GRETNA, La.-A Kepler Tire Repair employee, Robert Buckley, 42, of Gretna, was stabbed to death Oct. 19 following an argument with a convicted killer at the shop. Lionel Jones, 45, of Gretna, who was on parole for a 1994 manslaughter conviction, has been charged with first-degree murder.
About an hour before the 7 p.m. attack, police were called to the tire shop when Mr. Buckley reported he and Mr. Jones had a verbal dispute earlier that evening.
Mr. Jones allegedly returned to the shop later that evening and attacked the victim, who was stooping down changing a tire on a vehicle.
Police said the argument was not work-related, but were unsure about the source of the dispute.
MANCHESTER, Ky.-A self-employed dump truck operator died Oct. 9 two days after he was injured when one of the truck tires he was inflating exploded.
Dallas S. Runion, 34, was filling the right rear tire of his dump truck at a Manchester service station Oct. 7, when the tire and rim blew off, throwing Mr. Runion three feet into a diesel fuel pump, according to police.
At the time of the incident, Mr. Runion was en route to a job and his dump truck contained about 8 tons of blacktop.
WASHINGTON-For the first time in several years, the National Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association will meet with more than 20 state and regional tire dealer associations to discuss areas of cooperation.
The meeting, Nov. 22-23 in Chicago, will focus, in particular, on areas in which the state and national groups can work together to strengthen the member services the groups each provide, without jeopardizing the financial positions of the parties, the NTDRA said.
State association executives suggested reinstituting the joint meeting during the recent NTDRA convention in Atlanta.
CHARLOTTE, N.C.-Pep Boys-Manny, Moe & Jack, an auto parts chain, has begun supplying tires, parts and batteries to CarMax, a used-car superstore operated by electronics retailer Circuit City Stores Inc.
Under a test program, Pep Boys will supply CarMax's lot in Charlotte, N.C., according to a Pep Boys spokesman.
If the test works out, Pep Boys could be supply CarMax's four other lots and the nearly dozen more outlets it plans to open nationwide next year.
SALEM, Ore.-Beginning Nov. 1, Oregon tire dealers are prohibited from selling any tire studs other than lightweight studs under a new law enacted last year.
Oregon opted to allow the use and sale of lightweight studs, usually made of plastic or aluminum alloy, rather than ban all studded tires in an effort to reduce road wear attributed to common steel studs.
WASHINGTON-More than 90 percent of U.S. small-business owners are dissatisfied with the Clinton administration's performance, according to a U.S. Chamber of Commerce poll.
Of the nearly 4,500 small-business owners responding to a poll by Nation's Business, the Chamber's magazine, 91 percent said they believed a second term for President Clinton would not help their businesses.
The poll also showed 91 percent believed Mr. Clinton's tax policies had not helped them; 92 percent believe Mr. Clinton was not committed to issues important to small business; and 90 percent said Mr. Clinton's policies in general were unfriendly to small business.
QUINCY, Ill.-His name won't be on the ballot, but former presidential candidate Morry Taylor still wants his 3,200 Titan Wheel International employees to vote this November-and he's offering them a special incentive.
Each employee who votes, either by absentee ballot or in person, will receive one extra day of vacation, said the company, parent of Titan Tire Corp.
Mr. Taylor, who led an unsuccessful bid for the GOP nomination, said he is challenging other businesses to follow his example and encourage their employees to vote.
WASHINGTON-Small business owners can receive management counseling and advice from experts through a long-standing program offered by the Small Business Administration.
The Service Corps of Retired Executives is a 13,000-member volunteer group that matches experts in various business fields with the needs of clients.
For more information, call (800) 634-0245 or an SBA office.