Next on News 7-
Fire destroys a Pulaski company.
While across town a plant is closing- putting almost 200 out of work.
And look what greeted motorists on Route 460 today.
A winter weather preview this weekend. Northwest winds will keep
temperatures down and flurries will be in the air Saturday as well.
Unhealthy relationships can lead to to low productivity for women in the
Pomp and circumstance next week--but the graduates of this Roanoke school
have some unique training.
IN Q=It's hard
((IT'S HARD BECAUSE EVERYBODY HERE IS JUST LIKE ONE BIG FAMILY AND IT'S JUST
GOING TO BE HARD.))
OUT Q=be hard.
Fire guts one of downtown Pulaski's oldest businesses.
Good afternoon, I'm Jean Jadhon.
Clouds of thick black smoke could be seen for miles hovering over Rental
Towel Service, Incorporated.
Workers say the fire started in a back part of the building shortly before
The company rents out and cleans towels, uniforms and rugs.
Fire officials say it's too early to tell what caused the blaze.
But some employees believe the fire may have been sparked by welding.
The company was in the process of expanding.
IN Q=As soon
((MISSY REESE/RENTAL TOWEL EMPLOYEE:AS SOON AS I CALLED I COULD SEE THE SMOKE
COMING THROUGH THE BUILDING, THROUGH THE OFFICE DOORS, AND WE JUST GRABBED OUR
JAMES DAVIS/RENTAL TOWEL EMPLOYEE:IT WAS JUST GROWING, IT WAS ROARING, THICK,
AND THEN THE BACK ROOM STARTED GETTING SO SMOKY, WE HAD EVERYBODY GET OUT SO
QUICK, THANK GOD EVERYBODY JUST GOT OUT. ))
SUPER=01-Missy Reese/Rental Towel Employee; :00
SUPER=01-James Davis/Rental Towel Employee; :05
OUT Q=just got out.
Rental towel has been in business for 30-years.
One of the owners says he's not sure what steps he'll take next.
A tough day for workers at another Pulaski County plant.
Renfro Corporation is closing its Jefferson Avenue plant in Pulaski.
The move will put nearly 200 employees out of work.
The remaining 350 will be moved to the company's nearby Newbern Road plant.
Renfro is the largest manufacturer of socks in the United States.
Company officials attribute the job loss to the increased cost of
The Jefferson Avenue plant will close in early February.
A farewell today to three girls gunned down at a Kentucky high school.
((AMAZING GRACE HOW SWEET THE SOUND.))
OUT Q=SWEET THE SOUND."
Three caskets lined the church- covered with messages- from fellow students.
Among those speaking at the funeral- the boy credited with stopping the
((NICOLE AND JESSICA AND KASEY. THEY'RE IN HEAVEN AND WE KNOW WHERE THEY ARE
EVEN THOUGH WE MISS THEM IN THEIR NATURAL SOMETIMES. WE KNOW WHERE THEY ARE AND
I CAN IMAGINE THEM SITTING UP THERE AND JUST LOOKING DOWN AND ASKING US DON'T
OUT Q=don't cry.
The three girls were killed in a shooting at school Monday.
An investigation into a Danville apartment complex fire led officials into
the NEWS 7 office with a search warrant.
Double Boxes=Jean and Tina/Microwave
Tina Tenret is in Danville to tell us what happened.
Jean, investigators have asked for News7's videotape of the fire -- they say
it could help them figure out the origin of the fire.
Other developments also surfaced today.
IN Q=The city says
SUPER=03-Danville/Last Thursday; :00
SUPER=01-Doug Young/Emergency Services Director; :20
OUT Q=six o'clock tomorrow
(( The city says the fire caused two point one million dollars worth of
The city's sending that figure to a state agency -- hoping for low interest
loans for the victims.
Firefighters arrived around 8:30 on Thanksgiving night.
