NASHVILLE, Tenn., April 23, 2013 — State Senator Doug Overbey (R-Maryville) has been awarded the prestigious “Distinguished Alumnus Award” by Carson-Newman (C-N) University. The award was presented at a recent banquet where Overbey and other award recipients were honored.
Overbey, who graduated from C-N in 1976, was recognized for his continued service in law and government. He currently represents Blount and Sevier Counties in the Tennessee Senate, serving as 2nd Vice-Chairman of the Senate Finance, Ways & Means Committee, 1st Vice-Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Chairman of the Senate Ethics Committee and as a member of the Health & General Welfare Committee. Prior to his election as senator, he served eight years in the Tennessee House of Representatives.
“What you saw in Doug was someone very interested and very keen on trying to help people,” said Hon. Dwight Stokes, C-N class of 1974. “I think he did learn a tremendous about community service when he was here at Carson-Newman. You see now that when he goes out into the communities, he’s living it every day. He is a person that just wants to be able to serve.”
Overbey showed leadership capabilities while attending Carson Newman where he was elected president of the student body and held numerous leadership positions in campus organizations. After graduating from C-N magna cum laude, he attended the University of Tennessee Law School where he finished first in his 1979 class.
He co-founded the Robertson, Overbey, Wilson & Beeler law firm in 1982, and is a member of the Blount County, Knoxville, Tennessee and American Bar Associations. A tireless supporter of veterans, Senator Overbey has offered and supported legislation to provide varied tax-relief measures for former POWs, for those totally-disabled through service-related issues, and for surviving spouses of Armed Service members killed in combat.
He and wife Kay have three daughters.
Photo: Carson-Newman President Randall O’Brien, left, congratulates award recipients during C-N’s Alumni Banquet. Pictured with O’Brien from left to right are Distinguished Alumnus Awards recipients Doug Overbey and Dr. John Lee Welton, who received the award on behalf of Joseph Robinette, and Jimmy Hodges, recipient of the R.R. Turner Spirit of Carson-Newman Award