Coming up on News 7-
A Roanoke home goes up in flames tonight-
Trouble in Interstate 77- a fifty car pileup brings traffic to a halt.
American Airlines flights could come to a halt in one hour.
Plus we'll show you the newest in dolls- including Barbie the dentist.
News 7 is next.
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A 50 car pileup on Interstate 77 in Carroll County injured 10 people and
snarled traffic for hours.
It happened on foggy Fancy Gap Mountain, littering wreckage over a
three-mile stretch of highway.
Tracy Altizer reports.
IN Q=It all started when
SUPER=03-Carroll Co.; :00
SUPER=01-1st Sgt. G.J. Miles/VA State Police; :12
SUPER=01-Kathleen Aiello/Accident Victim; :22
SUPER=01-Mia Moran/Accident Victim; :45
OUT Q=were life-threatening.
(( It all started when one car slowed down in the fog.
State police say a car that was following too closely plowed into the back
of it, sparking a series of crashes over about a three- mile stretch of
((1ST SGT. G.J. MILES/VA STATE POLICE: WELL APPROXIMATELY ABOUT ))
OUT Q=BACK OF EACH OTHER
((KATHLEEN AIELLO/ACCIDENT VICTIM: A WOMAN CAME... ))
OUT Q=A CHAIN REACTION.
Some drivers who tried to stop to avoid wrecking ended up getting hit
anyway. Such was the case for Mia Moran.
((MIA MORAN/ACCIDENT VICTIM: I CAME TO A STOP... ))
About 20 of the cars involved had to be towed away.
Rescue crews transported about 10 people to area hospitals.
They were all treated for injuries, none of which were life- threatening.
Tracy Altizer, News 7.))
V-DOT engineers say after today's pile-up they'll look into what kinds of
fog lights and funds are available to make the highway safer.
Currently there ARE "heavy fog area" signs posted along Fancy Gap Mountain.
But some motorists say there's more to the problem than just fog.
IN Q=Some people run
((STEVE PIERCE/TRACTOR TRAILER DRIVER: SOME PEOPLE RUN 20, SOME RUN 60. YOU
GONNA RUN UP ON SOMEBODY. THAT'S WHERE YOU GET YOU PROBLEMS AT. IT GETS SO
FOGGY UP THERE YOU CAN'T SEE THE END OF THE TRUCK SOMETIMES.))
SUPER=01-Steve Pierce/Tractor Trailer Driver;
OUT Q=the truck sometimes.
Pierce travels I-77 twice a week.
He says the mountains along with the fog, make it especially hard for truck
drivers to slow down enough to prevent their 60- thousand pound rigs from
hitting slow or stopped vehicles.
Fire investigators are still at the scene of a house fire in Roanoke County
An electrical problem could be to blame.
The fire broke out around 7-30 on Ferguson Valley Road near Garden City.
Firefighters arrived to find heavy smoke coming from the kitchen and living
IN Q=When the owners
((CHIEF COLIN GEE/ROANOKE CO. FIRE DEPT.: WHEN THE OWNERS CAME HOME THEY
NOTICED THE LIGHTS WERE OUT. THEY OPENED THE DOOR THEY NOTICED THE FIRE
INVOLVED THEN. THEY TRIED TO PUT IT OUT WITH A WATER HOSE WHILE OTHERS DIALED
SUPER=01-Chief Colin Gee/Roanoke Co. Fire Dept.
OUT Q=others dialed 911.
The fire did spread to the attic before firefighters knocked it down.
The home was not a total loss but it did have heat and smoke damage.
No one was injured.
The clock is ticking toward midnight and still no deal between American
Airlines and its pilots.
In less than one hour pilots could walk off the job. Lee Cowan has the
SUPER=01-Kenneth Hipp/National Mediator;
SUPER=01-Lee Cowan/CBS News;
OUT Q=CBS News, Washington."
((American Airline pickets continued today. The lines at American
ticket counters continued to grow
and the talking in Washington continued to go back and forth.
The outcome of it all- continued frustration.
