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Curtis joins SCB as Credit Analyst

SEVIERVILLE, TN – Former bank examiner James Matthew “Matt” Curtis has joined Sevier County Bank as a credit analyst in the credit administration department, bank officials announced.

Curtis, previously a regional supervisor with the Tennessee Department of Financial Institutions joined the TDFI as bank examiner in 2007. As an examiner, he was responsible for reviewing state chartered banks for asset quality and business practices, and as supervisor, oversaw regulation of financial institutions.

“Matt is a great addition to our management team and compliments the credit culture of Sevier County Bank. We’ve worked with him over the years in his role as a regulator and come to have great respect for his talents, demeanor and knowledge of our industry,” said Matthew A. R. Converse, president and chief executive officer. “His expertise in understanding the risks and rewards in loans of all sizes and complexities gives added strength to our lending teams as we continue to grow as a leader in our markets.”

With 14 years in the financial field, Curtis began his career as an investment advisor with Ameriprise Financial after graduating in 2002 with a bachelor’s degree in finance from Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville. In 2004, he joined First Tennessee Bank as an investment and loan officer, advising clients in financial, tax and estate planning.

A Summa Cum Laude graduate of the Barrett Graduate School of Banking in Memphis, Curtis and his family live in Knoxville.
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Banking Veteran McGhee Named as VP of Audit & Compliance

SEVIERVILLE, TN – Sevier County Bank has named banking veteran Ashley A. McGhee as vice president of audit and compliance. McGhee will be responsible for ensuring the bank complies with federal and state financial regulations and laws. In addition, she will be charged with monitoring the bank’s internal controls and processes while overseeing organizational policies and procedures.

“Ashley brings us the range of financial experience essential to understanding and staying abreast of the industry’s complex regulatory system,” said Matthew A. R. Converse, president and chief executive officer. “She has served in a number of senior level roles during her banking career.”

McGhee’s 30 years in banking includes serving as chief information officer, chief financial officer, vice president of compliance, senior auditor, and commercial loan officer for high net worth clients.

McGhee joins SCB from Citizens Bank in New Tazewell, Tenn. where she was CIO and headed the operations of Information Technology, Bookkeeping and the Call Center. At Citizens Bank, McGhee managed key projects such as the implementation of new programs and products and led the upgrading of its information technology systems.

McGhee started her career in 1987 at Southeast Bank in Sarasota, Fla., where she was responsible for loans and deposits of high net worth clients. She was vice president of compliance at Liberty National Bank in Bradenton, Fla. before becoming the top financial and accounting officer in 2002 at First Century Bank in Tazewell, Tenn.

McGhee also holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and finance from the University of South Florida, Tampa, Fla. and a a Master’s degree in Business Administration from East Tennessee State University in Johnson City. She is an honors graduate of the Tennessee Bankers Association Southeastern School of Banking and completed the Financial Managers School at the Graduate School of Banking in Madison, Wis. and has previously served as adjunct professor teaching business classes at Walters State Community College.
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SCB's Ely named WIOA Chair

Elaine Ely of Sevierville has been elected chair of the Smoky Mountain Area Workforce Board, the administrative entity for the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act in Local Area 2. The board’s area includes the following counties: Claiborne, Cocke, Grainger, Greene, Hamblen, Hancock, Hawkins, Jefferson, Sevier and Union.

Ely is senior vice president of Sevier County Bank.

“In addition to her proven leadership skills, Elaine brings a very keen knowledge of this region’s economy to the board chairmanship. This will be an important asset as the board works closely with various sectors in the coming years,” said Donna Stansberry, dean of workforce development for Walters State.

While Ely is new to the board chair position, she has worked with WIOA for several years, both as a board member and accessing WIOA services on behalf of her employer.

“I first became aware of the board when the bank learned of available funding for training,” Ely said. The WIOA staff processes incumbent worker grants and submits those to the State of Tennessee for approval.

She was named to the board in 2015 by Sevier County Mayor Larry Waters.

Ely would like to see more businesses take advantage of the services offered by both the board and by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

“The state wants to see its citizens at work, and is willing to provide resources to help businesses stay competitive. We want to make sure employees have the tools they need to keep a job or to advance,” Ely said.

Ely said she had been very impressed by the way the board and staff members work to remove employment barriers for groups like youth and veterans.

Ely has lived in Sevier County since her early childhood. She earned an associate’s degree from Hiwassee College and a bachelor’s degree from Tusculum College. She started her banking career in 1979 when offered a job as a bookkeeper.  Ely has become a well-known and respected leader in the banking industry, having worked with two local community banks for 34 years before joining Sevier County Bank in 2013. She holds certifications as an Accredited ACH Professional and a Certified Payments Risk Manager. She is a graduate of the Tennessee School of Banking at Vanderbilt University.

“I didn’t realize it at the time, but banking has been my calling,” Ely said.

“A bank has to meet the needs of the consumers and the businesses in its area. I also appreciate the fact that banks are good corporate citizens and are involved in their communities.”

Ely is a member of the Great Smoky Mountains Church of Christ, a volunteer for the Dollywood Foundation, and serves on the boards of directors for Leadership Sevier and the Mountain Tough Recovery Team.

Ely replaces David Popiel of Newport, who resigned after serving as chair since 2006.
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Leading financial expert Wynne E. Baker appointed to Board of Directors for Sevier County Bancshares and Sevier County Bank

SEVIERVILLE, TN – Sevier County Bancshares, Inc., holding company for Sevier County Bank, elected Wynne E. Baker of Nashville to serve on the Board of Directors of both the bank and holding company.

Baker, a nationally recognized authority on financial management, recently retired as partner/owner with the accounting firm KraftCPAs PLLC of Nashville. Baker headed the firm’s Banking Industry Team for 40 years. His group provided financial institutions with accounting, auditing and consulting services and advised banks in compliance and loan reviews, stock valuations, litigation support and mergers/acquisitions. In addition, Baker helped Kraft clients evaluate and execute organic growth strategies, and provided counsel in the strategic management of acquisitions and the start-up of new banks.

“There are few in the financial industry with Wynne’s understanding of the community bank market, its complexities, challenges and opportunities,” said Matthew A. R. Converse, president and CEO. “His widespread knowledge of banking and experience in financial management will provide our board the highest level of insight and perspective.

A certified public accountant (CPA) and certified financial services auditor (CFSA), Baker is a graduate of the Tennessee Technological University College of Business Administration at Cookeville. In 1999, TTU presented Baker with the Louis B. Johnson “Outstanding Business Alumnus Award.” The following year, he received the “Distinguished Service Award” from the Tennessee Society of CPAs.

“I have a great deal of respect for Sevier County Bank and the progress it has made over the past several years,” said Baker, who has provided training to the Tennessee Department of Financial Institutions, FDIC and OCC (Office of the Comptroller of the Currency) along with the Tennessee Bankers Association. “They have worked extremely hard in cleaning up their balance sheet and positioning the bank for future success. I’m honored by their invitation to be a member of the board and proud to be part of an organization whose core purpose is built on the foundation of “Keeping Our Community in Business.”

Baker is a member of the American Institute of CPAs and author of its premier bank course – “Introduction to Bank Accounting and Auditing.” He is also co-editor of the McGraw Hill published “Handbook of Financial Management for Banks.”

Former chairman of the Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants, Baker is certified by AICPA in financial forensics (CFF) and is a “preferred examiner” under the American Bankers Association (ABA). Baker is a frequent speaker at CPA seminars and conventions throughout the country.

Baker is respected nationally as an authority on the Current Expected Credit Losses (CECL) model, developed in the aftermath of the financial crisis by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) to replace current impairment models.
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SCB's AA Battery Campaign returns for the month of August

Sevierville, TN- Sevier Counties fire agencies are once again the recipient of funds for SCB's Dressed Down for My Town program.  Jeans day funds from employees, as well as AA battery donations, collected during the month of August will benefit our local firefighters.

You can help by dropping off packages of new AA batteries at any SCB location.  Monetary donations are accepted as well and can be given to any teller.

Thank you for helping SCB keep our local heroes safe!
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Sevier County Bank helps celebrate our nation's independence by honoring those who've fought for our freedoms

Sevier County Bank recently announced on local radio that its employee charity of the month for July 2017 is HonorAir Knoxville. SCB's Dressed Down for My Town (#DD4MT) employee jeans day donations during July will benefit this East Tennessee charity.

"SCB considers it an honor and privilege to give back to our local veterans by supporting HonorAir Knoxville," said President and CEO Matthew A. R. Converse. "My father served in the United States Navy from WWII through the Korean War and until his retirement in 1965, and I cherish every conversation with him, especially those when he shares stories about his military career."

HonorAir Knoxville is a non-profit organization that takes WWII, Korean War, and Vietnam War veterans on a chartered flight to Washington, D.C. for tours of the World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, Marine and Air Force Memorials. Any World War II veteran, Korean War veteran, or Vietnam War veteran (that served in-country) from East Tennessee is eligible to apply for the trip.

Making the trip with fellow veterans, not only provides time to enjoy camaraderie but also time to reflect. HonorAir’s flight coordinator Jim Cundall shares that for many, the trip provides much-needed healing. "Veterans will carefully study the memorials to find the names of those they served with that did not make it home."

The cost for this one day all-expense paid trip is approximately $500 per veteran. Prestige Cleaners in Knoxville covers all related administrative expenses so that every dollar donated is applied directly to the cost of the trip.

"HonorAir Knoxville is grateful to the employees of Sevier County Bank for choosing us to be a recipient of their charitable giving," said founder Eddie Mannis. "Their support shows the incredible value they place on our veterans’ service and sacrifice."

SCB is proud to support HonorAir Knoxville and is asking folks in Sevier County to join them. You can help fund flights for local veterans by making a monetary donation at any SCB location.

In addition to making monetary contributions, SCB employees also invite you to join them and others in the community as they welcome home the next group of returning veterans at McGhee Tyson Airport.

Any East Tennessee veteran wishing to apply to take part in a future flight can apply online at www.honorairknoxville.com. Full information about the organization, including testimonials and the need for flight chaperone volunteers, can be found online or obtained by calling 865-938-7701.
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Women's Care Center of Sevier County is benefitting from SCB employee jeans days throughout the month of May

Sevier County Bank announced on Monday that the Women's Care Center of Sevier County will be the charity of the month for May 2017.  Throughout the month, employee donations made on Jeans Day Fridays will benefit the center.

In addition to making monetary donations, employees are also collecting packages of disposable diapers (in size Newborn, 4 & 5) to help fill a current need at the center.

If you would like to help, you can make a monetary or item donation at any SCB branch.  Besides diapers, the WCC is also currently in need of:

  • Pull-ups
  • Baby clothing (Premature, newborn & toddler boys)- can be new or gently used
  • Carseats

To learn more about WCC and how they assist families in our area, visit www.WCCSevier.org.
Thank you for supporting the Women's Care Center of Sevier County, and for helping SCB make a difference in our community!
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Investment and Wealth Management services now available at Sevier County Bank

Sevierville, TN – Sevier County Bank today announced that it has entered into an agreement with a national asset management company that will provide clients more flexibility and options in pursing their financial goals.

