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Flash floods collide with afternoon drive in south Roanoke County.
NEWS 7 at SIX begins with a LIVE report on the high water and chances for more of the same.
And Ethan Allen buys a Pulaski Furniture plant... what that means for employees in Dublin.
Tonight on News 7 sports, the Friday Football Extra spotlight shines on Brookville tonight.
A trip back to Panthers' camp is in store for us this evening.
And the decision to hold running back Stephen Davis out of this weekend's preseason game should benefit Skip Hicks.
Rains are really attacking southwest Virginia and the chance for flooding is increasing. We'll take a look at where the storms are heading coming up.
Flash flooding fills the roadbed with runoff.
Traffic's still moving, but there's more rain on the way.
Good evening, I'm Keith Humphry.
Torrential rain is causing flash flooding in the Clearbrook area south to the Roanoke/Franklin County line this evening.
High water and mudslides are messing with traffic - -even prompting some evacuations.
Meredyth Censullo is in Southwest Roanoke county.
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Keith, right now it's ****
But high waters are causing serious problems for folks traveling on Route 220 near the Roanoke Franklin County line.
It's been raining on and off for hours .. Another storm pulled through less than an hour ago.
Take a look at this...
This is Maggadee Creek in Franklin County .. It's overflowed its banks - coming dangerously close to some people's homes.
The Boones Mill Church of the Brethern is threatened by the rising water.
Here's the situation in Clearbrook in Roanoke County - This is just in front of the Kingrey Brother's Grocery ..
And this is a look at 220 just inside the county line - there's water across the roads there both North and South.
Also in the county, close to 100 children were evacuated from the Rising Star Sports and Adventure camp just about an hour ago.
Water apparently got into a transformer there and A-E-P had to be called in to shut off the power .. The kids were taken to Clearbrook Elementary school - parents, you can pick them up there.
No word yet on whether camp will be held at Rising Star again tomorrow.
I talked with Roanoke County dispatch and they say Back Creek Rd. is submerged so please avoid that area...
Also, again major problems on 220 near Boones Mill and also at the Roanoke Franklin County line.
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Jacey Birch is standing by with a look at what we can expect for the rest of the evening....
Bad weather may have played a role in an accident on Interstate 81 that sent 12 people to the hospital, several of them children.
It happened around three o'clock near Draper in Pulaski County.
The accident involved two cars and an overturned tractor trailer. It backed up traffic for two hours.
None of the passengers' injuries is life-threatening.
Troopers are still working to clean up the wreckage.
Pulaski Furniture's Dublin plant is changing hands.
The company announced today that the plant will be sold to Ethan Allen, a leading manufacturer of high-end furniture.
This after the company went private in March.
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Marya Jones talked to company officials and employees today and tells us what changes are in store.
Keith, so far the word is that that the change may simply be in the ownership.
Ethan Allen says it intends to hire "most" of the plant's 450 workers to do almost the same jobs.
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(( After weeks of uncertainty, many employees at Pulaski Furniture's Dublin plant left work feeling relieved.
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((SONYA ROBBINS/EMPLOYEE: I THINK THEY DID A GOOD JOB. I THINK IT'S A POSITIVE THING. ))
Workers got the news this morning that in September, Ethan Allen will take over the plant and MOST of its 450 employees.
The plant -- here since 1973 -- makes bedroom and dining room furniture.
That's also what Ethan Allen wants make there.
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((JOHN WAMPLER/PULASKI FURNITURE PRESIDENT: WE FEEL IT'S A POSITIVE DAY. WE'RE SOMEWHAT SAD TO HAVE SOME OF OUR EMPLOYEES LEAVE US AND GO WORK FOR ANOTHER COMPANY, BUT WE'RE UPBEAT AND POSITIVE THAT THEY'RE GOING TO STAY GAINFULLY EMPLOYED AS WOODWORKERS IN OUR INDUSTRY. ))
It's part of a closely-guarded deal that officials here have been forging with Ethan Allen for the last month.
Pulaski Furniture still runs seven other plants that specialize in curio cabinets and grandfather clocks.
Though company leaders confirm they're shopping the Martinsville plant around, they say the company is still healthy.
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((JOHN WAMPLER/PRESIDENT: WE DON'T VIEW THIS AS A DOWNSIZE BECAUSE OUR SALES WILL CONTINUE TO GROW. WHAT WE'RE GOING TO DO IS WE'LL BE VERY FOCUSED ON WHAT WE DO DOMESTICALLY. ))
Ethan Allen, based in Connecticut, sells its furniture in its own retail stores around the country.
