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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.

  • Alexander bus stops, senator not on it

    U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander’s campaign bus stopped in Kingston Wednesday, but he wasn’t on it.

    According to his “Little Plaid Blog” detailing his campaign stops, Alexander had to return to Washington, D.C., to vote against President Barack Obama’s funding request for the immigration crisis on the Mexico border.

    “He still has not proposed a serious plan to secure the border and deal with the influx of unaccompanied minors entering our country,” Alexander said in a prepared statement.

  • Open Rockwood council seat filled ­— until election

    Rockwood City Council has a new member.

    Samuel H. Seat Jr., the operator of Juniors Restaurant in downtown Rockwood, was appointed to the position. Mayor James Watts said Seat expressed interest in the opening.

    “I just feel honored to be here. I hope I do a good job. I’m really interested in seeing growth,” said Seat.

    He said he invested everything he has into Rockwood and wants to see it thrive.

    Seat is taking the place of the late Pete Wright, who died July 1 after a long illness.

  • Tom Pierce case continued until August

    No progress was made in the case of a former Rockwood official accused of using city funds for private purchases of items — including weapons.

    Former Rockwood Public Works director Tom Pierce was at his status hearing on July 21, but it was continued until Aug. 15.

    Cases not resolved this term will be scheduled at that time for the next term, which will start in November.

    Pierce is accused of buying guns, ammunition, clothing, cameras and photography equipment on the city’s dime between 2009 and 2012.