Sevier County Bank is now working with local Tennessee Valley Asset Management Partners’ (TVAMP) professional advisors who will provide investment and wealth management services to assist customers in all facets of financial planning as SCB Investment & Wealth Management.

“Our new partners specialize in working with individuals, families, and small businesses,” said Sevier County Bank President and CEO Matthew A. R. Converse. “Clients will benefit from a comprehensive approach to money management and financial planning and have access to a universal suite of products and services.”

“While traditional banking products are critically important to our clients, we also believe that many of our clients want the flexibility to diversify assets; they want to feel comfortable and confident in an institution that offers personalized investment advice based on research, experience, and trust,” Converse said. “We understand that events occur in our clients’ lives that can affect financial goals and plans. Our goal is to strengthen client relationships by being there when they need us most,” he added.

TVAMP advisors will assist Sevier County Bank clients in coordinating traditional retail banking products with comprehensive financial planning services that address current and future needs such as investment strategies, tax planning, estate planning, insurance planning, retirement, and education planning. Eric Fitzgerald, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and Wealth Advisor for SCB Investment & Wealth Management adds, “We are thrilled for this opportunity because it means we have a chance to make a positive impact on more people in our community. This is going to be a valuable resource for the clients of the bank and we’re excited to bring our experience in financial planning to them. Confidence in your future starts with a plan!”

SCB Investment & Wealth Management’s provides unbiased investment advice with no proprietary products. Investment decisions are made to diligently and actively manage risk according to a person’s financial goals. “We are held to the fiduciary standard. This means we put our clients’ best interest first. We always look at the big picture – not just one aspect. It’s our mission to help build, manage, and preserve the wealth of the clients of the bank. We look forward to working with the clients of Sevier County Bank.” said Jeff Foster, CFP®, Senior Partner and Wealth Advisor of TVAMP and SCB Investment & Wealth Management.

Securities offered through LPL Financial, Member FINRA/SIPC. Investment advice offered through TVAMP, a registered investment advisor. SCB Investment and Wealth Management and TVAMP are separate entities from LPL Financial.

The investment products sold through LPL Financial are not insured Sevier County Bank deposits and are not FDIC insured. These products are not obligations of Sevier County Bank and are not endorsed, recommended or guaranteed by Sevier County Bank or any government agency. The value of the investment may fluctuate, the return on the investment is not guaranteed, and loss of principal is possible. 
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SCB promotes Plemons and Hogg to SVP

SEVIERVILLE, TN – Sevier County Bank today announced it has promoted the following officers:

Christopher D. Plemons promoted to senior vice president. A senior commercial lender, Plemons has been with Sevier County Bank for ten years. He served as branch manager and loan officer for SCB’s Gatlinburg office from 2009 to 2012 before relocating to the Pigeon Forge market in 2013. Plemons is currently enrolled in the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University, and is a graduate of both the Tennessee Bankers Association’s Southeastern School of Consumer Credit and Southeastern School of Commercial Credit.

Human Resources Director Stacy Hogg has been promoted to senior vice president. Ms. Hogg, has served Sevier County Bank for eleven years and holds a certification in Professional Human Resources.
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Sevier County Bank employees DD4MT donations benefitting local food ministry

SEVIERVILLE, TN-  Jim Davis, Executive Director of Sevier County Food Ministries, recently joined SCB on local radio to announce SCFM as the January 2017 beneficiary of the Bank's employee jeans day fundraising program.  Now through January 31st, participating Sevier County Bank employees will be donating cash or items to the food ministry in exchange for the opportunity to wear jeans on Fridays.

SCFM provides supplemental food to those with a need that goes beyond that which personal funds or other assistance provides.  According to Davis, SCFM served an average of 1,800 local families per week in 2016.   "Sevier County Food Ministries is blessed and extremely thankful for the support and contributions we receive from SCB and others in the community," Davis said.  "WIthout our wonderful volunteers and amazing local support, there is no way we could have distributed over 84,000 bags of groceries last year."  Current needs at SCFM include: large boxes of instant mashed potatoes (potato flakes) and variety packs of instant oatmeal.

If you would like to help Sevier County Bank make a difference in our community, you can make a monetary or item donation at any SCB location now through the end of the month.  In addition to the current needs mentioned above, other non-perishable food donations are also needed and much appreciated.
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SCB employees’ “Dressed Down for My Town” program benefits community with over $7,500 in donations

SEVIERVILLE, TN - Sevier County Bank announced today that it raised more than $6,000 in cash and $1,500 in item donations through its year-long employee charity program to benefit local causes in 2016. Totals for SCB’s employee program – “Dressed Down for My Town” or DD4MT – do not include donations collected in December through the SCB Fire Relief Fund to benefit local wildfire victims. SCB employees and families, customers, friends, and the community were instrumental in contributing.

“The amount of cash, plus the countless item donations, like diapers for the Women’s Care Center, and puzzles and games for Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center, speaks volumes about how much SCB employees care about our community,” said President and CEO Matthew A. R. Converse.  “The recent wildfire tragedy has given national attention to the kind of heart Sevier County folks have for their friends and neighbors. We’re blessed to witness this kindness and generosity daily.”

Other local organizations that benefitted from SCB’s DD4MT program in 2016 were: Douglas Cooperative, Sevier County Volunteer Fire Departments, Honor Air Knoxville, Relay for Life, Alzheimer’s TN, Forgotten Child Fund, Salvation Army Angel Tree, Smoky Mountain Area Rescue Ministries, and the Sevier County Humane Society.

SCB employees are currently submitting names of local charities for consideration to benefit from the DD4MT program in 2017.  The public is encouraged to submit names of a local charity or organization for consideration by emailing Marketing@BankSCB.com. Include your name, a contact number, the organization’s name, and a brief statement telling why you feel this organization should benefit from DD4MT funds.
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Alzheimer's TN is SCB's charity of the month

Sevierville, TN-  During the month of September, funds raised through SCB's Dressed Down for My Town program are benefitting Alzheimer's TN.  Alzheimer's TN contributes to our communities in East TN in a number of ways, including- providing support for families and caregivers of patients with Alheimer's disease and related dementias; providing education about the disease; advocating for the needs and rights of those with Alzheimer’s and related dementias; and, raising funds for research for its prevention, cure, and treatment.

The SCB family, as well as others both nationwide and internationally, were recently impacted by Alzheimer's and dementia through the late, great Coach Pat Summitt.  We honor her memory by choosing to join in the fight against this horrible disease.

If you would like to contribute, please make a monetary donation at any SCB location, now through September 30.
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Plemons promoted to Senior Commercial Lender

SEVIERVILLE, TN – Sevier County Bank today announced it has promoted vice president, Christopher D. Plemons to senior commercial lender. Plemons joined Sevier County Bank in 2007 as a loan officer.

A native of Sevierville and 2001 graduate of Sevier County High School, Plemons served as branch manager and loan officer for SCB’s Gatlinburg office from 2009 to 2012 before relocating to the Pigeon Forge market in 2013 where he specializes in commercial lending. Plemons is currently enrolled in the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University, and is a graduate of both the Tennessee Bankers Association’s Southeastern School of Consumer Credit and Southeastern School of Commercial Credit.

A 2006 graduate of the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Plemons holds dual bachelor’s degrees in finance and business management. He is the current president of the Gatlinburg Rotary Club where he has been a member for six years and is a 2009 graduate of Leadership Tomorrow.

Plemons, and his wife Stacy, make their home in Sevierville.
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Employee jeans day donations and community donations to benefit RFL

Chances are that you, a family member, or a friend has been affected by cancer.

That's why SCB has chosen Sevier County Relay for Life as its Dressed Down for My Town charity for the month of June.  Together, we celebrate the survivors...honor those who are currently fighting...and remember those who have gone on.Join us in supporting Relay for Life by making a monetary donation at any SCB location, now thru June 30th.
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Former Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Gary R. Wade elected to Sevier County Bancshares Board

SEVIERVILLE, TN – Sevier County Bancshares, Inc., holding company for Sevier County Bank, announced today that former Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Gary R. Wade has been elected by the shareholders to serve on the Board of Directors for the longest operating bank and company in Sevier County.

"The Wade family has been a cornerstone of this community, and an influential and integral part of Sevier County Bank for generations," said Matthew A. R. Converse, president and CEO. "Approaching Gary to see if he would be both willing and available to serve was the natural decision for SCB, given this history. Justice Wade’s formal career as a judge had precluded him from such roles in the past, but luckily, we found ourselves at a fortunate intersection where circumstances aligned and he accepted."

Wade is currently dean of Lincoln Memorial University’s Duncan School of Law at Harrogate, Tennessee. A native of Sevier County, he was appointed to the Tennessee Supreme Court by Governor Phil Bredesen in 2006 and served with distinction on Tennessee’s highest court until his retirement in 2015 when he assumed his new role with the Duncan School of Law. Wade graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s of science degree from the University of Tennessee in 1970 and a J.D. degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1973.

"Justice Wade is everything you would hope for in a director," Converse said. "He is well known for his business, civic and philanthropic support of our community."

Justice Wade was named by the American Board of Trial Advocates as the Tennessee Appellate Judge of the Year in 2004 and the Southeastern Appellate Judge of the Year in 2014. Last year, the Tennessee Bar Association awarded Justice Wade the Frank F. Rowboat III Outstanding Judicial Service Award.

Before taking the bench, Justice Wade was in private practice for 15 years. He also served as mayor of Sevierville from 1977 to 1987. Justice Wade is co-founder and chairman emeritus of the Friends of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Since its founding in 1993, Friends has raised more than $50 million to fund historic preservation, wildlife management, environmental education and more in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Justice Wade is co-founder of Leadership Sevier.
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Sevier County Bank names Sue White as Branch Manager for its Seymour office

SEVIERVILLE, TN – Sevier County Bank today named 30-year banking veteran Sue White as manager of the Seymour branch office. She joins SCB from First Tennessee Bank where she was a financial center manager responsible for retail sales, consumer and commercial lending and staff development.

"Sue not only understands the value we place in developing trust with our customers, but has a long history of working closely with individuals who look to us for financial advice and guidance," said Matthew A.R. Converse, president and chief executive officer. "She is well-respected in our community and a strong advocate of nonprofit organizations."

Former branch manager Rhonda Gibson, who retired from full-time work at the Seymour office back in January and has since been working part-time, is set to elect full retirement soon.

"Sevier County Bank is extremely well-respected for its commitment to their customers and the community," said White, who came to Sevier County in 1993 to First National Bank as a loan officer from Barnett Bank in Sarasota, Fla. "This is a place where I can make a difference.

"It’s important to be part of an organization with high standards and a quality reputation," she said. "My role is to continue Sevier County Bank’s tradition of extraordinary customer service." 2

As a corporate trainer and financial center manager with Mountain National Bank before its merger with First Tennessee Bank, White was responsible for training tellers, lenders, customer service representatives, branch managers and support staff.

White has served the Shiloh Riders Association for seventeen years and is the current secretary and treasurer. The Shiloh Riders Association is a nonprofit motorcycle organization that raises money for families in need. They host the annual East Tennessee Toy Run.

