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The effective detective: Pat Patterson

Malcolm Shell
Features columnist

An intricate part of any community is local law enforcement. The Concord/Farragut communities had the best of the best in Constable W.O. “Pat” Patterson.

I talked to his son Bud recently, and the conversation eventually got around to his father. Bud was a classmate at Farragut High and enjoyed a long career with Delta Airlines. After retirement, he compiled a family history that could easily be turned into a novel about the legendary law-enforcement officer who had a reputation of being “untouchable” in dealing with crime in Knox County. Bud lent me the book only on condition that I would guard it with my life.

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