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BusinessBriefs for Feb. 26

Rogers-Fore Chevrolet owners raise money

Bill Rodgers and Richard Fore, owners of Rodgers-Fore Chevrolet on Highway 321 in Lenoir City and Bill Wilkinson of The Good Samaritan Center have announced the results of the inaugural Good Samartian Food and Heat Drive. Bill Rodgers, Richard Fore and Bill Wilkinson worked together in creating the Good Samaritan Food and Heat Drive.

Rodgers-Fore Chevrolet was the designated collection center for both canned food and cash donations during the drive through out the month of January.

A check to the LCUB Neighboraide fund for $8,100 was presented by Bill Rodgers and Richard Fore to Matt Brookshire, mayor of Lenoir City; Gene Hamby, LCUB board member and Fred Nelson, LCUB manager of operations. All food donated during the Good Samaritan Food and Heat Drive will be distributed to needy families by the Good Samaritan Center. Cash donations made during the drive were matched dollar for dollar up to $10 million by the sponsors, and will be used to help pay winter utility bills of needy families through the Lenoir City Utilities Board.

The Good Samaritan Center of Loudon County provides emergency assistance to the needy of Loudon County through the cooperative efforts of individuals, social agencies, churches, civic groups and businesses.

UCBI has record fourth-quarter results

United Community Banks, Inc., today announced record fourth-quarter results that included a 24 percent rise in net operating income, a 13 percent gain in net operating earnings per share and a 21 percent increase in total revenue from the same period last year.

The fourth-quarter performance helped the company achieve a 20 percent gain in net operating income for the full year, as diluted per-share operating earnings rose 14 percent and total revenue increased 19 percent from the prior year. On Dec. 31, 2003, assets totaled $4.1 billion, up 27 percent from a year ago.

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