(WBIR) The Tennessee Professional Investigators Association on Saturday presented one of its highest honors to an East Tennessee man.

During a seminar in downtown Knoxville, the group gave Dr. Bill Bass its 2014 Investigator of the Year award.

Dr. Bass is well known throughout East Tennessee for helping for the University of Tennessee body farm.

The investigators association says its award is given to public or private investigators who have worked to make Tennessee a better place.