Salem's loss in Montgomery County's gain.
Construction is expected to be complete this year on what will soon be one of Montgomery County's largest employers.
The company is Rowe Furniture-- a company that's definitely no stranger to the area.
Teresa Hamilton was at a ground breaking this morning at the Elliston- Lafayette Industrial Park where the company is planning to construct a 15-million dollar facility.
[Live= Teresa Full/Microwave]
Melanie, dozens were on hand at today's ceremony including company officials who say they decided to relocate because their existing plant in Salem is simply too small to accommodate future growth.
[IN Q=We're producing]
[SUPER=01-Steve Shelor/Vice President of Operations; :00 ]
[SUPER=01-Bob Isner/Montgomery Co. Economic Dev. Dir.; :41]
[OUT Q=about the project.]
[in q=We're producing]
(( STEVE SHELOR/VICE PRESIDENT OF OPERATIONS:WE'RE PRODUCING IN OUR CURRENT FACILITY WHAT WE PRODUCED AS A WHOLE COMPANY SIX YEARS AGO, SO OUR GROWTH HAS JUST BEEN OUTSTANDING SO ITS TIME TO MOVE TO A FACILITY THAT WILL ALLOW US TO GROW EVEN MORE. ))
[out q=even more.]
Steve Shelor is Rowe Furniture's Vice President of Operations.
At today's ceremony, he praised Montgomery County for its willingness to cooperate.
When Rowe Furniture relocates to the industrial park, 600 employees will be transferring from its Salem plant.
The company also plans to create an additional 170- production jobs over the next three years.
Montgomery County officials say its a win- win situation for all parties involved.
[IN Q= We're certainly]
(( BOB ISNER/MONTGOMERY CO. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DIR.:WE'RE CERTAINLY VERY PROUD OF THE TURN OF CENTURY, MODERN FACILITY THAT THEY PLAN TO BUILD HERE, IT WILL ADD TO OUR RECRUITMENT EFFORTS FOR OTHER INDUSTRIES, SO WE'RE VERY EXCITED ABOUT THE PROJECT.))
[out q= the project.]
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[Double Boxes=Mel & Teresa/Microwave][Truck-Accident]
[GRAPHIC=Deadly 81 Ax]
If you're heading north on Interstate 81 near Roanoke, you may still encounter delays caused by yesterday's deadly truck accident.
V-DOT has closed one northbound lane of 81 until 3 p-m, as cleanup continues.
Then tomorrow, the lane will be closed once again while crews replace the guardrail at the site.
As that work continues, police are still trying to learn why a truck driver suddenly leftr the roadway yesterday morning.
A mechanical defect is one possibility, but police say it's more likely the driver fell asleep.
Night golf, wacky river races and big band music are getting ready for Roanoke.
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/May 24, 1998]
The 30th anniversary Festival in the Park is already taking shape.
This year's festival will feature new events such as a U-S-T-A sponsored tennis tournament, a 110-mile road race and a children's bicycle rodeo.
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[IN Q=We're also]
((WENDY SCHULTZ/CFE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: WE'RE ALSO GOING TO HAVE A 60'S LOOK ALIKE CONTEST. WE'RE GOING TO HAVE A GIANT BIRTHDAY CAKE OUT THERE. WE'RE GOING TO RECREATE HAIGHT-ASHBURY FOR ALL THOSE OLD HIPPIES WHO ARE STILL AROUND. SO IF YOU'RE LUCKY ENOUGH TO FIT INTO YOUR OLD BELL-BOTTOMS YOU CAN COME OUT AND HAVE A GOOD TIME.))
[SUPER=01-Wendi Schultz/ CFE Executive Director]
[OUT Q=good time.]
The festival kicks off on May 27-th.
It runs through the Grand Finale on June 4-th with a performance by Sticky Fingers, a Rolling Stones tribute band.
Admission to the performances is granted with the purchase of a festival button.
Buying a button will automatically enter you into a contest to win a 1999 Volkswagen Beetle.
Montgomery County supervisors have approved a school board plan to build a new high school.
The move is designed to solve overcrowding problems now, and in the future.
But As Eric Earnhart reports, the county must first decide how to pay for it.
