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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.

  • Farm in family 100 years

     

    That phrase has special meaning to trio of Roane County siblings who are holding on to the family acreage in Poplar Springs Valley between Kingston and Oak Ridge.  

    “We are just proud it is still in the family,” said Karen Hurst. “We are going to try and be good stewards. We want to keep it in the family and want to take good care of it.” 

    It’s where her father, Hoyt Robinette, spent his much of his life. 

  • Another $100,000 in TVA funds

    Questions remain about the approximately $100,000 in interest earned on TVA’s $43 million.

    “As far as I’m concerned right now, that $100,000 is nobody’s,” Harriman Mayor Chris Mason said.

    Mason serves on the Roane County Economic Development Foundation along with Roane County Executive Ron Woody, Kingston Mayor Troy Beets and Rockwood Mayor James Watts. TVA executives Bob Deacy, John Bradley, Justin Maierhofer and Leslie Nale also serve on the foundation.

  • Early voting sluggish this round

    Roane County’s early voting turnout for the Nov. 4 election isn’t following the trend of the August election.

    “It’s been a little slow,” Roane County Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway said. “We’re not having the same number of voters we had.”

    Early voting started on Wednesday, Oct. 15.

    According to the Tennessee Department of State, the early and absentee total for Roane County through Monday was 1,783.

    “I think it’s lack of interest,” Holiway said.