Up next on News 7 at 11...
Virginia's first inaugural ball in honor of Governor-elect Jim Gilmore was
held tonight in Abingdon.
Ice in the north-east leaves hundreds of thousands without electricity.
And a teenage prank spreads toxic mercury through an Arkansas town.
News 7 at 11 is next.
GRAPHIC=Virginia State Seal
Southwest Virginia Republicans rolled out the red carpet tonight in Abingdon
for Governor-elect Jim Gilmore.
This evening-- the FIRST in a series of inaugural events was held there in
honor of the man who'll become Virginia's 68th Governor in a matter of days.
Teresa Hamilton was at the historic Martha Washington Inn and has our story.
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SUPER=07-Marty Kilgore; :57
OUT Q=NEWS 7, Abingdon.
((PLEASE WELCOME GOVERNOR ELECT AND MRS. GILMORE. ))
More than 600 of Gilmore's supporters paid 50 -dollars each to witness
history in the making.
Gilmore says, to his knowledge, this is the first time an inaugural events
has been held in Southwest Virginia.
((JIM GILMORE/R-GOVERNOR ELECT:WE'RE DOING IT BECAME SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA IS KEY
TO THE FUTURE OF THE COMMONWEALTH, WE WANT TO MAKE SURE IT GROWS, IT PROSPERS
THAN IT HAS THE POTENTIAL FOR A GOOD QUALITY OF LIFE FOR ALL PEOPLE. ))
OUT Q=all people.
Lieutenant Governor elect, John Hager was also on hand.
((JOHN HAGER/R-LT. GOVERNOR ELECT:CERTAINLY SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA IS SPECIAL AND
IT CERTAINLY WAS IN OUR VICTORY COLUMN, TOO. ))
The night also included a little business. Although none of his nine cabinet
secretaries is from Southwest Virginia--
Marty Kilgore, a former teacher and Southwest Virginian was named DEPUTY
secretary of the commonwealth.
IN Q=We campaigned
((MARTY KILGORE:WE CAMPAIGNED SO HARD FOR JIM GILMORE WHEN HE RAN FOR ATTORNEY
GENERAL AND WE KNEW THAT ONE DAY THAT WE'D BE BE TO THE POINT WHERE WE ARE
THERE TONIGHT. ))
OUT Q=here tonight.
Gilmore and his supporters also reiterated their pledge to eliminate the car
tax--although Gilmore recently admitted it will cost more than expected.
IN Q=But the
((JIM GILMORE: BUT THE OBJECT AND GOAL MY COMMITTMENT AND PLEDGED IS TO
ELIMINATE THE PERSONAL PROPERTY TAX ON CARS AND TRUCKS AND TO DO IT IN A FIVE
YEAR PERIOD. ))
OUT Q=year period.
It will be a busy week for Gilmore.
Other events are planned in Northern Virginia, Charlottesville, Norfolk and
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7, Abingdon.
Officials in Texarkana, Arkansas are still trying to round up the remains of
25 pounds of stolen mercury.
The mercury was taken by two teenagers who broke into a warehouse.
One of the teens said, "we thought it was pretty cool and wanted to play
And they shared it with their friends...
A teacher found some in her junior high classroom.
((KELLY SMITH/TEACHER, COLLEGE HILL JR. HIGH; I THOUGHT IT WAS A GUM WRAPPER SO
I REACHED DOWN TO PICK IT UP AND IT SLID
ACROSS THE FLOOR.
DR. LEWIS NELSON/NYC POISON CONTROL CTR.; THE FIRST PLACE IT HITS IS YOUR
LUNGS...IT IRRITATES THE LINING OF YOUR
LUNGS...AND IT CAUSES YOU TO DEVELOP A COUGH...
SUPER=01-Dr. Lewis Nelson/NYC Poison Control Center; :06
OUT Q=develop a cough
Long term exposure can cause permanent brain damage.
Part of a school, a convenience store, and seven homes have been sealed off
because of contamination.
Two people have been hospitalized.
Hundreds of thousands of people in New England are still without power in
the wake of this week's massive ice storm.
