Three miles of interstate highway littered with wrecked vehicles.
Tracy Altizer was there this afternoon, and we'll talk with her about the
chain-reaction pile up On NEWS 7 at SIX tonight.
Also Chuck Robb and Doug Wilder sparring again at the dedication of the new
Library that honors Wilder.
In sports, the group A and 2A wrestlers roll out the mats in Salem, our
speedweeks coverage in Daytona with Mike Stevens rolls on today,
and race fans got a brief scare during the 200 at the Daytona International
Speedway earlier today.
Rain is moving in from the south tonight and will likely taper off tomorrow
with snow showers. The weekend weather story is coming up.
Heavy traffic and dense fog created a motorists' nightmare on interstate 77
Dozens of cars piled up like dominos in Carroll County.
Double Boxes=Keith and Tracy/Microwave
Tracy Altizer has returned from the scene and joins us from our Blacksburg
newsroom with details.
Keith it happened on Fancy Gap Mountain.
Anyone who's ever driven it in the fog knows how treacherous it can be.
It certainly lived up to its reputation today.
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(( It all started when one car slowed down in the fog.
State police say a car that was following too closely plowed into the back
of it, sparking a series of crashes over about a three- mile stretch of
((1ST SGT. G.J. MILES/VA STATE POLICE: WELL APPROXIMATELY ABOUT ))
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((KATHLEEN AIELLO/ACCIDENT VICTIM: A WOMAN CAME... ))
OUT Q=A CHAIN REACTION.
Some drivers who tried to stop to avoid wrecking ended up getting hit
anyway. Such was the case for Mia Moran.
((MIA MORAN/ACCIDENT VICTIM: I CAME TO A STOP... ))
About 20 of the cars involved had to be towed away.
Rescue crews transported about 10 people to area hospitals.
They were all treated for injuries, none of which were life- threatening.))
The pileup affected many, many more people than just those in the cars
Double Boxes=Keith and Tracy/Microwave
Southbound traffic was tied up for hours, but state police now say it's back
(KEITH QUESTION: Did motorists have any warning of the fog, or the hazards
that you know of?)
Convicted killer Randall T. Faris will spend the next 20 years in prison for
murdering a Pittsylvania County man last year.
The 39- year- old Faris pleaded guilty in November to second- degree murder
for the shooting death of Bobby Anthony Carter.
Carter's body was found dumped along a roadside in southern Bedford County a
Faris told police he and Carter had been drinking and smoking crack when
they scuffled over a gun.
Judge William Sweeney called it a "malicious and intentional killing" and
gave Faris more prison time than called for under state guidelines.
As the General Assembly hurtles into its final week, the charter schools
issue has become the fight to pick.
Today, Governor George Allen waded into the battle he had said would be "a
distraction" late last year.
Republican Allen is challenging Democratic Lieutenant Governor Don Beyer to
lead his party to support charter schools...now that President Clinton has
endorsed them with an offer of federal funding.
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((LT. GOV. DON BEYER: I HAVE LONG SUPPORTED CHARTER SCHOOLS...AND CONVERT
OUT Q=convert it.
But Beyer says the GOP bill still couldn't qualify for Clinton's aid.
That's because it doesn't require a lottery to ensure NO discrimination in
admission to a charter school.
Beyer's working on House Majority Leader Dick Cranwell, who's still citing a
Harvard study to oppose charter schools.
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: CLINTON IS A SEGREGATIONIST? IS THAT WHAT THESE FOLKS
IN HARVARD ARE SAYING? PRESIDENT CLINTON MENTIONED IN HIS STATE OF THE UNION
ADDRESS, OR THAT WE'RE SEGREGATIONISTS. IT'S ABSOLUTELY ABSURD. IT'S VERY
CLEAR IN THIS LANGUAGE THAT THERE WILL BE NO DISCRIMINATION.))
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Virginia Democrats are hosting U.S. Education Secretary Richard Riley
tomorrow night at their annual Jefferson Jackson Day dinner.
Allen's written to President Clinton to ask Riley to lobby them.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at Six--
a place in history for a history-making former governor.
And we'll visit with Roanoke's first rock 'n' roll deejay, and hear about
the song that caused Roanoke's first rock 'n' roll controversy. That's in the
conclusion of our series "Voices From The Past."
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(("THIS IS VIRGINIA'S NUMBER ONE NEWSCAST, NEWS 7 AT 6, WITH KEITH HUMPHRY,
METEOROLOGIST ROBIN REED, AND MIKE STEVENS WITH SPORTS."))
The nation's first elected black Governor was sworn in seven years ago in a
former capitol of the Confederacy.
Today, place and history collided again for Doug Wilder.
The L. Douglas Wilder Library opened its doors in Richmond, giving the
nation a place to study the history he made.
Ellen Qualls reports.
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(( Seven-and-a-half million dollars of space, books, and equipment.
