Johnson City's Crowe named Statesman of the Year by Optometric Physicians

Contributed To The Press • Nov 1, 2018 at 1:51 PM

GATLINBURG — The 750-member Tennessee Association of Optometric Physicians presented its 2018 Statesman of the Year Award to state Sen. Rusty Crowe (R-Johnson City) of the 3rd Senate District of Tennessee. The 3rd District consists of Carter, Unicoi and Washington Counties.

The award was presented to Crowe during TAOP’s 117th Annual Meeting, which was held recently at the Park Vista Hotel in Gatlinburg. The group’s mission statement is "Advancing Optometry and Promoting Quality Healthcare Through Education and Advocacy."

This Statesman of the Year award is presented to a Tennessee legislator who makes significant contributions to improving access to quality eye health care and the vision needs of all Tennesseans. Crowe was presented the Award by Dr. Jeff Foster of Newport.

During the presentation, Dr. Foster said, “I am pleased to present this award to such a deserving Statesman of the Year. All TAOP members look forward to continue working with Sen. Crowe on behalf of our patients and a healthier Tennessee.”

Crowe is in his 28th year of service and seeking re-election. He is chairman of the Senate Health and Welfare Committee and serves on both the Senate Education and Government Operations Committee.

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