As David Jackson reports, the sun is out, but the problems aren't melting
IN Q=Much of New England
SUPER=01-Howard Dean/Vermont Governor; :16
SUPER=01-Angus King/Maine Governor; :41
OUT Q=David Jackson, CBS News
(( MUCH OF NEW ENGLAND IS COVERED IN DIAMOND LIKE ICICLES...CREATING
BEAUTIFUL, PRISTINE LANDSCAPES...
nat BUT DON'T LET THE PICTURES FOOL YOU. MANY OF THESE PLACES ARE DISASTER
AREAS - DEVASTATED BY SEVERE ICE STORMS THAT HIT THIS PAST WEEK.
SUPER GOV. HOWARD DEAN/VT .."It looks like a bomb went off...it'll be weeks
before the damage is repaired..
(TRACK TWO) ELECTRIC AND PHONE COMPANIES SCRAMBLED TO REPAIR DOWNED LINES AND
BROKEN POLES SATURDAY...EVEN AS TREES WEIGHTED DOWN WITH ICE...CREATED MORE
DAMAGE. THOUSANDS OF NEW ENGLANDERS WERE FORCED TO TURN TO SHELTERS - AFTER
BRAVING FREEZING TEMPERATURES AND NO ELECTRICITY AT HOME. AND MAINE'S GOVERNOR
ANGUS KING WARNS THE DANGER ISN'T OVER.
SUPER: ANGUS KING/ME GOV.."JUST BECAUSE THE SUN IS OUT DOESN'T MEAN IT'S
OVER...KEEP THE SHELTERS OPEN...
MORE THAN THREE MILLION PEOPLE WERE WITHOUT ELECTRICITY IN NEW YORK,
VERMONT MAINE AND CANADA...AS VOLUNTEERS HEADED INTO HARD HIT AREAS TO HELP
HOWEVER THEY COULD. AND WHILE PRESIDENT CLINTON HAS DECLARED FIVE COUNTIES IN
NEW YORK NATIONAL DISASTER AREAS...THE FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY
SAYS MORE AREAS MAY BE ELIGIBLE AS WELL.
DAVID JACKSON, CBS NEWS))
In Italy, the eruption of Mt. Etna has become an annual event.
SUPER=03-Mt. Etna, Italy;
The volcano began erupting again yesterday... sending steaming lava down its
The lava's not a problem but the earthquakes are.
10 minor quakes have rocked eastern Sicily overnight.
One caused a church ceiling to collapse, but there was no other serious
Universities are waging a war against computer harassment.
And, with the year 2,000 around the corner should you worry about massive
More on those stories in this week's WebWatch.
IN Q=They may help with
SUPER=03-South Boston; :26
SUPER=01-Jerry Hill/The Software Factory; :42
They may help with your studies, but Internet computers in college have an
unwanted side effect... harassment.
A survey of 400 colleges found two-thirds had incidents of e-mail sexual
harrassment... Almost as many had a problem with hackers... and a third had
students who were victimized by electronic hate messages.
Good news for some home computer users worried about the so-called millenium
If you use a pentium system mainly for word-processing, e-mail, and
web-browsing, chances are you don't have much to fear... so says Jerry Hill
with the Software Factory in South Boston.
IN Q=You're in pretty good
((JERRY HILL/THE SOFTWARE FACTORY; YOU'RE IN PRETTY GOOD SHAPE, SINCE YOU'RE
NOT RELYING ON IT FOR YOUR BUSINESS, WHATEVER HAPPENS, WHATEVER MIGHT FAIL, AND
THEIR MIGHT BE SOME SOFTWARE THAT MIGHT FAIL, IT CAN BE FIXED.))
OUT Q=can be fixed
Software Factory programmers are helping businesses fix the millenium
problem... caused by an old computer code that doesn't recognize dates with the
If the girl scouts don't make it to your door this year, you can still get
those cookies on the web.
A Boston Girl Scout chapter will begin taking on-line credit card orders
later this month.
Once you get them, the Girl Scouts Resource Center site has a list of recipes
you can use them in... how about the Thin Mint Ice Cream Log!
The links to these sites are on the Webwatch page on the WDBJ website, at
Republican Pat Muldoon is trying once again to unseat Congressman
But, Muldoon is trailing far behind in the money race.
IN Q=Spending reports filed
OUT Q=over 57-thousand.
((Spending reports filed with the Federal Election Commission show that
Muldoon's cash balance was 15 dollars.
He also owed more than 5-thousand dollars from his unsuccessful 1996
In the 1997-98 election cycle, Muldoon showed total receipts of two-thousand
50 dollars. All of that was a personal loan.
He had spent two-thousand 82 dollars.
