Loudon County hosts ride for fallen deputy Jason Scott

By News Sentinel staff
The Loudon County Sheriff's Department will host its annual Jason Scott Memorial Bike Ride on Saturday, beginning at the fisherman's boat ramp across from the dam off Tellico Parkway.

This year's ride benefits 4-year-old Rory LeeAnn Eller, who was recently diagnosed with pilocytic astrocytoma, a common benign tumor. But because of the location of the tumor on Rory's brain, doctors are unable to operate because it could paralyze or kill her.

The eighth annual ride is in remembrance of Scott, who was killed on March 12, 2004, after arriving at the scene of a domestic disturbance where a 16-year-old boy was assaulting his mother.

As Scott a Loudon officer for three years left his patrol car, the 16-year-old, Michael Harvey, shot him four times. He was flown to the University of Tennessee Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Harvey later committed suicide after a 28-hour standoff with deputies.

The entry for Saturday's ride, which begins at 11 a.m., is $20 per bike and includes lunch. Registration for the event is from 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Saturday's event will feature door prizes, food, games and a live auction. Also available are T-shirts for $15.

If it rains on Saturday, the event will be moved to Oct. 1.

For more information, contact Jimmy Scott at 865-458-0471 or 865-556-7534.