They say they got the first 9-1-1 call at 8:23 p-m -- not half an hour
earlier as some residents have claimed.
IN Q=I would encourage
((DOUG YOUNG/EMERGENCY SERVICES DIRECTOR: I WOULD ENCOURAGE ANYONE THAT SAYS
THEY CALLED THE 9-1-1 PRIOR TO 8:23 TO PLEASE CALL THE DANVILLE POLICE
DEPARTMENT AND LET THEM LOOK INTO IT.))
OUT Q=let them look into it
Sixty-two families are homeless but only 47 have applied for Red Cross aid.
The Red Cross may stop taking new cases.
IN Q=A probably good word
((A PROBABLY GOOD WORD TO THE WISE TO THOSE PEOPLE FROM THE FIRE IS THAT IF
THEY HAVEN'T REGISTERED AND IF THEY DO NEED RED CROSS ASSISTANCE, TO MAKE EVERY
EFFORT TO GET THERE BY SIX O'CLOCK TOMORROW.))))
OUT Q=six o'clock tomorrow
The Red Cross will still serve people who have already registered --
Double Boxes=Jean and Tina/Microwave
so far, that's included giving them furniture, clothing, and food stamps.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Tobacco is again under fire in Congress, and this time a Virginia lawmaker is
leading the charge.
That story is just ahead on News 7 at Five.
And it's quite a predicament for a bear that stopped traffic in Montgomery
County when it scampered up a tree and could not find its way back down.
Tonight on Health Check--
Students are falling asleep in class--but in this school it's allowed.
Downtown Roanoke is harking back to the Victorian age for a Christmas
It's a Dickens of a holiday, and Patrick Evans will show us a little later
in the newscast.
Police in Boulder Colorado want to talk again with Jon Benet Ramsey's
The head of the investigation wants to interview the girls' parents and ten
year old brother.
((IT'S BEEN APPROXIMATELY SIX MONTHS SINCE WE LAST INTERVIEWED THE RAMSEYS.
DURING THAT TIME THERE'S BEEN A LOT OF INVESTIGATION. WE'VE UNCOVERED A LOT OF
NEW INFORMATION. WE HAVE A LOT OF NEW QUESTIONS.))
SUPER=01-Mark Beckenr/Boulder Police Commander;
OUT Q=OF NEW QUESTIONS."
So far investigators say the family hasn't responded to the request.
Six year old Jon Benet Ramsey was found murdered in the family's basement-
the day after Christmas last year.
A fifth day of searching has turned up "no" sign of a Lynchburg man who
disappeared in Delaware last weekend.
22-year old Mark Domaleski was last seen Saturday near the campground where
he was staying as an Americorps volunteer.
Ground, air and water teams have scoured the area near Lewes, Delaware
Domaleski's belongings were found intact in his cabin.
IN Q=Every indication is
((GENE DOMALESKI/FATHER: EVERY INDICATION IS WHEN HE LEFT THAT CABIN HE
INTENDED TO COME BACK THAT EVENING AND HE DID NOT FOR WHATEVER REASON.))
SUPER=01-Gene Domaleski/Father; :00
OUT Q=for whatever reason.
Authorities say a lone kayak found in (Raho-bith) Rehoboth Bay could be an
indication that Domaleski drowned.
A Coast Guard search of the area turned up nothing today.
Weather permitting, air searches will resume tomorrow.
GRAPHIC=Tobacco Under Fire
With the world's largest cigarette manufacturing plant in his district, NO
Virginia politician has done more to protect tobacco interests than Richmond
Republican Congressman Tom Bliley.
But today, he succeeded in a 24-hour stare-down with the four big companies
to win a victory for anti-smoking advocates.
As chairman of the House Commerce Committee, Bliley yesterday issued
subpoenas for more than 800 internal documents the tobacco companies have
withheld for months.
Today, the companies met his noon deadline.
Virginia attorney general Richard Cullen applauded Bliley.
