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Kingsport Times (Newspaper) - November 10, 1972, Kingsport, Tennessee Kingsport Times VOLUME LX, NO, 411 pNoms MMUU cmcuuTiort KlrKMPORT, TENNESSEE, FRIDAY, NOVEMBER it, IfR Who 'Leaked' Absentee Votes? ByJOANROERGEN Malt Wrtter Tennessee Code Annotated, Section 2- 018, procedure of absentee voter counting board: In no event may the vote) for any candidate be totaled until after all polls In the county are closed." On election night, 45 minutes before the polls closed, a Bristol television commentator highlighted his p.m. broadcast with a report on how Sullivan County absentee voters had cast their ballots all down the line. The absentee voter figures he quoted showed President Nixon ahead, the county sales tax behind, U.S. Senator Baker ahead, Quillen ahead, Garland ahead, State Senator Hayden Baker ahead, Senter ahead, Bible ahead, Oenton ahead, Robinson ahead, and Hurley ahead. In three of those Instances, the ab- sentee balloting did not reflect the outcome the sales tax passed, Garland lost to Clement, and Senter lost to Fleming. The number of county absentee ballots cast was out of a total vote of One member of the county Democratic executive committee was angry about the premature news release and said he felt It may hive Influenced voters who heard the figures before going to the polls. The Democrats didn't blame the commentator for using the Information, he said, but they planned to "get to the bottom" of the Incident at their first post-election meeting. Party chairman Hay Stomer is out of town. 'Hie TV commentator told the Times- News today he had not had any "direct queries" about the broadcast. More On Page II, Col. 1 Hospit Even before the original structure is completed, Hospital Corporation of America is planning to go ahead with an addition to its new hospital near East Stone Drive. The firm has requested a permit to add three more stories above the four already under construction, Fred Grills, city building inspector, said at a meeting of the Zoning Appeals Board Tuesday night. Contractor for the construction is Rentenbach and Wright, Inc. Harold Flynn, project superintendent, told the Times-News today that only one of the i extra floors will be finished during the present construction, adding approximately 50 beds to the 150 already planned in the initial four stories. The top two floors will be available as storage space until they are needed for rooms, Flynn said. He estimated that about a year will be required for completion of the building. Grills conferred informally with the Zoning Appeals Board members Thursday night to make certain it would not be necessary to hold another Zoning Board hearing before granting the additional building permit. The members advised Grills the Zoning Board approval granted in September, 1971, covered the additions as well as the Initial construction. A spokesman for Holston Valley Com- rowing Up With construction still underway, three more floors will be added. munity Hospital said he could not predict what effect if any the HCA additions might have on Holston Valley's planned million expansion. Ralph Disler, HVCH vice president and executive committee member, said the hospital planning group has been "working at this thing to get it right for the community for a couple of years. Plans are still being put together by hospital officials and consultants, and when they are finished, they will be an- nounced to the public." Former Education Commissioner, Dunn Administration Trade Gibes NASHVILLE (UPI) State officials acknowledged Thursday that State Education Commissioner E. C. Stimbert was fired but the officials' and Stimbert's reasons were diametrically opposed. In a scathing "bill of particulars" delivered by Gov. Winfield Dunn's counsel Lee Smith, Stimbert was charged with being "non- directive, non-assertive and generally a weak administrator." Stimbert, after hearing the charges, point- by-point gave his version. Stimbert joined the Dunn cabinet after serving as superintendent of schools in Memphis. When newsmen learned of Stimbert's resignation last week Dunn called a news conference to say the commissioner resigned for "very personal" reasons. Stimbert came back to say he quit because of the injection of political patronage into the department's functions. On Thursday he added he was told to give his reason for leaving the post as personal. On the charge of being a "weak ad- Stimbert said: "This kind of attack doesn't cure the patronage problem at all." He added that "With 42 years on the management scene I don't think anyone is going to believe Stim- bert is a mismanager." Smith charged that Stimbert failed to evaluate his top aides. Stimbert said they were constantly being evaluated and that he would not have kept them on the job if they not fulfilling their obligations. "I believe in participatory management, involving principals, teachers and board members, Stimbert said of the charge he failed to develop departmental goals and priorities. He charged that the administration's ap- proach was for some "VIP to set those goals and objectives and hand them down." The administration's charges included one of excessive absenteeism. Stimbert said he had "relationships with national education organizations that were valuable to the state of Tennessee." The administration also charged that Stimbert failed to support a statewide kin- dergarten program, one of Dunn's major projects. "This is a complete Stimbert said, "for we have been com- plimented about our work." "The governor did not announce this decision (to fire Stimbert) but determined that a highly