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Friday, 25 September 2020
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Courtney Keller has been promoted to Financial Services Representative Manager at the Providence Office, announced Kenny Beavers, Senior Vice President and Director of Retail Banking. Keller had joined the bank earlier this year as a Financial Services Representative at the same office.  

“Since joining the team at our Providence Office, Courtney has excelled and quickly mastered each of the FSR positions that are required to be an FSR manager. She also achieved Chairman’s Cup status within her first six months with the bank,” said Beavers. “Courtney has been a great addition to the Providence Office.”

Keller graduated in December 2019 from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with her B.S. in Early Childhood: Child and Family Studies. While there, she was a member of Sigma Kappa Sorority and served as the sorority’s Vice President of Standards and Values. She was involved with several non-profits and was most recently employed as a Nashville Regional Field Development Intern at ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Keller resides in her hometown of Lebanon and is a member of Water’s Edge.

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 $500 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 09/25/2020 10:42 AM by Sarah Poss
Monday, 21 September 2020
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First Freedom sponsored a hospitality tent and had a team participate at the annual Dr. Carey Harbrecht Memorial Scramble on Monday, September 14th, at Five Oaks Country Club. Benefits of the fundraiser go to the Lebanon/Wilson County Chamber of Commerce.

Pictured, top photo, left to right, is Kenny Beavers, Director of Retail Banking and Senior Vice President, Keleigh Carnes, Providence Personal Banker/FSR, Blair Kirkland, Providence Personal Banker, and Maliea Oakley, Senior Vice President and Director of Human Resources.

Pictured, bottom photo, left to right, is J.B. Owens, Executive Vice President and Director of Commercial Banking, Ryan Woodall, Relationship Manager, Phillip Vance, Assistant Vice President and Relationship Manager, and John Bradshaw, President/ COO and CLO.

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Posted on 09/21/2020 9:16 AM by Sarah Poss
Thursday, 17 September 2020
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Kaitlyn Kovalchik has been promoted to Personal Banker at the Cookeville Office, announced Kenny Beavers, Senior Vice President and Director of Retail Banking.

Kaitlyn joined First Freedom in 2018 as a part-time Financial Services Representative while still attending Tennessee Tech. Following her graduation, she moved to full-time status. “Kaitlyn has shown the ability to adapt and follow bank policy and procedure, along with developing a broad knowledge of our products and services,” said Beavers. “She is a team player and provides excellent customer service.”

In 2019, Kovalchik earned her bachelor’s degree in Accounting with a perfect 4.0 GPA.  She was presented with the W.A. Howard Award for excellence in Accounting. While attending TTU, Kovalchik worked in the College of Business Student Success Center.

A native of Gainesboro, Tennessee, Kovalchik currently resides in Cookeville with her husband Joshua and their dog Daisy.

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 $500 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 09/17/2020 3:14 PM by Sarah Poss
Monday, 31 August 2020
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First Freedom attended Tennessee Tech University’s (TTU) part-time career fair on August 26th. TTU hosts annual career fairs in the fall and First Freedom has hosted a table for the past several years.

Pictured from left to right is Kenny Beavers, Senior Vice President and Director of Retail Banking, Ladell Medley, Vice President and Cookeville-Algood Office Manager, and Sarah Poss, Providence Office Manager and Marketing Officer.

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Posted on 08/31/2020 10:50 AM by Sarah Poss
Tuesday, 25 August 2020
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First Freedom’s Sarah Poss, Providence Office Manager and Marketing Officer, and Courtney Keller, Providence Financial Services Representative, volunteered to read for Wilson County Books from Birth’s Imagination Library. In lieu of reading at schools this year, volunteers were asked to record themselves reading a book so that it may be shared virtually.

This is the second year that staff from First Freedom have participated in this program.

Pictured from left to right is Sarah Poss and Courtney Keller.

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Posted on 08/25/2020 8:58 AM by Sarah Poss
Monday, 03 August 2020
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First Freedom recognized eight employees in the first quarter and seven employees in the second 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. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, these employees were unable to meet as a group to celebrate, but their success remains an impressive reminder that even in the middle of a pandemic they are committed to going above and beyond.  

The qualifying employees for the first quarter were Blair Kirkland, Providence FSR Manager, Amanda Culbert, Providence FSR, Bryan Sweet, Cookeville FSR Manager, Abby Hernandez, Cookeville FSR, MaKayla Ramsey, Algood FSR Manager, Kaitlyn Kovalchik, Cookeville FSR, Rebecca Birman, Gainesboro FSR, and Sara Beth Kinnaird, Gainesboro FSR.

The qualifying employees for the second quarter were Karen Elmore, Lebanon FSR Manager, Courtney Keller, Providence FSR, Blair Kirkland, Providence FSR Manager, Kaitlyn Kovalchik, Cookeville FSR, Abby Hernandez, Cookeville FSR, Cheyenne Collier, Cookeville FSR, and MaKayla Ramsey, Algood FSR Manager.

