapolis.
Residents of Garden City who were flooded out of their homes last year are
getting some help.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved a grant of almost two-
million dollars to purchase 42 structures in the flood plain.
During the summer of 1995, rain brought high water and heavy damage to the
A combination of federal state and local funds will be used to pay for the
Residents who qualify will be offered pre- flood, fair market value for
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at Six--
Holdrens customers have flooded the state Consumer Affairs office with
complaints about worthless warranties.
and an elementary school principal
DOES kiss and tell--when it involves a lost bet, a live turkey and the Hokie
Bird. We'll explain.
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There's an update for the thousands of people in our area who paid for
service contracts from the now- defunct Holdren's Appliance Stores.
The state says it's stepping up its efforts to help these people.
The trouble began last summer when the Crenshaw T-V and Appliance Company
acquired Holdren's assets but not its liabilities.
Double Boxes=Keith and Len/Newsroom
Len Besthoff spoke with the Virginia Office of Consumer Affairs this
afternoon, and he has the specifics.
Bob Colvin, the manager of the Virginia Office of Consumer Affairs says his
agency's inquiry is a two- fold process.
First it tries to resolve the situation by getting the parties involved to
come to some kind of agreement.
That didn't happen, so now it's on to the next step, a formal investigation.
That probe began September 12, when the office received the first of 860
complaints that Holdren's customers took the time to send in.
Colvin says if his agency finds any indication that consumer protection laws
were violated, it will pass the case on to the Attorney General's office, which
will decide if it wants to bring the case to court.
The Office of Consumer Affairs estimates the value of the outstanding
service contracts is ONE- POINT- SEVEN- MILLON- DOLLARS.
There's 100- thousand- dollars available to pay back the contract
holders...but that would only come out to pennies on the dollar.
Virginia law says a company has to put money in an escrow account if it's
going to offer customer service contracts.
Double Boxes=Keith and Len/Newsroom
And Crenshaw, the company that took over Holdren's assets, but not its
liabilities, is offering discounts to the contract holders, but not the
original deal they had with Holdren's.
(Keith QUESTION: ANY IDEA WHEN THE STATE EXPECTS TO FINISH ITS INVESTIGATION?)
Health authorities in central Virginia have traced an outbreak of salmonella
poisoning to a Lynchburg restaurant.
At least eleven people have tested positive for the bacteria, and most of
those cases apparently came from the Jumbo's Family Restaurant on Route 460.
Restaurant workers say a shipment of macaroni and cheese may be to blame.
Jumbo's voluntarily closed its doors last week.
GRAPHIC=Welfare in Virginia
The Allen Administration did a little back- patting over a year of welfare
reform statistics today.
That's until a welfare recipient stole the show.
Only 22 percent of Virginia localities have phased in the work- for-
But in those counties, 69- percent had jobs when a one year review was
completed in July.
SOT TAPE ONE 13:07:44
IN Q=In the
((ROBERT METCALF/HEALTH & HUMAN RESOURCES SECRETARY: IN THE LAST FOUR MONTHS,
THE NUMBER HAS RISEN TO FOUR THOUSAND RECIPIENTS WORKING FOR THEIR BENEFITS.))
((TERRI JENKINS/MADISON CO. RESIDENT: BUT YOU HAVE SOME TROUBLES WITH THE
PROGRAM. LIKE WITH ME, I WAS IN THE EDUCATIONAL CENTER STUDYING TO BE AN LPN,
AND I STILL HAD TO DO THIS JOB SEARCH. I HAD TO GO TO 32 DIFFERENT PLACES OF
EMPLOYMENT AND FILL OUT APPLICATIONS. THAT WAS TAKING AWAY FROM MY STUDY
SUPER=01-Robert Metcalf/Health & Human Resources Secretary;
SUPER=01-Terri Jenkins/Madison Co. Resident; :07
OUT Q=my study time.
Jenkins says she would have had to take any minimum wage job offered to her
-- and that could have forced her out of school.
SOT TAPE 1 03:17:16
IN Q=This is
((CLARENCE CARTER/SOCIAL SERVICES COMMISSIONER: THIS IS NOT A SPRINT. IT'S A
MARATHON. AND WE'VE JUST PASSED THE FIRST MILE MARKER. WE'VE GOT A LONG WAY
SUPER=01-Clarence Carter/Social Services Commissioner;
OUT Q=way to go.
Carter says Virginia will continue to "tweak" its law as it goes along.
The Dow finished the week in record territory for the eighth straight session,
up 35 points today.
NASDAQ lost eight and a half points.
Four museums in western Virginia are hoping to help one another.
