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THE TtNNISSIAN, Thurrfoy, Augutt 31, W 17 Memphis Picks Up After Tornado Strikes Shops MEMPHIS (AP) - Shop owners and fast food restaurant employees began sorting through debris yesterday trying to salvage what was left of their establishments in the wake of a tornado the night before. And as earth-moving equipment shoved tons of rubble into piles and knocked down the shells of heavily-damaged buildings, city officals tried to put a figure on damages tentatively from $4.6 to $10 million. "WE'RE compiling information for the mayor so that he can request Small Business Administration loans," Billy Ray Schilling, director of Shelby County Civil Defense, said. "Right now we ve got estimates on the contents and on the automobiles, but the real damage would be the structural assessment and the glass damage." - The tornado touched down about 7:05 p.m. Tuesday, cutting a crisscross path of destruction along 6 block of Elvis Presley Boulevard. "WE FOUND a tract of damage of about three miles in total," Norm Prosser, chief forecaster for the National Weather Service in Memphis, said yesterday. Prosser said the funnel cloud touched down first in a residential area southwest of Elvis Presley Boulevard, but caused only minor damage before heading toward the northeast. "It skipped over some buildings and then it hit down at the second place, right on Elvis Presley Boule vard," he said. "Then it skipped again and jumped over some buildings and came down in the Skaggs Drug Store area which is on the west side of Elvis Presley." , PROSSER SAID the tornado cut a 75-yard swath in some places with winds up to 150 mph. Police said 24 persons were taken to Methodist Hospital South for treatment for cuts and bruises. Hospital officials said Elaine Wright, 24, was the only person admitted to the hospital. Mrs. Wright was in satisfactory condition yesterday after undergoing surgery for multiple lacerations. There were no fatalities. THE TORNADO-damaged area is a mile south of Presley's home and two miles west of Memphis International Airport. Neither the estate nor the airport was damaged. The last major tornado to hit Tennessee's largest city was in the predawn hours of April 24, 1970. About a dozen people were injured and the storm inflicted $2 million in damages. Among the hardest hit businesses this time was a Pizza Hut and a Wendy's Old Fashioned Hamburgers restaurant, which stood next to each other. "THIS IS a wipeout ," Fred Scar- pace, operations director for the pizza chain, said as he surveyed the damage to the store shortly before it was razed. "That jammed door is all that's holding that wall up." The tornado peeled the roof of f the Pizza Hut, dumping it onto a nearby parking lot and sending customers scurrying. "One woman from Texas jumped out of a window after it.hit," Scar-pace said. "She came back this morning to get her shoes she left behind. She said she was coming back next year and sit at the same table." Will Obey Restraint Order: Fisk Strikers By DWIGHT LEWIS The president of a union local representing striking employees at Fisk University said yesterday the employees plan to honor a temporary, restraining order issued against the workers. But at the same time, Mrs. Jo Ann Ford said she sees no reason for the restraining order because the employees have done nothing, in her opinion, to cause university officials to seek the order. EARLIER yesterday Chancellor Robert Brandt issued the order preventing the approximately 45 striking clerical, fiscal and technical employees from blocking doorways and threatening students at the university's buildings. Brandt's order came a day after the employees members of Local 19-A, Distributive Workers of America were ordered out of a university building by Sherman' Jones, vice president in charge of administration at Fisk. The employees reportedly were holding a union meeting. After being ordered out of the building, the employees left the campus and have refused to return to work. "I received a copy of the order about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday," Mrs. Ford said, "but we didn't start picketing until 6:50 a.m. today yesterday." "WE HAVEN'T blocked anyone from going into a building nor nave we threatened anybody," she added. The temporary injunction limits the number of pickets at each university doorway to two persons and forbids the picketing employees from being within 100 yards of any entrance. A lawsuit filed by attorney Carlton Petway on behalf of Fisk alleges that the striking employees engaged in "mass picketing, threatened acts of violence and engaged in other conduct in an effort to interfere with" students and other employees. THE SUIT SAID the workers blocked doorways "thereby creating a disturbance and endangering the safety of the plaintiff's employees and students and the public at large." The suit also alleges that some of the pickets damaged university property. Robert Poole, director of alumni affairs and acting director of public information at Fisk, said yesterday the suit was filed mainly to prevent the employees from doing the things ' mentioned in the document. "IT WAS REPORTED to university officials by some students that they were threatened," Poole said. "But we haven't actually seen any of the striking employees threaten anyone or block any entrance to