The old saw: "cooking with gas" may have been the only way some folks got Thanksgiving dinner on the table.
On NEWS 7 at SIX, we'll spot check local electical power outages caused by high winds over night, this morning and all day long.
And we'll hear from the Reverend Jerry Falwell how his life got turned around after being headed for a career in journalism.
In sports, Willis White and Taylor Edwards talk about tomorrow's state semi final, UVa and Tech offer thanksgivings,
and a coin toss error might just have cost the Pittsburgh Steelers a win today.
A stiff breeze signaled the arrival of Thanksgiving Day-- It'll stay breezy for one more day.
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About two thousand families lost power due to high winds today.
The wind knocked trees into power lines -- causing the lights to go out in scattered homes from Lynchburg to Pulaski.
Crews say some creative chefs used a gas grill to cook their turkey.
[IN Q=Everybody's happy]
((EVERYBODY'S HAPPY JUST TO BE WITH THEIR FAMILIES SO IN THE CASES WHERE THE ENTIRE FAMILY IS INVOLVED AND THE POWER WAS OUT. EVERYBODY'S BEEN REALLY JOVIAL. THEY ALL COME OUT AND WANT TO SEE WHAT WE'RE DOING OF COURSE.))
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[OUT Q=of course]
In most cases, crews have been able to restore the power within two hours.
If a power outage interrupted your Thanksgiving meal, think what you'd do if you had no dinner at all.
Those less fortunate didn't have to go hungry this holiday, thanks to the generosity of community groups like the Rescue Mission of Roanoke.
Volunteers worked for hours in the kitchen and served up nearly 700-hundred traditional turkey dinners with all the trimmings.
All of this food-- from the potatoes to the pies-- was donated.
People who enjoyed the free meal say they have a lot to be thankful for.
[IN Q=THAT I'M HERE AND THAT]
((DON NORTON:THAT I'M HERE AND THAT I HAVE A CHANCE TO BE A PART OF THIS AND YOU KNOW THAT MY LIFE IS COMING BACK TOGETHER.))
((SUE LOVELACE/VOLUNTEER: IT'S WONDERFUL, REALLY GOOD TO KNOW YOU COULD DO FOR PEOPLE THAT CAN'T DO FOR THEMSELVES.))
[OUT Q=DO FOR THEMSELVES.]
Many organizations are still serving Thanksgiving dinners tonight.
The Rescue Mission in Roanoke has another seating starting at 6:30.
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This day of giving thanks is also one of maintaining hope for the family of Rob Kovack.
The search continues for the missing Virginia Tech student.
Teresa Hamilton has an update.
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[SUPER=01-Catherine Porzio/Kovack's Friend; 1:16]
[OUT Q=NEWS 7, Blacksburg. (quick out)]
It's been more than two months since 25- year old Rob Kovack was last seen leaving Blacksburg for his parents' home in West Virginia.
His abandoned red geo tracker was discovered several days later in Fayette County--near the New River Gorge Bridge.
An area that's been repeatedly searched by friends and family.
[IN Q=You lose your]
((BRUCE BRADBERY/BLACKSBURG POLICE:YOU LOSE YOUR KEYS, YOU DON'T LOSE PEOPLE AND WE REALLY NEED TO KEEP GOING AND KEEP
THIS THING ALIVE AND KEEP IT HOT AS LONG AS WE CAN--- TO TRY AND FIND HIM. ))
[OUT Q=find him.]
Blacksburg police have been working the case with West Virginia state police.
But so far, the questions still seem to outweigh the answers.
[IN Q=That's sad]
((BRUCE BRADBERY/BLACKSBURG POLICE: THAT'S SAD, WE'RE APPROACHING ONE OF THE BIGGEST FAMILY HOLIDAYS OF THE YEAR AND WE HAVE NOTHING NEW TO REPORT. ))
[OUT Q=to report.]
But police say they're NOT giving in and neither are Kovack's friends...
Friends, like Jeff Berghage who studied architecture with Kovack at Virginia Tech.
[IN Q=We're just ]
((JEFF BERGHAGE/KOVACK'S FRIEND:WE'RE JUST TRYING TO HOLD UP OUR END HERE, SO HIS FAMILY FEELS LIKE THERE'S SOMEBODY DOWN HERE THAT'S TRYING TO HELP. ))
[OUT Q=to help.]
Kovack's family has since hired a private detective and is offering a reward for information.
To help offset the cost--- Kovack's friends have been chipping in.
They run a concession stand at Tech's home football games.
They've also been writing letters and distributing fliers.
[IN Q=Now I'm much]
((CATHERINE PORZIO/KOVACK'S FRIEND:NOW I'M MUCH MORE AWARE OF POSTERS THAT I SEE AT REST STOPS OF OTHER MISSING PEOPLE AND I DON'T THINK I'LL EVER BE ABEL TO FORGET SOMETHING LIKE THIS. ))
[OUT Q=like this.]
