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   Thomasville Times Enterprise (Newspaper) - January 12, 1971, Thomasville, Georgia                                 VOL. LXXXII—NO. 10  ®Ji0mafiiîtlk ëmtB -ttúnpxm  TEL. 226-2400 - P.O. Box 650  THOMASVILLE, GEORGIA 31792 TUESDAY AFTERNOON, JANUARY 12, 1971  10 PAGES  DAILY EXCEPT SUNDAY  100 PER COPY  SPOTLIGHT  on  CITY  By ROY TREFFTZS  Taxpayer Money For Downtown Parking?  It's Official: No Turns on Red Light  At last it is legal in Thomasville. Drivers must stop on a red traffic light. City ordinances never said so before although the state law does.  Before adoption of the new ordinance by City Commission last night, the city ordinance said only that you could proceed on green. It didn't say anything about stopping on red.  Also it used to be permissible under city ordinances to turn right on a red light after stopping. State law prohibits that. Now if you want to turn right you must wait for the green light all over town.  Tax 'Unfairness' Protested  T. 0. Collins, manager of Radio Station WPAX brought up an interesting point at last night's City Commission meeting. Is it legal for the city to tax a radio station and not levy an assessment against a television station?  Collins got a bill for $100 city licenses. He asked if television station WCTV was charged a city license fee.  City Clerk Julius Ariail reported to commissioners that there never has been such a business tax on the television station.  Collins said he wasn't objecting so much to the $100 but he was objecting to the unfairness of it.  "The FCC licenses WPAX as a public service station," he said.  Mayor Lilly asked: "You mean you are a nonprofit organization?"  Collins said, "No that is not the point. We do not object to the tax, but we feel that if we are taxed, the television station should also be taxed."  Mayor Lilly said the tax would be held in obeyance until City Attorney B. B. Earle could check the legality of it and find out why the television station had been exempt.  The other radio station here, WLOR, is located outside the city limits.  Utilities Supt. Clayton Reappointed  Roland Clayton, to nobody's surprise, was reappointed superintendent of utilities for the city at last night's City Commission meeting.  Clayton's department is the, backbone of finance for the city. It is to utilities' revenue city officials turn when they need money.  The city operates water, gas and ' electric services, buying the latter two from px'ivate utilities and distributing them to residences and businesses,  Clayton quipped after some praise _ from Mayor Roy M. Lilly arid other commissioners, that since Chief of Police Noah A. Stegall re-th-ed a week: ,aga,. Jhe might say that he has worked for' the city bnl'tlar ]«fiiger--than St^ll. did. He said Stegall started his long'career -^H the city June 1, 1940.  "I started May 31, 1940," Clayton chuckled. City Commission also reappointed members to various boards.  it  Riding Horse on Sidewalk Prohibited  If you see somebody riding a horse on the sidewalk, call the cops.  City Attorney B. B. Earle, at a request of some City Commission members, drew up an ordinance and presented it for passage on first reading last night at commission meeting.  It prohibits riding of horses on sij^ewalks, driveways or on private property without the landowner's consent.  In the ordinance, Earle broadened the wording to include livestock, which he said means horses, cows and hogs. Somebody asked about goats, mules, bulls and calves.  Mayor Roy M. Lilly said "we n,ed a better definition of livestock."  Anyway the new ordinance was passed on first reading.  Little Tale on New Police Chief Alley  Since Capt. R. T. Alley is now Chief Alley of the Thomasville Police Department, we've got to tell this little tale on him. Guess it is okay since it . happened quite some time ago.  Alley di'ove a police car home for supper, the stoiy goes, and left the keys in it while he went in to eat.  When he came out, it was gone". A neighborhood boy had taken it for a joy ride and ran it in the ditch.  You can bet Alley hasn't left any keys in his car since then.  Wilsdn Denies Burning Garbage  , City Engineer Wesley Wilson denied today that city employes are openly burning garbage  (Continued on page 5, Col. 1)  LIGHT RAIN  Variable cloudiness and scattered showers. DETAILS—PAGE 7  By ROY TREFFTZS  Should taxpayers in Thomas-V 111 e subsidize downtown merchants?  That's the nub of the question argued before City Commission last night.  The problem was brought up b y Commissioners Grady Burgess and Tom Faircloth who have been working with a parking committee of the Retail Merchants Assn., a branch of the Chamber of Comr"" ce.  Burgess is a ; >wntown merchant, Faircloth isn't.  They were instrumental in getting the commission to take parking restrictions off some parking lots during the Christmas season.  Last night they said the merchants wanted the city to finance another downtown parking area behind Wight's, on the tract facing Stevens Street.  Shopping centers, supermarkets, some department stores spend thousands of dollars making their own parking spaces, No taxpayers money is us^.  A few-Tfears back the city used taxpayers money to pave a large downtown parking lot behind city hall. It cost', roughly, $85,000.  Before Christmas lots behind the City Library, Feinbergs' furniture store, and two on Jackson Street, all of which are metered, were opened free to parkers with no restrictions.  