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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.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: We remember the snows of yesteryear

    Before beginning our lament about the Arctic-like conditions of the past several days, we must admit that we have enjoyed one opportunity it has presented, i. e. the opportunity to do our W.C. Fields impression of his line from “The Fatal Glass of Beer.”

    Few, if any of our younger readers will recognize the name W.C. Fields, but a few members of old geezerdom will recall this once very famous name. He began his life as an entertainer with an act as a comic juggler on the old vaudeville circuit, and moved onward and upward into films and radio.

  • Woman charged in robbery

    Rockwood police charged Stephanie Lynn Foland and two others in an alleged robbery that occurred last month. Foland, 25, was arrested on Monday.

    Foland was a passenger in a car that was involved in a police shooting on Feb. 9.

    Her boyfriend, Christopher Lee Powers, allegedly rammed Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy John Mayes’ patrol car, which prompted Mayes to fire several shots into the windshield.

    Powers was shot multiple times, but Foland avoided being hit.

    She said Mayes pulled up and started shooting without cause.

  • This might sound cold, but ....

    Dear Winter,

    It’s over.

    I’m breaking up with you.

    It’s not you. It’s me.

    Wait! No. I have to tell you the truth.

    It’s YOU.

    I have tried and tried to be understanding. I don’t complain about your insensitivity. I have defended you and your reckless behavior ad nauseam to my friends, family and co-workers.

    But it has to stop.