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   Middlesboro Daily News (Newspaper) - April 5, 1977, Middlesboro, Kentucky                             Weather Cloudy, windy and cold today with chance of light rain. Highs in the mid to upper 41s. Cloudy and very coM tonight with chance of snow flurries. Lowi in the mid to upper 20s. Snow ending Wednesday with slowly decreasing cloudiness. VOL. 65 NO. 6 The Home Daily of the MIDDLESBORO, KENTUCKY TUESDAY APRIL 5, 1977 1 5 Cents Area Devastated by Floodwaters Ben Carter, dispatcher for the Middlesboro-Bell County Rescue Squad, was tired and dazed from 36 hours of wat- ching rising water and con- trolling Squad maneuvers during the flooding. "We're in real said the tired Carter. "We haven't been able to communicate with Pineville all night. Water is ten feet deep in the business district: That's all we've been able to learn." There were numerous reports of traffic occurrences which has been confirmed including an unidentified man and child missing in Mid- dles boro and a house that could have been occupied that was lodged against the Wallsend Bridge. There were also a couple of heart attack victims reports and an expectant Claiborne County mother In labor was transported through high water up Cumberland Avenue in Rescue Squad boats and taken to the hospital. About 300 hot breakfasts were requested by Judge Willie Hendrickson for evacuees housed at the Pineville Com- munity Hospital today. They were purchased by the Red Cross and flown to Pineville by helicopter. The Salvation Army is feeding and caring for about 60 local residents evacuated from low-lying and flooded areas at the First Baptist Church here. The church's own cooking facilities were out and hot meals were being transported from the flood-bound Salvation Headquarters to the church. The Rescue Squad has provided blankets and cots at the local church. Capt. Len Bowers, head of the local Salvation Army unit, said a mobile cooking unit has been dispatched from Louisville to aid Pineville evacuees and he expected to start cooking for an estimated there. Capt. Bowers also said Rough Going at the Intersection Like.boats patting In the night, traffic moved through the intersection at Cumberland Avenue and U.S. ZS-E yesterday afternoon before city and State Police cloied the highway. Several stalled in the high sloshing water and were towed to higher ground: At one point, a group of nurses were cut-off from the Mlddlesboro Community Hospital and were traMported through the high water by a National Guard two and one half ton truck. Rescue Squad boats also shuttled telephone and other workers through the water. F  debris plied up against the railroad bridge at Highway 441 and blacked the water's pastage. Damage estimates In the area were not available this morning, however, Cowden's Manufacturing was not thought to have been heavily damaged. Traffic moved through Die area until mid-afternoon when the water became too deep on the road and virtually sealed off MWdlttboro from outilde entrance. Storms in Southeast Claim Over 100 Lives By JOHN LESAR United Press International Deadly storms battered the Southeast Monday, spawning tornadoes that crushed towns like tinderboxes, triggering fatal floods and unleashing a fierce hailstorm that may have 'contributed to a fatal airline crash. The lethal combination of tornadoes, floods and thunder- storms claimed at least 103 lives. A Southern Airways DC9 jetliner, flying through a hailstorm, suffered two engine flameouts and forced the pilot to attempt a crash landing on a two-lane highway at New Hope, Ga. The landing failed and the plane plowed through the community and burst into flames. More than 70 persons were killed. At least 18 persons were killed by a twister that devastated Ingham, Ala., a Birmingham suburb. Two others were fatally injured in the nearby suburb of Fulton- dale and a twister in St. Clair County claimed one life. Nearly 100 persons were injured. Authorities said the death toll inSmithfieldEstateswould rise as the debris was cleared. The twister flattened virtually every home in an area several blocks wide in Ingham before skipping off toFultondale. Residents of the subdivision wandered through the streets in shock, huntingfor relatives who m ay have survived the storm. Twisters skipped over Floyd County, Ga., lulling one person. Two persons drowned in West Virginia floods that forced thousands of residents in southern counties to flee their homes. The wet weather also was blamed for one traffic death in West Virginia. Tornadoes damaged house trailers and barns in parts of. Mississippi and flash floods hit other sec lions of the state. "We are having lots of calls coming in about people who have been stranded on the tops of can, who needed to be a spokesman for the Jackson, Miss., Disaster Con- several truck loads of bedding, clothing and furniture are standing by in Knoxvillc, Term., and Louisville to bring into the area when the flood waters recede to aid flood- stricken victims. Distribution points will be announced when the water goes down. Last night Clancy's Restaurant fed several hun- dred evacuees, firemen, police and Rescue Squad workers. The Cumberland River, swelled by five inches of rainfall in its watershed, lapped over the concrete floodwall into Pineville late Monday night, forcing the evacuation of an estimated of the city's residents to higher ground. Shortly after the water began coming over the floodwall, the city's power went off briefly, making the electrically-operat- ed flood protection pumps temporarily useless. Power was restored 30 minutes later. Mayor Andy Williams broad- cast several appeals during