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New leaders named at water board

Friday, November 28, 2008

Marshall County's veterans service director is the newest member of Lewisburg's Water and Wastewater Board which has elected a city councilman to be its new chairman.

Billy Hill leads the Veterans Service Office at the Hardison Annex and Mayor Bob Phillips has appointed him to succeed Pepper Biggers, a Lewisburg merchant who's become the water department's assistant superintendent in training.

Phillips asked Hill on Nov. 7 if he'd serve on the utility board and the next day Hill replied that he'd be proud to serve the city in that capacity, the new board member said.

"I'm an employee person," Hill said of his approach to the assignment. "I'm not going there to change anything. I don't want to fix something that's not broken."

If employees like their jobs and are happy at their work, then their employers' services and/or production will flourish, Hill said.

Meanwhile, because Biggers was chairman of the board, that position on the panel was filled on Thursday afternoon last week.

City Councilman Hershel Davis was unanimously elected to succeed Biggers as chairman. Davis is a long-time member of the City Council who may be a candidate for re-election in May when his current term expires.

The new man on the water board has been the veterans service director for three years, having been a Kantus Corp. employee for about five years. That job followed his 26-year career with East Tennessee Natural Gas Co. at its office in Belfast.

Hill, 68, lives on Lowe Street with his wife, Ida Hill.

He served 37 years in the U.S. Army and retired as a first sergeant. Hill is a veteran of Gulf War I and Vietnam.