SEVIERVILLE, TN – Sevier County Bank, founded in 1909, announces its 110th anniversary celebration this month in tribute of its long-standing service to citizens and business owners in Sevier County and the region.
Bank officials will hold a series of celebratory events over the next 110 days – each day representing one year SCB has been in business, beginning with refreshments and prizes at each branch on Friday, March 8. SCB will also host the Sevierville Chamber Business After Hours on March 12.
“We feel a great responsibility and relish the opportunity to remember our heritage and preserve the legacy of SCB and its past leaders, both by honoring memories and celebrating with present customers and the community,” said CEO and President Bobby Stoffle. “Our history is one of helping businesses, supporting our communities and inspiring customer loyalty.”
Sevier County Bank formed on March 9, 1909, opening for business after local investors raised $30,000 in capital, realizing the county’s growth and prosperity depended on establishing a local financial resource for entrepreneurs and businesses.
The bank’s entry into the market came just eight years after the town of Sevierville incorporated in 1901, making its presence critical to the area’s early and ongoing economic success.
One year after opening for business, SCB moved into a three-story headquarters facility on Main Street in Sevierville, unaware of the economic boom that lay ahead only a few years later. After weathering the Great Depression In 1934, an unexpected industry – tourism – would change the economics of the area with the opening of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and railroad passenger service between Knoxville and Sevierville. From 1909 to 2019, SCB has alternately persevered and thrived through “thick and thin” times, along with its fellow Sevier Countians.
As larger, out-of-town banks entered the region, SCB distinguished itself as a strong community leader whose customer service resonated with the values and beliefs of the individuals and business owners they served.
In time, SCB would open offices in Pigeon Forge, Seymour and Gatlinburg, to accommodate the millions of tourists visiting Sevier County each year, as well as local residents. Today the bank operates six locations, convenient to every community in the county.