It's hard to believe, but true.
On NEWS 7 at SIX tonight,
you'll see what happened when a tractor trailer ended up on top of a car full
of Lord Botetourt students.
And we'll meet the couple who moved out of the way of the Smart Road only
to find themselves in the path of 765-kilovolt power line.
Tonight in sports, the National League MVP is being announced at this hour,
former Roanoke Valley Rebel Mike Keenan is back in the NHL, Steve Mason
profiles a former Friday Football Extra now running up big numbers in college,
Plus, the Virginia Tech Hokies hit the hardwood tonight for a little
exhibition action against Court Authority.
Freezing rain is a problem tonight for the New River Valley as a cold
drizzle remains in the forecast. More on that just ahead.
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It was one of those wrecks that could have been a lot worse than it was.
A tractor-trailer hit a van, and a car with four teenagers in it, on Route
220 in Botetourt County.
But there were NO serious injuries.
The accident near Lord Botetourt High School this morning sent seven people
to the hospital.
State police say the truck came off Interstate 81 onto Route 220, and hit a
The van hit a car carrying four Lord Botetourt students.
Both vehicles slammed into a concrete divider, and the tractor trailer
rolled on top of the van.
The students suffered cuts and bruises.
The driver of the van hurt his shoulder, and was taken by helicopter to
Carilion-Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
The driver of the tractor trailer was charged with reckless driving.
For three weeks in December, 400-employees at the Celco plant in Narrows will
be out of work.
The company says this layoff is only temporary.
The Celanese plant manufactures high-tech yarns and fibers.
Management blames "slow market conditions" for the layoff.
Celco says only a small percentage of its production will be affected.
The layoff period begins December fifth.
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For years, opposition to American Electric Power's plan to build a high
voltage power line was loudest in West Virginia.
But some new voices are emerging now that A-E-P has changed its route to
include more of Southwest Virginia.
Teresa Hamilton introduces us to a newly- formed group in the New River
Valley, known as FORCE, in the first of a two part report.
IN Q=American Electric
SUPER=03-Montgomery Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Delbert Jones/Power Line Opponent; :29
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SUPER=01-Todd Burns/AEP Spokesman; 1:45
OUT Q=Hamilton, NEWS 7.
American Electric Power's desire to build a 765- kilovolt line, through
Montgomery County isn't sitting too well with homeowners like Delbert Jones.
IN Q=We were
((DELBERT JONES/POWER LINE OPPONENT:WE WERE VERY SHOCKED BY IT. ))
OUT Q=by it.
Jones has lived in the Norris Run community, outside Blacksburg, for less
than a year.
Ironically, it's where he and his wife settled after plans to build the
Smart Highway forced them to move from their Blacksburg home.
Jones is concerned some people don't understand the potential impact of the
IN Q=It seems
((DELBERT JONES/POWER LINE OPPONENT:IT IS, SEEMS TO BE, THE LOCAL CONCEPTION
THAT IS NOT AFFECTING ANYBODY AND IT'S ONLY IN NATIONAL FOREST LAND, WELL THIS
COMMUNITY OVER A HUNDRED HOMES. ))
In fact, some of Jones' neighbors, are the most vocal.
Residents, like Joyce Smith, concerned about property values and health
IN Q=You've got
((JOYCE SMITH/POWER LINE OPPONENT: YOU'VE GOT THE WELLS, THE SPRINGS, SOME OF
THESE PEOPLE DEPEND ON THEIR LAND FOR THEIR LIVELIHOOD, IT'S A LEGACY THEY
HOPES TO PASS DOWN TO THEIR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN. ))
John Dodson doesn't live in Montgomery County-- but understands where Smith's
IN Q=It was
((JOHN DODSON/POWER LINE OPPONENT:IT WAS KIND OF LIKE A NIGHTMARE COMING
OUT Q=coming true.
Dodson lives in Bland County-- which is also included along AEP's new
The new path enters Virginia through Tazewell County, before snaking its way
through Bland, Giles and Montgomery County-- on its way to Cloverdale.
