Middlesboro Daily News, April 1, 1974

Middlesboro Daily News

April 01, 1974

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Middlesboro Daily News (Newspaper) - April 1, 1974, Middlesboro, Kentucky VOL. 63 k The Home Daily of the Kxritdy MIDDLESBORO, KENTUCKY MONDAY, APRIL 1, 1974 10 CENTS City Tri-State NEWS At-A-Glance STATE POLICE AT FRANKFORT listed only two per- sons killed over the weekend in traffic accidents. The deaths raised the state toll for the year thus far (o 159 compared with 229 through this date last year. Four persons were killed in a Friday accident, but all four deaths oc- curred before the 6 p.m. CDT beginning of the tabulation period. AT LEAST TEN PERSONS were killed accidentally in Tennessee during the weekend. Nine persons were reported killed in traffic mishaps, and one man, Mack Wright, 43, of Rogersville, drowned Saturday morning when he fell into a drainage ditch about two miles north of BuJIs Gap. TWO YOUNG VALLEY STATION, Ky., men were scheduled to go on trial in Jefferson Criminal Court today for theslayings of two drive-in theater employees last year. Danny Lee Tetrick, 23, and James A. Sefchick, 19, of Jef- ferson County, will stand trial together on: seven charges each, including five brought by the Bulliti County grand jury. The two are charged in Jefferson County with two counts each of armed robbery STATE POLICE CHARGED LARRY HOOD, 23, of Stanton, Ky., with murder in the fatal shooting of Sammy Berryman, 23, also of Stanton. Berryman was shot with a .22 caliber weapon early Sunday during, an argument at Hood's home near Stanton. State Police said the details of the shooting still are under investigation. WEATHER Very warm and windy with a chance of showers today. Southerly winds 15 to 20 miles per hour occasionally gjsting (o 30 miles per hour today. Thunderstorms likely this afternoon or tonight. Tuesday, cloudy and mild with a chance of light rain. Highs today mid 80s to upper 70s. Lows tonight low to mid 50s. Highs Tuesday mid 70s to upper 60s. NATION WITH MORE THAN workers temporarily laid off this week, U. S. automakers are awaiting March sales results that they hope will show a reversal in the downward trend of auto sales. The figures will not become public until Wednesday, but they are sure to show a sixth straight month in which sales are below the comparable month of the previous year. If they are stronger than January or February, industry executives will be LUCI JOHNSON NUGENT, DAUGHTER of the late President Lyndon B. Johnson, says her father's "Great Society" programs should pot be allowed to fail. "I'm not saying all programs passed during the Johnson ad- ministration are perfect programs, but the concept of those programs is not she said. "When that concept is defeated and when we throw the baby out with the bath, it concerns me very much." ONE LAWMAKER CALLS IT "ALMOST stupid politics" while a Republican national committee member says its pretty much up to the individual states. The issue is the "quota system" which set off a floor fight at the last Democratic National Convention. As a result, Chicago's Mayor Richard J. Daley and some of his colleagues were unseated at the convention because they were said to be unpresentative of Chicago's population. TEAMSTERS VOTED 377-2 SUNDAY to strike the Kansas City area construction industry Wednesday if there is no significant progress on a new contract with 10 craft unions. Union and industry representatives said a strike would shut down construction citywide. Meanwhile, the city's 98 public schools were closed today for the second week as the school board and striking teachers union tried privately to work out a wage settlement. THERE ARE TWO MORE IMPORTANT government witnesses assistants in the Securities and Exchange Commission SEC to be called in the influence peddling trial of two former Nixon cabinet members. The govern- ment is expected to rest its comspiracy case against former Attorney General John N. Mitchell and former Commerce Secretary Maurice H. Stans early this week after hearing testimony from the two witnesses Stanley Sporkin and Robert Kushner. WORLD ETHIOPIAN GUERRILLAS HAVE BEGUN negotiating the release of three American and two Canadian mineral prospectors captured last week their employer said today. "The guerrillas contacted us last Ed P. Burtchaell, president of the American owned Tenneco Company, said. "We're hopeful we can get the release of the men very shortly. It's a delicate situation now and I can't give any further details." THE RANSOM NOTE FOUND AFTER the disap- pearance of U. S. Vice Consul John Patterson 10 days ago threatened that the kidnapers would kill one American a week if the money was not paid, it was reported today. The newspaper "El Imparcial" published what it said were portions of the ransom nole, written in Patterson's own hand. It threatened to kill one person a week chosen from families of consular officials. I What's Going On April 1, Bell County Association of Retarded Children meeting, p.m., Kentucky Utilities. April 1, Rolio meeting Little Tunnel Inn, 7 p.m. April 2, p.m. Cumberland Council No. 77 R. and S. M., annual inspection at Masonic Lodge Hall in Pincville. Comp. T. H. Dennis, London, Arch Deputy. Dinner at Hub Grill, Pineville p.m. prior to inspection. April 4, Jaycettes meeting, home of Ann Moycrs, p.m. April 4, Ensl End School P.T.A. Executive Board Meeting, p.m. al the school. April 5, Bell-Whitley Hcmlstnrt fund-raising turkey