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Friday, 13 March 2020
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First Freedom sponsored a table at the Lebanon-Wilson County Chamber’s annual membership meeting and awards celebration. The event was held February 20th at the Wilson County Exposition Center and consisted of a dinner, a brief meeting, the swearing-in of upcoming Board of Directors, and an awards ceremony.

Pictured from left to right is Kenny Beavers, Senior Vice President and Director of Retail Banking, Ryan Woodall, Relationship Manager, Phillip Vance, Assistant Vice President and Relationship Manager, John Bradshaw, President/COO & CLO, J.B. Owens, CPA, Executive Vice President and Director of Commercial Banking, Aylan Baines, Relationship Specialist, Shelia Ferrell, First Vice President and Managerial Lender, and Maliea Oakley, Senior Vice President and Director of Human Resources.

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Posted on 03/13/2020 10:00 AM by Sarah Poss
Thursday, 12 March 2020
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Blair Kirkland has been promoted to Financial Services Representative Manager, announced Kenny Beavers, Senior Vice President and Director of Retail Banking.

“Blair has been a great addition to the Providence Office, her prior retail and management experience has enabled her to quickly adapt to the financial service environment,” said Beavers. “She possesses excellent analytical and customer service skills. We are very happy to have Blair on our team.”

Kirkland previously worked as a manager in the retail industry for five years and is a 2014 graduate of Wilson Central High School. She is currently attending Middle Tennessee State University with plans to graduate in December with a Bachelor’s of Science in Accounting with a minor in Business Administration.

A native of Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, Kirkland now resides in Lebanon. Kirkland and her fiancé, Austin, will be marrying in October of this year.

First Freedom Bank, headquartered in Wilson County, was established in 2006.  A full service, community bank, First Freedom Bank offers personal and commercial banking services from six locations in Wilson, Putnam and Jackson Counties, and has approximately 70 employees. First Freedom Bank has assets in excess of $480 million and is owned by more than 1,100 shareholders throughout Middle Tennessee. First Freedom Bank is member of the Better Business Bureau, an Equal Housing Lender and Member FDIC. Additionally, First Freedom has earned the prestigious Five Star rating by Bauer Financial, the nation’s leading independent bank and credit union rating firm.

 

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Posted on 03/12/2020 8:19 AM by Sarah Poss
Thursday, 05 March 2020
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First Freedom’s Gainesboro Office ran a school supply drive to benefit Jackson County Middle School. This collection was in conjunction with a donation for the school’s 2019 supply drive, which strove to eliminate the need for students to purchase their own supplies.

Pictured from left to right is Teola Ragland, Gainesboro Personal Banker, Natalie Tinsley, Justice Lynch, Autumn Stephens, Lakelyn Stephens, and Keisha McCoin.  

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Posted on 03/05/2020 8:13 AM by Sarah Poss
Friday, 28 February 2020
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First Freedom sponsored a table at the 16th annual Cookeville-Putnam County chamber membership meeting on Tuesday, February 18th at the Leslie Town Center.

This year’s keynote speaks was Governor Bill Lee.

Pictured top row, left to right, is Ladell Medley, Vice President and Cookeville-Algood Officer Manager, J.B. Owens, CPA, Executive Vice President and Director of Commercial Banking, Bryan Sweet, Cookeville FSR Manager, and Gaile Paul, Algood Assistant Office Manager. Pictured bottom row, left to right, is Kenny Beavers, Senior Vice President and Director of Retail Banking, Sarah Poss, Providence Office Manager and Marketing Officer, Donna Elrod, Vice President and Gainesboro Office Manager, and Kelly Emery, Cookeville Assistant Office Manager.

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Posted on 02/28/2020 8:16 AM by Sarah Poss
Thursday, 20 February 2020
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First Freedom sponsored a table at the annual Lebanon Senior Citizen’s Valentine Banquet. This is one of the largest fundraisers for the Lebanon Senior Citizen’s Center and attendees not only enjoyed dinner, but also music, dancing, and door prizes.

Pictured from left to right is Jerry Vaught, Iva Vaught, Garrett Ortlepp, Tatum Ortlepp, Lebanon Personal Banker, Ramona Haskins, and Charles Haskins.

