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  • Writing entries sought

    The Knoxville Writers Guild is accepting entries through midnight June 30 for its 2015 writing contest.

    More than $1,000 in prizes are being offered in six different categories, including the Libba Moore Gray Award for Poetry, the Knoxville Writers Guild Award for Creative Nonfiction, the Knoxville Writers Guild Award for Genre Fiction, the Young Writers’ Prize and the Leslie Garrett Award for Literary Fiction.

  • 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.

  • Roane, Oak Ridge pay similar salaries to teachers starting out

    Teacher pay was a topic during this year’s budget process.

    Roane County Commissioner Ron Berry brought it up during a meeting between the budget committee and school officials.

    Director of Schools Gary Aytes said 82 percent of the school budget goes toward salaries.

    Berry then referenced Tennessee Education Association numbers that show the starting salary for a teacher in Roane County is $35,825.

    He compared that to Oak Ridge City Schools, where the starting salary for a teacher is $36,407, according to the TEA.

  • Pine Ridge Road crossing to close for repairs on June 30

    Travelers who cross the Pine Ridge Road railroad crossing aren’t happy with the condition of the bumpy tracks after the railroad made repairs at the location.

    There is now a sign up saying the crossing will be closed June 30 for repairs.

    “The last inspection performed at this location was June 18, 2015, and the information we have received from the NS Railroad Maintenance of Way Department is that the crossing will be completely reworked/replaced by July 15,” said Mark Nagi, spokesman for the Tennessee Department of Transportation.