Coming up next on News 7 at 6...
Why Virginia tobacco growers are gearing up for what could be a banner
And it looks like the state won't need as many prisons and we thought...
In sports, Virginia Tech's win over West Virginia locks up a spot in the
Gator Bowl Roanoke College and Ferrum squared off in the Salem Bank and Trust
tip off tournament.
And V-M-I took on third ranked Wake Forest in Winston-Salem this afternoon.
The short work week will start off on a wet note--
as rain moves in from the southern plains.
More on that, plus a sunny and cold Thanksgiving forecast.
There's a strong possibility tobacco growers on the southside could enjoy
one of their busiest growing seasons.
That's because many experts are predicting an increase in the 19-97 tobacco
Teresa Hamilton explains.
IN Q=It's hard to
SUPER=01-Larry McPeters/Halifax Co. Extension Agent; :18
SUPER=01-Clarence Bryant/Pres. Concerned Friends For Tobacco; 1:33
OUT Q=Hamilton, News 7.
(( It's hard to forget the serious damage inflicted by Hurricane Fran.
Along the East Coast, heavy wind and rain devastated countless tobacco
Here in Virginia, the system was downgraded to a tropical storm, but it
still had an impact on the state's number one cash crop.
((LARRY MCPETERS/HALIFAX CO. EXTENSION AGENT:BECAUSE THERE WAS A REDUCED SUPPLY
OF TOBACCO, IN STATES SOUTH OF VIRGINIA, DUE TO FRAN, AS YOU MENTIONED, THE
STOCKS OR RESERVE STOCKS WERE BOUGHT OUT OR PURCHASED, AND, OF COURSE, THIS
WILL HAVE A GREAT INFLUENCE ON THE QUOTA, FOR THE 1997 GROWING SEASON. ))
OUT Q=growing season.
In other words, the tobacco companies, will, most likely, ask farmers to
grow more tobacco than in previous years.
McPeters predicts the quota will increase 13- percent or more, based on the
purchasing intentions set by the company's last year.
IN Q=We know
((LARRY MCPETERS/HALIFAX CO. EXTENSION AGENT: WE ARE HAVING A LOT OF FARMERS
LOOKING AT BUYING GREEN HOUSES TO PRODUCE THE TRANSPLANTS, LOOKING AT
ADDITIONAL CURING BARN SPACE, LIKE BULK BARNS, ADDITIONAL LABOR WILL BE NEEDED
AND ALL THESE THINGS, CAPITAL IS ALSO A BIG ITEM, TO BORROW THE MONEY TO
PRODUCE AN ADDITIONAL 13 TO 20 PERCENT MORE REQUIRES 13- TO 20 PERCENT MORE
OUT Q=more capital.
Clarence Bryant is also predicting an increase in the tobacco quota.
But it's doubtful he'll take advantage, he's also advising other farmers to
think twice, before making any kind of investment.
IN Q=If you're
((CLARENCE BRYANT/PRES. CONCERNED FRIENDS OF TOBACCO: IF YOU'RE LOOKING AT THE
REASON WE'RE GETTING THE ADDITIONAL QUOTA, IT'S ALL TIED TO WEATHER RELATED
ISSUES AND IT'S NOT BECAUSE THE DOMESTIC OR INTERNATIONAL SUPPLIES ARE ON AN
INCREASE, SO THEREFORE, IT'S BOUND TO BE TEMPORARY.))
OUT Q=be temporary.
Right now, all talk regarding the quota is speculative.
The actual amount will be set next month. Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7.))
A Southwest Virginia broadcasting legend has died.
Art Gates passed away last night in a North Carolina hospital following a
Gates and his father started W-Y-V-E, in Wytheville, in 1949.
He was the general manager there for 33 years.
He also serve as a past president of the Virginia Association of
Gates continued to do a radio show called "Just Plain Talk" up until last
He was 75.
His funeral is scheduled for Tuesday, at the Wytheville Presbyterian Church.
