[7E-Rowe-Furniture]

[ANCHOR=melanie]

[NEWSCAST=cutins]
[WRITER=THa]
[TAPE#=99-18 12:44]
[GRAPHIC=Rowe Furniture]


Montgomery County is hoping Rowe Furniture's decision to become part of the Elliston-Lafayette Industrial park will lure even more businesses.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Elliston]


Dozens were on hand Tuesday morning to celebrate the company's plan to build a 15- million dollar facility at the site.
Rowe is investing in Montgomery County because its current plant in Salem is too small for future growth.
The new facility will include a cafeteria and child care center among other things.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT 9:47:06]
[IN Q=There's a ]

((STEVE SHELOR/SR. VICE PRESIDENT OF OPERATIONS:THERE'S A THEATER DESIGNED INTO THIS BUILDING WHERE WE BRING RETAIL SALES PEOPLE OFF THE FLOORS OF OUR CUSTOMERS, ALL OVER THE COUNTRY, TO OUR SALEM FACILITY NOW AND ACTUALLY TAKE THEM ON TOURS OF THE PLANT AND TRAIN THEM ON HOW TO SELL ROWE FURNITURE AND THEY BECOME DISCIPLES SO TO SPEAK OUT ON THE SALES FLOOR.))
[SUPER=01-Steve Shelor/Sr. Vice President of Operations; :00]
[RUNS=17]
[OUT Q=sales floor.]
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[VO-NAT]


About 600- of Rowe's employees at the Salem plant will be transferring to the new location which is expected to be in operation by the end of the year.
The expansion is also expected to eventually create another 170- new jobs.
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[7E-Bedford-Fire]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=cutins]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=99-17 FILE]
[GRAPHIC=Fire Investigation]


The fire that burned a Bedford County store last month was apparently caused by an electrical problem.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Bedford Co./April 29;]


The Yard Sale House in Stewartsville caught fire about two weeks ago.
Investigators say the fire started in the flea market's ceiling.
They say it burned for an hour and a half before a tenant arrived and called 9-1-1.
The entire structure collapsed but no one was hurt.
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[7E-City-Council]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=cutins]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=99-22 17:50]
[GRAPHIC=Roanoke City Seal]


It may be small - but it's still a tax cut.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


The new Roanoke budget approved by city council yesterday includes a one cent reduction in the real estate tax rate.
The Roanoke Education Association had objected to the cut, fearing it would divert funding from public schools, but Mayor David Bowers says the city has increased school spending by 12 percent over the last two years.
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[7E-Von-Hippel]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
[NEWSCAST=cutins]
[WRITER=tfl]
[TAPE#99-18 20:13]
[GRAPHIC=None]


A Roanoke woman is getting her sight back with the help of a new drug being tested in Boston at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Boston, MA; ]

Linda Williams is one of the first to undergo the cancer therapy. She suffers from a rare genetic form of cancer called Von-Hippel Lindau (LIHN-dow). Experimental cancer drugs are shrinking the tumor that was causing Williams to go blind.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT tc 19:38:19]
[IN Q=When I came here]

((LINDA WILLIAMS/PATIENT: WHEN I CAME HERE MY VISION WAS PROBABLY 20/40 AND THE LAST TIME I WENT TO THE EYE DOCTOR IT WAS 20/20.))
[SUPER=01-Linda Williams/Patient; ]
[RUNS=:10]
[OUT Q=was 20/20.]
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[VO NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/March 12; ]

Williams will be returning from Boston later this month and continue treatments. Right now, doctors say it's too early to tell if the new drugs are successful.
(------------------)



[7E-Festival]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Cutins]
[WRITER=ssi]
[TAPE#=99-5 2:00]
[GRAPHIC=None]

A 110-mile bike race, Billy Ray Cyrus, and bell-bottoms galore.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/May 1998]

This year's Roanoke Festival in the Park is set to kick off Memorial Day weekend. To celebrate the 30-th anniversary of the event the festival will be hosting a gala sixties party complete with a look alike contest and a re-creation of Haight-Ashbury. There will also be some changes to favorite events such as the Wild and Wacky River race.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=We're actually]

[01:48:43] ((WENDI SCHULTZ/FESTIVAL DIRECTOR: WE'RE ACTUALLY MOVING UPSTREAM TO WASENA PARK. SO WE WILL STILL HAVE THE WILD AND WACKY RIVER RACES. BUT WE'VE KIND OF HAD TO RECONFIGURE THE COURSE. IT WILL BE JUST ABOUT AS LONG AS ITS BEEN BEFORE.))