A situation made even harder during the holidays.
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7, Blacksburg.))
Kovack's friends have also created a WEB page with details about the case.
You can find a link to it by clicking on webwatch on the WDBJ website, at wdbj7-dot com.
Helicopters are dumping buckets of water --
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on a blaze in Southwestern Augusta County that has charred 15-hundred-acres of land in the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests.
The man-made fire started last Saturday.
Forest service officials say firefighters have contained about half the fire.
They expect to conquer the rest by Monday.
Four-hundred-fifty firefighters are working on it.
Officials say fire conditions are still hazardous across the forest and campfires are illegal.
A dozen years behind bars is the sentence for a man who tried to rip off a car in Roanoke -- from a police officer.
In May, 20-year old Antuan (AN-TWAN) Taylor stole a money bag from a depositor at First Virginia Bank on Orange Avenue.
But, his getaway car failed to start, so he ran to another bank across the street where detective Ron Jones was sitting in his car.
Taylor then jerked the door open and told Jones to get out.
A chase followed after the detective refused and Jones eventually caught Taylor and retrieved the money.
Taylor was sentenced this week to 14 years behind bars.
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Coming up, a Virginia tobacco giant says it WILL recover from a recent multi-billion-dollar settlement... and its putting up the money to prove it.
And he may be a man of the church, but Jerry Falwell is no stranger to the seedy side of life.
A look at the Reverend's past -- in his own words, when the news returns.
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The Philip Morris tobacco giant says it's so sure of its future -- it's buying back company stock.
Philip Morris is resuming its eight-billion-dollar program to buy back stock.
That's despite last week's 206-billion-dollar settlement with the states on tobacco-related health claims.
Philip Morris makes the best-selling Marlboro cigarettes and others that make up more than half of U-S cigarette sales.
The company runs a huge cigarette-manufacturing plant in Richmond.
A reported merger-in-the-making could place a Virginia-based company in the middle of the richest corporate buyout ever.
Exxon is reportedly discussing a buyout of Mobil Corporation, based in Fairfax.
The energy giants were split apart nearly 90 years ago by trustbusters -- their reunion would create the world's premier energy business.
Neither company would confirm the 49-(B) billion dollar acquisition.
Mobil has been divesting its non-core operations to focus on oil and gas production, and owns or operates all or part of 25 refineries
It's the second-largest oil and gas group in the US -- behind Exxon.
Former tenants of a Danville apartment complex that burned down last Thanksgiving Day are still getting their lives back together.
Fire ripped through the Cabin Lake apartments last year just as people were finishing their holiday meals.
Christy Hubley caught up with some of the tenants to find out how they're moving on.
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[SUPER=01-Tosha Carter/Former Tenant; :00]
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[OUT Q=News 7, Danville.]
[IN Q=I still look back on it]
((TOSHA CARTER/FORMER TENANT: I STILL LOOK BACK ON IT AND I DON'T KNOW HOW WE MADE IT THROUGH, YOU KNOW, IT'S JUST THE LORD AND GOOD FRIENDS AND GOOD FAMILY, THAT'S THE ONLY WAY WE MADE IT.))
[OUT Q=only way we made it.]
Tosha Carter was nine months pregnant with her son S'coy last Thanksgiving Day.
She wasn't home when the fire erupted at the Cabin Lake apartments.
But when she got there, she saw flames shooting through the roof.
[IN Q=You know I was]
((TOSHA CARTER/FORMER TENANT: YOU KNOW I WAS SEEING IT BUT I WASN'T BELIEVING IT. SO I COULDN'T REALLY BELIEVE IT WAS MY HOUSE.))
[OUT Q= it was my house.]
With the help of generous donations, Tosha moved her family into a new home just a week after the fire.
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E.J. Craft, his girlfriend, and their children have also moved on from the fire after losing everything-- including precious pictures and belongings.
[IN Q=My children's mother]
((E.J. CRAFT/FORMER TENANT: MY CHILDREN'S MOTHER DIED TWO YEARS AGO AND THEY HAD SPECIAL MEMORIAL ITEMS FROM THEIR MOTHER THAT THEY DON'T HAVE ANYMORE. MY DAUGHTER HAD HER MOTHER'S JEWELRY YOU KNOW AND STUFF THAT SHE PROBABLY WOULD HAVE PASSED ON TO HER DAUGHTER AND STUFF LIKE THAT IS GONE. IT CAN NEVER BE REPLACED, NEVER EVER TO BE REPLACED.))
[OUT Q=ever to be replaced.]
The burned out apartments have been torn down.
Fire investigators have concluded their investigation-- labelling the fire UNDETERMINED.
