The Montgomery Advertiser from Montgomery, Alabama on March 8, 2002 · 11
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Montgomery, Alabama
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3Hontjgiomcrt 3Vducrtisrr H Dan Bailey Metro editor Phone (334)261-1520 Fax (334) 2611521 Friday March 8, 2002 200 Washington Ave: Montgomery AL 361 04 A Stateline BRIEFLY MARION Ex-Judson College chancellor dead at 81 Norman Henry McCrummen, a Baptist minister who became president and later chancellor of Judson College, has died after a prolonged illness. He was 81. McCrummen, who died Wednesday at a Montgomery hospital, was named chancellor of Judson in 1990 and held the post at the time of his death. Born in Montgomery, He became president of Judson in 1970, serving for 20 years, and was named chancellor at his retirement. Survivors include his wife, Emma Smalley McCrummen, three children and six grandchildren. The funeral will be Saturday at First Baptist Church in Montgomery. SYLACAUGA Mayor's porn use earns council rebuke Sylacauga Mayor Bruce Carr has been reprimanded by the City Council and has apologized for using a city-owned computer to view adult pornography. In a statement to The Daily Home, Carr said his action was bad judgment and won't be repeated. A city employee complained to the council about Carr's use of the computer. The council voted Wednesday for the reprimand. The city has no policy on Internet use by employees on city computers. Other city entities such as the Sylacauga Board of Education and B.B. Comer Memorial Library do have such policies. Council President Doug Murphree said the council will adopt such a policy for using city computers. AUBURN Rural Studio exhibit goes to museum Auburn University's Rural Studio will be displayed at the Whitney Museum of American Art 2002 Biennial Exhibition, which opens Thursday. Three projects will be shown using photos, models and drawings: the Community Center at Mason's Bend, the new backstop for the Newbern Baseball Club and the Lucy House, which is still under construction. Whitney Museum curator Lawrence Rinder selected the studio -and co-founder Samuel "Sambo" Mockbee's creations to be the first architecture work included in the show. Mockbee died Dec. 30, 2001. Auburn's School of Architecture will be the only university work represented. Students have built five new houses, a farmer's market, a children's center, a chapel, a bus stop and an open-air pavilion. The Whitney exhibition runs through May 26. DATEBOOK Today The Alabama Board of Examiners in Psychology meets at 9 a.m. today at 660 Adams Ave., Suite 360. The State of Alabama Personnel Department will hold a conference call meeting at 10 a.m. today. Call Michelle Bazie at (202) 408-1080. Tuesday The State of Alabama Board for Registration of Architects meets at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the RSA Plaza, 770 Washington Ave., Suite 150. Wednesday The State Personnel Board will meet at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in the third-floor board room of the Folsom Administrative Building, 64 N. Union St. Coming Up The Alabama Real Estate Appraisers Board will meet at 9 a.m. March 15 in the RSA Union, 100 N. Union St., Suite 370. The Alabama Crime Victims Compensation Commission will meet at 10 a.m. March 21 in the RSA Union, 100 N. Union St., Suite 778. Staff and wire reports Page edited and designed by Hugh Owen SELMA Owicia Hank James had been suspended without pay By Alvin Benn Montgomery Advertiser The director of Dallas County's Emergency Management Agency resigned Thursday after being suspended without pay for alleged irregularities within his department. Dallas County Probate Judge Johnny Jones said Hank James resigned not Teresa Katz Thome, left and her sister, Laura Parenteau, both of Birmingham, unveiled the plaque honoring their mother, Jane Katz, on Thursday during the Alabama Women's Hall of Fame ceremony at Judson College in Marion. MARION Inductee's activism praised By Alvin Benn Montgomery Advertiser Jane Katz knew she wouldn't get very far when she'd go into Gov. George Wallace's office to discuss some of her proposed bills, but she still managed to charm him with her intellect and determination. "Her bills were always about things we weren't planning on doing at the time," Wallace told one of Sue Mclnnish's friends. "But ... her bills were about things that were coming." "It was not only Jane's influence over state leaders that led to her place in history here today, it was what she did for the rest of us," Mclnnish said Thursday at Judson College where Katz, BIRMINGHAM Man takes back valuable pottery The Associated Press John Morykwas made a generous loan nearly two decades ago when he let the Birmingham Museum of Art display the pottery of his great-grandfather, George E. Ohr, the acclaimed "Mad Potter of Bi-loxi." Morykwas took it all back Wednesday, loading his '88 Plymouth van with a pottery collection that could be worth millions of dollars. Morykwas said he is behind on his alimony and child support payments, and he wants to keep the collection from being seized by a court to pay the bill. "I'm trying to save the integrity of the whole