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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.

  • Arby’s food truck a hit

    Roane Countians like roast beef.

    When the Arby’s franchise in Knoxville parked a food truck in Midtown Wednesday, people — hundreds at a time — stood on hot pavement in snaking lines, waiting to order. Some brought their children. Several brought their dogs.

    One Wendy’s employee waited clad in her work uniform.

    Did she feel guilty about that?

    “Not in the least,” she said.

    Michael and Amy Daugherty drove from Rockwood for a chance at some different fast-food fare.

  • Money for ‘God’ plaques slow to come

    Roane County Trustee Wilma Eblen said her office has received $1,300 for the “In God We Trust” resolution the County Commission approved on July 14 — significantly less than what officials said was needed.

    The resolution calls for the phrase to be posted over the north and south entrances of the courthouse and in the commission meeting room.

    Commissioner Randy Ellis, the sponsor of the resolution, said the cost to post the phrase at those locations will be about $4,200.

  • Oliver Springs’ colorful past captured in glass

    Oliver Springs Historical Society captured the city’s rich history in an elaborately colorful way.

    Above the entry into the society’s home in the Abston Building ― which has had lives as a theater and garage ― it’s a stained-glass image of long-gone Oliver Springs Hotel.

    “It is way over 1,000 pieces. Even the fence, every little fence (post) is a piece,” said Eddie Coker, a part of the historical society. The design accurately depicts the hotel and nearby surroundings.