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Kingsport News (Newspaper) - January 9, 1971, Kingsport, Tennessee Unemployment Hits 9 Year High BIG SPORTS PAPER Tciin. High 68 Erwiu 61 D-B 47 Grccncville 42 M'towii E. 62 Johnson C, 60 Oak Ridge 49 Eliza'ton 38 Lynn View 92 Church Hill 64 East 73 Rogersvilie 70 Kelvoii 52 50 57 Patrick H. 54 Marion 44 Va. High 38 Pound Wise 55 52 Cliiitwood 67 Castlewood 66 T. Springs 68 St. Paid 41 Thomas W. 57 Jonesville 39 WASHINGTON (UPI) a nine-year high of 0 per cent of the American work force in December despite the end of the General Motors slrike that the administration blamed for many recent economic troubles. But Ihe Western-'White House said that President Nixon was guiding the country through the least painless transition from a wartime to peacetime economy in 'His century toward less inflation and more jobs. The Labor Department's report Friday tliat the jobless rate went up from 5.8 to 6 per cent from November to December meant that 4.6 million Americans seeking jobs could not find them. That was an increase of 2 million from a year earlier. Al San Oemente, Calif., where tlie President is vacationing, Press Secretary Ronald Ziegler described him as being concerned but not alarmed by the latest in joblessness. "It is the President's view lhal the American working man and Ihe American businessman can move ahead on Ihe assumption that inflation will be kept under conlrol and that unemployment will Ziegler said. still hold to (he prediction that this will be the least .severe dislocation in this century as we move from a wartime to a peacetime economy and an economy with price stability." Democrats quickly challenged the administration's optimistic view and used the report to renew their criticism of Nixon's veto last month of a big manpower training bill designed to put up to Americans to work. Chairman Wright Patman, D-Tcx., of the House Banking Committee said UK Labor Department's December report' put Nixon in serious political trouble. More Ou Page 8, Col. 1 News KINGSPORT, TENNESSEE, 37660, SATURDAY, JANUARY 9, 1971 VOLUME XXXIV, No. 7 20 PAGES 10 CENTS N. Elk. 131 Whitewood 98 British Diplomat Taken By Tupamaros AMBASSADOR GEOFFREY JACKSON kidnaped on his way to work MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay of the leftist Tupamaros guerrillas organization Friday kidnaped British Ambassador Geoffrey Jackson, the fifth political abduction in Uruguay in the past six months. Police arrested two Tupamaros suspected of stealing a pickup truck used in the kidnaping. They were seized near the ftome of the military officer who owned the truck. A police spokesman said there were no immediate communications from the Tupamaros setting forth ransom demands. Jackson, 55, was kidnaped while he was being driven to the embassy. The kidnapers blocked his black limousine with a stolen car in a narrow street seven blocks from the embassy, held a machine gun on him and forced his chauffeur and two body guards following the limousine in a truck to surrender. Witnesses said a fruit vendor in the slreet pulled t'he machine gun from his basket when the ambassador's car stopped. As with previous kidnapings by the Tupamaros, the abduction of Jackson was well planned. The ambassador's two body guards and the chauffeur were beaten with clubs End left lying .in the street, and the kidnapers drove the ambassador away in his own car with the stolen vehicle following. Police estimated that at least 10 persons took part in the kidnaping, using a total oE five stolen pars. A spokesman said four of the cars believed ilsxd in the operation, as well as the ambassador's limousine, had been found abandoned. There were traces of blood in the limousine, he said, and an empty vial was found in the car indicating the kidnapers may have injected Jackson with a drug. The British Embassy issued a statement Friday afternoon advising the Tupamaros that Jackson has a heart ailment and requires regular medication. Jackson, who has been British ambassador here since July 1969, is the third kidnap victim the Tupamaros are holding. The other two are Claude L. Fly, 65, an agronomist from Fort Collins, Colo., who was kidnaped last Aug. 7, and Brazilian Consul Aloysio Dias Gomide, who was kidnaped July 31. The Tupamaros have demanded publication, of an antigovernment manifesto in Uruguay's newspapers as ransom for. Fiy, but only one daily newspaper