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   Middlesboro Daily News (Newspaper) - January 14, 1974, Middlesboro, Kentucky                             VOL. 62 The Home Daily of the MIDDLESBORO, KENTUCKY MONDAY JANUARY TEN CENTS City Tri-State NEWS At-A-Glaiice Nation World KY.-VA.-TENN. NATION PENNSYLVANIA GOV. MILTON J. Shapp, for years a frustrated songwriter, has done something about his musical desires-recorded two of his songs. The songs, "No Shortage of deals with the energy crisis and "The Ballad of Rose Mary" is about Watergate. They were recorded here over the weekend. "Like a lot of people, I usually just write them and put them Shapp said, "but these were so timely." CHARLES MELDER, THE ATTORNEY who will defend accused mass murderer Elmer Wayne Henley, 17, says it may be at least two weeks before persons are interviewed to sit on the jury. Henley has been indicted for the murders of six young runaways but goes to trial today charged with only one killing that of Charles G. Cobble, 17, of Houston. The indictment charges that Henley killed Cobble July 27. METHODICALLY LOOPING THE globe every 93 minutes, the Skylab 3 astronauts tonight begin setting a space endurance standard expected to go unchallenged for years. If all goes well, Gerald P. Carr, Edward G. Gibson and William R. Pogue will have been in orbit around the earth 59 days, 11 hours and 9 minutes by p.m. EDT, equalling the endurance record of the Skylab 2 crew. WORLD NEIGHBORS OF LIBYA AND TUNISIA reacted wilh coolness today to the two North African countries' plans to unite, the latest in a so far unsuccessful siring of Arab merger attempts. Morocco's state-run radio ignored the merger proposal and Algeria's government-controlled news agency said the plan might be shortlived and must be met with skepticism. .MEMBERS OF THE ULSTER UNIONIST Council gathered today to choose a successor to Brian Faulkner, who resigned as leader when the Protestant group repudiated his overtures to the Irish Republic. A council spokesman said Harry West would probably be named to succeed Faulkner, who has announced plans to stay on as Northern Ireland's chief executive despite loss of his political power base. What's Going On January 14, The Democratic Women's Club will meet at the KU Auditorium for the installation of officers at p.m. All members are urged to bring prospective new members. January 16, Board members and commiltee chairmen of the Cumberland Park Garden Club will meet at (he home of Mrs. Richard Barton, 10 a.m. January 17, Die second meeting of the 1954 Class Reunion Committee at the home of Wayne Price, 514 Dorchester Avenue, p.m. January 17, American Legion Auxiliary, Dewey Guy Unit No. H, special called meeting, 7 p.m.. Auxiliary Building. January 21, Tri-Stale Saddle Club membership dinner, KU, 7 p.m. Elwood Combs, speaker. ONLY TWO PERSONS WERE reported killed on Ken- tucky highways over the weekend, as Kentuckians stayed off the highways in observance of another "gasless Sun- day." The two weekend deaths raised the state toll for the year thus far to compared with39 through this date last year. COMPLETE REVISION OF VIRGINIA'S criminal code, including a provision for using capital punishment, will be introduced in the state senate, a member of the Virginia Code Commission has revealed. Wildman S. Kinchloe Jr. said the overhaul will be introduced first in the upper chamber by either of two commission members, Sen J Harry Michael, D-Charlottesville, or Sen. Frederick T Gray, D-Chesterfield County. TENNESSEE ACCIDENTS CLAIMED at least seven lives over the weekend. Five persons died in traffic mishaps and two men drowned in separate incidents. WITH REVENUE FROM TOLL roads across the state dropping due to the fuel crisis, Kentucky christens another strip of concrete Tuesday the Cumberland Parkway. Legislators are already expressing concern over how to pay for the state's newest tollway. Nine other turnpikes across the have been hit by a 12 per cent drop in December 1973 revenue from the same month in 1972 due to less travel on the highspeed highways. CRIMINAL PLANNERS FROM 55 state agencies across the nation are meeting again today at the midwinter session of the national conference of state criminal planning ad- ministrations in Willaimsburg, Va. The four-day con- ference which began Sunday is made up of the 55-criminal justice state planning agencies operating in the states and territories under the omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968. GERARDO GARCIA, 33, OF HOUSTON, Tex., told state troopers he needed transportation to get to Washington, D C. Sunday, a highway patrol spokesman said. So Gracia, who said he is a Mexican-American Indian, tried to elude state troopers Sunday in an 85-mile-an-hour chase down 30 miles of 1-40 through rural middle Tennessee, said Robert Homer, public information director for the state patrol. TWO WORKMEN BURNED in a weekend blast at the Louisville Gas Electric Co. pumping station were tran- sferred to Texas for and -'warmer weather Sunday ended an emergency service interruption