Kroger is selling its Roanoke County distribution center... getting out of the warehouse and transporation business
. We've got a LIVE report from Glenvar on NEWS 7 at SIX.
They know WHERE it'll be- -who cares who the other team is.
Tickets to the Hokies Music City bowl game are going fast.
Tonight on News 7 sports, Jeff Agnew and Jeff Gordon have something in common.
The high school football recruiting season is heatin up for some area stars.
And NC State's Torry Holt is named the ACC's player of the year.
Different day, same hot story. Record warmth today and likely on Thursday and Friday as well.
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Employees at the Kroger warehouse- -the Glenvar Distribution Center hope they still have jobs when Christmas rolls around.
The center is about to be sold.
Eric Earnhart is in Glenvar with details.
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A Pittsylvania County man has been found guilty of shooting a man to death. At the same time he was acquitted of firearms charges.
A jury deliberated late last night before finding David Barry Von Eime (Vaughn EYE-Me) guilty of voluntary manslaughter and malicious wounding.
Von Eime shot Franklin Gardner in the chest in Keeling last April spring.
Earlie Boles Junior was also injured.
The jury settled on a TWO-year jail term, though Von Eime won't be officially sentenced before the end of January.[L'b
A state review team will visit Lynchburg next week to investigate claims of discrimination against black students and teachers in the city school system.
For months, a concerned citizens committee has been complaining that black students are suspended more often than whites, and that not enough black teachers are being hired or promoted.
[IN Q=The only measure]
((JIM MCCORMICK/LYNCHBURG SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT: THE ONLY MEASURE OF THIS WILL COME IN THEIR RECOMMENDATIONS AND THEIR FINDINGS AND IT'LL BE UP TO US AS A COMMUNITY TO SAY `THIS SEEMS TO WORK WELL' AND THESE KINDS OF RECOMMENDATIONS BY THE COMMITTEE BEAR CONSIDERATION.))
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[OUT Q=bear consideration.]
Ironically, the review team will "not" investigate the firing of E.C. Glass football coach Bo Henson.
Henson claimed he was let go for having too many black players on his team.. those comments helped spark the current controversy.
A drug indictment- -unsealed today in federal court- -dates back to a an arrest at the bus station in Roanoke. James Taylor and Stepahnie Alexander were busted carrying heroin in October, 1996.
Now- -more than two years later- -the grand jury has named half a dozen people including a man identified in the in
dictment as the New York source for heroin distributed in the Roanoke area.[Tech-Game]
Virginia Tech fans aren't even sure who the Hokies will be playing in the Nashville Music City bowl.
But that UN-answered question has not dampened interest in the game.
Teresa Hamilton says Tech fans have already snarfed up half of the university's allotment of tickets.
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[SUPER=01-Sarah Sutherland/Hokie Fan; :19 quick!!!!]
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[OUT Q=NEWS 7, Blacksburg.]
((Virginia Tech fans were already lined up at the door when the ticket office opened.
Bill Stader drove in from Roanoke to buy his 35- dollar ticket because the phone lines were busy.
[IN Q=I've been]
((BILL STADER/HOKIE FAN:I'VE BEEN FOLLOWING THE HOKIES SINCE PROBABLY 1950-- I GREW IN BLACKSBURG AND REMEMBERED THE DAYS WHEN THEY DIDN'T WIN ANY BOWL GAMES AT ALL.
SARAH SUTHERLAND/HOKIE FAN:WE REALLY WANT TO GO, I'VE BEEN TO ALL OF THEM EXCEPT THE SUGAR BOWL AND IT'S ALWAYS AS A GOOD TIME. ))
[OUT Q=good time.]
Even before the tickets went on sale to the public...contributors and season ticket holders had already bought more than two thousand.
Tech officials say they may end up ordering even more-- if interest continues.
[IN Q=We've got]
((SANDY SMITH/TICKET SERVICES MANAGER: WE'VE GOT TEN PHONES LINES THAT WE ARE TAKING ORDER ON AND THE PHONES HAVE JUST NOW STARTED TO EASE UP A LITTLE BIT, SO I MEAN, IT'S BEEN A TREMENDOUS RESPONSE. ))
In the past, many fans have bought travel packages to make the most of their trip to the bowl game.
The federal government is cautioning fans around the country to find out up front whether the package includes tickets-- so there are no surprises.
But Smith says such advice doesn't really apply here...
He says most travel agencies that deal with Virginia Tech have folks purchase their own tickets.
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7, Blacksburg.))
Virginia Army National Guard crews took to the air today to practice dousing forest fires.
Governor Jim Gilmore put the Guard and a Blackhawk helicopter on standby, when he declared a state of emergency yesterday.
