[11Standoff]

[ANCHOR=Denise]

[NEWSCAST=Sat Am]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=99-26 1:47:55]
[GRAPHIC=Standoff]


A Southside man is in jail this morning ... after an all-day standoff with authorities at a South Boston motel yesterday.
After a long day of negotiations, the man surrendered without ANYONE getting hurt. Marya Jones has more.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=It took nearly seven tense]
[SUPER=03-South Boston; :00]
[SUPER=01-Jim Hall/South Boston Police Chief; :12]
[SUPER=01-Lt. Hubert Rice/South Boston Police; :28]
[SUPER=01-Capt. Howard Gregory/Va. State Police; :47]
[SUPER=01-Delvin Edmonds/Friend; :58]
[SUPER=@Marya2; 1:20]
[RUNS=1:27]
[OUT Q=MJN7, South Boston.]


((It took nearly seven tense hours...
Several exchanges of gunfire...
and the coaxing of friends and police negotiators...
But 21-year-old Kevin Miller, shirtless and surrounded, finally turned himself in to police.
[sot 1:46:06 - :13]

((JIM HALL/SOUTH BOSTON POLICE CHIEF: I THINK ANY TIME YOU GO INTO A SITUATION LIKE THIS AND EVERYBODY COMES OUT UNINJURED, IT'S BEEN A GOOD DAY.))
[runs= :07]


The standoff started when police knocked on the door of Miller's motel room, expecting to arrest someone else on felony charges.
[sot 1:28:24 - :27]

((LT. HUBERT RICE/SOUTH BOSTON POLICE: WE HAD A WARRANT FOR A PERSON THAT WE THOUGHT WAS IN THAT ROOM.))
[runs= :03]


Police say Miller, already in trouble on drug charges, responded with gunfire... yelling that he wasn't the man they were looking for.
The officers fired back.
And a short time later, Miller's girlfriend left the room unharmed.
State police negotiators began talking with him by phone.
[sot 1:43:35 - :40]

((CAPT. HOWARD GREGORY/VA. STATE POLICE: INITIALLY HIS COMMENTS WERE VERY ANTAGONISTIC AND VERY HOSTILE. ))
[runs= :05]


Miller's friends showed up, reporting that he'd threatened to kill himself... and hoping they could talk him out of it.
[sot 1:22:19 - :25]

((DELVIN EDMONDS/FRIEND: RIGHT NOW ALL HE'S THINKING ABOUT IS, PROBABLY, THAT HE'S CLOSE TO DEATH AND HE DOESN'T KNOW, PROBABLY, HOW TO GET OUT OR IF HE'S EVEN GOT A WAY OUT NOW.))
[runs= :06]


His way out came after Reverend Lewis Motley, the pastor of Miller's church, convinced him to give up.
[sot 1:43:49 - :54]

((CAPT. HOWARD GREGORY/VA. STATE POLICE: HIS PASTOR WAS ABLE TO BREAK THROUGH THE RESISTANCE AND TALK HIM INTO COMING OUT PEACEFULLY. ))
[runs= :05]


Miller is charged with attempted capital murder for shooting at an officer. That's a charge that could hold stiff penalties for the man that police say they weren't even looking for.
Marya Jones, News 7, South Boston.))



[11L'burg-Shooting]


[ANCHOR=denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sat Am]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=99-30 1:22:52]
[GRAPHIC=none]


Lynchburg police say they're treating the drive- by shooting of two police cars very seriously.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]


No one was in the vehicles when they were shot early Thursday morning.
Two officers had parked their cars on Broadway Street and gone on routine foot patrol when they heard shots fired.
They returned to find a half dozen bullet holes in the driver's side windows and doors.
No arrests have been made.
(------------)



[11Drug-Arrests]


[ANCHOR=denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sat Am]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=99-33 1:06:45]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Rockbridge authorities crack down on drugs and net 30 arrests.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Rockbridge Co.]