[SUPER=01-Wendi Schultz/Festival Director]
[RUNS=:12]
[OUT Q=been before.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]

Other highlights for this year's festival include a statewide police bike race, several new children's events and plenty of music from the summer of love.
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[45Truck-Cleanup]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=cutins]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=None]


It will still be slowing going for motorist traveling on portions of Interstate 81.
V-Dot is still trying to clean up the remnants of Monday's tractor trailer accident.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Monday]


Northbound traffic near exit 1-43 will be reduced to one lane today and tomorrow from nine until three.
Crews hope to finish cleaning up the accident today and will replace the guardrail tomorrow.
The driver of that tractor trailer was killed when he ran off the road and his rig caught fire.
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[45E-Fish-Hatchery]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
[NEWSCAST=cutins]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=99-14 47:48]
[GRAPHIC=None]


The newest of Virginia's nine fish hatcheries is officially on line and producing millions of striped bass.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Brookneal]


State officials yesterday cut the ribbon on the Vic Thomas Striped Bass Hatchery in Brookneal.
The facility was named for the Roanoke delegate who was instrumental in securing its funding.
More than 20 million bass will be grown there each year for stocking in Virginia lakes.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 12:10:55]
[IN Q=They're stocking now]

((REX SMITH/SMITH MT. LAKE STRIPERS CLUB: THEY'RE STOCKING NOW 450 THOUSAND LAST YEAR, THIS YEAR AND THEY PROMISED US 450 THOUSAND NEXT YEAR. IF WE GET A GOOD SURVIVAL RATE, THERE SHOULD BE MORE FISH IN THE LAKE.))
[SUPER=01-Rex Smith/Smith Mtn. Lake Stripers Club]
[RUNS=19]
[OUT Q=fish in the lake.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


The seven thousand square foot hatchery was built at a cost of 2-point-7 million dollars.
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[45E-Americorps]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Cutins]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=99-10 1:37:38]
[GRAPHIC=None]


It was a labor of love.
Some young volunteers have built a new shoreline hiking trail at Smith Mountain Lake.
And that means amazing views as you walk.
Tina Tenret reports.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=The trail winds]
[SUPER=03-Franklin Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Rachel Brumberg/Volunteer; :18]
[SUPER=@Tina2; :33]
[SUPER=01-Becky Gilles/4H Center; :44]
[RUNS=:59]
[OUT Q=Tina Tenret News7 Franklin County]
(///// SOT /////)
(([SOT 13:52:50]
((nat sot ax hits rock))
[RUNS= :03]


The trail winds upward for almost a mile.
Nine Americorps volunteers pulled together to uproot obstacles in their path.
They work more than 50 hours a week for roughly ten dollars a day.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 14:10:16]
[IN Q=One of our]

((ONE OF OUR TEAMMATES DOWN THERE ON FRIDAY WAS LIKE, I CAN'T DO IT, I CAN'T DO IT, AND WE WERE LIKE HEY BECKY LET'S SING A GRATEFUL DEAD SONG AND WE WERE ALL SINGING. WE WORK SO WELL TOGETHER. WE JUST KEEP EACH OTHER GOING.))
[RUNS= :13]
[OUT Q=EACH OTHER GOING]


The team also widened the camp's archery range, built benches by the campfire, and poured mulch into flowerbeds.

But this trail's what 4H Center visitors really want.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 15:02:00]
[IN Q=IT'LL TAKE]

((IT'LL TAKE KIDS ...EVERYDAY LIFE.))
[RUNS= :08]
[OUT Q=EVERYDAY LIFE]


From here -- the group goes to Ohio to build homes and tutor people.
Tina Tenret News7.))
[ANCHOR=JEAN]
[SS=None]


When the group finishes the program in August, each will get close to five thousand dollars in scholarship money.



[45E-Festival]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Cutins]
[WRITER=ssi]
[TAPE#=99-5 2:00]
[GRAPHIC=None]


This year's Festival in Park features 110-mile bike race, Billy Ray Cyrus, and trip back to the 60's.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/May 1998]

The Roanoke festival is set to kick off Memorial Day weekend. To celebrate the 30-th anniversary of the event the festival will be hosting a gala sixties party complete with a look alike contest and a re-creation of Haight-Ashbury. There will also be some changes to favorite events such as the Wild and Wacky River race.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=We're actually]

[01:48:43] ((WENDI SCHULTZ/FESTIVAL DIRECTOR: WE'RE ACTUALLY MOVING UPSTREAM TO WASENA PARK. SO WE WILL STILL HAVE THE WILD AND WACKY RIVER RACES. BUT WE'VE KIND OF HAD TO RECONFIGURE THE COURSE. IT WILL BE JUST ABOUT AS LONG AS ITS BEEN BEFORE.))

