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Decatur Daily (Newspaper) - October 4, 1970, Decatur, AlabamaTont Law Venct i Morgre Mem n news sunday morning october 4, 1970 a-2 a a Tenn by Murphy Givens daily staff writer like a water faucet the Tennessee to Bigbee waterway proposal has been on and off for decades with a persistent Ray of Hope that kept the idea alive. It is now on again with the approval last week of $1 million in the appropriations Bill to buy land and begin construction Oil Lack and channels at Gainesville near Derit Opolis president Nixon included the $1 million in his budget earlier this year. Although this $1 million is a meager amount compared with the estimated 1316 million Cost of the project it is a leak that will begin actual construction which will move the Tenn Tom from the planning stage to reality for the first time. Ibis $1 million will be used to Purchase land holdings in the Gainesville area�?$220,000�? and to initiate lock and a Channel construction $200,000, with the remainder designated for engineering design and administrative costs. It is estimated that engineering plans a All done by the . Army corps of engineers a will Cost about $17 million now almost 100 years since the army corps of engineers did a Survey of the possibilities of the waterway it is fast approaching a dream come True. The dream belonged to French settlers in the to Bigbee Valley who first conceived the idea of a navigable waterway connecting the Tennessee and to Bigbee Rivers about 1800. In 1874, the . Government recognized the potential of such a waterway and directed the corps of engineers to make a Survey and estimate the Cost. The engineers reported that a waterway four feet deep would Cost about $2 million but also reported that the economic benefits would not justify the expenditure. From that time periodic investigations were All unfavourable until 1938, a when an improvement estimate to Dost about $66 million was recommended As economically justified. However no action was taken. A this report was reviewed and brought up to Date in 1945 and Congress authorized the project in the River and Harbor act of 1946. By this time the Price had jumped to More than $120 million. An estimate in the 1950s moved the Cost still further up a $227 million. Hie High Cost of the waterway resulted in the teen Tom being shelved in the 50s, but in the Early 60s, the idea was on again. A restudy of the project by the Mobile District corps of engineers found the a. / a turned on again Benefit or the Cost ratio close enough to Call it feasible economically. This report sparked Tenn Tom supporters to seek funds for yet another review and in 1964 president Johnson included a supplemental budget amendment of $100,000 to make the study. Extensive study this extensive study was completed in november 1966, with the corps of engineers reporting the project was feasible economically justifiable and recommending its construction. Congress approved $485,000 in 1969 to provide the continuation of detailed engineering and design work. Now the reconstruction planning has been completed and it appears the government has a crossed the Rubicon of the proposal which is now an actual project with Consi ution slated to begin Early next year. Murphy Givens parties to Igns Montgomery Ala. A two Alabama political parties must find new emblems to head their tickets for the nov. 3 general election a three judge Federal court ruled Here saturday. The court said the Eagle labels of the Alabama Independent party and the Art fair today at Gordon Bibb the 13th annual sidewalk Art fair sponsored by the american association of University women opens today at Gordon Bibb elementary Schoij. Artists from across the state will have exhibits at the fair said mrs. Evelyn Darden president of the Decatur Branch of Paauw. A special feature of this year s fair will be a photography exhibition. Mrs. Darden said this is the first sidewalk Art fair to feature photographic exhibitions. In addition paintings jewelry refinished trunks quilts ceramics and other artwork will be displayed. All items on exhibition will be for Sale said mrs. Darden. F Ltd a each of the artists who will be displaying at the fair is Good in his own medium a said mrs. Darden. A because they Are different surely there will be something to please everyone who attends a admission to the All Day event will be 25 cents said mrs. Darden. Alabama conservative party Are a so like the Emblem previously filed and accepted As the Emblem of the National democratic party of Alabama As to be Likely to mislead and the court said Alabama Law is specific in prohibiting any Emblem which in the opinion of the Secretary of state a is so like any other Emblem already filed As to be Likely to mislead any the opinion was handed Down by circuit judge John Godbold and dist. Judges Frank m. Johnson or. And Virgil Pittman. Huntsville dentist John Cashin chairman of the