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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.

  • School board perusing prayer request

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    A moment of silence precedes the Pledge of Allegiance at each regular meeting of the Roane County Board of Education.

    That practice was questioned at last Thursday’s meeting.

    “You talk about God in the Pledge of Allegiance,” Roane County Tea Party Chairman Val McNabb told board members.

    “In your pocket, you have money that says, ‘In God We Trust,’ but you have a moment of silence.”

  • Coal ash regulations aim to safeguard air, drinking water

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released its long-awaited coal ash regulations on Friday, three days before the sixth anniversary of the disaster at TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant, which put coal ash in the spotlight.

    “Because of the Tennessee spill in particular, and there have been other spills as well recently, it has raised both the level of awareness and concern,” EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said Friday.

  • TVA still making amends for disaster

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Work that TVA has done in the Swan Pond community because of the ash spill is now a marketing tool for the area, according to the agency’s top executive.

    “I understand from talking to some of the local people here that this has actually turned out to be an attraction, helpful in people looking to buy houses in the area,” TVA President and CEO Bill Johnson said about Lakeshore Park, a recreation area that opened in May.