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Middlesboro Daily News (Newspaper) - March 23, 1973, Middlesboro, Kentucky VOL. 61 The Home Daily of thettatnberlandt 1973 Kentucky Neoipipiri, Inc., ill ilghli nunti MIDDLESBORQ. MARCH 23, 1973 City Tri-State NEWS At-A-Glance Nation World KY.-VA.-TENN. THE U.S. BUREAU of prisons is reported to be negotiating with public health officials for converting the Federal Narcotics Treatment Hospital in Lexington into a prison for drug offenders. Federal authorities in Washington have disclosed plans to phase out the clinical research center by late summer with a resulting loss of 420 jobs. However, the addiction research center on the same site will remain in operation with an increased staff A spokesman said the staff will add an estimated 80 jobs for a total size of 140 employees. DONALD FRANKLIN, 33, SHELBYVILLE, a former prisoner at the LaGrange State Reformatory, has filed a million damage suit against state corrections depart- ment officials, charging them with negligence in an assault he suffered at the hands of other inmates. AN ESTIMATED 85 to percent of the 950 production employes of the Lear-Sigler plant at Ferguson, Ky., near Somerset failed to return to their jobs today. The walkout began Wednesday night, reported over the failure of 17 per cent cost-of-living pay increases to be included in their paychecks as scheduled. The workers are members of a United Automobile Workers local. The Lear-Sigler plant manufacturers auto seats. FEDERAL OFFICIALS WILL not authorize low interest disaster loans to Tennessee flood victims until they have conducted on-site inspections of the damage, according to Sen. Bill Brock, R-Tenn. With that explanation for the holdup in the loans Thursday, Brock thanked President Nixon for taking the initial step of declaring the state a disaster area, it was reported. Earlier he had planned to protest to the President. WEATHER PARTLY CLOUDY Partly cloudy, warmer generally today and tonight. Highs today in the 60s. Lows tonight mostly in the 40s. Increasing cloudiness and warmer Saturday with chance of thundershowers. Highs in the 60s. NATION SEN. BILL BROCK, R-Tenn., has introduced legislation to set up national safety regulations for the construction and transportation of mottle homes. There currently is no uniformity in slate regulations and manufacturers can by- pass strict laws of some states by operating through other states Brock said Thursday. "In my home state of Ten- nessee, for instance, resident manufacturers must meet the state mobile home code while outsiders are not required he said. SEARCH VESSELS AND PLANES scouted the stormy Atlantic Ocean off New Jersey through the darkness early today in an effort to find 30 seamen believed to have abandoned their sinking Norwegian freighter. The Norse Varient, in its last radio message Thursday afternoon, reported it was sinking and the crew was leaving the vessel. The Coast Guard said winds up to 80 miles an hour were churning up waves 35 to 40 feet in the area. MORE CONTACTS BETWEEN the International Telephone Telegraph Corp. and high officials of the Nixon administration-including Secretary of State William P. Rogers and Vice President Spiro T. Agnew-were disclosed today in a mushrooming Senate investigation of the con- troversy. Internal ITT memoranda obtained by the Senate foreign relations subcommittee on multinational cor- porations told of a meeting between ITT officials and Rogers Oct. to discuss the corporation's troubles with the government in Chile. ABOUT HOME BUILDERS have asked Congress to stop all exports of logs as a way to beat the high cost of lumber in the United States. George C. Martin, president of the National Association of Home Builders NAHB, also said Thursday the Cost of Living Council was "very near" to announcing tougher price controls for the lumber industry. WORLD A POLITICAL CRISIS WORSENED today between military commanders and civilian lawmakers in Turkey who defied them and rejected a plan to extend the term of President Cevdet Sunay for two years. In an unexpected move Thursday, the National Assembly turned down a proposed change in the constitution that would allow Sunay to remain in office for two more years. Political sources said the decision heightened a crisis that began with a deadlock over election of Sunay's successor. ARMY SOURCES SAID TODAY that some British troops may return home because of a lull in Northern