Middlesboro Daily News, June 29, 1977

Middlesboro Daily News

June 29, 1977

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Middlesboro Daily News (Newspaper) - June 29, 1977, Middlesboro, Kentucky Weather Mostly cloudy this morning, becoming partly cloudy this afternoon and tonight. A little cooler with highs today In the mid 80s. Lows tonight In the mid 6us. VOL. 65 NO. 79 The Home Daily of the M1DDLESBORO, KENTUCKY WEDNESDAY JUNE 29, 1977 Inc., o'l righll 15 Cents Tornadoes Seen Kentucky lly United Press Inter national Numerous reports of tornado sightings jammed telephone switchboards of police agencies across Kentucky Tuesday night in the wake of thunderstorms, but no serious damage was reported from anywhere in the state. "We've had a couple of touchdowns reported in Oldham said Maj. Douglas Sword of the State Police headquarters in Frankfort. "However, we dispatched per- sonnel to the scene but they haven't discovered any damage." After a severe thunderstorm raced across the area, Jeffer- son County police said no Two Girls Reported Missing Two teen-age girls have been reported missing. Missing since June 19 are Teresa Wigfall, 15, and Charlotte Marcum, 14. The girls were last seen wearing blue jeans and T-- shirts in the area of Brownies Creek near the Animal Shelter. Both girls were riding bicycles, which have been found in the area. Miss WigfalJ is black, weighs 130 lb., and is 5'4" tall. Miss Marcum is white, has blue eyes and dark blond hair, weighs 105 lb., and is 5'4" tall. Anyone knowing the whereabouts of these girls, or having any information con- cerning them, is requested to contact the Middlesboro Police Dept. Woman Charged In Drug Theft A woman has been caught allegedly stealing drugs from the Claiborne County Hospital, according to Claiborne County Sheriff Eddie Shoffner. Arrested and charged with burglary of drugs was Nancy Fleenor, 21, of New Tazewell. She was also charged with illegal possession of prescription, drugs. Mrs. Fleenor was detained by nurses until the arrival of Claiborne County Leputies, Jerry Heece and Alvin Steadtnan. Mrs. Fleenor is being held in the Claiborne County Jail under a bond pending a preliminary hearing July 22. damage was reported from anywhere in the Louisville area due to tornado activity. Earlier, the National Weather Service said a funnel cloud was reported by the public in the Fairdale section of the county and there had been numerous reports of funnel clouds in the Lou is ville area, inc ludin g south- ern Indiana. State Police reported a tornado near Eminence, but, Maj. Sword said, troopers sent to the scene found no damage. The violent weather condi- tions caused the weather service to post thunderstorm and flash flood warnings and watches in areas of Kentucky through the even- ing and night. Earlier in the day, Paducah recorded winds in excess of 50 miles per hour as a band of thunderstorms passed through the area. Georgetown also recorded some heavy thunder- storms with strong winds during the mid afternoon. The inclement weather activi- ty was the latest in a series of summer storms that has produced scattered heavy rains for tlie past week. U.S. Department of Agricul- ture officials, who had said state farmers were facing near drought conditions earlier in the month, were now saying some areas were receiving too much moisture. More than three inches of rain was recorded in some sections of the state early Tuesday. However, no serious fl oodi ng wa s reported along any of the major rivers in the state. Accompanying the severe weather wereextremely muggy conditions and warm tem- pe ratures, that ranged from Uie middle 80s lolower 90s. A cool front was approaching the state and was expected to clear skies and provide some relief from the humid weather by late today. Indicators Show Economic Health Strong in State Preparing TRIMCO Products TRIMCO Corporation of Barbourvllle sends Its reject rubber window molding to the Mid- dlesboro Opportunity Workshop for preparation for recycling into quality merchandise. A handicapped client In a wheelchair watches as staff members Junior Turner, Ralph Nix and Dannie Barnett begin the day's process at which the.cllents will work for six to seven hoars. The clients are paid commensurate with their abilities compared to the average non- handicapped person. EDITORS NOTE: The end of the fiscal year is this Thursday, and Kentucky is coming out of the recession by all indictors with great vigor. In this, the first of a two-part report on the economy, state officials review