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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.

  • Collections scam targeting VEC

    Volunteer Energy Cooperative is warning its ratepayers that callers claiming to be with the cooperative’s collections department are scam artists. Businesses have reported receiving calls from individuals who say their power will be disconnected if they do not pay immediately by purchasing a cash card.

    “VEC does not make these types of collections calls,” stressed Robert McCarty, VEC communications coordinator. “Customers should be advised to call law enforcement immediately.”

  • Midway High takes care of soldier alumni

    Thirteen Midway High School graduates serving in the armed forces will be getting care packages from their alma mater.

    The  special deliveries were a labor of love from students of each first period class at Midway High School.

    “It is just really good to be helping out somebody, especially that we know,” said Daxia Shultz.

    “We do a service project every year, and this is one we thought would be good for all the service members we have here,” said teacher Whitney Moore. She said they have 17 more boxes to do in the spring.

  • Former resident judging bull riding

    Former Roane Countian George Carathers has gone from riding the bulls to judging the bull riding technique of others.

    He was just 19 when the rodeo snagged him.

    “I found a practice pen where cowboys go to practice riding bulls and was hooked after the first one,” Carathers said. He was riding competitively soon after.