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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.

  • McFarland loans campaign $75k

    How bad does Tom McFarland want to be circuit court judge?

    Enough to loan his campaign $75,000. According to his second-quarter campaign financial disclosure report, he did just that on June 18.

    McFarland’s contributions from individuals during the period totaled $2,000.

    John Valliant Jr., a Knoxville attorney, donated $1,000 of that.

    McFarland faces Mike Pemberton in the race for circuit court judge of the 9th Judicial District. Russell E. Simmons Jr., the current judge, is retiring on Aug. 31.

  • Man who lost family in wreck shot

    A Roane County man is in stable condition after being shot Monday morning.

    The victim was Joshua Brown, according to authorities.

    Bobby Lee Murray Jr., 53, of Old Elverton Road, in Harriman, is accused of shooting Brown with a shotgun.

    “We are trying to determine what happened. We have conflicting stories,” said Sheriff Jack Stockton.

    Stockton said Brown had injuries to the back and right side, but they weren’t life-threatening.

  • Diabetes doesn’t stop 10-year-old

    Lauren Thompson is like most girls her age — a social butterfly.

    The 10-year-old, however, works more diligently than most her age to maintain her health.

    She has to.

    She has Type 1 diabetes.

    Lauren’s mother, Patricia Pair, knew something was wrong with her daughter when she was 3 years old. But she never imagined she’d hear a diabetes diagnosis from doctors.

    “It was such a shock, because what you thought was a healthy 3-year-old now had a pancreas about to quit,” said Pair.