Trooper in 'Rose Thorn' Probe Honored For Work

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A state trooper whose work helped lead to the unveiling of corruption in the Cocke County sheriff's department is Tennessee's Trooper of the Year.

Kevin Kimbrough is credited with making 20 felony arrests, 11 DUI arrests and issuing more than 1,000 citations in 2006.

Kimbrough was tapped in 2004 to help uncover corruption as part of the "Rose Thorn" investigation.

His work ultimately contributed to several Cocke County deputies going to federal prison on corruption charges.

Kimbrough was hired by the highway patrol in 1998 and was selected for the criminal investigations division in 2004.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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