lias printed it. They More On Page 8, Col. 1 ANOTHER LINK OPENED ON APPALACHIAN ROAD Another segment of the Appalachian Highway, the new U. S. 23, opens today between Boones Creek and Gray, highway department officials have announced. The new section adds another link to the four-lane highway vbioji Kingsport with Johnson City. Two other segments: complete, one between John B. Dennis By-Pass and Rock Springs, and. another, from the Rock Springs Interchange to Gray, but the' latter is not yet open. A 3.2 mile segment, from Boones Creek to near Roan Street in Johnson City, is under contract and is expected to he completed sometime this year. Final construction work was completed Friday on the 3.3 miles of highway which link Boone's Creek and Gray Station, highway officials said. With its speed limit, the new section can carry an automobile from Boone's Creek to Worth Electric Plant in a little less than three minutes. the already-completed link from Gray to Rock Springs is still unused, since it runs directly into the extensive construction of the Highway 81-Appalachian Highway interchange. Completion of the interchange is expected sometime this summer. Traffic is already traveling on the segment between the By-Pass in Kingsport and Rock Springs. U.S.-Soviet Relations Shaken WASHINGTON (UPI) -A lead pipe bomb exploded early Friday outside the Soviet Embassy's commercial-information office near downtown Washington.: Property loss was light but the main damage may have been to already embittered Soviet-American relations. The Soviet Union delivered a "very strong protest" over.the bombing, which came amid widespread protests in the United States against Soviet trials of Russian Jews in an airline hijacking case. The protests have led to some harassment of Americans in Moscow. The State Department condemned the bombing as an act which "can only sicken and dismay all law-abiding citizens" and several Jewish organizations also expressed outrage, warning that it could harm the cause of Soviet Jews. The Executive Protection Service a special federal police force'that guards Bomb Blast embassies in Washington, posted a 24-hour guard on all Soviet official buildings in the capital. The -boiriV went "off at about, a.m., shattering windows in the four-story, yellow- brick Soviet building and an adjoining building and tossing a heavy iron gate from its hinges onto a rooftop 250 feet away. There were no injuries but Soviet officials said one family living' in the building, including a child, were shaken up. The building, several blocks from the main Soviet Embassy chancellery, houses tlie embassy's trade, information, and cultural offices. About 16 minutes after the bombing, an unidentified woman called the offices of United Press International and the Associated Press with an identical statement: "The Soviet cultural building on 18th Street has been bombed. This is a sample of things to come. Let our people go. Never again." "Never again" is the slogan of the militant Jewish Defense League, which has been involved in previous a n t i S o v i e t was. founded in New York in. J988 by Rabbi Meir and fhe American Jewish Committee's Year Book describes it'as "a militant group that has taken upon itself the responsibility for the physical protection of Jews." It said the JDL's "vigilantism" has been condemned by other Jewish organizations. Jewish sources said the JDL has about 20 members in the Washington area. Leaders could not be reached immediately for comment. Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei A. Gromyko voiced "a very strong protest" to U.S. Ambassador Jacob D. Beam over the bombing, the U.S. Embassy in Moscow said. 'Acting Secretary of State John N. Invin More On Page 8, Col. 1 THIS DOOR STARTED AT ARROW bomb blast Mew iron door 90 feet By MARY KISS Times-News Staff Writer Chrisimas Eve, .Phillip Lee Evans, Jr., lay in an oxygen tent at' Holston Valley Community Hospital, critically ill with virus pneumonia. Santa Claus, in red suit and white beard, came down the hall and tiptoed into Lee's Christmas Better Late but the little boy never knew he'd. been there. "We didn't think Christmas would come at all for Lee, but it said his friend Mrs. James Wells, Thursday, as the blue-eyed three-year-old rode through his grandmother's living room in a shiny new fire chief's car. Thursday was Christmas and birthday roll- ed into one for Lee. His real third birthday came