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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 program gets slap

    State officials found Rockwood Revitalization did not complete its downtown visitors center within the time frame required for a state grant, but its president signed documents stating the group had.

    The Tennessee Comptroller’s Office release a report about that and the organization’s finances.

    The Roane County News previously reported Rockwood Revitalization was under the state comptroller’s radar after being contacted by a concerned citizen about the lagging completion of the visitors’ center and public restrooms.

  • Stealing from Mom?

    Holly M. Wilkins, a 31-year-old Kingston woman, was accused of stealing from her mother on Wednesday.

    Police were alerted about the alleged crime by an observant bank teller.

    Wilkins drove her mother, Rema Metcalf, to the First Tennessee Bank on North Kentucky Street in Kingston.

    Metcalf, according to the report, wanted to make a deposit at the drive-through window.

  • Could budget issues impact school’s start in fall?

    If the Roane County Board of Education sticks with its convictions, there’s no telling when the 2015-16 school year might start.

    “This year, I don’t think we need to start school until we have a budget set,” Sam Cox said at Wednesday’s budget work session.

    The current school year started on Aug. 6, but the Roane County Commission didn’t approve the county’s budget until Sept. 8. The budget didn’t include $1.017 million of additional revenue that the board had requested.