But for former tenants, those finalities don't make what happened go away.
Both Tosha Carter and E.J. Craft have joined other tenants in a lawsuit against the apartment owners.
They're seeking more than 10-million dollars to compensate their losses.
A lawyer for the tenants says the lawsuit could go to trial next May.
Christy Hubley, News 7, Danville.))
Lynchburg's most famous son set out to become a journalist- -and ended up a preacher.
The Reverend Jerry Falwell proudly proclaims he's the son of a moonshine runner.
The sale of bootleg whiskey may- -or may not- -be an unusual spring-board to the pulpit at Thomas Road Baptist Church.
Undoubtedly members of the Congregation have heard the story countless times.
But we figured others might be interested in hearing how the evangelist got into the ministry.
[IN Q=I was converted]
((I WAS CONVERTED TO CHRIST THROUGH A RADIO BROADCAST IN 1952, WHILE I WAS A SOPHOMORE- -A SECOND-YEAR STUDENT- -AT LYNCHBURG COLLEGE. I PLANNED TO GO TO TECH TO BE A JOURNALIST.))
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[OUT Q=to be a journalist.]
Though the young college student was spared that fate... and is now one of the most recognizable preachers in the world, Reverend Falwell seems to revel in his illicit roots.
[IN Q=My father had]
((MY FATHER HAD THE LARGEST NIGHTCLUB IN VIRGINIA WHERE ALL THE BIG BANDS- -JIMMY DORSEY, TOMMY DORSEY- -ALL CAME, WHEN I WAS JUST AN INFANT. AND HE ALSO- -DURING PROHIBITION- -WAS THE LARGEST DISTRIBUTOR OF ILLEGAL WHISKEY IN THIS PART OF THE COUNTRY.))
[OUT Q=of the country. -- QUICK OUT-- NO PAD!!!]
Doctor Falwell says his father was also the Sheriff.
Still ahead in our newscast,
It's a slice of history with all the trimmings.
We'll take you to a local barber shop that has REALLY stood the test of time.
In today's competitive world, it's difficult to stay in business.
But a Salem barber shop has managed stay a cut above the others when it comes to longevity.
David Johnson has more on the century-old business.
[IN Q=This barber shop]
[SUPER=01-Freddie Scaggs/Former Owner; :16]
[SUPER=01-Leon Arledge/Longtime Customer; :57]
[SUPER=01-Ronald Lancaster/New Owner; 2:20]
[OUT Q=Djo, News 7, Salem.]
((This barber shop is 108-years old.
Freddie Scaggs bought it in 1965, 13-years after he began working here.
Scaggs has enjoyed owning a cut of history.
[IN Q=IT'S BEEN NICE]
((FREDDIE SCAGGS/FORMER OWNER; IT'S BEEN NICE TO HAVE BEEN HERE, TO KNOW THE PEOPLE AND EVERYTHING. IT'S BEEN A WAY OF LIFE.))
[OUT Q=WAY OF LIFE.]
There's more to the "Olde Salem Barber and Styling Shop" than just being a place to get a trim.
The business is a museum of sorts, with this barber chair, the mirrors, shoe shine stand and display case all from 1925.
[IN Q=EVERYTHING IN THIS]
((SCAGGS; EVERYTHING IN THIS DISPLAY CASE HAS BEEN GIVEN TO ME BY CUSTOMERS THAT COME IN. CLIPPERS LIKE THESE ARE AT LEAST 50 YEARS OLD.))
[OUT Q=50-YEARS OLD.]
The former owner says he's not made many changes because he believes the old adage -- if it ain't broke, don't fix it.
[IN Q=THEY HAVEN'T WORN]
((SCAGGS; THEY HAVEN'T WORN OUT FOR ONE THING. YOU WANT TO LEAVE IT LIKE IT IS, AS LONG AS IT WORKS GOOD.))
[OUT Q=WORKS GOOD.]
Even when he did replace the cash register, he donated the antique to the Salem Historical Society, he purchased another one that fit the element of his business.
[IN Q=I WENT OUT]
((SCAGGS; I WENT OUT AND THEY TRIED TO SELL ME A COMPUTERIZED THING AND I SAID NO, I WANT THE SIMPLEST THING YOU CAN GET BECAUSE BARBERS AREN'T TOO SMART. WE DON'T NEED TO GET MESSED UP. Laughter))
Each of these floor tiles were put in place by hand in the same year.
Scaggs says the history-rich shop and some hard work has kept his regulars coming back, some of them for up to 80-years.
[IN Q=SINCE I'VE BEEN HERE]
((SCAGGS; SINCE I'VE BEEN HERE, I'VE HAD UP TO FOUR GENERATIONS OF PEOPLE.))
[OUT Q=OF PEOPLE.]
Leon Arledge has been a regular since 1960.
