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Kingsport Times (Newspaper) - March 1, 1973, Kingsport, Tennessee Kingsport VOLUME LXI, NO. 43 PHONE MMU1 (CLASSIFIED 243-0121 CIRCULATION 24M129) KINGSPORT, TENNESSEE, 37MO, THURSDAY, MARCH 5 SECTIONS 52 PAGES Reds Stop Stalling Prisoner Release Under fire from hostiles Indians holed up in Catholic church near site of the 1890 Wounded Knee massacre fire on newsmen's plane as it circles the church. Man in white shirt standing next to car at lower left takes aim while Indian to right of car in center foreground reloads his rifle after shooting. The Indians were reportedly holding hostages in the church while they waited for a move by federal officers surrounding the area. McGovern To Meet Indians PINE RIDGE, S. D. (UPI) Sens. George McGovern. and James Abourezk of South Dakota were en route to the besieged hamlet of Wounded Knee today to confer with American Indian Movement (AIM) leaders about the release of 11 hostages being held in a small church. A spokesman for McGovern said the senator had been in contact with Indian leaders during the night and received word that two of the hostages would be released immediately upon the arrival of the senators. The senators were scheduled to arrive hi an Air Force Jet also carrying a small Justice Department contingent. The jet was reported small enough to be able to land at Wounded Knee and was expected to touch down at a.m. EST. About 300 militant Indians held the hostages in the church on the Pine Ridge reservation. The militants stormed the Wounded Knee Trading Post 14 miles from here late Tuesday Church Hill Crash Kills Young Man CHURCH An 18-year-old Camelot youth was killed in a two-car collision on Silver Lake Road inside the Church Hill city limits about p.m. Wednesday. Dwight K. Williams, Route 1, died at Holston Valley Community Hospital in Kingsport about an hour and a half after the accident. A passenger in the death car, Jerry Sullivan, 16, Route 4, Rogersville, was listed in "low fair" condition at Holston Valley Community Hospital today. Tennessee Highway Patrol trooper Wesley Mays said a car driven by Riley Lawson, 17, Route 4, Rogersville, with Sullivan and Williams as passengers, pulled out of the Dairy Heart restaurant on Silver Lake Road, across the median strip, and into the west- bound lane into the path of a car driven by Jerry Nichols, 25 Surgoinsville. "I looked but I didn't see Mays quoted Lawson as saying. The trooper said the driver's view apparently was blocked by a post in his car and that Nichols was ap- parently not speeding. The Nichols car hit the Lawson car broadside and both vehicles were destroyed. Nichols and Lawson were treated for their injuries at the emergency room and released. Mays said no charges have been placed. night, taking artifacts, arms, ammunition and hostages, including the Clive Gildersleve family which operated the post. "Either negotiate with us for meaningful results, positive results, or you're going to have to kill us, and here at Wounded Knee is where it's going 'to have to American Indian Movement leader Russell Means said Wednesday night in a telephone interview with CBS News. The Indians demanded that the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hold hearings on Indian treaties, that the Senate make a "full scale investigation" of government treatment of Indians and that Democratic South Dakota Sen. James Abourezk launch an inquiry into "all Sioux reservations in South Dakota." Abourezk said he was willing to negotiate with the militants, but only after the hostages were released. Earlier Wednesday the militants ex- changed gunfire with federal officers and fired on automobi'es and low-flying planes that dared within rifle or shotgun range. Two armored personnel carriers were brought into the Pine Ridge reservation, and heavily armed, helmeted federal marshals held a cordon around the historic Ogalala Sioux site where the Indians forefathers fell before the U.S. Cavalry 83 years ago in the massacre of Wounded Knee. The first break in the hostilities came after Gildersleve complained of heart trouble. Three federal officials, riding in the car with Fool's Crow, an Indian medicine man, was allowed to enter the town with medicine for the 87-year-old hostage. "I don't believe that these people would hurt Gildersleve said. "They may act like 'it at times, they may get a little rough, but I don't believe honestly that they would hurt us." Times News Photo John Bryat Guard rail stopped death car in Church Hill. Legion Women Answer Suit The president of the women's auxiliary ot