Cooperating trooper transferred for his safety

Cooperating trooper transferred for his safety

January 2, 2006

NEWPORT (AP) -- A Tennessee state trooper who has helped the FBI in its four-year investigation into corruption in Cocke County has been transferred for his safety.

Court records show trooper Kevin Kimbrough had helped by secretly record conversations with other officers.

He was transferred to another county in late October when his status as an informant was uncovered in the court case against Cocke County Sheriff's Department Deputy John Wayne "Johnny" Black.

So far the investigation has led to charges against seven Cocke County law enforcement officers. It has also shut down illegal cockfighting operations and two brothels.

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