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Posted on 02/20/2020 12:08 PM by Sarah Poss
Thursday, 13 February 2020
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Laura Morris has been promoted to Vice President, announced John Lancaster, Chairman and CEO. Morris will continue to manage and oversee all aspects of the Loan Operations Department.

“Laura has earned every ounce of this promotion.  We are excited about her management and the future of our Loan Operations Department.  She is a great example of our intent to promote from within and we are pleased to honor her in this way,” stated Lancaster.  

Morris started with First Freedom in November of 2011 as a Financial Services Representative in the Mt. Juliet office. As a result of her interest in loans and background in accounting, she was promoted to Loan Operations in December 2012.  In 2016, Morris was promoted to Loan Operations Supervisor and in 2017, she was elevated to Operations Officer and Manager.  In 2018, Morris was promoted to Assistant Vice President with full authority of managing the Loan Operations department.

Morris has been in the banking industry for 31 years. She holds an Associate Degree in Accounting from Everest College. Originally from Portland, Tennessee, Morris resides in Old Hickory. She has one son, Spencer, and is the grandmother to three grandchildren with another due in April.

First Freedom Bank, headquartered in Wilson County, was established in 2006.  A full service, community bank, First Freedom Bank offers personal and commercial banking services from six locations in Wilson, Putnam and Jackson Counties, and has approximately 70 employees. First Freedom Bank has assets in excess of $480 million and is owned by more than 1,100 shareholders throughout Middle Tennessee. First Freedom Bank is member of the Better Business Bureau, an Equal Housing Lender and Member FDIC. Additionally, First Freedom has earned the prestigious Five Star rating by Bauer Financial, the nation’s leading independent bank and credit union rating firm.

 

 

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Posted on 02/13/2020 5:02 PM by Sarah Poss
Monday, 10 February 2020
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Sycamore Elementary School presented First Freedom Bank with a Certificate of Appreciation as part of their National School Counseling week. National School Counseling Week runs the first full week of February each year with the intent to spotlight school counselors’ contributions to their students and their schools.  Those who receive a Certificate of Appreciation do so because they have helped to promote a school’s counseling program.

First Freedom Bank is a proud member of Sycamore’s adopter program, and has been since the acquisition of the Cookeville office in 2016.

Pictured is from left to right is Allison Evans, Sycamore School Counselor, and Ladell Medley, Vice President and Cookeville-Algood Office Manager.

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Posted on 02/10/2020 2:10 PM by Sarah Poss
Monday, 27 January 2020
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Opal Estep has joined First Freedom Bank as a Financial Services Representative, announced Donna Elrod, Vice President and Gainesboro Office Manager.

“Opal is a great addition to our Gainesboro office,” said Elrod. “She possesses excellent customer service skills and always greets the customers with a friendly smile. We are excited to have Opal as a member of our First Freedom team.”

Estep graduated from Celina High School and worked 20 years in the healthcare industry. While in healthcare, she continued to further her education through certifications.

 A native of Celina, Tennessee, Estep currently resides in Hilham with her husband, Kenny. They are members of Hilham Church of Christ.

First Freedom Bank, headquartered in Wilson County, was established in 2006.  A full service, community bank, First Freedom Bank offers personal and commercial banking services from six locations in Wilson, Putnam and Jackson Counties, and has approximately 70 employees. First Freedom Bank has assets in excess of $480 million and is owned by more than 1,100 shareholders throughout Middle Tennessee. First Freedom Bank is member of the Better Business Bureau, an Equal Housing Lender and Member FDIC. Additionally, First Freedom has earned the prestigious Five Star rating by Bauer Financial, the nation’s leading independent bank and credit union rating firm.

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Posted on 01/27/2020 1:04 PM by Sarah Poss
Monday, 27 January 2020
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Blake Smith has joined First Freedom Bank as a Financial Services Representative, announced Kenny Beavers, Senior Vice President and Director of Retail Banking.

“We are excited to have Blake as the newest member of the Main Office team. She has a lot of prior experience in the financial service and retail sectors, along with possessing excellent customer service skills. Blake will be a great addition to an already talented group of bankers at our Lebanon office,” said Beavers.

Prior to joining First Freedom, Smith was employed in the financial sector. She began her career with First Heritage Credit, but most recently was employed with Advance Financial where she worked for two years as a CSR.

Smith was a 2014 graduate of Lebanon High School.

A native of Alexandria, Tennessee, Blake now resides in Lebanon with her son.