In the last year, the furniture giant took in more than 850-million dollars in revenue.
Many workers are looking forward to being part of that.
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((JACK DALTON: I JUST GOT A FEELING IT'S GOING TO BE A LOT BETTER.))
Company executives say they're aware that many employees are feeling uneasy about rumors about the future of Pulaski Furniture.
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They'll be meeting with all employees in the next week to try to quell that.
The tires on the Air France Concorde that crashed a week ago were made at the Goodyear plant in Danville.
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Goodyear has dispatched a pair of experts to Paris to help sort out whether those tires could have caused the crash that claimed 113 lives.
The French government says a tire blew out on take-off. One THEORY is that debris from the tire flew up into one of the engines. A plume of flame extended from the aircraft from the moment it lifted off the ground.
Goodyear has made tires for the Concorde since 1995 at plants in Danville and Thailand.
The 15- year old girl charged with murder in the death of a Franklin County man allegedly knows what happened.
Sarah Edwards was in juvenile court today for her alleged role in the death of 41- year old Mike Campbell.
A sheriff's officials testified Edward gave investigators a statement saying she was there and knows what happened.
She'll be back in court on Friday.
Deputies say Campbell was shot several times in his bed.
26- year old Mickey Tex Rogers is also charged in Campbell's murder.
A would be robber got a surprise when he tried to make off with 30- thousand dollars in jewelry at Valley View Mall.
The man was attempting to rob Henebry's Jewelry last night when two customers intervened.
The manager noticed the man's hand inside a jewelry case and yelled for him to stop.
The suspect tried to leave the store but Drew Settle grabbed him and the bag he was carrying.
The bag contained more than 30- thousand dollars in diamond rings.
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((DREW SETTLE/CUSTOMER: I DON'T KNOW..... WHAT NEEDED TO BE DONE.
HEATHER RUTHERFORD/MANAGER: IF I'M.... THEY DON'T KNOW.))
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Settle's friend chased the suspect out of the mall but was NOT able to catch him.
But authorities did arrest a woman who was allegedly with the suspect.
Still ahead on News 7, the latest sparring between Senate candidates George Allen and Chuck Robb.
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And a Roanoke sanctuary comes tumbling down to make room for church expansion.
An old Roanoke sanctuary is now a piece of the past.
Oakland Baptist Church has been around since the 1920's, but it hasn't seen a lot of changes.
One big sudden change today when crews showed up to demolish the church's old sanctuary built in 1939.
The new building will house a Family Life Center.
Members of the congregation gathered this morning to watch the structure come down.
They described it as a bittersweet experience.
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Unlike the old center that was used primarily as a gymnasium, the new building will act as a multi-purpose facility.
George Allen's been running for the Senate almost since he left the Governor's mansion two and half years ago.
Chuck Robb had been somewhat uncertain about seeking re-election, but he's running flat out now. As the Senate campaign approaches the final stretch in the Fall, both candidates are fully focused on November 7th.
But they also have full-time jobs.
Ellen Qualls examines what that means for both men.
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(( Part of the fun of being a U-S Senator is getting out among the people, hearing their concerns, explaining your votes.
((ED MATRICARDI/REPUBLICAN PARTY OF VIRGINIA: FROM THE DOCUMENTATION WE HAVE, IT LOOKS LIKE HE'S HELD MORE OFFICIAL SENATE EVENTS THIS YEAR THAN IN THE LAST FIVE YEARS OF HIS TERM IN THE UNITED STATES SENATE. SO IF YOU'RE HOLDING MORE CAMPAIGN EVENTS IN FIVE MONTHS THAN YOU DO IN FIVE YEARS, THAT'S AN INDICATION THAT IT'S MORE RELATED TO THE CAMPAIGN THAN IT IS TO HIS OFFICIAL DUTIES AS A SENATOR.))
The Republican Party says Robb Senate staffers and office funds are being used to support what is baldly campaigning.
((SEN. CHUCK ROBB/D-VIRGINIA: AS YOU KNOW, BECAUSE I HAVE A DAY JOB IN THE SENATE, I CAN'T GET OUT AS OFTEN, SO I HAVE TO TAKE EVERY OPPORTUNITY AND EVERY ADVANTAGE THAT I CAN TO GET OUT AND VISIT.))
The Robb campaign calls the charges "ridiculous," adding the Senator even uses his own car for Senate travel and does NOT get reimbursed for mileage.
Meanwhile, George Allen's put about 36-hundred miles on an R-V, in the first three weeks of a statewide listening tour.
At the same time, he's being paid about 450-thousand dollars a year by a Richmond law firm.
