Monday, 28 December 2015
First Freedom Bank Announces 2015 Employee Award Winners

Lebanon, TN First Freedom Bank recently announced its annual Outstanding Employee Award winners. Shelia Ferrell, Donna Watson, Kelly Ferrell and John Hawkins received awards for excellence in various areas of service.  The awards were voted on by the employees of First Freedom and winners were announced at the company's annual Christmas party, December 5th.    

Shelia Ferrell, Vice President and Relationship Manager at the Lebanon office, was the winner of 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. 

"Shelia relates well with people. She has the unique ability to feel what people are going through and always treats people just like she would want to be treated. This is why she is such a great banker," said J. B. Owens, Senior Vice President and Director of Commercial Banking.    



Donna Watson, Administrative Assistant at the Lebanon office, was recognized with the Internal Service Award. This award is given to the employee who provides the best service specifically to other First Freedom employees. 

"Donna has excellent interpersonal skills and is always eager to assist her co-workers regardless of the task," according to Mike Wiggington, Chief Financial Officer of First Freedom Bank.  "She provides prompt, courteous service to the bank's employees.  This award recognizes the well-deserved respect that she has earned from her colleagues."


Kelly Ferrell, Senior Personal Banker & Team Leader at the Lebanon office received the Financial Planning Award. This award is given to the employee who does the best job of recognizing customer needs in the areas of financial planning, retirement planning and investment services. 

"Kelly has been a valuable asset to our bank since we opened in 2006.  Her years of banking experience and great service keep her customers coming back to her.  This is Kelly's second year to earn this award.  We are proud to have her on our First Freedom Bank team," said Maliea Oakley, Senior Vice President and Director of Human Resources and Facilities Manager.


John Hawkins, Relationship Manager at the Lebanon office, received the Community Champion Award for representing the bank with his service to the community. Some of Hawkins' involvement includes serving as Fund the Cure Lead Chair for Wilson County Relay for Life, serving on the Wilson County Advisory Board for Fellowship of Christian Athletes, serving as a committee member for the Wilson County Sports Council through the Chamber of Commerce, and serving as a committee member for Jere's Ride.  Hawkins is also a member of the 2016 class of Leadership Wilson.  

 "We are very proud of John and his contributions to the community," stated John Lancaster, President and CEO of First Freedom. "His service touches cancer research, Christian influence, sports promotions and disabled children.  He sets a great example for others to follow as he supports our community."   

Posted on 12/28/2015 10:32 AM by Giulia Ware
Monday, 21 December 2015
First Freedom Bancshares, Inc. Announces the Acquisition of Three Branches

Lebanon, TN - (December 17, 2015) - First Freedom Bancshares, Inc. (First Freedom), holding company for First Freedom Bank, announced today that the Bank has entered into an agreement to purchase three branches from Atlantic Capital Bank, N.A., the bank subsidiary of Atlantic Capital Bancshares, Inc. (Atlantic Capital) (NASDAQ: ACBI).  The Bank has agreed to assume approximately $116 million in customer deposits and purchase approximately $31 million in loans and other assets affiliated with three branches located in Algood, Cookeville, and Gainesboro, Tennessee.    

"We look forward to welcoming our new customers and employees to our expanding branch network," noted First Freedom's President and Chief Executive Officer, John Lancaster. "This acquisition provides a great opportunity to expand our footprint and offer competitive banking products and services to a broader customer base. We believe our new customers will be pleased with our personalized approach to banking, and our commitment to our people and our communities."

Subject to customary closing conditions, including the receipt of all necessary regulatory approvals, the acquisition is expected to be completed during the spring of 2016. Detailed information will be provided soon to all impacted customers and employees.

Olsen Palmer LLC served as financial advisor and Butler Snow LLP provided legal counsel to First Freedom. Troutman Sanders LLP provided legal counsel to Atlantic Capital while Banks Street Partners, LLC served as its financial advisor. 

About First Freedom Bancshares, Inc. and First Freedom Bank

First Freedom Bancshares, Inc., through its wholly-owned subsidiary, First Freedom Bank, offers full-service community banking through three locations in Lebanon and Mount Juliet, Tennessee, and has plans to open a Donelson, Tennessee office in 2016. Organized in 2006, the bank has fueled its growth around creative solutions for small business, unmatched customer service, and a heavy focus on technology. First Freedom Bank was recently recognized by Banks Street Partners as the 3rd best bank in Tennessee and the highest rated bank in Middle Tennessee.  The bank has approximately $318 million in assets, and has 54 employees and more than 1100 shareholders in Middle Tennessee. Additional information about First Freedom Bank can be found at its website:  

Posted on 12/21/2015 10:21 AM by John Lancaster
Monday, 21 December 2015
Winners of our Christmas Contest

Here are the winners of the Christmas Contest we had on our social media pages.

Jayci Etheridge, 2 months old, winner of our Christmas Contest for age group 4 and under.













Emily Schmidt, 6 years old old, winner of our Christmas Contest for age group 5-7.













Nghi Nguyen, 10 years old, winner of our Christmas Contest for age group 8-10.

Posted on 12/21/2015 10:08 AM by Giulia Ware
Tuesday, 1 December 2015
Your Browser Performance and Security

As some of you may have noticed, we recently upgraded our website to a more user friendly and better performing version.

First Freedom Bank is always focused on technology, and the recent changes bring our site up to the latest security protocols.

Because of the recent changes, we would like to inform you that, if you are using an outdated version of your browser, our site might not work, or be fully functional.

Please take a moment to download the latest version of your browser. Whether it is Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, etc. that you are using, the updated versions are in line with the latest security protocols, and therefore will allow our site to work to its full potential.

If you need any assistance in this process, or have any questions, I am here to help. Feel free to contact me at 615-470-1310.

Giulia Ware

Personal Banker / Marketing Specialist

Posted on 12/01/2015 8:49 AM by Giulia Ware
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