qualified professional successor could best be found without the fanfare and pressures that would have arisen had an announcement been made of Mr. Stimbert's resignation prior to a determination of a Smith said. Stimbert said he was vacating his office immediately. Enlisted-Man Servants At Alaskan Spa For Officers WASHINGTON (UPI) government is operating a luxurious health club and hotel in Alaska where top-ranking officers disport themselves at taxpayer expense and enlisted men act as servants, the General Accounting Office (GAO) said today. In a letter to Sen. William Proxmire, D- Wis., the the auditing arm of confirmed a sergeant's story that 24 enlisted men were assigned to full-time duty at the Alaskan Chateu and Health Club at Elmendorf Air Force Base near An- chorage. The GAO said this was an apparent violation of military regulations barring government-paid personnel from em- ployment in service clubs and preventing GI's from performing work that should be per- formed by civilians. Proxmire said the matter was brought to his attention by Staff Sgt. Thomas G. Staudenmaler a year ago and he referred it to the GAO. "We found Mr. Staudenmaier's information to be essentially the GAO reported. According to Proxmire, a year of taxpayer money was used to pay 24 military servants at the chateau, which is barred to all except lieutenant colonels, colonels, generals and high-salaried civilian officials. The GI's serve as cooks, waiters, ac- countants, record clerks, stewards, desk clerks, room attendants and other menial jobs. Rooms are available at the chateau for to per night. The attached health club is available to all officers and civilians earning more than a year. For a nominal monthly charge of J5, not enlisted men or lower- ranking civil use the steamroom, sauna bath, sunrooms, massage rooms, a gym and exercising equipment. Proxmire said the Air Force had promised to "rectify this situation" after March 31, 1973, but he said "these improper actions, which arc contrary to the law and to regulations, should be stopped now." The high school basketball season In Upper East Tennessee opens this week, and the Virginia season Is just three weeks away. The second annual Tiroes-News basketball preview edition with stories, photos and schedules of area teams Is published with today's paper. Look for It. Officials Asked To Quit KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (UPI) President Nixon has set Dec. IS as the target date for acting on resignations of some presidential appointees and reshaping the government for his second term, Informed sources said today. The resignations, requested by Nixon In the af- termath of his overwhelming re-election victory, were beginning to pour In from cabinet members down to lower level federal bureaucrats. A "massive sweep" was the way one official described the government housecleanlng. Civil Service status employes will not be affected by the President's attempts to move away from "big government." Press Secretary Ronald L. Zlegler told reporters Thursday the chief executive wants to "clean the slate of all of those who have served the President In his first term and give him a free hand to restructure his second term. "In his second added Ziegler, "we have to look for better ways to do things." Nixon, the spokesman explained, Is seeing a more "efficient, effective government" and "where possible wants to cut the fat" out of the federal payroll. In a copyrighted interview with Garnet Homer of the Washington Star News, Nixon explained: "Now, let me say, as far as presidential appointees are concerned, and all of those subject to appointments by the departments, as far as they are concerned, they have had their four years and I will expect all of them to submit their resignations." Nixon said that their Jobs may be eliminated or they may no longer be needed. "When we get down to the other levels there is a he said In terms of cutting the size of the government apparatus. There were indications that Nixon was less than satisfied with the performance of some of his key of- ficials in his first administration. Ziegler stressed that Nixon has made no decisions on which members of the cabinet and his staff will remain in their posts. He said the President wants to confer with his chief domestic aides and to "think It through himself" before reaching his conclusions, well before Congress convenes. Peace Talks Still Stalled; Arms Race Accelerates By United Press International Both the United States and North Vietnam were reported rushing war materiel to South Vietnam today in anticipation of a truce that would bring a freeze on weapons. But there was no sign of parallel diplomatic moves towards peace by Washington and Hanoi. In Paris, a U.S. delegate to the peace talks predicted that presidential adviser Henry A. Kissinger will meet again soon with the North Vietnamese and that a final peace settlement will result. The North Vietnamese were not so op- timistic, asserting that "peace is not for tomorrow." C5A transport planes, the largest aircraft in the world, rushed more war supplies from the United States to Saigon today in anticipation of a truce and weapons freeze. During the part tons of war goods, including tanks, armored personnel carriers and F5 Freedom Fighter jets, have been flown to to South Vietnam. The United States is attempting to deliver all the new war goods before a truce, which would ban shipment of any more war materiel. Saigon intelligence sources said North Vietnam was trying to get as many troops and as much equipment across the Demilitarized More On Page 10, Col. 1 Get Those Dirty Dogs NEW YORK (UPI) -Each day, dogs so richly fertilize the streets and side- walks of New York that one wag suggested Fun City could just as accurately be called dung city. What to do about the estimated pounds of dog waste deposited daily has become an emotional and politically sensitive issue for the city. At a hearing Thursday, it provoked quarreling among councilmen and passionate speeches about politics and pollution, duty and disease, love and laxity. About 120 people crowded a City Council hearing on a proposal which would require dog owners to pick up and get rid of their dogs' feces or face a fine and 90 days in jail. White-haired Fran a former consumer affairs editor and founder of "Children Before pinned to her white coat a picture of a dachshund biting a man under the caption, "Man's Best Friend." She showed pictures of children who had lost an eye because of, she said, roundworm larvae in dog waste. The proposed law cannot be enforced, she said, adding: "This law will legally allow us to become what we already are the largest toilet in the world." While about 90 potential witnesses waited, Jerome Kretcluner, head of the city's En- viromcntal Protection Administration, spent one-and-aquarter hours testifying in favor of the bill. He took care to explain that Mayor John Lindsay was not antidog. "People have a right to have dogs in the city for whatever he said. AREA TREE FOR NIXON KOAN MOUNTAIN When President Nixon lights the nation's Christmas tree this year, he'll be Illuminating a Frascr fir that now stands near the top of Roan Mountain In Eastern Tennessee. The 45-foot tree will bo chopped down Inter this month. Then a special Air Force helicopter will be flown in from South Carolina to transport the huge tree to town. Once in town the tree will be wrapped In M special burlap and It will placed on H flatbed truck for IU trip to the nation's capital. School Board Debates Evolution SACRAMENTO, Calif. (UPI) -Nearly a half century after the famous Scopes trial, (lie evolutionists and divine creationists went at It again Thursday at a state hearing which could determine what millions of science students across the nation learn about the origin of life. The spirited debate-involving 50 scien- tists, theologians and fashioned after the courtroom exchanges of Clarence Darrow and William Jennings Hryan at thu Tennessee "monkey trial" of 1925. "Today the arguments against evolutionary principles must, I think, be placed In the same arenas as those advanced by the 'Flat Earth Mid Dr. David Stanford biochemist. "Scientific evidence for divine creation abound in fired back Dr. George F. Howe of las Angeles Baptist College. "The origin of life Is Inexplicable In the evolution view but understandable In creationist terms." Mrs. Jcnn E. Sumrall, a Los Gatos housewife, argued that equal rights under the Constitution "should include the right of a Christian child to entertain the possibility that he may be a child of God rather thmi a dc.sccndent of one of Dr. (Louis) Leakey's African apen." The public hearing was called by the state Hoard of Education, which will decide next month how science textbooks used from kindergarten through eighth grade In California classrooms will explain the origin of life. Because California Is the nation's most populous state, publishers have indicated they would follow the board's ruling in basic texts used throughout the nation. The board has suggested that the belief In divine- creation should be given equal billing In texts with the evolutionary theories first propounded by Charles Darwin which have become the busts of modern biology and of research inUi the sub-cellular building blocks of life. Tlic prcstitlous National Academy of Sciences took the unprecedented move recently of Intervening In a state dispute, urging that Hie creation theory be kept out of California textbooks on grounds religion and science arc "mutually exclusive areas of human thought." NO PEACE IN SIGHT Cambodian soldier carrying M79 grenade launcher, climbs to his tree- house observation post on Highway 5, 35 miles northwest of Phnom Penh, to keep a lookout for Communist forces who cut the highway last August causing serious food shortages in the Cambodian capital. Neither Man May Sit On High Court NASHVILLE (UPI) Chancellor Frank F. Drowota ruled today that neither Thomas F. Turley nor Robert L. Taylor can sit on the state Supreme Court. The ruling paved the way for the high court to hear the case in December since the decision is sure to be appealed. Turley, U.S. attorney at Memphis, was appointed last July by Republican Gov. Winfield Dunn to fill a vacancy on the Supreme Court effective Sept. 1. Taylor, a former Appeals Court judge, subsequently launched a campaign for write-In votes and claimed the seat on the basis of write-ins he received in the August primary and general election. "Because this court has found that neither Turley nor Taylor has a valid claim to the office of associate Justice, there presently no one duly qualified to fill that Drowota'i decision said. "Thus there is presently and has been since Sept. 1, 1972, a 'vacancy' on the Supreme Court as that term Is defined by the constitution and the statutes. "This vacancy results from the failure of that office to be filled by a vote of the people In the Aug. biennial general election as required by the constitution and the the chancellor concluded. WEATHER cloudlncii with a chance of ihowen Urii Ctady wllk a ehaice at rail aw) a tew ikewen kMkjM. CM- toned ctoMly Hd ceofer on Saturday. Mhjr, lew tow totllM, ipptr tomorrow, lew Wi. N) lew tali mental.
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