She and her husband, Jim White, have three children; Jeanne Baach, Jamie White and Jacob White. They make their home in Kodak.
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Month of May chosen to coincide with group's annual fundraising campaign

If you have been in the lobby of any SCB office lately, chances are that you noticed a large plastic baby bottle on display with information about the Women's Care Center of Sevier County's Bottles for Babies (B4B) campaign. In addition to accepting monetary donations for the group, SCB is also collecting a variety of new baby related items through its Dressed Down for My Town program.

SCB employees chose WCC to be a recipient of #DD4MT funds in 2016, and SCB Marketing Liaison Nichole Bohanan suggested the month of May to coincide with the group's annual B4B fundraising campaign.  "Bottles for Babies traditionally runs from Mother's Day to Father's Day, so May seemed to be the perfect month to give added exposure for the WCC and the great work it does for families in Sevier County."

Now thru the end of the month, you can help by donating cash or items at any SCB location.  Suggested items include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • New baby clothing
  • Baby food
  • Diapers
  • Wipes

Thank you for helping SCB make a difference in our community!
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Employee and community giving from January through March includes hundreds of items, plus over $1,000 in cash!

Sevierville, TN- When SCB employees submitted their suggestions for local charities to benefit from Dressed Down for My Town funds, they knew their donations, as well as those from SCB customers and friends would have a great impact. Now, they are seeing just how much.

“I never cease to be amazed at the giving hearts of SCB employees, customers, and friends,” said Bank President and CEO Matthew Converse.

Hundreds of items, ranging from craft items to kitty litter, have been collected in just three short months.  Add in over $1,000 in cash, and that makes a big difference to first quarter DD4MT recipients: Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center, Sevier County Humane Society, and Douglas Cooperative.

Stay tuned to see which local organizations will benefit next.  You can follow SCB employee giving via Twitter @BankSCB_TN with the #DD4MT.
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SCB's Dressed Down for My Town program benefitting local fire agencies during the month of April

SEVIERVILLE, TN – Sevier County Bank’s employee jeans day program, better known as the Dressed Down for My Town initiative (#DD4MT) will benefit local fire agencies during the month of April.  The bank is entering its third year of efforts to collect AA batteries and much needed funds for Sevier County’s eleven fire departments.

The idea for the campaign originated with a local volunteer firefighter, whose wife works at SCB.  Sean McCune, who is a member of the Sevier County Volunteer Fire Department, established in 1954 and one of the 11 county volunteer fire departments, approached SCB for help a couple of years ago when certain battery donations/grants were no longer available from a national manufacturer.

AA batteries are used in the firefighter’s air pack, which notify when air bottles are running low and also signal an emergency alarm system when a firefighter is injured or trapped.  McCune said, “It’s an essential part of our life‐saving equipment.” Eleven fire departments, representing 23 fire stations and approximately 400 firefighters, serve Sevier County.

#DD4MT funds raised during the month of April, as well as batteries donated in lieu of cash, will go to help these local agencies restock their battery inventories.  SCB employees invite the public to help by donating new packs of AA batteries or cash now through April 29th.

“You could be the one who saves a life through your donation,” said SCB President and CEO Matt Converse.  “SCB considers it a privilege to collect batteries and cash donations to help the brave men and women that put their lives on the line to stay safe while they are keeping our families and community safe.”

Will you help?  Each of SCB’s six locations will serve as collection sites for the AA Battery Campaign during April. Locations include:

  • Main Office, 111 E. Main Street, Sevierville
  • Dolly Parton Parkway Office, 720 Dolly Parton Parkway, Sevierville
  • Pigeon Forge Main Office, 3260 Parkway, Pigeon Forge
  • Pigeon Forge branch, 3605 Parkway, Pigeon Forge
  • Seymour Office, 11403 Chapman Highway, Seymour
  • Gatlinburg Office, 961 E. Parkway, Gatlinburg

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Bank employees Casual Friday jeans wear benefitting Douglas Cooperative throughout March

SEVIERVILLE, TN –Sevier County Bank announced this week on local radio that Douglas Cooperative is SCB’s Dressed Down for My Town charity recipient for March.  Bank employees are inviting the public to join in by donating cash or arts and crafts items for this cause.

Douglas Cooperative is a private, non-profit organization that has served Sevier County for over 35 years.  Their organization provides an array of services to individuals with developmental disabilities.

Donation boxes are currently placed in the lobby at each of Sevier County Bank’s six locations. Items, which will be collected through Thursday, March 31, will be donated to Douglas Co-op.  A few items on the organization’s wish list are: construction paper, card stock, colored pencils, glitter, glue, fabric, ribbon, and photo albums.

“Sevier County Bank is happy to support our friends at Douglas Cooperative,” said Matthew A. R. Converse, bank president and CEO.  “Our hope is that the funds raised and items collected will provide an enhanced learning experience for Douglas Co-op’s wonderful clients.”

Monetary or item donations may be made at any Sevier County Bank location, Monday through Thursday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.



Nominations for Sevier County Education Hall of Fame being accepted now thru March 11th

SCB is asking residents to submit nominations for the 2016 class of the Sevier County Education Hall of Fame.  The Education Hall of Fame recognizes those individuals that have had a lasting impact on education in Sevier County.

Full details, including information on the various categories and instructions on how/where to submit, can be seen here on the 2016 nomination form.  Nomination forms may also be picked up at any Sevier County Bank location.

Deadline to submit a nomination for consideration for this year's class of inductees is Friday, March 11, 2016.
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Bank employees Dressed Down for My Town initiative benefitting Sevier County Humane Society throughout the month of February

SEVIERVILLE, TN – Sevier County Humane Society joined Sevier County Bank this week on local radio to announce being chosen as SCB’s Dressed Down for My Town charity recipient for February.  Bank employees are inviting the public to join in by donating cash or items from the Humane Society’s wish list for this cause.

The Sevier County Humane Society, which was founded in 1974, takes in an average of 3,000 lost, abandoned, surrendered or homeless pets per year.This total however is not comprised of dogs and cats only.The shelter has been a past home to pigs, rabbits, chickens, geese, horses, and even an iguana.

“Our organization is happy to be chosen by SCB employees as one of their Dressed Down for My Town charities for 2016” said Martha Gilchrist, Sevier County Humane Society Board President.  “We appreciate their support and their desire to involve the community in their collection efforts.”

Donation boxes are currently placed in the lobby at each of Sevier County Bank’s six locations. Items, which will be collected through Monday, Feb. 29, will be donated to the Humane Society.  A few items on the organization’s wish list are: Purina brand dry pet foods, cat litter, litterbox liners, air freshener spray, bleach, paper towels, antibacterial hand soap, and large heavy duty trash bags.

“Sevier County Bank is glad to support our local Humane Society,” said Matthew A. R. Converse, bank president and CEO.  “We’re happy to help get the word out not only to our customers, but to our community as whole, so that the Sevier County Humane Society can be equipped with the necessities required to provide care for the animals.”

Monetary or item donations may be made at any one of the following Sevier County Bank locations, Monday through Thursday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.:

  • Sevierville Main Office, 111 East Main Street, Sevierville
  • Dolly Parton Parkway Office, 720 Dolly Parton Parkway, Sevierville
  • Pigeon Forge Main Office, 3260 Parkway, Pigeon Forge
  • Pigeon Forge Office, 3605 Parkway, Pigeon Forge
  • Gatlinburg Office, 961 East Parkway, Gatlinburg
  • Seymour Office, 11403 Chapman Highway, Seymour

To learn more about the Sevier County Humane Society, visit their website at www.SevierHumane.org or like them on Facebook.  Follow SCB employee giving on Twitter @BankSCB_TN using #DD4MT.
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Bank employees Dressed Down for My Town initiative benefitting Safe Harbor CAC during the month of January

SEVIERVILLE, TN – Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center joined Sevier County Bank this past week on the local radio stations to announce being chosen as SCB’s Dressed Down for My Town charity recipient for January.  Bank employees are inviting the public to join in by donating cash and new, unused child-friendly items for this cause.

Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center provides a child-focused and child-friendly setting for the coordination of necessary services for children that have been victims of severe neglect, physical and sexual abuse or have been a witness to a violent crime or act.  Based in Sevierville, Safe Harbor serves the 4th judicial district which includes the counties of Sevier, Cocke, Jefferson, and Grainger.

"Safe Harbor appreciates being chosen by SCB employees as their Dressed Down for My Town charity of the month,” said Donna Koester, executive director of Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center.  “We appreciate their support and their desire to help us as we serve our most innocent and precious citizens in their time of need, our children.”

Collection boxes are currently placed at each of Sevier County Bank’s six locations. Items, which will be collected through Friday, Jan. 29, will be donated to Safe Harbor CAC for their toy chest.  Items suggested for donation are: coloring books, crayons, puzzles, art supplies, sketch pads, writing journals, hand-held games, Nerf sports items, and toboggans.

“Sevier County Bank is thrilled to support Safe Harbor,” said Matthew A. R. Converse, bank president and CEO.  “SCB employees have such devotion to our area and each of the local charities chosen as recipients of their Jeans Day/Dressed Down for My Town funds for 2016 make a lasting impact on the lives of our citizens and our community as a whole.”  Follow all of the activities of SCB employee giving on Twitter @BankSCB_TN with #DD4MT to see who’s next to benefit.

Several SCB employees and family members have active roles with Safe Harbor.  SVP/Director of Operations Allen Bell and Gatlinburg Branch Operations Manager Aaron Medlin and their spouses, as well as the spouse of Pigeon Forge Commercial Lender Chris Plemons are members of Friends of Safe Harbor.  Laurie Converse and Vicky Murrell, spouses of SCB directors, are members of Safe Harbor’s Board of Directors.

Monetary or item donations may be made at any Sevier County Bank location, Monday through Thursday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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Officials appeal to community to help families in need during the holiday season

SEVIERVILLE, TN – The Boys and Girls Club of the Smoky Mountains announced today that it is partnering with Sevier County Bank this holiday season to help local families in need of food.  Club and bank officials are asking the public to donate cash, canned goods, and other non-perishable food items for this cause.

Collection boxes, designed and brightly decorated by children at the local Clubs, are currently placed at each of Sevier County Bank’s six locations. Food items, which will be collected through Friday, Jan. 8, will be donated to Sevier County Food Ministries.

“The Boys & Girls Club of the Smoky Mountains is proud to partner with Sevier County Bank to help those who need us most to have a better future,” said Mark Ross, executive director of the Boys and Girls Club of the Smoky Mountains.

Sevier County Food Ministries provides food for approximately 1,600 local families on an average week, and unfortunately that number only increases during the holidays and colder winter months.

“We’re so glad that the Boys & Girls Club joined us this year to help meet this need in our community,” said Matthew A. R. Converse, president and chief executive officer of Sevier County Bank. “The need in our community is tremendous, but often goes unseen. I believe loyal SCB customers and our neighbors in the community, both individuals and businesses, will respond in overwhelming measure by donating food items and cash, just like they have in years past.”

Donations of cash or food items may be made at any one of the following Sevier County Bank locations, Monday through Thursday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.:

  • Sevierville Main Office, 111 East Main Street, Sevierville
  • Dolly Parton Parkway Office, 720 Dolly Parton Parkway, Sevierville
  • Pigeon Forge Main Office, 3260 Parkway, Pigeon Forge
  • Pigeon Forge Office, 3605 Parkway, Pigeon Forge
  • Gatlinburg Office, 961 East Parkway, Gatlinburg
  • Seymour Office, 11403 Chapman Highway, Seymour

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SCB family mourns the loss of long-time banker, director, and friend Ross B. Summitt

SEVIERVILLE, TN – For over 60 years, Ross Barnes Summitt was a cornerstone for Sevier County Bank. In those years, he saw many changes in the banking industry and in the community he served. Today presents yet another change, an SCB without Mr. Ross Summitt.

