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In news today…

Dr. Russell Dyer, Director of Cleveland City Schools, has named Mr. Nathaniel Akiona as the new Principal of Cleveland Middle School. Akiona will replace Dr. Leneda Laing after she transitions into the role of Supervisor of Secondary Education on July 1. 

Mr. Akiona is completing his twenty-fourth year in education and has most recently served as the Principal of Michigan Avenue Elementary School. Prior to his time at Michigan Avenue, Akiona was the Principal of Walker Valley High School and North Lee Elementary School. Akiona was honored as the Southeast CORE Principal of the Year in 2015 and has led two different schools to Tennessee Department of Education “Reward” status. 

From WRCB Channel 3…

Chattanooga Police Chief David Roddy announced his retirement after serving the department for 26 years. 

During his tenure, Roddy has served as Chief, Acting Chief, Chief of Staff, and Captain of multiple divisions along with many years in Patrol, Narcotics, and Gang Investigations. He also served 14 years on the department’s SWAT team.

Chief Roddy was instrumental in the implementation of the Enhancement Law Enforcement Response to Victims (ELERV) Grant awarded to CPD in October 2015. Because of his work with the ELERV Grant and his tremendous support of victims, Chief Roddy was nominated to join the IACP’s Victim Services Committee in the Spring of 2017.

Per Chattanooga City Code, Mayor Tim Kelly will appoint an interim police chief. Over the coming weeks, a transition plan will be developed that will include the process for selecting the next Chief of Police.

Chief David Roddy’s retirement is voluntary and his final day serving as Chattanooga’s police chief will be July 30th.

From Fox 17 Nashville…

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is still celebrating the state’s Free Fishing Day this weekend.

On Saturday, June 12, residents and nonresidents of all ages may fish free in Tennessee without a license.

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency hopes to introduce kids to the joy of fishing. Many events surrounding the day that were canceled last year due to the pandemic and back on this year. Click here for a list of events.

Children ages 15 and younger may fish without a license beginning on Free Fishing Day through June 18. TWRA stocks several thousand pounds of fish for the events.

And finally…

The Bradley County Commission met Monday, covering several items of business. Bradley County Mayor D. Gary Davis gave an update on COVID-19 in the county, indicating there were 54 active cases as of meeting time. Resolutions to approve the low bid for the first portion of roof work at the Justice Center, as well as to approve the Cintas contract renewal for fire uniforms, both passed 14-0. Community member Vernon Lee spoke to the Commission about the fire service tax, and how he is nearly 2 miles from the nearest hydrant. He would like the county to consider the issue before renewing the fire service tax. Commissioners answer his questions and note that some improvements are already in progress.