CAPT. JIM SOVICH/ALLIED PILOTS ASSOCIATION: IT BECAME OBVIOUS AS THE DAY WORE
ON THAT BOTH SIDES WERE
DIGGING IN AND PREPARING FOR THE WORST DESPITE PUTTING ON A GOOD FACE FOR
CHRIS CHIAMES/AMERICAN AIRLINES SPOKESMAN: PROGRESS IS COMING, BUT IT'S COMING
All of it moving far to slowly for the thousands of passengers this strike
PASSENGER: WE CAN GET THERE. WE'RE WORRIED WE WON'T GET HOME.
The main sticking points continue to be over pay- The pilots want
an increase and who will fly those commuter routes- the cheaper pilots under a
different union working for American eagle or the American Airlines pilots who
make a lot more.
As for any intervention by the president, the White House is not
showing it's hand yet.
In fact, national mediators hinted that any action by the white
house is doubtful.
KENNETH HIPP/NATIONAL MEDIATOR:
Without intervention the strike is likely to happen stranding
an estimated 40-thousand passengers, and costing the economy up to 200 million
dollars per day.
The pilots union had only three words for the airline late this
CAPT. JIM SOVICH/ALLIED PILOTS ASSOCIATION: Take the deal
LEE COWAN/CBS NEWS: THE PILOTS RIGHT NOW ARE INVOLVED IN A TELECONFERENCE WITH
IT'S MEMBERS NATION-WIDE BREAKING THE NEWS TO THEM FIRST, WHAT THEIR NEXT STEP
WILL BE-IT PROBABLY WON'T TAKE A LOT OF GUESSING. LEE COWAN, CBS NEWS,
Local travel agents say a strike will not have a great impact on Southwest
American doesn't fly into Roanoke or Lynchburg.
Some local travelers with American connections to the Caribbean though may
run into trouble.
An autopsy confirms child beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey was sexually
A judge in Colorado, released parts of the report but sealed the rest for
According to the report, the six-year-old was strangled and
suffered severe head injuries.
Among the questions not answered- the time of death.
SUPER=03-Boulder, CO/December 26;
Prosecutors asked the judge to seal the report- saying it includes
information only investigators and the killer know.
JonBenet's body was found in the basement of her family's home
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at 11, the General Assembly continues to fight over
And...get ready to Squirm With Herm one more time, as Ted Stone talks with
the disc jockey who first brought rock 'n' roll to the airwaves in Roanoke.
MUSIC UP FULL
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A twenty-year prison term was handed down today for a man who admitted to
killing his drinking buddy last winter.
39-year old Randall T. Faris pleaded guilty in November to second-degree
murder for the shooting death of Bobby Anthony Carter.
Police say Faris shot Carter twice, stuffed his body in the trunk of a car
and drove to Bedford County, where he dumped Carter by the side of the road.
Prosecutors argued today the killing was malicious and intentional, and
judge William Sweeney agreed.
The twenty-year sentence was ABOVE what state sentencing guidelines called
The 1997 General Assembly has one more week of work. Whether to create
locally-controlled charter schools may be its biggest fight.
Today, Governor George Allen waded into the battle he said would be "a
distraction" late last year.
Republican Allen is challenging Democratic Lieutenant Governor Don Beyer to
lead his party to support charter schools. That after President Clinton
endorsed them with an offer of federal funding.
IN Q=I have long
((LT. GOV. DON BEYER: I HAVE LONG SUPPORTED CHARTER SCHOOLS...AND CONVERT
OUT Q=convert it.
But Beyer says the GOP bill still could not qualify for Clinton's aid.
That's because it doesn't require a lottery to ensure NO discrimination in
admission to a charter school.
Beyer's working on House Majority Leader Dick Cranwell, who's still citing a
Harvard study to oppose charter schools.
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: CLINTON IS A SEGREGATIONIST? IS THAT WHAT THESE FOLKS
IN HARVARD ARE SAYING? PRESIDENT CLINTON MENTIONED IN HIS STATE OF THE UNION
ADDRESS, OR THAT WE'RE SEGREGATIONISTS. IT'S ABSOLUTELY ABSURD. IT'S VERY
CLEAR IN THIS LANGUAGE THAT THERE WILL BE NO DISCRIMINATION.))