First Freedom Bank, headquartered in Wilson County, was established in 2006.  A full service, community bank, First Freedom Bank offers personal and commercial banking services from six locations in Wilson, Putnam and Jackson Counties, and has approximately 70 employees. First Freedom Bank has assets in excess of $480 million and is owned by more than 1,100 shareholders throughout Middle Tennessee. First Freedom Bank is member of the Better Business Bureau, an Equal Housing Lender and Member FDIC. Additionally, First Freedom has earned the prestigious Five Star rating by Bauer Financial, the nation’s leading independent bank and credit union rating firm.

 

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Posted on 01/27/2020 1:00 PM by Sarah Poss
Monday, 27 January 2020
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First Freedom sponsored a table at the annual Mt. Juliet Chamber Awards Banquet on January 23rd at Tucker’s Gap.

In addition to an awards ceremony, the banquet is an opportunity for the chamber to announce their 2020 board members and for local business people to meet and network.

Pictured from left to right is Sarah Poss, Providence Office Manager and Marketing Officer, Kenny Beavers, Senior Vice President and Director of Retail Banking, J.B. Owens, CPA, Executive Vice President and Director of Commercial Banking, John Bradshaw, President, COO, and CLO, John Lancaster, Chairman and CEO, Aylan Baines, Relationship Specialist, Tucker Worley, Relationship Manager and Bank Officer, and Natalie Stark, Assistant Vice President and Mt. Juliet Office Manager.

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Posted on 01/27/2020 12:56 PM by Sarah Poss
Monday, 13 January 2020
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First Freedom Bank is proud to announce its annual Outstanding Employee Award Winners. Heather Spurlock, Sara Holycross, and Sara Beth Kinnaird received awards for excellence in various areas of service. First Freedom employees voted for the candidate they felt most reflected the attributes for the Internal Service Award and the Red Carpet Service Award. The Chairman’s Cup MVP Award was the cumulative result from the quarterly Chairman’s Cup program. The winners were announced at the company’s annual Christmas Party on December 7th.

Heather Spurlock, Administrative Assistant, was the winner of the Internal Service Award. This award is given to the employee who provides the best service specifically to other First Freedom employees.

Sara Holycross, Facilitator, was recognized with the Red Carpet Service Award. This award is the bank’s highest honor for enhancing the customer experience and rendering service above and beyond the call of duty.

Sara Beth Kinnaird, Gainesboro Financial Services Representative (FSR), was presented with the Chairman’s Cup MVP Award. This award is only available to FSRs that have displayed exceptional job performance and exceeded their individual goals for the past year. MVPs enhance and broaden customer relationships and maintain the highest overall performance score among all the FSRs bank wide.

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Posted on 01/13/2020 1:43 PM by Sarah Poss
Friday, 10 January 2020
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Sarah Poss has been promoted to Providence Office Manager at First Freedom Bank, announced John Lancaster, Chairman and CEO. Poss will continue to serve as Marketing Officer for the company, as well.  

“We are excited to see Sarah advance to the Office Manager position for our Providence Office,” stated John Lancaster, First Freedom’s Chairman and Chief Executive officer.  “She knows our company from the ground up and has always excelled at every opportunity presented to her.  She is a great example of our promotion from within objective and we look forward to watching her responsibilities and successes continue to grow.” 

Poss started with First Freedom in January of 2015 as a Financial Services Representative. By the end of the year, her performance warranted a promotion to FSR Manager for the Lebanon Office and Training Coordinator for the entire company.  In May of 2016, Poss was instrumental in establishing and eventually managing the bank’s uniform operational audit process throughout the company’s footprint.  In June of 2017, Poss was promoted to Personal Banker and Marketing Specialist in the company’s Providence Office.  At the start of 2018, Poss was promoted to Bank Officer. In her officer role, she continued to oversee the bank’s marketing and function as a Personal Banker.

A native of Detroit, Michigan, Poss is a graduate of Watertown High School and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Anthropology from Middle Tennessee State University.  She has taken additional classes in the areas of training and communication through the Tennessee Bankers Association. 

Poss is involved with several Wilson County organizations. She is currently an ambassador for the Mt. Juliet Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the Wilson County Beekeepers Association of Middle Tennessee. Most recently, Poss has begun volunteering with Wilson Books from Birth. 