Irish violence that began with the issuing of Britain's plans for the political future of the province. Hundreds of extra troops were placed on duty to guard against violence that officials feared might coincide with the so-called White Paper that outlined plans for resolving the religious and political conflict in Northern Ireland. ___ ;v I What's Going On I March 23, Supper sponsored by Shawanee Rainbow Girls Masonic Lodge, p.m., Adults, children 5 to 12, Children under 5, free. March 23, JayceeDance, at Civic Center, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., pop and country music. Proceeds for Jaycee proje March 23, 24, 25, Lee County Band Festival at Thomas Walker High School, Ewing. Free concert on the 25th at 3 p.m. March 23, Beta Sigma Phi's Spring Fashion Show, p.m. Rose's LaTerrace March 23, Improved Order of Red Men, Oniska Tribe 149, meeting at Red Men Hall, 7 p.m. March 24, Installation of officers for the Cumberland Chapter, OES No. 170, Rose Hill, Va., p.m. March 24, Singing at Bennetts Fork Baptist Church 7 p.m. March 24, Pilgrimairs of Knoxvllle will be at the Veary's Chapel Church, 35th and Exeter Ave., 7 p.m. Continued on Page 8 TEN CENTS Health Officials Investigating I LocalHepatitis Epidemic Denied, J But 13 Cases Reported In City Hillside Slipping W. H. Pope moved to Bell County about one year ago and placed a mobile home on a hillside on the Page Cutoff Road two miles east of US 25E. This past weekend heavy rains caused the top soil to crack and begin to slide. Yesterday Pope began the arduous task of moving his trailer from perch 100 yards below the cracks to Middlesboro. The cracks form a border along the upper boundary of Pope's property for several hundred yards. Rumors of an infectious hepatitis outbreak at East End Elementary School were refuted by County Health Depart- ment Administrator Jim Woolum, and he indicated that only 13 cases of hepatitis have been reported in the Middlesboro School System since September. Of the 13, however, ten came from East End, one from the nigh school, and two from West End Elementary. There have been "sporadic outbreaks" of the disease in the county, he said, but the health department is responsible for checkinK out all reported cases. A state Health Department registered nurse Kathy Faulkner, representing the Epidemiology Division, is in Bell County canvassing every doctor in the county to gather evidence of extent of the disease in the area. Dr. Joseph W. Skaggs, Acting Director af the Communicable Disease Division said that anytime within an environment such as a school system, when evidence points to a suspicion that a consistent factor within the system exists then it is recognizable that all involved, both children and teachers in immediate contact with the person having diagnosed disease be immunized with gammaglobulin. The number of diagnoses can be as low as three to five children, he said. The State Health Department's Division of Epidemiology recommends that a school be closed after half of the students nave been reported having the disease. Infectious hepatitis is a virus which is carried into the digestive tract through the fecal matter and affects the liver When a case is reported to the health department a nurse and sanitarian visit the home and check all sources of milk and water, said Woolum. Samples are taken from the well or tap and tested in the laboratory. Pasteurized milk is not a problem, but if raw milk is being consumed the source is checked and stopped, because selling raw unpasteurized milk is illegal, said the administrator. The family is then advised of proper sanitation and personal hygiene measures which should be observed, such as washing hands after going to the bathroom or before eating. The same procedure is followed if a case is reported in a school, said Woolum. Immunizations are administered to immediate family contacts if a doctor's note is presented at the Health Department, Woolum noted. About 75-100 persons have been immunized in the county since September, he said. The serum is effective for six weeks. Woolurn recognized that rumors of infectious hepatitis can cause panic in families, and he called the Bell County cases because the disease outbreak has been so sporadic. Dr. Edward Wilson, a member of the Bell County Board of Health, related that the first symptoms of the disease are apathy, weakness, and possible loss of appetite. A yellow coloring may then become evident