OUT Q=no discrimination.
Virginia Democrats are hosting U-S Education Secretary Richard Riley
tomorrow night at their annual Jefferson Jackson Day dinner.
Allen's is writing to President Clinton to ask Riley to lobby them.
GRAPHIC=Voices From The Past
One of the most significant events in Roanoke broadcasting history occurred
one afternoon back in 1953.
A young radio announcer walked into a studio with a stack of records nobody
else was playing, and put one on a turntable.
That was the day rock 'n'roll hit the airwaves in Roanoke.
That young disc jockey is still in the business. Ted Stone has his story, in
the conclusion of our series "Voices From The Past."
IN Q=In 1953
SUPER=01-Herm Reavis/Former WRIS Disc Jockey; :38
OUT Q=News 7.
((In 1953, a 20-year old radio announcer from Galax named Herm Reavis came
to Roanoke to work at WRIS.
Back then, the station was located downtown, right above the Thornton-
Creasy drug store.
Radio programming was very different in those days. A station might play
"Clair de Lune" one hour, and "Blue Moon Of Kentucky" the next.
((VOICE OF HERM REAVIS/FORMER WRIS DISC JOCKEY: STATIONS TRIED TO BE ALL THINGS
TO ALL PEOPLE.))
In the afternoons, Reavis played music aimed at teenagers. And he had a
hunch about what they'd like. He and some friends had been hearing some new
sounds by musicians such as Fats Domino on the airwaves coming up from a
powerful station in the deep south.
((HERM REAVIS/FORMER WRIS DISC JOCKEY: A STATION IN NEW ORLEANS, WWL, I
BELIEVE. IT HAD A PROGRAM CALLED "GENE'S RECORD SHOP." AND GENE PLAYED ALL
KINDS OF RHYTHM AND BLUES MUSIC, BOOGIE WOOGIE TYPE MUSIC. AND I HAPPENED TO
LUCK INTO FINDING A STACK OF THOSE RECORDS AT THE RADIO STATION THAT WERE JUST
STACKED BACK. NOBODY WAS PLAYING THEM, AND I JUST STARTED PLAYING THEM ONE
Reavis had just given Roanoke a taste of the music that New York deejay Alan
Freed would soon be calling "rock 'n' roll." The response was dramatic.
((HERM REAVIS: I REMEMBER ONE DAY WITHIN THE FIRST COUPLE OF WEEKS, THE
SECRETARY CAME IN AND SAID "THE MAILMAN'S HERE; YOU'VE GOT A BIG STACK OF
MAIL." HE WAS ACTUALLY CARRYING, OR DRAGGING, TWO BIG MAIL BAGS OF MAIL. THE
STATION ACTUALLY DIDN'T KNOW, OR THE MANAGEMENT DIDN'T KNOW THIS PROGRAM WAS
EVEN ON THE AIR.))
WRIS capitalized on Reavis's popularity by forming the "Squirm With Herm
Club." Cardholders got special deals from local merchants.
But Roanoke's first rock and roll deejay was soon in the middle of Roanoke's
first rock and roll controversy.
((HERM REAVIS: THERE WAS A SONG CALLED "HONEY LOVE," DONE BY THE DRIFTERS.))
((THE DRIFTERS SINGING: I NEED IT, WHEN THE MOON IS BRIGHT. I NEED IT, WHEN YOU
HOLD ME TIGHT.))
((HERM REAVIS: RIGHT AWAY, THE LISTENERS LIKED IT. FOR THE MOST PART. BUT SOME
DID NOT, AND WERE OFFENDED BY IT. SO, IT GOT TO BE A CONTROVERSIAL RECORD.))
((THE DRIFTERS SINGING: YES, I LOVE IT, 'CAUSE IT FEELS SO FINE. I LOVE IT, YES
IT THRILLS MY SPINE.))