There are no meters on the streets here, but a policeman on a three-wheeler goes around marking tires at two-hour intervals, the time limit.  Overparking costs a half dollar.  But during the holiday season there was no limit on parking in the four metered lots. The Police Department was ordered to "sack them".  Last night Burgess and Faircloth reported results of a meeting with merchants and city officials.  The merchants asked that the parking lot behind Feinberg's be returned to meters but Qie others remain unrestricted.  The object, as the com-  missioners reported, was that merchants felt that downtown store workers would be able to park in the unrestricted lots early in the morning and remain there all day.  It didn't work out that way during the holiday season, however. A check by a reporter during the holidays showed that most of the parking lots were not filled. It also showed that the merchants and their employes were paricing in the block where their store was located and moving their autos  every two hours or going out and rubbing the chalk mark off the tires.  At last night's melting, Burgess said the merchant's group wanted the city to take over the. Stevens Street lot, pave it — at taxpayers expense — and let the merchants pay $125 or $150 a month rent — to the owner of the property through the city.  Although nobody would say so officially, the consensus of most city officials was that Gateway (Continued on page 5, CoL 6)  Jimmy Carter Takes Over As State's 76th Governor  'Discrimination Time Is Over'  UPI TelcDho .  Jimmy Carter (R) Sworn In As Georgia's 76tii Governor As Maddox Watches  For Brookwood Announced  With the beginning of the second semester and an increase in enrollment to 156, the private Brookwood School here is planning on a $150,000 expansion program, James Lyle, headmaster, said today.  He said the architect, Charles Blondheimv of Eufaula, Ala., is completing' plans for a new building which will have a gymnatorium, cafeteria and at least fourclassrooms, with expansion possibilities for five more.  Brookwood is one of ten new private schools in (Georgia to gain tax-exempt status after the ruling by the Internal Revenae  Service last July.  This entitles the school lO a special tax break and all con'ji-butions made to the school aie tax deductible as charity dor.i; tions.  Private schools such as Brookwood have historicdiiy depended on their tax-exempt status to draw large gran s from private foundations and individuals looking for tax ojts.  While no large contributions are expected to be received by most of the multitude of private schools springing up around the state — there are four in Thomas County — seveial supporters expect more dona-  naive as to think that private schools cannot resort to testmg, grade requirements, high tuition and other technicalities to try to keep Negro students out while still proclaiming an open-door policy.  But the ruling last July does not take these actions into account.  "So far the ms has taken all private schools at their word," Biondi said.  He added that if any of the private schools are to lose their tax-exempt status, the IRS will be making such annoimcements soon.  AT GALLEY TRIAL  AREA DEATHS  Bryant, Alxonso Cole, Ralph  —Page 5  Even Babes To Attack'  FT. BENNMG, Ga. (AP) -One of Lt. William Galley's platoon members testified today he went into the village of My Lai afraid that even {babes m arms would attack theiV..  "They might have been fully loaded with grenades their mothers put on them," said Paul David Meadlo, a former soldier who said he stood with Calley emptying 10 to 15 full magazines of bullets into Vietnamese civilians.  Calley is on trial for the murder of'102 undefended Vietnam-e s e civilians—-people who Meadlo said went to their death without any attempt td flee.  —On Monday,' Meadlo " described Calley as "a man doing  his duty and doing his job,"^ saying the troops were under orders to destroy the village.  "Nobody really wants to take a human being's life," Meadlo said matter of factly. "  He said Capt. Ernest Medina, t h e ; company commander, walked by a trail intersection where 35 to 50 pwple ■ were killed and said nothing.  "With all the bodies laying in the area, why didn't he stop all the killing?" Meadlo asked plaintively.  "I received my orders from Lt. Calley that Capt. Medina was there and I assumed it was with his okay. Capt. M^ina would have stopped right then  (Continued on page 5, Col. 6)  tions of smaller amounts about $100 each or so since they aie tax exempt.  Lyle said that with Lie beginning of the second semester, eight new pupils have enrolled. One moved in from out of the county, another entered from Cairo, one from the county school system and five from the city schools.  Lyle said the new building planned at the site near Pine-tree Boulevard and U.S. Hwy. 319 will be larger than the present building, which cojt $130,000.  Heywood Mason remains as chairman of the Board of Tr-is-tees and about four new tr as tees are exp^ted to be chosen soon, Lyle said.  Brookwood was notified la^t August of its tax-exempt stat'os.  Under this IRS ruling, all that was required to gain tax-exemption was for the school's board to adopt a nondiscriminatory policy and publish it in the local newspaper, E. A. Biondi, public information officer of the Southeastern office of IRS, said.  This newspaper clipping had to be sent to the IRS along with the application for tax-exemption, he added'. Three lawsuits totaling  Biondi said the IRS is not so $515,900 have been filed in  ---Thomas Superior Court against  ikiCirM- Thomas County Board of  INblPt . . . Education relating to a traffic  mishap which occurred on Sept.  