Coming up in just a moment on NEWS 7 at SIX:
What's life going to be like without Thomasville Furniture in Brookneal?
We'll hear from the plant manager and assess the impact of unemployment for
And the not-so-secret negotiations with tobacco companies for a
multi-Billion dollar fund for smoker care.
Tonight in sports, some possible off the court trouble for the Knicks'
Patrick Ewing, the Cubs losing streak reaches 12, Roy Stanley visits with the
Ferrum baseball team,
and Kenny Lofton tags his first homerun as a Brave as Atlanta wins its 5th
A cold front moves through tonight with passing showers and colder
temperatures. The full weather story is coming up.
For twenty years it's been a fixture in Brookneal and a staple of the local
By late June, the Thomasville Furniture factory will be closed, leaving
hundreds of employees and residents wondering about their future.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
IN Q=For plant manager
SUPER=01-Tim Ramsdell/Plant Manager; :16
SUPER=01-Mike Davidson/Campbell Co. Supervisor; :48
SUPER=01-Debra McClintock/Amoco Deli Worker; 1:02
OUT Q=News7, Brookneal.
(( For plant manager Tim Ramsdell, it was the hardest thing he's had to do in
13 years on the job in Brookneal.
Late Tuesday, Ramsdell told 320 of his co- workers at the Thomasville
Furniture plant they would be out of a job within two months.
IN Q=We were shutting
((TIM RAMSDELL/PLANT MANAGER: WE WERE SHUTTING IT DOWN NOT BECAUSE IT WAS ANY
FAULT OF THEIRS, WE WERE DOING A FINE EFFORT, IT WAS JUST A MARKET- DRIVEN
DECISION BASED ON THE FACT THAT THE COMPANY JUST HAD MORE CAPACITY THAN THEY
COULD SUPPORT WITH SALES.))
OUT Q=support with sales.
Displaced employees will keep their medical benefits for 18 months after
leaving.. and the company will try to help them find jobs elsewhere.
IN Q=Of course
((OF COURSE THE EFFECT OF A PLANT CLOSING LIKE THIS GOES WELL BEYOND THE 320
EMPLOYEES AT THE FACTORY, ALL OF WHOM HAVE BOUGHT GAS, FOOD AND SERVICES IN THE
TOWN OF BROOKNEAL AT SOME POINT. LOSING THAT MANY CUSTOMERS IS BOUND TO HAVE AN
EFFECT ON THE AREA'S ECONOMY.))
OUT Q=area's economy.
IN Q=The impact continues
((MIKE DAVIDSON/CAMPBELL CO. SUPERVISOR: THE IMPACT CONTINUES TO RIPPLE AS YOU
REALLY STOP AND THINK ABOUT ALL OF THE THINGS THAT THEY'VE MEANT TO THE
OUT Q=to the community.
Thomasville has meant a steady job for Debra McClintock who handles the
lunch and dinner rushes at the Amoco deli just down the road from the plant.
IN Q=We're going to
((DEBRA MCCLINTOCK/DELI WORKER: WE'RE GOING TO MISS THEM, BUT I HOPE THAT IT
WON'T PUT ME OUT OF A JOB AS WELL, BECAUSE AS I SAID THEY ARE OUR BIGGEST
CLIENTELE WITH OUR DELI.))
OUT Q=with our deli.
Campbell County officials say they'll try to find another company to move in
once Thomasville leaves town.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Brookneal.))
GRAPHIC=Tobacco Under Fire
Secret talks between tobacco companies and six states that are suing them
aren't much of a secret anymore.
Several states have confirmed the talks...
Double Boxes=Keith and Eric/Newsroom
Eric Earnhart is in our newsroom with details... Eric, what's on the table?
A lot of money to start... The Wall Street Journal says 300 billion
The money would repay states for what it cost them to care for residents who
got sick because they smoked.
Attorneys General from the six states with lawsuits pending met in
Washington today with representatives from Phillip Morris and RJR-Nabisco.
They're also talking about limiting advertising, especially ads that could
attract children... they may ban outdoor billboards for example.
