A budget that's off by millions could leave some school projects on hold in Roanoke County.
An embattled home for adults is giving up the fight - leaving over one hundred residents displaced.
Tonight on News 7 sports, the WNBA all-star game is set for tonight. Billy Wagner was impressive in his all-star debut last evening,
and the Golden Gophers are still chasing Terry Holland and now he's listening to them.
After three days of clouds and rain, nature is getting ready to change direction. We will tell you where things are headed.
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((THERE'S JUST NO HOME LIKE YOUR OWN HOME. THERE'S JUST NO HOME LIKE YOUR OWN HOME.))
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A Franklin County home for elderly and mentally handicapped adults will shut down in two weeks.
More than 100 residents and 26 employees must leave the Franklin Manor Rest Home.
Tina Tenret is in our newsroom to tell us why.
For months Franklin Manor was not allowed to admit new residents.
It was under investigation by the state Department of Social Services -- which said two residents were having sex with each other, and others were not getting their medicine from employees.
The home's director says by the time its license WAS renewed last month -- Franklin Manor was financially dead.
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[SUPER=01-Jack Noble/Franklin Manor; :34]
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[IN Q=I just don't]
((NAT SOT: I JUST DON'T WANT TO LEAVE HERE, THAT'S ALL. I KNOW EVERYBODY HERE.))
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Lillian Patsel has called Franklin Manor home for five years.
Now she must move.
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((LILLIAN PATSEL/RESIDENT: I DON'T FEEL GOOD AND I'M SICK A LOT. AND MY DAUGHTER COULD COME OUT AND SEE ME OFTEN. CARRIED ME OUT TO DINNER.))
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More than a hundred residents live here.
But keeping 51 beds empty cost Franklin Manor more than 300-thousand-dollars.
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((JACK NOBLE/FRANKLIN MANOR: IF WE WOULD HAVE SECURED A LAWYER WE PROBABLY COULD HAVE AVOIDED THIS AND THE BANK WOULND'T BE PUTTING PRESSURE ON US LIKE THEY ARE NOW.))
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Local agencies are making sure residents are placed in the homes of their choice.
Employees have job offers at the company's other homes in North Carolina but most don't know where to go.
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((DARLINE LAW/EMPLOYEE: NO I DON'T HAVE A CLUE. NO IDEA. BUT I WILL. I'LL FIND ANOTHER PLACE SOMEWHERE BUT IT WON'T BE HERE WHERE I'M NEEDED HERE.))
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State police are still investigating whether employees or former employees at Franklin Manor commited criminal activity. Police will not elaborate.
And, in a separate matter, a resident at the home died crossing the street last year -- his father's lawsuit is still pending.
A woman and four children survived a frightening experience on I-81 this afternoon.
Their sport utility vehicle ran off the road near the Dixie Caverns exit.
As the driver tried to regain control the SUV slammed into a guardrail and overturned in the median.
Bekah Parker and Emily Arthur drove up just after the accident happened.
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[super=01-Emily Arthur/Witness; :11]
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Police say none of the injuries is critical. They don't know why the driver lost control.
Traffic in the Southbound lanes backed up for a couple of miles but is moving smoothly now.
For as long as cars and trucks have shared the road, the debate has raged over who's more to blame when the two collide.
Interstate 81 has been the scene of many horrific accidents involving tractor trailers recently.. but truckers say they're tired of taking the blame for those wrecks.
Steve Smallshaw recently spent a day riding with a commercial truck driver.. and he joins us from along I-81 in Roanoke..
Jean, Charlie Craddock admits there ARE some truck drivers out here who drive recklessly.. but he says most truckers have too much invested in their rigs and their cargo to risk it by being careless.
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((I THINK WE INTIMIDATE A LOT OF PEOPLE, WHERE THEY REALLY SHOULDN'T BE INTIMIDATED.))
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Easy to say from behind the wheel of a twenty-ton tractor trailer.. not as easy to do when you're staring at the grill of a fast- moving truck in your rear-view mirror.