((HERM REAVIS: SO I HAD AN OLD RECORD, IT WAS NOT "HONEY LOVE" BY THE DRIFTERS
BUT IT WAS JUST SOME OLD RECORD, THROWAWAY TYPE. SO I WAS SAYING "IF YOU DON'T
WANT TO HEAR IT, IF IT'S NOT TO BE PLAYED, I'LL JUST BREAK IT. I JUST WON'T
PLAY IT ANYMORE! THEN I BROKE IT. AND YOU COULD HEAR IT SNAP OVER THE
MICROPHONE. I GOT SO INVOLVED I EVEN MADE A LITTLE CUT ON MY FINGER.))
((THE DRIFTERS SINGING: I NEED IT -- GET IT, BOY! -- HONEY LOVE.))
((HERM REAVIS: THEN I STARTED THIS NICE, SOFT, SWEET MUSIC. AND I PLAYED ABOUT
THREE OR FOUR SONGS OFF OF THAT LP. AND THEN I CAME BACK IN AND I SAID "HEY,
GUESS WHAT? SOMEBODY JUST BROUGHT ME ANOTHER COPY OF 'HONEY LOVE.' I'M GONNA
PLAY THIS THING REGARDLESS OF WHAT THEY THINK!" AND I PLAYED IT. THEN I PLAYED
IT ABOUT THREE OR FOUR TIMES IN A ROW!))
Reavis soon had competition from the late "Jivin Jackson" on WROV, and rock
and roll has been on the air in Roanoke ever since.
Reavis moved into management, and today runs country station WSLC.
During his 50 years in radio, he's helped many successful broadcasters get
started in the business. But you can bet none of his proteges ever received two
sacks of fan mail in one day.
Ted Stone, News 7.))
Soft Music Under
Stay with us, coming up next
we'll see how the weather was a thorn in the side for local florists as they
dealt with their busiest day of the year.
MUSIC UP FULL
If you received a Valentine's bouquet today, did you ever wonder where those
flowers come from?
Steve Smallshaw takes us behind the scenes for a look at the madness that IS
a florists shop on Valentines Day.
SUPER=01-Gina Ayers/Flowers By Timberlake; :17
SUPER=01-Melvin Tweedy/Delivery Driver; 1:01
SUPER=01-Laura Tomlin/Manager; 1:14
OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.
((natsot on phone
natsot Melvin (whew!)
natsot Henry 2:18:45 "nervewracking"
natsot phone rings, LT answers 1:39:29
((GOOD MORNING, FLOWERS BY TIMBERLAKE)) RUNS=:10
IN Q=It's been crazy
((GINA AYERS/FLOWERS BY TIMBERLAKE: IT'S BEEN CRAZY, NO SLEEP, JUST VERY
STRESSFUL. BUT IT'S FUN TOO, VALENTINES IS A NEAT HOLIDAY.))
OUT Q=neat holiday.
Well, maybe "neat" isn't the right word, but it is action-packed.
The Flowers By Timberlake staff spent most of last night here arranging
They were at it again today, in between answering the phone, handling the
walk- in customers, and getting the deliveries out the door.
IN Q=After all the
((After all the hard work back in the shop, it's the delivery drivers who
really reap the benefits. Folks like Melvin Tweedy have one of the few jobs
where people are always glad to see you show up, especially on Valentine's
OUT Q=Valentine's Day.
natsot delivery 3:18:18
((HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY...THANK YOU.))
IN Q=I think the
((MELVIN TWEEDY/DELIVERY DRIVER: I THINK THE ICE HAD KEPT SO MANY PEOPLE HOME
AND I THINK IT'S REALLY LIFTED THEIR SPIRITS UP, ESPECIALLY ON A MORNING LIKE
THIS, AND ESPECIALLY VALENTINES.))
OUT Q=especially Valentines.
The hours are long, the thorns are sharp, and the pace hectic...but we never
heard a complaint.
IN Q=I see my
((LAURA TOMLIN/MANAGER: I SEE MY CUSTOMERS EVERY DAY, ESPECIALLY BEING DOWN
HERE ON MAIN STREET, SO I SEE THEM AS CUSTOMERS AND FRIENDS. SO TO SEE THEM
SMILING TODAY IS A GOOD THING, MAKES ME FEEL LIKE IT WAS ALL WORTH WHILE.))