That means the chopper can get to a forest fire anywhere in Virginia within two hours.
The Blackhawk can dump up to 650 gallons of water on a fire at a time.
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Forest fires in Tennessee and Kentucky currently pose some threat to some Virginia counties.
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Still ahead, a special committee considers pay raises for state lawmakers.
A live report from Richmond, coming up.
And it's a sign of the times that isn't sitting well with many Coca-Cola fans.
We'll tell you about plans to bring an end to the soft drink's vintage glass bottle.
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Their current pay raise is being challenged in court by the Attorney General.
But now a citizen advisory panel headed up by two former governors says Virginia state lawmakers deserve a hefty raise.
How about 44- percent?
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Ellen Qualls is in our Richmond newsroom.
44-percent would be how much money?
Keith, General Assembly members make about 18-thousand dollars a year now in salary.
The panel headed up by former Governors Baliles and Holton said today that should be increased to 26-thousand-- and that's NOT all.
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(( The citizen panel is also recommending increasing out of session daily pay from 100 to 160-dollars a day.
William Wood served on the panel.
((WILLIAM WOOD/INST. FOR POLITICAL LEADERSHIP: THE KEY COMPONENT HERE IS TO HAVE THE PAY LOW ENOUGH SO IT DOESN'T ENCOURAGE PEOPLE JUST TO SERVE FOR THE MONEY. BUT TO MAKE IT HIGH ENOUGH AND HAVE THE OFFICE EXPENSES HIGH ENOUGH SO YOU DON'T SACRIFICE TOO MUCH TO BECOME A MEMBER OF THE LEGISLATURE. AND IN A POLL OF ALL THE LEGISLATORS, BOTH HOUSE AND SENATE, THAT WAS THE MAIN COMPLAINT.))
They're also recommending doubling the annual office expense budget for those lawmakers who set up a real office outside their homes or professional offices.
((WILLIAM WOOD/INST. FOR POLITICAL LEADERSHIP: AND THE REASON THEY WANTED TO EMPHASIZE PEOPLE HAVING A REGULAR OFFICE BUILDING-- THE COMMISSION THOUGHT THAT WOULD INCREASE ACCESS FOR THE PUBLIC. I THINK IT'S PROBABLY DIFFICULT FOR A MEMBER OF THE PUBLIC TO WANT TO GO SEE SOMEBODY IF HE'S GOT AN OFFICE IN HIS HOME.))
Now you may wonder why they're paid so much to meet in formal session for 30 or 60 days starting in January each year.
Keep in mind, they all serve on other commissions year round, go to countless meetings in their home districts, and respond to invididual constituents full time.
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KEITH: So what happens with this recommendation?
ELLEN: It goes to the General Assembly Rules Committee and could become a bill in January.
Young men can now register for selective service without the hassles of paperwork --
Thanks to a new website on the Internet.
Forrest Gabrielson turns 18 today, so he must register.
Just by typing in his name, address, age, and social security number -- he instantly received a selective service number.
[IN Q=I thought]
((FORREST GABRIELSON/STUDENT: I THOUGHT IT WAS FAIRLY EASY AND CONVENIENT BECAUSE I DIDN'T HAVE TO GO TO THE POST OFFICE. I COULD JUST REGISTER FROM MY HOME OR SCHOOL OR WHATEVER.))
[OUT Q=or whatever]
Young men who do not register by the time they are 25 can be charged with a felony, but they are rarely prosecuted.
The U-S government hopes the new on-line method will boost the registration rate.
[IN Q=We've had]
((WE'VE HAD 91% AS OF 1997 OF 18 TO 25-YEAR-OLDS REGISTERED SO WE'RE TRYING THIS SYSTEM TO SEE IF IT HELPS.))
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Of course you can still register using the forms at the post office.
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The Coke bottle is an American icon, now more than one hundred years old.
But in an age of aluminum and plastic containers, the glass version is increasingly hard to find.
Tonight, Joe Dashiell visits the Texas Tavern, where a six and a half ounce serving of "The Real Thing" will soon be a thing of the past.
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((Since 1930, the Texas Tavern has served thousands of customers ten at a time.
And the owners estimate they've popped the tops on more than three and half million bottles of Coca Cola.
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((IT'S BIG. IT'S BEEN HERE EVER SINCE I CAN REMEMBER.))
((IT'S LIKE A PART OF AMERICAN HISTORY. IT JUST IS. IT'S A PART OF BEING IN ROANOKE.))
[OUT Q=being in Roanoke.]
Soon the six and a half ounce bottle WILL be history here.
Once the current supply is exhausted, Coca Cola has told the Texas Tavern, they won't be available in this area ny more.
