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Good Turnabout

June 19, 1989|Claudia Puig | Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press

Johnny Carson says he's going to buy a new stove and refrigerator for two elderly Georgia sisters who spent 20 years fighting city hall over their water bills. Carolyn Freeman, 70, told Carson Friday night how she and her sister had for 20 years paid their neighbor's water bill in addition to their own because both lines were connected to their meter. Freeman described how they had skimped on water by taking sponge baths and eating canned beans to avoid using water to wash fresh vegetables. The City of Statham finally relented in April and reimbursed them more than $800. When Carson asked how they planned to spend the $800, Freeman said they would buy a new stove and refrigerator. Carson then said he'd buy the appliances. "I was already thrilled she was on television," Viola Crow, 79, said Saturday after watching her sister on Carson's "The Tonight Show." "But when he said he was going to give us the stove and the refrigerator--well, oh my, it was just great."

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