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            COLUMBIA, Tennessee (July 31, 2013) -- As First Farmers & Merchants Bank continues its growth trend, five executives of the institution have been given new and additional duties, T. Randy Stevens, CEO and Chairman announced today.

            John Tomlinson, Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), has been additionally named Chief Risk Officer. In this new responsibility for the bank, he will manage all risks -- strategic, operational, financial, reputational and/or legal -- for First Farmers.  Tomlinson has served in a variety of roles for First Farmers since 1973.

            Brian Williams, Senior Executive Commercial Banking, has been elevated to Executive Vice President/Director of Corporate Planning and Manager of Commercial Banking.   

            Houston Parks, General Counsel, will become Senior Trust Officer and oversee the bank's Trust and Financial Management services.  He was a private practice attorney in Columbia for twenty-one years before joining First Farmers.

            Barry White, who most recently has served as legal counsel to the bank, has been named General Counsel and will be the primary legal liaison for First Farmers.  White previously held the position of Senior Trust Officer and joined First Farmers in 2003 as Marshall County President.  Prior to his work at the bank, he was Assistant District Attorney General for five years in Marshall, Bedford, Lincoln and Moore counties and later maintained a private law practice for twenty-two years in Lewisburg specializing in litigation, corporate and real estate law. 

            Stephen Hughes, Senior Trust Officer, is moving to the Commercial Banking Group as a Commercial Relationship Manager.