Meanwhile at the annual RJR-Nabisco stockholders meeting in Winston-Salem,
there was little talk about the negotiations.
Company officials say that's not the purpose of their meeting, but some
shareholders don't like it.
IN Q=Our objective in
BRENDA COFFEE/SHAREHOLDERS REPRESENTATIVE; I THINK THAT FOR THESE PEOPLE, FOR
THIS MEETING, PROFIT WAS THE BOTTOM LINE. I THINK ANYTHING ELSE ISN'T RELEVANT,
I THINK THE VERY FACT THAT THEY ARE TARGETING YOUTH, THEY ARE TARGETING AFRICAN
AMERICANS AND OTHER MINORITIES AND I THINK THAT IS OF NO CONCERN.
CHARLES BLIXT/RJR SENIOR VP; OUR OBJECTIVE IN AN ANNUAL MEETING IS TO PRESENT
THE RESULTS FOR 1996, TALK ABOUT THE BUSINESS OR WHERE WE'RE GOING IN THE
BUSINESS, WE'RE NOT HERE TO TALK ABOUT ALL THESE CONTROVERSIAL ISSUES TODAY.))
SUPER=01-Brenda Coffee/Shareholder's Representative;
SUPER=01-Charles Blixt/RJR Senior V.P.; :15
OUT Q=controversial issues today
Another group watching these developments closely...NASCAR.
There's a long-standing concern about the impact a cigarette advertising ban
Double Boxes=Keith and Eric/Newsroom
would have on Winston Cup racing... Keith?
Altavista authorities say two teenagers killed by a train last night may
have been dodging ANOTHER train when they were hit.
The accident happened just before six o'clock about a half mile from
17- year- old Richard Lancaster of Campbell County and 18- year- old Kevin
Childress of Pittsylvania County died instantly after when they were struck by
a south-bound Norfolk- Southern train.
Police say the teens had just crossed the tracks in front of a NORTHbound
train and may not have heard the other train coming.
A lot of people use the tracks as a shortcut downtown.
The case of a fatal domestic squabble in Roanoke last Fall was settled in
court this morning with a guilty plea.
Rhonda Banks Cunningham shot her husband in the head around five o'clock in
She told police the .38 revolver went off in the midst of a struggle.
A witness heard her yelling at Garrett Cunningham because he'd been out
"screwing around all night."
Neighbors said she THREATENED to kill her husband, just before they heard
The 37-year old defendant maintains her innocence but pled guilty to
SECOND- degree murder, rather than take a chance with a jury.
IN Q=I don't want
((RHONDA BANKS CUNNINGHAM: I DON'T WANT TO TAKE THE RISK OF A TRIAL WITH THE
EVIDENCE, THE PHYSICAL EVIDENCE.))
SUPER=01-Rhonda Banks Cunningham
OUT Q=physical evidence.
**Keith ON ENG**
She faces a maximum of 43 years in prison, but the prosecutor has agreed to
ask for less than that.
IN Q=The figure that the Commonwealth
((JUDGE CLIFFORD WECKSTEIN/ROANOKE CIRCUIT COURT: THE FIGURE THAT THE
COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY HAS COMPUTED THAT'S IN YOUR PLEA AGREEMENT IS 11 YEARS
AND FIVE MONTHS.))
SUPER=01-Judge Clifford Weckstein/Roanoke Circuit Court
OUT Q=and five months.
That's the mid-point of the sentencing guidelines for second- degree
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at Six--
serving up some gambling controversy along with the shad and beer in Wakefield
today. Ellen Qualls will join us with a live report.
and to help get the word out about a dangerous product, a Vinton family
shares its own painful experience.
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It's fun in the forests of Wakefield, Virginia today. All ten of Virginia's
statewide candidates are rubbing elbows at the premier event in Old Dominion
Double Boxes=Keith and Ellen/StarLink
Ellen Qualls is at the annual Shad Planking with highlights.
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Political stumping wasn't confined to Wakefield.
Closer to home, Mary Harkins accepted the Democratic nomination for the 9th
District seat in the House of Delegates.