OUT Q=all worth while.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))
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Whose the best driver of all, in any series? Maybe Little Al Unser. he won
today's IROC race at Daytona. Mark Martin was second followed by Dale
Earnhardt. Racing fans also got a big scare during today's Daytona 200.
SUPER=03-Daytona Beach, FL/ESPN; :00
On the 65th lap of the 80 lap NASCAR Goody's Dash Series race, George
Crenshaw's Pontiac was bumped into the wall and then the car flipped seven
times, landing up-right near the infield grass. He managed to walk away.
Bobby Sockwell went on to win the the race. now your numbers
WIPE TO SCORES
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The Roanoke Express built a 3-nothing lead, only to fall to Richmond in a
shootout at the Roundhouse tonight.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Express vs Renegades; :
Roanoke led 1 to nothing after the first period; then while working the
power play Wayne Strachan was in the right place at the right time as he
deflects the shot in and scores. The Express led 2-zip in the Second.
Roanoke took advantage again on the power play. Duane Harmer
fires the slap shot from the blue line and its deflected past Richmond's Tripp
Tracy by J.F. Tremblay; the Express led 3 to nothing. But Richmond came back to
tie it and wins 4-3 in a shootout.
The 4th place Express did gain a point on 5th place Charlotte. The loss to
the Renegades could partially be attributed to playing without Roanoke's 5th
This morning, rookie left winger Jeff Cowan was called up by the AHL's
Saint John Flames. He has 21 goals and 13 assists.
GRAPHIC=High School Hoops
The weather could not stop the Blue Ridge District, as the Northside
Vikings hosted the Salem Spartans.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Spartans vs Vikings; :
It was Senior night for the Vikings but the Spartans came out hot.
Salem gets it inside to Kwam Lewis who scores off the glass to give the
Spartans the early lead.
Northside started slow but on this play number 44 Spencer Richards hits
the boards hard for the put back and the Vikings trailed by 2.
Salem got the ball to guard Andy Beach and he pulls up in the corner for
the three pointer and the Spartans led by three.
Then watch this play. Beach gets SUPER=33-Salem/76/Roanoke/53/;it out
and drives to the hoop passes it underneath to Eric Grinnell for two of his 19
points and the Spartans win it 76 to 53.
The Group A and Two A schools rolled out the mats over in salem today for
the Virginia High School League state Wrestling championships.
A familar face on the floor of the Salem Civic Center is Kevin Dresser.
Dresser won several state titles at Grundy before retiring two years ago.
But he's back as head coach of the Christiansburg Blue Demons.
IN Q="I don't
((KEVIN DRESSER/CHRISTIANSBURG HEAD COACH: ))
SUPER=01-Kevin Dresser/Christiansburg Head Coach; :
OUT Q=........lot of progress."
More than 40 schools from both classifications are competing for individual
and state titles.
IN Q="I'd Say...
((NATHAN CAMPBELL/LORD BOTETOURT 171 POUND WRESTLER: ))
SUPER=01-Nathan Campbell/Lord Botetourt 171 Pound Wrestler; :
OUT Q=...........the crop here."
More sports headed your way. Mike Stevens will check in from Daytona
for a fire side chat with Rusty Wallace who gets a bit fired up when asked
about the Daytona 500.
By winning yesterday, the two Dales are the heavy favorites to win Sunday's
But Mike Stevens has more on a dark horse whose charging hard on the outside.
IN Q=first audio
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SUPER=01-Jeff Gordon/Driver #24 Dupont Chevrolet; :58
OUT Q=...News 7 sports"
They're smart, they move and some can even fix your teeth. They are the
((MOMMY I'M HUNGRY OH YOU'RE HUNGRY. LETS' HAVE SOME BOTTLE.))
OUT Q=HAVE SOME BOTTLE."
Susie so smart is just one doll unveiled at the Big Toy Fair in New York
Look what Mattel's done to Barbie. She can move-
This year Barbie graduates from Dental School.
Clever packaging is the ticket for these dolls- They look like they've been
delivered through the mail. It's COD- cuddle on delivery.
Check out KISS- the dolls.
The action figures have details right down to the black and white makeup.