The Paris News from Paris, Texas on August 26, 1983 · Page 8
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The Paris News from Paris, Texas · Page 8

Paris, Texas
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Friday, August 26, 1983
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• Th« Paris N«w«, Frl.. Awg. 26, 1M3 Area briefs Highway 24 project not funded for 1983-84 Teacher salaries increased BONHAM — The school board here has adopted a 1983-84 budget that totals $3,698,038 and includes a $200 a year local supplement to teacher salaries. The budget is based on a 78 cent per $100 valuation tax rate, officials said. Board approves supplement GILMER — The $6 million budget approved last week by the school board here gives teachers a $600 local supplement to their state-mandated salaries. The local supplement last year was $300, officials said. School trustees also have adopted a 55 cent per $100 valuation tax rate, up 14 cents over the previous rate. Inmates cleaning roadsides BRYAN — Under a new program recently adopted by county officials here, a small group of county jail inmates are cleaning up the roadsides around Bryan-College Station. And the inmates say the voluntary duty is a welcome relief from the routine of jail life. The program calls for each day worked to apply as two days toward completion of each inmate's sentence. In addition, the inmates receive a $2 an hour wage. Officials say they anticipate that the program, which began with four inmates, will grow. "I have no doubt that when the citizens see what this program is, they'll demand that we do more of it," said County Commissioner Bill Cooley, who pressed for adoption of the concept. P&Z members resign ATHENS — Citing frustration with having their recommendations ignored by the city council here, three members of the Athens Planning and Zoning Commission resigned Wednesday. Athens Mayor Herbert Gatlin Jr. expressed surprise when he learned of the resignations. Two of the commission members who resigned commented following their resignations. "I just feel I've been butting my head against a wall for so long," said Dorothy Payne, former chairman of the commission. "The only thing this council is consistent in is their inconsistency," said Ronnie McElroy, a former council member himself. The third commission member to resign was Mary Dees, also a former council member. The resignations left two members on the commission. $6.5 million lawsuit filed COMMERCE — A Texas prison inmate has filed a $6.5 million lawsuit against the Commerce Police Department, Commerce Medical and Surgical Center and a Commerce physician. Stephen Perry Jennings contends in his suit that the defendants were negligent in performing their duties on Oct. 30 and Nov. 5,1981. The inmate contends that three attempts were made on his life in a three-week period in 1981 and Commerce officials made no effort to capture those responsible. Nurses at the hospital, he contends, told him when he went to the hospital after two of those attempts that he could not be treated unless' 'a way was shown that it could immediately be compensated for." Likewise, his suit contends, the doctor failed to administer proper medical aid because of his social and economic status. New plant being built WHITEWRIGHT — Carl's Sausage of Whitewright is building a new $850,000 plant that will create 30-35 new jobs. The new 16,000 square foot plant's construction heralds the introduction of a new line of pre-cooked foods, according to Bill McFatridge, whose father founded the sausage company in 1955. The first element of the new line, McFatridge said, will be pre-cooked sausage patties and links that will be introduced next month from the firm's present factory. The line will later be expanded, he said. "It's taken more than two years of research," McFatridge said, "to come up with what we think will be an acceptable pre-cooked, vaccuum-packed sausage the general public will accept.'' BREAKFAST SPECIAL 2 Eggs, Bacon or Sausage, Toast or Biscuits BROWNIGAN'S RESTAURANT 3805 N.E. Loop 286 78 By JOHN MOSELEY Regional Editor •, . Those hoping for quick completion of the four-laning of State Highway 24 between Paris and Interstate Highway 30 near Greeenville had their hopes dashed recently when the Texas Highway Commission failed to fund further construction for the 1983-84 fiscal year. "It's just a situation where there's a lack,of funds," explained District Engineer Ray Lindhplm from the Texas Department of Highways and Public Transportation District 1 office in Paris Thursday. "And we really don't know when it can be completed. All we do know is that it's not on our one-year letting schedule approved by the commission." Acquisition of right-of-way property began latein 1979 and construction work on the project began in February of 1980 with the four-laning of a 1.4-mile section from FM 1507 in Paris to a point one-third mile south of the Paris City Limits. Since then, a second portion — beginning at the North Sulphur River bridges and continuing south just past the Highway 19 cutoff to Sulphur Springs in Delta County — was completed. ' Lindholm explained that part of the state highway commission's