Officers made more than 30 undercover buys during the four-month operation, and seized illegal drugs worth more than 25- thousand dollars.
Authorities say complaints from residents of the Diamond Hill neighborhood in Lexington prompted the investigation, but it expanded to include Buena Vista and Rockbridge County.
Most of the charges involved cocaine or marijuana.
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[Clinton-China]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sat AM]
[WRITER=dal]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]


The U-S and China are mending fences.
President Clinton met with Chinese officials this morning in New Zealand.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Auckland, New Zealand/This Morning;]


It was the first face-to-face meeting between the two sides since the public accusations that China stole American nuclear secrets; the first since the American bombing of the Chinese embassy in Belgrade during the conflict over Kosovo.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=Mr President]

((FROM MY POINT OF VIEW I'M EAGER TO GET ON WITH IT AND HAVE THIS MEETING...CERTAINLY HOPE SO.))
[RUNS=18]
[OUT Q=hope so]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


Clinton also turned up pressure on the Indonesian government to accept an international peace keeping force in East Timor.
His vow to stop selling the country weapons has the Indonesian defense minister saying he'll recommend that peackeepers be allowed in on an "expedited basis."
(------------)



[11Bedford-Drought]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=99-34 40:43]
[GRAPHIC=Water Restrictions]


Residents in the city of Bedford will have to live with mandatory water restrictions for at least a few more days.

(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Bedford/Last Month]


Rain from Tropical Storm Dennis last week helped refill the city's reservoir.
It had been five feet below the spillway just two weeks ago.
City manager Craig Meadows says it appears the city's water crisis is over, but a final decision on whether to lift the ban would be made next week.
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[11Worker]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sat Am]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=99-27 1:13:15]
[GRAPHIC=None]


A Dublin man crushed when a nearly thousand pound machine fell on his upper body was reunited with the people who saved his life.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Montgomery Co.;]


No one that treated 29- year old David (Grav-lee) Gravely that night thought the husband and father of two would survive.
Gravely was cleaning the inside of a press at New River Castings in Radford when he says a power failure caused the machine to fall and crush his spine.
Yesterday, Gravely returned to thank the staff at New River Valley Medical Center.
He says without their care-- he wouldn't be alive much less able to walk.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=The paramedics]

((DAVID GRAVELY/INJURED WORKER: THE PARAMEDICS CALLED THE PLANT A FEW DAYS AFTER THE ACCIDENT AND WERE TOLD I'D DIED, WELL, I THOUGHT IT WOULD DO THEM GOOD TO SEE ME AND I KNOW IT DID ONE GOOD TO BE ABLE TO SEE THEM AND THANK THEM.))
[SUPER=01-David Gravely/Injured Worker; :00]
[RUNS=09]
[OUT Q=thank them.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


Although Gravely offered his thanks-- the staff says words weren't necessary-- that seeing him alive and well-- was the only reward they would ever need.
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[Sports-Plays]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sat AM]
[WRITER=dal]
[TAPE#=sports plays]
[GRAPHIC=mlb]


Mark McGwire smacked his 55th home run last night in the Cards 11-to-five win over Pittsburgh.
It snapped a streak of 24 at-bats without a homer for McGwire, who is four behind major league leader Sammy Sosa.
McGwire's homer was a three-run shot.
He is now tied with Ernie Banks and Eddie Matthews for 12th place on the all-time list with 512.
Sammy Sosa went 0-for-six last night in Chicago's 6-to-4 loss to Houston in 13 innings.
Carl Everett hit two home runs, including the game-winner in the 13th.
The Astros have won eight in a row.

[2Open-Heads]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sat Am]
[WRITER=kor]
[TAPE#=NET]
[GRAPHIC=NONE]



[ROLL COLD OUT OF THE OPEN]

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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=#4070;weekend headline banner]


The Southside man who held police in a seven hour standoff yesterday is in jail this morning,
(------------)

and nine of eleven Puerto Rican nationalists are expected to return home today after a controversial pardon from President Clinton.
We will have more on those stories coming up in just a few minutes.
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[2-shot hello][2-Standoff]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sat am]
[WRITER=kor]
[TAPE#=99-??]
[GRAPHIC=Standoff]


It took seven hours and several exchanges of gunfire, but 21 year old Kevin Miller turned himself in to authorities.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-South Boston]


The standoff started when police knocked on the door of Miller's motel room, expecting to arrest someone else on felony charges.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=we had]

