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Clayton Bank holds grand opening


Clayton Bank held its grand opening Thursday, Sept. 3, with a ribbon cutting through Farragut West Knox Chamber of Commerce, breakfast and entertainment. The bank, 11820 Kingston Pike, is located in the site of a former O’Charleys restaurant.

“The first time I walked in, I said, ‘Where’d my barstool go?’” Chamber president and CEO Bettye Sisco joked.

“It was a little close to home. Thank you for being a bank,” she added.

She welcomed the bank to Farragut and recognized the presence of various elected officials, including State Sen. Tim Burchett, U.S. Rep. John J. “Jimmy” Duncan Jr., Farragut Mayor Ralph McGill and Vice Mayor Dot LaMarche.


“We are just thrilled to be in Farragut. I’ve respected and loved the Town for a long time,” Clayton Bank founder (and also founder of Clayton Homes) Jim Clayton said.

“It knew it was just a premier community,” he added.

Clayton’s wife, Kay, was a teacher at Farragut Primary School for 13 years.

After the sale of Clayton Homes to Warren Buffett, “We pledged the rest of our lives to spend in two areas … banking and our [charitable] foundation,” Clayton said.

“From the very beginning, having a bank down Kingston Pike in Farragut was very important to us,” Clayton said.

 

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