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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.

  • ‘WE HAVE TO MAKE CUTS’

    After seeing their request for additional local funding go nowhere the last two years, Roane County school officials are considering other options to deal with their financial crisis.

    “We’re looking at $3.5 million — possibly more — of cuts,” business manager Eric Harbin said.

    Harbin and Director of Schools Gary Aytes met with the Roane County Commission’s budget committee on Thursday.

  • Harriman narrows field for manager

    Harriman officials sat down and talked to 11 city manager candidates from all over the country during Thursday’s first round of interviews.

    “The city should be commended. They cast a wide net out there,” said Warren Nevad of the University of Tennessee’s Municipal Technical Advisory Service, who is assisting Harriman officials in the search for the city’s first manager.

    They’ll further narrow down the list in a workshop at 6 p.m. Tuesday in Harriman Municipal Office Complex.

  • Old theater to be showcase for Rockwood hospitality

    One of downtown Rockwood’s historic buildings is getting a new look, and it will play a big role in promoting Rockwood and its history as a visitor center and museum.

    The building was the former J&B Furniture Store, but before that it served in other capacities, including as a J.C. Penney catalog store, the Lyric Theatre and the Ritz Theatre.

    “Everyone is pitching in and working really hard,” said John Evans of the Rockwood Merchants Association.

    “It is looking a lot better.”