predominantly Black Nipa and. The party a candidate to opposed George c. Wallace for governor had complained that the Eagle labels of the other parties would throw voters off. The Alabama Independent party was formed this year and submitted an Emblem featuring an Eagle atop a slanted letter a a in. Hie Alabama conservative party in past elections has had a Dove on its Emblem but chairman Bill Mori of Birmingham said the party had decided this year to switch to a More aggressive Bird. The court said Secretary of state Mabel Amos had violated the equal Protection clause of the 14th amendment a by filing and accepting the party emblems of the Independent and conservative parties. Mrs. Amos was directed to order the emblems taken from the ballots and to notify the two parties that they must prepare new labels to head their tickets. When and if this project is completed which would be about 1980, the waterway would connect five states a Florida Alabama Mississippi Tennessee and Kentucky to the Gulf of Mexico through the port of Mobile. Upon completion the waterway would leave the Tennessee River from the Comer of Alabama Tennessee and Mississippi some 35 Miles West of Florence and proceed South on yellow Creek crossing a Divide Between the watersheds of the Tennessee and to Bigbee in a deep Cut to Mackey a Creek. It would then follow the East Fork of the to Bigbee River into the mainstream which flows to Demopolis where it joins the Warrior to Bigbee waterway. The Job of constructing the waterway involved improving 170 Miles of River Channel building 45 Miles of canal and constructing five dams and 10 docks. The canal includes a Cut 27 Miles Long through the Ridge dividing the Tennessee and to Bigbee watersheds. When completed the canal would have a minimum depth of nine feet and a minimum Bottom Width of 170 feet. After this waterway is finished distance freight from Eastern Tennessee will have to travel to reach the Gulf will be Cut almost in half. 23 states the corps of engineers say 23 states will share in the benefits of the Tennessee a to Bigbee canal. Waterway planners shipping will be possible from the Tennessee River via the to Bigbee River into Mobile Bay once work is completed on the connecting link portrayed above. The area that will be directly affected from the waterway stretches from the great lakes and Midwest to Gulf Region. Mobile the terminal port of the waterway stands to gain More from the project than any other City. It was estimated in 1964 that Mobile would grow in its commercial activity along the waterfront by some 60 per cent. The waterway would swell the City a tonnage volume by Well Over 20 million tons annually. It would also be the port of Call for about 4,000 ships annually nearly double the current number. It would be a definite asset to the Tennessee Valley which would have an Ocean outlet through the waterway to Mobile. Sen. John Sparkman left and rep. Bob Jones Center along with state rep. Sid Mcdonald of Arab have been involved in the promotion of the waterway. Last. _ _. A \ Ahie potential traffic that would travel the Tenn Tom include Grain from the Midwest in amounts of a million tons annually Coal another million tons a year from Northeast Alabama and East Tennessee 30,000 tons of fertilizer a year Petroleum products from the Gulf coast to mid America at an annual tonnage of 1,415,000. Hie waterway would also offer a direct link from Huntsville a Marshall space flight Center and the other three Nasa installations Michoud operations at new Orleans Mississippi test operations in Hancock county miss. And the launch operations Center at Cape Kennedy on the Atlantic intr coastal waterway. Highway bids readied Montgomery Ala. A bids will be opened oct 23 for 22 highways projects in Alabama including Bridges at Tuscaloosa and Montgomery the state highways department has announced. Hie Tuscaloosa Bridge is a six Lane facility spanning the Black Warrior River on Alabama 69. It connects Tuscaloosa and Northport and is expected to Cost More than $5 million Hie Montgomery Bridge expected to Cost about $4 million crosses the Alabama display Art or. Jim Forman left and miss Terry Martin display some of the Art that will be on exhibit today at the sidewalk Art fair at Gordon Bibb school. The annual event a Van a is sponsored by the american association of University women. Daily photo River and will link the City a North bypass with the new interstate 65. The 22 projects Are expected to return Low bids totalling about $21.5 million Highway department officials said. Hie work will touch 17 counties. Here Are the projects in the oct. 23 bid letting by county a Tauga Grade and Drain 4.7 Miles of county Road Between Jones and Plantersville Spur. A Tauga and Elmore Grade Drain and pave 7.4 Miles of interstate 65 Between Cobbs Ford Road and u. S. 31 North of Prattville. Barbour Bridge on county Road East of Louisville. Butler Bridge and approaches on