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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.

  • Nonprofits’ gifts from county on rise

    The Roane County Commission approved a budget of $171,350 to go to nonprofit organizations.

    Commissioner Ron Berry was the only commissioner to vote no on the budget last week.

    Berry expressed concern about the budget’s substantial growth over the past couple of years.

    In 2012 the nonprofit budget was $127,850.

    “If there was a request made this year, it was sent on,” Berry said. 

    “Anybody that wanted money this year got money. It just seems like it’s just growing.”

  • TDEC grants make recycling easier in Roane County, towns

    Roane County’s new baler for recycling plastic has been online a short while, but it is still getting attention.

  • TVA: We’ve changed

    The ash piles that once were landmarks in the area around TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant are no more.

    Six years of cleaning up one of the worst environmental disasters in history has the landscape looking much different.

    “If you come here in the spring, you’re going to see a nice green, grassy field there behind us,” TVA President and CEO Bill Johnson said. “It certainly looks a lot different than it did before the spill — and it looks tremendously different than it did right after the spill.”