[IN Q=I think it has been a long time coming ]
((MATT BULLINGTON/TEXAS TAVERN: I THINK IT HAS BEEN A LONG TIME COMING, BUT WE DIDN'T WANT TO SEE THAT TIME COME. WE'D LIKE TO BE ABLE TO PROVIDE THAT PRODUCT TO OUR CUSTOMERS.))
[OUT Q=to our customers.]
The salespeople here at Grand Home Furnishings have been handing cokes to customers since 1953.
They went to the newer non-returnable eight ounce bottle a year ago.
Customers have noticed.
[IN Q=They definitely have noticed the difference]
((THEY DEFINITELY HAVE NOTICES A DIFFERENCE IN THE BOTTLE AND SEVERAL PEOPLE A DAY COMMENT ON THAT. REALLY? YESSIR.))
[OUT Q=Really? yessir.]
At the Texas Tavern, patrons and employees say a Cheesie Western and a Bowl With just wouldn't be the same with an eight- ounce bottle.
They'll continue to serve coke from the soda fountain, but for now, the restaurant isn't planning to stock the non- returnable replacements.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke))
Yesterday's word of Boeing layoffs is partly responsible for a down day on Wall Street today.
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The Dow was down 69 points, closing at 9-thousand-65. And the Nasdaq fell 8-and-a-half points, taking it back down below the 2-thousand mark.
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A group dedicated to improving the Alleghany Highlands is now targeting the area's recreational facilities.
New lights at Clifton Forge's old memorial field ...that's one of the projects.
The Alleghany Foundation also is helping to build a new sports complex near two ball fields in Covington.
In all, the foundation is giving the area a grant worth 300-thousand dollars.
The foundation has given a total of five-and-half-million since it was formed three years ago.
[IN Q=a registered]
((SNYDER: A REGISTERED NURSE IN THE SCHOOL, DENTISTS IN THE SCHOOLS AND A VERY COMPLETE TECHNICAL PROGRAM. 98 PERCENT OF CLASSROOMS HAVE COMPUTERS. NONE OF THOSE PROGRAMS WOULD HAVE BEEN POSSIBLE WITHOUT THE PROGRAM. ))
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The foundation gets its money from the assets of Alleghany Regional Hospital, which was sold in 19-95.
Coming up tonight in sports here on News 7, we'll have some racing news for you plus, some ice notes from the Express, and plenty of football
including the latest on Powell Valley sensation Julius Jones who is planning to take official visits to four colleges I think you're very familiar with.
We begin with some big off-season racing news.
This past weekend in Lakeland, Florida Floyd's own Jeff Agnew, the former late model stock car king at New River, turned an impressive double take as he wrapped up both the Hooters Pro Cup series rookie of the year honor and its overall driving championship.
Agnew did not win any of the 20 events on the schedule this year but he was consistently in the top 5 to lead the points.
His crew chief Roger Severa is from Roanoke and many of his crew members are locals.
He gets $250 thousand bucks for winning the title.
Of course the other Jeff, - Jeff Gordon will take home more than $7 million dollars from Friday night's NASCAR awards banguet in New York City.
This afternoon he reflected a bit on his 13 win season.
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[OUT Q=...New York."]
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A number of teams from the area and the commonwealth will be playing for state titles this coming Saturday.
One of those is Powell Valley, the Vikings are unbeaten and led by high school phenom Julius Jones, the younger brother of UVa great Thomas Jones.
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Jones who already is six feet tall and weighs around 190 pounds is one of the most sought after running backs in the nation.
He has narrowed his college choices to UVa, Tennessee, Michigan and UCLA.
This afternoon, Michigan head coach Loyd Carr was in Big Stone Gap visiting with Julius.
This season he has rushed for 2243 yards on 196 carries and scored 37 touchdowns.
The Vikes play Madison County for the division two title Saturday afternoon.
In one other recruiting note, the Martinsville Bulldogs missed making it to the state finals, but they certainly will put a handful of players in the college ranks.
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One of those is all-everything defensive end Joe Simington wearing number 80 in the red. The six foot four inch 200 pound defensive end, who also played tight end for the Bulldogs, is expected to sign with the Virginia Tech Hokies tomorrow.
Simington has been recruited by Rickey Bustle. The recruiting period for colleges began yesterday.
Settling Frank Beamer's coaching situation last night was perfect timing for Tech as it prepares to sign it's batch of 98 recruits.
The high school recruiting season opened yesterday and the Hokies hope Beamer's lifetime deal sways a few players who are on the fence.
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The Express returns to the Round House this weekend for a two game stand.
Roanoke plays Richmond and Dayton Friday and Saturday. The Express has lost 2 of 3 and has not won on the road since November 13th.
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