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Bohanon named colleges 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 colleges first-ever distinguished alumnus award.
The 1977 graduate received the award at the college's National Alumni Association banquet on
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.