THP Graduates 37 New Troopers

Tuesday, June 05, 2007 | 07:00pm

NASHVILLE, Tenn., — The Tennessee Highway Patrol is proud to announce the graduating Trooper Cadet Class  #607.  Thirty-seven new Troopers are protecting the state’s roadways.  The Tennessee Department of Safety graduated the 2007 #607 class during ceremonies today in Hermitage.  

Class #607, comprised of 37 men, completed four months of extensive law enforcement training at the THP Training Center, 275 Stewarts Ferry Pike.  The 836 hours of classroom training is divided into 12 major categories that include criminal and constitutional law, patrol procedures, professional ethical conduct and firearms.  The new graduates will now advance to a minimum of eight weeks of field training.

Commissioner Mitchell delivered the keynote address at the graduation ceremony held Friday at Hermitage Church of Christ, 4004 Lebanon Pike, in Hermitage.  Mitchell said, “Today each of you begin a new adventure as a Tennessee State Trooper.  Over half the members of this class are military veterans who have served our country with honor fighting the war against terrorism.  Each member of the class has shown their desire and commitment to serve our state and nation as law enforcement officers.”

Tennessee Highway Patrol Colonel Mike Walker said, “I am proud of each of these 37 new Troopers.  They have accomplished a great deal in a short amount of time, and have done so with professionalism, integrity and pride.”  Colonel Walker also encouraged each new Trooper to contribute personally to the welfare of their newly assigned communities.  “As a class, you have set a new standard for all classes that follow by establishing a community outreach effort with Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. I hope you carry forward this community-minded approach when serving the public,” added Colonel Walker.

The exercise included a processional of graduates, THP Honor Guard, and the Oath of Office by Commissioner Mitchell.  A list of the new Troopers, and the counties to which they are assigned is also attached.

The Tennessee Department of Safety ( is responsible for ensuring the safety and general welfare of the traveling public.  The department’s general areas of responsibility include law enforcement, safety education and motorist services including the issuance of driver licenses.  The department and its highly trained staff of Troopers are responsible for safety on more than 15,000 miles of state and federal highways.

Tennessee Highway Patrol: Trooper Class of 2007

Name                                                             Assigned County

1          Willie D. Allison, Jr. *                                   Jackson

2          Charles S. Ballard                                       Haywood County Scales

3          Christopher Alan Best                                Knox County Scales

4          Bobby D. Bullington  *                                Grainger

5          Jason Lewis Cannon *                               Williamson

6          John Rustin Carr *                                       Knox

7          John D. Clark *                                             Fayette

8          Richard S. Conatser *                                 Knox

9          Preston L. Cox                                              Greene County Scales

10        Ronnie E. Farley, Jr. *                                 Davidson

11        Jeffrey A. Fuller *                                          Crockett

12        David Hickey                                                  White

13        Rudolph John Hodosi, III                           Coffee County Scales

14        Curley Jackson, Jr.                                      Montgomery

15        Donald Dewaine Jennings *                     Dekalb

16        William J. Looper                                         Putman

17        Tommy Lyles                                                 Giles

18        Leon T. Marshall *                                        Hawkins

19        Brandon Anthony McCauley                       Maury

20        Ronnie McClure *                                        Washington

21        Michael C. McGlothlan                               Monroe

22        Michael Reed Moberley *                           Greene

23        Anthony R. Moreschi *                                Williamson

24        Daniel R. Morton *                                       Knox

25        William F. Patterson, Jr.                              Meigs

26        Paul L. Penley *                                           Greene County Scales

27        Joel R. Pennington                                     Cumberland

28        William Monroe Profitt *                              Montgomery

29        Johnaton H. Pulley                                      Lawrence

30        Dallas H. Rife, Jr. *                                      Coffee

31        Jeremy Shelton                                            Cocke

32        Jason Neil Sherrod *                                   Jefferson

33        Dwayne M. Stanford                                     Fayette

34        Wesley Aaron Vick *                                     Lincoln

35        Tom Ferdinand Washington *                   Marion

36        Maurey E. Williams *                                   Robertson

37        Robert Adam Woody *                                Anderson


* Indicates those that have Military or Previous Law Enforcement Experience

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