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Tennessee State opens doors

Tennessee State Bank has opened the doors of its newest branch in Turkey Creek.

The Parkside Drive branch, faced in limestone and marble, is the 15th branch of the Sevier County-based bank, and only the third in Knox County.

“We wanted to enhance the actual beautiful area around the town of Farragut,” Tim Bush, executive vice president-city executive for the bank, said of the bank’s construction.

According to Farragut Mayor Eddy Ford, the bank’s stone face “represents solidarity in these uncertain times.”

The bank’s move to Turkey Creek was not an accident.

“Tennessee State Bank has been a part of the Knoxville community for many years, serving both South Knoxville and Powell. We felt it was time to expand our footprint, and the Farragut community seemed a natural fit,” Bush said.

“We found Turkey Creek was within a 15-mile radius of 160,000 people. 

“Since the success of Tennessee State Bank depends on our customers, the growing area of Farragut was the perfect location for our hometown community bank,” he added.

“We will be courteous and friendly and provide you great service … we want to build great friendships here,” Bush said at the bank’s grand-opening ceremony.

The full-service bank offers both commercial and personal banking services.

Tennessee State was founded in 1972 by a group of 10 Sevier County businessmen, who became the bank’s first board of directors.

“The board and local residents raised $1,200,000 to capitalize the new venture. The bank’s headquarters was initially housed in Gatlinburg,” Bush said.

“Thirty-six years later, the bank has $715 million in assets. The bank has been voted the best bank in Sevier County the past five years.

“We continue to work hard to achieve this great honor for the sixth year in a row,” he added.


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