Abby .................... .. 7 Thomas County School Supt.  gl^^sword ................ 4 told the board today.  Editorials ________..... 4 The. collisk)n ,involved a  Horoscope ................................4 Thomas County School bus and  Heioise .............................2 a motorist. Seriously injured  • 5 and stiU unconscious at this  Ste .......................I ^ Barrett, 14, of  Want Ads 9 M^gs- . ■  Weather ......................7 One suit asks $4,900 for  Women's News __________ 2-3 Barrett's medical expenses.  a  ATLANTA, Ga. (AP) - Jimmy Carter, the peanut farmer from southwest Georgia, was sworn in today as Georgia's 76th governor and declared, "the time ior racial discrimination over."  Carter wa^. sworn in shortly after noon as a crowd estimated at between 12,000 and 15,000 persons covered the State Capitol grounds.  His statement that racial discrimination is over brought only scattered applause from the crowd.  Carter told them, "Our people have already made this major and difficult decision, but we^cannot underestimate a challenge of hundreds of minor decisions yet to be made."  "No poor, rural, weak or black person should ever have to bear the additional burden of beiftg deprived of the opportunity of an education, a job or simple justice," he continued.  He added that Georgia leaders must rp^alize "that the responsibility for mcdcing correct decisions of the future is ours. As governor, I will never shirk this responsibility."  Looking on were members of the Georgia Legislature, who convened a joint session on the Capitol grounds for the inauguration.  Seated on the inaugural platform with Carter and Gov. Lester Maddox, who was sworn in afterwards as lieutenant governor, were judges of the State Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals, and special guests of the Carter family.  Security was considered heavy by many •vdio had observed other inaugurations. Armed troopers and military policemen of the Georgia National Guard were plainly in evidence. Plain clothes law enforcement officers stood atop buildings adjacent to the inaugural platform.  The legislature interrupted its session briefly for the ceremony, and Carter's governmental reorganization bill routinely moved a step closer to action in the House.  The measure, introduced Monday after the House unanimously voted to waive its rules, came up for a second reading in the lower chamber, meaning that a vote could come Wednesday if it finds favor in committee.  House Majority Leader George Busbee, who introduced  the bill, chairs the House Rules Committee, to which the bill was referred.  Busbee and House Speaker George L. Smith II of Swains-boro both said they 'hope to bring the measure to a vote this week.  Carter called the proposal the most important piece of legislation the General Assembly will act upon this year, but House (Continaed on page 5, Col. 8)  HarrassmenI Of Americans Protested  By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS  The U.S. Embassy in Moscow has lodged a stem oral protest with the Kremlin over the harassment of Americans in the Soviet capital.  Monday's protest came as President Nixon, Mayor John V. Lindsay of New York City and 50 Jewish leaders denounced the anti-Soviet campaign by Ameri-, can Jewish extremists.  The Moscow anti-American campaign began last week in response to the harassment of Soviet representatives in the United States by the militant Jewish Defense League which seeks a more liberal emigration policy for Russian Jews.  Rabbi Meir Kahane, foimder and leader of the JDL, said Sunday that his group would begin a campaign to harass Soviet diplomats working iu New York City.  A spokesman for the Soviet mission to the United Nations said Monday that Soviet diplomats had been followed on foot and by car by "gangs of hoodlums" from the JDL for the second day.  Nikolai N. Loginov, the press spokesman, said the JDL members carried signs ' calling the diplomats "pigs" and us^ derogatory names mcluding "the dirtiest four-letter words in the Russian language."  "We in tte Soviet mission express our surprise over the U.S.A. authorities' inability to check the rampage of the gang of hoodlums toward, the ^viet offices in New York City," he said.  Three Lawsuits Filed Against School Board  By DWAIN WALDEN  Another suit, filed on behalf,,of the mother, Mrs. ^/fcson Barrett, totals $500,000. '  A third suit filed by Mrs. Earlean Hannon Proctor, 44, of Meigs, a passenger in the auto-mobile, asks $11,000 for damages and injuries.  The collision occurred at 7:45 a.m. the opening day of school when the bus, enroute to Garri-son-Pilcber, Central and Magnolia Schools, collided with an automobile at the Hall and ^ Fredonia Road intersection.  The cai" was'driven by Rion Proctor, 17, of Meigs, who was uninjured.  Injured in the car was hi mother, Mrs. Proctor anc Barrett, a sophomore at Central High School. Four persons iB the bus received minor injuries, state patrol said.  Young Barrett was, ru.shed to -a Tallahassee hospltai wnere reportedly he "remained for one month without regamir^ consciousness. He was then transferred to a Pelbam nursing home where he is stiU unconscious and continues to grovy weaker, his mother contends.  Cone said the insurance i)n the bus would cover $100,000 or any one accident.   

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