of natural gas service to 535 non-residential customers of the utility But an LG 4 E official warned that the end of the emergency service interruption was only temporary. He said any periods of extremely cold weather.this winter are likely to bring additional interruptions to industries in the Louisville North Central Kentucky areas. Mostly cloudy and warmer today through Tuesday wilh chance of rain today and Tuesday morning. Highs today In Ihe 40s. Lows tonight mid 30s to low 40s. Highs on Tuesday in the 40s and 50s. Statement Made at Informal Saturday Meeting Mayor Says Ruling Error Made Naming Joe Collins Treasurer Gasless Transportation Susan Powell, daughter of Mrs. Hazel Powell Williamson, Mlddlesboro, finds a way to beat the fuel shortage when it comes to transportation. Bouncing around on a highly spirited horse she appears to be enjoying her ride fully as much as her mount, who waa somewhat suspicious of the photographer. What looks like snow is merely an unusual period of sunshine reflected from a light background. Possible Purchase Studied At an Informal meeting Saturday of Mayor Crawford Blakeman and eleven members of the council, the mayor said he believed he had made an error in a ruling at the Tuesday meeting in naming Joseph Collins, a Middlesboro school teacher, city treasurer. The error, he said, involved voting on both the official and his salary in the same motion and he will reverse his ruling at the next meeting, tomorrow night, and a second vote will be taken. Collins was named city treasurer last week in a seven to five split vole winning out over Jerry Sharpe, the only other nominee who is a former city councilman and Certified Public Accountant The meeting was held in the mayor's office Saturday night and was open to the press. Mayor Blakeman explained the necessity of such an in- formal meeting, especially so early in the administration's term of office, as one of "communication" with the individual council members. It was called mainly to inform them, he explained, of items that would be on the general agenda tomorrow. They needed more time to consider them than the few minutes just prior to the actual meeting when they were given an agenda and the mayor thought they needed more time to consider the matters. Saying that the city was in a "very difficult financial position" the mayor said he. would ask for authorization to borrow from a local bank in order to meet current expenses, including the payment of several large outstanding debts, such as the one of over to Ky.-Va. Stone Com- pany. He said he expected the sale of occupational licenses to bring in about during this month but that the city's general fund was about overdrawn even after the city's having borrowed to meet expenses. The estimated bills the city would owe for January alone amounted to Mayor Blakeman said. There was actually very little discussion on the part of the eleven council members and was mostly an informative session on the part of the mayor. The only absent member was James Jackson who was out-of-town. He explained that he had been extremely busy his first week in office in "finding out" various things. He sounded one somber note when lie told the council the financial condition of the city and said he expected it to be a "year of a year-and-a- half" before it was "in sound financial condition." In enumerating the need to borrow operating funds in the near future the mayor said, in addition to the estimated January bills the city would owe, there would be about a payroll, for Green Construction, James V. Adams, architectural fees, a street sweeper payment of and a monthly urban renewal payment of All members of council agreed that it would be far better for the citv to owe money to a bank or other financial in- situation than to owe private firms or citizens. They indicated Continued on Page 2 Ewing Man Shot Party Ends With Death Fiscal Court Postpones Action On Buying Ex-Sheriffs Radios -j PINEVILLE Former Bell County sheriff Charles Greene met with opposition Saturday when he appeared before the Bell County Fiscal Court to ask for payment of several items of equipment that he he had purchased at his own expense during his tenure as sheriff. Among the items listed was a radio system on which Greene said he had paid in an initial down payment and the balance in payments each month. The payments were per month of which the county treasurer had been paying Greene told the court that the remaining per month had been taken out of the sheriff's fees which Bell Virginia Girl's Body Recovered GATE CITY, Va. body of Teresa Miller, of Kings- port, Term., was recovered Sun- day from a car that plunged into the Holston River here over the weekend, police said. Authorities said the car own- ed by a missing man, Clayton D. Williams, also of Kingsport, plunged into the river and sank Friday night after the vehicle apparently failed to negotiate a curve and missed a bridge. The car was recovered Sun- day after two days of intensive search and questionings by Vir- ginia State Police, Scott County she riff's