Health officials will be meeting with families of residents of a Clifton
Forge nursing home tomorrow night.
Shenandoah Manor learned last week it would lose its Medicaid funding
because it failed its latest health department inspection.
That means 35 residents will have to move by December 22nd.
Representatives from the League of Older Americans, health department and
social services are helping residents relocate.
IN Q=They will be
((KEVIN MCCULLOUGH/LOA: THEY WILL BE TALKING TO THE PATIENTS AND THEIR
FAMILIES TO FIND OUT WHAT KIND OF GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION WOULD BE BEST. WHAT KIND
OF SERVICES ARE NEEDED BY THE INDIVIDUAL SO THEY WILL LOOKING FOR BEDS AS CLOSE
SUPER=01-Kevin McCullough/League of Older Americans; :23
OUT Q=close as possible.
Shenandoah Manor was told in May it would have to work on several problem
concerning patient care.
The health department decided it would cut off Medicaid funding after an
inspection last week.
IN Q=The potential for
((KEVIN MCCULLOUGH/LOA: THE POTENTIAL FOR TRANSFER IS GREAT. IT'S GOING TO BE
DIFFICULT TASK TO MOVE THESE PEOPLE WITH COMPASSION. ))
OUT Q=people with compassion.
An informational meeting for resident's families will be held tomorrow night
at 7 at the Clifton Forge Fire House.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at Six,
The number of inmates in Virginia prisons by the year two-thousand may not
be as high as once thought.
and what does the future hold for Fire and Rescue Departments in our area.
Denise Allen concludes her three- part series tonight.
wx ad lib
Well, what the forecast holds is some rain heading our way by tomorrow
The moisture's coming in advance of a storm system that's been dropping
all kinds of interesting weather in Texas and Oklahoma.
We'll take a look at the storm in a few moments-- but first a quiet and
mild day around here....
MUSIC UP FULL
GRAPHIC=Call For Help
Regionalism and cooperation aren't commonly used terms when you're talking
about fire and rescue service.
But many say it's way of the future--the only way to provide the best
service to the people of southwest Virginia.
In the final segment of her weekend series Denise Allen talks with community
leaders about the future.
IN Q=Fire nearly
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./July; :00
SUPER=01-Eula Tribbett/Fire Victim; :19
SUPER=01-Danny Snider/Hollis Vol. Fire and Rescue; :45
SUPER=01-Elmer Hodge/Roanoke Co. Administrator; 1:08
SUPER=01-Bev Fitzpatrick/New Century Council; 1:30
SUPER=01-R.E. Burch/Roanoke Co. Fire Chief; 1:41
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./December 1995; 1:53
OUT Q=Denise Allen News 7
((Fire nearly destroyed Eula Tribbett's home in July.
Since then she's been trying to rebuild.
Tribbett says she'd like to see some changes made in her fire service.
She says changes take time and one thing this whole ordeal has taught her
IN Q=have patience
((EULA TRIBBETT/ROANOKE COUNTY RESIDENT: HAVE PATIENCE. I'VE HAD A LOT OF UPS
AND DOWNS BUT I'VE JUST HELD ON.))
OUT Q=JUST HELD ON
The Roanoke County Fire Department is made up of volunteers, supplemented by
paid personnel on weekdays.
Volunteers who staff the station closest to Tribbett's house say they're
always looking for new members, but they'd like to see more rescue workers on
the payroll as well.
IN Q=we're out here
((DANNY SNIDER/HOLLINS RD. VOL. FIRE AND RESCUE DEPT.: WE'RE OUT HERE TO SERVE
THE COMMUNITY. IF WE CAN'T GIVE THE SERVICE WE THINK WE NEED TO DO WE'RE GOING
TO ASK FOR HELP. WE'VE BEEN ASKING THE COUNTY NOW FOR ABOUT FOUR OR FIVE YEARS
FOR ADDITIONAL PAID STAFF AND WE'VE BEEN MORE OR LESS TURNED DOWN ON IT.))