dinner, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Jnyccc Civic Center or carry out, Phone 24B-91B5. April 6, ZTA Dunce at Civic Center fcnturlng Brother, 8 p.m. until midnight, per person, Casual (Irons. Strike Throughout Appalachian Regional Hospital Chain 90 JFbrfcers on Strike at Hospital By WALT JOHNSON News Editor Approximately 90 main- tenance and service personnel who are members of the US Steel Workers of America local 14628 went on strike at the Middlesboro Appalachian Regional Hospital at 12 p.m. Sunday. Striking for a new contract for their members throughout the ARH chain of hospitals, the disagreement left the hospital functioning at less than full capacity with emergency cases such as automobile wreck injuries and heart attacks the only cases the facility is able to accommodate, according to George Murphy, hospital administrator. The strike marked the first time in 19 years of unionized labor at the Middlesboro hospital that the members have walked out. According to local union vice president Bill Winchester, the union has always had a good rapport with the hospital management and though the chain's Lexington management and the union officials were not able to reach an agreement after two weeks of negotiations prior to the contract expiration, the local union is hopeful that mediation will resolve the differences before the end of the week. Murphy stated that management and union leaders will be meeting Thursday with a federal mediator to try to reach an agreement. According to Winchester, Allli offered to extend the previous contract for one year but had included some language changes that were not acceptable. The union now is asking for an entirely new contract with a variety of additions, among which are insurance benefits, sick leave, paid vacations, and an eight per cent wage increase. The pickets have stationed themselves at the entrance to the drive leading into the hospital complex but are not blocking entrance to any vehicles. Murphy stated this morning that the union was allowing free access to the Daniel Boone Clinic also. Murphy understood the basis of the disagreement was that the union was wanting to ex- pand its membership to include technicians, Licensed Prac- tical Nurses, and clerks. Locally, the steps taken to handle to cutback in the number of personnel working at ARH, have involved primarily elective medical service. The hospital has discontinued elective surgery and elective diagnostic ad-, missions. Murphy stated that he had received offers from voluntary help from local citizens but that none was being utilized because he felt the union members might think that the and some officc_and switch- to say so. volunteers were trying to take board personnel were involved Throughout the chain, ap- their jobs. "We have made no in the walkout. proximately S50 union workers appeals through the mass He also felt that ap- went on strike at the midnight media for Murphy proximately 80 per cent of the deadline, involving nine stated. remaining personnel were in hospitals in three states. In According to Winchester, agreement with the goals of the Kentucky, ARH operates janitors, engineers, cafeteria strike though they felt that they hospitals at Hazard, McCowell, helpers, nursing aides, LPN's, would be risking their positions Continued on Page 2 Claiborne Co. Hospital Opens 25 New Beds Today TAZEWELL, Tenn. The Claiborne County Hospital today opens 25 additional beds as part of a new addition which has relocated the obstetrical department along with the addition of other patient beds, and, an additional operating room, according to J. B. Wright, hospital ad- ministrator. The facility will now be able to separate beds for medical, surgical, and obstetrical patients. This makes the third addition, and a total of 13fi the hospital. Pat Hearst Still Captive After 8 Weeks SAN FRANCISCO (UPI) Eight weeks ago today newspa- per heiress Patricia Hearst was dragged, screaming, from her Berkeley apartment. Since her abduction she has been used as a pawn to generate a million food giveaway, and to focus public attention alledged abuses in Calif orniapenalinstitutions. The revolutionary Sym- bionese Liberation Army (SLA) claims credit for the kidnaping, Continued on Page 2 Opening originally in 1959 the hospital had 41 beds and in 1967 a 20 bed addition was added to the hospital. Fifty more beds were added in 1969 as an ex- tended care facility. The hospital will now have 86 hospital beds of which 26 are private rooms, 28 semi-private with one four bed ward. Room charges will be for a private, for a semi-private and for the ward beds. These beds are in addition to the 50-bed extended care unit, the administrator said. 