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   Middlesboro Daily News (Newspaper) - June 28, 1977, Middlesboro, Kentucky                             Weather Mostly cloudy today und toniglil. with showers or lliundcrshowers likely, lllglis today In mid or upper 80s. Lows lonlgM In (he mid or upper 60s. Mostly cloudy Wednesday. VOL. 65 NO. 78 The Home Daily of the Cumberlands MIDDLESBORO, KENTUCKY TUESDAY JUNE 28, 1977 Copyright 1977 Inc.. oil righJi 15 Cents Sheriff Says 'It's Like Wild Wild Bill Hickok Night Every Night Out There at FRANKFORT, Ky.   and an eight-foot high wire The company and union are Last Saturday night, Perry been nights when 900 to Storms Security It's like Wild Bill Hickok night fence It continues, sometimes deadlocked on this issue. said, heavy tire from mine rounds of ammunition are fired Ixmdon, were apprehended by every night now out there at in fusillade and sometimes McCreary County Sheriff Joe guards pinned down a national in the vicinity of the mine. striking miners as they al-the McCroary Coimtv sporadically, throughout the Perry said Monday in a television crew which was "People in Stearns can hear the templed to to a highway Sheriff Joe Perry said Monday night telephone interview the nightly interviewing picketing miners. firing it's like a through the woods. Two guards ina telephone interview. The 11-month old strike sniping seems to have in- "There were more than 500 he added. who came to their relict m an Thcstrike-struck Justus Mine which has been healing up us creased since last week's shots fired Saturday situation- automobile were shot and at Stearns, near the Kentucky- spring moves into summer, shooting of a picket by a hired Perry said. "They all got down onl rf ftwe rniners Rets woumled-Tennessee state line has been started over recognition of the mine guard. Guard Lee Griffith ontheir bellies -TV crewmen, it could touch off a Twenty six striking miners the scene of intensified gunfire United Mine Workers of Ameri- Jr., 35, is free under pickets and everybody out nowder kca the sheriff and a constable face trial Oct. nightly since late winter. ca as bargaining agent for tlie bond in connection with the there. The firing was definitely He noted that many 25 on charges stemming from When dusk comes, the ex- HO miners at the Stearns Coal shooting of Ray Hamlin, 27, of from the guards Saturday nf'thp residents of Stearns and the shootings, changeof shots begins between Co. mine. The union hackers Pine Knot, a picket. night. That TV crew really got communHiK "re striking coal miner pickets are seeking a safetv committee Mine spokesmen charged a a worm's eye view of the reuTd or disabled coa miners is frank to admit he from the woods and hired wilhhigheinploveircprescnta- picket had thrown a stick of action." doesn't know what the solution company guards protected by lion to determine when condi- dynamite toward the guard Hesaidalthoughtheweckend Earlier this year, three is unless the strike should end. sandbag-reinforced bunkers lions are unsafe underground. bunker juslbeforetheshooting. firing was heavy, there have security guards, hired from "They've got eight Mine' "We don't know the (mine) guards' names or even how many they have in he added, "I very seldom know what's happening until be added. state police troopers stationed there, but so far it hasn't he said. Perry has three deputies and he and they go out to the mine site when they'recallcd. The hiring of the mine guards by the company in February' apparentlyintensifiedtheshoot-ing on both sidos Fire Suits Now Over Million SOUTHGATE, Ky. (UPI) The Beverly Hills Supper Club fire has now spawned million in lawsuits. Theeighthand latest damage suit was filed in federal court in nearby Covington on behalf of Gary and Sharon Littrcll, a Lawrencehurg, were among the 162 persons killed In the Memorial Day weekend fire. The suit seeks million and names as defendants the club owners, architect, the city of Southgutc and the stale of Kentucky. A preliminary investigation revealed the fire was started by an electrical malfunction. 'Gomer' Sign For Tim Riggs The "Welcome Home, Gomer" banner hanging on the railroad bridge for a couple of weeks was to welcome a military man home, the Daily News learned following publication of a picture yesterday. Tim Riggs, Middlcsbnro, returned home from Navy boot camp in Orlando, Fla., to find this greeting from a friend, Iva Jo Cooper. Tim will be returning to active duty Wednesday in Jacksonville, Fla., from where he will be touring "dirty places" like the C.irribean and the Mediterranean. State Drivers Mostly Ignore 55mph Limit Scoreboard Alterations When Clancy's scored its 2flth run in yesterday's Little League game with Calllson's, scorekeepers Hugh Davis, led, and Norman Marcum Had to make alterations on the Scoreboard, which was not equipped to register more than 19 runs electronically. Davis and Marcum attached a paper "2" in front of Clancy's score. The final margin was a football- like 28-9. No Known Bootleg Mines In Bell, Official Says By COB ADAMS Daily News Staff Writer An official with the U.S. Mining Enforcement and Safety Administration (MESA) says he does not know of any "bootleg" or unlicensed mines currently in operation in Bell County. A bootleg mine in Whitley -County was the scene of a rock- fall last Tuesday in which two men were killed and a third injured. Gordon Couch, an inspector