Kingsport's American Hammond Post No. 3 failed to follow the unit's "internal remedies" and thus ner ouster was "lawful and legal." So claim the 11 auxiliary members who have been named defendants in a Chancery Court suit brought against them by Mrs. Emma Gunnings. In the court answer, filed this week, the women basically deny all the allegations made by Mrs. Gunnings who Is asking for damages In her compMat that they "harassed, humiliated and intimtdaUd her.. and tried unlawfully, arbitrarily, and Illegally" to remove her from office. Mrs. Gunnings' action capped a long- simmering feud among members that in- cluded a scuffle at an auxiliary meeting several months ago. In her action, Mrs.'Gunnings named Leila Seavers, Frances Powers, Arlene Cowden, Grace Chadwell, Josie Kilgore, Llllie Kate Wolfe, Virginia Hawk, Gladys Houser, Ruth Bowles, Bessie Wolfe, and Norma Bollen. In their answer, the women admit that on Sept. II Mrs. Gunnings was removed from office, but they deny that such action was unlawful, arbitrary or illegal In any manner. The women deny alto that they interf erred with Mrs. Gunnings' performance of her duties while she was president, that any auxiliary funds have been illegally or unlawfully spent, or that they have em- barrassed or humiliated her. Mrs. Gunnings furnished the court with a letter from the Hammond Post commander which, she claimed, supports her cause. The women say the letter is only a portion of the correspondence that took place and also that the Post does not have authority to regulate internal affairs of the auxiliary unit. The women say me constitution of the auxiliary, embodied In a unit handbook, outlines the procedure for ouster and that this procedure was followed in Mm. Gunnings' More Page CoU SAIGON (UPI) The Communists announced today they will release 142 more prisoners of but four of them just over 48 hours in Hanoi. Lt. Col. Bui Tin, spokesman for the North Viet- namese delegation, said a list of the prisoners' names was turned over to U.S. officials in Saigon about 8 p.m. (7 a.m. EST) following a lengthy meeting of the Joint Military Commission's subcommission on captured persons. The North Vietnamese said they would free 108 captured American soldiers. The Viet Cong said they would release 26 U.S. soldiers and four American civilians, two West German civilians and two Filipino captives. The Communists acted after the United States demanded they stop stalling and after President Nixon instructed Secretary of State William P. Rogers in Paris to put the POW issue ahead of the 13-party conference called to guarantee peace in Vietnam. The Communist pledge broke a two-day deadlock that threatened to scuttle the Vietnam cease-fire agreement. The United States had halted its troop withdrawal from Vietnam and pulled out the minesweepers sent in to clear mines from the harbor at Haiphong. The Communists said they had halted prisoner release to protest cease-fire violations and the fact that their members of the Vietnam truce team had been endangered by attacks by South Vietnamese. Radio Hanoi reported four members of the Joint Military More On Page 6-A, Col. 1 Air Crash Kills 3 Local People Three Kingsport area residents died Tuesday when their light plane slammed into a North Carolina mountain area so remote that rescuers had to bring the bodies out by foot and by boat. Searchers spent hours fighting dense underbrush to reach the plane and the bodies of Michael Edward Keeter, 28, of Route 6, Granby Rd., pilot of the aircraft; James Edward Blakley, 25, of Route 10; and Mrs. Anna Lou Phillips, 20, also of Route 10. The crash occurred near Burnsville, N. C., in a Yancey County section known as Lost Cove. The plane, a four-place Cessna 172 owned by the Elizabethton Flying Club, was reported missing early Tuesday night when disappeared from Federal Aviation Agency radar screens. Control tower operators said the pilot radioed he was experiencing trouble with icing, but did not declare an emergency. At last contact the pilot said he was reducing altitude and planning to fly VFR (Visual Flight Rules.) A railroad caretaker in the Lost Cove area, just about one mile east of the Tennessee-North Carolina border, walked out four miles Tuesday night to report the crash. He told officials he spotted the high-wing plane and watched it circle his cabin several times PHILLIPS BLAKLEY KEETER before it crashed about p.m. The plane had left Tri-Cities Airport at 5 p.m. Monday, snd had departed from the Dublin, Ga., airport at p.m. Tuesday for the Elizabethton airport. It had been due to arrive at 8 p.m. The pilot of an air search