IN Q=You need
((RICHARD CULLEN/VA. ATTORNEY GENERAL: YOU NEED ALL THE INFORMATION BEFORE YOU
CAN WRITE LEGISLATION. AND THIS WILL BE SWEEPING LEGISLATION.))
OUT Q=sweeping legislation.
In a statement, Bliley says Congress needs to know if the companies "engaged
in criminal or fraudulent activities" before granting them "unprecedented
immunity from future lawsuits."
Passers-by on Route 460 in Montgomery County reported seeing something
A black bear was found perched in a tree.
It was stuck there for about 45 minutes before authorities were alerted.
They called in a bear expert.
Traffic was held back while the expert did his job.
After some coaxing the animal made it back down the tree and scampered off
Had the bear not been encouraged to leave on its own, it would have been
tranquilized and removed.
***NAT SOUND UNDER***
Horse drawn carriages, greenery hanging from the lamp-posts, and
carrollers roaming the streets--Stay with us, Patrick Evans will be here with a
report on a Dickens Christmas in Roanoke.
STOCKS BUMP NEXT
History doesn't RECORD a visit to Roanoke by Charles Dickens, but from the
festivities planned over the next several weekends, you would swear Mr. Dickens
was a first son of the Star City.
Our "Dickens of a reporter", Patrick Evans has more "Dickens of a
Christmas"--an annual Downtown Roanoke tradition.
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health music under
It's become a holiday tradition for the Roanoke Valley--coming up on News 7
at Five, we'll tell you about plans for this year's First Night celebration.
Tonight on Health Check--
A massage school in Roanoke is about to graduate its first class.
The students say learning has been most relaxing.
Good afternoon. I'm Keith Humphry.
We've all heard about teenagers holding a big blow-out party while their
parents are away.
In Roanoke County last weekend, a group of high school students took that
one step further.
At least a dozen kids moved in to Doctor Michael Meyer's home while the
entire family was out of town.
Unbeknownst to the Meyers, a friend of their 15-year old son had a key.
IN Q=He actually stole
((HE ACTUALLY STOLE MY CHILD'S KEY, WHEN HE HAD SPENT THE NIGHT AT MY HOUSE
THREE WEEKS PREVIOUSLY WITH THE PLAN TO WAIT UNTIL WE WENT OUT OF TOWN AND HOST
SUPER=01-Dr. Michael Meyer/Pediatrician
OUT Q=host a party.
Doctor Meyer estimates the teenaged intruders did eight thousand dollars
worth of damage over the four-day holiday weekend.
We'll have more on that
Double Boxes=Jean and Keith/Newsroom
on NEWS 7 at SIX, Jean.
It's often difficult to get away from domestic abuse.
But a new survey by the Y-W-C-A shows that victims don't really escape
domestic violence even when they're NOT at home.
The Roanoke Valley chapter took part in the national "Blow the Whistle"
It found that most abuse victims are working women.
PRE-PRO ON DOMESTIC VIOLENCE COSTS
And that often means big costs to employers-- as much as three to five
BILLION dollars year in lost time and productivity.
SOT tape 1 0:35:47
IN Q=It does boil down
((SALLY GRAVELY/Y.W.C.A. OF ROANOKE VALLEY: IT DOES BOIL DOWN TO MONEY IN THE
WORKPLACE. HEALTH CARE ISSUES. EXPENSES FOR TAKING CARE OF THOSE VISITS TO
THE EMERGENCY ROOMS-- BROKEN BONES OR OTHER INJURIES THAT MAYBE OCCURRED. ))
SUPER=01-Sally Gravely/Y.W.C.A. of Roanoke Valley;
OUT Q=that maybe occurred
Health experts also suggest approaching a co- worker if you suspect she is
a victim of domestic violence.
