Thorne served for twenty years in the police department, retiring with the rank of captain in 1998. She then served for 18 years as CAP's executive director, retiring in August 2016. During her tenure, the organization's patrols helped greatly reduce criminal activity in the City Center. Through her leadership, it also expanded its public safety services to include motorist assistance, cleaning sidewalks and graffiti, and assisting homeless residents. She was a member of the 2003 class of Leadership Birmingham.
She was appointed to Mayor Bernard Kincaid's Commission to Prevent and End Chronic Homelessness in 2007.
- (2009) Noah's Wife
- Thorne, T. K. (2013) Last Chance for Justice: How Relentless Investigators Uncovered New Evidence Convicting the Birmingham Church Bombers. Chicago: Chicago Review Press ISBN 1613748671
- (2015) Angels At The Gate
- Archibald, John (July 1, 2008) "Retired Birmingham officer's film, "Six Blocks Wide,' alters view of world." The Birmingham News
- "T.K. Thorne" (February 9, 2015) Wikipedia - accessed October 13, 2015
- "CAP Executive Director to Retire" (August 1, 2016) City Action Partnership press release
- Teresa Thorne author website