the past year and ascertain the strength of the state's economic health. By RANDY MINKOKF Unlted Press International Maurice Carpenter, Kentuc- ky's revenue commissioner, admits the last week of June is a confusing time for he and his staff because of the last minute rush to compile the final figures for the state's fiscal year analysis. However, he notes this year was particularly confusing, if not interesting, because of the fluctuations and changes in economic patterns. "We appeared to be up one minute, down the next, up the Carpenter said. "But at least we appear to be coming out on top." The general consensus of officials interviewed by United Press International reveal the state had made the full turnaround from the recession- ary problems of several years ago and appeared headed for a full economic recovery. The outlook wasn't as bright during January and February, when the natural gas crisis and one of the worst winters in the history of the state darkened the chances for a strong Kentucky economy. "From a purely statistical view, we're coming out much stronger than we were one year Carpenter said. "If you take away the problems of the winter, it would have been a much stronger year." In fact, most state, officials agreed had it not been for the adverse weather cold tem- peratures in the winter, flood- ing in eastern Kentucky in the spring and some dry conditions late in the spring, the economy would have been that much healthier. Based solely on revenue intake, Kentucky did have a good year. Sales and tax receipts will be up around 11 per cent, general fund receipts were up around 23 per cent, individual income tax receipts were up 22 per cent. Unemployment is the lowest it has been in nearly four years, more people are working than ever before in the state of Kentucky and the state appears ready to continue a trend of attracting new industry to the state. Here is a quick glance at some of the key indicators of the Kentucky economy during the past fiscal year" Employment After having unemployment rales in the 6 and 7 per cent categories last fall, the rate began to slide until the problems during the natural gas crisis, when several hun- dred thousand workers were temporarily out of a job. Robert MacDonald, chief labor market analyst for Ihe state, said the state shrugged off the effects of the winter quickly and had only a 3.6 per cent rate during the last survey period. "We had more people work- ing than ever before and unemployment was down to onlyaroundSOjOOO, "MacDonald noted. "It was strong in all areas. Manufacturing, non- manufacturing, trades, con- struction andagriculture." The job market for graduat- ing seniors also appeared good, according to most college placement directors, with Mac- Donald labeling it the best in several years. In addition, MacDonald said many of those who were laid off during the recession had been hired back in Kentucky., "The trend was in ore to stock up inventories and hire those back, assuming that the reces- sion was he said. Agriculture Despite the winter losses, which totaled more than 5175 million, and the failure to obtainsufficientrepaymentand loans from the federal govern- ment, farmers managed to record a record corn crop and receivehigher prices for hurley tobacco. "All and all, production-wise, it was a good said Agriculture CommissionerTom Harris. "It is just too bad thu federal go vern ment di d n 't wa nt to cooperate more and help us when we had our troubles." Last fall, Kentucky farmers harvested more tha n 130 m illion bushels of corn, a new record breaking the old one set in 1948. However, because the crop was so big, the state faced grain storage problems. Continued on Pa ge 10 New Policy- Change, Contracts Change Opportunity Workshop By WALT JOHNSON News Editor New accreditation policies and new production contracts are changing the face of the Middlesboro Opportunity Workshop. A new accreditation policy for rehabilitation workshops has led the Middlesboro Op- portunity Workshop to enlarge its activities and three long range production contracts have enabled the staff to perform the duties and keep the operation sound finan- cially. The accreditation must be done by December 1977 and to meet the policy's requirements has meant that additional paperwork be completed by the staff. For example, added forms must be kept from the time a client enters the program and more complete personnel files must be maintained. The workshop must also meet nine areas of suggestions that involve such things as new safety