OUT Q=TURNED DOWN ON IT
Money for an additional two rescue workers is in the budget, but volunteer
officials say the year is almost up and the positions have not been filled.
IN Q=those two positions
((ELMER HODGE/ROANOKE COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR: THOSE TWO POSITIONS ARE IN THE
PROCESS OF BEING FILLED AND YES THOSE ARE PERMANENT POSITION AND WILL CONTINUE
IN THE YEARS TO COME.))
OUT Q=IN YEARS TO COME
Adding more personnel is one option--regionalism is another.
A group of citizens involved with the New Century Council is studying the
best plan of action.
IN Q=THE VOLUNTEER
((BEV FITZPATRICK/NEW CENTURY COUNCIL: THE VOLUNTEER STRUCTURE HAS BEEN REALLY
REALLY FUNDAMENTAL HERE, BUT WE ALSO REALIZE THAT VOLUNTEERS AREN'T AS
PLENTIFUL AS THEY ONCE WERE AND AS A REGION IF WE ARE GOING TO PROTECT OUR
QUALITY OF LIFE WE MAY HAVE TO CHANGE SOME OF THE WAYS WE DELIVER THOSE
OUT Q=THESE EMERGENCY SERVICES
IN Q=IT'S HAPPENING NATIONALLY
((R.E. BURCH/ROANOKE COUNTY FIRE CHIEF: IT'S HAPPENING NATIONALLY BECAUSE OF
BUDGET RESTRAINTS AND OTHER NECESSITIES, BUT IT ONLY MAKES GOOD SENSE IF WE
HAVE THE RESOURCES NO SENSE YOUR NEIGHBOR NEXT DOOR DUPLICATING THOSE.))
OUT Q=DOOR DUPLICATING THOSE
Many areas have mutual aide policies.
That's when a locality calls on a neighbor for help when responding to an
It may be for help on a major fire or on a serious interstate accident.
But Bev Fitzpatrick says mutual aide should be used for the simple reason of
just being closer to the person in need.
IN Q=we have some
((BEV FITZPATRICK: WE HAVE SOME PLACES THAT MIGHT BE CONSIDERED GEOGRAPHICALLY
ISOLATED AND THEY MIGHT BE BETTER SERVED BY A NEIGHBORING COUNTY THAN THE ONE
EVEN IN THE ROANOKE VALLEY WE'RE AWARE OF THE FACT THAT THERE'S NOT NEARLY AS
MUCH MUTUAL ASSISTANCE AS THERE OUGHT TO BE.))
OUT Q=OUGHT TO BE
DENISE ALLEN/NEWS 7 REPORTER: BEV FITZPATRICK SAYS IT'S GOING TO TAKE A
CHANGE IN PUBLIC POLICY TO IMPROVE FIRE SERVICE ON A REGIONAL BASIS.
HE SAYS ONLY THE CITIZENS CAN PROMPT THOSE CHANGES AND DECIDE WHAT TYPE OF
RESCUE AND FIRE SERVICE THEY WANT.
DENISE ALLEN NEWS 7.))
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GRAPHIC=Va State Seal
Virginia will lose an additional 14 million dollars over the next two years
if state officials continue to snub the federal Goals Two-Thousand program.
That according to new figures from the U-S Department of Education.
The state already has turned down 8-point-4 million dollars for the first
two years of the education program.
Virginia is the only state that has refused to accept money from the
Governor Allen says the money would lead to federal intrusion into state
SS=Va State Seal
Meanwhile new estimates show Virginia will not have to borrow any more money
to build prisons.
That's because of falling estimates for the number of inmates behind bars by
the year 2000.
Two years ago planners thought Virginia would have more than 40-thousand-900
prison inmates by the turn of the century.
The latest estimate is 36-thousand-310 inmates.
The forecasts can trigger the need for millions of tax dollars for prison
construction -- or free up money for other services.