SOT tape 2 8:56:42
IN Q=I think it's
((DEBRA WHITE/LICENSED PROFESSIONAL COUNSELOR: I THINK IT'S APPROPRIATE TO
TALK TO SOMEONE ABOUT IT, BECAUSE OTHERWISE, IT'S THIS BIG SECRET THAT
EVERYBODY KNOWS AND THAT SORT OF PERPETUATES THE PROBLEM. ))
SUPER=01-Debra White/Licensed Professional Counselor;
OUT Q=perpetuates the problem
White says addressing domestic violence can also help promote a safer WORK
New evidence suggests a diet that includes folic acid can reduce brain and
spinal cord birth defects.
Dr. James Mills of the National Institute of Child Health and Human
Development says a daily dose as small as 100 micrograms can reduce the number
of neural tube defects by 22 percent.
A British medical journal study supports the U-S government's plan to add the
vitamin to bread and cereals next year.
A co-author says adding even a small amount of folic acid to women's diets
during childbearing years can have a strong effect on the number of babies born
with defects such as spina bifida.
Massage therapy is gaining new acceptance, and that's
creating a need for trained professionals.
In Roanoke there is a school where you can learn the benefits of massage.
IN Q=The Daniels
SUPER=01-Mary Pasley/Massage Student;:11
SUPER=01-Jade Daniels/Massage Therapist; :20
SUPER=01-Tonya Green/Massage Student; :41
OUT Q=free massage
(( The Daniels Institute of Holistic Healing will graduate its first class
This group of 16 pupils will be certified licensed massage therapists--ready
to get their hands on some clients.
IN Q=I've already
((MARY PASLEY/MASSAGE STUDENT:I'VE ALREADY MADE ARRANGEMENTS TO RENT SOME SPACE
AND I'M PLANNING ON STARTING UP MY OWN PRACTICE))
OUT Q=own practice
Director of the school, Jade Daniels says Roanoke was ready for this kind of
((JADE DANIELS/MASSAGE THERAPIST:DEMAND I HAD A LOT OF CALLS ASKING FOR MORE
AND MORE MASSAGE THERAPISTS AND MY BUSINESS IS VERY SUCCESSFUL MORE THAN I CAN
HANDLE AND I WANTED TO HELP PEOPLE TO REALLY ACHIEVE AND BE GOOD THERAPISTS
HERE IN TOWN. I WANTED THE TOWN TO HAVE THE BEST))
OUT Q=the best
Training includes anatomy, physiology, energy flow and different techniques--
tests are both written and hands on.
((TONYA GREEN/MASSAGE STUDENT:PRETTY CHALLENGING, IT'S A LOT MORE TO IT THAN
WHAT I EVER IMAGINED))
OUT Q=ever imagined
((TONYA GREEN/MASSAGE STUDENT:PHYSICALLY MAINLY IT'S LIKE A WORKOUT EVERY
NIGHT, SO WE'VE GOTTEN PHYSICALLY STRONGER. IT'S ALSO HELPED US LEARN HOW TO
RELAX OF COURSE WE GET THEM THREE NIGHTS A WEEK SO IT'S HARD NOT TO))
OUT Q=not to
While getting some practice perfecting their techniques--students are also
helping the community.
IN Q=My most
((JADE DANIELS/MASSAGE THERAPIST:MY MOST FAVORITE GROUP IS THE STRIDERS. THEY
DID THE LEUKEMIA RUN THIS YEAR AND WERE SUCCESSFUL IN RAISING THOUSAND SAND
THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS AND WHAT WE COULD DO WAS WE OFFERED ALL THE STRIDERS FREE
MASSAGE ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT. THEY COULD COME IN AFTER THEIR PRACTICE RUNS WHEN
IT WAS GETTING VERY INTENSE FOR THEM AND WE WOULD GIVE THEM FREE MASSAGE))
OUT Q=free massage
The second class started in September--they'll graduate in June and another
class will begin in March--that one's already half full.