From his perch ten feet above the road in the cab of an 18- wheeler, Charlie Craddock has a unique perspective on highway travel..
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((SEE THAT? THAT'S A MENACE RIGHT THERE, THAT'S AN ACCIDENT WAITING TO HAPPEN.))
A veteran of three and a half million miles on the road, Craddock says most highway problems are caused by the four- wheelers.. trucker slang for passenger cars.. driven by people who simply aren't paying attention.
[SOT 11:40:15 STEVE 1]
((READING THE NEWSPAPER OR A COMIC BOOK OR TALKING ON A CELLPHONE, AND JUST WANDERING ALL OVER THE ROAD.. SPEED IS NOT A FACTOR THERE, IT'S JUST CARELESSNESS AND RECKLESSNESS.))
[OUT Q=and recklessness.]
From his beat along Interstate 81, state trooper Gary Chafin agrees truckers are getting a bad rap.
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((TROOPER GARY CHAFIN/VA STATE POLICE: BY AND LARGE, A LOT OF THE SITUATIONS DEVELOP OUT HERE BECAUSE PEOPLE ARE JUMPING AND CHANGING LANES, DRIVING AGGRESSIVELY AND NOT PAYING ATTENTION TO WHAT'S GOING ON IN FRONT OF THEM.))
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Craddock compares highway driving to a chess game.. success means thinking four or five moves ahead.. and anticipating problems.
Our ride with him, like most, ended without incident.
After stopping for the night, Craddock summed up his day with this wish..
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((THEY SEE IT FROM MY POINT OF VIEW.. IT'S NOT THAT WE'RE OUT THERE CARELESS AND RECKLESS OR WE'RE TRYING TO CUT PEOPLE OFF AND RUN 'EM IN THE DITCH AND WHATEVER, THAT WE'RE OUT THERE MAKING A LIVING AND WANT TO DO IT IN THE SAFEST WAY WE POSSIBLY CAN, BUT WE NEED SOME COOPERATION FROM THE FOUR- WHEELERS.))
[OUT Q=from the four-wheelers.]))
And you can help by doing the basics.. staying out of a trucker's blind spot, maintaining a consistent speed and simply just paying attention to what you're doing out on the highway.
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A former teacher is accused of embezzling tens of thousands of dollars from a Southwest Virginia scholarship program.
Details when we return.
And supporters of big improvements to one middle school are upset after learning budget woes could put plans on hold.
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The pricetag for two school construction projects in Roanoke County is now millions more than earlier estimates.
Tonight, Joe Dashiell reports at least one of those projects may be delayed as officials take a closer look.
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((Improvements planned for Glenvar Middle School were scheduled to go to bid before the end of the summer. The architects are just a couple of weeks from completing their designs.
But now cost estimates for this project and the new south county high school are climbing, and the supervisors are urging the school board to hold off on the Glenvar construction until Spring.
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((KNOWING WE'RE WAY BEHIND ON SOUTH COUNTY, WE'RE WAY BEHIND ON GLENVAR. THESE ARE CRITICAL THAT THEY GO AND THAT WE RECTIFY THE PROBLEMS THAT WE KNOW WE HAVE AS PROMPTLY AS WE CAN.))
[OUT Q=as promptly as we can.]
School Board Chairman Marion Roark wants to move forward with the Glenvar improvements..
but board member Mike Stovall says the school system should take a closer look at possible savings that were identified in a review of the project.
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((MIKE STOVALL/SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER: I WANT TO MAKE SURE BEFORE WE SPEND 7.9 MILLION OF THE TAXPAYERS DOLLARS THAT WE'VE DONE IT RIGHT. AND THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE. NOW PEOPLE FROM GLENVAR CAN SAY I'M NOT IN FAVOR OF THE PROJECT. THAT'S OKAY, BUT I'M ASKING THE HARD QUESTIONS. IF I'M THE BAD GUY FOR THAT, THEN I AM.))
