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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.

  • Rockwood water, sewer rates going up

    Rockwood water and sewer customers will feel a bigger pinch in their wallets.

    Rockwood City Council approved, on 5-2 vote, the second and final reading of a request from Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural Gas to hike sewer rates from 150 percent to 160 percent of the total water bill.

    “I think you need to think twice on this,” said Rockwood resident Roberta Dennis, who approached Council about the matter.

  • Public defender now in Kingston

    The 9th Judicial District Public Defender’s Office has moved from Harriman to Kingston.

    “It’s just more convenient — and it makes more sense to have it closer to the courthouse,” Public Defender Kim Nelson said.

    The new address is at 1013 Brentwood Way, Kingston. The new phone number is 376-4040.

    Nelson starts her eight-year term as public defender today – Monday.

    She was unopposed in the Aug. 7 election following the death of long-time public defender Joe Walker.

  • United Way sets $400,000 campaign goal this year

    Roane County United Way kicked off this year’s fundraising drive with a breakfast bash at Michael Dunn Center and recognizing some of the many partners the organization works with.

    This year’s fundraising goal is $400,000, and the campaign is until the end of November.

    “Roane County United Way takes the guessing out of giving,” director Dina Jackson told a roomful of people Thursday morning.