in the whites of the eyes and skin tone. The cases in the county are what he terms "en- demic that is particular to the locality and region. He suggested that there is an immunity among the community or there would be more cases than there are. County Attorney Tom Roberts has investigated the situation ,'ZS morecases to the health department. He was concerned after a child across disease g h'S neighborhood caught the Continued on Page 8 Indians Challenge Government Forces Middlesboro Man Defense Witness for Prater Pass Denies Any Knowledge Of Yablonski Family Deaths By DENNIS MORABITO ERIE, Pa. (UPI) Former United Mine Workers official Albert Pass, of Middlesboro, denied on the witness stand Thursday that he had anything to do with the murder of UMW Reform Leader Joseph "Jock" Yablonski a man he said "was pretty good to me." Pass testified as a defense witness at the trial of former fellow UMW District 19 official William Prater, with whom he was accused of arranging and paying for the murder. Yablonski's wife and daughter were killed at the same time. "Did you ever have a discussion in .the presence of William Prater or Silous Huddleston, or with Hud- dleston himself, giving a reason for the murder of Jock Defense Counsel H. David Rothman asked. "Absolutely Pass replied. "I have never had any discussion about murdering Ted Q. Wilson or Jock Yablonski and his family or anybody else." Wilson had been identified by Huddleston as the original marked victim in the murder plot. He is general counsel of the Southern Labor Union a competitor of the UMW in the southern coal fields. Huddleston is one of five persons already convicted or who have pleaded guilty to murder charges in the Yablonski deaths. "Was there any advantage to you resulting from the death of Jock Rothman asked Pass. "There was no advantage to me personally or physically Continued on Page 8 Hopes Dim for Weekend Exchange of Prisoners By JAMES R. QUINN WOUNDED KNEE, S.D. (UPI) Sioux from the nearby Rosebud Indian Reser- vation said Thursday they would take food and medicine to the Indians occupying Wounded Knee this an act that would defy a government roadblock. Russell Means, one of the leaders of the American Indian Movement (AIM) whose mem- bers spearheaded the takeover of Wounded Knee 24 days ago by 250 to 300 an- nounced the march as part of a two-pronged challenge of U.S. forces. The second phase of the Indians' double-barrelled attack was announced earlier Thursday at neighboring Pine Ridge by AIM's chief counsel Former Educator Dies Last Night Mrs. Edna Farmer, 81, West Winchester Avenue, City, succumbed last night in a local, hospital. A veteran of 52 years of work in education, Mrs. Farmer began teaching in the Mid- dlesboro School System at age 19. She taught for a short while in the Bell County School System but returned to the Middlesboro System during World War II as the Director of Pupil Personnel. For several years, Mrs. Farmer also served as the principal of Junction Elementary School. Mrs. Farmer retired from teaching during the 1962-63 school year. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Shumate Funeral Home. Ramon Roubideaux. He said a committee of attorneys representing the militants had been formed to "launch a massive legal assault" against the Justice Department, the FBI and the U. S. Marshals' Service. Roubideaux said the lawyers, who will include the well-known New York civil rights attorneys William Kunstler and Mark Lane, would begin Monday filing suits charging the govern- ment with depriving Wounded Knee occupiers and residents of their civil rights. The suits would seek punitive damages, he said. Continued on Page 8 Bunco Artist Sought by Local Police Area police departments were notified today that a male caucasion, about 40, driving a blue pick-up truck could be in the Southeastern Kentucky area passing counterfeit bills, according to Major Don Webb of the Middlesboro Police Department. The tip came through state police channels and stated that the bills were excellent duplications but all bore the same serial number, F34816629A. Anyone receiving one of the counterfeit bills is asked to contact the nearest law en- forcement office who in turn will notify the U.S. Secret Service who by law is charged with investigating coun- terfeiting. By BERT OKULEY SAIGON (UPI) North Vietnam said today it will free 107 American POWs this the United States drops demands for a Commu- nist accounting