((LT. HUBERT RICE/SOUTH BOSTON POLICE: WE HAD A WARRANT FOR A PERSON THAT WE THOUGHT WAS IN THAT ROOM.))
[SUPER=01-Lt. Hubert Rice/South Boston Police]
[RUNS=03]
[OUT Q=in that room]


Police say Miller, already in trouble on drug charges, responded with gunfire... yelling that he wasn't the man they were looking for.
The officers fired back.
A short time later, Miller's girlfriend left the room unharmed.
State police negotiators began talking with him by phone. But it was Reverend Lewis Motley, the pastor of Miller's church, that convinced him to give up.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=His pastor]

((((CAPT. HOWARD GREGORY/VA. STATE POLICE: HIS PASTOR WAS ABLE TO BREAK THROUGH THE RESISTANCE AND TALK HIM INTO COMING OUT PEACEFULLY. )) ))
[SUPER=01-Capt. Howard Gregory/Va. State Police]
[RUNS=05]
[OUT Q=out peacefully]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]

No one was hurt in the standoff.
Miller is charged with attempted capital murder for shooting at an officer.
(------------)



[Nationalists-released]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sat AM]
[WRITER=dal]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]


A huge welcome party could be waiting in Puerto Rico today for eight more nationalists freed in a controversial pardon from President Clinton.
The first former prisoner to arrive in San Juan, received a hero's welcome last night from a drum banging, flag waving crowd.
Dave Browde has more on the 11 Puerto Rican nationalists released yesterday.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Dublin, CA; :00]
[SUPER=01-Luis Rosa/Puerto Rican Nationalist; :10]
[SUPER=01-Alicia Rodriguez/Puerto Rican Nationalist; :37]
[SUPER=01-Ricardo Jimeniz/Puerto Rican Nationalist; 1:17]
[super=01-Carmen Valentin/Puerto Rican Nationalist; 1:23]
[RUNS=1:38]
[OUT Q=CBS News, NY]

((LOCATOR: DUBLIN, CA
EVEN THOSE WHO SOUNDED CONCILIATORY -- MADE IT CLEAR-- THE PUBLIC RENUNCIATION OF VIOLENCE DID NOT SIGNAL A MODERATION OF THEIR FEELINGS ABOUT PUERTO RICAN INDEPENDENCE.

SOT: LUIS ROSA/PUERTO RICAN NATIONALIST

I AM EXTREMELY HAPPY AND EXTREMELY PROUD. THIS IS A CAUSE TO CELEBRATE FOR MY COMMUNITY, FOR MY FAMILY, FOR OUR NATION, PUERTO RICO. I AM GRATEFUL TO PRESIDENT CLINTON FOR TAKING A STEP FORWARD-- TOWARD RECONCILIATION OF OUR TWO NATIONS.

(NAT)


ONE BY ONE-- AT FEDERAL PRISONS AROUND THE COUNTRY.... 11-PUERTO RICANS WHO'D BEEN SERVING UP TO 90-SENTENCES SAID THEY WOULD RENOUNCE VIOLENCE-- AND IN EXCHANGE-- WERE SET FREE.

SOT: ALICIA RODRIGUEZ/PUERTO RICAN NATIONALIST

How many more times do we have to say it? We want to come back to our communities, we want to be a part of the everyday life of our nation and our people. "
MOST OF THE PRISONERS WERE MEMBERS OF THE FALN--A PUERTO RICAN GROUP --WELL-KNOWN F0R ITS VIOLENT CAMPAIGN FOR INDEPENDENCE IN THE 1970S AND '80S... A CAMPAIGN THAT INCLUDED 130-BOMBINGS AND RESULTED IN 6-DEATHS.
THEIR FREEDOM-- OFFERED BY PRESIDENT CLINTON A FEW WEEKS AGO-- WAS OPPOSED EVEN BY HIS WIFE AND POSSIBLE SENATE CANDIDATE, HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON. IT WAS ALSO CONDEMNED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS.
ALTHOUGH MOST OF THE MEMBERS SAY THEY ARE GRATEFUL FOR THEIR RELEASE... THEY CLEARLY HAVE NOT LOST SIGHT OF THEIR ORIGINAL MISSION...

