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  • ORNL announces breakthrough in superconductivity

    Scientists have a clearer understanding of how to control the appearance of a superconducting phase in a material, adding crucial fundamental knowledge and perhaps setting the stage for advances in the field of superconductivity.

  • Court secrecy ruling chilling

    By ERIK SCHELZIG
    The Associated Press
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Transparency advocates are warning about the ramifications of a recent Tennessee appeals court ruling that “high government officials” can keep documents secret if they deem them part of their decision-making process.

  • Rockwood sports complex vandalized

    Bathrooms at Rockwood’s Mike “Brillo” Miller Sports Complex were vandalized this weekend.

    City Recorder Becky Ruppe said three handles were torn from sinks, and soap dispensers were ripped off the walls. Park and recreation director Jody Mioduski said the sink damage was in the women’s bathroom next to the press box, while the soap dispensers were broken in both men and women’s rooms.

    “It is really sad,” Mioduski said.

    He estimated the damage around $200.

  • Special guest at firing range
  • Real bananas, no monkey business

    Some in Rockwood might think they are in the tropics with the unusual vegetation that has sprouted on Abels Valley Road.

    Ray and Raylene Myers have eight bananas trees growing in their yard.

    The oldest tree has been growing for 12 years, and this is the first year it has produced any fruit.

    “Never thought we’d ever see a banana,” Ray said.  

    Their son Edward gave his mother her first banana plant.

    “My wife just took off with it,” Ray said.

  • Loose change rejected by HUB

    It’s hard for Wendy Jackson to keep her lights on.

    She felt helpless when she went to Harriman Utility Board last week after her most recent outage and brought money she’d begged from family and friends — some of it in change jars.

    It was shortly before closing, and the clerks initially denied her the coins before changing their minds.

    “I had $281,” Jackson said. “They (originally) refused to take my change because it wasn’t rolled.”

  • More to come on greenway

    The gates are open and the ribbons are cut.

    So what’s next for the Ladd Greenway?

    We’ll know soon, after Kingston City Manager David Bolling gets word back from Tennessee Department of Transportation.

    But there are plans aplenty, for both the short term and the long haul, as local officials seek to make the greenway a fully realized, full-service park.

  • Harriman manager ‘historic’ move

    Kevin Helms, the former city manager of Oak Hill near Nashville, has been offered the same job for Harriman.

    Harriman City Council voted to approve a contract for Helms to be its first city manager at its special-called meeting Tuesday.

    “I’m excited about moving forward,” said Councilman Chris Ahler.

    “It is a historic moment for the city of Harriman, and I think it is the right way to go ...” said Councilman Ken Mynatt.

    Some council members did squabble with the price of bringing Helms there.

  • New director for county’s ambulance department

    Timothy W. Suter, a paramedic with Rural/Metro in Knox County, has been hired to serve as Roane County’s ambulance director.

    “We’ve just kind of been limping along here for a while, so we were ready to make this decision,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said.

    Roane County hasn’t had someone whose sole responsibility has been to serve as ambulance director since Gloria Wright was removed from the position three years ago. Howie Rose and Scott Stout each oversaw the service, but had other duties for Roane County.

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