guidelines. Some of the categories will require im- provements to the building. The added duties carry with them long work-days and make a substantial dint in the annual budget which was already being threatened by increased Archbishop's Ordination of 14 Could Split Catholic Church ByARLF.TTERAUDET ECONE, Switzerland (UPI) Rebel Archbishop Marcel -Lefebvre ordains 14 priests today in a major confrontation with Pope Paul VI that could spark the first split within the Roman Catholic church since 1870. The 71-year old French archbishop dismissed a final warning Tuesday from Pope Paul, who called Lefcbvre's defiant stand "pernicious and obstinate." Lefebvre has acknowledged the ordination ceremony at his seminary in this hamlet would amount to self-excommunica- tion. In addition to the M priests, he planned to ordain 22 subdeacons whose duties in- clude preparing holy vessels. Pope Paul suspended him from his priestly functions last year for opposing the reforms adopted by the Second Vatican Council, especially a ban on saying mass in Latin and a requirement that priests face the congregation when saying mass. Lefebvre has accused the pontiff of being a heretic and a tool of communism. The covered by television crews from France, Italy, England and Germ any, was being held under an enormous tent because the seminary chapel was too small to accomodale the several thousand faithful who turned up- Church officials say Lefebvre. is causing a schism within the church by ignoring the Pope's repeated appeals to abandon the traditionalist rites. Last week Ihe Pope warned the former bishop of Dakar, Senegal, and Tulles, France, that his disobedience would cause "an irreparable break" with the Vatican. In installing five new cardi- nals Monday, the pontiff called Lefebvre's stand "a wound to the Church" and added it was Schism Faces Pope On 14th Anniversary VATICAN CITY (UPI) Pope Paul VI today marked his 14lh year as the spiritual ruler of 541 million Roman Catholics on a day that may go down in history as Ihe beginning of the church's first schism in more than a century. The Pope was to celebrate the anniversary of his corona- tion with a Mass at St. Peter's basilica, while in Econe, Switzerland, dissident Ar- chbishop Marcel Lefebvre sealed his rebellion against the Vatican with the planned or- dination of. 14 traditionalist priests. The ceremonies 550 miles apart highlighted a day that may mark the start of the church's first schism since 1870 when a German group calling themselves the "Old Catholics" broke away in a dispute over the concept of papal infallibility governing the pope's official rulings on faith and morals. Pope Paul was to concele- brate Mass with five new cardinals he installed Monday, including his former secretary, Cardinal Giovanni Benelli, who many observers believe the 79- year-old pontiff favors as his successor. He also was to present to the new cardinals Ihe sapphire rings that are traditional symbols of their rank as "princes of Ihe church." Although Pope Paul's actual coronation was on June 30, 1953, the pontiff traditionally has observed the anniversary one day early to coincide with the feastday of Sis. Peter and Page "with a hea rt ful 1 of sa dness we express again the suffering which the coming unlawful ordinations cause us." An open split in the church would be the first schism to hit the Roman Catholic church since 1870, when a German group calling itself the Old Catholics broke away in disa- greement with the dogma of papal infallibility, which says the pope cannot err in rulings on faith and morals. Vatican sources said it was too early to predict how many Roman Catholics might follow Lefebvre in an open break, although he has thousands of supporters in the United States and Europe. Lefebvre's followers arrived for the ceremony by train and road from Paris, Munich, Rome and all parts of Switzerland. Hotels and youth hostels for 20 miles around this hamlet were crammed. Fields surrounding the aus- tere seminary filled with crowds, caravans and tents, with people camping out in good weather after two weeks of constant rain. The seminary was founded In 1970 and there are now 100 seminarians at Econe, a tiny village at the foot of the southwestern Swiss Alps with only IZ telephones and a small hydro-electric plant. costs. About six months ago, Workshop Director Sam York was able to land three con- tracts with area firms for long range work for the clients. The contracts were lucrative enough that they enabled the Workshop to meet its budgetary requirements