Age: Over 40
Occupation: Teaching assistant at Fort Craig School of Dynamic Learning.
Family: Married to Doug Overbey. Three daughters between us, Kathleen Thomas, Hannah Millard and Elizabeth Thomason
Kay Overbey, wife of State Sen. Doug Overbey, grew up in Kingsport, graduated from Dobbins-Bennett High School and earned a degree in social work with a minor in psychology from East Tennessee State University. A previous marriage brought her to Blount County and, when she divorced, she was surprised to find Doug Overbey lived in Maryville.
“Doug and I grew up together in Kingsport. We’ve known each other forever.”
Kay Overbey’s career has always centered on children and families. “I worked for the Department of Human Services as a counselor, with the last 11 years as a benefits fraud investigator.”
After she left the her state job, Overbey spent four years with Success by 6, a United Way program, where she worked with children with emotional, behavioral and social problems. She then was with Tennessee Early Intervention Service for three years where she worked with children ages birth to 3. Currently she is a teaching assistant at Fort Craig School of Dynamic Learning.
Overbey says she enjoys working with families and children. “That’s how the $10 Club came about,” she said, referring to a club of women who do social and fundraising programs. “I was working with Success by 6, and we were always in need of funding for activities for children. I started the $10 Club to help.”
Each month Overbey and friends get together for food and fun, and everyone donates $10. That money, plus other funds raised at special $10 Club events during the year, raise money to benefit area children. “We’re still at it, and I’m very proud of this group.”
Overbey says Blount County is different from other areas in the state. “I think everybody in Blount County has a tendency to come together to support good causes, and everyone is giving and caring here.”
Here is Kay Overbey:
Who are you most like, your mother or your father and why?
“I look like my Dad, but I act like my Mom -- stubborn and independent.”
What is your favorite quote from television or a movie?
“I’ll have what she’s having!” from “When Harry Met Sally.”
What are you guilty of?
“Beginning several projects before finishing the current ones. I bore easily.”
What is your favorite material possession?
“This is tough. I’m not attached to things, but I would have to say my photo collection and art work.”
What are you reading currently?
“ ‘White Oleander.’ It is an eye-opening novel about the relationship between a mother and her daughter who is caught up in the foster care system. Unfortunately, I think it is very true to life.”
What was your most embarrassing moment?
“Oh so many! It had to be when I was first out of college. All the women can identify with how many bridesmaid dresses you have to purchase during this period. Being a thrifty kind of girl, I decided to wear one of the shorter dresses to a wedding. At the wedding, imagine my embarrassment when the bridesmaids were wearing the SAME dress! I got my picture made several times as part of the wedding party.”
What are the top three things on your bucket list?
“Kayaking the Edisto River and creeks, a tour of Italy and a tour of the Greek Isles. I love Edisto and love being outdoors. The beauty of Edisto is not the beach, it is the creeks and island. As far as Greece and Italy, those are places I’ve always wanted to go.”
What is one word others often use to describe you and why?
“Unconventional. That’s how Doug and I balance each other out.”
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
“I can’t seem to find my passion. I guess it is art, but like so many artists I just can’t get motivated. I just can’t seem to get myself motivated to act upon my passion.”
What is your passion?
“Besides family, it could be art.”
With whom, living or dead, would you most like to have a long lunch?
“My college roommate, Teresa Isaacs. We never get to spend much time together. She is such an inspiration and such fun.”
If a movie were made about your life, who would play you and why?
“Sandra Bullock. She’s feisty and says what is on her mind, usually with foot-in-mouth.”
If you could go back in time for a week, what time period or year would you visit?
“I struggle to live in the now, but it would have to be college days, those were the most fun and carefree. I wouldn’t change a thing.”
What is the best present you ever received in a box?
“My James Avery cross ring. I always wear it or carry it with me.”
What is the best advice your mother ever gave you?
“Stay in school, work hard and save your money.”
Other than your parents, who has had the biggest influence on your life and why?
“Marti Womac. She is real. She is a strong woman. What you see is what you get.”
Do you Myspace, Facebook or Twitter?
“Facebook. I tried Twitter, but couldn’t find anyone I wanted to follow.”
Are you a cat person or a dog person?
“Both. Currently we have two cats, Gracie and Oxford.”
What’s the worst job you have ever had?
“I’ve really been fortunate. I have worked a lot of jobs, some that I liked better than others, but I enjoyed them all.”
What is your theme song that best describes you?
‘”You can’t always get what you want’ - The Rolling Stones.”
What was your favorite Saturday morning cartoon and why?
“Scooby Doo. He is one laid-back dog.”
What irritates you?
“Hypocrites, and people who don’t mind their own business.”
What is one place in Blount County everyone should visit?
“Sunset at Look Rock. I love sunsets. I love to photograph sunsets. They are all beautiful but different.”
If you could go back in time, what advice would you give yourself at 18?
“At the end of the day, it’s not all about you. However, always blaze your own trail.”