problems were the result of the five cents per gallon gasoline tax imposed by the federal government. Funds raised by the tax have been earmarked for other types of programs and the commission has been hard-pressed to provide the necessary matching state funds. The district engineer discounted suggestions that the failure of Lamar County officials to secure all of the right-of-way necessary for the project had anything to do with the SH 24 Project's loss of funding. "That's something that you really can't say," Lindholm said. "If we r d gotten it off the ground a little quicker and had been further down the road, we might have gotten funding. We (the highway department) are probably as much to blame as anyone." David Glass, Paris and Lamar County Chamber of Commerce transportation committee chairman, expressed dismay at the failure to fund construction in 1983-84. < "I'm very disappointed, since it was one of the major projects we (the Chamber committee) were InterMted in, 1 ' he said. "The funding for this project and father state highway projects, such as Highway 82, will puffer unless the citizens of Texas realize that additional %• highway revenues are needed. < r 'This is an excellent example of what's happened as a '/ result of the population boom the major cities in the{< state have experienced," he added. "Even though this ;i project was a priority to the people in this area and our £ district offices of the highway department, it takes a '* back burner to projects in the larger metropolitan S areas." ;» Lindholm said the majority of funds the district'£ received for letting involved projects on 1-30. The rest ,* dealt with bridge rehabilitation projects and farm road i construction. £ "We've just got to put this (the SH 24 Project) on the 2 back burner for a while," he said. "It's on hold. The plans are complete and we'll be ready to go once we get the construction funding for it." Movie, TV sets burn at Paramount Studios 18 IS ENOUGH — Mrs. Jessie Denton is retiring at the end of August after 18 years as secretary in the city engineer's office. (Staff photo by David Westerfield) ' City engineer's secretary will retire after 18 years Some 18 years have come and gone at the city engineer's office since Jessie Denton joined the staff as secretary. Now, she has decided, the time has come for her to close the files and say goodbye to the city employees she has worked with many years. "I'll miss the people that I work with. I'll miss seeing the contractors that come in. I'll miss all the work, but I think I'll also enjoy being at home," she said. Mrs. Denton, whose retirement becomes effective Aug. 31, said that much has changed at the office during the past 18 years. The secretary now works with nine other people in the engineering department, but she recalls that six employees were there when she started. 'When I started I was the only girl in the office," she said. As secretary her duties have included "a little bit of everything.!' Several years ago the engineer's office wa§ also responsible for issuing permits for ; moving, building, plumbing, electrical work, sign- placement and other things, but now they only handle the concrete, water and sewer permits. In 1965 an extension was. added to the water department, creating the;area where the secretary's desk is today'. "I'm just going to enjoy life with what I want to do, when I want to do it," she said. Mrs, Denton and her husband, Lee Denton Jr., a retired 'mortician, live at 1050-33rd SE. HOLLYWOOD (AP) -"Star Trek" star William Shatner joined firefighters to battle a "solid sheet" of flame that raced through Paramount Studios, destroying vintage movie sets and damaging stages where the TV shows "Cheers" and "Happy Days" are shot. Flames at the 50-acre studio Thursday afternoon shot 90 feet into the air and swept over six acres, demolishing the 56-year- old "New York Street" set where the movies "Going My Way" and "Bells of St. Mary's" were filmed. "There was solid fire from building to building, a solid sheet, just like a tornado," said David Pondella, chief of set lighting at Paramount. "It was roaring." All that remained of the outdoor sets were 30-foot- high telephone posts that had supported building facades. Damage was estimated "in the millions," Fire Inspector Ed Reed said. Earl Lestz, vice president of studio operations for Paramount, said that while "New York Street" was "priceless," damage to the sound stages was "minor." One Paramount employee told arson AtK- C Hospitals 4* *•***-********•**•***-**•**•*-*•* * SATURDAY SPECIAL * —— -^ * * * * * + * * * * Evenings 5 to 9 P.M. His & Hers __ * 8 Oz. New York Strips > Q 9 5 * Salad-Potato Q 4J RESTAURANT AND CLUB * 3805 N. E. Loop 286 ^ ^_ __ . .f f+ **************** ST. JOSEPH'S HOSPITAL Admitted: Mrs. Kate Bailey, Hugo, Okla.; Kathryn McElyea, 902 E. Houston; George Kirby, 225-31st NW; Paula Davis, Windom; Joseph Chandler, Boswell, Okla.; Elmer Whitaker, Rt. 6; Lillie McCraw, Bonham; Ronnie Rayburn, 630-6th SW; Virgie Wright, Deport; Dorthy Newberry, Rt. 4; Mary White, Sumner; Nannie Alsobrook, Bogata; Curtis Jackson, Powderly and Alford Wilkerson, Idabel, Okla. Dismissed: William Watson, Cooper; Tempia