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    Former Washington County Sheriff Kenneth McKee Dies

    5:18 AM, Apr 18, 2007   |    comments
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    Veteran law officer Kenneth McKee has died. McKee had served as a state trooper and as Washington County sheriff. He was 78. McKee's friend and one-time boss, former Circuit Judge Mahlon Gibson, says McKee complained of headaches about a week ago and was diagnosed with cancer. McKee died yesterday at a hospital. As a trooper, McKee was on the personal protection staff for governors Orval Faubus and Winthrop Rockefeller, and was present at Little Rock Central High School's integration in 1957. As a special assistant to Rockefeller, McKee oversaw the end of widespread illegal gambling in Hot Springs and negotiated halts to violent civil rights disputes. McKee spent a decade as Washington County sheriff, a time that ended when he lost an election in 2001. The best-known image of McKee is as a young state trooper in east Arkansas in 1955, sitting at a cafe table with a then-unknown musician named Elvis Presley. McKee is in full uniform except for his state-issue revolver, which Presley used in posing for the camera.

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