Kay Senter was elected to the Morristown City Council in 1993 and represents District 3.
She serves as Vice-Mayor and chairs the Finance Committee. Kay serves on the Tennessee Municipal League (TML) Bond Fund Board, the TML Risk Management Board, and is Past-President of the TML Board. She serves on the Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations. Kay represents Tennessee on the National League of Cities (NLC) Public Safety Steering Committee. She is Past-President of the NLC Women in Municipal Government organization and currently serves on the board.
Service on local boards includes: Morristown-Hamblen Hospital; Boys & Girls Club (President); 911 Board (Treasurer); GFWC Somo Sala Circle (President); Senior Citizens Center; Crockett Tavern Museum; First United Methodist Church (Finance Committee); Morristown Cemetery; East Tennessee Quality Growth (ETQG), Secretary. She is a member of PEO; HC*Excell; P-16; the Chamber; Girls, Inc. (100 Club); and DAR.
Kay received her Bachelor’s degree from Emory & Henry College and her Master’s degree from UT Knoxville. She has completed 45 graduate hours above her Master’s degree. She taught English at Morristown-Hamblen East High School for 38 years, retiring in 2011. She became a Career Ladder II Teacher and was selected Hamblen County Teacher of the Year in 2004.
Honors include: Rotary Club Paul Harris Fellowship Award, First Lady of Morristown, Bob Harbison Hall of Honor, Hamblen Women’s Hall of Fame, and Hurricane Alumni Hall of Honor.
Kay is the daughter of Dr. John and Betty Kinser, wife of the late Jim Senter, and mother of Jimmy Senter. Jimmy and his wife Brooke live in Knoxville and are the parents of Kay’s grandchildren, Grant and Julianna.