IN Q=I think
((JOHN DODSON/POWER LINE OPPONENT: I THINK THIS IS JUST A HIGHWAY TO CARRY
CHEAP POWER FROM THE MIDWEST WHICH IS GOING TO BE GENERATED WITH COAL THAT IS
GOING TO CAUSE MORE POLLUTION IN THE MOUNTAINS AND KILL MORE TREES AND THEY'RE
GOING TO SELL IT TO THE NORTH EAST.))
AEP spokesman, Todd Burns disagrees, saying energy demands have increased,
in this region, as much as 136- percent.
IN Q=We anticipate
((TODD BURNS/AEP SPOKESMAN:WE ANTICIPATE THAT BY THE YEAR, 2002, THE EARLIEST
WE CAN HAVE THE LINE IN SERVICE, ENERGY DEMANDS ARE GOING TO BE THREE TIMES
ALMOST WHAT THEY WERE, WHEN WE BUILT OUR LAST LINE IN 1973. ))
OUT Q=in 1973.
American Electric Power is familiar with opposition.
The company has been trying to build a high voltage line from Wyoming
County, West Virginia since the early 1990's.
The original route was abandoned after much controversy over the sensitivity
of the New River and Sinking Creek Valley.
Those who're now fighting the power line-- hope those same concerns will be
addressed in terms of Pandapas Pond, McCoy Falls and Caldwell Fields-- all
recreation areas in close proximity to the proposed line.
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7.))
AEP employees have contributed thousands of dollars to political candidates
in the most recent election.
Tomorrow night we'll see who those candidates are.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
How can divorced fathers make the most of the limited time they spend with
their children? Coming up on News 7 at Six, we conclude our series "Dads From
and just in time for the colder weather a new ice rink opens in Roanoke.
We'll have a live report.
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The family of a murdered Lynchburg man gathered today to honor his memory
and call for an end to domestic violence.
33- year- old Lawrence Allen was stabbed to death at the Rivermont Early
apartments Wednesday morning.
His wife Sandra is charged with his murder.
Allen's family and members of the Peace Education Center held a vigil at the
apartment complex this afternoon.
IN Q=To see where
((SANDRA DAVIS/FAMILY MEMBER: TO SEE WHERE IT HAPPENED AT. I DON'T REALLY KNOW
WHAT HAPPENED, I GUESS IN DUE TIME EVERYBODY WILL KNOW. BUT IT'S A SAD INCIDENT
((EVELYN JACKSON/FAMILY MEMBER: I DON'T THINK THAT IT HAS REALLY HIT THE
CHILDREN YET, BECAUSE THEY HAD JUST TALKED TO THEIR FATHER THAT NIGHT. AND I
DON'T THINK IT HAS SET IN YET. THEY JUST RECENTLY GOT OVER THE DEATH OF THEIR
MOTHER, SO THIS I KNOW HASN'T SET IN YET.))
SUPER=01-Sandra Davis/Family Member; :00
SUPER=01-Evelyn Jackson/Family Member; :16
OUT Q=hasn't set in.
The Peace Education Center holds a vigil after every murder in Lynchburg.
They hope to persuade people to resolve their conflicts without resorting to
GRAPHIC=Dads From a Distance
Court ordered visitation is what many divorced fathers are left with if they
don't get physical custody of their youngsters.
While dads often complain that a weekend here and there is not enough time
with their child, it's up to them to make the most of it.
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In the final installment of her series "Dads from a Distance", Stacey Martin
looks at ways to make visitations--time well spent.
IN Q=I just try
SUPER=01-Joe Jennings/Father; :00
SUPER=01-Sallie Noonkester/Counselor; :35
SUPER=01-Harvey Lutins/Lawyer; 1:38
OUT Q=in a child's life.
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IN Q=I just try
((JOE JENNINGS/FATHER: I JUST TRY TO DO THE BEST THAT I CAN FOR HIM. I WANT TO
BE THERE FOR HIM BECAUSE MY FATHER WASN'T THERE FOR ME.))
OUT Q=there for me.
While many divorced dads such as Jennings want to make the best of the time
they spend with their children, they're unsure of how to go about it--where
once they had unlimited access to their youngsters, they're now faced with new
Activites such as visits to the park are fun and interactive for both parent
and child, but counselors say constant communication and reassurance are even
more essential for young children coping with divorce.