Caviness, 920 E. Austin; Dave Young, Cooper; David Strickland, 224-28th SW; Leslie Shaw, Antlers, Okla.; Percy Topping, Bogata; Rhoda Shaw, Cooper; Ann Mahon, 302 Grand; Edna Anderson, Rt. 6; Mildred Nutt, 1740 W. Houston; Nicky Willis, Queen City; Louinda Jacobs, Eagletown, Okla. MCCUISTlON REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER' Admitted: Mrs. Julius Agnew, 2625 E. Price; Mrs. Allie M. Billingsley, Stonebrook Care Center; Mrs. Bill Bolton, 770 W. 42nd; Mrs. Millie Buckner, Calendar PARIS ELKS LODGE ...Presents Alcoholics FRIDAY Anonymous meeting (open). Call -FRIDAY- FRESH WATER CATFISH SHRIMP SATURDAY, AUG. 27 JUKE - BOX DANCE (FREE) STEAKS SERVED 6:30-9:00 P.M. PARIS BPO ELKS 8 p.m, 785-1951. SATURDAY 6:45 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous meeting (open), East Paris Fellowship Group. Call 785-1951. 7 p.m. Paris Rodeo and Horse Club open play day at the rodeo arena on the fairgrounds. 7:30 p.m. Cake and ice cream supper at the Chicota Community Center followed by games of forty-two and dominoes. SUNDAY 2:30 p.m. Reception for Dr. Dennis Michaelis and fountain dedication at Paris Junior College Learning Center. "It was like a 500-foot- by-500-foot bonfire," he said. "It created a tremendous amount of heat." The "New York Street" set had also been the filming location for parts of "Chinatown," "Day of the Locust," "Love American Style," "Breakfast at Tiffany's," the two "Godfather" movies, "Looking for Mr. Goodbar," all the Jerry Lewis movies and the opening sequences for "Laverne and 'Shirley," Eisner said. The fire also destroyed "Boston Street," "Church Street" and "McFadden Street," fire department spokesman Henry Amparan said. Five television shows — "Happy Days," "Cheers" and the new series "Mr. Smith," "Family Ties" and "Webster" — are filmed on Sound Stage 15, Eisner said. The TV shows "Mannix" and "Mission: Impossible" were filmed in part on the ruined sets, Pondella said. Billowing black smoke spread to the neighboring Hollywood Memorial Park Cemetery, where dozens of stars are buried, including Rudolph Valentino,| Douglas Fairbanks Sr., PaulMuni, Tyrone Power, Adolph Menjou, Marlon Davies and Harry Conn. Among other major films made at Paramount were the Bob Hope; features "Beau James" and "Seven Little Foys," the Alan Ladd shows "This G.un for Hire" and "The 'Glass | Key," and "Grease'l and 5 "Pocketful of Miracles." * President Reagan made *| several Westerns for Para" * mount, but those sets no •* longer exist. vestigators v that he 2348 W. Shelton; Bobby Joe Daniel Jr., Boswell, Okla.; Mrs. Mable Fry, Cherry Street Annex; Mrs. H. Jack Gibson, 335-35th SE; Amanda Holliday, Boswell, Okla.; Chris Holmes, 135-13th SE; Hubert Hightower, Sumner; Mrs. William McDowra, Deport; Danny McNeely, Mount Pleasant; Donna Stinnett, Fort Towson, Okla.; Mrs. Randolph Wright, Paris; Mrs. Gary Walkup, Garvin, Okla.; Heather Tywater, Mount Pleasant. Dismissed: Mrs. Alice Benson, Commerce; Mrs. Rory Bryant and baby boy, Honey Grove; Mrs. Suzie Carruthers, 1840 Fitzhugh; James Cobb, 615-5th SE; Mrs. Verdie Gardner, Sawyer, Okla.; Mrs. E stella Germany, Brookston; Zachary Grisham, 4125 Brandynb; Mrs. J.B. Ham, Blossom; Mrs. Larry Hutchings, 3030 E. Houston; Mrs. Josephine Millsap, 200-13th SE; Hugh Pence, Hugo, Okla.; William Phillips, 525-26th SE; Frank Pierce, Cherry Street Annex; Mrs. Neal Smith. Blossom. m- saw smoke and then flames coming from a facade called the Tatoo" Shop on "McFadden Street," said Patrick Patterson, a city Fire Department 'spokesman, adding that the fire was under investigation. Firefighters rushed tc Sound Stage 15, where an expensive set depicting the Vulcan planet for "Star Trek III: The Search for Spock," had just been completed, Paterson said. The set features 40-foot- high "rocks" made of polyurethane, which is highly toxic when it burns. However, a sprinkler system went off in the stage, which did not catch ' fire but suffered water damage, said Michael D. Eisner, president and chief operating officer of Paramount Pictures Corp. "We came within about 30 seconds of losing the set," said Shatner, who plays Captain Kirk in the movie. Shatner said he had to man fire hoses outside the set until more help arrived. Lestz said shooting of the film would begin on schedule next week. Two firefighters received' electrical shocks, possibly from downed power lines, but they were checked at the scene and released, Reed said. No other injuries were reported. The fire broke out at 4:02 p.m. and was doused with the help of 150 firefighters and helicopters at 6:27 p.m., Reed said. The blaze turned four streets of outdoor sets and two set storage buildings to rubble. It also damaged three sound stages, Reed said. Classified Ads Get Results TOUGH ENOUGH with Dennis Quald, Stan Shaw and Pam Grier VFW POST 3990 FRIDAY & SATURDAY DANCES MUSIC BY JERRY KNIGHT'S BAND Skylite Club SATURDAY NIGHT DANCE QUICK SILVER CASH PRIZES EVERY SATURDAY NIGHT SAT. NIGHT DANCE 9 P.M. til 1 A.M. MUSIC BY 'COUNTRY PLEASURE Bingo From 4 PM - 7 PM EAGLES LODGE 99 785-8691 1525 NE 20th SUNDAY BUFFET Aug. 28, 1983 - 11 A.M. til 2 P.M. 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