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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.

  • Balloting begins in big Roane election

    Friday was the first day of early voting for the 2014 Roane County General Election, and turnout was reportedly good throughout the county.

    Voters are choosing from a big ballot that includes most county offices, the 9th Judicial District and primaries for U.S. and state House and U.S. Senate.

    Early voting sites in Roane County are community centers in Harriman, Kingston and Rockwood, and Oak Ridge First Christian Church.

    Voting hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday through Aug. 2.

  • OS mayor irked he was unaware of TDEC fine

    Oliver Springs Mayor Chris Hepler doesn’t like the state’s protocol for enforcement notifications.

    The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation recently fined his town $175,200.

    “I was fully aware that an order was coming, but completely unaware that it had been released,” Hepler said.

    He didn’t find out until he was contacted by the Roane County News on the evening of July 7.

  • Wamp defends claims from in absentia Fleischmann

    Weston Wamp was asked what is his line-in-the-sand issue on immigration reform during his appearance at Thursday’s Roane County Tea Party meeting.

    The question was rather timely; his opponent in the Republican Primary, Congressman Chuck Fleischmann, is now running a TV ad accusing Wamp of supporting “amnesty for illegal immigrants.”