Local News

  • 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.




    Tennessee first lady Crissy Haslam was in Midtown Friday celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation and Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library of Roane County.

    Haslam and a big blue bus have been touring the state to celebrate the state program, which partners with Imagination Libraries and local programs to provide books to children from birth to age 5.

  • Same-sex divorce case headed to appeals



    Rockwood attorney Mark Foster filed a notice of appeal last week in the Roane County same-sex divorce case.

    Foster represents Frederick Michael Borman, who filed for divorce from Larry Kevin Pyles-Borman in March.

    The Roane County men were married in Iowa in 2010. Iowa doesn’t require people to be residents to get married there, but they do have to be residents of the state to get a divorce.

  • School board dips into reserves



    Roane County Board of Educatoin delved into the school district’s reserve funds to put textbook purchases, security cameras and maintenance projects back in the budget.

    The amendment was approved at Thursday’s regular school board meeting. A few days earlier, the board had cut the expenditures out of the budget in a special-called meeting.