"It is with great sadness that we mourn the loss of a man who was so incredibly instrumental in the success of Sevier County Bank, as well as the lives of countless individuals, businesses and organizations in our community," said Sevier County Bank President and CEO Matthew Converse. "There’s no way we could number those stories – generation after generation chose to bank at SCB because of him and his humble way of doing business."

Mr. Summitt passed away peacefully at his Sevierville home early Saturday morning at the age of 99. Although his health had slowed him in the past several months, he made a visit to SCB just a few weeks ago to do some banking and visit with employees. He also enjoyed feeding and watching the antics of the most recent additions to the Summitt farm, several goats and a donkey, which reminded him of his early years as a young farm boy in Monroe County, TN.

"Ross Summitt’s legacy will certainly live on at Sevier County Bank," said Converse, "both through his family members and through the lives of numerous employees that were influenced by his strong work ethic and incredible impact on the prosperity of this community over the past half century."

Several members of the Summitt family continue to serve SCB in various capacities. Ross’s children Joe Jim Summitt and Jo Anne Williams, son-in-law Jack Williams, and grandson Bond Jones are currently employed at Sevier County Bank, while sons Joe Jim and R.B. also serve as members of the Board of Directors for both the bank and the holding company.

Summitt’s influence will live on in the community as well, through the Sevierville Lions Club, Sevierville Chamber of Commerce, First United Methodist Church and many other local organizations which he helped to form or served as a member or officer.

It is no question, he will be missed.
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SCB selects Scale Computing for information systems upgrade

INDIANAPOLIS, Oct. 14, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Scale Computing, the leading provider of hyperconverged solutions, today announced that Sevier County Bank (SCB), a banking and financial services firm established in 1909, has selected Scale's HC3® Virtualization Platform in order to upgrade its information systems and support the bank's strategic technology plans as it serves the community in its next hundred years.

Headquartered in Sevierville, Tennessee, SCB has six locations providing high service level loan and deposit solutions to businesses and individuals in the region. To support these critical services for its 75 employees and thousands of customers, SCB uses three Jack Henry Banking applications for functions like check imaging and archive, data security and compliance, and reporting. SCB's key requirements were an updated virtualized infrastructure with high availability to defend against failures and downtime, and data protection and disaster recovery capabilities that met the financial industry's exacting standards. With an IT staff of two, simplified installation, migration, and ongoing maintenance were also desirable features.

With physical servers nearing the end of their useful life, SCB evaluated a traditional virtualization solution using VMware running on host servers connected into a shared storage environment. However, the estimated cost of $180,000 for hardware at a single location was expensive and financially irresponsible.

Fortunately, Josh Carr, Assistant Vice President, IT Manager and Systems Administrator at SCB, learned about Scale Computing's HC3 product, a hyperconverged solution combining servers, storage, virtualization and management into a single, easy-to-use system. With no virtualization software to license and no external storage to buy, the upgrade to Scale's HC3 came in around one-third that cost – an easy sell to the bank's officers.

Aside from the cost comparison, SCB gained a scalable, simple, and highly available infrastructure that is as easy to set up and manage as a single server.

"We love that the HC3 is so simple to use, and we love the interface," said Carr. "The Scale nodes were a piece of cake. Once we got the switches in place, it was up and running that day."

SCB implemented an HC2000 cluster at their primary site, which alone provides high availability for any VMs created on the system. The bank also installed an HC1000 cluster at its disaster recovery ("DR") branch, and uses HC3's replication to ensure compliance in the highly regulated banking industry. The process for replicating and cloning VMs is easy enough that SCB can also test their DR plan with ease.

"If the Main Office experiences a disaster, we could take the replicated VMs at our DR location and clone those to spin them up with little to no downtime.  We're estimating that only about five minutes worth of recent data changes would potentially be lost," said Carr.

"Sevier County Bank made an intelligent choice to avoid the out-of-control licensing costs of virtualization software, and the headaches of managing external storage, in favor of HC3," said Jeff Ready, CEO at Scale Computing. "As a single, appliance-like solution, HC3 is ideal for these environments moving aging physical servers to virtualized ones, and adding enterprise-strength data services, while keeping it simple, cost-sustainable, and scalable for the long term – perhaps even another century."

About Scale Computing
Scale Computing integrates storage, servers, and virtualization software into an all-in-one appliance based system that is scalable, self-healing and as easy to manage as a single server. Using industry standard components, the HC3 appliances install in under an hour, and can be expanded and upgraded with no downtime. High availability insulates the user from any disk or server failure and a unified management capability driven by the patented HyperCore Software™, efficiently integrates all functionality. The result is a data center solution that reduces operational complexity, allows a faster response to business issues, and dramatically reduces costs. For more information, call 877-SCALE-59 or visit www.scalecomputing.com.
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SCB Customer Appreciation Days are Coming Soon!

Come join us for a day filled with fun, fellowship, food, and prizes!  Bank personnel will be washing windshields for drive-thru customers. We'll have various door prizes throughout the day, including a drawing for our Grand Prize Giveaway, a 32 inch flat screen TV!

Friday, October 16th @ Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge branches
Friday, October 23rd @ Main Office, Seymour and Dolly Parton Parkway branches

Start the day off right with a special breakfast treat
7:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. 
Enjoy a grilled hot dog, chips, and a drink for lunch
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 
Then, stop by for an afternoon snack
1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. 

This is just a small way of saying a big Thank You to all of our loyal customers for your continued business. We hope you will join us! 
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Sevier County Bank recruits local veteran banker for senior vice president of Commercial Banking

SEVIERVILLE, TN – Sevier County Bank today announced that Devon McKinzie, who has spent her banking career exclusively in Sevier County, has joined the company as senior vice president of commercial lending.

"Devon is a leader in our marketplace and our community, and has demonstrated remarkable skill throughout the years in working and interacting with local businesses," said President and Chief Executive Officer Matthew A. R. Converse. "She is an extraordinary talent; we are thrilled to attract someone with her knowledge and experience to our team to further enable SCB in being the premier banking choice for small businesses."

Most recently McKinzie served regional bank First Tennessee, where she was relationship manager and business banker before joining Sevier County Bank. McKinzie has 27 years’ experience in loan management and lending.

"I enjoyed my time with First Tennessee; they really have good people there," McKinzie said. "But my heart belongs to community banking. You can be more hands-on in helping customers achieve their goals and dreams – for me, that’s the joy of community banking.

"I have followed Sevier County Bank’s progress over the years and they have not only survived changes in the financial industry, but have become one of the leading, if not foremost, community banks in our area. In some ways, joining the bank has become a homecoming of sorts. I know many of the employees here, which makes this move all the more right for me personally and professionally."

Much of McKinzie’s financial career has been working with local community banks.

McKinzie began her career in banking in 1974 in the bookkeeping department with First National Bank of Gatlinburg. She became a commercial loan officer for First National in 1988 before being promoted to vice president and growing her first commercial loan portfolio to $27 million.

McKinzie’s climb to a key leadership role took a major step with her promotion to senior vice president in 1997 after First National Bank merged with BankFirst. She was placed in charge of managing a $49 million loan portfolio representing 450 clients. From there, she moved to Mountain National Bank and served as chief lending officer.

A strong community advocate – serving most recently on the campaign cabinet of the United Way of Sevier County. A graduate of Gatlinburg-Pittman High School, McKinzie’s community activity includes Junior Achievement, board of directors for Robert Morris Associates, Leadership Sevier Class of 2007, and Gatlinburg Chamber of Commerce.
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SCB promotes Stalans to SVP, makes key organizational changes

SEVIERVILLE, TN – Sevier County Bank recently promoted banking veteran Sheri Stalans to senior vice president following key organizational changes in the company. Stalans was named director of Accounting and Financial Reporting.

"Sheri represents the quality and depth of experience we have working for Sevier County Bank," said President and CEO Matthew A.R. Converse.

Stalans will continue to serve as controller, be responsible for accounting oversight responsibilities, and assume the lead role in generating regulatory, operational, management and board reports. She will work closely with board and executive management on budgeting, forecasting analysis and reporting.

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SCB recognized as a Healthier TN Workplace

NASHVILLE – The Governor’s Foundation for Health and Wellness has named Sevier County Bank a 2015 Healthier Tennessee Workplace. Sevier County Bank was recognized for encouraging and enabling employees to live healthy lifestyles at work and home.

"Sevier County Bank has created a culture of wellness that encourages and enables employees to be healthier, more productive, and more satisfied with their jobs. It’s good for business, and it’s good for Tennessee," Rick Johnson, president and chief executive officer of the Governor’s Foundation said.

To become a Healthier Tennessee Workplace, companies must certify that they have a wellness program with the following criteria:

 Encourages and enables physical activity in the workplace

 Offers healthy eating options at work

 Provides a tobacco-free environment and help with tobacco cessation

 Encourages and enables employees to monitor their own health through regular health risk assessments, screenings or check-ups

 Rewards and recognizes employees for participating in health and wellness activities and achieving health improvements

"Besides the obvious health benefits our wellness program provides employees, it makes us more productive as a company and decreases absenteeism in the workplace," said Sevier County Bank Vice President and Human Resources Director Stacy Hogg. "Plus we are trying to identify the activities that our employees are drawn to such as hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park or sponsoring their participation in color runs and other active fundraising activities that serve as a backdrop for our community."

The designation is granted for one full year with an opportunity to renew on an annual basis.

Those interested in becoming a Healthier Tennessee Workplace should apply at www.healthiertn.com/workplace. A company representative must register for Small Starts @ Work, then use the Small Starts tool to enter information about the healthy practices the company has in place to promote physical activity, healthy eating and tobacco cessation.

Companies that don’t currently have an ongoing wellness program can use Small Starts @ Work, a free, online tool, available through the Healthier Tennessee initiative, to get started and become eligible.
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ICBA offers financial tips for travelers- Planning for your trip ahead of time can help keep your money safe

Washington, D.C. (July 2, 2015)—As the July 4th holiday approaches, the Independent Community Bankers of America® (ICBA) and the nation’s more than 6,000 community banks are providing consumers with the information they need to help keep their money secure before they plan for the holiday weekend or their next vacation.

“Running out of money or losing your wallet is a quick way to ruin your trip,” said ICBA Chairman Jack Hartings, president and CEO of The Peoples Bank Co., Coldwater, Ohio. “Community bankers are relationship bankers who work with their customers, so in the event something unfortunate does happen, they will be ready to lend a helping hand.”

Financial professionals agree that the safest and most convenient way to travel with your money is to take a small amount of cash with you. Another good idea is to bring a debit and/or credit card as well. These cards are convenient while traveling because they are easy to carry, easy to use and often offer the lowest fees and the best exchange rates. Additionally, in the event that your debit and/or credit card is lost or stolen, you can easily have it deactivated to prevent further spending by calling your bank’s customer service number for added security as opposed to lost or stolen cash, which cannot be tracked.

