Local News

  • 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

    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.

  • Starved-child dad on third lawyer

    The father accused of starving his 2-year-old son to death is now on his third attorney.

    A. Philip Lomonaco of Knoxville filed a notice with the court last week that he’s now serving as the attorney for Matthew Dotson. Dotson’s previous attorney, Kent Booher, was suspended by the Tennessee Supreme Court in October for pleading guilty to two counts of statutory rape in Loudon County Criminal Court.

    Booher took over as Dotson’s attorney after Joseph Lodato was allowed to withdraw from the case in July 2013.

  • Trial for Rockwood’s Tom Pierce moved again

    Former Rockwood Public Works Director Tom Pierce was accused of using city funds to make personal purchases in 2013.

    He has yet to go to trial.

    A continuance was granted Nov. 17, and the new trial date is set for March 31 in front of Judge Eugene Eblen.

    “They need to go ahead and come out and get it over with,” said Councilwoman Peggy Evans.

    Evans said she was shocked when the accusations about Pierce emerged, and she called him immediately.


    Nothing makes the heart warmer than giving to a worthy cause.

    Except maybe if you are rewarded with the soft warmth of fresh bread baked by Dyllis Springs Elementary School third-grader Molly Duggins.

    Molly was inspired to bake bread to raise money after she saw a mailer sent from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital featuring a girl named Brooklyn.

    She decided to raise money to help St. Jude’s help children with serious ailments.