[SUPER=01-Wendi Schultz/Festival Director]
[RUNS=:12]
[OUT Q=been before.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]

Other highlights for this year's festival include a statewide police bike race, several new children's events and plenty of music from the summer of love.
(------------)



[8Truck-Cleanup]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=cutins]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Expect more delays as V-DOT continues cleaning up the debris from Monday's fatal tractor trailer accident on Interstate 81.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Monday]


Northbound traffic near exit 143 will be reduced to one lane today and tomorrow from nine until three.
Crews hope to finish cleaning up the accident today and will replace the guardrail tomorrow.
The driver of that tractor trailer was killed when he ran off the road and his rig caught fire.
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[8E-Harris-Teeter]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
[NEWSCAST=cutins]
[WRITER=sgo]
[TAPE#=99-9 1:42:52]
[GRAPHIC=Store Swap]


Shoppers in Roanoke will no longer be able to use their "VIC" discount card for groceries.....
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Harris Teeter officially closed its doors in this region.
The grocery store-chain sold eleven of its stores to Kroger -- including two in Roanoke and three in Lynchburg.
Kroger will take over sometime in the next week.
Today, Harris Teeter employees said good-bye.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 2:01:14 //// 2:03:06]
[***BUMP SOTS******]
[IN Q=it was]

((MICHAEL PRESTON: IT WAS A REAL SAD DAY. IF I TOLD YOU I WASN'T GOING TO MISS IT, I'D BE LYING. THE BEST 10 MONTHS OF MY LIFE WERE SPENT WORKING AT HARRIS TEETER. NANCY HILL: IF I KEEP TALKING I'LL PROBABLY CRY. JUST WANT TO TELL YOU ALL HI AND I'LL MISS YOU ALL.))
[SUPER=01-Michael Preston/Harris Teeter Employee;00]
[SUPER=01-Nancy Hill/Harris Teeter Employee; 10]
[RUNS=14]
[OUT Q=MISS YOU ALL]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


Kroger says it talked to 90 percent of Harris Teeter employees about working at the new stores...
Half of those interviewed accepted jobs at Kroger - some opted for transfers to Harris Teeter stores in North Carolina.
Two of the eleven Harris Teeters -- one in Lynchburg and one in Martinsville -- will stay closed after the Kroger takeover.
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[8E-Rowe-Furniture]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
[NEWSCAST=cutins]
[WRITER=THa]
[TAPE#=99-18 12:44]
[GRAPHIC=Rowe Furniture]


Officials in Montgomery county hope other businesses will follow suit now that Rowe Furniture is joining the Ellison- Lafayette Industrial Park.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Elliston]


Dozens were on hand yesterday morning to celebrate the company's plan to build a 15- million dollar facility at the site.
Rowe is investing in Montgomery County because its current plant in Salem is too small for future growth.
The new facility will include a cafeteria and child care center among other things.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT 9:47:06]
[IN Q=There's a ]

((STEVE SHELOR/SR. VICE PRESIDENT OF OPERATIONS:THERE'S A THEATER DESIGNED INTO THIS BUILDING WHERE WE BRING RETAIL SALES PEOPLE OFF THE FLOORS OF OUR CUSTOMERS, ALL OVER THE COUNTRY, TO OUR SALEM FACILITY NOW AND ACTUALLY TAKE THEM ON TOURS OF THE PLANT AND TRAIN THEM ON HOW TO SELL ROWE FURNITURE AND THEY BECOME DISCIPLES SO TO SPEAK OUT ON THE SALES FLOOR.))
[SUPER=01-Steve Shelor/Sr. Vice President of Operations; :00]
[RUNS=17]
[OUT Q=sales floor.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


About 600- of Rowe's employees at the Salem plant will be transferring to the new location which is expected to be in operation by the end of the year.
The expansion is also expected to eventually create another 170- new jobs.
(-------------)



[8E-City-Council]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=cutins]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=99-22 17:50]
[GRAPHIC=Roanoke City Seal]


A penny tax cut is STILL a tax cut.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


The new Roanoke budget approved by city council yesterday includes a one cent reduction in the real estate tax rate.
The Roanoke Education Association had objected to the cut, fearing it would divert funding from public schools, but Mayor David Bowers says the city has increased school spending by 12 percent over the last two years.
(-------------)





[8E-Festival]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Cutins]
[WRITER=ssi]
[TAPE#=99-5 2:00]
[GRAPHIC=None]


The "Age of Aquarius" will come back to life this spring in Roanoke.....
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/May 1998]

This year's Roanoke Festival in the Park is set to kick off Memorial Day weekend. To celebrate the 30-th anniversary of the event the festival will be hosting a gala sixties party complete with a look alike contest and a re-creation of Haight-Ashbury. There will also be some changes to favorite events such as the Wild and Wacky River race.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=We're actually]

[01:48:43] ((WENDI SCHULTZ/FESTIVAL DIRECTOR: WE'RE ACTUALLY MOVING UPSTREAM TO WASENA PARK. SO WE WILL STILL HAVE THE WILD AND WACKY RIVER RACES. BUT WE'VE KIND OF HAD TO RECONFIGURE THE COURSE. IT WILL BE JUST ABOUT AS LONG AS ITS BEEN BEFORE.))

[SUPER=01-Wendi Schultz/Festival Director]
[RUNS=:12]
[OUT Q=been before.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]

Other highlights for this year's festival include a statewide police bike race, several new children's events and plenty of music from the summer of love. (------------)