Like most incumbents, Boucher has plenty of money to spend on his
More than 442-thousand dollars in the bank.
His spending reports for the 1997-98 cycle show that Boucher took in more
than 81-thousand dollars, and spent just over 57-thousand.))
The other potential GOP contender is Doctor Joe Barta of Radford.
He's not an official candidate yet, so he hasn't filed any spending reports.
This past year was an eyeopener for many Americans--and revealed the
seriousness of domestic violence.
Throughout the Commonwealth, women and children were the victims when abuse
turned into murder.
Locally, at the Turning Point Shelter, in Roanoke, workers have seen a
IN Q=I've seen women that's been
((DARLENE YOUNG/THE TURNING POINT: I'VE SEEN WOMEN THAT HAVE BEEN PHYSICALLY
BEATEN, MORE SO THAN USUAL. A LOT OF WOMEN WE SEE COME HERE, OVER HALF OF
THEM, ARE PSYCHOLOGICALLY ABUSED WE'VE SEEN A LOT OF BLACK EYES AND BROKEN
BONES AND WOMEN WHO HAVE BEEN BEATEN UP PRETTY BAD.))
OUT Q=beaten pretty bad.
Victims of abuse were helped last year with new laws pushing police officers
to arrest abusers.
IN Q=What it means for the victims is
((SGT. T.L. CARMICHAEL/ROANOKE CITY POLICE: WHAT IT MEANS FOR THE VICTIMS IS
THAT WE PHYSICALLY REMOVE THE THREAT FROM THE RESIDENCE ALLOWING THEM A LITTLE
TIME TO MAKE SOME DECISIONS.))
OUT Q=to make some decisions.
If you or someone you know needs help you can contact Virginians Against
Domestic Violence at 1-800-838-VADV.
A retired couple owns what may be Roanoke's best kept secret.
But the word will spread soon about the development of "Malone's Peake".
David Johnson has more.
IN Q=What was once
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :06
SUPER=01-Roland Malone/"Malone's Peake" Owner; :15
SUPER=07-Edna Malone; :45
OUT Q=news 7
((What was once the site of Roanoke's most prominent African-American private
social club is now a public banquet
The historic "Dukes and Earls" club is now "Malone's Peake".
((ROLAND MALONE/"MALONE'S PEAKE" OWNER; THIS BANQUET FACILITY HAS DONE WONDERS
FOR REUNIONS, CONFERENCES, MEETINGS, BIRTHDAY PARTIES, ANNIVERSARIES, THINGS OF
THAT NATURE THAT YOU NORMALLY LOOK FOR A PLACE.))
The center sits on nearly seven and a half acres and has outgrown its
current capacity, so the Malones plan to expand.
The master plan includes a conference center, an amphitheater and picnic
The structure reflects the area's history and the banquet rooms identify
with the region.
((EDNA MALONE/"MALONE'S PEAKE" CO-OWNER; WE HAVE "LICK RUN" WHICH IS A STREAM
THAT BORDERS THE AREA HERE. WE ALSO HAVE "POINDEXTER HALL" WHICH IS AN AREA
HERE IN KINGSTOWN AND WE HAVE "KINGSTOWN" HALL.))
((DAVID JOHNSON/REPORTING; MALONE'S PEAKE WILL BE COMPLETED OVER THE NEXT FIVE
YEARS AND WILL BE PRIVATELY FUNDED. ROLAND AND EDNA HAVE PUT ABOUT 200-THOUSAND
DOLLARS INTO THE FACILITY, BUT IT WILL TAKE ABOUT TWO- MILLION DOLLARS TO MAKE
THEIR DREAM A REALITY. DAVID JOHNSON, NEWS 7.))
When the news continues we'll show you one golf green--
where you won't see Tiger Woods or any other traditional golfer, for that
It's where golf balls get replaced by golf discs.
We'll explain when the newscast continues.
For 80 years, Dorothy Mendenhall has lived in northwest Roanoke.
From her front porch on Rutherford Avenue to the streets of downtown
Roanoke, she's seen a world of changes, both good and bad.
IN Q=It makes you stop and think
((DOROTHY MENDENHALL: IT MAKES YOU STOP AND THINK AND WONDER WHY WE DIDN'T HAVE
THE PRIVILEGES AND OPPORTUNITIES BACK THEN, BUT A LOT OF THOSE PEOPLE WHO
BELIEVED IN THAT HAVE PASSED ON AND THIS IS A NEW GENERATION. AND TIME CHANGES
THINGS IN MORE THAN ONE WAY.))
