Forty-one officers, including five from Greene County, are eligible to join law enforcement agencies after graduation from the Basic Law Enforcement Academy at Walters State Community College.
Local students who graduated on Dec. 5 were: Reba M. McLean, of Afton; James Joshua Pierce, of Afton; Travis D. Hoxie, of Greeneville; John D. Bishop, of Greeneville; and Samuel W. Wihoit, of Midway.
Pierce is a Greeneville police officer, while Bishop is a Johnson City police officer and Hoxie is employed by the Greene County Sheriff's Department.
Another Dec. 5 graduate, Aubrey D. McElroy, of Telford, is employed by the Johnson City Police Department.
In addition, Rogersville native Michael P. Lipe is now employed by the Hawkins County Sheriff's Department.
The Basic Law Enforcement Academy, held at the college's Greeneville-Greene County Center for Higher Education, offers the eight-week training required of all new law enforcement recruits during their first year of employment.
The program is part of the East Tennessee Regional Law Enforcement Academy established at Walters State by the Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission.
The speaker for the graduation exercises was Cocke County Sheriff Claude Strange.