the evening for residents of low- lying sections to evacuate and citizen teams had gone door-to- door at Pineville several hours earlier, urging residents to move to higher ground. Gov. Julian M. Carroll planned to fly to the flood- stricken southeast Kentucky area today, with stops sche- duled at the areas hardest h'f. The governor's plane was leave Frankfort at 8 a.m. EST.. trol Center said. Flooding was blamed for three deaths in Kentucky. Floodwatersisolated the Ken- tucky communities of Evarts and Harlan. The Cumberland River topped its floodwall at Pineville, Ky., Monday night and some persons were ordered out of their homes. Flooding also plagued Ten- nessee. An 8-year-old girl drowned when she was swept away by a small stream behind her home near the border of Tennessee's Lincoln and Moore counties. Several evacuations were ordered. One traffic death also was blamed on the wet weather in Tennessee. At least four deaths were attributed to the flooding, which hit hardest In Harlan and Bell counties. Sabino Sanchez, an elderly resident of Lynch, drowned near his home; Susie Evans, about 45, Benham, died of a heart attack while waiting in a car which had stalled in high water on a road near Rosspoint and a man identified only as Jenkins reportedly drowned in Little Creek off Ky. 72 in Harlan County. Sewell Stanley, 63, Middles- boro, drowned Monday after- noon in Bell County when his car plunged into a Hooded creek. See Flood Pictorial PageS Other rivers in southeast Kentucky also reached record crests or near crests Monday night, while some continued rising today. Rains continued over most of eastern Kentucky through late Monday, east of a line from Danville through Lake Cumberland, but were expected to end behind a fas.t- moving cold front. The Cumberland River at Harlan, which was mostly inundated earlier Monday, crested Monday night 18 feet above flood stage and began falling at the rate of three inches per hour. Tom Little, of the Division of Disaster and Emergency Relief, Frankfort, said the Middlesboro Civic Center was opened for evacuees from Pineville, but Pineville spokes- men said water over the roads made it impossible to reach Middlesboro. Kentucky National Guards- men from Middlesboro pa- trolled the downtown area of Pineville and helped in the evacuation. Earlier, Guards- men were activated at Harlan to help with evacations there. An estimated 220 Harlan County residents were taken to two centers at Harlan late Monday. Harlan County Judge Hugh Hall declared the county a disaster area because of flooding. Russ Dorm, Louisville, hy- drologist for the Weather expect the Cumberland to rise more than a foot or a foot and one half above the floodwall at Pineville. That, of course, will fill up the he added. "It's already crested at Harlan and has begun falling slowly." Bell County Emergency Squad members, police and firemen, and pupils from Clear Creek Baptist School all helped urge residents to flee to mountainside homes, schools and churches above the city. The Weather Service said the Levisa Fork of the Big Sandy should crest at 42 feet above flood stage, today. The Big Sandy should crest at 46.5 feet by 8 p.m. EST Wednesday, 1.5 feet above flood stage. Beaver Creek was predicted to crest at Maretin four to six feet over flood stage by early today. Flood stage of 29 feet was forecast for the South Fork of the Kentucky River Tuesday morning. At Willia msburg downs tream on the Cumberland, Rachael Kamuf, editor of The Whltley Republican, said, "They're taking the stock out of stores downtown to higher ground and people who live in mobile homes are taking them out of the bottoms by truck. "Here at the Republican, we've got the equipment on blocks. There's a typesetter on top of my desk -1 don't know how they got it there." Shelters also were set up in Whitley County. In Floyd County, two Depart- ment of Natural Resources representatives spent the night watching a silt dam above the former Princess-Elkhorn Coal Co. town of David, Ky. At last report, there was no water going over the dam and the structure was reported holding. Tentative plans were to evacuate the 125 residents of Continued on Page 7 71 Die in Jet Crash By WILLIAM COTTERELL NEW HOPE, Go. (UPI) A Southern Airways jet; both engines dead and its pilot desperately trying to land on a two-lane highway during a hailstorm, crashed and explod- ed Monday in the small Atlanta suburb of New Hope. At least 71 persons were killed and 27 others Injured. The DCS, carrying 81 passen- gers and four crew members from Huntsvllle and Muscle Shoals, Ala., to Atlanta, plowed through a grocery store and cars, sheared telephone poles and trees as it careened down the highway in a 300-foot swath of destruction. "It sounded like a tornado and I screamed for everyone to run and I looked back down the highway and here come a jet Mid Mrs. Mary Clay- ton, who was working in her yard when the airliner came out of a squall at p.m. EST. "It was breaking apart all down the she said. "It was throwing pieces up in the air and they were exploding." The pilot, Capt. William W. McKenzie, 54, of Laplace, La., swooped low over the New Hope Elementary School and guided the crippled craft down thenirrow highway. McKenzte died in the wreckage. "Hedid a miraculous Sheriff B ob Shipp sa id. "He did all he could and probably lost his life doing it. He had his mind and thoughts with the people on that plane." Government sources said at least 10 of the plane's passen- gers were executives from the. Marshall Space Flight Center and the Army's Redstone Arsenal Research and Develop- ment Command at Huntsville. Their fate was not immediately known. The plane