'Since 1959 when the hospital first opened, the medical staff has grown from three to eight, plus numerous consultants. There were 35 employees in 1959 and the number nas now increased to 200 with an annual payroll in excess of Last year the hospital had admissions and 250 births and in the extended care facility there were 125 admissions. The hospital now operates the ambulance service for the county. Claiborne County Hospital is now participating in areawide planning of health care facilities to meet the com- munity needs. It has joined with 15 other hospitals in this area to share purchasing and other services to bring quality care to the most people with maximum efficiency. "As providers of health care, we are trying to meet increasing demands for services, and trying to contain, or reduce costs for these Wright said. "The success of Claiborne County Hospital is the result of hard work by its Board of Directors, Medical Staff, and Employees. However, at Claiborne County Hospital the patient comes the ad- ministrator concluded. iw ON STRWE ARH Workers on Strike Trial Opens Today in Pennsylvania Prosecutor Tries to Trace Yablonski Murder to Boyle (UPI) prosecutor Richard A. Sprague today began trying to trace the cold-blooded, hired killing of a reform candidate for the United Mine Workers presidency to W.A. "Tony" Boyle, the former UMW president charged with the 1969 Yablonski murders. A jury of nine men and three women was to hear Sprague Guns, Alcoholic Beverages Confiscated Deputy Sheriff Doug Campbrll examines a .410 gauge shotgun allegedly confiscated from Doris Simpson of Blacksnake Saturday afternoon. In the background Is the large nmount of beer, whiskey, and wine confiscated In two raids Saturday from Miss Simpson and Melvin Lee of Greasy Creek. Lee and Mlts Simpson were both charged with violation of local option laws and Mils Simpnon was also charged with carrying a concealed deadly weapon. argue for the first time today that Boyle, 72, and ailing, conceived the idea which resulted in the New Year's Eve, 1969, deaths of UMW archrival Joseph A. "Jock" Yablonski, his wife and daught- er. The UMW dissident, his wife, Margaret, and their daughter, Charlotte, 25, were shot to death by three hired killers as they slept in their Clarksville home in the southwestern Pennsylvania coal fields. The killings occurred thrcr weoks after Yablonski lost to incum- bent Boyle in a bitter election for the union's presidency. In his opening statement, Sprague portrayed Boyle as the "arranger" who authorized the payment of in union funds to Yablonski's actual assassins through an elaborate scheme involvinga non-existent UMWorganizingfund. Seven persons, including the three assassins, have either been convicted of or have confessed to three counts of first degree murder in the Booze Variety Confiscated In Raids Sat. The Bell County Sheriff's office conducted two raids Saturday afternoon and arrested two persons for violation of local option laws. Arrested were Melvin Lee of Greasy Creek and Doris "Dot" Simpson of Blacksnake. Miss Simpson was also charged with carrying a concealed deadly weapon. The Sheriff's Department confiscated 38 half pints of whiskey and 95 cans of beer from Lee. From Miss Simpson they confiscated seven half- pints of whiskey, one half-pint of vodka, two fifths of Booncs Farm wine, one fifth of strawberry wine, three or four bottles of mixed whiskey, 634 cans of beer, one single barrel .410 shotgun, and one .22 caliber revolver. Yablonski deaths. A UMW district president also has pleaded guilty to federal charges that he violated Ya- blonski's civil rights by conspir- ing to kill him. Early prosecution witnesses were to include Claude E. Vealey, 30, of Cleveland, who admitted three years ago that he and two other Ohioans actually killed the Yablonskis; and William J. Turnblazer, 52, of Middlesboro, Ky., president of UMW District 19. Sprague will try to link Boyle to the killings through Turn- blazer, whose information led authorities to the former UMW chief tain who is already serving a three-year federal prison term for illegally contributing union money to political cam- paigns. The state charged that, at a June 23, 1969, meeting at UMW headquarters in Washington, D.C., Boyle told Turnblazer and Albert Pass, then secretary- treasurer of District 19, that Yablonski "ought to be killed or done away with." Pass was convicted last year of the Yablonski murders. Auto Theft Charged To Middlesboro Man City police have arrested George Wells, 40, of Lynnwood Road on a charge of auto theft. Wells is charged with stealing an auto that was reported missing Saturday by Pal Williams of North 19th Street. The auto was recovered by city policeman Don Busic. City police have arrested Mike North, 18, of Noetown on a charge of grand larceny. North is charged with stealing a tape player and speakers from the homo of Jesse Lee Carroll of West End Homes. The stolen property was recovered by City Policemen Wayne Barnclt and Don Busic. City police also arrested Buddy Olen Stephcnson, 39, of Lothbury Avenue on a charge of hit and run. The complaint against Slephenson was signed by Clara Bean. In city police court Saturday, Gregory Ward, 19, of Bloom- sbury Avenue was fined for driving while intoxicated, no operator's license, and improper starting. An assault and battery charge against Alva Maples, 28, of 17th Street, City, was continued. Bond for Maples was set at Maples was also fined for disorderly conduct. Charles Bingham of North 25th Street reported to police someone stole the tires and wheels from his 1965 Chevrolet. Oscar James, city, reported to Continued on Page 2 Ford's Son Disillusioned With Nixon LOGAN, Utah (UPI) Vice President Gerald R. Ford's 22- year-old he has "become disillusioned" with President "I'm not so sure my father disagreces with me." Young Korri, a forestry student at Utah State Univer- sity, said in an interview published Sunday in the Salt Lake City Tribune that he was "definitely more liberal than dad." "But our basic ideas arc Ihe he said, "even about Richard M.Nixon." "1 worked on President Nixon's campaign for eight months, but of late, I hnvc become disillusioned with him. HE has been making n poor defense for himself It hard for people who want to Continued on ;