deputies and lifesaving crews from Scott County, Full- ivan County, Tenn., and Kings- port, Tenn. County Attorney Paris Swinford contended were county funds and were not Green's total bill was ap- proximately Also listed was a calculator, a check writing machine, and a cash register. Swinford told the magistrates the question of the office equipment was whether or not the county wanted to purchase the used machines. Swinford asked former Chief Deputy Junior Whitmore, who was present in the courtroom, if he could explain the cir- cumstances surrounding the puchase of the radios. Whitl- more told the group that a country music show had been staged December 27 and that he and Greene had split profits to pay for the equip- ment. "The County doesn't owe him a Whilrnore said. Swinford suggested that before taking any action the county further investigate the matter including checking with the Atlanta base.cl loan association through which the radios were purchased. Doug Campbell, a new deputy sheriff, appointed by Sheriff Buddy Cox, appeared before the court !o request thai two telephone extensions be installed in the Middlesboro sheriff's office. One would bt connected with his own residence and one with the Middlesboro police dispatcher, providing 24 hour service (o the county residents. The request was approved. Campbell told the court that Sheriff Buddy Cox had in- tended to appear before them but that high water had prevented his doing so. However, shortly before the court adjourned, the sheriff arrived and after adjournment met in a closed meeting with the magistrates in County Judge Willie Hendrickson's office. In other business, Judge Hendrickson reported that the county had accrued ap- proximately interest from its depositing of the county's Revenue Sharing funds. Hendrickson asked that be Riven to the American Red Cross to help the local chapter meet its fund raising goal. Hendrickson praised the Red Cross for their efforts in recent floods in the county and stated that in one recent flood alone had spent more than The court voted to put an official statement in the minutes saying that LP Coal Company had met in full the requirements set forth in its contract with the county for coal for the courthouse. In the last regular meeting, the court had mistakenly stated that the Continued on Page 2 An all day party Saturday ended early Saturday night with the shooting death of Edward Campbell, 29, ol Route 4, Tazewell. Campbell was dead on arrival at Appalachian Regional Hospital after he had been shot once in the head, above the right ear, according to Bell County Sheriff Buddy Cox. Police have arrested Kestrell Slegall, 32, of Ewing, on a charge of willful murder of Campbell. The shooting oc- cured at p.m. Saturday at the Tyler Ball Motel on East Cumberland Avenue in Mid- dlesboro. Stegall, who lists both Ewing and Route 4, Tazewell as his address, is now in the Bell County Jail awaiting a preliminary hearing to conic after Campbell's funeral. The shooting was investigated joinlly by the Middlesboro Police Department, the Bell County Sheriff's office, and the Kentucky Stale Police. The incidents leading up to the shooting began at noon in Tazewell, according to Mid- dlesboro Chief of Detectives Don Webb. Webb said Stegall and his girlfriend, Mrs. Welsie Evans, 51, of Route 4, Tazewell, began a drinking party in Tazewell and later decided to move it to '.he Motel in Middlesboro. Egypt Said Satisfied With TroopWithdrawal More Assembly Lines Switch to Small Cars DETROIT (UPI) Small cars begin rolling off three more assembly lines today as the switch from gas-hungry big cars increased because of the gasoline shortage scare and higher fuel prices. Altogether, General Motors, Ford and Chrysler Ihis week were calling back aboul workers who had been tem- porarily laid off, either because they built slow-selling big cars or their plants were being converted to small car produc- tion. Since December, about have been permanently idled, not knowing when or if they'll be called back to their Jobs. Ford began turning oul the intermediate Torino as well as the luxury Torino Elite at its Chicago assembly plant, which once built a full-size Ford. At Doraville, Ga., General Motors was building intermedi- ate Chcvrolel Chcvclles and Monte Carlos and Oldsmobile Cutlasses instead of full-size cars. Chrysler later in Ihe week will bpgin producing its com- pact Dart and Valiant models at Newark, Del. In a recent interview, GM President Edward N. Cole said his company is now producing 25 per cent more small cars than a year ago and said further increases are schedu- led. liy United I'rcss International Diplomalicsourcessaid today Kgypl fell satisfied wilh the briad lines of a "concrete and specific" Iroop withdrawal for- mula worked out by Secretary of Stale Henry A. Kissinger in talks with Israeli '.ers. The plan, if approved by Egypt, would mark the first major Arab-Israeli agreement since the start of the Middle East pcac i i.'onferonce in Geneva. Kissinger carried the detailed pullback plan Sunday from Jerusalem lo