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The debate will likely continue when the County School Board meets on Thursday night.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke County))
A former Giles County "Teacher of the Year" is charged with embezzling more than 25- thousand dollars.
Laura McGraw is accused of taking the money from the Giles County Partnership for Excellence Foundation.
The organization, which is funded through donations and grants, provides scholarships for area students.
The sheriff's department was made aware that money was missing, earlier this year.
An investigator says around that time, McGraw took retirement.
She taught at Giles High school for approximately 20- years and was named teacher of the year in 1991.
First Union had lowered its earnings expectations twice this year.
So when today's low profit report came out, it wasn't a surprise.
The Charlotte bank reported second-quarter profits down nine-point-three percent from the same quarter last year.
That's 82-cents a share, compared to 92 cents in 1998.
The country's sixth biggest bank says it's past the merger-related problems that dragged down earnings.
First Union says it doesn't plan on laying off more workers or closing any branches.
Mixed news from Wall Street today.
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The Dow dropped 27 points.
But Nasdaq climbed 40, to close at 28-18.
Whether you saved your Confederate money or not, the South may be rising again.
The Southern Party is now registered in seven southern states, and has signed up a thousand members.
Ellen Qualls has a look.
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[SUPER=01-Chris LaCivita/Republican Party of Virginia; :50 ]
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(( Its web site just went up ten weeks ago.
Its founders report getting more than 150 e-mails or phone calls a day.
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((JERRY BAXLEY/SOUTHERN PARTY: THIS HAS GROWN SO FAST THAT WE'VE HAD TROUBLE KEEPING UP WITH IT.))
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Chesterfield County auctioneer Jerry Baxley is the Southern National Committee's first vice-chairman.
He says the Southern Party wants to take its states' rights, pro-gun, Christianity in the classrooms message to 16 southern states.... because it's tired of counting on Republicans.
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((JERRY BAXLEY/SOUTHERN PARTY: THE REPUBLICAN PARTY HAS FAILED MISERABLY EVERY TIME THAT THEY HAVE BEEN GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO PUSH FORTH THE SOUTHERN PEOPLES' BELIEFS.))
The ultimate solution would be the last one: seceding from the Union.
((JERRY BAXLEY/SOUTHERN PARTY: WE WOULD BECOME OUR OWN NATION. WE'D HAVE THE ABILITY TO MAKE OUR OWN LAWS. JUST LIKE ANY OTHER NATION.))
Virginia Republicans think it's:
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((CHRIS LACIVITA/REPUBLICAN PARTY OF VIRGINIA: A HALF-BAKED IDEA OF TEN GUYS, WHO PROBABLY HAVE ENTIRELY TOO MUCH TIME ON THEIR HANDS, WHO WANT TO FORM A THIRD PARTY AND TALK ABOUT SECEDING FROM THE UNION, WHICH IS TREASONOUS. PERIOD.))
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((JERRY BAXLEY/SOUTHERN PARTY: THE COLLECTIVE GROUP THAT WE HAVE IS NOT A BUNCH OF NUTS.))
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Nor are they racists, they say.
Black Southerners are an integral part of the southern nation they envision.
Ellen Qualls, News 7.))
Bedford's National D-Day memorial is one step closer to completion.
A Forest contractor has won the bid to construct the centerpiece--called Victory Plaza.
The main feature is a granite arch standing over 40 feet tall.
"Final Tribute"--the sculpture that will sit under the arch--is finished and now it just needs someone to build the plaza around it.
The foundation selected Coleman-Adams Construction for the job.
The contractor offered both the lowest bid--at two-point-seven million dollars--and the soonest completion date.
According to the foundation--choosing the right contractor to build the complicated structure is important.