and went almost unnoticed on December 25, while his parents, Mr. and Mrs. P. E. Evans, Sr., of Mount Carmel, waited anxiously at his bedside. "We didn't think he was going to make said Mrs. Wells, who joined in the bedside vigil Christmas Eve. "A lady came and put a whife Christmas tree in his.room. There was a Santa on the door, and somebody took it off and laid it on his bed." "The nurses in pediatrics were wonderful to him. He had so much intravenous, but After 16 days in the hospital, Lee Evans came home for his Christmas birthday. he didn't necessarily fight when they brought the needle. He'd just turn to one of us and say, 'Hold Lee's hand.' And when it was over, he'd say, 'Lee will be better now.' Thursday, Lee WAS better, and 20 pounds lighter than three weeks ago he went to the home of his grandmother, Mrs. Anna Grace Evans, Belmont Drive, in Mount Carmel. The Christmas tree was still up, wailing. And under it were the presents left by Santa. A big stuffed horse, the red fire car, a wheelbarrow, a football, a flock of toy trucks and automobiles. Thursday night, the Christmas lights twinkled. The little boy played with his toys. Somebody started gathering up the wrapping paper and ribbons. And Lee and his grandmother and his mother and his father agreed that it had been the best January 7 they'd ever had. Cooper Supports Baker Over Scott WASHINGTON (UPI) -Sen. John Sherman Cooper, R-Ky., one of.the most respected Republicans on Capitol Hill, has urged his colleagues to support Sen. Howard Baker over Sen. Hugh Scott for GOP Senate leader in the new Congress. The endorsement by Cooper, who supported Scott's successful race against Baker in 1969, boosted Baker's chances for the job if he decides to make an all-out race for it when Congress convenes Jan. 21. Cooper's four-paragraph letter was sent to all Senate Republicans before Cooper left on a trip to India. Cooper said in it that if Baker does officially become a candidate "I want to give him all the support possible." "I believe that Sen. Baker, as a representative of Tennessee, is in a perfect geographical position .to be attractive to all areas of our Cooper wrote. "His position philosophically and politically is open and is not wedded to any particular group in the Senate or in the country. Nevertheless, he has conviction and ttfe quality of leadership, and I believe he will make an excellent leader. "He is the right age years this is attractive to the young people of our country." Cooper reminded his colleagues that he was retiring at (lie end of his current term in 1972. "I am taking the liberty of writing you because I believe Howard Baker will be a good leader for now and the he said. With Cooper's support, Scott defeated Baker by a 24-19 vote in a party caucus in 1969 for the fop Republican job in the Senate in the 9Ist Congress. At that time, Baker was trying to fill the vacancy created by the death of his father-in-law, Sen. Everett McKinley Dirksen, R-I11. Told of Cooper's letter at his Tennessee home, Baker said he had not decided whether to oppose Scott, "but the support of men More On Page S, 1 Travelers Warnings Up For Area Drivers Travelers warnings of hazardous driving conditions in East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia were posted by the Tri-Cities Weather Bureau Friday night, even though the four-inch snowfall predicted for Friday failed to materialize. Some roads were reported to be misting over by the Tennessee Highway Patrol, but most were generally clear and dry. Weathermen predicted occasional light snow becoming mixed with or changing to freezing drizzle at times. An accumulation of less than one inch was forecast. Today should be milder with considerable cloudiness most of the day changing to partly cloudy and seasonably cold by tonight, the weathermen said. Today's predicted high will be 38, with ttie low forecast as "27. Elsewhere in East Tennessee, residents felt the effects of the light snow which fell early Friday morning, bringing hazardous driving conditions to some areas, snarling traffic on ice-glazed streets and closing schools in seven counties. At Knoxville, a truck jackknifed on 1-40, lying up traffic at the height of the moniing rush. Schools were closed in Cumberland, Union, Grainger, Cocke, Jefferson, Loudon and Anderson Counties. Officials of the Great Smoky Mountains More On Page Col, 1
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