OUT Q=in more than one way.
We'll hear more of what Dorothy Mendenhall has to say about her life in
Roanoke on News 7 Sunday Morning.
Her story is the first installment of our weekly feature, Virginia
News 7 now has more local news on weekend mornings.
Take Fullscreen Board 9403 Weekend News
Tune in to News 7 Saturday Morning and News 7 Sunday Morning when Andrew
Freiden and Denise Allen will bring you all the news, weather and sports.
That's at 8 a-m weekend mornings.
A new year of golf is in full swing, but not everyone will be teeing-off
with the usual drivers, woods and putters.
In Roanoke, the first disc golf tournament for 1998 got underway today at
IN Q=DISC GOLF
((DON WETZEL/TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR; DISC GOLF IS JUST LIKE REGULAR GOLF AS FAR AS
SCORING. THE LOWEST NUMBER OF THROWS AS OPPOSED TO STROKES WINS.))
SUPER=01-Don Wetzel/Tournament Director;
OUT Q=STROKES WINS.
Locally, the sport is starting to catch on. There are various divisions,
from novice to advanced.
Disc golfers say it's easier to play in bad weather than traditional golf.
The sport also has other advantages.
IN Q=BIG ADVANTAGE OF
((WETZEL; BIG ADVANTAGE OF DISC GOLF IS IT'S A LOT CHEAPER. YOU CAN BUY A DISC
AT A STORE FOR SEVEN TO TEN DOLLARS. YOU CARRY BETWEEN FIVE AND THIRTEEN DISCS.
THERE'S NO GREEN FEES HERE. IT'S FREE.))
OUT Q=IT'S FREE.
This is not a game where one disc size fits-all.
IN Q=THEY MAKE SOME
((JOHNNY BROWN/PROFESSIONAL DISC GOLFER; THEY MAKE SOME FOR DRIVERS, THEY WOULD
BE WHAT YOU'D WANT TO THROW FIRST FROM THE TEE ON MOST SPOTS TO GO 250 TO 350.
THEN YOU'D USE ANOTHER DISC FOR PUTTING.))
SUPER=01-Johnny Brown/Professional Disc Golfer;
OUT Q=FOR PUTTING.
Disc golf began in 1975 and there are about 500 disc golf courses worldwide.
SUPER=#564; clifton forge
Over at the Roundhouse last night, the Richmond Renegades came to town to
take on the Roanoke Express.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Express vs Renegades; :
It was Elvis night at the Roundhouse but the show was stolen by Jumping Jack
who arrived in a limousine.
Roanoke gets it out on the break Jeremy Schaefer centers the puck to Mike
Peron who scores turning the net over but the Express led 1 to nothing.
In the second period the game heated up Chris Cantu dribbles this shot past
the Renegade goalie and the Express took a 2 to nothing lead.
The Express would add another goal SUPER=38-Roanoke/5/Richmond/1/;Tim
Christian centers the puck from behind the net to Chris Lipsett who scores to
make it 3 to nothing and the Express beats the Renegades 5 to 1.
Virginia Tech got 20 points from Freshman Jenis Grindstaff and 18 from David
Whaley also a freshman in a 72 to 61 win over St. Joseph's at the Cassell.
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Hokies vs Hawks; :
The Hokies cleared the smoke as they entered the Cassell for the tipoff.
Tech worked the ball around the court and Jenis Grindstaff gets open and
hits the jumper.
But the Hawks come right back as Duval Simmons bulls his way into the lane
and scores keeping the Hawks close.
The Hokies get it down low to their big man Russ Wheeler who works the jump
hook for the hoop and a four point half time lead.
Tech Pulled away in the second SUPER=33-Virginia Tech/72/St.
Joseph's/61/;half when Myron Gillory steps behind the line and hits the three
pointer and the Hokies win it 72 to 61.
Curtis Staples scored 21 and Norman Nolan 29 but North Carolina made a
season high 35 free throws holding off the Cavaliers 81 to 73.
SUPER=03-Chapel Hill, NC/JP SPORTS; :
Carolina's Bill Guthridge watching his team pull away in the first half.
Shammond Williams gets out on the break after the steal for the jam and a
26 to 17 Carolina lead.
