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1 32 THE TENNESSIAN, Soturdor, Dx- 31. W Police Force Reduced by Half In Theft Case LAMESA. Tex. (UPI) -Seven officers half the town's police force have been fired and accused of breaking into a school at night and stealing snacks from the cafeteria. The booty included sandwiches, milk and potato chips, said the publisher of the local newspaper. "THEY ALLEGEDLY used a knife to jimmy the lock and enter the building," said Walter Buckel of the Lamesa Press-Reporter. Mayor Lloyd Cline said yesterday he wasn't worried that half of the 14-man Police Department, including two captains, was dismissed. "It's not that important," Cline said. "I think it's a situation that we can handle. We don't plan to have an f in-depth investigation. We've got problems that nearly all police departments have. "WE WERE shorthanded to begin with, but we're hiring some people and some people who retired have come back to work. Our 600 Attend Kelly Food Free Dinner JACKSON, Tenn. (UPD- More than 600 persons attended a free lucheon here yesterday honoring Kelly Foods, Inc., the food processor cited by the Department of Agriculture earlier this month after a Georgia woman died of food poisoning. Although no beef stew the Kelly's product now under USDA scrutiny was served, Kelly's provided chili, tamales, and other canned food for the luncheon guests, who showed no hesitation in eating it. "WE THANK Kelly's for their economic leadership in the community down throughthe years," Jackson Mayor Bob Conger told the gathering. Kelly's has been operating, either as a locally owned company or as a subsidiary of Krey Packing Co. of St. Louis, since 1949. Conger declared yesterday "Kelly Foods Day" in the west Tennessee city. Although Kelly employs only 88 persons in the city of 40,000, most loci officials and civic leaders were on hand for the luncheon. And, there were congratulatory telegrams from Sens. Howard Baker and Bill Brock, and Rep. Ed Jones. Kelly is now awaiting a report on the USDA probe of circumstances surrounding production of the suspect beef stew, canned July 11 and blamed for the botulism . death of Mrs. Cleo Harris, 79, of Griffin, Ga., Dec. 1. K proof -else liltt!l ai M pros' an jnJUUU Si WKM ofiiyp . If Wm ff!? fife KCNTIKKT if ifSL . . TtAJGHT BOURBON I WHISKEY community is covered." Police Chief J .P. Bobotold the officers to resign or be fired. City Manager Carroll Taylor and the City Council ordered the dismissals, although he favored a suspen-sion without pay, Bobo said. "It hurts me. It hurts the city and it hurts my department " Bobo said. SCHOOL maintenance personnel became suspicious and, accompanied by City Council members and Taylor, staked out the building one night. "They said they observed a dispatcher and a patrolman doing this," Buckel said. Three of the officers alle-. gedly were involved directly in the thefts, Buckel said, and four others allegedly knew about it and failed to report them. FOUR OF THE dismissed officers plan to ask for a hearing on the charges and reinstatement to the force. The officers were Capts. Fred Vera and Terry Brown, Sgt. Robert Irwin, patrolmen Bill Huckabee, James Newsom and Steve Vestal and dispatcher Bruce Dob-son. Vera and Brown both Dunn Opens 96 Interstate Miles KNOXVILLE (AP)-Gov. Winfield Dunn officially opened 96 miles of three interstate highways in East Tennessee yesterday, leaving only 90 miles of Tennessee's 1,045 miles of interstate to be completed. Some work remains to be done on all three highways, but traffic began moving yesterday on at least two lanes on the sections that were opened Interstate 81 between Greeneville and Morristovvn, Interstate 40 from Knoxville to Dandridge and Interstate 75 from Lenoir City to Athens. THE TOTAL cost of the three interstate sections was $148 million. The 32-mile 1-75 stretch completes the highway from Kentucky to Georgia and cost $36.6 million. Dunn opened the highway with separate ceremonies at Lenoir City, for the southbound lanes, and Athens, for the northbound lanes. Except for some weather-sealer on bridges, which were opened to traffic anyway, the north-south route now is complete across Tennessee. The bridge coat can't be applied in cold weather. The 22-mile 1-40 link completes that highway all the way from Overton Park in Memphis to Asheville, N.C. A short stretch of the highway was opened on a two- 100 proof betilei.in-ftand Diilfd no' bnfHed o Hmn M s 4. iy.-i. IraSSfcL . i . :OTP7 y . ' , n i r I 9 1 u CLE ELUM, Wosh. Paul Emerick, the local hermit, shares a Pansy, at the mountaintop home they share with a sheep. had been with the force for more than 10 years. "I can't make any statements," Vera said. "They (city officials) didn't even get the facts. I'm not guilty." TAYLOR SAID the final lane basis, but the other two lanes are expected to be opened soon, a highway bureaus official said. Cost of the construction was $37.5 million. 