The clash of the railroad titans makes it into a Philadelphia courtroom,
and health care unions continue to talk with Carilion Health System employees.
Len Besthoff recaps the week's top economic stories in southwest and central
Virginia with the News-7 Business Review.
IN Q=NAT SOT
OUT Q=NAT SOT
Health care unions continue to court Carilion Health System employees in
Meanwhile, there's word that the changes that prompted some workers to
consider organized labor are scheduled to slow down a little bit.
The battle for Conrail made it into a Philadelphia courtroom this week.
For the most part, Norfolk Southern failed to delay the merger the
northeastern railroad had arranged with C-S-X.
The air freight business just keeps on growing at the Roanoke Regional
On Wednesday it marked the start of construction on a major cargo facility
that should be completed by mid- 19-98.
Checking the financial markets for the week, the Dow Jones Industrial
Average rose 128 points, while Nasdaq finished up 4 points.
Len Besthoff with the News-7 Business Review.
When News 7 continues,
The Redskins drop one in overtime, but the Panthers get a boost into the win
Roy will have the highlights.
and it's taken more than a month, but the S-P-C-A found just the right home for
this unique orphan.
We'll tell you how Peppers doing when we come back.
But first let's check out the stocks...
The S-P-C-A has made another successful adoption.
"Pepper's" owners say she's adjusting well to her new home.
The story may not sound unusual at first, but at second glance you'll notice
Pepper is handicap.
S-P-C-A officials say she was born with only three legs. The S-P-C-A took
applications for more than a month, looking for the best home for the orphaned
Jim and Judy Maddox took custody of "Pepper" yesterday.
IN Q=RUSTY THE DOG
((JUDY MADDOX/PEPPER'S OWNER: RUSTY, THE DOG WE ALREADY HAVE, HAS THREE LEGS.
WE WERE AFRAID THAT NO ONE WOULD ADOPT HER. WE WENT BY AND PUT IN AN
APPLICATION AND WE WERE SELECTED TO TAKE HER HOME WITH US.
JIM MADDOX/PEPPER'S OWNER: VERY FRISKY, VERY PLAYFUL, AS ANY PUPPY WOULD
BE. SHE RUNS AROUND. SHE'S GOT MORE ENERGY THAN THE OTHER TWO DOGS, I THINK,
SUPER=01-Judy Maddox/Pepper's Owner; :00
SUPER=01-Jim Maddox/Pepper's Owner; :15
OUT Q=RIGHT NOW
Judy Maddox says "Pepper" is so charged with energy that it's a good thing
they have 10 acres.
And she says "Pepper" is getting along great with their dog "Rusty" as well
as the neighbor's dog "Fred."
And coming up, V-M-I and Roanoke College were on the Hardwood this
And the Redskins and 49-ers stage a defensive battle this afternoon at
The Washington Redskins came up a little short this afternoon losing to the
San Francisco 49-ers in overtime 19 to 16.
SUPER=03-Washington, DC/FOX SPORTS; :
It was a battle of field goals in the first half Washington's Scott Blanton
hits this 22 yarder and the Redskins took the 6 to 3 lead late in the second
San Francisco's Jeff Wilkins booted his second of the game this 48 yarder
and the game was tied at 3 to 3 at the half.
The score was tied 9 to 9 with 11 minutes in the fourth then guss Frerotte
hits tight end Jamie Asher and he takes it in from 20 yards out and the
Redskins led the game 16 to 9.
But the Niners came right back capping a long drive when William Floyd
bulls his way over from the one to tie the game at 16 to 16 and send it to
Terry Kirby's 29 yard run set up SUPER=30-San
Francisco/19/Washington/16/;this Wilkins 38 yard field goal and the Niners
beat the Redskins 19 to 16 in overtime.
The Carolina Panthers kept their playoff hopes alive today with a 31 to 6
win over the Houston Oilers.
SUPER=03-Houston, TX/FOX SPORTS; :
The Oilers needing a win to go over the 500 mark on the season.
