Overbey chosen for Leadership Blount award

State Sen. Doug Overbey on has been chosen as the 2011 recipient of the Leadership Blount Community Leadership Award.

Instituted in 2000 by Leadership Blount, the Community Leadership Award recognizes individuals whose sustained actions and leadership reflect Leadership Blount;s commitment to life-long service.

Sen. Overbey will be honored at the annual Community Leadership Award Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. , Friday, April 8, at First United Methodist Church in Maryville.

“Leadership Blount is truly honored to recognize such a dedicated, civic-minded public servant like Doug,” says Adriel McCord, Class of 2004, chair of Leadership Blount. “He has diligently worked to make Blount County a great place to live for all of its citizens and his commitment embodies the essence of the Community Leadership Award.”

Overbey and his wife, Kay, reside in Maryville. Their family includes three daughters: Kathleen and husband, Ryan Thomas, Elizabeth and husband Matt Thomason and Hannah Millard.

The Community Leadership Award is given based on several criteria. Nominees must have demonstrated a commitment to leadership in Blount County, exercised leadership in a variety of community positions, helped develop future leaders and used leadership positions to promote the development of the community.

Overbey is the 12th recipient of the Community Leadership Award, joining a distinguished list of previous honorees: the late Harwell Proffitt, Tutt Bradford, Dean Stone, Dr. Sue Wyatt, Geraldine Upton, Joe Ingram, Gary Hensley, Joy Bishop, Fred Forster, Joe Dawson and Rick Shepard.

A member of Leadership Blount;s Class of 2004, Overbey is in his 30th year of the practice of law and co-founded the firm of Robertson, Overbey, Wilson and Beeler. He is a member of the American, Tennessee, Knoxville and Blount County Bar Associations, has served as a member of the House of Delegates of the Tennessee Bar Association, and been a presenter at many continuing legal education seminars, including annual legislative updates for the Knoxville and Blount County Bar Associations.

Overbey is currently serving Blount County as a Tennessee State Senator for the 8th Senate District, but has been a public servant for many years. He was appointed to the U.S. Highway 321 Commission by former Gov. Lamar Alexander. He served on the Blount County Planning Commission from 1982 to 1989, the Tennessee County Services Association Board of Directors from 1989 to 1990, the Blount County Commission from 1982 until 1990, and was the president of the Tennessee County Commissioners Association from 1989 to 1990. He served in the General Assembly of the State of Tennessee, representing Blount County in the 20th Legislative District, for eight years.

As a County Commissioner, Overbey was an integral part of recruiting Denso and supported efforts to bring this employer to Blount County. He was also a member of the County Commission when Rubbermaid was recruited to Blount County and again supported efforts to land this employer for our county. During his service in the General Assembly, Overbey has worked to foster economic development and job creation in Blount County and across the state. In 2009, he authored the legislation that created the TNInvestco Program, which is now bringing new jobs to our state, and in 2010, his legislation expanded that program, which is considered by many to be model legislation for the rest of the nation in regard to helping new and start up businesses.

His support to fund the new Pellissippi State campus in Blount County was a key element in the legislature;s funding of the new Blount Campus, as was recognized this past Fall when Pellissippi State held “Doug Overbey Day.” Doug was also heavily involved in the state;s participation in funding the Clayton Center for the Arts. Doug has just completed a two year term as a member of the East Tennessee Development District;s Executive Committee and the board of the East Tennessee Human Resources Agency.

The senator is an active member of his church, St. Andrew;s Episcopal, where he has served as a senior warden and a member of the Vestry. He has also served in several capacities in the Episcopal Diocese of East Tennessee, including chancellor.

To RSVP for the Community Leadership Award Breakfast, contact the Leadership Blount office at 865-984-9368, or respond by email to office@leadershipblount.com before Friday, April 1.

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