((GEORGE ALLEN/R-U.S. SENATE CANDIDATE: WHAT I'M GOING TO DO IS TAKE A SUBSTANTIAL CUT. I DON'T HAVE TO. I'M A PARTNER. AND YOU OWN A PERCENTAGE OF IT. BUT I JUST THOUGHT IN FAIRNESS TO MY PARTNERS, I OUGHT TO CUT THAT BACK SUBSTANTIALLY AFTER LABOR DAY, WHEN I KNOW IT IS GOING TO BE 24 HOURS FULL A DAY. IN FACT, AFTER I GREET SOME OF THESE VOLUNTEERS, I AM GOING TO MY LAW OFFICE, HEH HEH, AT MCGUIRE WOODS.))
So after Labor Day, when he's really campaigning full-time, Allen says he'll only accept about 225-thousand dollars.
The pay cuts don't stop there.
If he wins in November, he'd have to make do with Robb's salary... 141-thousand dollars a year.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
A mixed day on Wall Street.
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The DOW rose 93 points while NASDAQ dropped 72.
The Bloomberg News 7 Index gained just over a point.
The city of Martinsville just kicked off its first National Night out.
All day crews have been preparing for the big event in downtown Martinsville.
All night there will be free food and entertainment including a giant slide and moonwalk.
Many hope this night will begin a tradition of many more events.
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((CAPT. ROBERT RAMSEY/MARTINSVILLE POLICE:IT'S EXCITING AND NERVE RACKING AT THE SAME TIME. WE'LL SEE IF THERE ARE ANY PROBLEMS THAT CROP UP AND HOPING EVERYTHING WILL WORK OUT. HOPE BIGGER AND BETTER NEXT YEAR.))
((STEVE DRAPER/MARTINSVILLE SHERIFF: THE MESSAGE HERE IS FIGHTING AGAINST CRIME AND DRUGS. I THINK THIS OPPORTUNITY TO TALK AND SHARE IDEAS GAMES AND FUN.))
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Martinsville decided to start its own national night out after seeing the success in Pittsylvania County. Festivities end around 10 this evening.
Coming your way tonight on News 7 sports, we'll continue our preseason high school football reports with a look at another defending state champ - the Brookville Bees.
Plus, we'll have the latest from the Redskins' and Panthers' training camps,
including a profile of Panthers' rookie tight end Casey Crawford - from UVa.
The Washington Redskins had yesterday off, but practiced this afternoon as they continue to get ready for their preseason opener with Tampa Bay this Friday night.
Head coach Norv Turner says that running back Stephen Davis will not play against the Bucs.
That means that backup tailback Skip Hicks will once again get a chance to show his stuff.
Hicks has shown flashes of brilliance in his two seasons with the team, and it appears that he finally understands what it will take to win over the coaches.
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Davis's absence also will give newly acquired Adrian Murrell, the former West Virginia Mountaineer, a chance to shine at the tailback spot.
The Carolina Panthers battle the Jacksonville Jaguars this Friday night in the Cat's exhibition season opener.
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Carolina quarterback Steve Beuerlein had five surgeries during the off season, and because of that, he might not play because of the Jaguars' tendency to blitz the quarterback. Coach George Seifert says the 35-year-old might play a maximum of two series.
Former Virginia tight end Casey Crawford is fighting for a spot on the Carolina Panthers roster in his first NFL training camp. Steve Mason and photographer Mark Hollandsworth caught up with him last week.
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((Casey Crawford is definitely experiencing an NFL baptism under fire. He's fighting for a roster spot, dealing with pro football pressure, and, on top of that, Casey got married a week before training camp began.
Crawford is making solid progress at camp and has caught the eye of both pro bowl tight end Wesley Walls, quarterback Steve Beuerlein and and head coach George Seifert.
Walls has experienced intense competition for playing time first hand in San Francisco. He sat behind Brent Jones before leaving the 49ers and has found a home and four or bowl seasons with the Panthers. He has taken Crawford under his wing.
The Panthers first round of cuts is set for mid August. Steve Mason News 7 sports.))
It's day number two of his school football preseason practice. Last night we checked in with the defending division four champs from Salem, and tonight we turn our attention to the reigning division three
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kings from Brookville.
The Bees are once again loaded this season as they get ready to do battle in the always brutal Seminole district.(////
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Johnson says little was said about last year's state title when the players began practice, but the postseason is once again the Bees' major goal.
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The Salem Avalanche returns home for a brief three game home stand tonight at Salem Memorial.
The Frederick Keys are in town. Salem enters tonight's game two games out of first in the south.