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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.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: ‘The Market will fluctuate,’ said J.P. Morgan

    As today marks the end of October, our mind turns towards one of the most outstanding events of that month.

    No, we do not refer to our birthday on the sixth, which brought us into pre-octogenarian status; nor do we refer to All Hallows’ Eve, with its supernatural associations; nor to any other single day, or event, but rather we refer to the beginning and progression toward the end of the annual life cycle of our deciduous trees, that give the season its popular name of “fall.”

  • Haslam here for park upgrade, stumping

    Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam was the featured guest during a groundbreaking ceremony at Gertrude Porter Park in Kingston on Wednesday. A $250,000 state grant will help the park undergo a major facelift.

    “The program is going to add a ballfield, two soccer fields, a playground, a greenway and also restroom facilities,” Haslam said.

    Haslam said the program that led to the grant was set up by the legislature several years ago.

  • Haslam’s Handee Burger stop

    Lack of interest in the Nov. 4 election hasn’t gone unnoticed by Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam.

    “So far turnout across the state is really, really low,” he said.

    Early voting ended on Thursday. The Secretary of State’s Office says 103,787 fewer people voted during the first 12 days of early voting compared to 2010.

    “You get better government when more people take part in the process,” Haslam said.