SOT: RICARDO JIMENIZ/PUERTO RICAN NATIONALIST

THE REASON WE WERE IMPORTANT IN PRISON IS FOR THE CRIME OF COLONIALISM THAT THE US HAS COMMITTED AGAINST PUERTO RICO.

SOT: CARMEN VALENTIN/PUERTO RICAN NATIONALIST

We will work until our last living day to make sure that the colonial status of Puerto Rico changes."
NINE OF THE 11 NATIONALISTS WILL HEAD BACK TO PUERTO RICO TO LIVE.... THE TWO OTHERS ARE SAID TO BE HEADED FOR THE CHICAGO AREA.
DAVE BROWDE, CBS NEWS, NEW YORK ))






[11Porter]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=99-31 58:56]
[GRAPHIC=None]


A Roanoke man describes seeing his cousin shot before his eyes.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]


Brandon Porter is charged with killing Victor Anderson in July at the Brightwood Manor Apartments.
The victim's cousin says Porter held a gun to Anderson's head then pulled the trigger.
He says Porter and Anderson had fought months earlier.
A trial date has not yet been set.
(------------)



[11Floyd-Ax]


[ANCHOR=denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sat Am]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=Accident]


Two people walking along the road were struck by a van in Floyd County.
State police say the man and woman were intoxicated when they were hit on Franklin Pike around 8-20 last night.
The woman was taken to the hospital... The extent of her injuries is unknown.
The man refused treatment at the scene.
State police say both pedestrians will be charged with public intoxication.



[11220-Wreck]


[ANCHOR=denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sat Am]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=99-37 38:32]
[GRAPHIC=Accident]


An accident caused a quite a mess on route 220 in Roanoke.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/Yesterday]


It all started when a dump truck swerved to avoid hitting a car -- but ended up slamming his truck into a van.
Then it was chain reaction --and three other vehicles were hit.
Diesel fuel leaked from the dump truck slowing efforts to clear the road.
One man was transported to the hospital. The extent of his injuries is unknown.
(------------)



[wipe wipe wipe][11Henry-Wreck]


[ANCHOR=denise]
[NEWSCAST=sat Am]
[WRITER=jmc]
[TAPE#=99-42 05:26]
[GRAPHIC=None]

[***WIPE***WIPE***]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Henry Co.]


A truck driver lost control of his tractor trailer and tipped over on Route 220 near Martinsville yesterday afternoon.
The truck was loaded with tires.
Both northbound lanes were blocked near the Route 57-A interchange, but motorists were able to get around the accident.
No one was hurt.
(------------)



[11Boonsboro-Protest]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sat Am]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=99-36 28:20]
[GRAPHIC=none]


Plans to build a convenience store along one of Lynchburg's busiest roadways has nearby residents up in arms.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]


A developer wants to rezone this land along Boonsboro Road near the Lynchburg- Bedford County line to make way for a gas station and strip mall.
But residents say adding more traffic is a dangerous proposition.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 14:20:06]
[IN Q=We just feel]

((JANET HICKEY/OPPOSES DEVELOPMENT: WE JUST FEEL THAT PUTTING THIS LARGE A DEVELOPMENT ON THIS ROAD IS THE WRONG ROAD AT THE WRONG TIME. THE PROBLEMS OF THE ROAD HAVE NOT BEEN ADDRESSED BY THE PLANNING COMMISSION.))
[SUPER=01-Janet Hickey/Opposes Development; :00]
[RUNS=12]
[OUT Q=the planning commission.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


Opponents of the project will hold a rally tomorrow night.
Lynchburg city council will take up the issue on Tuesday.
(------------)



[11Small-Business]


[ANCHOR=denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sat Am]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=99-40 26:00]
[GRAPHIC=None]


We're in times of economic prosperity.
But for some small urban businesses in Roanoke - it's still a struggle.
Joy Sutton has details.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=Buddy Fleming]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :04]
[SUPER=01-Peggy Fleming/Buddy's Place; :16]
[SUPER=01-Felix Garcia/Garcia Towing & Road Service; :40]
[SUPER=01-Stark Jones/Roanoke Chamber of Commerce; :53]
[SUPER=01-Buddy Fleming/Buddy's Place; 1:09]
[SUPER=@Joy1; 1:21]
[RUNS=1:35]
[OUT Q=N7 Roanoke]
(///// SOT /////)
(([SOT]
[IN Q=Nat sound]

((NAT SOUND OF COOKING))
[RUNS= 3]
[OUT Q=nat sound]
Buddy Fleming and his wife Peggy own Showtime Concessions and Catering --- better known as Buddy's Place.