plane spotted the downed aircraft at a.m. Wednesday. Ground searchers verified the wreck at p .m. Ray B. Miller, squadron commander of the Mountain Wilderness Composite Squadron, Civil Air Patrol, discovered the wreck. More On Page 6-A, Col. 1 'Eyesore' Owner Has Day In Court; Judge Views Site ByJOANROESGEN Times-News Staff Writer Kingsport businessman J. Perry Miller had his day .in court Wednesday, and he told the judge he was going to fix up that Fort Henry Drive eyesore and make it livable again and attractive again so that it would comply with the city's building code. Miller said he was going to put on new roofing and new windows and new floors and new siding. "And when I get through, it'll look like a new building." The attorney handling the case for the city wasn't impressed. He called the place "a rotten pile of and he accused Miller of "trying to pressure the city into letting it stand so you can sell it for commercial property. You're keeping it that way for spite." "No, said Miller. "That's the crux of this whole said the attorney. Nixon Gives Up Welfare Reform For This Year WASHINGTON (UPI) President Nixon today abandoned at least temporarily his search for major reform of the'nation's welfare system because he said "the.legislative outlook seems to preclude passage." In the fourth of a series of State of the Union messages to Congress, Nixon renewed a pledge to propose a national health insurance plan and to recommend property tax relief for the elderly. But he did not spell out details of either plan. "I am irrevocably committed as Presidents before me have been and as I know each member of Congress is, to fulfilling the American dream for all Nixon said. Nixon's statement on welfare was ti.c first clear indication he has given since taking office for his second term that the administration was calling off his plan for aid to working poor families and a guaranteed annual income for the poor. It has failed twice to gain approval by Congress. "Since the legislative outlook seems to preclude passage of an overall structural reform bill in the immediate future, I have directed that vigorous steps be taken to strengthen the management of AFDC (Aid to Families with Dependent Children) through ad- More OB Page Ccl. 1 WEATHER Mostly sunny and a little warmer today. Increaiiliig cloudiness and not as ctrid tonight with a slight chance of rala late toslght. Friday, ckody and mIM durlag the day with rate likely. High teday aid tomorrow, near N; Uw aear M. PrebahOtty neasvaMe rala Is M per cnt tonight aad M per ceat Friday. High yesterday, M; tow this nwntag, Hie lawsuit was filed in Chancery Court by the city against Miller several months-ago. Four Fort Henry Drive residents joined in. Together they claimed that the uninhabited six- apartment complex is "delapidated, unsightly, totally offensive to the eye of an observer, and subtracting from the value of property in the neighborhood." The apartment was condemned by city building inspector Fred Grills in 1968, and Grills has been trying ever since to get Miller to fix it up or tear it down. Now Grills claims the place has fallen apart to the point that for him, at least, it's no longer a question of alternatives. "It's got to come down." Miller said he believed Grills was "being pushed by political investors who thought I'd give up and let them have it." The non-jury case, heard by Judge Howard Witt, included testimony for the city from 11 witnesses, More On Page 6-A, Col. 1 INSIDE A site has been selected for the proposed juvenile halfway house but it must be approved by the Zoning Appeals Board. Story and photo on Page 1-B. Trula Reedy runs a coal yard singlehan- ded. And she's been doing it for 28 years. From the mines to her customers' doorsteps, it's a one-woman operation. (Page Television, 6C Spurts, 1C-3C, 8C Editorials, 7A This Week, 6A Women, 2MB Area News, ID, 2D Classified, 2D-5D City News, IB Comics, 6C, 7C Deaths, 6A Japanese Engine Does 'Impossible' WASHINGTON (UPI) Government test results released today showed the Japanese-biiilt Mazda rotary engine car meets the strict 1975 auto emission U.S. automakers claim they cannot do. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said a tost of the small car showed hydrocarbon and carbon monoxide emissions from the rotary engines averaged about "one-half of the allowable 1975 levels." Nitrogen oxide emissions were "one-third The rotary engine, or Wankel after ill inventor Felix Wankel, Is a radical modification of the Internal combustion engine used on most American can.
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