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The Southern Democrat, December 11, 1975

Cleveland seeks to reduce traffic danger

Because of eight accidents having occurred recently at the intersection of Highways 79 and 160, Officer Neal Staton recommended Cleveland Town Council ask the state to reduce speed limits on Hwy 79.

By unanimous vote, the council will apply for a 40-mile speed limit on the highway 300 feet above and 300 feet below the intersection.

In a discussion of arrests made for the speeding in the town, Councilman Odell Grigsby said only one was made for speeds less than 70 miles per hour.

Commission tables emergency call plan

Blount County Commission considered and then tabled, pending consultation with Sheriff J.C. Carr, a plan for emergency toll-free call service from anywhere in the county to the sheriff’s office.

The plan was presented Monday by John B. Green, who had been in touch with the commission on the subject four months earlier. Since that time, Green said he had talked with all telephone companies serving this area and with the state public service commission in Montgomery.

Green said he had discovered that only the Oneonta Telephone Company exchange would have to be used in the inward WATS (wide area telecommunications service) toll-free line.

Christmas Parade a success

Santa Claus was the highlight of the annual Christmas Parade and this year he arrived via helicopter. The grand marshal of the parade was Birmingham newscaster Tom York, who received a key to the city from Oneonta Mayor Jack Fendley.