And today they compared notes on the history of Native Americans in our
Students from Spiller Elementary School in Wytheville toured the Wolf Creek
Indian Village and Museum in Bland County.
So did representatives from three other museums and the Archeological
Society of Virginia.
IN Q=We're all in this together
((STEPHEN PIKE/VIRGINIA MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY: WE'RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER.
THERE ARE MORE AND MORE MUSEUMS BEING STARTED IN VIRGINIA ALL THE TIME AND WE
ALL FACE THE SAME PROBLEMS OF INCREASING PUBLIC AWARENESS AND FUNDING. AND
WORKING TOGETHER I THINK WE CAN DO THAT.))
SUPER=01-Stephen Pike/Va. Museum of Natural History;
OUT Q=can do that.
Officials say the groups may share data and some dollars.
In addition to the Wolf Creek Indian Village, the collaboration includes
the Virginia Museum of Natural History, the Science Museum of Western Virginia
and the Crab Orchard Museum in Tazewell County.
Events today at a Botetourt County school can only be described as "fowl."
Breckinridge Elementary principal Weldon Martin promised to kiss a turkey if
P- T- A participation reached 100- percent.
It did... and at an assembly today... students and teachers watched on as
Martin prepared to peck a real live gobbler.
But faculty members had an even worse fate in store for the U- V- A
Instead of the turkey... Martin was forced to kiss the Virginia Tech
mascot.. who made a special trip up from Blacksburg.
IN Q=I thought
((WELDON MARTIN/BRECKINRIDGE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PRINCIPAL: A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO
I KISSED A PIG, SO I THOUGHT IT WAS SOMETHING I MIGHT HAVE TO DO BECAUSE I
EXTENDED THAT CHALLENGE AND I NEEDED TO BE PREPARED TO KISS SOMETHING. ))
SUPER=01-Weldon Martin/Breckinridge Elem. School Principal; quick after b
OUT Q=kiss something
Martin says he'd do it again if it meant strong P- T- A participation.
He just hopes he hasn't ruffled any feathers with fellow U-V-A alums.
and coming up, Another big weekend of Friday Football Extra Steve Mason will
check in from Staunton River.
And Virginia Tech talks about playing Miami at the Orange bowl this
Lord Botetourt is at Staunton River tonight for the Region three division
Steve Mason joins us from the Golden eagles home turf with a preview and a word
from both coaches, Steve.
(Steve adlibs to interview with Bob Gray)
SUPER=01-Bob Gray/Staunton River Head Coach;
Rollcue: Roll vo over second answer
(Steve adlibs to interview with Andy Ward)
SUPER=01-Andy Ward/Lord Botetourt Head Coach;
Roll over second question
Steve tosses directly to the FFE Schedule for Pg 2.
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OUT Q=....last score."
Emotions always run high when Salem and Northside get together, but during
the overnight hours some so-called fans let their emotions get the best of
Last night vandals broke into the stadium and and went on a graffiti binge
hoping to decorate the walls for tonight's Division 4, Region 3 matchup.
Whoever was in the charge of the spray can let everybody know he or she is
not a Salem fan.
The vandals also tried to spray paint Northside on the grass, but ran out of
paint before they could complete the job.
Stadium manager Scott Sampson and his crew spent all day cleaning up the
mess. They first tried a jet sprayer, but ended up having to use three coats
A report has been filed with the police, and principals at both schools have
The Virginia Tech Hokies have a date tomorrow in Miami with the Miami
The winner of the game will tighten the race for the Big East title.
Last year in Blacksburg, The Hokies broke a two game losing streak with a
victory over the Hurricanes.
It was a total team effort. But the Hokies are 0 and 7 against Miami at the
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((FRANK BEAMER/VIRGINIA TECH HEAD COACH: ))
((LOREN JOHNSON/VIRGINIA TECH DEFENSIVE BACK: ))
SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Virginia Tech Head Coach; :00
SUPER=01-Loren Johnson/Virginia Tech Defensive Back; :24
OUT Q=........same time."
You can see the Big East showdown on your Hometown Station beginning at
3-thirty tomorrow afternoon.
We begin our coverage of college football at noon tomorrow with an A-C-C
match up against Clemson and N.C. State.
Speaking of the ACC, The most important game of Virginia's season kicks off
tomorrow at 3:30 in Charlottesville.
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6th ranked North Carolina comes to town with an alliance bowl berth on it's
To keep their bowl hopes alive the Cavaliers will have to stop the
conference's best quarterback and the ACC's top defense.
((TIKI BARBER/ACC'S LEADING RUSHER:))
((GEORGE WELSH/UVA HEAD COACH:))
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SUPER=01-George Welsh/UVa Head Coach; :12
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