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((RICHARD BURROW/ FOUNDATION PRESIDENT; WELL, I THINK THE ARCH AND THE PLAZA ARE THE KEY ELEMENTS IN COMMERORATION OF D-DAY VETERANS AND THE EFFORTS THAT THEY PUT FORTH THAT DAY AND THE FREEDOMS THAT SUBSEQUENTLY EVOLVED.))
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The target completion date is June 6th 2001, the 57th anniversary of the D-Day invasion.
Coming up tonight the Terry Holland-Minnesota two step continues tonight. The WNBA is all set for its first ever al
l-star game tonight.
And we'll take a look back at last night's all-star fireballs hurled by former Ferrum great Billy Wagner.
The University of Minnesota and Terry Holland are still talking about the Virginia Gentleman leaving Charlottesvil
le and taking over as the Golden Gophers new head basketball coach.
Reports out of Minnesota tonight indicate that Holland has been communicating with Minnesota associate athletic dir
ector Jeff Schemmel via e-mail for the past couple of days, and that Holland has agreed to listen to Minnesota's offer.
Holland is the choice of the University's president, and both sides hope to come to terms or break off negotiations by this Friday.
Why hasn't Terry Holland simply taken his name out of consideration for this job? Likely because he definitely wants to coach again. He was interested in the jobs at Vanderbilt and Georgia and he even inquired about the Florida State job before it was given to Steve Robinson.
Plus, sources in Charlottesville indicate that Holland and university of Virginia president John Casteen are not always on the same page.
Plus, there is also talk that Holland would have liked for University Hall to be renovated before Scott Stadium was enlarged this summer.
But mainly it appears that he wants to coach in the college game one more time.
Remember Holland coached his last game a month shy of his 49th birthday.
Tonight, the WNBA all-star game will try to attract some attention in New York City. This is the first year the league has ever held a mid-season all-star contest.
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The league is quickly building a fan base by making its superstar players accessible to young fans.
The vice president of the newest team in the league, the Orlando Miracle, says he is sold on the WNBA.
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[SUPER=01-Pat Williams/Orlando Miracle Vice President; :03]
[OUT Q=...with it."]
Williams donned a top hat to welcome his new team the Miracle to Orlando earlier this year. Next season, the WNBA will welcome four new teams as it expands to 16 clubs.
The American League Stars won last night's mid-summer classic 4-to-1, and Boston pitcher Pedro Martinez was named the games most valuable player
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after he struck out five of the six batters he faced in his two innings of work as the American League starter. he sat down both McGwire and Sosa with his blinding fastball.
But equally impressive was the effort turned in by first time all-star Billy Wagner.
The former Ferrum star from Tannersville in Tazewell County came on in the eighth inning and struck out both Tony Fernandez and John Jaha. He threw 10 pitches, six of them were strikes, and they all were in the 98 mile an hour range.
The Salem Avalanche play their first home game of the month tonight as they open up a three game series with the Lynchburg Hillcats.
Salem won 9 of 12 games on the recent road trip.
Tonight's game gets underway at seven. We'll have hilites at 11.
Now that the Winston Cup season is past the halfway point, the silly season of rumored driver changes is starting to heat up significantly.
This coming Monday, Hendrick Motorsports has called a newsconference to announce its new sponsor and driver for the 25 car next season.
Don't be surprised if the Hendrick group announces the hiring Jerry Nadeau for the 2000 season. And if that happens, look for Nadeau to bring the Cartoon Network sponsor with him. Nadeau is just 33rd in points this year.
There also is talk making the rounds in Charlotte that Ricky Rudd may eventually end up driving the 28 car for Robert Yates next season. Rudd is without sponsorship for his team in 2000 and may sell it. Current Yates driver Kenny Irwin has been a bust.
The Harrison Museum of African American Culture in Roanoke begins a very special Wendell Scott exhibit tomorrow.
Wendell Scott, the man Behind the Machine exhibit will present roughly a hundred items celebrating his racing career. Roanoke graphics designer and artist Lex Hairston has been working on the project since April. We will have more on this story tonight at 11.
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