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Times Change … But Not the Mission: A Continuing Evolution to Meet Varying Needs

By Bill Poquette

The year was 1901, 115 years ago. BankNews emerged as The Southwestern Banker, “A monthly banking journal devoted to the interests of bankers in the Southwest.” That publication subsequently morphed into the Trans-Mississippi Banker and Investor in 1916 and the Trans-Mississippi Banker in 1920 before the current name was adopted in 1928.

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Bankers Get Credit for Doing Good

By Bill Poquette

Bankers do many good things in their communities besides keeping depositors’ money safe and lending for homes, cars and businesses. This is not news, but it has become increasingly clear to me recently as I read proofs of state association magazines for which BankNews Media handles advertising and production.

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Community Trust Bancorp Recognized as One of “America’s 50 Most Trustworthy Financial Companies”

August 14 – Jean R. Hale, chairman, president, and CEO of Community Trust Bancorp, Inc., has announced that Community Trust Bancorp, Inc. has been recognized by Forbes magazine for the second consecutive year as one of “America’s 50 Most Trustworthy Financial Companies.” Community Trust was ranked second in the “Small Cap” category ($250 million to $1 billion).

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Assets Reach $1 Billion at First Internet Bank

March 13 – First Internet Bank of Indiana, a premier provider of online banking services nationwide, has exceeded $1 billion in assets.

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First Tennessee to Introduce Chip Cards to Protect Cardholder Data

October 2 – In the wake of cardholder data breaches at merchants like Target and Home Depot, First Tennessee Bank will soon introduce chip cards, which provide greater security for consumers. October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, giving a sharper focus to the bank’s efforts to protect customers. First Tennessee is a subsidiary of First Horizon National Corp. (NYSE:FHN).

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First Tennessee Bank Opens Office in Jacksonville

Jan 28 – Building on its success outside its home state, First Tennessee Bank has opened an office in Jacksonville, Fla. The move continues the growth of the bank’s Mid-Atlantic Region, which is led by President John Fox and includes the North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and now the North Florida markets. First Tennessee is a subsidiary of First Horizon National Corp. (NYSE: FHN).

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First Tennessee Rolls Out Easy-to-Use Checking Fee Guide

Aug 6 – As part of its commitment to customer service, First Tennessee Bank, Memphis, has developed an additional resource to help customers understand fees and features associated with checking accounts. The new Account Service Fee Guide consolidates checking account information into an easy-to-use format that incorporates industry guidelines recommended by The Pew Charitable Trusts, a public policy organization. First Tennessee Bank is a subsidiary of First Horizon National Corp. (NYSE: FHN).

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First Tennessee Launches FTB Advisors

June 6 – First Tennessee will name its wealth management business FTB Advisors to raise the profile of an important, growing part of what the company offers customers. The name change signals that First Tennessee, a subsidiary of First Horizon National Corp. (NYSE: FHN), offers high-level investment expertise in addition to traditional banking services.

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First Tennessee Bank Expands Mid-Atlantic Region

March 12 – Building on its success outside of its home state, First Tennessee Bank will expand its presence and enhance its services in the North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia markets. As a result, First Tennessee, a subsidiary of First Horizon National Corp. (NYSE:FHN), will move its Raleigh office to a larger and more prominent location.

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BankNews Media to Produce Massachusetts Banker

Oct 2, 2012 – BankNews Media, one of the nation’s most respected publishers dedicated exclusively to the banking industry, is pleased to announce that it has added Massachusetts Banker to its family of state banking magazines. Massachusetts Banker, published by the Massachusetts Bankers Association, is the leading voice of the Massachusetts banking market — one of the strongest in the nation, with more than 180 banks, savings and loan institutions, and trust companies, located throughout the commonwealth in 2,200 offices.

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