Kay Senter was elected to the Morristown City Council in 1993, holding the office to date for 28 years. During her tenure, she has served as Vice-Mayor and chaired the Finance Committee for several terms. Kay serves on the Tennessee Municipal League (TML) Bond Fund Board (Vice-Chair); the TML Board (Past-President); and the University of Tennessee-Municipal Technical Advisory Board (MTAS). She has served on the TML Risk Management Pool Board. She is a Past-President of Tennessee Women in Government. In 2011, Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey appointed Kay to a four year term on the Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations (TACIR). Speaker of the House Beth Harwell reappointed her to another four year term on TACIR in 2015.
Kay represented Tennessee on the National League of Cities (NLC) Public Safety Steering Committee/NLC Advocacy Committee from 1993-2020. She is Past-President of the NLC- Women in Municipal Government (WIMG) organization and currently serves on the WIMG Advisory Board. In 2013, she served on the NLC Nominating Committee. Senter has been a presenter and/or moderator at NLC City Summit Conferences several times during her tenure on the Morristown City Council.
Service on local boards currently includes: Morristown-Hamblen/Covenant Hospital Board; Morristown-Hamblen/Covenant Hospital Foundation (Secretary); Morristown-Hamblen/Covenant Hospital Credentials Committee; Boys & Girls Club, Inc. (Past-President); GFWC Somo Sala Circle (Past President); Senior Citizens Center Board (Secretary); Morristown Hamblen Imagination Library Advisory Council (Secretary); Crockett Tavern Museum; Morristown-Hamblen Library Board (Policy Committee Chair). She is a member of PEO (National Women’s organization – provides financial support to women attending college); the Chamber of Commerce; Girls, Inc. (100 Club); Tusculum College President’s Advisory Council; DAR; APTA - Association for the Preservation of Tennessee Antiquities. She served on the 911 Board (Treasurer) 2005-2018. She was reappointed to the 911 Board in 2021. She previously served on the First United Methodist Church Finance Committee, Morristown Cemetery Preservation Committee and the P-16 Council (focus on pre-school to college and/or technical school education).
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. In 1984, she became a Career Ladder II Teacher. In 2004, Kay was selected Hamblen County Teacher of the Year, advancing to become one of the 6 state finalists for Tennessee Teacher of the Year-2004.
Honors include: Rotary Club Paul Harris Fellow Award, First Lady of Morristown, Bob Harbison Hall of Honor, Hamblen Women’s Hall of Fame, Hurricane Alumni Hall of Honor, and the 2017 Hamblen County Good Scout Award which is chosen and awarded by the Great Smoky Mountain Council - Boy Scouts of America.
She has been invited to attend the August 2021 Local Government Leadership Program (LGLP) for elected officials. The leadership program is sponsored by the University of Tennessee Naifeh Center for Effective Leadership (NCEL) in partnership with the Municipal Technical Advisory Service (MTAS) and County Technical Assistance Service (CTAS).
Kay is the daughter of the late Dr. John and Betty Kinser, wife of the late Jim Senter, and mother of Jimmy Senter, III. Jimmy and his wife Brooke are the parents of Kay’s two grandchildren.
Contact Councilmember Senter at email@example.com.