county Road at Pigeon Creek near Halso Mill. Clays base and pave 3.2 Miles of various county roads. Geneva base and pave 4.8 Miles of a county Road Between Geneva county 9 near Union Hill Church and Geneva county 91 near new Peamon Church. Greene and Tuscaloosa Grade and Drain and pave 9.4 Miles of interstate 59 Between Knoxville and Warrior River. Pave about 2 Miles. Henry Box Bridge on county Road near Pitchford. Houston base and pave 9.7 Miles of various county roads. Lamar Bridge at yellow Creek on county Road near Vernon and extend Concrete culverts and Box Bridge on u. S. 278 Between Cruse and Sulligent. Macon Plant mix Seal on 5.1 Miles of county Road Between society Hill and Lee county line Plant mix Seal on 9 Miles of various county roads base and pave 3 Miles of county Road from veterans Hospital to Point West of Chi a and base and pave 1.1 Miles of a county Road Between Macon county 30 and Tuskegee Shady Grove Church Road. Marshall to Bridge on county Road at Shoal Creek. Mobiles Grade Drain base and pave 1.1 Miles of Broughton Road. Montgomery extend drainage structures on Southern bypass of Montgomery Between narrow Lane Road and Montgomery mall and Bridge and fill on North bypass of Montgomery at the Alabama River. Perry Bridge on Alabama 175 at old town Creek South of Heiberger. Randolph Grade Drain and pave 3.5 Miles of a county Road Between Alabama 22 near Dickert and Ocre. Tuscaloosa Bridge on u. S. 43 at Warrior River in Tuscaloosa. Brewer will a a a address Actu annual meet Montgomery Ala. A gov. Albert Brewer and state health officer or. Ira Myers will be the featured speakers at the annual meeting oct. 6 and 7 of the woman a Christian Temperance Union of Alabama. Actu officials say delegates from All Over the state will participate in discussions and workshops on alcohol legislation Home Protection social services and Christian citizenship. Week approval was Given in Washington to buy land and begin construction of the lock and channels at Gainesville near Demopolis. Tenn Tom would also offer recreational benefits from five new lakes created by dams along the waterway. But although construction has received the Green Light it is still not finished. Until the waterway is completed and barges Are plying the Way with Oil and Grain it could still be off again. Each year the appropriations for the Tennessee tor Bigbee must face the government Budge Teers. It must go through a round of approvals from the House to the Senate to the appropriations committee to the president every year before funds Are allocated to proceed step by step with the waterway. $191,000 Grant goes to Auburn vet Medicine Auburn Ala. Apr the schools of veterinary Medicine and pharmacy at Auburn University have been awarded National Institute of health Grants totalling More than $191,000 school officials have announced. Charles Roberts director of student financial Aid said $125,127 went to the veterinary Medicine school for student scholarships and Loans and $64,932 to the pharmacy school for the same use. Roberts said the entire amount available to the school of veterinary Medicine has been awarded to students. Notes of interest / the Brook Hopkins american legion Post 310 will Host the 41st District of the american legion meeting today from 10 am. To 4 pm. At Carrie Mattews recreation Center 6th st. And memorial drive. Dental program in area schools set the Tri county dental health program will begin a comprehensive treatment program for eligible first graders in Morgan Lawrence and Limestone counties monday. Or Frank Campbell dental director anticipates approximately 1,300 children will be treated during the school year. Eligibility is determined by economic status and request for treatment. Children will be treated in private dental offices. Trans portion will be provided by the Community action committee in Morgan and Lawrence counties and by Pat volunteers in Limestone county dental workers last Spring conducted a Pilot study in seven elementary schools in the three counties. During that time 182 students received treatment. In addition to treating first graders the program will continue to provide emergency treatment for eligible children in All grades. During october the dental pro will also begin classroom instruct dental health in third grades in Tschoi All three counties. Classes will conducted by Wayne Hicks dental h educator. Brush ins demonstrating to clean Teeth using a ther Peutl effective floride paste will be held for Grade classes upon request individual teachers. To Aid in evaluation of the d health activities an ism syster is i established for the collection of concerning the epidemiology of the county the Tri county dental hot program began operating in january an appalachian Grant of $222,18 continuation application for 1871 has submitted to the appalachian Reg commission requesting a second Grant of $237,371

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