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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 eyes projects for TVA money

    Harriman wants to use their TVA image repair funding to utilize marketing such as billboards, give their interstate exits a facelift and improve park facilities, too.

    Those are three of the items city officials hope to use the city’s $375,000 portion of public image repair money for. The money was given out through the Roane County Economic Development Foundation, which was established to distribute the funds doled out by TVA after the Dec. 22, 2008 ash spill at the Kingston Fossil Plant.

  • Harriman to choose manager?

    \Harriman may finally make an offer to one of three candidates for Harriman city manager this week.

    The three candidates were interviewed on Oct. 7, and council and employees used a rating system to score each candidate on different criteria during the interviews. Kevin Helms, former city manager of Oak Hill, appears to be the frontrunner.

    “He’ll be good,” Councilman Ken Mynatt said.

    Mynatt said he liked his background and ideas.

    “He’s pretty sharp,” Mynatt added.

  • TVA gets thumbs up on cleanup

    TVA Inspector General Richard Moore has called himself the agency’s harshest critic, but he’s also not afraid to heap praise when warranted. His office does exactly that in a September report about TVA’s ash spill recovery project.

    “Our review found TVA has met, or is in the process of meeting, its commitments for the Kingston Recovery Project,” the report said. “Community leaders and regulatory personnel interviewed were satisfied with TVA’s actions to meet its commitments.”