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[IN Q=County supervisors did not]
[SUPER=01-Melissa Hulse/Parent; :23]
[SUPER=01-Connie Hackett/Blacksburg Middle School P.T.A.; :33]
[SUPER=01-Larry Rush/Supervisor; :55]
[SUPER=01-James Klagge/School Board Chairman; 1:09]
((County supervisors did NOT want to build a new MIDDLE school, to relieve the overcrowding at Blacksburg middle school... so the School board made this proposal... build a new HIGH school on this county owned plot on Prices Fork Road... Turn the old high school into a middle school, and renovate the EXISTING middle school.
[IN Q=I feel very strongly]
(( MELISSA HULSE/PARENT; I FEEL VERY STRONGLY ABOUT THE NEED FOR 2 MIDDLE SCHOOLS, NOT JUST ONE, THE MIDDLE SCHOOL YEARS ARE OFTEN FILLED WITH KIDS THAT NEED EXTRA GUIDANCE ADN MORE ATTENTION ADN I BELIEVE THAT HAVING TWO SMALLER MIDDLE SCHOOLS WOULD CREATE SUCH ATMOSPHERE ))
[OUT Q=such an atmosphere]
[IN Q=please do not hesitate]
((CONNIE HACKETT/BLACKSBURG MIDDLE SCHOOL P.T.A.; PLEASE DO NOT HESITATE FURTHER TO ACT UPON THIS RESOLUTION, WE DO NOT WANT TO WAIT ANOTHER YEAR, MONTH OR A DAY, WHERE OUR CHILDREN ARE IN INADEQUATE FACILITIES. ))
It passed with one abstention and one "no" vote... that vote came from Supervisor Larry Rush, who wondered if the money might be better spent on schools in other, poorer parts of the county.
[IN Q=any dollar that]
(( LARRY RUSH/SUPERVISOR; ANY DOLLAR THAT WE SPEND IN ONE PARTICULAR AREA OF THE COUNTY IS GOING TO BE SOMETHING WE'RE NOT GOING TO BE ABLE TO SPEND SOMEWHERE ELSE. ))
[OUT Q=spend somewhere else]
The school board is now ready to move forward on the project.
[IN Q=I think we;re]
(( JAMES KLAGGE/SCHOOL BOARD CHAIRMAN; I THINK WE'RE ON THE RIGHT TRACK RIGHT NOW, THEY'VE AGREED TO A GENERAL PLAN, WHICH WE'VE ENDORSE UNAMINOUSLY. WE'LL WORK TOGETHER TO WORK OUT THE DETAILS, BUT IT GIVES US WHAT WE NEED TO MOVE FORWARD AND ADRESS THE MIDDLE SCHOOL SITUATION IN BLACKSBURG, THAT'S THE MOST PRESSING THING. ))
[OUT Q=most pressing thing]
The next step is money... The School Board and supervisors need to decide exactly how much they want to spend, and how to spend it...
Eric Earnhart, News 7.))
There are signs of police restraint of the violent protests outside the U-S embassy in Beijing.
Police have now sealed off the route past the embassy, after earlier allowing protestors to demonstrate for a fourth day.
Meantime, there's been let-up in the NATO bombing campaign, despite Yugoslavia's claim of a troop pullback in Kosovo.
Lisa Hughes has the latest.
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[SUPER=01-Jamie Shea/NATO Spokesperson;]
[OUT Q=cbs news, washington.]
There are fewer protestors outside the U-S embassy in Beijing today. But
staff members inside still feel trapped. They've been holed up in the
building since NATO bombs hit the Chinese embassy in Belgrade and
protestors responded in anger.
9:06:03 (I HAVE ALREADY EXPRESSED OUR APOLOGIES AND OUR CONDOLENCES TO
THE PRESIDENT AND THE CHINESE PEOPLE)
For the first time today_China's government-run news agency ran
President Clinton's most recent apology for the accident_one he made
yesterday. But China's President now tells Russia it will only consider
the current peace plan for Kosovo when NATO stops bombing. (damage shot
9:06:23 )That's not likely to happen soon.
Allied leaders say reports of a partial Serb withdrawl from Kosovo are
There is new fighting between the Kosovo Liberation Army and Serb troops.
NATO says if President Milosevic really IS withdrawing some troops, it
may be only because he's successfully forced so many ethnic Albanians
out of Kosovo.