in MESA'S Barbourville Sub- District, which has jurisdiction over Bell County, said that his office has not received any reports of such unlicensed mines in this area recently. "We haven't heard of any in Bell County in about the last six months. The last thing we looked into was some people digging house coal over on Fonde Mountain. They were just scratching around the surface Couch said. Bootlegging is hard to put a slop to, according to Couch, with enforcement tending to be a hil-or-miss type of proposition. "Sometimes we rumors about unlicensed mines, or get complaints about bootleggers mining people's coal. Sometimes one of our in- spectors will be driving around and happen tosee a loaded coal truck coming out of a hollow where he doesn't know about any mine. We try to check into these things, but it's pretty hard to put a slop to. Most of the time, the people working these mines will scatter into the hills before we can get Couch explained. Bootleg mines are often according to Couch. "A lot of cases involve family or kinfolks going in together and splitting both (lie costs and the profits." he said. Botlleggers who succeed in operating undelected avoid having to pay Ihe MESA licensing fee, which can range from aboul to and gel around paying severance and business taxes and premiums for workmen's compensation insurance required by the state. Bootleggers also avoid having to comply with safety regulations, including Ihe requirement for roof-support and ventilation plans and use of proper equipment. The lack of roof supports was the cause of the rock fall and two fatalilies at the Whitley County mine, Couch said. The incident which took the lives of Joe Lee Lawson and Merele Reynolds, both of Siler, is still under investigation, according toCouch, Efforts are being made to determine if the mine was being gang-worked or if another individual in- volved was Ihe operator. Under federal law, an operator can be held liable for civil fines for safely violations. An operator can also be sued under state law for workmen's compensation benefits. By RANDY MINKOFF FRANKFORT, Ky. (UPI) If you are driving 55 miles per hour while on vacation during the upcoming Fourth of July holiday weekend in Kentucky, and you notice more cars are passing you by than in the past, don't be surprised. The Kentucky State Police reported Monday that latest studies show Kentuckians are driving fasler than they ever have since the 55 mile per hour speed limit was put into effect more than three years ago. The statistics show that the average speed for 85 per cent of the cars traveling on inters tales and parkways in Die state is 66 miles per hour, 11 Gas Plentiful, But Price Up For Fourth LOUISVILLE, Ky. (UPI) Gasoline will be plentiful over Ihe Fourth of July Holiday, but will cost a little more than it did last month. The Louisville Automobile Club's 4th of July Field Gauge Survey shows that the cost of gas has gone up about .7 per cent per gallon on all grades since the Memorial Day weekend. The average price per gallon at full service stations is now IB.8 cents for regular; 70.7 premium and 68.8 cents no-lead and 60.4 cents for diesel. Savings at self-service pumps will average about four cenls per gallon. However some wide variations in prices can be found between grades of gasoline as well as between full and self-service pumps. For instance, one station showed a six cents difference between the full and self- service regular pumps but only a two-cent difference on Ihe corresponding no-lead and premium pumps. And at one self-service station, a seven- cent difference was noted between the regular and no lead prices and only a one-cent difference between no lead and premium. The survey also showed no appreciable price variation from one geographic area of thestate to another, or between rural, metropolitan and resort areas. 30 RR Cars Derail Near Pineville Two locomotives and 30 coal cars derailed Sunday morning on the Harlan line 3 miles cast of Pincville, an L N spokesman reported. No injuries were reported. The tracks have been repaired and trains are moving on the line. The cause of tlie derailment is still under in- vestigation. miles per hour over the speed limit, The results of the study was labeled "very discouraging1' by officials, especially con- sidering the most heavily traveled weekend of the year was upon authorities. "Sure, it's downright dis- couraging to see that people are actually going faster, rather than obeying the said Lt. Ernest Bivens of the state police. "You would think by now with all the talk about safety and all the considera- tions that we would be getting better compliance." Actually, the average speeds of motorists has crept slightly upward for most of 1977, with the May report showing a 5 per cent increase over the previous month's figures. Bivens said law enforcement authorities are at a loss to determine new methods of c ontrolling speeding. "We've tried to convince people "of the energy crisis, the safety factors involved and all the rest, but it just hasn't done much Bivens conceded. "We can continue to do what we have been doing all along, that is, more enforcement, but there is a limit on what people can Bivens met with State Police Commissioner Ken Branden- burgh on Monday to map out enforcement strategy for the long holiday weekend, which officially begins Friday night at 6 p.m. and ends on July 4 at midnight. Officials