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Kingsport News (Newspaper) - January 20, 1971, Kingsport, Tennessee Man Killed In Auto Accident B.v GREG HENSLEY Times-News Staff Writer A 31-year-old Kingsjiort man was killed and a passenger In his auto critically injured in a two-car collision near Hie intersection of Lynn Garden Drive and East Carter's Valley Road Tuesday afternoon. Dead on arrival at Holston Valley Community Hospital was Victor Ortiz Jr., 1645 N. Eastman Kd. A passenger in Ortiz's auto, Bobby J. Slidham, 30, 3152 Blackburn St., was listed in "critical" condition in the intensive care unit of the hospital suffering from a skill! fracture and multiple injuries. The driver of the second car, Mrs. Martha B. Cathey, 47, 2116 Cypress St., was listed in "good" condition, suffering from multiple injuries. Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper J. J. Lighl said several witnesses saw the victim coming from Virginia into Tennessee on Lynn Garden Drive at a "very high rate of speed." Ortiz attempted to pass Mrs. Cathey's vehicle at the baflom .of a sfeep hill just across the Tennessee state line.when the right rear of his auto apparently hooked the left front of Hie woman's car, Light said. Mrs. Cathey told Light her car was dragged several hundred feet, over a curb and into'a brick building. The woman's auto came to rest over 50 feet from the building, bouncing back. Skidmarks of 312 feet were measured by Light, who estimated Ortiz's speed between 100'and 120 miles per hour. Members of (he Kingsport Lifesaving Crew worked for 45 .minutes to free the victim and his companion from the wreckage. Spectators picked up the rear-end of Che victim's late model auto and moved it away from the corner of the building, enabling rescue workers to get in with crowbars and hydraulic jacks to free the pinned victims. Trooper Light said measurement of the top of Ortiz's More On Page 6, Col. 6 JS Kingsport VOLUME XXXIV, No. 14 WEDNESDAY, JAN. 20, 1971 News 16 PAGES 10 CENTS if ONE DIED HERE A high speed accident on Lynn Garden Drive, just inside the Tennessee state line, resulted in the death of Victor Ortiz, 1645 N. Eastman Road, the driver of this car. His passenger, Bobby J. Stidhafm, 3152 Blackburn St., is in critical condition. Fields) Unexpected Aid For Reform WOUNDED, BUT ALIVE There are very fetv North American Bald Eagles left alive and this bird at Leamington, Ontario, almost be- came a dead one when a hunter at- tempted to kill it.. The shot hit the wing arid forced amputation of the wing tip. The bird will never be able to fly again and will spend its life in a game preserve. It is against the law to shoot Bald Eagles. (UPI Photo) WASHINGTON (UPI) -Sen. Barry M. GoMwater gave unexpected conservative support Tuesday to a liberal movement to reform Senate procedures and overhaul the controversial seniority system. The Arizona Republican, one of the Senate's more conservative members, joined the liberals and younger members who are clamoring for modification of the seniority system, under which the Senate's oldest members are elevated to the highest posts without regard for other qualifications. '1 want to join with the many opinions expressed at this bearing that conclude the seniority system is outmoded and improper for a 20th Century Goldwater testified at an unofficial hearing. "While I'do'not have any hard and tast position about what we might use to replace it, I do think it would be worthwhile to consider whether the chairmen and members of each committee can be chosen by party vote, or in the case of the chairmen, perhaps by the ranking three or four members of each he said. Sens. Fred R. Harris, D-Okla., and Charles McC. Malhias, R-Md., are leading the drive to modify the seniority rule. They proposed that committee chairmen be elected by party caucuses, with a. recorded vote on each chairman. Presently, the caucuses routinely select the senior member of the majority as the chairmen. Sen. Harrison A; Williams, D-N.J., also City To Check Dump Problem, And Aid Environment Effort Improving the environment figured heavily in a shorf meeting of the Kingsport Board of Mayor and Aldermen Tuesday night. The council passed on first reading an ordinance accepting an indenture from Eastman Kodak Company for three parcels of land to be added to Bays Mountain Park. Two Sullivan County Magistrates and a group of Idle Hour Road residents served notice on the council that the city dump is under investigation as a possible health hazard, and Vice Mayor C. B. Duke IV, who presided at the meeting in (he absence of Mayor Fred Gillette, promised the city would look into the problem too. And the council granted permission for the Protect Your