In sports a local golfer has qualified for the Senior pro tour.
and two area high school teams are all fired up as they vye for state football
championships. Here's Mike Stevens with more.
The Friday ticker begins with a couple of bus trips that could turn out to be
very rewarding excursions.
The final countdown to kickoff is well underway as William Fleming and
Heritage high schools brace themselves for championship Saturday tomorrow
This was the scene outside of Fleming around 8:30 this morning as students,
teachers and parents gathered around the school to give the Colonels a
Fleming takes on defending state champion Hampton tomorrow at one o'clock at
Norfolk State University.
About the same time that party was taking place, another one was cranking up
Heritage high school plays Spotsylvania tomorrow afternoon just outside of
Fredericksburg for the Division four state title.
We devote tonight's entire half hour of Friday Football Extra to previewing
tomorrow's game. That's tonight at 11:35.
While most college football teams have finished their regular seasons,
several are far from through.
Tomorrow night Tennessee and Auburn meet in the Georgia Dome for the SEC
championship and the right to play in the Orange Bowl.
The game features to of the best quarterbacks in the nation.
((DAMEYUNE CRAIG/AUBURN QUARTERBACK:))
((PEYTON MANNING/TENNESSEE QUARTERBACK:))
SUPER=01-Dameyune Craig/Auburn Quarterback; :00
SUPER=01-Peyton Manning/Tennessee Quarterback; :17
OUT Q=...BALL GAME."
Great news tonight for area golf fans as Blue Hills Pro Billy King has won
his way on to the Senior's PGA tour for all of next season.
King finished up four gruelling rounds of qualifying today at the TPC course
in Ponte Vedre, Florida by shooting a 69 to finish the week tied for third.
Only the top 8 players earned tour cards for next year.
King, who is 53 years old, started the day tied for ninth.
And if you're in the mood for a little tournament basketball this weekend,
tomorrow and Sunday the Rocky Mount Rotary club is sponsoring a four team event
that includes host Ferrum.
The doubleheaders begin at Noon on Saturday and two o'clock on Sunday.
All proceeds from the event go to the Wes Naff Scholarship Fund.
Steve Mason will be here at six o'clock the rest of the day's sports.
I hope to see you again tonight at 11:35 for Friday Football Extra.
Have a safe weekend everybody.
take a break
At the end of the month, Roanoke will be one of 180- cities to take part in
one of the fastest growing trends nationwide.
09:06:30-First Night news conference;
For the seventh consecutive year, First Night Roanoke will offer an
alternative alcohol- free celebration on New Year's Eve.
The First Night event is geared toward the community and has something for
everyone, including teens.
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(( KEITH FARMER/STRAIGHT STREET; IT'LL BE A COFFEE HOUSE, IT'S GOT A GAME ROOM
IN THE BACK. IF IT'S COLD OUTSIDE, THEY CAN GRAB SOME COFFEE OR HOT CHOCOLATE,
GO TO THE BACK ROOM AND SHOT A GAME OF POOL, PING-PONG, WHATEVER. IF THEY DON'T
WANT TO DO THAT, WE'VE GOT A CONCERT LINED-UP ACROSS THE STREET IN A PARKING
SUPER=01-Keith Farmer/Straight Street
OUT Q=...PARKING LOT
First Night Button-TC=09:19:53
And there will be a labyrinth made of donated food.
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(( CHUCK FISHER/LABYRINTH ORGANIZER; WE'RE HOPING THAT IT KIND OF SYMBOLIZES
THE TWISTS AND TURNS THAT PEOPLE HAVE TO GO THROUGH IN LIFE AND THE FACT THAT
ALMOST EVERYBODY OUT THERE MAY BE JUST A TURN AWAY FROM BEING HUNGRY
SUPER=01-Chuck Fisher/Labyrinth Organizer
OUT Q=...HUNGRY THEMSELVES.
All of the food will be collected and given to the Southwest Virginia
Second Harvest Food Bank.