The Top Performing FSR for the first quarter was Sara Beth Davenport (pictured top) and the Top Performing FSR for the second quarter was Abby Hernandez (pictured bottom). Sara Beth and Abby are pictured with John Lancaster, Chairman and CEO.

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Posted on 08/03/2020 10:36 AM by Sarah Poss
Wednesday, 29 July 2020
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The Lebanon/Wilson County, Mt. Juliet, and Watertown Chambers of Commerce have launched a new program, TennCommUNITY, to support and promote local businesses in Wilson County. This is a six-month initiative that will run through the end of the year. First Freedom Bank is very excited to be a part of this as we feel this can create real, positive change in our community. We have always known the value in supporting our community and, by extension, our neighbors, and our friends. This program embodies that fundamental concept of community support that we have always held as a cornerstone of our mission.

Visit https://tenncommunity.com/ for more information. 

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Posted on 07/29/2020 1:05 PM by Sarah Poss
Monday, 27 July 2020
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John Hawkins, Assistant Vice President and Portfolio Manager, volunteered to work with the Wilson County Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) during their 5th annual golf tourney. This event was held at Pine Creek Golf Course on July 17th.

FCA encourages coaches and athletes to serve their communities and to make an impact in the world through Jesus Christ.

Pictured from left to right is John Hawkins and Tim Bryant, Wilson County FCA Area Director.

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Posted on 07/27/2020 10:09 AM by Sarah Poss
Monday, 20 July 2020
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First Freedom Bank is proud to continue as a sponsor for the Wilson County Wildcats, a youth football league. GregTaylor, President and Treasurer, and Grant Taylor were presented with a check by the Mt. Juliet Office.

Pictured from left to right, back row, is Natalie Stark, Assistant Vice President and Office Manager, Greg Taylor, Ashley Montgomery, Senior Personal Banker / Retail Audit Manager, and Tori Oakley, Personal Banker. Pictured center is Grant Taylor.

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Posted on 07/20/2020 11:55 AM by Sarah Poss
Wednesday, 15 July 2020
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Blair Kirkland has been promoted to Personal Banker at the Providence Office, announced Kenny Beavers, Senior Vice President and Director of Retail Banking.

“Since joining us, Blair has shown the ability to grow and progress with our bank. She started as an FSR in February of 2019 and then moved on to the FSR Manager role in January 2020,” said Beavers. “The amazing thing is that Blair was able to accomplish these achievements while completing her degree in accounting at MTSU. She was the clear choice to fill the Personal Banker position at the Providence Office.”

She is currently attending Middle Tennessee State University with plans to graduate this December with a Bachelor 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 07/15/2020 10:50 AM by Sarah Poss
Wednesday, 08 July 2020
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First Freedom Bank’s Gainesboro office won first place in Walk Across Tennessee, a University of Tennessee Extension program. In partnership with the Jackson County Health Department, Walk Across Tennessee took place this spring and boasted 19 teams with 76 participants. The Gainesboro Office took the lead with 4,003 miles walked.

Pictured from left to right is Teola Ragland, Personal Banker, and Ashley Tippit, Assistant Office Manager. Donna Elrod, Office Manager, also participated.

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Posted on 07/08/2020 2:21 PM by Sarah Poss
Wednesday, 01 July 2020
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Kathleen Vincion-Sadlowski has been promoted to FSR Manager at the Mt. Juliet Office, announced Kenny Beaver, Senior Vice President and Director of Retail Banking.

“Kathleen is a great example of how hard work, commitment, and dedication allows someone to grow with our bank,” said Beavers. “She started in January of 2018 as a part-time FSR, was promoted to a full-time FSR in November 2018, and is now being promoted to FSR Manager in June 2020. Kathleen is a valued member of our team at the Mt. Juliet Office.”

Vincion-Sadlowski has been working at the Mt. Juliet location for more than two years, most recently in the capacity of a Financial Services Representative II. Before joining First Freedom, Vincion was employed in the food service industry. She is a 2017 graduate of Wilson Central.

A native of Gladeville, Vincion-Sadlowski currently resides in Lebanon with her husband, Darren. She is a volunteer with the Mt. Juliet Senior Center’s “Bingocize” program and is a member of Fellowship Baptist.

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 07/01/2020 10:25 AM by Sarah Poss
Wednesday, 24 June 2020
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Tori Bennett 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 Tori as the newest member of our team at the Main Office location. She is a lifelong resident of Wilson County and possesses excellent customer service skills,” said Beavers.

Bennett’s experience from her prior position as a third-party billing specialist in the health care industry gives her a unique and understanding perspective from which to aid her customers. She studied criminal justice at Middle Tennessee State University.