ICBA offers these tips to consumers about what they need to take care of before they take off:

  • Let your community bank know when and where you will be traveling so that you will avoid any potential denials or fraud alerts when out-of-the-ordinary transactions are presented.
  • Ask your community bank about daily spending and withdrawal limits to help avoid a card denial when traveling.
  • Find out which ATM or debit card fees you may be subject to while traveling or at your travel destination.
  • Be sure to know your community bank’s customer service phone number. Better yet, add the number to your mobile contacts in case you have to report the card lost or stolen.
  • Have a backup card stored in a different place when you travel in case other cards get lost or stolen.
  • Make sure your card brands are accepted at the locations or countries you are traveling to.
  • Avoid logging onto your online or mobile banking account via public WiFi networks. Instead, use cellular data networks, or call the bank directly. If using cellular data, use virus protection to protect your accounts and phone.
  • Do not give financial information to callers who contact you and claim to be from your bank or credit card company, especially if they ask you to provide them with private information. If you are concerned about your bank account, credit card information or other personal financial data, contact your local community bank directly.

“Whether you and your family are traveling close to home or to a different country, it is better to be prepared for any event that comes your way. Your local community bank is always there to help ensure your finances will be kept safe,” Hartings said.

About ICBA
The Independent Community Bankers of America®, the nation’s voice for more than 6,000 community banks of all sizes and charter types, is dedicated exclusively to representing the interests of the community banking industry and its membership through effective advocacy, best-in-class education and high-quality products and services.
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SCA Farmer's Market featuring a host of fun activities in celebration of our nation's independence!

Come kick-off your Fourth of July weekend at the Sevierville Common's Farmer's Market!  In addition to all the usual farm fresh goodies and hand-made products that are for sale, the July 3rd Market will feature a host of special activities in celebration of Independence Day!

The schedule of events for the Friday July 3rd Market is as follows:

  • Market Vendors open - 9:00 AM to 1:30 PM
  • Greased Watermelon Relay (children ages 5-12) - 11:00 AM
  • Hot Dog Eating Throw Down - 11:30 AM
  • Revolutionary War Re-enactments, Demonstrations and Displays - throughout the day

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Sevier County Bancshares, Inc. announces an infusion of over $7MM in equity

Sevier County Bancshares announced Wednesday an infusion of $7.5 million in equity, a milestone that the bank says returns it to capital levels required by regulators.

The parent company of Sevier County Bank approved a 56-for-1 stock split, generating 708,846 shares of stock for existing shareholders and 750,000 shares, priced at $10 per share, to 30 new investors.

More than 200,000 shares were bought by Spence Limited LP, a Nashville-based private equity fund led by John Spence that specializes in what it considers undervalued community banks.

Spence will now hold 9.9 percent of the voting stock of the bank, which has been closely held since its founding in 1909. Longtime presidents Ross B. Summitt Sr. and his son R.B. Summitt, along with their families and related entities, collectively remain the bank’s largest single shareholder.

Matthew Converse, named the bank’s first permanent CEO in 2011, said the additional equity will allow the bank to meet the requirements of a 2012 Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. directive to increase capital and also to meet even tougher, newer standards.

“We think we can return to well-capitalized in the next quarter, if not sooner,” he said.

It’s the bank’s first successful equity increase with outside investors since the 2008 financial crisis that preceded the Great Recession.

Earlier attempts were unsuccessful in a climate that saw regulators close Knoxville-based BankEast in January 2012 and Sevierville-based Mountain National Bank in June 2013.

This time, however, the initial private offering saw demand that caused the bank to sell 50,000 additional shares above its top-line goal of 700,000, Converse said.

Shares will be quoted on the OTC Pink Marketplace to give investors more liquidity. Wedbush Securities will serve as the primary market maker.

The stock sale also will result in improving earnings for the bank, which is currently reporting losses.

The amount of insurance the bank is required to buy has dropped, and the way the sale was structured allows the bank to keep $13 million in deferred tax assets, Converse said.

Converse is also hopeful that regulators will allow the bank to transfer some of its loan loss reserves — he characterized about $3 million as excess — and book it as income.

With the real estate market strengthening, Converse is bullish on the bank’s future, noting its portfolio of troubled assets has been reduced from $88 million to $30 million in the past four years.

“Our loan portfolio is exceptionally clean, with past-dues for May at 0.28 percent,” he said. “We had to get to that point to prove to regulators that we knew how to manage it, and we’ve done an exceptional job.”

Sevier County Bank had total deposits of nearly $286 million as of March 31.

Courtesy of Amy Nolan
June 10, 2015
Knoxville News Sentinel
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The Sevierville Commons Association Farmer's Market set to begin on Friday, June 5th

Come join us at the Sevierville Commons Association Farmer's Market!  The market will be held from 9:00am til 1:30pm each Friday, June 5th through October 9th at the Gazebo on Bruce Street.  Local vendors will be set up selling fresh fruits and vegetables and other items.
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Sevier County Bank sells large resort property from its foreclosure portfolio

Courtesy- Jeff Farrell, The Mountain Press

PIGEON FORGE- A local group has purchased a resort near Dollywood's new Dream More development for about $5.6 million.

Documents from the Sevier County Register of Deeds show Smoky Mountain Resort & Conference Center LLC bought the Smoky Mountain Christian Village property from Sevier County Bank.

The bank foreclosed on the property, but continued booking and honoring reservations made under the previous owners.

"We had too many guests that had booked way in advance," said Clay Harris, chief credit officer with Sevier County Bank.  "We felt like we had a moral or ethical obligation to keep it open."

The new owners are a local group, he said, but they asked that the bank not disclose additional information about them for now.

The property is off Veterans Boulevard on Goldrush Road.  Although it's near Dollywood, it's on a wooded ridge and far enough from Veterans to offer some seclusion.

The resort features a pool, events center and 13 buildings, Harris said.

The new owners appear set to continue using the existing cabins and booking similar events, although they may focus on secular as well as religious bookings, he said.
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Joint effort between SCB and Sevierville Kiwanis Club is once again a success!

SEVIERVILLE, TN – Sevier County Bank’s employees, customers, and the community stepped up to the plate during this year’s Holiday Food Drive.

Over 1,000 non-perishable food items were collected during the campaign at SCB’s six locations.Nearly one-half of these items were collected at the bank’s Pigeon Forge Main Office, located on the Parkway next to Cheddar’s. PFMO Branch Operations Manager Dana Reed was thrilled by the overwhelming amount of donations they received. “We are so very appreciative of our customers here at PFMO. They have given from their hearts to support this great cause and help make this food drive a success. We are so thankful for their generosity.”

In addition to the many food items collected, members of the community also gave monetary donations at SCB offices. Added to community donations, SCB employees chose to donate their monthly Jeans Day funds to Sevier County Food Ministries.

“We’re so grateful that Sevierville Kiwanis and Sevier County Bank teamed up to have the holiday food drive again this year,” said Jim Davis, executive director of Sevier County Food Ministries. “The bank was instrumental in getting word out to the community in so many ways…by flyers in its branches, through messages on mailed statements, via their website, and even on the local radio. Thesecontributions they’ve collected will be vital in helping us to feed families in need during the winter months.”

Traditionally, spectators at the Sevierville Christmas Parade are given the opportunity to donate food items along the parade route. Much to the dismay of food drive coordinator and Sevierville Kiwanis VP Melissa Dove and many others, this year’s parade was cancelled due to inclement weather conditions. “We had a great group out there ready to collect along the route, but unfortunately the weather just did not cooperate. We were thrilled however to receive several donations, both food and monetary, from folks that hunted us down in the church parking lot as we waited to hear if the parade would go on or not.”

Matthew A. R. Converse, president and chief executive officer of Sevier County Bank, expressed his appreciation for the community’s support as well. “I am extremely proud of the way folks in Sevier County responded to the food drive again this year. Of course, I had no doubts that our employees, customers, and the public would make this project a success. I want to extend my sincere appreciation to all who contributed, whose donation of food or money will have such a great impact on helping to decrease hunger in our area. That’s something to be proud of.”

Sevierville Kiwanis Club and Sevier County Bank encourage those in the community to support SCFM year-round, not just during the holiday season. Contact a member of Kiwanis to see how you can assist their club in helping to support SCFM. You may also make monetary donations to the food bank at SCB throughout the year.

Sevier County Food Ministries collects donations of food and gently used clothing at a designated drop-off location near the Sevier County Fairgrounds. Monetary donations are also greatly appreciated, and are used to purchase foods at discounted rates from Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee. To learn more about SCFM, call (865) 428-5182, visit their website at www.seviercountyfoodministries.org, or like them on Facebook.
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SCB's weekly radio spot offers tips for helping to avoid identity theft.

Identity theft happens when someone steals your personal information and uses it without your permission.  It is a serious crime that can wreak havoc with your finances, credit history and reputation – and it takes time, money and patience to resolve.

Once identity thieves have your personal information, they can drain your bank account, run up charges on your credit cards, open new credit cards, open new utility accounts or get medical treatment on your health insurance.  An identity thief may even file a tax return in your name and get a refund.  In some extreme cases, a thief might even give your name to the police during an arrest.

Identity Thieves might

  • Go through trash cans and dumpsters, stealing bills and documents that have sensitive information
  • Work for businesses, medical offices, or government agencies and steal personal information on the job
  • Misuse the name of legitimate business and call or send emails to trick you into revealing personal information
  • Pretend to offer a job, a loan or an apartment and ask you to send personal information to “qualify”
  • Steal your wallet, purse, mail and remove your personal information from driver’s license, health insurance card, etc.
  • Obtain information from social media websites to pretend to be you or obtain information in order to answer your security questions.  (For example, a Facebook page has your home town, your current town, the high school you graduated from, your family’s names, your date of birth, where you work, etc.
    • Samples of Security Questions:
      Mother’s maiden name
      Place of birth
      High School Mascot
      Eldest siblings present city
      First job where you received a paycheck


  • Check your credit report annually.  This can be done for free by going to annualcreditreport.com or calling 1-877-322-8228.  A free credit report is allowed every 12 months.
  • Always check your bank statements, credit card statements and explanation of benefits from your health insurance provider.  If your statement has mistakes or doesn’t come on time, contact the business.
  • Only carry the documents/cards you need with you.
  • Keep mobile devices, tablets, laptops secured with a password.
  • Shred all documents that show personal, financial, and medical information before you throw it away.  (Customers can bring their documents to Sevier County Bank’s main office to be shred.   If you are closer to another branch, the customer would need to contact the branch to ensure the branch can accept documents to be shred.)
  • Don’t respond to email, text and phone messages that ask for personal information.
  • Create passwords that mix letters, numbers and special characters. Don’t use the same password on multiple accounts.
  • Limit the amount of personal information provided on social media.
  • Consider receiving your statements online versus through the U.S. Postal service.
  • If you shop or bank online, use websites that protect your information.  Don’t supply personal or financial information if website doesn’t lists https: at the beginning of the web address.
  • Set your computer operating system, web browser and security system to update automatically.