collection and keep it in the family," Morykwas said. A museum official said it was unusual to lose an entire collection with hardly any notice. "We do bring in some loans for specified periods, but these particular ceramics have been here for some time. We have exhibited long after being told that investigations were under way. Jones said the suspension was a result of an internal investigation by the Dallas County Commission, "which revealed financial irregularities involving federal, state and local emergency management funds under the control of Mr. James." A woman who answered the telephone at James' house Thursday afternoon said he would not be "commenting" about the situation. TWO INDUCTED INTO WOMEN'S HALL OF FAME i n . I.I r-- - 1 - iTi " !.T7 1' , .i.i.ii ..V mi . ! i I T rili TH JANE LOBMAN KATZ Born: 1931 Died: 1986 Profession: Community activist Family: Husband, Warren, a son and two daughters Honors: Saluted by Chief Justice Howell Heflin for her role in seeking to reform the Alabama Constitution; originator of the Capitol Newsletter, which tracked legislation of public interest of Montgomery, and Idella Jones Childs were inducted into the Alabama Women's Hall of Fame. if I . v it ' ,..1 The Associated Press A pitcher by George E. Ohr is shown Wednesday at the Birmingham Museum of Art. them through the years," said Melissa Falkner, archivist at the museum. Ohr, who was born in 1857 in Biloxi, Miss., was an attraction along the Gulf Coast. He sold novelty pottery and other ware9 and acted crazy to lure tourists into his shop. Critics long dismissed Ohr's work as too eccentric and ornate, but it gained steadily in recognition. Ohr pots have sold for as much as $100,000. mt am "The results of the internal investigation have been reported to appropriate in vestigative agencies," Jones said in a prepared statement. "The Dallas County Commission intends to co- James operate fully with all investigations into these financial irregularities." Jones said James, who also served as secretary for the County Commission, "7, : IDELLA JONES CHSLDS Born: 1903 Died: 1998 Profession: Teacher, councilwoman Family: Five children, including a daughter who was married to civil rights leader Andrew Young of Atlanta Honors: Picked by President Carter for membership in a national commission on women's issues; created Perry County Arts and Humanities Council Katz became the first Jewish Alabamian inducted into the hall of fame, while Childs, who was an educat MONTGOMERY VISIT Former ambassador endorses McPhillips Former United Nations Ambassador Andrew Young said Thursday he backs President Bush's military action in Afghanistan, but he worries about a wider war Inflaming the Middle East. Young was speaking at an endorse-ment for Democratic Senate candidate Julian McPhil-1 i p s in Montgomery. Young McPhillips McPhillips, a lawyer, is running in tne Democratic primary for the seat held by Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions. Young said the president properly liberated Afghanistan from Taliban "hoodlums." "When I see the Afghan citizens, particularly the women, when I see them teaching and acting as physicians, I see that the war in Afghanistan was right," Young said. The Associated Press . . ! ... Of w - - yt.. 7 I- DOJ ifiwe had a combined annual income of "about $50,000" annually. A former schoolteacher who worked in the Wilcox County system for several years, James began working for the county government more than a decade ago at a salary of $14,000 a year. As Dallas County EMA director, James was responsible for supervising programs that were responsible for protecting citizens of the county in the event of tornadoes and other disasters. Alvin Benn Staff or and politician late in life, was the fourth black Alabamian. Their inductions increased the number to 65. Inductees must be deceased at least two years before they are eligible for inclusion in the hall of fame a requirement that has drawn its share of criticism through the years by those who would like to honor women while they are still alive. "There is an old gospel song that says 'give me my flowers while I yet live,' " said Dr. Sandral Hullet, who is a member of the hall of fame's board of directors. "People want to see those who are honored be here during the ceremony." Activism Page 6B Governor's crime bill meets snag in Senate By Phillip Rawls The Associated Press The centerpiece of Gov. Don Siegelman's crime package stalled in a state Senate committee on a tie vote Thursday. For the second year, Sie-gelman is trying to pass legislation requiring first-time violent offenders to serve 85 percent of their sentences before being considered for parole. His bill would require repeat violent offenders to serve 100 percent of their sentences. Legislators are considering Siegelman's bill at the same time they are trying to figure out how to pay for the state's 26,700 inmates when state tax collections are running below last year. In the Senate Judiciary Committee meeting Thursday, Sen. Roger Bedford, D-Russellville, who chairs a Senate budget committee, said Siegelman's bill wasn't tough enough. He got the committee to vote 8-2 to Lee Helms, acting director