The Cavaliers work the ball around and find Willie Dersch wide open
underneath for the easy basket.
But the Tar Heels go to the alley oop to Antawn Jamison who scores two of
his 26 points and Carolina led 34 to 25 at the half.
Norman Nolan kept the Cavaliers close in the second half scoring two of
his game high 29 points.
The Tar Heels answered when Vince Carter hit back to back three's giving
Carolina a 50 to 39 lead.
Staples got hot in the closing SUPER=33-North
Carolina/81/Virginia/73/;minutes of the game hitting the three but North
Carolina holds on to win it 81 to 73.
Phil Mickelson leads the Mercedes Championship. We'll have that on our next
report. Stay with us.
VMI came from 10 points down in the second half but Appalachian State scored
what would be the winning basket with 40 seconds left in a 76 to 71 win over
Aaron Demory led the Keydets with 18 points.
Meantime, Washington and Lee hosted Roanoke in an ODAC game in Lexington and
____ wins it ____ to _____.
SUPER=03-Austin, TX/CBS SPORTS; :
In Texas, Roy Williams and Tom Penders getting ready to send their teams
The Jayhawks led by 15 at the half and doubled that lead in the second half
beating the Longhorns 102 to 72.
Now, here's the rest of the college scores.
WIPE TO MOTION
SUPER=0098-/Virginia/73/j/UNC#1/81///j/Virginia Tech/72//St. Joe's/61///;
SUPER=0098-/VMI/71/j/Appalachian St./76///j/Roanoke/72//W & L/62///;
SUPER=0098-j/William & Mary/72//E. Carolina/63////VCU/54/j/George Mason/62///;
SUPER=0098-/UMBC/68/j/Radford/71///j/Old Dominion/61//James Madison/60///;
SUPER=0098-/Lynchburg/58/j/Rand.-Macon/76////Emory & Henry/88/j/E.
SUPER=0098-j/Maryland/68//N.C. State/65////Wake Forest/63/j/Georgia
SUPER=0098-j/Rhode Island#23/83//Duquesne/76///j/West Va.#25/98//Miami/84///;
OUT Q=.......last score."
And coming up, The West beats the East in the Shrine Game The N-F-C
championships are scheduled for tomorrow.
And Phil Mickelson is the leader after three rounds of the Mercedes
Frank Beamer was an assistant coach and Marcus Parker rushed 3 times for 17
yards but the West beat the East in the Shrine game this afternoon.
SUPER=03-Palo Alto, CA/ESPN; :
Tennessee's Bill Fuller coached the east and Bill Synder was the main for
The East took the early lead when Charlie Batch throws the four yard
touchdown pass to Jim Turner to make it 7 to nothing in the second quarter.
After a 7 to 7 tie in the second, SUPER=36-West/24/East/7/;the West took
the lead for good Anthony Bookman scored from the five and the West wins it 24
The Green Bay Packers 49ers will battle for the NFC title and an invitation
to the Super Bowl today in their divisional championship game in San Francisco.
And the Packers will once again be the favorite thanks to reigning MVP Brett
He is the most dangerous and exciting player in the league, And he also has
been known to drive his head coach absolutely nuts.
IN Q="He ages me...
((MIKE HOLMGREN/GREEN BAY HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Mike Holmgren/Green Bay Head Coach; :00
OuT Q=...YOU KNOW. HA HA HA
Tomorrow's A-F-C championship will put the old against the young at the
Denver's John Elway with his experience in the playoffs against
Pittsburgh's young buck Kordell Stewart.
IN Q="he's a great...
((JOHN ELWAY/DENVER QUARTERBACK; : ))
SUPER=01-John Elway/Denver Quarterback; :
OUT Q=.........HANDLE IT."
And, that's a wrap from the News 7 Sports Department.
Phil Mickelson moved to the front and he's the leader after three rounds of
the Mercedes Championship the first P-G-A tournament of the year.
SUPER=03-Carlsbad, CA/ESPN; :
A little wet on the course at the La Costa Resort and Spa.
David Duval shot a 66 yesterday and he's one shot behind Mickelson. Duval
won his last three starts of the 1997 season. He's at 12 under 204.
Defending champion Tiger Woods shot a 69 yesterday for a total of 208
putting him only five shots behind the leader after three rounds.
Mickelson shot his third straight round in the 60's scoring a 68 yesterday
he's at 203 13 under par with one round to play.