Signs of Identity Theft

  • You see withdrawals from your bank account that you can’t explain.
  • You don’t get your bills or other mail.
  • Merchants refuse your checks.
  • Debt collectors call you about debts that aren’t yours.
  • You find unfamiliar accounts or charges on your credit report.
  • Medical providers bill you for services you didn’t use.
  • Your health plan rejects your legitimate medical claims because the records show you have reached your benefit limit.
  • Your health plan won’t cover you because your medical records show you have a condition you don’t have.
  • The IRS notifies you that more than one tax return was filed in your name, or that you have income from an employer you don’t work for.
  • You get a notice that your information was compromised by a data breach at a company where you do business or have an account.

If it happens to you:

Immediate steps to be taken

  1. Place an initial fraud alert on your credit report
  2. Order your credit reports
  3. Create an identity theft report

How to create an Identity Theft Report

  • Go to www.ftc.gov/idtheft and complete the Federal Trade Commission Identity Theft Affidavit and print.
  • Take FTC Identity Theft Affidavit when you file a police report.
  • The FTC Report and Police Report together make the Identity Theft Report, which will be used when contacting creditors, the IRS, and other parties involved.

Sevier County Bank has FTC booklets and brochures at  each of our six location that lists these steps and can walk an individual through the process if their identity has been stolen. 
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SCB's weekly radio spot highlights signs of elder abuse

"You've read the newspaper stories or seen the reports on TV: an elderly person is physically, emotionally, or sexually abused or financially exploited by a family member, or a patient in a long-term care facility is victimized by a staff member. When something like this happens, we all ask ourselves how, and we wonder why someone can't intervene before these crimes are committed. The truth is, someone could (and should) have helped long before any elder was victimized.

Currently in Tennessee, only 1 in 23 cases of elder abuse is reported. Many times it's because the victim lives with someone who controls the elder's access to the outside world, finances, meals, medication, and everything else. Bruises go unnoticed, and the behavioral signs aren't witnessed, so the abuse continues. More than two-thirds of elder abuse perpetrators are family members." - from the Tennessee Commission on Aging and the Elderly

Sevier County has a strong system in place to assist seniors and also investigate any leads regarding elder abuse, whether it be physical or financial. Joe Jim Summitt, VP of Security, attends monthly Elder Watch meetings to help keep SCB informed of current issues affecting our local seniors and also any scams that might be targeting that particular demographic. Each SCB branch has an Elder Watch flyer on display to inform our customers how to report a case (or suspected case) of elder abuse...anytime...anonymously. That number to call is 1-888-277-8366.

Here are some tips to help protect your finances, which should be followed at any age.

  • Secure all of your valuables in a bank safety deposit box. These valuables can include your Social Security card, passports, credit card account numbers, will and other legal documents, financial statements and medical records.
  • Do not give financial information to callers that contact you and claim to be from established organizations such as your bank or credit card companies, especially if they ask you to wire funds or send them private information. If you are concerned about your bank account, contact your local community bank directly.
  • Check your bank accounts and bill statements carefully. You can check them online so you can zoom in easily in case you need to make the statement larger for easier reading. If you notice unauthorized charges, alert your bank immediately.
  • Do not give your personal information, such as your Social Security Number, bank account numbers or PINs, to anyone via phone, letter, email, fax or text message.
  • Have enough money set aside to support yourself and your immediate family for at least six months in case of an emergency.

“Elder financial abuse is a rapidly growing problem in our country” said Peter Gwaltney, chairman, president and CEO of the Senior Housing Crime Prevention Foundation. “We are encouraging every banker to spread the word on ways to prevent elder financial abuse and exploitation to every senior citizen and their families.”

Also, here are some common scenarios that might constitute a red flag and be a warning sign of elder abuse when it comes to financial matters.

  • Misappropriation of income or assets – Perpetrator obtains access to an elder’s Social Security checks, pension payments, checking or savings account, or credit or debit card, or withholds portions of checks cashed for an elder.
  • Excessive rent or fees for service – Perpetrator charges an elder excessive rent or unreasonable fees for basic care services such as transportation, food, or medicine.
  • Money or property obtained by undue influence, misrepresentation, or fraud – Perpetrator coerces an elder into signing over investments, real estate, or other assets through the use of manipulation, intimidation, or threats.
  • Improper or fraudulent use of the power of attorney or fiduciary authority – Perpetrator improperly or fraudulently uses the power of attorney or fiduciary authority to alter an elder’s will, to borrow money using an elder’s name, or to dispose of an elder’s assets or income.
  • Pigeon drop – Perpetrator claims to have found a sum of money and offers to split it with an elder provided the elder first withdraws an amount equal to his or her share as a sign of good faith.
  • Fake accident ploy – Perpetrator convinces an elder that the elder’s child has been seriously injured or is in jail and needs money for medical treatment or bail.
  • Telemarketing and mail fraud – Perpetrator persuades an elder to buy a valueless or nonexistent product, donate to a bogus charity, or invest in a fictitious enterprise.
  • Fake prizes – Perpetrator tells an elder that he or she has won a (nonexistent) prize and either asks the elder to send a check to pay the taxes on the prize or obtains the elder’s credit card or checking account number to pay for shipping and handling charges for the prize.
  • Unsolicited work – Perpetrator arrives unexpectedly at an elder’s residence and offers to perform work for a reasonable fee; after starting the work, the perpetrator insists that the elder pay more than originally agreed before the work will be completed.

Information courtesy of SHCPF and ICBA

If you have questions or concerns about the safety and security of your finances, contact your SCB banker right away.
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SCB promotes Aaron Medlin to senior customer service representative

SEVIERVILLE, TN – Sevier County Bank names Aaron Medlin as senior customer service representative.  In this role, Medlin will be responsible for business development and customer satisfaction.  Medlin is extremely knowledgeable of the variety of bank products and services available.  By working with customers to understand their unique banking needs and priorities, Medlin will provide tailored solutions, based upon their individual preferences."

Sevier County Bank maintains the highest standards in customer service,” said Allen R. Bell, director of customer experience.  “Many of our customers have complimented Aaron for his knowledge and ability to recommend the correct solution to their banking needs, as well as his ability to simplify the account opening.”

A native of Sevier County, Mr. Medlin currently resides in Sevierville, Tennessee with his wife Janet and sons Evan and Asher.  He is a graduate of East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in sports management.  He has been employed by Sevier County Bank since 2010, and has participated in various training programs to include those provided by the Tennessee Bankers Association, the American Bankers Association, and Walters State Community College.
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Keeping your money safe this summer

We thought it might be a good time for a refresher on some safety tips as you head out of town.

SEVIERVILLE, TN – With Memorial Day behind us launching the unofficial kickoff to summer, Sevier County residents are focused on that vacation that’s right around the corner.

We thought it might be a good time for a refresher on some safety tips as you head out of town to the beach or to visit relatives.

Whether on vacation or not, thieves and fraudsters need easy access to just a few key things to wreak havoc with your day-to-day lives. These simple reminders should help protect your money, your home and your piece of mind:

  1. Slim down your wallet and keep it safe. Keep your wallet in a secure place, perhaps your front pocket, and don’t put all your cash and credit cards in one place. Plus, do you really need to bring all those credit cards and old notes and phone numbers that are in your wallet right now? Probably not. Definitely make sure you leave your Social Security Card at home.
  2. Put a good password on your mobile phone, tablet and laptop. Most of these devices have your email account on them. If a thief can get to your email which is conveniently accessible on your stolen phone or tablet, he or she can change your email password, making your identity and perhaps even your money easy prey. Think how peaceful and nice it would be to spend two or more vacation days on the phone with credit card companies and your bank because the thief who stole your device used it to change your passwords. Having a lock-screen password on your phone and tablet makes for a much more relaxing vacation. It might even force you to be more social, in the oldest and truest sense of the word, but that’s not our business.
  3. Use credit cards for major purchases and keep the receipts. Credit cards’ zero-liability policy makes them a good choice for vacation spending. Keep a note of your card number and the customer service number stored safely in your hotel room so you can make a quick call if your card is stolen. Limit debit card usage and always use a signature when possible to gain the protection benefits of MasterCard and VISA.
  4. Your home is a target when you’re away on vacation. Prepare it to look occupied.
    1. Put your mail on hold or have a neighbor collect it
    2. Keep the driveway active - Let neighbors park there
    3. Use timers for lights
    4. Keep the lawn mowed
    5. Lock up all doors and windows
    6. Don’t check in on social media!

There you have it. Four basic and simple steps you can take to protect your money and home while on vacation and still have a good time.  For more details on other items to look out for check out this article by Laura Lazarony of Bankrate.com.

We take your money very seriously and want your money to remain your money. So have a great vacation! And don’t worry about your money at Sevier County Bank. We’ll make sure it keeps working for you.
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Sevier County Bank's recent rebranding campaign came home a winner with a Silver Addy Award

SEVIERVILLE, TN – Advertising, branding, and marketing firms from around the region gathered recently at the American Advertising Federation of Knoxville's 49th annual award show. Known as the ADDYs, the gala recognizes exceptional advertising, marketing, and creative work produced within the last year.

Sevier County Bank's recent rebranding campaign came home a winner with a Silver Addy Award, one of nine awards received by marketing firm DMG Bluegill.

SCB's branding work won in the Integrated Campaign Division and included the design of the bank's new logo and its execution in a number of elements including billboards, printed materials, ATM machines, mobile apps, giveaways, hats, and T-shirts, among others.

Sevier County Bank President and CEO Matthew Converse expressed his congratulations to DMG Bluegill. "We're proud of our partnership with DMG Bluegill, from the creation of our new logo to other campaigns reflecting our longstanding commitment to this community. They are an extremely creative group, focused and productive, and we're looking forward to using their talents for years to come."

Dan Alton, Creative Director at DMG Bluegill adds, "It's great to be honored, but with clients like SCB, who so genuinely care about the community and the legacy their institution represents within it, our work is made much easier."

As a winner of a Silver award, the SCB campaign will automatically advance to the regional and national levels.
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Local volunteer firefighter says Sevier County Bank campaign will help restore AA battery inventories

SEVIERVILLE, TN – When a nationally-known battery manufacturer recently dropped a grant program for volunteer fire departments across the county, it left local firefighter Sean McCune and his colleagues without funds formally designated to keep critical equipment operational.

With battery donations no longer available, McCune went to Sevier County Bank for help.

"We use AA batteries in our air packs, which notify us when our air bottles are running low or signals an emergency alarm system when a firefighter is injured or trapped," said the 33-year-old McCune, who is a member of the Sevier County Volunteer Fire Department, established in 1954 and one of the 11 county volunteer fire departments. "It's an essential part of our life-saving equipment."

Sevier County Bank has pledged its support by designating April and August—the months beginning with the letter A—as part of its AA Battery Campaign. SCB will depend on its branch network to collect batteries from members of the community. Any AA battery brand is acceptable.

"Like our food drive last fall, this is an honorable, worthy event that anyone in our community can get involved and feel good about their contribution," said President and CEO Matthew A. R. Converse. "These men and women are volunteers who put their lives on the line each time they're called to a fire.

"Our community could make a dramatic impact if each of us would contribute our time and money to help our volunteer fire departments restock their battery inventories," Converse said. "You could be the one who saves a life through your donation."

