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Business Banking Team Announced For First Farmers and Merchants Bank

Already known as a voice for area businesses, bank deepens its commitment to local companies                                                                                                      

COLUMBIA, Tenn.  (November 19, 2013) – First Farmers and Merchants Bank today announced the organization of a specialized business banking team to help businesses better understand how to utilize financial services and systems to run their own businesses more efficiently and profitably.

The group is comprised of seven relationship managers who will be located in Middle Tennessee counties served by the bank.  In addition to lending, the seven will provide strategic guidance for business services such as online bill pay, cash and treasury management, payroll support, remote deposit, business checking and credit cards. 

"We're fully convinced that our nation's economic recovery will be led by local businesses, one employee at a time," said Tim Pettus, president, First Farmers & Merchants Bank.  "We've long been known as a leader in business banking in Middle Tennessee and this move will help us focus more intensely on this client segment that we know so well.  Together, these banking veterans have over 150 years of business experience and truly understand the challenges that companies face today.  Our goal is to turn that collective knowledge into financial horsepower for each of their clients."

            Brenda Wolaver, who is located at the First Farmers branch in Lewisburg, is a member of the new team.  She has worked in banking for 32 years and has been with First Farmers since 2004 in consumer mortgage lending. 

She joins other team members that include:  Shela Chessor, Suzanne Estes, Cathy Mashburn, Archie Morrow, Judy Musgrave and Stacey Shedd.