It's a small urban business that started about five months ago.
And the owners say running a small city business has it's challenges.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 00:20:25]
[IN Q=we have to keep]

((PEGGY FLEMING/BUDDY'S PLACE: WE HAVE TO KEEP EVERYTHING TO A MINIMUM BECAUSE WE CAN'T AFFORD TO EXPAND AS QUICKLY AS WE'D LIKE TO THAT HINDERS US FINANCIALLY NOT BEING ABOUT TO GET OUR NAME OUT THERE AND GET OUR PRODUCT OUT THERE))
[RUNS= 10]
[OUT Q=out there]


And they are not alone in this struggle.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=Nat sound]

((Nat sound of truck moving))
[RUNS= 3]
[OUT Q=Nat sound]


Felix Garcia -- is the owner of Garcia Towing and Road Service.
Garcia is a one -man -band.
He works 24 hours a day seven days a week just to compete with larger business.
(///// SOT /////)
(([SOT 00:11:05]
[IN Q=I'm the cheapest]

((FELIX GARCIA/GARCIA TOWING AND ROAD SERVICE: I'M THE CHEAPEST ONE HERE IN TOWN. EVERYBODY'S GETTING BIG MONEY EXCEPT FOR ME))
[RUNS= 7]
[OUT Q=except for me]


The Regional Chamber of Commerce is trying to help small urban businesses like Garcia's.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 03:02]
[IN Q=We teach them]

((STARK JONES/ROANOKE REGIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: WE TEACH THEM HOW TO DO COMPUTERIZED BOOK KEEPING. WE TRY TO COME UP WITH CREATIVE WAYS TO MAKER THEIR BUSINESSES))
[RUNS= 5]
[OUT Q=word of mouth]
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 04:54]
[IN Q=We're king of]

((STARK JONES/ROANOKE REGIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: WE'RE KIND OF LIKE THEIR PR PERSON. WE'RE KIND OF THEIR RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT PERSON.))
[RUNS= 4]
[OUT Q=development person]


And this free help is something the Flemings say may help their business thrive in the long run.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 00:22:57]
[IN Q=You see so many business]

(( BUDDY FLEMING/BUDDY'S PLACE: YOU SEE SO MANY BUSINESSES AROUND HERE THAT DON'T MAKE IT. AND FOR WHATEVER REASON THEY DON'T MAKE IT .IT'S A BIG STEP GOING IN AND TRYING TO START YOU'RE OWN BUSINESS AND BE SUCCESSFUL))
[RUNS= 14]
[OUT Q=and be successful]
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 00:27:23]
[IN Q=And for the first]

((JOY SUTTON/REPORTER: AND FOR THE FIRST TIME THE REGIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE IS HAVING AN URBAN BUSINESS APPRECIATION DAY. 35 BUSINESSES AND ORGANIZATIONS WILL BE SHOWCASED AND IT'S AN OPPORTUNITY FOR THEM TO GET THEIR NAME OUT TO THE PUBLIC. JOY SUTTON, NEWS 7, ROANOKE))
[RUNS= 14]
[OUT Q=N7 Roanoke]))))
(+++++++++++++++)

[TAKE FULL SCREEN]
Urban Business Appreciation day is today from 1 pm until 5 pm at 2501 Melrose Avenue.
(+++++++++)







[11Gov-Mansion]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=sat am]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=99-25 1:42:53]
[GRAPHIC=none]


They've unearthed wood NOT seen since 1813 -- and installed the first ever fire sprinklers.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond;]


But state officials never expected that they'd end up having to strip the entire exterior of Virginia's Governor's Mansion as part of a 7-point-2 million dollar restoration.
Nor did they know at first they'd have to completely remove about 16 trees.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT sot 11:52:49]
[IN Q=There was]