are hoping to report a more safe weekend than last year's Fourth of July holiday, in which a record 21 persons were killed on state roads. "That was the worst holiday period we've ever Bivens said. "There's all indications pointing to a heavily traveled weekend again this year, so we are hoping that people will observe the speed laws and do what they can." Again, "high visibility" will be the major tool by state police to curb speeders on the interstates and parkways, al- though Bivens said no unusual plans arc currently on the schedule for the weekend. "We have changed some schedules, and we still plan to have enforcement along the most heavily traveled roads, Interstate 64 and 75, and the Bivens said. "But, we plan to watch out for the secondary roads, too, because we have many of our accidents there." As of Monday, this year's traffic death toll stood at 402 exactly the same as one year ago today. Bivens suggested that outside of slowing down, holiday travelers could also reduce the number of accidents by plan- ning trips more carefully. "We find that so often, people try to get too much traveling done in a short amount of Bivens said. "If people wouldn't rush so much and leave enough time to get where they are going and then return home, maybe we wouldn't have asmany fatalities." Highway Contracts Let for Eastern Ky. FRANKFORT, Ky. (UPI) An million contract including for super- vision of the construction of Highway SO to be built as a resource recovery road in eastern Kentucky was approved Monday by the state Personal Service Review Commission. Among the Highway 80 supervision contracts approved were to Hurst Rosche Engineers, to Ha- worth and Associates, to Brighton Engineering, to H.A. Spalding, Inc., and to Johnson, Depp and Quisenbeny. The approval came after Gov. Julian Carroll suggested the number of contracts should be measured in terms of contracts initiated ralherthancontractsrenewed. Carroll, acting as chairman of the commission, said he had "i nherited a substa n tia 1 amount of contracts" from previous administrations. He did say he considered every contract lliat now comes up for renewwal as an The commission also ap- proved about half a million dollars in contracts for the new Kentucky Horse Park in Lex- ington. The contracts were Nature's Sounds are Backdrop At 'The Book of Job' Opening By LINDA LAM BD1N Society Editor Everyone is hushed and expectant. Music by Handel, Bach and Dupre mingle with the night noises of frogs and crickets, which provide an audible backdrop for the moving drama. With the beauty of Pine Mountain in the background, "The Book of Job" opens. Job is one of the oldest stories in the Bible. Its actual date of origin is unknown, as is its author. The play is an arrangement of these verses taken from the King James version of the Bible. Two of the oldest devices in the theatre are used: the chorus from Greek theatre and mosacis of the early Christian church. The chorus is used to emphasize certain passages while the mosaics make up the costumes. The costumes are magnificent. The whole body of [lie actor is a mosaic. Paint is applied to the face, an effect which takes as little as 45 minutes and as long as 2 hours to achieve. Gloves are used for the hands and are made of material coversd with small squares 'of brightly colored material. Beards and hair are made in the same fashion. The story of Job is a story of God vs. Satan. Satan meets God and tells Him that Job only blesses Him because He protects him and rewards him. Satan claims that he can change Job's blessings to curses if God will remove His Continued on Page 8 Warden Against Ending Parole System LEXINGTON, Ky. (UPI) Eddyville Slate Pentilcnliary Superintendent Donald Borden- kircher says he would nol like to see the legislature end the parole system in the stale. Bordenkircher said ending parole would not serve the criminal justice system in Kentucky und would nol allow a "fillering" system to continue at all of the correctional institutions. The suggeslion to end the parole system in the state was made last month by Kentucky Attorney General Robert Ste- phens during a speech in Lexington. The attorney gener- al indicate he would introduce legislation lo abolish parole in the stale during the next session of the legist? turc, saying he would rather see a program of "determinate or fixed" sentencing be instituted in its place. "Idon'tsupporlanendlothe parole system in Bordenkircher said in an where il will help matters any." The superintenden I sa id wi th- out a parole system, there was the possibility of problems with controlling Uie levels of prison populations not only at the Eddyville prison but at all other institutions in the slate. "There must be some type of fillering syslem at a Bordenkircher noted. "Gelling rid of parole would prevent this from ha opening in Kentucky." Kentucky Corrections Com- missioner David Bland an- Continued on Page 8 Everyman Players in 'The Book of Job' Members of the Everyman Players gather In a scene from "The Book of Robert llutchfns, center, opened last night as Job (or Ihe first lime. The play, adapted by Orlln Corey from (he King James version of the Blble'I Book of Job, Is running now through August at the Laurel Cove Amphitheatre at Pine Mountain State Park. The play starts at p.m. each evening, except Sunday when no show is presented.   

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