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First Freedom sponsored a table at the annual Fellowship Christian Athletes (FCA) of Wilson County Banquet, held on October 2nd at the Wilson County Expo Center. The host this year was Chad Withrow, sports radio personality of 104.5 “The Zone” and Midday 180. Also in attendance was former Nashville Predator and current analyst with NHL sports Network, Stu Grimson.
First Freedom’s John Hawkins is on the board of the Wilson County FCA.
FCA encourages coaches and athletes to serve their communities and to make an impact in the world through Jesus Christ. Funds raised from the banquet go toward helping the organization fulfill their mission.
Pictured from left to right is John Hawkins, Assistant Vice President and Portfolio Manager, Phillip Vance, Assistant Vice President and Relationship Manager, Nicole Frank, Mortgage Origination Officer, Tucker Worley, Relationship Specialist, J.B. Owens, Executive Vice President and Director of Commercial Banking, John Bradshaw, President and Chief Operating Officer, John Lancaster, Chairman and CEO, and Shelia Ferrell, First Vice President and Managerial Lender.
First Freedom was a sponsor for the 30th Annual Upper Cumberland Quilt Festival this year. This event has grown substantially over the years and showcases over 600 quilts. This event always draws a large attendance from Putnam and surrounding counties, as well as out-of-state visitors.
The festival strives to not only showcase the quilts but also preserve the art and heritage of quilting, provide education, and act as a location for experts to meet.
Pictured from left to right is John Allen, festival worker, Lisa Mellott, Cookeville FSR, Barbara Tolleson, festival worker, and Nancy Pardue, festival worker.
First Freedom attended the BEEFoundation Reception dinner on Wednesday, September 19th. The event included a scholarship presentation, a wall of honor, and a live auction.
The BEEFoundation is a non-profit organization that provides education and professional development opportunities for students, consumers, and beef producers.
Pictured from left to right is Kristina McKee and Ladell Medley, Vice President and Cookeville-Algood Office Manager, at the wall of honor. Kristina McKee and her husband Bill McKee were original organizers of First Freedom Bank.
First Freedom was a sponsor for Sycamore Elementary shirts which will be worn by the students on spirit days, school events, and field trips. Thanks to local sponsors each student received a school shirt completely free.
Pictured is Ladell Medley, Vice President and Cookeville-Algood Office Manager, with Sycamore Elementary students and staff at the Sycamore Scramble Day.
First Freedom Bank, in partnership with CRA Partners, funded the Senior Crimestoppers Program at Mount Juliet Health Care Center in Mt. Juliet, Quality Center for Rehabilitation & Healing in Lebanon, and Signature HealthCare of Putnam County in Cookeville. Each location was presented with a Charter Plaque, a ‘Wish Comes True Check’ to be used by the facility, and a ‘Time of Your Life Video’ to provide entertainment for the residents.
The Senior Crimestoppers Program is operated by the Senior Housing Crime Prevention Foundation (SHCPF) and works to protect and enhance the lives of senior housing residents.
Pictured is First Freedom staff with residents and staff of the senior housing facilities.
Kenny Beavers, Senior Vice President and Director of Retail Banking, and Keleigh Carnes, Providence FSR Manager, attended Del Webb’s Trade Partner Appreciation Reception on Thursday, August 9th.
First Freedom has participated in the Del Webb Trade Partners Program since 2013.
Pictured from left to right is Keleigh Carnes, Kenny Beavers, and Helene Holverson, Del Webb Director.
Donna Watson, Administrative Assistant, Shelia Ferrell, First Vice President and Managerial Lender, and Kelly Ferrell, Senior Personal Banker and Team Leader (pictured left to right), participated in the third annual Wyatt’s Walk and Run on August 11th at Charlie Daniels Park. Wyatt’s Walk and Run was organized to raise awareness and research funding for Smith-Magenis Syndrome (SMS).
First Freedom Bank has become an investor in the Highlands Economic Partnership of Tennessee. The Highlands Economic Partnership was launched in 2006 by the Cookeville-Putnam County Chamber of Commerce as an initiative to enhance economic and community development in Jackson, Overton, Putnam and White Counties. First Freedom has offices in Jackson and Putnam county.
Pictured is Ladell Medley, Cookeville-Algood Office Manager and Vice President, accepting an investors plaque from Justin Matheney, Cookeville-Putnam County Chamber Representative.
First Freedom sponsored a hospitality tent at hole #10 and had a team participate at the annual Dr. Carey Harbrecht Memorial Scramble on Monday, July 16th, at Five Oaks Country Clube. Benefits of the fundraiser go to Lebanon/Wilson County Chamber of Commerce.
Pictured from left to right is John Bradshaw, President and COO, J.B. Owens, Executive Vice President and Director of Commercial Banking, Phillip Vance, Assistant Vice President and Relationship Manager, and Josh Clemmons, Vice President and Controller.
First Freedom sponsored a table at the 40th Anniversary Celebration Gala and Fundraiser for the Mt. Juliet Senior Activity Center. The theme was “Bridging the Generations” and featured the Mt. Juliet High School Theater Department. Over $16,000 was raised that night and all proceeds will benefit the activity center.
Pictured from left to right is Sarah Poss, Bank Officer and Marketing Specialist, Kayla Holbert, Mt. Juliet Personal Banker, Kaitlin Wattenbarger, Providence Personal Banker, Jenny Etheridge, Lebanon FSR, Kevin Etheridge, Robert Jennette, April Jennette, Mt. Juliet Office Manager, and Ashley Montgomery, Mt. Juliet Personal Banker.
