Fayetteville native Bennie Jennings has been promoted to lieutenant in the Tennessee Highway Patrol’s Criminal Investigation Division (CID).
Jennings began his law enforcement career on the local level, serving several years with the Fayetteville Police Department and a stint with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department. He joined the Tennessee Highway Patrol in 1998 and was assigned to Shelby County. His THP career later carried him to Murfreesboro, where he worked for several years before returning to the Memphis area to work with the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force. Jennings eventually returned to Murfreesboro and has served as a road sergeant until his recent promotion.
The lieutenant said he is looking forward to the new position and is excited for a new challenge.
Jennings is the son of the late Bennie Jennings, Sr., and the late Jane Jennings Vance of Fayetteville. He graduated from Lincoln County High School, where he was a standout athlete, and attended the University of North Alabama where he became known as one of the best tight ends in the history of UNA Lions football. While playing for UNA, he was named to the First All-Conference Team for three years and a Division II All-American his senior year.
Jennings has been inducted into the University of North Alabama Athletic Hall of Fame and the LCHS Falcon Football Hall of Fame.
After graduating from UNA with a marketing degree, he became a free agent with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers but suffered an injury. He was drafted with the World Football League in the U.S. and played for the Sacramento Surge one year.
Jennings is a proud dad of three. His son, Kendal, a talented athlete in his own right, works for TruGreen in Huntsville, while his daughter, Alexis, is a student and basketball player at the University of South Carolina, and son, Bennie Jennings III, known as Jauan, is a student and football player at the University of Tennessee Knoxville.
Jennings’ brother, Brandon, resides here in Fayetteville.