Earlier this month, Wilson County selected longtime Lebanon resident Jenny Bennett to lead the county's tourism department.
Bennett comes to the post from the Cracker Barrel Old Country Store home office, where she worked retail and visual merchandising. Prior to that, she supported Dr. Paul Stumb in his role as dean of Cumberland University's Labry School of Business and Technology.
Then, while pursuing her master's degree in business administration, she transitioned to CU's alumni office, where she worked in donor stewardship and provided support for the annual Phoenix Ball.
A Knoxville native, Bennett is a graduate of Cumberland University and has made her home in Lebanon for the past 15 years. As a small child, she moved with her parents to Grand Bahama Island where her family owned and operated a small fly fishing resort. Her family later relocated to Orlando, Fla. before returning to Tennessee.
Bennett and her husband Louis have two children, ages eight and four. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, writing and traveling. She has been featured in The Wilson Post as a guest columnist, sharing stories of her childhood in the islands of the Bahamas.
She will take over the duties of tourism director on Monday, Jan. 30.