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  • Writing entries sought

    The Knoxville Writers Guild is accepting entries through midnight June 30 for its 2015 writing contest.

    More than $1,000 in prizes are being offered in six different categories, including the Libba Moore Gray Award for Poetry, the Knoxville Writers Guild Award for Creative Nonfiction, the Knoxville Writers Guild Award for Genre Fiction, the Young Writers’ Prize and the Leslie Garrett Award for Literary Fiction.

  • 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

    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.

  • Bus crash hero cited

    The memories of the Oct. 21 school bus crash haven’t faded for Eugene Garza.

    The Oliver Springs High School sophomore was one of 22 students on the bus that landed on its side in a ditch during an accident on Mahoney Road.

    “I was actually listening to music on my phone, and I just felt it start tipping,” he recalled.

    “My window just so happened to be open in the bus. I was sitting in the farthest back seat, and if it were shut, I probably would’ve got that same cut as one of the other students did.”

  • It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like CHRISTMAS

    Michael Walden is keeping up a long-time Christmas tradition, but he is not alone – he has a nearly 40-year-old blueprint to follow.

    Walden is the current owner of Rockwood’s famous “Christmas House” on Wheeler Street.

    He purchased the home in 2014 from Cotton Human, who had decorated his entire yard with a plethora of lighted Christmas décor for years.

    This tradition gave the house its name, and has been one children – and adults – eagerly anticipate every year.