But Steve Beuerlein goes to the air and hits Willie Green on the 30 yard
touchdown pass play the first of his three T-D passes on the day.
The Carolina defense was on target Sam Mills returned a fumble for a
touchdown and on this play Eric Davis intercepts the Chris Chandler pass
setting up a score.
Several plays later Green is open SUPER=30-Carolina/31/Houston/6/;again
and he takes it in from 12 yards out and the Panthers beat the Houston Oilers
31 to 6.
Tampa Bay, New England, Chicago and San Diego also won this afternoon for
those and all of today's N-F-L scores lets go to the boards.
wipe to boards
SUPER=0100-j/Tampa Bay/13//New Orleans/7///j/New
SUPER=0100-j/San Francisco/19//Washington/16//OT/j/San Diego/28//Kansas
SUPER=0100-/Green Bay///St. Louis///Night//;
OUT Q=...LAST SCORE
As the Virginia Tech Hokies prepare for Virginia this week they can forget
about all the bowl talk and concentrate on the big in state game.
Yesterday in Blacksburg, The Hokies beat Big East Rival West Virginia 31 to
14. The the Hokies remained in 17-th place in the A-P football poll and it
appears to have locked up a spot in the Gator Bowl no matter when the Hokies do
this Friday against Virginia.
IN Q="We feel...
((RICK CATLETT/GATOR BOWL EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: ))
SUPER=01-Rick Catlett/Gator Bowl Executive Director; :
OUT Q=........THIS YEAR."
Catlett says the bowl hasn't made an invitation yet because of the Miami
Syracuse game next week. If Miami wins it will share the Big east title with
Tech and Syracuse.
And if the rating system favors the Hokies they would be in line for the
The Folks at Notre didn't have to look far to find a successor to Lou Holtz.
SUPER=03-South Bend, IN/ABC SPORTS; :
Holtz led the Irish on to the home field for a final time yesterday and
today Notre Dame officials named his defensive coordinator Bob Davie as the
schools new head football coach.
IN Q="I do...
((BOB DAVIE/NOTRE DAME HEAD COACH: ))
OUT Q=.....for this opportunity."
Davie has served as defensive coordinator at Notre Dame for three years.
Over in Salem this afternoon, Roanoke College and Ferrum hooked up in the
championship game of the Salem Bank and Trust Tip Off tournament.
SUPER=03-Salem/Roanoke vs Ferrum; :
Page Moir and his Maroons talking it over early in the first half of the
Ferrum came out quickly as Marcus Toney misses the jumper but Joe Harrison
is there for the rebound and put back early in the first quarter.
Roanoke answered pushing the ball down the floor and going inside for Tim
Braun who scores the easy layup.
The Maroons continued to pound it inside this time guard Nathan Hungate
finds Braun underneath for another easy hoop.
The Panthers run the floor and this time they go inside and Toney knocks it
in off the glass for the basket to keep Ferrum in the game.
But Roanoke continued to get the SUPER=33-Roanoke/96/Ferrum/92/;easy
inside baskets from Braun and Roanoke goes on to win the game 96 to 92 in
The Keydets of V-M-I were on Tobacco Road this afternoon taking on third
ranked Wake Forest in Winston-Salem.
SUPER=03-Winston-Salem, NC/HTS; :
Bart Bellairs coaching on the sideline in the first half of the game.
V-M-I's Eric Mann pulls up and hits this jumper and the Keydets trailed 24
to 11 in the first half.
Wake's Ricky Proel goes outside and he hits the three pointer as the Demon
Deacons went on top 27 to 11.
V-M-I missed six shots in a row then Brent Conley pulls up and hits the
three pointer and the Keydets trailed 28 to 15.
But Wake goes to its big man Tim SUPER=33-Wake Forest/92/VMI/63/;Duncan
and he takes it inside for the score and a 10 point lead and the Deacons beat
V-M-I 92 to 63.