After graduating from Walters State in 1976 with an associate's degree in criminal justice, Seals was hired by the Pigeon Forge Police Department. He quickly moved up the ranks to become Assistant Chief of Police. He returned to the Sevier County Sheriff's Office in 1979. In 2007, he was appointed sheriff of Sevier County and a year later he was officially elected by the citizens of Sevier County. As sheriff, he provides leadership for over 100 employees working in detective, patrol, dispatch, records and warrants and administrative offices and divisions. In recognition of his outstanding service, he was named the Tennessee Sheriff's Association Sheriff of the Year in 2012. He is a member of numerous community and law enforcement organizations, including the Police Benevolent Association and the Sevier County Ruritan Club. In addition to attending Walters State, he received law enforcement training at the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy in Donelson. Seals was honored with the Walters State 2014 Distinguished Alumni in Civic Achievement Award.
Claborn, a noted historian, actually made history here at Walters State as one of 56 students to graduate in the college's first commencement in 1972. After earning his associate's degree, he transferred to the University of Tennessee, where he graduated in 1975. That same year, he began teaching at Meadowview Middle School, where he taught social studies for 27 years. Throughout his teaching career, Jim received several Teacher of the Year Awards and was a 2001 Finalist for Tennessee's Teacher of the Year Award. In addition to his teaching service, Jim has distinguished himself as one of the region's most respected and entertaining historians, storytellers and writers. He has served as president of the Hamblen County Historical Society and has been featured on WBIR's Heartland Series. Currently, Jim is a columnist for The Citizen Tribune, plays Davy Crockett at the Davy Crockett Tavern Museum, and entertains audiences as a member of the "Talk is Cheap Tour" which also features Bill Landry, Sam Venable, and Elizabeth Rose. Jim has also served this country as a veteran of the Vietnam War. Claborn was honored with the Walters State 2014 Distinguished Alumni in Community and/or Volunteer Service Award.
After earning an associate's degree in nursing from Walters State in 1977, Ketterman completed her bachelor's degree in nursing at East Tennessee State University in 1987. She also earned a master's degree in public health from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and a doctorate in nursing science from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis. Patti is a licensed registered nurse, a licensed nursing home administrator and is board certified through the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Nursing Executive. She served as the director of nursing at Baptist Hospital of Cocke County from 1986 to 2006. From 2006 to 2011, she was the Hospital CEO and Nursing Home Administrator of Newport Medical Center. She has also worked for Covenant Health System and Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center as Director of Nursing and is currently the Chief Nursing Officer and Director of Nursing for LeConte Medical Center in Sevierville. She has also served as the president of the Cocke County Board of Health since 2010 and served on the Cocke County Emergency 911 Board of Directors from 2003 to 2011. Ketterman was honored with the 2014 Distinguished Alumni in Professional Achievement Award.
Shaw received an associate's degree from Walters State in 1992 and continued her education at East Tennessee State University. In 1997, she graduated third in her class from Southern College of Optometry in Memphis. She also received the college's Top Clinician Award, the Excellence in Ocular Disease and Basic Sciences Award, and the Sunsoft Contact Lens Achievement Award. After earning her doctor of optometry, Shelly began her practice at the Greeneville Eye Clinic. In 2005, she became a partner of East View Eye Care, P.C. in Greeneville, where she currently works. She is a member of the Tennessee Optometric Association, the American Optometric Association, and is the past vice president of the Northeast Tennessee Optometric Society. In addition to her professional accomplishments, Shelly is also actively involved in her community. She was a member of the Greene County Leadership Class of 2000 and is member of the Rotary Club and Greene County Young Farmers. Shaw was honored with the 2014 Distinguished Alumni in Professional Achievement Award.
Seaver has the distinction of being one of the top pitchers on Walters State's first baseball team to earn a berth to the World Series in Grand Junction, Colorado in 1984. That same year, he also earned his associate's degree from Walters State. He transferred to the University of Tennessee, where he pitched for the Vols baseball team and graduated in 1987 with a bachelor's degree in sociology. Joey was drafted four times as an amateur baseball player and pitched professionally in the Milwaukee Brewers farm system. His attention shifted from playing to coaching when he became Carson Newman University's pitching coach. After earning his master's degree and 10 years at Carson Newman, he returned to Walters State as Assistant Coordinator of High School Relations and Assistant Baseball Coach. He would help lead the Senators baseball program to five World Series, including a national championship in 2006. During his career, over 30 pitchers that Joey coached were drafted by major league baseball teams. In 2013, he served briefly as the head coach for the Senators baseball team before accepting his current position as the pitching coach for the Arizona League Texas Rangers. Seaver was honored with the 2014 Distinguished Alumni in Athletic Achievement Award.
As a Senators basketball player, Jerry was named a First-Team NJCAA All-American and TCCAA Player of the year both as a freshman and a sophomore. As a sophomore, he ranked ninth in the nation in scoring, averaging 21.6 points per game. After graduating from Walters State in 2004, Jerry continued his collegiate basketball career at Arkansas State University, where he led the team in 3-point shooting . After graduating from ASU with a bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, Jerry returned to Walters State to begin his coaching career, serving as Assistant Men's Basketball Coach. He also coached at Union College, where he earned his master's degree in Health and Physical Education, prior to being named Men's Head Basketball Coach and Athletic Director at Motlow State Community College. During his four-year tenure at Motlow, Jerry took his 2012-2013 team to the NJCAA National Basketball Tournament, had the TCCAA's highest graduation rate, and was twice named the TCCAA's Basketball Coach of the Year. In 2013, Jerry was hired as the men's basketball coach at Southwest Community College. Nichols was honored with the 2014 Distinguished Alumni in Athletic Achievement Award.