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 August 24, 2016 – SmartBank President and CEO, Billy Carroll, along with Sevier County Market Executive, Bobby Castle, presented a $15,000.00 check to Friends of the Smokies during the annual Friends Across the Mountains Telethon, which aired on WBIR Channel 10. Carroll stated, “It is truly an honor to partner with Friends of the Smokies, and other local organizations who work tirelessly to encourage environmental awareness while promoting, maintaining and protecting our mountains.”

Each time a SmartBank debit card holder performs a signature-based transaction, they are helping contribute to the donation given to Friends of the Smokies. Kelley Fowler, Senior Vice President, Marketing and Public Relations Officer for SmartBank said, “We are thrilled with the amount we were able to give this year.  It’s been very exciting to watch the growth of these donations since the program’s inception in May of 2009; since that time we’ve been able to donate over $66,550.00 to Friends of the Smokies which benefits the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.”

“We are very grateful to SmartBank for creating such a meaningful and lasting way to demonstrate their great love for the Smokies.  Their contributions to support Friends’ work for the Park are just another example of the sincere commitment to the communities they serve,” said Friends of the Smokies President, Jim Hart.  Friends of the Smokies is a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization which assists the National Park Service in its mission to preserve and protect Great Smoky Mountains National Park by raising funds and awareness and providing volunteers for needed projectsFor more information visit www.FriendsOfTheSmokies.org.

SmartFinancial, Inc., based in Knoxville, Tennessee, is the bank holding company for SmartBank. SmartBank is a full-service commercial bank founded in 2007, with twelve branches and three loan production offices spanning East Tennessee and the Florida Panhandle. Recruiting the best people, delivering exceptional client service, strategic branching and a disciplined approach to lending have contributed to SmartBank’s success. More information about SmartFinancial can be found on its website: www.smartbank.com.