of the state EMA, said Thursday afternoon that he had discussed the James matter with Jones about a week ago. "(Jones) said he might be asking us for some help in explaining some of the grants that we had been awarding the county EMA operation," Helms said. "We'll cooperate fully to help resolve this matter." Helms said funds totaling "several thousand dollars" have been awarded to the Dallas County EMA in recent years. SELMA School chiefs apology irks rights group TheSCLCwas 'appalled' by the apology from the Dallas County superintendent By Alvin Benn Montgomery Advertiser A civil rights group wants the three black members of Dallas County's Board of Education to require Superintendent Wayne May to retract an apology over distribution of material about slavery to students in the system. The Southern Christian Leadership Conference, which held a news conference outside the school board office Thursday morning, said it was "appalled" by May's apology last month. Distributed to the students was a newspaper magazine titled "Breaking Today's Shackles of Slavery." May said he had not read the material and reacted after the mother of a white child objected to it. The SCLC said that the material "did not contain any pictures of hangings" and "the word 'lynching' is rarely used." May declined comment on the SCLC news conference, saying "I've already said what I've had to say in this matter." Bill Minor, one of the three black board members, said he read the newspaper and could find nothing "factually incorrect in it." "If it did contain something that was not true, then we ought to apologize, but I didn't see anything wrong with it," Minor said. "It appeared very factual to me." change the bill to require first-time violent offenders to serve 95 percent of their sentences. Then the committee split 5-5 on whether to approve the bill. The tie vote left the bill in the f committee, ' where it can come up for .",.:'. considera-i ,it3i tion again. iliuimi Bedford, , who had ALABAMA pushed to LEGISLATURE toughen the 2002 bill, didn't participate in the final vote that left the bill in limbo. He said he needed to study the bill because changes had been made in it before he arrived at the committee meeting. Siegelman said he was disappointed by the vote. "These people need to quit playing games, pass this bill and make our communities safer," he said. Voting for the bill were Sens. Zeb Little, D-Cullman; Hap Myers, R-Mobile; Al afljorii "We've done a good bit of work with Dallas County," Helms said. "Some money has been in the form of grants and some money was used to match grants." Floyd Harris, who has served as James' top assistant for several years, said he is handling the county's EMA operation "on a temporary basis." "I'm holding down the fort until told otherwise," Harris said. "If any problems arise, I'm sure the state EMA will back me up." The Rev. Cecil Williamson, one of two white members of the school board, said he did not see any reason for the superintendent to retract his apology. "Mr. May should not make an apology for doing his job and that includes keeping racist material from our schools," Williamson said. "His apology to the board involved his not having read the material before it was distributed to the students." The SCLC accused May of being "more concerned about the prejudicial reaction of one white parent rather than the rights of black parents to have the truth taught about American history." "For four months, racial slurs appeared on the walls of Dallas County High School and nothing was done about it until parents and the SCLC protested the matter at a board meeting," the civil rights group said. "The graffiti was removed, but May never issued a public apology." Selma City School Superintendent James Carter issued an apalogy similar to the one given by May, saying he had not read the material prior to distribution to students in the city system. The SCLC said it supports 'truth-based education" and pointed out that George Washington "was a slaveholder." "Should black children be taught that he is their hero?" the group asked in its statement. "Would white parents teach their children that Malcolm X was their hero? We insist on the same standards and considerations for all children." bert Lipscomb, R-Magnolia Springs; Vivian Davis Figures, D-Mobile; and Jabo Waggoner, R-Vestavia Hills. Voting against it were Sens. George Clay, D-Tuske-gee; Pat Lindsey, D-Butler; Del Marsh, R-Anniston; Hank Sanders, D-Selma; and Rodger Smitherman, D-Birmingham. Smitherman, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, voted against the governor's bill because the senator said the Legislature ought to wait on changing sentencing laws until the state Sentencing Commission completes its study. Siegelman began pushing the legislation last year after the state Board of Pardons and Paroles approved some releases that the governor opposed. While the bill was pending last March, the parole board toughened its rules to require some types of violent criminals to wait on parole consideration until they serve 85 percent of their sentences or 15 years, whichever comes first. .

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