The Paducah Sun from Paducah, Kentucky on September 10, 1979 · 1
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Monday, September 10, 1979
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v Monday, September 10, 1979 Pride marks 'sign on' ot transmitter ByBILLBARTLEMAN . Sun Staff Writer At 3-59 p.m. Sunday, Allie Morgan pushed the button to place Paducah's newest television station, WKPD-TV, on the air. It was a proud moment for him, marking the culmination of more than four years of effort on the part of several local persons and agencies. WKPD-TV is the 14th station in the Kentucky Educational Television network. As a member of the KET Authority, Morgan has fought for three years for a KET station in Paducah. "This is a happy moment for me," Morgan said in a dedication ceremony prior to the station going on the air. "The completion of this transmitter marks the beginning of a new era of television broadcasting in western Kentucky." ' A KET study committee five years ago recommended that new transmitters be located in Paducah and Owensboro. The 1976 legislature allocated funds to help construct the transmitters, but the Paducah project, in Morgan's mind at least, seemed to be on the back burnec In October 1976, Morgan's first act after being named by Gov. Julian Carroll to be a member of the authority was to seek approval of a resolution supporting the constuction of the transmitter here. The resolution was approved and the . project was placed on the front burner. O. Leonard Press on Sunday credited Morgan as being the main force behind the Paducah station becoming a reality. "I mean this in all respect, but Allie Morgan agitated for it," Press said. Press noted that previously, western Kentucky service for KET programming came from Channel 21, with the transmitter located between Murray and Mayfield. The signal on Channel 21 was spotty at best for the Paducah area until cable TV service became available here. Still, he said, that did not help solve the problem for county residents for whom the cable service is not available. WKPD broadcasts on Channel 29. The rights to the ' channel were donated to the state by Mrs. Lady Sara McKinney-Smith McCallum. Mrs. McCallum and her late husband, Weaks Smith, operated Channel.. 29 as a commerical station (WDXR-TV) until 1975. The land for the transmitter was donated to the state by McCracken County. It is located next to the county highway department headquarters on Coleman Road. Funding for the $900,000 project was provided through allocations from the General Assembly, from Gov. Carroll's contingency fund and from a federal grant The new station is expected to provide better reception for television viewers within 30 miles of Paducah, according to Press. Morgan said an important side benefit from the construction of the trasmitter and 518-foot tower will be far western Kentucky's eventual link to the Kentucky Emergency Warning System, known as KEWS. The microwave network will provide effective coordination of agencies during emergencies, Morgan said. The KEWS network will be operated from a central office by state officials. Included in the network will be the Kentucky State Police, local police agencies, the Kentucky National Guard and the state's Disaster Emergency Service agencies. V -f. ; . .. y , H ... . . : X ': ' ' . :- -:'X';:::-: : :.-': Jj' ' f . V. . 4 . i . . - ... - :l ' : r .. -' - j. . J'- KET Director O. Leonard Press, speaking, and Allie Morgan at dedication of Paducah's new transmitter and tower. (Staff photo by Bill Bartlanian) City inaugurates van service By DONA RAINS Sun Staff Writer Paying bills o'r going to the dentist can be unpleasant enough tasks without having to walk 25 blocks to get there or paying someone about $2.50 to take you there. That's why nine Elmwood Court residents jumped at the chance today to get a free ride from the housing project office to the heart of downtown at 4th and Broadway. A limited van service operated by the Housing Authority of Paducah for 2,250 persons in five housing projects began today at 10 a.m. with the first trip from Elmwood Court. Most project residents can't afford cars "If we could, we wouldn't live here, right?" one said so the discontinuance of bus service in the city last Feb. 28 left them with few choices for getting downtown to tend to their business. - "I walk to town every Monday morning," said Ethel Stantoine of apartment 12-H. "I do like to walk, but I get pretty tired," she said. The walk takes the elderly woman about an hour each way. In the winter, she takes a cab and doesn't go so often, she said. Walking is not a good alternative for another Elmwood resident, who took the van today. "I can't get a driver's license because of epilepsy. I probably would have taken my chances on walking today (if the van had not been made available), but I've done that before and wound up in the hospital," said Mary Case of apartment 33-B. She said her condition has caused her to black out during her walks and "I'd wake up in the hospital." Most of the residents on the van today said they appreciated the new service purely for economic (Continued On Back) Heating oil supply may run short WASHINGTON (AP) House investigators say despite administration assurances, the shortfall of heating oil supplies for this winter at local levels "may equal as much as 21 percent of the total national stock held in primary inventory." Spot shortages and market dislocations may occur if there is a surge in demand for the fuel late this fall or early this winter, according to a staff report for the House Small Business Committee's subcommittee on antitrust and restraint of trade. The subcommittee chairman, Rep. Berkley Bedell, D-Iowa, criticized "the Department of Energy's tunnel-vision emphasis on building up primary stocks of heating oil at the expense of local supplies," in remarks prepared for field hearings today