Poss currently resides in Watertown with her husband Justin and daughter Sylvia.

First Freedom Bank, headquartered in Wilson County, was established in 2006.  A full service, community bank, First Freedom Bank offers personal and commercial banking services from six locations in Wilson, Putnam and Jackson Counties, and has approximately 70 employees. First Freedom Bank has assets in excess of $480 million and is owned by more than 1,100 shareholders throughout Middle Tennessee. First Freedom Bank is member of the Better Business Bureau, an Equal Housing Lender and Member FDIC. Additionally, First Freedom has earned the prestigious Five Star rating by Bauer Financial, the nation’s leading independent bank and credit union rating firm.

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Posted on 01/10/2020 3:16 PM by Sarah Poss
Tuesday, 07 January 2020
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Lebanon, TN – “Aylan Baines has joined First Freedom Bank as a Relationship Specialist,” announced J.B. Owens, Executive Vice President and Director of Commercial Banking.

“Aylan is a great representative of Wilson County as a whole and we are proud to have him here at First Freedom. In his role at the Bank he is going to work with our customers helping them with all levels of their banking needs. We look forward to seeing Aylan prosper here and to watch him help his customers and our community prosper too!”

Baines previously interned with First Freedom in the Summer of 2018 before being moved into his current full-time position. In 2019 he graduated from University of Tennessee – Knoxville where he earned his Bachelor’s in Agriculture Economics with a concentration in Finance and Risk Management. He is a member of the Lebanon Kiwanis Club.

A native of Lebanon, Baines is a graduate of Wilson Central High School. He currently resides in Shop Springs. He is a member of Lebanon Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

First Freedom Bank, headquartered in Wilson County, was established in 2006.  A full service, community bank, First Freedom Bank offers personal and commercial banking services from six locations in Wilson, Putnam and Jackson Counties, and has approximately 70 employees. First Freedom Bank has assets in excess of $480 million and is owned by more than 1,100 shareholders throughout Middle Tennessee. First Freedom Bank is member of the Better Business Bureau, an Equal Housing Lender and Member FDIC. Additionally, First Freedom has earned the prestigious Five Star rating by Bauer Financial, the nation’s leading independent bank and credit union rating firm.

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Posted on 01/07/2020 10:00 AM by Sarah Poss
Thursday, 26 December 2019
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First Freedom Bank was a sponsor of the Cookeville-Putnam County Chamber Christmas Business After Hours, held on Tuesday, December 17th, at the Leslie Town Center.

The Business After Hours program promotes networking and socializing among the local businesses.

Pictured from left to right is Kenny Beavers, Senior Vice President and Director of Retail Banking, Abby Hernandez, Cookeville FSR, MaKayla Ramsey, Cookeville FSR, Ladell Medley, Vice President and Cookeville-Algood Office Manager, Kelly Emery, Cookeville Assistant Manager, Kaitlyn Kovalchik, Cookeville FSR, and Bryan Sweet, Cookeville FSR Manager.

 

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Posted on 12/26/2019 8:48 AM by Sarah Poss
Friday, 20 December 2019
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First Freedom’s Algood office sponsored several kids at the Algood Headstart Center. Staff not only brought gifts for the sponsored children, but also handed out goodie bags to all the children enrolled at the center.

Pictured is Gaile Paul, Algood Assistant Manager, and Susan Nichols, Algood FSR Manager, delivering the gifts to FFB’s sponsored children.

 

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Posted on 12/20/2019 8:42 AM by Sarah Poss
Thursday, 12 December 2019
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First Freedom Bank was a sponsor of the 5th annual Christmas Breakfast and Appreciation Program for all leaders of the Wilson County First Responders.

The event was hosted by Rehab23 and took place on December 11th at the Lebanon Country Club. This year’s guest speaker was Col Dereck Stewart from the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

Kenny Beavers, Senior Vice President and Director of Retail Banking, and Tucker Worley, Relationship Manager and Bank Officer, represented First Freedom at the event. They are pictured above with members of Rehab23.

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Posted on 12/12/2019 2:21 PM by Sarah Poss
Tuesday, 26 November 2019
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Stacey Crockett has joined First Freedom Bank as a Mortgage Administration Officer, announced John Lancaster, Chairman and CEO.  

