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Wilson County Civic League banquet announced

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Wilson County Civic League is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, and its annual fund raising banquet will be held at 6 p.m., Saturday, April 17 in Baird Chapel at Cumberland University.

Guest speaker will be Norman Hill, president of the CBRL Foundation. The theme of the fund raising banquet this year is “Celebrating 25 Years of Progress and Commitment to the Community.”

Hill was, for many years, Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. After retiring from that position, Hill remained active as an advisor and consultant to the company, as well as accepting the Presidency of CBRL.

Born, raised and educated in Akron, Ohio, Hill worked his way up the ranks at the Akron operation of Firestone Tire and Rubber Company, holding a variety of positions from Operations Supervisor to Personnel Director, while earning a degree in Business Administration from the University of Akron. Hill then moved to Firestone's LaVergne facility where he was Director of Human Resources.

Since leaving Firestone, Hill has enjoyed numerous successes in his career. He has held such positions as Director of Labor Relations for Pillsbury's Burger King subsidiary in Miami, Fla.; Senior Director for all of the Burger King Field Operations personnel; Vice President of Human Resources of Tony Roma Restaurants; Vice President of Human Resources at Perkins Family Restaurant, with responsibilities for Compensation, Benefits, Risk Management, Executive Development, Recruitment, and Government Relations; Vice President of Field Human Resources for Flagstar Company in Spartanburg, S.C.; Vice President of Human Resources for Denny's, Inc.

Hill is a living history re-enactor with the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry based in Charleston, S.C. Members of this re-enactment unit were featured in the Academy Award winning movie, “Glory,” and the movie “Andersonville,” as well as in numerous documentaries about black soldiers.

Hill’s interest in living history stems from his early years in Akron, Ohio, where he grew up in the shadow of John Brown's home, and from an intense curiosity of historical events.

Hill’s wife, Helena, also does re-enacting and depicts the way of life of 1800s Victorian women. She accompanies him on many of his re-enactment activities.

He was appointed by former Tennessee Gov. Don Sundquist to the Tennessee Conservation Committee and is a member of the Civil War Heritage Area Project for the state. He presently serves on the Tennessee Historical Commission, Metro Historical Commission, Tennessee Capitol Commission, the board of the Urban League of Middle Tennessee and is active in 100 Black Men of Middle Tennessee, as well as several other historical and philanthropic organizations.

Hill is an Air Force veteran serving from 1960 to 1965. He and his wife are empty nesters and live in Murfreesboro.

Tickets for Wilson County Civic League’s annual banquet are available by calling 449-0719 or 444-3175 or you may pick them up at the Market Street Community Center at 321 E. Market Street, Lebanon.

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