[IN Q=WE'VE HAD A LOT]
((LEON ARLEDGE/LONG TIME CUSTOMER; WE'VE HAD A LOT OF FUN THROUGH THE YEARS AND I HAVE REAL GOOD FRIENDS HERE IN RONNIE AND FREDDIE. THE OTHER TWO GENTLEMEN AS TIME GOES ON I'M SURE I'LL DEVELOP A REAL GOOD RELATIONSHIP WITH THEM. AND I APPRECIATE IT.))
[OUT Q=APPRECIATE IT.]
Ronald Lancaster is only the fifth proprietor of the barber shop.
((DAVID JOHNSON/REPORTING; KISER JANEY OPERATED THIS SHOE SHINE STAND FOR 25-YEARS UNTIL 1980. IT HAS NOT BEEN USED SINCE. STILL IT IS PART OF WHAT MAKES THIS BARBER SHOP UNIQUE. THAT'S WHY THE NEW OWNER SAYS IT WILL STAY.))
[IN Q=I KIND OF LIKE]
((RONALD LANCASTER/NEW OWNER; I KIND OF LIKE IT THE WAY IT IS. I LIKE THE OLD STYLE SHOP. I MIGHT CHANGE A FEW THINGS HERE, I'LL JUST HAVE TO WAIT AND SEE.))
[OUT Q=WAIT AND SEE.]
Next to Roanoke College, the barber shop is the oldest business in Salem to remain in continuous operation in the same location.
David Johnson, News 7, Salem.))
the Lions and the Steelers knock heads in the Lions annual thanksgiving clash, the Express talks about what it is thankful for,
and Tech and UVa get ready for a battle with turkeys in their minds as well.
The Detroit Lions continued their trademark thanksgiving festiveties today against the Pittsburgh Steelers in a game marred by questionable calls.
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In the first quartter, Pittsburgh quarterback appears to fumble after a hit but the officals rule that Slash's knee was down, the call leads to a field goal. It gets worse later.
The Steelers counted on the foot of Norm Johnson to lead most of the day, and some luck never huerts. Stewart passes to Jerome Bettis, the ball goes off his finger tips and into the arms of Will Blackwell for his first TD catch of the season. 13-3 Pitttsburgh with about 7 minutes left in the third.
After a Lions field goal, Charlie Batch fines former UVa great Herman Mooreon a 21 yard touchdown completion and detroit ties the game up at 13 all. It's just Moore's second TD grab of the season.
The game would go into overtime tied at 16, but on [SUPER=30-Detroit/19/Pittsburgh/16;]the coin toss, Bettis calls
tails and the ref thought he said heads...so Detroit gets the ball in overtime.
Jason Hanson boots a 42 yard field goal three minutes into overtime and the Lions improve to 5 and 7 while dropping Pittsburgh to 7 and 5 with the 19-16 win.
Virginia Tech and Virginia are just a day away from their 80th meeting. A few players from both teams forgot about the bitter instate rivalry for a few minutes this week to talk about what they are thankful for on Thanksgiving.
[IN Q="I'm just]
[SUPER=01-Keion Carpenter/Va. Tech Senior Free Safety; :00]
[SUPER=01-Patrick Kerney/UVa Senior Defensive End; :16]
[SUPER=01-Lamont Pegues/Va. Tech Senior Running Back; :23]
[SUPER=01-Wale Elegbe/UVa Safety; :34]
[OUT Q=...on saturday"]
Giles, Rustburg, Amherst, and Covington are just four of our friday football extra team still competing in the VHSL playoffs.
Salem and Martinsville will alos square off tomorrow at 1:30. despite dominated most opponets this season is worried about the dogs.
[SUPER=01-Willis White/Salem Head Coach; :00]
[OUT Q=....always a concern]
Coach White already commented on the conflict the game has with the Tech/UVa clash at noon, now it's Taylor Edwards turn.
[SUPER=01-Taylor Edwards/Martinsville Head Coach; :00]
[OUT Q=...right here I hope"]
The Virginia mens basketball team is back in action this Tuesday against Forida State in ACC action.
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last night the cavaliers got a huge boost in confidence with a dominant 116-66 victory over Hampton at Univeristy Hall. It weas the home debut of new head coach Pete Gillen, who got 21 poitns from Freshman Chris Williams.
Freshman Adam Hall, who dishes to Williams for this bucket, poured in 27 points on the night to lead the Cavs, who are now 3 and 2 on thte season.
The Express is on the ice tonight against the Huntington Blizzard. Although games plans. traps and goals are the main focus at this time, the thnaksgiving spirit wasa topic of the week.
[SUPER=01-Mike Peron/Express Centerman; :00]
[SUPER=01-Doug Searle/Express Captain; :08]
[SUPER=01-Duane Harmer/Express Defenseman; :20]
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