Back to Hub main page Feature Article Bohanon named college’s first ever Distinguished Alumnus Three alumni win Meritorious Achievement Awards Arthur M. Bohanan, an investigator with the Knoxville  Police Department, is the recipient of the college’s first-ever distinguished alumnus award. The 1977 graduate received the award at the college's National Alumni Association banquet on March 25. Walters State also recognized alumni Steve Oscar Watson of Sevierville, and Louise C. Dyer and Judge Joyce Mills Ward, both of Morristown, at the banquet. They each received the college's Meritorious Achievement Award. Bohanan is known internationally for his contributions as a researcher, consultant and lecturer in the field of forensics. As an investigator on the Knoxville Police Department's Internet Crimes Against Children Regional Task Force team, he conducts undercover operations and forensics examinations of computers, searching for information relating to child pornography and child exploitation. He is an international expert in fingerprinting, and his discovery of a process that allows investigators to recover fingerprints previously unobtainable on cadavers has been patented and adopted internationally by law enforcement agencies. Watson is a chief deputy with the Sevier County Sheriff's Department and is recognized as one of the premiere law enforcement officials in the state. Dyer has received associate degrees in child care and nursing. She has worked as a nurse in the Intensive Care Unit at Morristown-Hamblen Health Care System for 23 years. Ward, who currently serves as General Sessions Judge,  graduated magna cum laude from Walters State in 1974 before earning bachelor's and law degrees from the University of Tennessee, where she also graduated with honors. After a year in private practice, she became the first woman to hold a judgeship in Hamblen County, and only the third female judge in the state.