On June 15th, several First Freedom officers attended Wilson County CASA’s 30th Anniversary celebration at the Capitol Theatre in Lebanon. Linda Shenk, one of the original organizers of Wilson County CASA, was honored at the event.
CASA provides trained volunteers who advocate in court for the stability and healthy development of abused and neglected children. Cases are referred to the CASA programs by the Juvenile Court Judge, the Department of Children’s Services, and/or the Foster Care Review Board. CASA volunteers do not leave the case until the child can be returned home, is adopted, or other permanent arrangements are made for the child.
Pictured from left to right is Derek Frank, Nicole Frank, Mortgage Origination Officer, Rick Marsh, Debbie Marsh, Mortgage Administration Officer, Chris Ferrell, Shelia Ferrell, First VP, Managerial Lender and Wilson County CASA Board Member, Cathey Sweeney, Executive Director of Wilson County CASA, Emily Vance, and Phillip Vance, Assistant VP and Relationship Manager.
First Freedom hosted the Cookeville-Putnam County Chamber of Commerce’s Community Coffee Club on June 14th at the Cookeville Office.
The Community Coffee Club is a new event organized by the chamber to offer networking opportunities for local business people.
Pictured from left to right is Kenny Beavers, Senior VP and Director of Retail Banking, Sandy Taylor, Cookeville Personal Banker, John Lancaster, Chairman and CEO, Gaile Paul, Algood Assistant Manager, Ladell Medley, Cookeville-Algood Office Manager, Bryan Sweet, Cookeville FSR Manager, and Kelly Emery, Cookeville Assistant Manager.
Maliea Oakley, Senior Vice President and Director of Human Resources, and Phillip Vance, Assistant Vice President and Relationship Manager, attended the Wilson County Main Street Awards Breakfast on May 30th. First Freedom Bank was a finalist in the Best Bank/Mortgage Company category for the second consecutive year.
FFB recognized nine employees this past quarter for exceptional job performance and exceeding their individual goals for enhancing and broadening customer relationships. Their outstanding performance earned them the prestigious honor of Chairman’s Cup Member for the quarter. Pictured above is John Lancaster, Chairman and CEO, with the Chairman Cup Team Members Dawn Kidwell, Mt. Juliet FSR Manager, Kimberly Colson, Mt. Juliet FSR, Karen Elmore, Lebanon FSR Manager, Jenny Etheridge, Lebanon FSR, Sara Beth Davenport, Gainesboro FSR, Susan Nichols, Algood FSR Manager, Josh Hall, Cookeville FSR, Keleigh Carnes, Providence FSR Manager, and Kim Cowan, Providence FSR.
Kim Cowan also received the MVP Award for Achieving the highest overall performance score among all FSRs.
The Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce held their annual Derby Day Fundraiser on May 5th at Tuckers Gap Event Center. Several of First Freedom’s lending group were in attendance to show their support and enjoy the festivities.
Pictured from left to right is J.B. Owens, Executive Vice President and Director of Commercial Banking, Bethany Owens, Phillip Vance, Assistant Vice President and Relationship Manager, Emily Vance, Shelia Ferrell, First Vice President and Managerial Lender, and Chris Ferrell.
On May 2nd, First Freedom’s Shelia Ferrell, First Vice President and Managerial Leader, graduated from Leadership Wilson.
Leadership Wilson is a non-profit community leadership program. Each year 30 local leaders participate in experiential learning, seminars, group discussions, field trips and retreats organized to stimulate idea exchanges and discussions.
Pictured from left to right is Dorie Mitchell, Director of Leadership Wilson, and Shelia Ferrell.
FFB hosted a booth at the semi-annual Bizapalooza, held on April 19th at the Leslie Town Center in Cookeville. This event is coordinated by the Cookeville-Putnam County Chamber of Commerce and provides a networking opportunity for local businesses.
Pictured from left to right is Gaile Paul, Algood Assistant Office Manager, and Kelly Emery, Cookeville Assistant Office Manager.
First Freedom sponsored a table at the Wilson Books from Birth Imagination Dinner on April 12th at the Wilson County Exposition Center. The table’s theme was Olympic Team, Team USA.
Proceeds raised from the dinner benefit Wilson Books from Birth, a division of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library in Wilson County. This organization is a free pre-K literary service which mails one book each month to every Wilson County child, up to age five.
Pictured from left to right is Chris Ferrell, Shelia Ferrell, First Vice President and Managerial Lender, Kathy Haskins, and Maliea Oakley, Senior Vice President and Director of Human Resources.
First Freedom attended the annual Future Farmers of America (FFA) Spaghetti Dinner, held on April 5th at the James E. Ward Ag Center in Lebanon. All proceeds from the dinner support the Lebanon FFA chapter.
FFA is an intracurricular student organization focused on agriculture and leadership.
Pictured from left to right is Kelly Ferrell, Lebanon Senior Personal Banker/Team Leader, Karen Elmore, Lebanon FSR Manager, and Maliea Oakley, Senior VP and Director of Human Resources.
Ladell Medley, Vice President and Cookeville-Algood Office Manager, attended Sycamore Elementary School’s “Guys with Ties” event on March 28th.
Guys with Ties is a new event coordinated by the school in order to introduce the second-grade boys to local male community leaders. The guests each spent a few minutes talking about leadership values and how those values fit in their lives, education, and careers. After the presentation, they showed the boys how to tie a tie.
Pictured is Ladell Medley speaking to the students at the event.