Aswan, F.gypl, where lie was cxpecled lo present it lo Egyptian Presi- dent Anwar Sadat loday in a morning mccling. Diplomatic sources in said Kgypt was already satis- Israel would withdraw its troops from the Suez Canal into the Sinai Desert. The sources said Israel agreed lo accept, in return, US. security pledges and a token "streamlining" of Egyp- tian forces on the east bank City Charge Goes To County Court In city police court Saturday, a disorderly conduct charge against Morrison Lewis, 51, of 19th Street, city, was turned over to the county. A reckless driving charge against Bobby Lee Fultz, 16, of 126 Alpine Road was continued on a day- basis. Samuel Friar, 60, of Noctown was fined for driving without a license. Ihc canal. U.S. officials [ravelling wilh Kissinger called the Israeli formula a "very concrele and specific" proposal for with- drawal of troops. Political analysts said the details and liming of withdraw- als would be left to Egyptian and Israeli military negotiators in Geneva if an accord were reached. The negotiators were scheduled (o meet again Tues- day. On his return from Jerusii lorn Sunday night, Kissinger said he wus optimistic and looked forward lo more talks with Sadat and Foreign Minister Ismail Falimi. "1 hope lhal the plan I am bringing from Israel will serve as a big step forward toward an agreement for the separa- tion of forces, and any assistance thai can give lo this effort, I will do with all my Kissinger held two days of intense talks with Israeli leaders river the weekend Continued on I'age 2 After the two had moved to the Motel, Campbell and his girlfriend, Shirley Jean Evans, 20, of Route 4, Tazewell, Mrs. Evans' daughter, decided to join them. Shirley Evans took Campbell and another couple to the Motel whetc she knew her mother and Stegall were staying. Webb said there had been a month old grudge between Stegall and Campbell, and when the two met, an argument erupted. During the argument Campbell was shot once, the bullet grazing Shirley Evans1 forearm before striking Campbell. Webb said Campbell was shot with a .38 cat. Rossi Continued on Page 2 BingCrosbyln Intensive Care BURLINGAME, Calif. (UPI) Entertainer Bing Crosby was reported resting comfortably in an intensive care unit at Peninsula Hospital following surgery Sunday for the removal of a giant abscess from his left lung. Crosby, G9, was in satisfacto- ry condition in the intensive ward, where he will remain for two or three days as required by the "clinical course" of trealmenl, a hospital spokes- man said. "There are no problems or complications at this spokesman said. "We are optimistic for a quick recove- ry." Preliminary study of the removed tissue showed "a rare fungus infection, but so far there is no indication of said Crosby's physi- cian, Dr. Stanley Hanfling. Hanflingsaidabout two-fifths of the singer's lung was removed during the hour operalion to remove an abscess the size of a small orange. Crosby entered the hospital from his nearby home in Hillsborough on New Year's Eve. His condition was first diagnosed as pleurisy. He Ihen developed pneumonia and Ihen an abscess, neither of which responded lo a wide range of antibiotics Simon, Nader in Hearings On Extent of Oil Shortage WASHINGTON Kn orgy Office administrator Wil- !iani E. Simon and consumer advocate Ralph Nader go to Caiiilol Hill today for the first of at least four congressional inquiries inlo Ihe exlent of the oil shortage. In Oregon, the nalion's firsl gasoline ralioning went into effect, wilh motorists allowed lo buy gas only every other day during Ihe gas available to everyone on Saturday and none available on Sunday. Under the plan, service stations sell gas today and on upcoming even-numbered days lo motorists whose license plate ends wilh an even numbtr. Motorisls wilh license plates ending in odd numbers will get their lurn al (he pumps Tuesday and on odd-nurnbcied weekdays. Sen. William Proxmire, D- Wis., whose subcommiltce of the Joint Economic Commitlee opens hearings today on the availability and accuracy of oil industry statistics, Sunday asked Attorney General Wil- liam B. Saxbc to Uikc antitrust action against the major firms. In a lellcr to Saxbe, Proxmire said, "There may be ample evidence...to constitute an illegal conspiracy in viola- lion of the Sherman (antitrual) act." Saxbe, although not respond- ing directly to the senator, snid in a network interview, the answer lo the fuel shortage1 may actually lie in casing of the antitrust laws lo let Ihe big oilcompanieswork together. A House select commiltee on small business, headed by Hep. John Dingcll, U-Mich., will convene Wednesday. He said it will examine "ihe growing public skepticism oboul Ihe sevcrily of Ihe oil shortage, find in some case whether there Is n real energy crisis ill all." TheScnatcPcrmancnl Inves- tigations subcommittee nnd u subcommittee of the Semite: Foreign Relations CornmillcR are scheduled to hold horn next week. Sen. Walter Monihilc, D- Minn., hns announced lie will Continued on 1   

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