despite no increase in its 1977 funding from Ihe Bureau of Rehabilitation. The contracts were with Trimco Corporation of Bar- bourville, a manufacturer of rubber window trim for Ford Motor Company, Henrile off Morrislown, Tenn., a maker of rubber pully parts, hood bolts, and wheels for elevators, and Outdoor Venture of Stearns, Ky., a tent manufacturer. In the past, the Workshop has long standing contracts with local firms J. R. Hoe and Sons and Coca-Cola but the products made were termed "seasonal" because they weren't needed on'a continuing basis. The Bureau of Rehabilitation sponsors clients who attend the Workshop and then reimburses the workshop for the services rendered. The Workshop tries to have the testing and adjustment counseling that is a portion of its services work closely with the production department, training the clients to be productive citizens. The handicapps of the clients range from mental disorders and retardation to physical handicapps and alcoholism. By combining client testing with work experience and personal adjustment counseling, the staff has seen 60 per cent of the employable clients find jobs. Claiborne VICA Leaders From left. Melissa Cole, Ronnie Smith, and Kim Barnard have pushed Claiborne County Vocational School onto the national limelight of vocational education by reaching the pinnacle of success at a recent national conference. Misses Cole and Barnard won first place and third place respectively in Medical Laboratory and Medical Assistant competition. Smith was elected as the vice-president representing the seven-state Region III. A parade and reception for tie outstanding VICA students will be held July 10 in Tazewell. Claiborne VICA Member Named to National Post ByWALTJOHNSON News Editor TAZEWELL Represen- tatives of Claiborne County Vocational School's Vocational Industrial Clubs of America (VICA) recently made their presence known at the VTCA National Convention by cap- turing several national honors. The local VICA advisors are obviously proud of their club representatives, showing up in force to aid the winners In making the public an- nouncement of their honors. Local banks and businesses are On a national scale that -dj5piaying congratulatory amounts to returned to the notes to and a and economy for every II invested in tax dollars. The clients must be 16 years old (employable their handicap a detriment to their finding work, and there be a reasonable expectation that if the handicap is corrected they can become employable. Evaluation of the new clients lasts from four weeks to 18 tin Bed on Page 11 parade and reception have been set for 6 p.m. July 10. For the first time in the club's history, a local can- didate attended the Convention and was chosen for a national VICA elective post. The Leadership Conference held in Cincinnati, Ohio, June saw Ronnie Smith of Claiborne County High School, chosen as vice-president from Region III. There are five regional vice- presidents who aid the national president in his duties of helping to establish new VICA units. Region HI is comprised of Tennessee, Kentucky, Arkansas, Florida, Mississippi, Alabama, and the Virgin Islands. Smith survived a strenuous written test, screening by the technical nominating com- mittee, and a vigorous cam- paign before the delegates from 49 states represented. Even though he will represent seven states in the cabinet, the entire con- ference voted on the post. When it was announced that he had won the election, a friend in Ihe chair next to his turned to congratulate him but 'it was too late. Smith had sprung from his chair and was nearly to the podium to accept the post before the an- nouncement was completed. Similar responses came from Melissa Cole who gar- nered a first place finish in the national competition judging Medical laboratory students' skills. Kim Barnard was also elated when it was announced that she had taken third place in Ihe judging for those students enrolled in the course for Medical Assistants. The VICA advisors who accompanied the students to Cincinnati complimented the work of out-going club president Sherry Smith who acted as campaign manager for the new national vice president. Other members of the Claiborne County High VICA Club who participated in the national competition were: Ricky Brooks, Billy Williams, Jirnmy Rowland, Kenny Pace, Gary Walker, Marvin Sim- mons, and Steve Barnard. Presenting the Club Business Procedure entry was Steve Janeway; Dental Lab Kim Harmon, Dental Assistant Tom Sharp, and Display Bcnton Cupp. ;