a building." The striking employees are charging Fisk with unfair labor practices. The employees and Fisk currently are negotiating a new contract. "We were sorry to learn that these false statements have been made against us," Mrs. Ford said. "We are striking peacefully in hopes that we can soon put an end to the strike through a new contractual agreement between the union and the university." State Firm Recalling Animal De-Worm Drug WASHINGTON (AP) - The Food and Drug Administration said yesterday an anti-worm drug distributed by a Bristol, Tenn., firm and implicated in the deaths Of 246 pets is being recalled. Called Sansalid, the drug is manufactured by Norwood Laboratories of St. Louis and is being recalled by Beecham Laboratories of Bristol. MOST OF THE dead pets are puppies and kittens younger than eight weeks. The cause of their deaths is not certain. The FDA said the de-wormer tablets are available only from veterinarians, who usually give the first dose in their offices. Beecham sent a letter Aug. 15 announcing the recall to 5,000 veterinarians who had purchased the drug, and some bottles already have been, returned. Since distribution began in May, nearly 25,000 250-tablet bottles and 100-tablet bottles of the drug have been provided to veterinarians. home. The FDA advised pet owners to return the tablets. - It said the name of the drug should be written on the envelope on which the tablets were dispensed. Sansalid is the company's trade name for the drug uredofos. Agency Accused of Pressure In Collecting Hospital Debts DENVER (AP) - A private agency, hired by Denver General Hospital to collect $9 million in delinquent accounts has been accused of exceeding its authority by pressuring individuals to pay bills'. The charge was made by two lawyers from the Denver Legal Aid Society. The American Creditors Bureau is not accepting installment payments, as required in its contract with the hospital, and is threatening to take people to court who refuse to pay a power the collection agency does not have, according to attorneys Kathy Mullen and Nancy Con-nick. SOME TABLETS may be in Jack Stern, the credit bureau's owners' homes or kennels since vet- manager in Denver, said complaints erinarians may give pet owners a against his company were "distort- two-week supply to administer at ed significantly." Solomon Reinstates 2 Whistle-Blowers By JACK SIRICA Tenneiuin Wwhlnfton Bnrean WASHINGTON General Services Administrator Jay Solomon reinstated Tuesday two "whistle-blowers" who had been fired for taking charges of illegal GS A activity to the FBI and the press. . Citing a passage in Civil Service reform legislation providing for protection of government employees who raise red flags about wrongdoing in federal agencies, Solomon said he wants to encourage "an atmosphere where employees can come forward ... and speak freely. . -.- ' '''I "WE CANNOT condone, nor will we supp employees' going outside channels with th "However, we want an atmosphere where employees can come forward within the system ana speak freely to help us bring needed improvement to GSA. We intend to take action against those who try to curb this openness." The reinstatements come at a time when the GSA is racked with scandals. Solomon has been trying to take control of the agency since his Strongest Soviet N-Blast of Year Recorded UPPSALA, Sweden (AP) - The Soviet Union has set off its seventh and strongest underground nuclear explosion of the year in the Semipala-tinsk area of western Siberia, the Seismological Institution of Uppsala reports. O Related story Page 1 ort leir appointment by President Carter last year, but has been hampered by Civil Service regulations which make i difficult to dismiss incompetent employees and by an agency bureaucracy which has been firmly entrenched through several administrations. FEDERAL AND internal investigations have proved that a number of GSA emnloyees have taken payoffs totaling millions of dollars from contractors. In return, those GSA officials certified that the agency received goods or services never provided by the contractors. The two so-called "whistle-blowers," Robert J. Tucker and Robert F. Sullivan of Boston, were dismissed from their jobs after they provided evidence of GSA wrongdoing to the FBI and a Boston newspaper. In 1974, Tucker contacted the FBI with evidence of "fraud, collusion and favoritism" in awarding of construction contracts by GSA's regional Public Buildings Service, a GSA spokesman said Tuesday. AFTER THE FBI found insufficient proof of GSA misconduct, GSA officials discovered that Tucker had provided investigators with their information and he was fired. Sullivan, part of a team of investigators assigned to review Tucker's case, became con-vinced that Tucker's charges were valid but an internal audit supporting his beliefs was ignored, a GSA spokesman said. Tucker finally gave copies of the audit to the Boston Globe and was dismissed when he admitted going to the newspaper. "In light of the philosophy of the Carter administration, and our current knowledge, the punishment exacted in the cases of Tucker and Sullivan may have been excessive," Solomon said. "In a spirit of compassion, I've decided to ' reinstate them." Important News For BACKACHE SUFFERERS! Momentum Tablets are 50 stronger than Doan's. 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