(Super: Jamie Shea/NATO Spokesman 9:22:36 HE MAY BE ANNOUNCING A
PARTIAL WITHDRAWL BUT HE IS DOING TOTAL ETHNIC CLEANSING)
Despite the pressure from China, NATO says the Serbs will have to
prove_through action, not words_they're serious about complying with
allied demands. Stopping the bombing now, leaders say, would amount to a
victory for Milosevic. Lisa Hughes. CBS News. Washington)))
The Kosovo conflict has spawned another mission, "Project Undercover."
It seems the 13- hundred Kosovar refugees being housed at Fort Dix desperately need underwear.
So two community groups have started ``Project Undercover'' to collect everything from bras to disposable diapers.
Meantime, hundreds of kosovars continue to cross the border into Montenegro, in a new exodus that began Friday.
Many of the refugees say they were told to get out at gunpint and had their homes torched.
A Tennessee grand jury has reportedly returned an indictment against country singer George Jones for a highway crash that nearly killed him.
That's according to three Nashville television stations, but none reports any specific charge.
The grand jury was expected to consider whether Jones was driving under the influence, when his vehicle slammed into a bridge two months ago.
O-J Simpson will get custody of his two young children in a settlement with the parents of his murder ex-wife.
The agreement heads off a second trial over the custody of 13 year old Sydney and ten year old Justin.
Lou and Juditha Brown have long fought Simpson over custody of
But his attorney says Simpson is now on good terms with his children's grandparents.
The fur is flying in today's election in Beverly Hills, California.
There's just one issue on the ballot, but it's a big one: whether stores that sell fur must attach tags to the items, explaining how the animals died.
Vince Gonzales has the story.
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[IN Q=OF ALL PLACES...]
[SUPER=03-Beverly Hills, CA; :00]
[SUPER=01-Luke Montgomery/Animal Rights Activist; :34]
[SUPER=01-Wanda Presburger/Fur Store Owner; :56]
[SUPER=01-Keith Kaplan/Fur Association of S. Cal.; 1:21]
[SUPER=01-Vince Gonzales/Reporting; 1:40]
[OUT Q= VINCE GONZALES, CBS NEWS, BEVERLY HILLS.]
OF ALL PLACES.. SUNNY.. WARM.. BEVERLY HILLS IS HOME TO FIGHT OVER
THE ULTIMATE WINTER LUXURY.. FUR COATS.
(natsot: it goes with you absolutely everywhere.)
THESE EXCLUSIVE STORES ARE HOME TO SOME OF THE WORLD'S FINEST PELTS..
A SINGLE ONE CAN COST TENS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS.
BUT IF ANIMAL RIGHTS ACTIVISTS HAVE THEIR WAY, THE COATS COULD SOON
COME WITH LABELS EVEN MORE STARTLING THAN THEIR PRICES.
LUKE MONTGOMERY IS LEADING THE EFFORT TO REQUIRE FURS TO ADVERTISE
EXACTLY HOW THEIR ORIGINAL OWNERDS DIED.
(Luke Montgomery/Animal Rights Activist: Folks want to buy fur coats
that's fine, but people certainly have a right to know if the coat
they're buying was made from animals that were clubbed to death or
electrocuted or caught in those steel jawed leg hold traps.)
(natsot: This is the American Lynx.. It is absolutely beautiful)
STORES THAT CAN PROVE THEIR GARMENTS ARE MADE FROM ANIMALS KILLED
HUMANELY WOULDN'T NEED TO DISPLAY THE WARNINGS.
STILL MANY FUR STORE OWNERS LIKE WANDA PRESBURGER SAY CUSTOMERS WHO
BUY FURS DON'T WANT TO KNOW THE DETAILS OF HOW THEIR COATS WERE MADE.
(Wanda Presburger/Fur Store Owner: In all the years that we have been
in business, my husband started this company in 1959, we never once had
a client ask the question-- by the way how was this animal killed?)
IF THE MEASURE PASSES, A LOT OF STORE OWNERS MAY HAVE TO CONFRONT
RITZY RODEO DRIVE SHOPS THAT SELL ANIMAL SKIN PURSES OR SHOES,
SCARVES AND HEAD BANDS THAT HAVE FUR TRIM-- COULD ALSO BE FORCED TO TAG
(Keith Kaplan/Fur Association of Southern California: Where does it
stop? When you walk into a restaurant and there's meat on the menu-- do
you expect your waiter to know how the cow lived and how the cow was
managed? It's pretty unreasonable.)