Bennett resides in her hometown of Watertown and is a member of Poplar Hill Baptist 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 06/24/2020 9:14 AM by Sarah Poss
Wednesday, 17 June 2020
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Alexis Roney has joined First Freedom Bank as a Financial Services Representative, announced Kenny Beavers, Senior Vice President and Director of Retail Banking.

“We are happy to have Alexis as a new member of the First Freedom team,” said Beavers. “She always greets everyone with a warm smile and a friendly hello. She strives to provide excellent customer service to each customer.”

Before joining First Freedom, Roney held a variety of roles, from working in the family business and the childcare industry, to operating her own woodworking business. She is a 2017 graduate of Excel Online Highschool. Roney completed an Introduction to Banking course through the Tennessee Bankers Association in February of this year.

Roney currently resides in her hometown of Lebanon. She is a member of Joy 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 06/17/2020 3:40 PM by Sarah Poss
Friday, 12 June 2020
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Courtney Keller has joined First Freedom Bank as a Financial Services Representative, announced Kenny Beavers, Senior Vice President and Director of Retail Banking.

“Courtney has been a great addition to the already talented team of bankers at the Providence Office,” said Beavers. “She possesses excellent customer service skills and has really embraced the First Freedom culture. Courtney’s prior experience in the retail sector, along with her desire to serve and give back to the community, made her a perfect fit for our bank.”

Keller graduated in December 2019 from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with her B.S. in Early Childhood: Child and Family Studies. While there, she was a member of Sigma Kappa Sorority and served as the sorority’s Vice President of Standards and Values. She was involved with several non-profits and was most recently employed as a Nashville Regional Field Development Intern at ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Keller resides in her hometown of Lebanon and is a member of The Bridge Fellowship.

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 06/12/2020 2:43 PM by Sarah Poss
Thursday, 30 April 2020
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With the impact of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) on our community, First Freedom Bank has made the decision to temporarily close all office lobbies beginning on Monday, March 23rd until Monday, May 18th. Drive-thru service will still be available, and our hours will remain the same. For banking services that require lobby access, we ask that you call your local office and make an appointment.

We also encourage you to take advantage of our remote banking options. We offer:

  • Online Banking and Mobile Banking for Account Monitoring and Transfers
  • Mobile Deposit
  • In-App Debit Card Controls
  • ATMs for Cash Withdrawals

First Freedom takes the health of our customers and our staff seriously and has made this decision in an abundance of caution. We will continue to give you excellent service even in our limited capacity. Feel free to call your local office with any questions and our staff will be more than happy to assist you.

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Posted on 04/30/2020 7:45 AM by Sarah Poss
Thursday, 26 March 2020
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Georgie Calhoun 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 Georgie as a member of the Main Office team,” said Beavers. “She brings a lot of prior banking and retail management experience with her, along with excellent customer service skills.”

Calhoun joins First Freedom with several years of banking experience under her belt, having worked in the industry for a little more than three years. Most recently, she was employed in the restaurant industry as a general manager for the past five years.  

A native of Pittsburgh, PA, Calhoun now resides in Mt. Juliet and is a member of The Church at Pleasant Grove. She has one daughter and two sons.

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 03/26/2020 8:49 AM by Sarah Poss
Tuesday, 17 March 2020
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FFB recognized nine employees 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. The qualifying employees were Abby Hernandez, Cookeville FSR, Kaitlyn Kovalchik, Cookeville FSR, Bryan Sweet, Cookeville FSR Manager, Kim Cowan, Providence FSR Manager, MaKayla Ramsey, Cookeville FSR, Rebecca Birman, Gainesboro FSR, Blair Kirkland, Providence FSR, Sara Beth Kinnaird, Gainesboro FSR.

Sara Beth was also recognized as the Top Performing FSR. Sara Beth is pictured above with John Lancaster, Chairman and CEO. 

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Posted on 03/17/2020 8:32 AM by Sarah Poss
Tuesday, 17 March 2020
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Justin Mauldin has been promoted to Bank Officer and Deposit Operations Assistant Manager, announced John Lancaster, Chairman and CEO.


“Justin is a quality employee and continues to make a significant contribution to our Deposit Operations Department. We are pleased to promote him to Bank Officer and look forward to watching him continue his growth in our company,” stated Lancaster.


Mauldin joined First Freedom in August of 2016 as a Deposit Operations Clerk. He had previously worked at a regional bank as a Financial Services Representative. Mauldin also had several years of retail management experience before joining the financial industry.


In 2017, Mauldin was awarded with the First Freedom Internal Service award due to providing the best service specifically to his fellow employees. That same year, he graduated from Leadership Opportunity of Smith County. Mauldin then went on to become a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) in December of 2018.


Mauldin currently resides in Carthage with his family. He is a counselor for Jackson-Smith County Youth Camp, a position he has held each summer since 2009, and is the Youth Minister for Carthage 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 03/17/2020 7:53 AM by Sarah Poss
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
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