Today's News

  • OR man accused of child rape

    An Oak Ridge man is in serious trouble for alleged sex crimes.

    The Roane County grand jury indicted Aaron Calloway Litton last week on two counts of child rape, two counts of rape and two counts of statutory rape by an authority figure.

    Litton, 40, was booked on the indictment at the Roane County Jail last Thursday. He posted bail and was released.

    His address is listed as 115 Orchard Lane, Oak Ridge.

    Litton’s alleged crimes occurred between April 1, 2017 and Oct. 31, 2017.

  • Kingston changes its stripes

    The Kingston Police Department’s patrol cars are getting a makeover. Locals will be familiar with the new color scheme.

    “We’ve had black and gold for several years and just wanted to do something a little bit different,” Police Chief Jim Washam said.

    “I figured hey, while we’re at it, lets do like Kingston and go orange and blue.”

    Those are the colors of Roane County High School, also known as Kingston High School.

    Washam is a 1983 graduate of the school.

  • Officials rule Rosado death a homicide

    Robert Rosado’s death has been ruled a homicide by Knox County Chief Medical Examiner Darinka Mileusnic.

    His girlfriend, Jenny Michelle Parton, is accused of shooting him with a 12-gauge shotgun on March 15.

    An autopsy was performed on Rosado the following day at the Regional Forensic Center in Knoxville.

    “Robert Rosado died of a shotgun wound of the right arm and chest,” the final autopsy report said.

    Parton and Rosado were reportedly in a relationship and the shooting occurred at a residence the two shared on River Road.

  • New leader at library
  • Ferguson holds annual free picnic

    Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson’s seventh annual community picnic is scheduled for Thursday at Roane County Park.

    “We’re looking for a big turnout and a good day for everybody to come and enjoy it,” Ferguson said.

    The free event is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lunch will be served at noon, and will include hamburgers and hot dogs with all the fixings and watermelon.

    “We’ll have it rain or shine,” Ferguson said.

    Ferguson said the event will also feature live music from the bluegrass group Blue Holler.

  • No go on adding teachers

    The Roane County Board of Education’s proposal to add 20 teachers for the upcoming school year went nowhere with the County Commission’s Budget Committee.

    The board voted last month to make the request as part of an initiative to balance the curriculum in its high school.

    Interim Director of Schools Gary Aytes and school system business manager Eric Harbin took the request before the Budget Committee last week.


    This year’s Smokin’ the Water in Kingston features a full day of food, fun and music followed by one of the biggest Fourth of July fireworks displays in East Tennessee.

    The Independence Day celebration is the biggest event of the year in Roane County, drawing as many as 20,000 visitors to the Kingston shoreline by nightfall.

    The activities start at 9 a.m., with registration for the car show. Classic cars will be lined up along the dike.

  • No bill in SUV assault

    No indictments were handed down in a case involving a man who was run over by an SUV in March.

    “The grand jury chose to take no action,” an addendum to last week’s Roane County grand jury report said.

    The incident happened in a parking lot at Victorian Square Assisted Living in Rockwood.

    According to a police report, Charles Goldberg and Edward Baxter told police that Colby Sandifer ran Donald Goldberg over with a 2006 Dodge Durango and fled the scene.