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Sevierville and Knoxville, TN – SmartBank is pleased to continue its over 12 years of support for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP) by donating $15,000 to Friends of the Smokies (FOTS). The Bank has donated over $140,000 to the local non-profit, which is dedicated to preserving the parks and educating the public on the importance of the mountains outside our doors.

“We have enjoyed a great partnership with Friends of the Smokies over the years and we are proud to continue assisting in their mission to promote the preservation and maintenance of the park,” said Billy Carroll, SmartBank President, and CEO. “SmartBank is committed to the communities we serve and truly appreciates the invaluable work and mission of the Friends of the Smokies.”

SmartBank’s mission statement includes building exceptional value in its communities by providing lasting solutions to their problems and protecting their greatest assets.  This is a great example of fulfilling their mission statement.  The work that Friends of the Smokies does to protect and ensure the preservation of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park plays such an important role in the community for stakeholders and visitors alike.

Friends of the Smokies President, Jim Hart commented, “SmartBank has partnered with Friends of the Smokies’ efforts to preserve and protect our park for many years.  We are delighted they have chosen to continue their generous support again this year.”