But as usual, it's Doug Wilder who commands the spotlight.
He stole the front page, when Jerry Baliles won the Governor's mansion, as
the first African American elected to a statewide office.
There's a visual record with something for everyone.
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((SEN. CHUCK ROBB: IN FACT I SAW ALL THE PICTURES. DOUG WILDER: Got you up.
AND I APPRECIATE THAT TOO. BUT I DON'T THINK I HAVE EVER SEEN THAT MANY
IMPORTANT PEOPLE IN ONE PLACE. WHAT DO YOU HAVE LEFT IN YOUR HOME OR YOUR
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: A LOT OF TIMES, BUILDINGS ARE MADE MEMORIAL LIBRARIES.
IT'S NICE THAT YOUR FRIENDS SAY HOW MUCH YOU MEAN TO THEM NOW. AND I MEAN THAT
IN A HUMOROUS WAY. BUT TOO OFTEN.. AND YOU DON'T LET THEM KNOW.))
SOT TAPE TWO 01:33:43
((DOUG WILDER: THIS LIBRARY IS BUILT ON WHAT WAS CALLED THE DUST BOWL. THAT
WAS WHERE I FRITTERED AWAY HOURS PLAYING INTRAMURAL SPORTS.))
But the message from Wilder is clear -- he was lucky.
Virginia Union University's most famous alumnus is still shaping an idea as
((DOUG WILDER: THE PATH HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED FOR THOSE WHO TRULY BELIEVE...
AND THAT'S THE BEAUTY OF THIS NATION.))
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
The Greenbrier believes chances are good that this is the year the West
Virginia legislature will approve gambling at the resort.
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But according to members of the state's House and Senate, odds of that
happening appear slim.
For several years now, the measure has made it through the House, only to
get blocked by the Senate.
Now the House is saying it won't move on a bill unless the Senate takes it
And according to a recent poll by the Associated Press, the gambling
proposal is far short of the votes needed for approval.
The Dow fell back below seven thousand today, losing 33 points and closing out
the week at 69 hundred 89.
NASDAQ was off three points.
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In the 1950s, when average Americans started buying television sets, many
predicted radio would die out.
It didn't, of course, and one of the things that saved it was the arrival of
rock 'n' roll.
In the conclusion of his series "Voices From The Past," Ted Stone visits
with the first disc jockey to rock the airwaves in Roanoke.
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((In 1953, a 20-year old radio announcer from Galax named Herm Reavis came
to Roanoke to work at WRIS.
Back then, the station was located downtown, right above the Thornton-
Creasy drug store.
Radio programming was very different in those days. A station might play
"Clair de Lune" one hour, and "Blue Moon Of Kentucky" the next.
((VOICE OF HERM REAVIS/FORMER WRIS DISC JOCKEY: STATIONS TRIED TO BE ALL THINGS
TO ALL PEOPLE.))
In the afternoons, Reavis played music aimed at teenagers. And he had a
hunch about what they'd like. He and some friends had been hearing some new
sounds by musicians such as Fats Domino on the airwaves coming up from a
powerful station in the deep south.
((HERM REAVIS/FORMER WRIS DISC JOCKEY: A STATION IN NEW ORLEANS, WWL, I
BELIEVE. IT HAD A PROGRAM CALLED "GENE'S RECORD SHOP." AND GENE PLAYED ALL
KINDS OF RHYTHM AND BLUES MUSIC, BOOGIE WOOGIE TYPE MUSIC. AND I HAPPENED TO
LUCK INTO FINDING A STACK OF THOSE RECORDS AT THE RADIO STATION THAT WERE JUST
STACKED BACK. NOBODY WAS PLAYING THEM, AND I JUST STARTED PLAYING THEM ONE
Reavis had just given Roanoke a taste of the music that New York deejay Alan
Freed would soon be calling "rock 'n' roll." The response was dramatic.
((HERM REAVIS: I REMEMBER ONE DAY WITHIN THE FIRST COUPLE OF WEEKS, THE
SECRETARY CAME IN AND SAID "THE MAILMAN'S HERE; YOU'VE GOT A BIG STACK OF
MAIL." HE WAS ACTUALLY CARRYING, OR DRAGGING, TWO BIG MAIL BAGS OF MAIL. THE
STATION ACTUALLY DIDN'T KNOW, OR THE MANAGEMENT DIDN'T KNOW THIS PROGRAM WAS
EVEN ON THE AIR.))
WRIS capitalized on Reavis's popularity by forming the "Squirm With Herm
Club." Cardholders got special deals from local merchants.
But Roanoke's first rock and roll deejay was soon in the middle of Roanoke's
first rock and roll controversy.
((HERM REAVIS: THERE WAS A SONG CALLED "HONEY LOVE," DONE BY THE DRIFTERS.))