EVEN IF THE LABEL LAW PASSES.. BEVERLY HILLS OFFICIALS DON'T PLANT TO
LAUNCH A PELT POSSE TO ENFORCE IT ANYTIME SOON.
AND FURRIERS ARE ALREADY PLANNING TO TRAP THE LAW IN THE COURTS
BEFORE EVEN A SINGLE TAG CAN GO ON DISPLAY.
VINCE GONZALES, CBS NEWS, BEVERLY HILLS..))[Cezanne]
How much would you pay for a painting of fruit and a jug?
[SUPER=03-New York, NY;]
An anonymous buyer has paid over 60 million.
The Cezanne painting entitled ``Still Life With Curtain, Pitcher and Bowl of Fruit'' sold yesterday at a Sotheby's auction in New York.
It's the fourth-highest price ever paid for a work of art at an auction.
The highest price ever paid for a painting at auction was
82-and-a-half million dollars for a work by van Gogh.
Rockbridge Baths resident Rick Mast finally has a sponsor for his car...at least for now.
[SUPER=03-Bristol, TN/April 9;]
Hobas Pipe of Houston will sponsor the number 98 Ford for three races starting this weekend in Richmond.
That's good news for the team. It has struggled to find a sponsor since Wayne Burdette purchased the team from Cale Yarborough.
Despite the lack of funding, Mast has run well this season.
He has made all ten races and finished in the top 20 five times.
In addition to Saturday's race in Richmond, the deal will include the Winston Open qualifier, the Coca-Cola 600 and possibly the Winston All Star Race at Charlotte.
And the race this weekend that Mast will show off his new sponsorhsip in is the Pontiac Excitement 400. The Winston Cup revs back up at the Richmond International Raceway after taking Mothers Day weekend off.
[SUPER=03-Richmond/Last June; :00]
Terry Labonte returns to the track as the defending champ after taking advantage of an unusually late red flag to beat Dale Jarrett for the victory last June.
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[IN Q="I really like...]
[SUPER=01-Terry Labonte/1998 Pontiac 400 Winner; :00]
[OUT Q=...BEST WE CAN."]
[VO NAT CON'T]
His best effort will have to be better than it was earlier this year at Martinsville when he qualified 37th and finished 15th. Many of the drivers use their Martinsville or Bristol short track cars at Richmond, but Texas Terry plans to go a different route this week.
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[IN Q="I just...]
[OUT Q=,,,had at Martinsville."]
[TAPE#=SP-38 tc 49:22]
Turning to local high school baseball action-
When Salem and Northside met on the diamond yesterday, both were tied for second in the Blue Ridge District.
[SUPER=03-Salem/Northside vs. Salem;]
The Spartans are nine and five in the district but closed out the season on a low note with this loss.
Salem took a one nothing lead but the Vikings exploded in the fourth as Nathan Marshall drives in Toby Mills to tie it.
Two batters later with bases loaded Salem walks David Huffman and Jason Call comes home to give Northside the lead for good.
Shawn Leinger caps off the fourth inning with this double to right center field, three runners score and the Vikings go on to beat Salem Five to one.
Northside is now nine and four in the district and travels to Alleghany today.
A win will give the Vikings sole possession of second place in the district. William Byrd has locked up the top spot.
LaVell Blanchard, one of the top high school basketball players in the nation, has decided NOT to attend the University of Virginia.
He's a forward from Pioneer high school in Ann Arbor will stay home and play for Michigan. Blanchard was a McDonald's AND Parade All-American this year.
On a more positive note for the Cavs --Erin Stovall-- an all A-C-C guard for the women's team--has been invited to try out for the American team that will play in the upcoming Women's World University Games. Tryouts are in Colorado next week.
It looks like man may have a NEW best friend.
On June 1st Sony will be selling its breakthrough robotic dog, AIBO, on the internet.
It walks, kicks a ball, sleeps and plays thanks to a pre-recorded modular memory card.
There are more than 250 movements and poses recorded on the card and its 18 joints move smoothly to give lifelike dog characterics.
But AIBO is too sensitive to the elements say you can't take him for a walk, and he'll cost you 25-hundred dolla(------------)