Overbey, Haston present Charles Staley with new Texas state flag

State Sen. Doug Overbey helps present a flag of Texas to Charles Staley and Carrie Wallace with the help of Major General Terry M. “Max” Haston for the memorial to fallen soldiers at the Blount County Courthouse. Gen. Haston, Adjutant General of the Tennessee National Guard, was in Maryville to speak to the Maryville Kiwanis Club. As an Army officer, one of Gen. Haston’s assignments was in Fort Hood, Texas.

Photo by Leslie Karnowski

State Sen. Doug Overbey helps present a flag of Texas to Charles Staley and Carrie Wallace with the help of Major General Terry M. “Max” Haston for the memorial to fallen soldiers at the Blount County Courthouse. Gen. Haston, Adjutant General of the Tennessee National Guard, was in Maryville to speak to the Maryville Kiwanis Club. As an Army officer, one of Gen. Haston’s assignments was in Fort Hood, Texas.

When Federal holidays prompt the flying of flags around the Sam Houston Memorial at the Blount County Courthouse, there will be a new flag snapping in the breeze.

On Tuesday, State Sen. Doug Overbey and Tennessee Adjutant Gen. Max Haston presented Charles Staley, Veteran’s Services Officer, with a new Texas state flag.

The Texas state flag, the Tennessee state flag and an American flag are normally situated around the Houston memorial in front of the courthouse on Federal holidays, but the old cotton Texas flag had become worn. It was an embarrassment, Staley said.

So Overbey contacted Texas State Rep. Bill Caligari, who obtained a Texas state flag that had been flown atop the Texas state capitol.

Haston, who spoke earlier in the day at the Maryville Kiwanis meeting, was on hand to present the flag and reminded those present that not only was Houston governor of both Tennessee and Texas, president of the Republic of Texas, but he was also adjutant general of the State of Tennessee at one point in his career. Haston praised Staley for his work with veterans. “I have never heard one bad word used about this agency,” he said of Staley. “That is something you should be proud of.”

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