disintegrated as it skidded down the highway. The fuselage tumbled end over end, then exploded. "We actually seen the fusel- age slipping, the wings disinte- grating and bodies going through the said John Clayton, chief of the New Hope Volunteer Fire Department, who saw the crash from his yard. "It was a big ball of said James Higdon, who witnessed the crash from the front porch of his house. "I started running through the woods but by the time we got over there it was burning too bad for anybody to get out. There was people hurt all over the place. We helped get a few out. They was burned real bad." When firemen finally extin- guished the flames, the largest single piece of debris was the overturned tail section. Frederick Clemens, 18, a passenger from Wilmington, Del., escaped with burns over 20 per cent of his body. "We were flying through a hailstorm and I guess the hailstones clogged up the engine or something. And after that we had three or four minutes of unpowered flight with both t he jet engines blown, and we coasted down to a forced he said. "All I re member was when we s tar ted hitting, it was getting rougher." Authorities were unable to determine how many persons on the ground were killed or injured by the plane's debris. Sheriff Shipp said 59 bodies were in a makeshift morgue near Dallas, the Paulding County seat Hospitals in the area reported 12 persons dead. The sheriff said two of the dead were townspeople and three other New Hope residents were missing, "but they may be In a hospital or they may be in the woods. We don't know." The plane apparently deve- lopedtroublewhileapproaching Atlanta for a landing. "The pilot was talking to the Atlanta Air Route Traffic Control Center and reported a windshield failure and one engine flamed said Jack Barker of the Federal Aviation Administration. "And then he reported the flameout of the second engine. He then switched to the Atlanta tower and said he would try to set it down on a road." TV A Takes 'Significant' Steps to Cut Pollution By RANDY MINKOFF FRANKFORT, Ky. (UPI) TheTennesseeValleyAuthority has made significant steps to curb pollution levels at its two facilities inKentucky according to state air pollution control officials. But, the Air Pollution Direc- tor for the Bureau of Environ- mental Protection, John Smilher, said Monday the state isn't totally satisfied with the pollution control methods being undertaken by the TVA at the Shawnee facili ly nea r Paducah. The controversy between the state, TVA and the federal Environmental Protection Agency regarding pollution control devices at all of the utility's facilities has been simmering for several months, according toSmither. "But we feel In Kentucky, at least, at their two facilities, they have made signfleant steps to improve the situation as of S mither said. TVA has facilities at Para- dise in Muhlenberg County and at the one in Shawnee. The federal EPA has sought to force TVA into improving pollution control at Its plants in the South at a quicker pace, and has threatened sanctions and fines against the utility if they did not comply. However, Smither, who said the state has tried to take an active role in ensuring safe levels for the two facilities, said there is still the question of whether one federal govern- ment agency can fine another. "There is still some question in the minds of many people whether a federal agency can act against another federal Smither said. "But make no mistake the state can act to make sure the TVA facilities come Into compliance wi Instate regulations." And, Smither said the work done at both facilities recently hasenaHed TVA to make "long strides" into coming into compliance with the state and federal EPA fllr pollution conlrolstandards. At the Paradise facility, Smither said TVA has plans to install a washing facility to wash sulfur out of the coal that would allow it to keep down on pollution emitting. However, at Shawnee facility, Smither said theTVA plans are somewhat less definitive on controlling low sulfur coal. "We aren't particularly pleased with the approach at Shiwneetogo to what they call Smither said. "St 111, there are many U-chnlc al things to work out and it's going to take a matter of years before the problem is finally solved." The problems caused by pollution at the plants was revealed several years ago when studies showed signflcant Continued on Page 7 Lifelong Middlesboro Resident Dies A lifelong Middlesboro resident, Mr. Eugene Pen- dleton Nicholson, Jr., age 73, of 4 Edgewood Ct., passed away suddenly Sunday at his home. He was preceded in death by his wife, the late Laura Nicholson several years ago. He was a gradudate of the University of Wisconsin and the Vanderbilt School of Law. He was a practicing attorney since 1929 and was a specialist in Title Law. A member of the First Presbyterian Church, he was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Church. A complete obituary appears in todays edition of the Daily News. Files in Seventh William L. Rice, 58, Dor- chester Avenue, has filed as a candidate for 7th District Magistrate In the Democratic Primary. Mr. Rice attended Middlesboro schools and Is a life-time resident of the city. He graduated from Universal Schools, Dallai, Tx., as an insurance adjuster, and alioattended II. R. Block Tai School. He ii a notary public and an employee of the Trl-SUlc Wholesale Co. where he is a buyer and head of the Cigarette Tax Department. A Deacon of the First Christian Church, he Is also a member of Its Official Board. He promises that, II elected, he will ihow no partiality and ipend the taxpayers' money wUely.   

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