of all U.S. prisoners throughout Indochina and resumes its troop with- drawal program. But the Viet Cong said it would shelve its plans to Revival Plans To Be Discussed release 31 other American prisoners until the United States sends home all its troops, even those U.S. officials said would take up duties with the Joint Military Commission At the same time, Hanoi and the Viet Cong blamed the United States for any delays that may occur in the fourth and final scheduled release of American prisoners. The Com- munists said the halt in troop withdrawals and the U.S. insistence on a release of prisoners held in Laos disrupt- ed the rest of the release timetable. At a commission session called to resolve the impasse, U.S. and Communist delegates refused today to give ground, thus dimming hopes that any American POWs will go free Continued on Page 8 Driver Charged After At Meeting Sun. Accident OH 20th St. Replaces Father Otis "Buddy" Cox, Pineville, has filed for the office of Bell County Sheriff on the Democratic ticket in the May primary. A licensed funeral director associated with Durham Funeral Home and a graduate of Bell County High School, Cox is a vice president of the Bell County Jaycees and a committee member for the Arjay Boy Scouts. He filed for the nomination after his father, Otis Cox, Straight Creek, was forced to with- draw from the primary due to ill health. The younger Cox said platform will be the same as his father's would have been, "stricter law enforcement through- out all Hell County." A meeting to plan an area- wide revival will be held Sunday at the First Baptist Church in Pineville by a group of ministers from the Tri-State area, according to a spokesman for the group. The meeting is scheduled for 2 p.m. The Rev. Ennis Harper, pastor of the Arjay Baptist Church, will be the speaker and the Rev. Paul Gibson, pastor of the Moss Chapel Baptist Church, will discuss a retreat planned for May 11 and 12. The Rev. W. B. Bingham, the Rev. Elmer Gibbs and the Rev. Boyd Gray will be featured speakers for the retreat. Plans will also be discussed for a special ministers and layman weekend in May. The meeting to discuss the revival is open lo both ministers and lay people. The tentative date for the revival is in July with the Rev. E. J. Daniels as evangelist. An accident yesterday resulted in charges against one driver and left a car un- drivable. Tyree McCombs, 119 Dan- sbury, was charged with driving while intoxicated and not having an operator's license following an accident at p.m. yesterday on South 20th Street. He sideswiped a car parked in from of 418 South 20th Street, belonging to the resident, Corene Rego, according to the police report. The McComb vehicle was undrivable, ac- cording lo police. A John Doe warrant was obtained for a hit and run accident Wednesday. A car driven by Ann Jackson, Ravenwood Rd., was struck while it was parked in the Middlesboro High School parking lot about 2 p.m. Kenneth McClure was named in the warrant charged with hit and run and leaving the scene of an accident, but the case will be held until March 26 lo see if the car will be repaired, according to police. No cases were heard in city police Court yesterday. Pattie Pratt, North 15th Street, filed a complaint today that two wire hubcaps, valued at were stolen from her car during the night. Mrs. Kemp Thompson, Country Club Road, was the complainant in a report of two bicycles, a ten speed yellow bike, and a blue Ihrec-spccd, taken from the porch Wed- nesday night. Police have received a report that a male Caucasian, driving a blue pick-up truck, is passing counlcrfeit bills with the serial number F34816629A. Nationalist Scholarship Finalist Kim Robinson, a senior at Middlesboro High School, has been named as a finalist in the National Merit Scholarship com- petition, based on scores on the Scholastic Aptitude Test Kim, daughter of Dr. Ralph Robinson, 322 Enfilcwood Rd., Is majoring in foreign languages and plans to attend George WashinRlon University to study international relations. She was also recently awarded third place in nn essay contest on Hiring the Handicapped, sponsored by the Dcpt. of Vocational Rehabilitation. Essay winners will be honored at a luncheon April 27 in Louisville. She was also runner-up "Star Student" in the Southeastern Kentucky District, based on scores on the ACT test, a Kentucky Chamber of Commerce award.
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