She'll go up against Republican incumbent Allen Dudley.
IN Q=I am very
((MARY HARKINS/D- NINTH DISTRICT LEGISLATIVE CANDIDATE: I AM VERY GRATEFUL TO
EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU FOR THIS NOMINATION. WITH YOUR HELP AND YOUR SUPPORT,
TOGETHER WE WILL WIN THE NINTH DISTRICT SEAT ON NOVEMBER FOURTH. ))
SUPER=01-Mary Harkins/(D) 9th District Candidate;
OUT Q=November 4th
Harkins is a Rocky Mount attorney... and she's chairwoman of the Franklin
County Democratic Party.
If elected, she promises to donate her state salary to programs that promote
volunteerism and education.
Several of the nation's top military leaders are visiting Lexington this
Today, Secretary of Defense William Cohen touched down on the VMI parade
Cohen says Americans must make some difficult decisions as Congress
rethinks the role of the nation's military.
If cuts in military spending are to continue, he says the country must be
willing to accept more risk.
IN Q=Every time you talk
((WILLIAM COHEN/SECRETARY OF DEFENSE: EVERY TIME YOU TALK ABOUT CUTTING BACK OR
DOWNSIZING OR RESTRUCTURING IN ORDER TO ACHIEVE CERTAIN GOALS, IT MEANS YOU
MUST GIVE SOMETHING UP AND WHEN YOU GIVE SOMETHING UP IT MEANS YOU HAVE TO
ACCEPT HIGHER RISK.))
SUPER=01-William Cohen/Secretary of Defense;
OUT Q=higher risk.
Cohen visited the V- M- I campus to speak to the top R-O-T-C cadets from
across the country.
They'll hear from the Army Chief of Staff tonight, and the Secretary of the
The blue chip issues surged on the stock market again today.
The Dow gained 93 points.
NASDAQ fell two and a half points.
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[First VA/General Electric/Nationsbank/Norfolk Southern/Optical Cable]
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[ ETS /Innotech/ Main Bankshares]
[ Optical Cable /Pulaski Furn./ Roanoke Electric Steel]
[ Roanoke Gas / Stanley Furniture/ Tultex]
A Vinton couple is helping the Consumer Product Safety Commission get the
word out about dangerous products-- which are recalled, but REMAIN in
Betty and Tom Jarvis lost their nine-year-old son Tim, when he was
strangled by a mini-hammock.
Eleven other children have died this way, as the mini-hammock-- without a
spreader bar-- wraps around a youngster's neck.
IN Q=We need
((TOM JARVIS/VICTIM'S FATHER: WE NEED TO GET THE WORD OUT THAT ANYBODY WHO HAS
THESE SHOULD DESTROY THEM, THEY'RE KILLERS OF CHILDREN, THEY'RE NOT SAFE.))
SUPER=01-Tom Jarvis/Victim's Father; :
OUT Q=not safe.
Government inspectors have launched a recall round-up.
They'll be canvassing states, also looking for dangerous bean-bag chairs,
as well as outdated bunk beds and cribs with siderails that are too wide.
GRAPHIC=Roanoke Regional Airport
One of the Roanoke Valley's best examples of regional cooperation turned 10
The Roanoke Regional Airport Commission formed in 1987, and it has arrived
at a number of solutions for the area's air- travel needs.
Since it was founded the commission has overseen the completion of a new
passenger terminal and the current construction of a 10- million- dollar cargo
IN Q=This is
((BOB JOHNSON/AIRPORT COMMISSION CHAIRMAN: THIS IS STILL THE NUMBER ONE IN MY
OPINION, SHINING STAR, IN THE CONSTELLATION OF ACTIVITIES THAT WE HAVE
CURRENTLY GOING. THE LANDFILL, THE SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANT.))
SUPER=01-Bob Johnson/Airport Commission Chairman;
OUT Q=treatment plant.
During its 10 years of existence the commission has tried to be a model of
effective and efficient regional management.
It operates at no cost to taxpayers, and employs 43 full- time workers.
When including all tenants and related businesses, over 600 people with a
combined payroll of 20- million- dollars work at the airport.