SOT 15.19.07 - 15.19.35 (tape 4)
IN Q=Because they are
((SALLIE NOONKESTER/COUNSELOR: BECAUSE THEY ARE EGOCENTRIC THEY TEND TO LOOK
BACK AND SAY, IS IT BECAUSE I DIDN'T PICK-UP MY TOYS, BECAUSE I REMEMBER DADDY
YELLING AT ME FOR NOT PICKING UP MY TOYS, OR IS IT BECAUSE I WOULDN'T GO TO BED
AND THEY TEND TO MAKE UP EXPLANATIONS OF THEIR OWN, SO IT IS VERY IMPORTANT IN
THAT AGE GROUP THAT PARENTS PROBABLY REPETITIVELY EXPLAIN WHY THIS IS HAPPENING
THAT IT'S NOT YOUR FAULT AND SO FORTH.))
OUT Q=and so forth.
Noonkester also says that small gestures go a long way with children--such
as remembering birthdays with a card and attending afterschool sports
While Jennings and other fathers would like more time with their kids--the
prospects don't appear to be too bright.
Recent efforts to encourage more joint custody arrangements under the legal
guidelines of "what's in the best interest of the child" have largely failed.
And, some lawyers feel while social trends may be changing for the better,
recognizing the important role of the father, legal trends are not keeping
cover the last part of the bite below with video of fathers and children
SOT 01.03.52 - 02.04.37 (tape 8)
IN Q=I think it's
((HARVEY LUTINS/LAWYER: I THINK IT'S GOING TO BE SWINGING MORE TOWARDS FATHERS
WITH FATHERS AWARDED PROBABLY MORE CUSTODY OR THEY'RE GOING TO BE GIVEN
EXTENDED MORE ELABORATE CONTACT OR VISITATION OR WORDS OR VOICES IN THEIR
AND THEN IT'S GOING TO SWING BACKWARDS AND RETURN PRETTY MUCH TO TRADITION
WHERE MOTHERS ARE PRIMARY CUSTODIAL PARENTS WHERE FATHERS..HAVE A SAY IN THE
UNUSUAL HAPPENINGS IN A CHILD'S LIFE.))
OUT Q=it is today.
One encouraging sign about child custody battles is that only 10 percent are
settled in a courtroom and many legal experts agree, Keith,
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that it's best for divorcing couples to try to settle their differences or
seek mediation before leaving it up to a judge.
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Just in time for the winter season,
the first of two proposed ice rinks is opening in Roanoke.
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Scott Goldberg joins us from the Ice Palace--Scott, that rink has an early
jump on its competition.
But is anyone worried this new facility will lose customers when the second
rink opens in downtown Roanoke?
Keith, if they are, they're not saying it.
Today the Ice Palace is just happy to be open.
It has a regulation-size hockey rink, a snack bar, an arcade...
Just the amenities its developers say you need in an ice rink.
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SUPER=01-Allan Harvie/Developer; :00
SUPER=01-Pierre Paiement/Roanoke Express GM; :27
OUT Q=here next week
IN Q=there's been a tremendous
((ALLAN HARVIE/DEVELOPER: THERE'S BEEN A TREMENDOUS DEMAND WITH YOUTH HOCKEY
AND THE FIGURE SKATING COMMUNITY. THERE'S JUST BEEN A REAL DEMAND OVER THE
LAST THREE YEARS.))
OUT Q=LAST THREE YEARS
The Richmond developer hopes that demand is enough to support the Ice
Even after a second ice rink opens downtown.
The proposed Ice Park will include a 12-screen movie complex.
And the Roanoke Express has said it will make the downtown rink its official
But for the time being, the team says it's holding practices at the brand new
IN Q=right now we're
((RIGHT NOW WE'RE GRABBING WHAT WE CAN AND WE'RE GOING TO START PRACTICING HERE
OUT Q=next week
Earlier today I talked to a developer working on the downtown facility.
He called the Ice Palace a "warehouse" and said the downtown rink will be a
nice brick building that will attract more skaters.
Double Boxes=Keith and Scott/Microwave
That may be the case, but Keith the Ice Palace has one clear advantage:
It's getting a head start building its clientele.
Coming your way tonight in sports, the ODAC women hold their preseason hoop
conference, the Hokies get set to pound the hardwoods tonight, while Mike
Keenan is back in the NHL.