Environment Club ol John Sevier Junior High School to use the Civic Auditorium parking lot Feb. 6 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for a special trash disposal project. A letter from the club explained that a Chattanooga firm has agreed to accept discarded bottles for recycling. All citizens who have old bottles to dispose of are invited to bring (hem to the auditorium parking lot and deposit them in one of the barrels to be provided by the club. Among other business, the council: Passed on final reading an ordinance increasing from to the charge for emergency ambulance service, now provided in Kingsport by Sullivan County. Passed on first reading an ordinance accepting deeds from the Mead Corporation and other property owners and a number of sewer right of way easements. City Manager Charles K. Marsh said they were "an accumulation of a couple o! years" on which formal action had not been taken previously. Authorized the Theatre Guild to use the main courtroom in the City Hall for a play "Witness for the to be presented the nights of March 4, 5, 6, 12 and 13. It was reported Sessions Judge Tom Bandy will play the part of the judge in the realistic courtroom drama. recommended scrapping the seniority rule for committee chairmen. He proposed instead that majority members on a committee elect the chairman by secret ballot. Williams himself, through seniority, will become chairman of the Labor and Public Welfare Committee when Congress reconvenes. "One possible indication of the worth of seniority system can be deduced from the fact that (it) has not been adopted by any other parliament or legislature in the Williams said. Clarence Mitchell, chief lobbyists for Ihe National Association for the Advancement of Colored People testified that the country has "experienced tragedy, great frustration, divisive turmoil and international embarrassment because of parliamentary pollution. "We have permitted our law making process to be contaminated by filibustering, stagnated by the tyranny of committee chairmen who ignore the public interest and strangled by false economies that tighten the purse strings on the great programs that are designed to give all of our people an opportunity to share in the bounty of our land." Mitchell said (he Senate should amend the filibuster rule to permit a majority to close off debate and bring an issue to a vote, rather than the present two-thirds, and select committee chairman on the basis of ability and fairness. OIL SLICK MOVES OUT SAN FRANCISCO Part of a huge oil slick in. San Francisco Bay moved out of the Golden Gate on the fide Tuesday and spread for 50 miles up and down the Pacific Coast. Thick black fuel oil from the ruplured Standard Oil of California tanker Oregon Standard was reported coming ashore at locations from Point Reyes, 35 miles north of San Francisco, to Pacifica, 15 miles soulh. At the Point Reyes National Seashore, rangers reporled globs of oil "three inches thick and pie-plate size" on the beach every few feet, "coming in a little more quickly" as the tide came in. At Pacifica, 75 dead seabirds washed up on the beach, but rescue workers were able to retrieve 25 others still More On Page 6, Col. 6 Russell 'Verv Critical' WASHINGTON (UPI) Sen. Richard B. Russell, dean of the Senate, suffered a setback in his respiratory infection early Tuesday and was reported in "very critical condition" Tuesday night. Physicians at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, where Russell has been confined since Dec. 8, said the Georgia Democrat's condition has shown no improvement during the day. NYC Police Back At Work NEW YORK (UPI) Some patrolmen ended a six-day strike Tuesday and flocked hack to their beats following a vole by their union delegates to hall the unprecedented but peaceful walkout. Mayor John V. Lindsay, who was prepared to call in the National Guard to protect the city, said he was "gratified'1 by a nearly 100 per cent return of the men on the night shift. UAW, Chrysler Near Pact DETROIT (UPI) Tire United Auto Workers and Chrysler Corp. tentatively agreed Tuesday on the major points of a new contract which averted a second strike in .the auto industry within four months and drove an opening wedge toward a four-day work week. Announcing the tentative settlement minutes before a threatened strike by the UAW members at Chrysler's U.S. and Canadian plants, union President Leonard Woodcock said agreement had not been reached on pay increases for the unionized white collar workers at Chrysler. But the strike deadline was indefinitely postponed because the two sides were very close on that issue, he said. Astronauts Get Ready CAPE KENNEDY (UPI) 'Apollo 14's astronauts rehearsed the