1-81. WHICH Dunn has counted on to relieve much traffic from U.S. 11W, cost $61.4 million for the 42 miles between Highway 137 and HE. A few short two-lane stretches remain there, too, but motorists now can travel from Knoxville to Bristol without detouring from the freeway. Since Dunn took office, 194 miles of interstate highway have been opened. The state now has 955 miles, out of the state's allocation of 1,045 miles of interstate, officially open to traffic. The missing 90 miles includes about 40 miles of Interstate 24 between Nashville and the Kentucky line near Clarksville and urban loops in the state's major cities. Sweden Prime Minister Sets Latin-American Trip STOCKHOLM (AP) .-Social Democratic Prime Minister Olof Palme of Sweden will visit three Latin-American countries next summer, according to press reports here Thursday. The reports said Palme will visit Cuba, Mexico and Venezuela. DitMipnu inc . Ba'dfAn. Kanluckir. m.l ,mn i Wll-j. tT.. - IL TM m t What About Sheep? decision in the case was left up to tsobo because city om-cials believed it was a departmental problem. Taylor declined to comment on whether he thought Bobo overreacted in firing half of the small West Texas town's Use Your Bank Credti Card At BIGK! CHARLOTTE SQUARE Charlotte Road ot Old Hickory Blvd. V 1 .Mi!...'... f . . I ..: . - - t - fs bottle of wine with his horse. police force "No charges have been filed on it and whether they will be, I don't know. No law requires they be filed," said Dawson County Atty. Ralph Kinsey. FA1RLANE SQUARE Nolensville Road South of Haywood Fair Board Reduces Bond Debt $220,000 The Tennessee State Fair has paid $220,000 on its bonded debt, reducing the obligation from $475,000 to $255,000, it was announced yesterday. The $220,000 includes payments due for 1974, 1975, 1976 and 1977, said John U. Wilson, chairman of the State Fair Board. The $220,000 does not include about $18,000 paid in interest on the bonds at the same time, the chairman added. WILSON DISCLOSED the bond payment in a letter to Metro Councilman Charles Hill, chairman of the city council's Fair Committee, to continue to pay off the bonds at an accelerated pace, but that this would depend on the economy and the weather for the annual fair and other events held at the fairgrounds. He also informed the committee that the fair board received $81,374 from the Fairgrounds Speedway this year, down somewhat from the $91,447 received for 1973. The primary reason for this was that two regular races-were rained out this year, and one major race was hurt attendance-wise when it rained all around Nashville but not at the fairgrounds. OVER THE PAST five years, or since the new race AT 4 NASHVILLE BIG K STORES IN TIME TO BEAT THE HARD WINTER DAYS TO COME 0 HERMITAGE PLAZA Lebanon Road East of Hermitage 27 track was completed, the fair board has averaged $74,000 a year in rental from the speedway. This, Wilson said, compares with about $40,000 before the track was improved. The board's income for 1974 from Fair Park amounted to $36,685, down from last year's $39,589. Wilson said heavy rains during much of the spring and summer were responsible for this decline in revenue. He told the council committee that after the board paid the $220,000 on its bonded debt it had approximately $170,000 left in revenue for the operation of the fair--grounds during 1975 and for the opening of the 1975 Tennessee State Fair next September. "EACH OF US on the board is proud of our financial position," Wilson wrote Hill, "but each of us knows it has not always been this way and there is no assurance we will be able to maintain such a favorable position in the future." - N He noted that expenses are going up all the time, with the cost of utilities increasing this year, to more than $50,000 as against $33,000 the previous' year. Most of the money for utilities goes for electricity. Because of increasing costs, Wilson hinted the board might increase rental Si iifQRfQ) y v is N r n SUMMER COOLANT ANTIFREEZE BIGK LOW LOW PRICE... (2 AL. LIMITED QUANTITY Top quality Dowgard Chemical . Don't take Buy now while Big K special low price! McHENRY CENTER Gallatin Road at Two-Mile Parkway charges on its buildings. The, buildings are used by many; groups for many purposes throughout the year. , - "WE HAVE TRIED to- charge a rental that would, pay us for utilities and main-: tenance, and little more," he; said. "In view , of our increasing costs of operation the board most likely, wilt;, have to review our rental . charges in the immediate, future." , The electricity for the; board's offices in the grandstand are paid by the speed-v way and are not reflected in; the $50,000 for utilities. ; The fair chairman said the-board was concerned with the economic situation and; the effect it could have on the ; 1975 fair if conditions do not. improve. I "But we cannot wait until,; the last minute to prepare, for the 1975 fair, and we are going forward with plans for; an even bigger fair in 1975.; Yet, we are proceeding in a. way as not to leave us over-! exposed if the economic sit-; uation worsens significant-; ly," he added. U.N. Literature Cot ' I PRETORIA, South Africa-(AP) Government cen-I sors have banned all United; Nations publications dealing; with apartheid, or systemat ic separation ot races. 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