And Steve Mason checks in with a former Friday Football Extra player of the
week who is now making his mark at Emory & Henry.
If you're looking for something to do out of the rain tonight how about
heading to Blacksburg where the Virginia Tech basketball team has another
exhibition game on tap.
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Tonight the Hokies tune-up against Court Authority, a team made up of former
The game begins at seven o'clock and admission is five dollars per person.
And for the young players on this team it's another chance to impress coach
IN Q="This is...
((BOBBY HUSSEY/VA. TECH HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Bobby Hussey/Va. Tech Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...LOT BETTER."
Roanoke College and Hollins, The Valley's women representatives in the ODAC
are at the top and bottom of the preseason coaches' Poll.
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The Lady Maroons are picked second in the poll but may be challenged because
Roanoke graduated three seniors that led the team in rebounding and scoring.
((SUSAN DUNAGAN/ROANOKE HEAD COACH: ))
SUPER=01-Susan Dunagan/Roanoke Head Coach; :
OUT Q=...step up."
Hollins is in its third season under head coach Karen Jenkins Harvey.
The team was picked 11-th in the poll for the third straight season.
((KAREN JENKINS HARVEY/HOLLINS HEAD COACH: ))
SUPER=01-Karen Jenkins Harvey/Hollins Head Coach; :
OUT Q=...future success.
Randolph Macon out of Ashland is the preseason number one pick with
Lynchburg 8th, and W & L sixth, and Randolph Macon Women's college 10th.
The Colorado Rockies' Larry Walker is this year's National League Most
Walker finished near the top of almost every batting category in the league.
He batted .366, hit 49 home runs and 130 RBI's this season.
His 409 total bases were the most by any player in 49 years.
Dodger catcher Mike Piazza came in second for the second year in a row.
One of the most loved and hated men in hockey is back in the NHL tonight.
Mike Keenan has been hired as the new coach of the Vancouver Canucks,
replacing Tom Renney.
Keenan, the former Roanoke Valley Rebels' star has been out of hockey for
over a year after he was fired by the St. Louis Blues.
The hiring reunites him with Mark Messier, but his task is not an easy one.
Vancouver has won four games and lost 13 this year.
Emory & Henry running back Andy Stanley is the power part in the ODAC's
number one backfield. And Steve Mason says the former Patrick County star's
attitude shines just as brightly as his ability .
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SUPER=01-Andy Stanley/ODAC's Third Leading Rusher; :33
OUT Q=....News 7 sports"
((The trenches of Division III college football are Andy Stanley's home.
Guests aren't welcome.
In 1994; Stanley rushed for over 2 thousand yards and became the first Friday
Football Extra player of the week from Patrick County. While the Cougars lost
to Salem in their first ever playoffs appearance that season; Andy's team put
Patrick County football on the map.
In college, Andy's added 30 pounds. At nearly 220; he averages 4.2 yards a
carry, has 627 yards on the season; and is the ODAC's third leading rusher;
pretty impressive for a second string running back!
Stanley's wasps close out the regular season this saturday at Maryville this
Saturday. Steve Mason News 7 sports.))
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You've watched her on David Letterman and Regis and Kathy Lee--
SUPER=04-"Late Night with David Letterman";
Joan Embery is known for the unusual animals she brings along on her
But the goodwill ambassador for the San Diego Zoo was on her own
this morning at the Hotel Roanoke.
Embery was a featured speaker for the sixth annual National Watchable
Animal tricks aside, Embery is serious about encouraging people to take a
long look at nature.
SOT Embery tape 10:11:01
IN Q=If eco- tourism can
((JOAN EMBERY: IF ECO-TOURISM CAN EXPOSE PEOPLE TO THE WONDERS ON THIS PLANET
AND DIVERSITY OF LIFE, THAT WOULD BE A GREAT WAY, THROUGH PEOPLE'S APPRECIATION
OF WHAT THEY SEE, TO MAKE THEM WANT TO HELP SUPPORT IT. ))
OUT Q=help support it
But if you can't jet off to Africa to see the elephants-- Embery says to
at least visit and support your local zoo.
She plans to visit Roanoke's Mill Mountain Zoo while she's here.