in Bangor, Maine. Bedell said the staff report shows there were 40 million fewer barrels of heating oil in dealers' and customers' storage tanks on Sept 1 than at the same time last year. The staff investigators cited several recent studies that showed serious shortages of storage in dealers' and customers' tanks including a telephone survey last week by the National Oil Jobbers Council that found dealer tanks were 26.9 percent full on Sept 1, compared to 62.5 percent at the same time last year. The council concluded that customer tanks were only 45.5 percent full, compared to 75.8 percent last year. - The report also notes, "The price of home heating oil is up 50 percent from last year. The average cost of a gallon has risen from 53.7 cents in January 1979 to 80 cents in August Castro and Tito scored victories in summit pa rley By GEORGE GEDDA Associated Press Writer HAVANA, Cuba (AP) -The 6th non-aligned summit meeting has ended with displays of unity along with apprehension among some of what Fidel Castro will do during his next three years as official spokesman for the Third World. The most vivid symbol of non-aligned unity came shortly after the Cuban president brought down the gavel on what was perhaps the most raucous summit in the movement's history. Castro, leader of the leftist forces within the 95-nation movement, offered a warm embrace to Yugolav President Josip Broz Tito, the last surviving founder of the movement and the principal advocate of neutrality between the United States and the Soviet Union. Both could claim victory as the conference came to an end at 9:35 a.m. Sunday after 13 hours of all-night wrangling in the new Palace of-Congresses on the out-, skirts of Havana. Castro got the conference to condemn U.S. policies in the Middle East, Latin America and Southern Arica. But Tito blunted Castro's effort to put the movement on record in im plicit support of Soviet argued that there was no foreign policy objectives. onsensus during The final conferencf , preparatory meetings for declaration reaffirmed the seating either his delegates "validity of the the prim ciples of non-alignment. " As host for the conference, which drew 54 chiefs of state or heads of governmant, lesser-ranking representatives of 84 other countries and more than 1,000 journalists, Cuba will preside over the movement until the next summit, scheduled for 1982 in Baghdad, the capital of Iraq. $ Castro, mindful of criticism that he would try to make non-aligned policy an extension of his own pro-Soviet policies, promised that hjstewardship would be designeeVto Benefit the movement and not Cuba. Some of the moderate countries, led by Yugoslavia, Malaysia and Singapore, were openly skeptical of his intentions in view of Cuban actions during the conference. They condemned Cuba for leaving Kampuchea's (Cambodia's) seat vacant, contending that the deposed Pol Pot regime should have occupied it until the conference decided otherwise. Although most members of the movement still recognize Pol Pot, Cuba or those of the Heng Samrin government installed by Vietnam and recognized by the Soviet Union and its allies, including Cuba. The Cubans won that one on Saturday when the conference decided to keep the Kampuchean seat vacant until a special commission reported. The conference appeared equally divided over a proposal by Arab hard-liners to condemn the Camp David peace accords and to suspend the government of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat from membership in the movement. The numerically-powerful African bloc sided with Sadat and it appeared Friday that the Arab rejec-tionists would go home empty-handed. But late Saturday another compromise was reached. 1 Egypt was spared suspension from the movement, but the conference agreed to an "energetic condemnation" of the Camp David accords and the Israeli-Egyptian peace treaty as "flagrant violations" of the (Continued On Back) reasons. "I'd have to go in a cab. I'm awfully glad to have this opportunity," said Mary Holland of apartment 23-E. Marian Fisher of apartment 7-C agreed. "This will save me $2.50 to $2.75," she said. This' "Service will be available at each housing project once each week. The 12-person van, driven by one of three tenant service "At least 11 cents of this increase has come since June I, while refiners were holding back on shipments to dealers, building up inventory to comply with DOE requests." The report says price increases during the summer deserve special attention because "refiners have normally frozen heating oil prices during the summer." It also notes that the long-time practice of def ering billing to both dealers and homeowners has been all but eliminated. The report says summer shipments from primary stocks to dealers are down significantly, which "means that when consumers do finally get the product, they win be paying substantially mort for it than if it had been delivered as usual." m THE BIROS 6s ... .... - , b M I r1 f A k V 1 '1. ,,11 'TP l10JI X ' An old utility pole north of Metropolis has become an easel for farmer Kermit Kruger's rural graffiti. Kruger says motorists often come up to the house' to inquire about the signs. (Staff photo by BiQ KJffat) Paducah, Kentucky Index 1 Vol. Nl-No. til ISectfcm-M PagM . CnuriOMBi IA-I1A Daotia, Somcoo IA Edttorulj M EnUrUnnnent II A family New , SB Sporla ....1B-4B tndiutiial B Farm, Stock Marttta liA DcccIIIno i3 set . - f cr cpccltl en to lire Clztrizt plcn in r.IcCrccIxcia County, " - SA Austin, F.ZeCnrce held Eiis' dny , : ; rvi f 5 . , ' " Sports ID Arsonist cenf czzzs IiscstlCCOCro '.':'. ' sa 15' Daily-25' Sunday ( Weather Fair, mild and a little warmer. Winds southerly at 5-10. Low tonight mid 60s. High Tuesday upper 80s. Chance for showers 5 percent. (Lake and river data Page 8A.) TEMPERATURES 11 a.m. 75, low 59; 1978 87, low 71. t

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