Eleven volunteer fire departments, representing 23 fire stations and approximately 400 firefighters, serve Sevier County. Each volunteer fire department relies on 150 to 300 AA batteries each year. That could mean anywhere from 1,650 to 3,300 AA batteries.

"Not long ago, we had a multi-cabin fire," McCune said. "All 11 of our fire agencies were dispatched to the fire.

"Our air packs require six batteries. Depending on the fire, we may have to replace all the batteries after just one call."

Volunteer firefighters must be state certified; a process that requires thousands of hours of training, said McCune.

SCB's six branch locations will serve as collection sites for the AA Battery Campaign during April and August. Locations include Sevierville Main Office at 111 E. Main Street, and Dolly Parton Parkway Office at 720 Dolly Parton Parkway in Sevierville; Pigeon Forge Main Office at 3260 Parkway, and Pigeon Forge branch at 3605 Parkway in Pigeon Forge; Gatlinburg Office at 961 E. Parkway in Gatlinburg; and Seymour Office at 11403 Chapman Highway.
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Sevier County Bank promotes Lucas Bohanan to information security specialist

SEVIERVILLE, TN – Sevier County Bank names Lucas Bohanan as information security specialist. In this role, Bohanan will assist the bank's current information security officer in maintaining the ongoing confidentiality and integrity of the bank's information technology environment, including customer information.

"Sevier County Bank maintains the highest standards in data security awareness," said Matthew A. R. Converse, president and chief executive officer. "As the landscape
continues to change in this area, the Bank remains committed to having adequate levels of qualified staff to address these changes."

With his prior experience in the deposit operations and the information technology departments of the Bank, Lucas comes well prepared to apply his computer operations knowledge and skills to these new duties, allowing the bank to be proactive in complying with financial industry regulations and best practices.

A native of Sevier County, Mr. Bohanan currently resides in Sevierville, Tenn. He is a graduate of East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, where he earned a bachelor's degree in business administration. He has been employed by Sevier County Bank since 2006, and has participated in various training programs to include those provided by the Tennessee Bankers Association and the American Bankers Association.
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Customer stories available now at www.SCBstories.com

SEVIERVILLE, TN – Using social media typically shunned by the financial industry, Sevier County Bank announced today the launch of a web blog to document the ongoing experiences and successes of customers as told through the words of employees.

The web blog address is www.SCBstories.com. It is also accessible through the bank's web site www.BankSCB.com.

"We've heard of all these wonderful customer stories from our employees, but they've never been shared publicly," said Matthew A. R. Converse, president and CEO. "They are real stories that we want to make available to not only our own customers and employees, but to the public as well. We believe it's tremendously important to share stories that illustrate to what lengths our people will go to make a difference in someone's life."

A blog is essentially a mini-web site that allows individuals to write on a subject of their interest, as one might do in a journal or diary. It's more flexible than twitter, which is confined to 140 characters without the capacity to post photographs. And it is more conducive for ongoing narrative of a single topic than say a social network such as facebook.

By embracing social media, Sevier County Bank is trying to stand out from other community banks that remain shy about the creative uses of the internet, American Banker noted in its coverage of the blog. The publication added that, by highlighting the accomplishments of its clients, the bank is looking to differentiate itself from competitors.

One story tells how employees went to a nursing home to open new accounts for two elderly sisters, whose information had been compromised. Another demonstrates the compassion of a group of employees, who after learning of a grandmother distraught because she lacked the means to provide Christmas for her grandchildren whom she had raised, purchased toys and clothes and presented them to the surprised, but eternally grateful woman.

Stories such as these are plentiful, say bank officials. With a history that spans more than 100 years, some employees who have worked at SCB for decades have submitted stories that go back to the 1990s. Others who have joined the bank more recently are as eager to share their customer experiences.

The bank says the initial launch of the web blog will carry eight to ten stories with plans to post a new customer experience to the site every week. The articles will be archived. Readers will have the option to submit stories or make comments through a separate link on the blog home page.

The web blog is one of several initiatives that has evolved from ongoing planning sessions by management and the board of directors in efforts to redefine company mission and brand promise.

In refining its core purpose, "Keeping Our Community in Business," Sevier County Bank began steps late last year to rebrand itself, unveiling only recently a new logo designed to capture the bank's historical value to the business community as the county's oldest surviving business.

The logo and web blog have been projects spearheaded by Knoxville firm DMG|Bluegill, which since early last year has worked with management and directors in establishing a new set of corporate values and guidelines to serve the future interests of the organization.

"Why not show the communities in which we live and do business the pleasure our own people receive in helping others," Converse said. "Banks are often looked upon as stodgy, old institutions. But that's not us. Banking is about relationships and helping others succeed. That's the purpose behind SCBstories."
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Stacy Hogg
September 26, 2013

Sevier County Bank promotes Stacy Hogg to vice president

SEVIERVILLE, TN – Sevier County Bank announced the recent promotion of Human Resources Director Stacy Hogg to vice president. Ms. Hogg, who currently resides in Sevierville with her husband, John Hogg, started as a teller with SCB in 2006 before transferring to human resources as a payroll administrator.

She is currently pursuing a bachelor's of science degree in business from Lincoln Memorial University with a concentration in management and leadership. Ms. Hogg holds a certification in Professional Human Resources.

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Cindy Layman Latham
September 6, 2013

Sevier County Bank promotes Cindy Layman Latham to assistant vice president

SEVIERVILLE, TN – Sevier County Bank recently announced the promotion of Corporate Secretary Cindy Latham to Assistant Vice President. Ms. Latham has been with SCB since 1999.

Ms. Latham has served Sevier County Bank in a number of capacities—teller, customer service representative, executive assistant and continues to serve as corporate secretary of the board of directors. She has attended multiple banking webinars, seminars and courses.

Ms. Latham resides in Seymour with her husband, Brent Latham.

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Christopher Plemons
August 22, 2013

Sevier County Bank promotes Christopher Plemons to vice president

SEVIERVILLE, TN – Sevier County Bank announced today it has promoted Christopher Plemons to Vice President. Plemons is a commercial loan officer at the bank's Pigeon Forge main office.

Plemons joined SCB in 2007 as a loan officer at the Pigeon Forge main office before being named branch manager of the Gatlinburg branch in 2009. A native and current resident of Sevierville, Plemons holds dual bachelor degrees in finance and business management from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Plemons is 30 years old and is married to Stacy Plemons, who teaches at Northview Middle School.

Plemons is a graduate of both the Southeastern School of Consumer Credit and the Southeastern School of Commercial Lending conducted at the Owen Graduate School of Management, Vanderbilt University, sponsored by the Tennessee Bankers Association.

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July 9, 2013

Elaine Ely named SVP of Employee Development & Special Projects

SEVIERVILLE, TN – Sevier County Bank today named local senior banker and community advocate L. Elaine Ely as senior vice president of employee development and special projects. With 34 years in the financial industry, Ely will be responsible for providing support and oversight to the company's operational and technology processes.

Ely is the second senior manager in two weeks to join SCB with strong ties to the community. Last week, Randy E. Roberson, who has spent 27 of his 35 years in banking in Sevier County and surrounding areas, was appointed senior vice president and director and commercial banking.

A seasoned banker with training in a multiple of disciplines, Ely is being asked by bank officials to fill a new role in the company focused on strengthening the bank's internal training programs for employees in operations and information technology.

"Elaine is a remarkable talent whose experience in banking is as varied as I have seen, particularly her expertise in operational processes," said President and CEO Matthew A. R. Converse. "Her understanding of technology and how it impacts service will only go to further improve our financial relationships with customers on a more personal level. To serve as the region's trusted financial advisor, Sevier County Bank employees must have exceptional training and support and we intend to provide those as a regular part of career development.

"In addition, Elaine will spearhead projects that will ultimately keep our bank abreast of new products and services that are constantly changing due to technology and customer needs," Converse said. "We also expect her to coach and help develop the extraordinary talent we have in our organization."

Ely has spent her entire financial career in Sevier County, the past 11 years as senior vice president of operations at Mountain National Bank, and 23 years with Tennessee State Bank in Pigeon Forge, where she worked her way to executive vice president and head of operations.

Her background is broad and includes experience in regulatory compliance, fraud prevention and detection, electronic banking, human resources, training, call reporting, general ledger accounting, purchasing, internal auditing, marketing, data processing and bookkeeping.

"I consider myself extremely fortunately to be joining a bank that has a bright future," said Ely, a graduate of Tusculum College in Greeneville with a bachelor's degree in organizational management. "My first priority is to get to know the good people at Sevier County Bank. They have tremendous talent. I know; I've competed against them my entire career. What I'm really looking forward to is creating a genuine dialogue in which we can learn from one another."

Ely is certified by the National Automated Clearing House Association as an ACH professional and currently serves as a member of the organization's national Rules and Operations Committee. She is also a Certified Payments Risk Manager, successfully passing the Independent Community Bankers Association's CPRM exam. In addition, Ely is a graduate of the Tennessee School of Banking at Vanderbilt University in Nashville.

A long-time resident of Sevier County, Ely is the current director and chair for Leadership Sevier and an instructor in the Principles of Banking at Walters State Community College, whose main campus is located in Morristown. She is a member of the Great Smoky Mountains Church of Christ and a volunteer for the Dollywood Foundation.

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June 26, 2013

Randy Roberson named SVP, Director of Commercial Banking

SEVIERVILLE, TN – Sevier County Bank today named local financial executive Randy E. Roberson as senior vice president and director of commercial banking. With more than 35 years in the financial industry, Roberson will lead the bank's efforts to grow commercial loans and deposits.

Less than a year ago, Mountain National Bank brought in Roberson to help with the bank's loan production and asset quality improvement. By then, however, the bank was already under heavy scrutiny by federal regulators.

"It says a great deal about the trust and confidence they had in hiring Roberson, asking him to join them during a difficult time, even though we now know Randy had a very small window of time to make a difference," said Matthew A. R. Converse, president and CEO of Sevier County Bank.

"Randy knows our business community as well as anyone," Converse said. "He understands the uniqueness of our markets and what business owners need in a financial partner. His insight and experience will contribute significantly to our organization."

Roberson has spent much of his banking career in business development, 27 of those years working closely with business clients in Sevier County, Knoxville and Oak Ridge. Before leaving Tennessee State Bank in 2012, Roberson, based in Gatlinburg, originated and managed $70 million in loans during his 13 years in the Sevier County market. As executive vice president and a senior commercial loan officer, he served as a member of the senior credit committee and assisted in credit policy and credit administration decisions.

His career includes managing a combined loan portfolio of $150 million for three separate banks, implementing a retail lending division for a multi-state financial holding company, managing and disposing of troubled assets, and reviewing loan portfolios of potential acquisition targets.

"Working and living in Sevier County for so many years has really provided me opportunities that I probably wouldn't have had otherwise," said Roberson, who holds a bachelor's degree in business management from Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville. "Sevier County Bank is a company that has spent the past few years positioning itself for the future. I'm privileged to be a part of their team."

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June 21, 2013

We are here to help former Customers of Mountain National Bank looking for a new financial partner

SEVIERVILLE, TN – None of us in Sevier County wants to see a bank fail. It disrupts the community and creates anxiety and concern for customers of all banks. Our hope is that none of Mountain National's customers will be adversely affected. However, we are prepared to assist those looking for a new financial partner.

