This year marks the 27th annual roast, which serves as the primary fundraiser for the library system in Wilson County. At the roast each year, friends and colleagues poke good-natured fun at the honoree.
Proceeds from the event will benefit all the libraries in Wilson County, and in previous years, the money assisted in buying computers, furniture, shelving and other needs not covered by the budget. Jordan’s will cater the event.
The roasting began in 1991, when George Harding was the first person to be roasted for the benefit of the library system.
Jennings is a Watertown native and Watertown mayor since 1982. He is the longest-serving municipal mayor still in office in Tennessee. He also served as Wilson County’s attorney since 1989.
Jennings is an avid University of Tennessee football fan and has only missed less than a handful of games, home or away, since 1987. He played football for Watertown High School from 1969-71.
Tickets to the roast are $35, and all contributions are tax-deductable. Tickets may be purchased at any Wilson County library, from a Library board member or from Jennings.
Last year, 258,987 people visited Wilson County libraries and checked out 632,750 items, according to library officials. The libraries provide free internet access, computer classes and numerous programs for children and adults.