countdown for their moon trip for the last time Tuesday, checking scores of spaceship controls and testing the vital emergency warning system on which they will rely during their climb from-earth Jan. 31. Alan B. Shepard, Stuart A. Roosa and Edgar D. Mitchell wore pressurized spacesuits and followed their launch day timetable to the minute. All that was lacking was the rocket's fuel and the excitement that surrounds the real thing. Demos Pick Leaders WASHINGTON (UPI) Democrats Tuesday picked Rep. Carl Albert of Oklahoma as House speaker in the 92nd Congress and chose Rep. Hale Boggs of Louisiana to succeed him as party leader. Further focusing the House leadership on the Southwest, they displaced Rep. Dan Rostenkowski of Illinois as caucus chairman and named Rep. Olin E. Teague of Texas to replace him. Speculation was that the one leadership post still be be filled party whip or assistant leader will go to the Northeast. Among those mentioned was Rep. Thomas P. O'Neill, D-Mass. It should he sunny and warmer today with the expected high 28 and tonight's low 10. Thursday's outlook calls for sunny days and warmer weather. There Is little chance of snow for the next three days. Yesterday's high was 28 and the low was 16. There was 0.01 inch of moisture, bringing the total for month to 1.84 inches. TniTant and 245-H9T. County 'FBP Needed To Stop Crime? By BOB SMITH Times-News Staff Writer BLOUNTVILbE Kingsport and Bristol increased their criminal investigative forces and crime rates dropped in both cities Sullivan County District Attorney Carl Kirkpatrick told the County Court Monday. Kirkpatrick was giving examples of how an increase in manpower often leads to a decrease in crime. He was offering the examples in support, of a plan'to establish a six-man, miniature FBI-type, Investigative force in the county. Sullivan County's crime rate has been increasing in recent years, while crime in Bristol and Kingsport has decreased, he said, pointing out that both cities have beefed up their investigative forces. Magistrate A. B. Arrington offered a counter-proposal lor crime reduction More Court Stories: Page 9 rewards for information leading to the arrest and conviction of felons but Kirkpatrick said he believed the agency would work best. The district attorney pointed out that Sullivan County now has three felonies per day, and there are only three investigators in the sheriff's department. Squire Lloyd Barr, who read the resolution calling for the agency's establishment, said that nationally a criminal has a five-lo-one chance of being caught, while in Sullivan County his chances are about eight or nine to one. Barr said, Sullivan is a "good place for criminals." The best means of combatting crime, he said, is vigorous apprehension and conviction. Kirkpatrick said his office would be happy to take care of the convictions aren't afraid of more if more arrests are made. The bureau's director would be a former FBI agent with at least 10 years experience. The district attorney said that since agents retire at 55, it won't be hard to find a man. He will receive a year. Every two years, the director will have to go before county court to obtain a new working contract, said Kirkpatrick. Hopefully, the director's five agents also will be former FBI men, the district attorney said. They will investigate only felonies, and will work inside the cities only at the request of police chiefs. The agents must be at least as well- qualified as Tennessee Bureau of Criminal Identification agents. One man, TBI Agent James F. Keesling, currently serves Sullivan, Hawkins, and Hancock Counties and is overworked, said Kirkpatrick. He pointed out that Keesling worked 800 hours overtime in 1969 (he isn't paid for and suffered a heart attack earlier this month. A magistrate asked if it was true that a second agent was assigned to the county late last year, Kirkpatrick said another man did work here but has since left the TBI. He did not elaborate. Anticipated first-year cost of the program would be Kirkpatrick said federal fluids wouH provide for- cars, radios; etc., and another could be saved by reducing Sheriff Bill Wright's investigative team from three to two. The county will have to pay the remaining he said. Second-year operation, with no federal funds available, would be about Kirkpalrick said there were felonies in Sullivan County in 1968 and in 1969, a reduction of only one. During the same period, Bristol's felony rate dropped from 351 to 188 and Kingsport's from to 719, he-said. It would be "an 'absolute impossibility" for each county investigator to .solve 350 crimes, said Kirkpatrick: "He can only them a lick and a promise."
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