((THE DRIFTERS SINGING: I NEED IT, WHEN THE MOON IS BRIGHT. I NEED IT, WHEN YOU
HOLD ME TIGHT.))
((HERM REAVIS: RIGHT AWAY, THE LISTENERS LIKED IT. FOR THE MOST PART. BUT SOME
DID NOT, AND WERE OFFENDED BY IT. SO, IT GOT TO BE A CONTROVERSIAL RECORD.))
((THE DRIFTERS SINGING: YES, I LOVE IT, 'CAUSE IT FEELS SO FINE. I LOVE IT, YES
IT THRILLS MY SPINE.))
((HERM REAVIS: SO I HAD AN OLD RECORD, IT WAS NOT "HONEY LOVE" BY THE DRIFTERS
BUT IT WAS JUST SOME OLD RECORD, THROWAWAY TYPE. SO I WAS SAYING "IF YOU DON'T
WANT TO HEAR IT, IF IT'S NOT TO BE PLAYED, I'LL JUST BREAK IT. I JUST WON'T
PLAY IT ANYMORE! THEN I BROKE IT. AND YOU COULD HEAR IT SNAP OVER THE
MICROPHONE. I GOT SO INVOLVED I EVEN MADE A LITTLE CUT ON MY FINGER.))
((THE DRIFTERS SINGING: I NEED IT -- GET IT, BOY! -- HONEY LOVE.))
((HERM REAVIS: THEN I STARTED THIS NICE, SOFT, SWEET MUSIC. AND I PLAYED ABOUT
THREE OR FOUR SONGS OFF OF THAT LP. AND THEN I CAME BACK IN AND I SAID "HEY,
GUESS WHAT? SOMEBODY JUST BROUGHT ME ANOTHER COPY OF 'HONEY LOVE.' I'M GONNA
PLAY THIS THING REGARDLESS OF WHAT THEY THINK!" AND I PLAYED IT. THEN I PLAYED
IT ABOUT THREE OR FOUR TIMES IN A ROW!))
Reavis soon had competition from the late "Jivin Jackson" on WROV, and rock
and roll has been on the air in Roanoke ever since.
Reavis moved into management, and today runs country station WSLC.
During his 50 years in radio, he's helped many successful broadcasters get
started in the business. But you can bet none of his proteges ever received two
sacks of fan mail in one day.
Ted Stone, News 7.))
One of the Express's top players is called up, wrestling hits salem, and
can Rusty Wallace win the 500? Mike Stevens does some research in that area
as our Daytona race coverage continues.
During this Sunday's Daytona 500, many racing eyes will be on the Dale's, the
Gordon's, Ernie and Sterling to name a few. But Mike Stevens says; what about
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Many are anxiously awaiting the Daytona 500, Today racing fans got a big
scare during today's Daytona 200.
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On the 65th lap of the 80 lap NASCAR Goody's Dash Series race, George
Crenshaw's Pontiac was bumped into the wall and then the car flipped seven
times, landing up right near the infield grass. He managed to walk away.
Bobby Sockwell went on to win the race.
Over in Salem this afternoon, the Group A and Two A schools opened the
Virginia High School League state Wrestling championships.
A familar face on the floor of the Salem Civic Center is Kevin Dresser.
Dresser won several state titles at Grundy before retiring two years ago.
But he's back as head coach of the Christiansburg Blue Demons.
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More than 40 schools from both classifications are competing for individual
and state titles.
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The 4th place Express will try to trim Richmond's 3rd place lead to 3
points tonight without one of its top players.
This morning, rookie left winger Jeff Cowan was called up by the AHL's
Saint John Flames.
The Express beat the Renegades Sunday.
((FRANK ANZALONE/EXPRESS HEAD COACH:))
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Unless you're hopelessly UN-romantic, you probably know that today is
It's a day that can be a florists' dream, and also their worst nightmare.
The crew at Flowers by Timberlake in Lynchburg has been putting in long hours
this week just to get things ready for today.
Before they arrive on your sweetheart's doorstep, the flowers first have to
be snipped, trimmed, arranged and boxed.
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((LAURA TOMLIN/MANAGER: WE HAD PEOPLE THAT WERE JUST DOING NOTHING BUT DOZEN
ROSES, PEOPLE THAT WERE DOING NOTHING BUT HALF DOZEN ROSES, AND THEN ANOTHER
GIRL THAT WAS DOING NOTHING BUT BUD VASES OF ROSES. ROSES, ROSES, ROSES.. RED
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Tomlin says the bad weather forced her to send out some of her deliveries
last night to make sure they got there.
That's News 7 at Six.
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Take Prime Time Board Fullscreen
tune in to News-7 Prime Time on W-E-F-C.
It's on Channel 38 "over the air," and on a lot of cable systems. For
example we're on Cable Channel 36 in Franklin County.
And don't forget to tune in to News 7 at 11, right here on W-D-B-J.