If you would like to learn more about Sevier County Bank, we invite you to visit any of our six area locations. You will find our people friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. Most importantly, your deposits will have the financial security of Sevier County Bank and the protection of the FDIC.

We have been part of this region for over 100 years, contributing to the business development and financial success of individuals just like you. We have faithfully served our community for generations.

We are here to stay.

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March 20, 2013

Sevier County Bank changes company logo to reflect rich tradition of service in community

SEVIERVILLE, TN – Capitalizing on its heritage and role in the development of the region's business community, Sevier County Bank is rolling out a new logo this month that bank officials say reflects more accurately the bank's influence on the region after 104 years of service.

The new corporate emblem combines an artistic rendition of the Great Smoky Mountains with the region's foothills, rolling fields and winding rivers in the foreground. The mark includes a distinctive typeface that accompanies the graphic rendering.

"As the county's oldest business, we have the unique distinction of being the impetus behind the early growth and business development of our community and the surrounding areas," said President and Chief Executive Office Matthew A. R. Converse. "Our new identity reflects our historical role and significance in the region and reaffirms our ongoing pledge and commitment to the customers and communities we have faithfully served for generations."

New outdoor signs at each of the bank's six location are expected to be installed by the end of the month. Business cards, the bank's website, bank statements, company letterhead and forms are currently being redesigned to include the new logo. As part of the process, the company is shortening its web address from www.SevierCountyBank.com to www.BankSCB.com.

"The logo is the visual component of a new brand we are creating," Converse said. "We are not changing our name, but we are changing our look and taking steps to build a brand that signifies our ongoing and uncompromising pledge to our customers.

"This is a time for new beginnings," he said. "The bank has made tremendous progress over the past 15 months. Our improvement would not have been possible without the loyalty of our employees and their belief that together we could make a difference."

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March 15, 2013

SCB's rebranding efforts communicated to customers

We work and live in the shadow of the majestic Great Smoky Mountains, graced by nature's foothills, rolling fields and winding rivers. It's an image not only worth a thousand words, but one that will soon become part of Sevier County Bank's new corporate identity.

You are among the first being shared this exciting news. As we position ourselves for the future, it is essential the bank remains focused only on those areas that will make us stronger and more attuned to the financial interests of our customers. We have developed a new company logo representative of that commitment.

The new emblem combines an artistic rendition of our regal surroundings with a new typeface for our bank name. The new identity reflects our historical role and significance in the business development and financial success of our region and affirms our ongoing pledge and commitment to the customers and communities we have faithfully served for generations.

To ensure there is no confusion, Sevier County Bank is not changing its name. We are, however, changing our look to better reflect our focus and purpose. We will begin installing new outdoor signs at our branch offices in the next few weeks. By the end of the first quarter—March 31, 2013—our forms, materials and indoor branch signage will bear our new design.

Thank you for your support and trust. We will continue to do everything we can to make your experience at Sevier County Bank a rewarding one. Should you have a question or concern, please visit one of our branch locations, or you may contact us directly at (865)-453-6101.

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July 12, 2012

Three former Sevier County Bank employees recognized by state banking association for service

SEVIERVILLE, TN – Three former employees of Sevier County Bank have been honored by the state banking association for their long-time service and loyalty to the company and the banking industry.

Ross B. Summitt, William "Bill" S. Brown, and R. B. Summitt II have received the Distinguished Service award from the Tennessee Bankers Association Board of Directors. They were recognized for their dedicated service to "Sevier County Bank and the Banking Industry of Tennessee."

"Community banking is alive and well in Tennessee, thanks in large measure to bankers like Ross, Bill, and R.B.," said Brad Barrett, president of the Tennessee Bankers Association. "It is amazing to think that these individuals have given Sevier County Bank and the banking industry a collective 166 years of service."

Ross Summitt, who retired from Sevier County Bank on June 30, 2011, was honored for 74 years of service, serving the community bank as president for much of that time. Brown, who served as president for two Tennessee banks before joining Sevier County Bank, was honored for his 56 years in the banking industry. He retired on June 29, 2012. R. B. Summitt II, in his 36 years, served Sevier County Bank in a number of capacities, including president. He retired on May 17, 2012.

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Bill Brown
June 19, 2012

After long, distinguished career, William (Bill) Brown retires from Sevier County Bank

SEVIERVILLE, TN – In a 56-year banking career highlighted by his ascension to president on two occasions, 83-year-old Bill Brown said today that he will retire from Sevier County Bank on June 29, 2012. Brown will remain on the board of directors. After spending more than half of his career at Sevier County Bank, Brown will be stepping down as branch lender at the Pigeon Forge main office.

"Not many places would have allowed me to continue to work at my age," said Brown, who joined the community bank 29 years ago. "It has been exciting to be part of a new team that will take Sevier County Bank to the top. That's the way it should be. We will have a new look with a lot of new products."

Brown started his career in 1956 as a branch manager for Family Finance Corp. In 1972, he was named president for start-up Tennessee State Bank before taking the reins three years later as the top executive at City & County Bank of Anderson County. Brown also worked for Tennessee Valley Bank, Volunteer State Bank and Bank of Commerce before joining Sevier County Bank in 1983.

"Bill is one of the true patriarchs in our industry; our bank has been fortunate to have someone of his character and experience," said Matthew A. R. Converse, president and chief executive officer. "We think so highly of Bill and his reputation in the community that we asked him to stay on the board. He may be leaving behind the daily grind, but we know that Bill will continue to be very much part of the future direction of our bank."

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D. Clay Harris
May 11, 2012

Sevier County Bank names Harris as chief credit officer

Reorganization of bank completed

SEVIERVILLE, TN – As part of its ongoing efforts to stabilize credit quality, Sevier County Bank today named D. Clay Harris in the newly created role of chief credit officer. Harris transitions into this new role after working with the company since January of this year as a consultant on credit issues.

The 55-year-old banking veteran represents the final piece in an ongoing reorganization of the bank's infrastructure and leadership team, a strategy put into place last year to return the company to profitability.

"Clay is exactly the kind of talent we need at this moment for our bank," said President and CEO Matthew A. R. Converse, who was named the bank's lead executive last September. "He understands where our challenges are and has the experience to help move our bank beyond the credit problems of our past."

Harris' appointment will also allow the bank to move forward with efforts to increase loan production, which has been stymied while its top lending officer was forced instead to focus on credit issues. Chuck Atchley, chief lending officer and a member of the bank's executive management team will move back into his normal role of overseeing loan production.

Measures of credit quality improved under Atchley, as evidenced by a 19 percent reduction in foreclosed properties during 2011 and a 15 percent reduction in past dues over the same period, with improvements continuing into the second quarter of 2012.

"With the final approval on Harris, the Bank's new senior management team is now in place," according to James Temple, Jr., chairman of the board, "Mr. Converse has compiled an exceptional team by supplementing our existing talent with some new blood. This is the final stage of our management reorganization at the bank and I'm very optimistic about what this team can accomplish."

Harris, a graduate of Auburn University in Auburn, Ala., received much of his credit training and experience while working with SouthTrust Bank and Compass Bank in Birmingham, Ala. He joined Putnam State Bank in Palatka, Fla. in 2005. With banks across the country beginning to experience credit problems in late 2007, Putnam State Bank—a $200 million community bank—asked Harris in mid-2008 to take over as chief credit officer.

In one 12-month cycle at Putnam, Harris reduced total nonperforming assets by 45 percent and past due loans by 30 percent. He was responsible for overseeing the underwriting for large, complex commercial & construction loans and drafter the bank's first credit review policy, which included action plans for adversely classified loans.

"Clay gives us depth of experience in a number of credit areas," Converse said. "We haven't had anyone who could provide independent grading of loans, or provide in-depth real estate appraisal reviews. Plus, we now have someone who can provide our lenders and board of directors with independent guidance regarding financial analysis of large and complex credits."

"When a bank is faced with credit challenges, it's important to identify the problems quickly and begin the process of removing those troubled loans off the books," Harris said. "We're making good progress and beginning to see some of our credit issues turn around."

Sevier County Bank's senior management team is comprised of President and CEO Matthew A. R. Converse; Chuck H. Atchley, II, executive vice president & chief lending officer; Bobby R. Stoffle, CPA, executive vice president & chief financial officer; Kevin R. Mullins, executive vice president & chief operating officer; D. Clay Harris, executive vice president & chief credit officer; Linda M. Berrier, senior vice president – loan administration; Jack P. Williams, senior vice president – commercial lending; Terri L. Hurd, CFE, senior vice president & corporate risk manager.

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James Temple, Jr.
April 23, 2012

Sevier County Bank names lifelong resident Temple as new board chairman

SEVIERVILLE, TN – Sevier County Bank today named lifelong county resident James Temple, Jr. as chairman of the board of directors for the bank and the holding company. Temple has been a director of both boards since January 1995. Temple, 55, replaces Ross B. Summitt, 95, who had served in this capacity since 1998.

"James gives us extraordinary leadership," said President and CEO Matthew A. R. Converse. "He understands our challenges and supports the strategies we have in place to move our bank forward. James is extremely savvy and has a firm grasp of the markets in which we operate."

After earning his bachelor's degree in civil engineering from the University of Tennessee, Temple worked 15 years for a civil engineering firm in Knoxville. In 1994, he joined his father, Jimmie Temple, in running the family business—Temple's Feed & Seed—before it closed in 2001 after 67 years in operation. Temple then joined a local engineering and land surveying firm as senior design engineer and was a co-owner from 2005 until 2010.

"I'm honored by the vote of confidence from our board," said Temple, a 1974 graduate of Sevier County High School. "We have grown stronger during the turbulent years. It appears our resiliency is beginning to pay off. Our board and management are making good progress in turning our financial institution around."

The Temple name has been closely associated with Sevier County Bank since the Great Depression. In 1933, the bank, as part of its effort to stabilize business in Sevier County, recruited John E. Temple, James' grandfather, to run what would become Temple Milling Company. James' father, Jimmie Temple, took over management of that business in the late 1940s.

Although Temple Milling Company was destroyed by fire in 1980, the business never closed and was renamed Temple's Feed & Seed store. Jimmie Temple served as a director of Sevier County Bank in the 1960s, was mayor of Sevierville from 1959 to 1963 and has served as a Sevier County Commissioner since 1966.

From 1986 to 2011, James Temple was a member of the Seymour and Sevier County Regional Planning Commissions, serving as vice secretary and vice chairman. Temple served four years on the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce and is a graduate of the 2005 class of "Leadership Sevier." Temple is currently employed by the Sevier County Planning Department as a Planning Technician.

As a bank director, Temple has served on the following committees: Board Resolution, Audit, Consent Order, Governance & Leadership and Directors Loan Committee.

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About Sevier County Bank
Sevier County Bank, the oldest business in Sevier County, is a locally owned and operated full service Community Bank that has served Sevier County and the surrounding area since 1909. Sevier County Bank offers a full line of banking products and services geared towards the needs of the citizens of our market area through six convenient branch locations and multiple ATMs. Personalized service, commitment to the community, and sound management are, and continue to be, the cornerstones of Sevier County Bank. Sevier County Bank offers competitive rates, innovative banking services and products combined with excellent personal service for existing and new customers.