((BRYAN SLATER/SECRETARY OF ADMINISTRATION: THERE WAS A ROAD THAT RAN BACK HERE THAT BECAUSE OF THE HANDICAPPED ACCESSIBILITY ADDITION, TO GET HEAVY EQUIPMENT BACK HERE YOU HAD TO TAKE OUT THE TREES.))
[SUPER=01-Bryan Slater/Secretary of Administration;]
[RUNS=:09]
[OUT Q=the trees.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


The elevator shaft's NOT just to comply with federal law.
Lieutenant Governor John Hager uses a wheelchair... and would love to make the upstairs residence his home in two and a half years.
The contractor's deadline is November first.
Despite the appearance, the Gilmore administration says the project's still on schedule.
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[Monticello]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Saturday AM]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=Time Off]
[GRAPHIC=Time Off]


In the history books you read as a child, Thomas Jefferson was portrayed as one of the country's founding fathers, the third U-S President, and a master of architecture.
But Jefferson ALSO liked to get his hands dirty....
This week's "Time Off" profiles the gardens at Jefferson's home, Monticello.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=Thomas Jefferson ]
[SUPER=03-Charlottesville; :01]
[SUPER=01-Peter Hatch/Gardens and Grounds Dir.; :21]
[SUPER=01-Susan Stein/Curator; 1:03]
[SUPER=@Kimberly2; 1:20]
[RUNS=1:50]
[OUT Q=international treasures.]


((Thomas Jefferson was often quoted as saying "the greatest service which can be rendered any country is to add a useful plant to its culture..."
That's a bold statement for a former U-S President.
But gardening was said to be Jefferson's passion, and one that he cultivated throughout the grounds of his beloved Monticello.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 11:30:26 ]

((PETER HATCH/GARDENS AND GROUNDS DIR.: GARDENING, I THINK WAS A GREAT EXPRESSION OF A LOT OF JEFFERSON'S BOTH SCIENTIFIC, BUT ALSO IT TELLS YOU A LOT ABOUT THOMAS JEFFERSON HIMSELF.)) [RUNS:07]
And thanks to Hatch and others who work to keep the gardens alive, there are still some 250 varieties of vegetables and countless types of rare flowers like the Princess Feather, Heliotrope, and African Marigolds.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 11:06:34 ]

((PETER HATCH/GARDENS AND GROUNDS DIR.: MANY OF THESE PLANTS ARE DISAPPEARING FROM CULTIVATION THAT THOMAS JEFFERSON GREW. THEY WERE GROWN IN EARLY AMERICA. THEY WERE THE FOREFATHERS OF THE PLANTS WE GROW IN GARDENS TODAY.)) [RUNS:10]
Hatch says the recent rainfall has helped bring back a lot of color to the gardens, in which tours are offered every day.
The Fall season will also bring natural history walks and various workshops.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 12:17:39]

((SUSAN STEIN/CURATOR: JEFFERSON HAD SUCH A DIVERSITY OF INTERESTS AND WAS SUCH A FOCUSED INDIVIDUAL THAT MANY, MANY PEOPLE AT MONTICELLO ARE DEVOTED JUST TO STUDYING WHAT ONE MAN ACCOMPLISHED IN ONE LIFETIME.)) [RUNS:16]
Stein has spent the past 14 years working at Monticello.
But even with the passage of time, she says each day brings new information about Jefferson's family, his home, and mostly, about the man himself.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 12:18:32 ]

((SUSAN STEIN/CURATOR: I THINK MEET PEOPLE COME TO MONTICELLO BECAUSE THEY WANT TO LEARN ABOUT JEFFERSON AND THEY ALSO WANT TO EXPERIENCE THE PLACE, WHICH IS ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL SPOTS IN ALL OF AMERICA.)) [RUNS:11]
As for the home itself, Monticello is the ONLY house in the U-S on the Unived Nation's prestigious World Heritage List of International Treasures.))
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[TALENT=KIMBERLY]
[GRAPHIC=FS WDBJ ADDRESS]


It'd be a great day for a drive up there...For directions to Monticello, simply click on our website at W-D-B-J-7-DOT-COM.