Joy Kimbrough, an 18-year veteran photographer with The Daily Times, has won the 2017 Associated Press “Photo of the Year” for Tennessee, the news cooperative announced in Franklin Thursday.
Kimbrough, 41, won for a photo of Lee Radford, whose teenage son, Caleb, had been murdered. Kimbrough captured the father erupting in the courtroom as the four defendants were led inside.
“He was upset that all four of the defendants were in court. His emotions just got ahold of him. Emotions were high that day,” Kimbrough said. “You could cut the tension with a knife. You could tell something was going to happen.”
The AP presented her with the “Photo of the Year” award at the Tennessee Press Association’s summer convention and awards banquet.
The Maryville native, who now lives in Knoxville, holds an associate’s degree from Pellissippi State Community College and is a 1995 graduate of William Blount High School.
Her husband, John, is an ex-Marine who now works at Y-12.
Charges have been dismissed against two of the defendants, while the other pair face first-degree murder charges in the July stabbing death of Radford in an alleged drug deal gone bad.