Coming up tonight on News 7 sports, afternoon highlights from the big
leagues, some possible trouble for Patrick Ewing, a good deed of golf was done
today at Countryside,
And Roy Stanley checks in with a doggone good baseball team in Ferrum, right
after this break.
The Atlanta Braves continued their red hot play this afternoon by beating the
Reds 7-to-1 at Turner Stadium.
SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA/Reds vs. Braves - TBS;:00
Reds skipper Ray Knight was checking things out early in the fifth, and he
didn't like what he saw.
In the bottom of the inning Jeff Blauser, who has been on fire this season
lifts a solo homer to left field to give Atlanta 3-to-1 lead.
Still in the 5th, Kenny Lofton then comes up on the other side of the plate
and hits his first homer as a Brave to make it 4-to-1.
The Braves go on to win it 7-to-1.
After their 0-and-2 start, the Braves have now won five in a row and 11 of
their last 12 games.
The Chicago Cubs lost their 12th straight game as they continue the worst
start ever for a National League team.
SUPER=03-Chicago/Rockies vs. Cubs;
If the losing doesn't stop soon heads will be rolling in the windy City.
Today it was just the Rockies rolling to a 4-to-nothing win.
So far this year, the Cubs have 12 losses and 21 errors.
SUPER=03-New York, NY/Mets vs. Dodgers;
In New York the Dodgers beat the Mets 5-to-2 thanks to pitching, defense and
some solid hitting.
Wilton Guerrero and Eric Karros each belted homers and Brett BUtler had five
In just over a week, The Ferrum College Panthers begin play in the Dixie
Conference baseball tournament.
The Panthers have turned what was supposed to be a rebuilding year into
another winning season.
Roy Stanley has the details.
IN Q=First audio
SUPER=01-Abe Naff/Ferrum Head Coach; :21
SUPER=01-Riley Hodges/Ferrum Catcher; 1:06
OUT Q=.......news 7 sports."
((When Abe Naff and his Panthers started the season many questions needed to be
The major question was pitching. Naff's staff was very inexperienced with
3 sophomores and a group of Freshman.
But as the Panthers prepare for the Dixie Conference tournament their
already closing in on a 30 win season.))
((ABE NAFF/FERRUM HEAD COACH: ))
((Ferrum has relied on itt offense for most of the season. The Panthers are
averaging 10 runs a game and they're batting 370.
The big stick in the lineup is Franklin County native Riley Hodges the son
of former major leaguer Ron Hodges.
Riley is batting 481 and he's hit 13 homers this season. And his work
behind the plate has help mature a young pitching staff.))
((RILEY HODGES/FERRUM CATCHER: ))
((ROY STANDUP: ))
((At Ferrum College Roy Stanley News 7 sports.))
The NBA is heading into its final few days of play before the start of the
postseason, and the Knicks are battling for position in the East.
Tonight the Knicks' star center Patrick Ewing is fighting for his reputation.
Today's New York Post says two flight attendants on the Knicks' private jet
have quit because they were sexually harassed by Ewing and other Knick player.s
Ewing is denying the allegations. The Knicks say they are investigating the
Nearly 200 golfers took some swings in the name of charity today at the
Countryside golf course.
The Cave Spring Corners Kroger grocery store held its sixth annual golf
tournament for the March of Dimes today.
The one day event raised $12 thousand dollars for the charity through entry
fees and a raffle.
And there's always plenty of good food for the participants.
((MIKE WALKER/CAVE SPRING KROGER MANAGER:))
SUPER=01-Mike Walker/Cave Spring Kroger Manager; :00
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It only takes ten minutes-- and it could save a life.
Becoming a registered Bone Marrow donor is as easy as donating blood, but it
usually costs around 40 dollars.
Today in Martinsville, folks can register for free-
A Marrow typing drive is being held at the Speedway.
It's in honor of NASCAR owner Rick Hendricks, who was recently diagnosed
Tonight, we'll learn about the process of becoming a potential marrow donor,
and how Hendricks' diagnosis is bringing added publicity to marrow donation.
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