Crockett has significant experience in the mortgage world, having previously served as a Secondary Market Specialist and Shipping Specialist at a regional bank for 13 years. Additionally, she has completed specialized courses and training specifically targeted to the mortgage industry.

“Stacey Crockett is a great fit for First Freedom,” stated John Lancaster, First Freedom’s CEO.  “She has significant experience in the complex mortgage world and, above all, she is dedicated to the high level of service we practice here at First Freedom.  We are very pleased to welcome her to the team.”

Crockett is a familiar face in Wilson County. She is a graduate of Mount Juliet High School and her family owns and operates a local excavation company. She is also involved with the Keith Edmonds Foundation, an organization that strives to help and empower child abuse victims.

Currently Crockett resides in Mt. Juliet.  She and her husband Ben have three children: Mark, Grace, and William. 

First Freedom Bank, headquartered in Wilson County, was established in 2006.  A full service, community bank, First Freedom Bank offers personal and commercial banking services from six locations in Wilson, Putnam and Jackson Counties, and has approximately 70 employees. First Freedom Bank has assets in excess of $480 million and is owned by more than 1,100 shareholders throughout Middle Tennessee. First Freedom Bank is member of the Better Business Bureau, an Equal Housing Lender and Member FDIC. Additionally, First Freedom has earned the prestigious Five Star rating by Bauer Financial, the nation’s leading independent bank and credit union rating firm.

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Posted on 11/26/2019 9:25 AM by Sarah Poss
Monday, 25 November 2019
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Kelly Emery, Cookeville Assistant Manager, and Gaile Paul, Algood Assistant Manager, attended the Cookeville-Putnam County Chamber of Commerce’s inaugural Women’s Luncheon. Booth Andrews was the keynote speaker and the topic was Workplace Burnout Prevention and Recovery.

Pictured from left to right is Kelly Emery, Booth Andrews, and Gaile Paul.

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Posted on 11/25/2019 12:09 PM by Sarah Poss
Monday, 25 November 2019
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Ryan Woodall has joined First Freedom Bank as Bank Officer - Relationship Manager in the bank’s Lebanon office, announced John Lancaster, Chairman and CEO.

“Ryan Woodall is an outstanding individual whom I have known for some ten years,” stated Lancaster.  His character, personality, personal experiences and his professional education all culminate to shape an outstanding community banker.  We are honored he has chosen First Freedom as his home and we look forward to watching him grow in his career.”   

Woodall brings with him more than two years of comprehensive banking experience, which includes a management training program and experience in both mortgage and retail banking.  He has been involved in opening a retail banking office in a new community and most recently served as an Assistant Office Manager for a regional bank in Williamson County. 

A native of Lebanon, Woodall is a Friendship Christian School alum and earned his B.S. in Political Science from Tennessee Tech University in 2015.  He furthered his education by earning his MBA from Cumberland University in 2017 while working full time.  While attending Tech, he was a member of Gamm Beta Phi Honor Society and the Outdoor Club.

Woodall resides in Lebanon with his wife, Mary, who is affiliated with the Lebanon Special School District.    

First Freedom Bank, headquartered in Wilson County, was established in 2006.  A full service, community bank, First Freedom Bank offers personal and commercial banking services from six locations in Wilson, Putnam and Jackson Counties, and has approximately 70 employees. First Freedom Bank has assets in excess of $480 million and is owned by more than 1,100 shareholders throughout Middle Tennessee. First Freedom Bank is member of the Better Business Bureau, an Equal Housing Lender and Member FDIC. Additionally, First Freedom has earned the prestigious Five Star rating by Bauer Financial, the nation’s leading independent bank and credit union rating firm.

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Posted on 11/25/2019 9:22 AM by Sarah Poss
Wednesday, 13 November 2019
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First Freedom hosted a booth at the annual Eastern Middle Tennessee Association of Realtors (EMTAR) Expo on October 23rd. This year’s theme was “Nightmare on EMTAR Street,” and many attendees dressed in costume and decorated their booths.

EMTAR is a chartered member of the National Association of Realtors that works to protect property owner’s rights and stimulate professional development and education.

Pictured from left to right is Stacey Crockett, Mortgage Administration Officer, Nicole Frank, Mortgage Origination Officer, and Tucker Worley, Relationship Manager and Bank Officer.

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Posted on 11/13/2019 7:57 AM by Sarah Poss
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