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Jackson County includes First Freedom Bank’s Gainesboro Office

First Freedom Announces 2022 Employee Awards

First Freedom Bank presented employee awards for excellent service at its annual Christmas party. These employees exemplify qualities of service to their customers, their co-workers, and their community.

Teola Ragland

Teola Ragland was presented with the Red Carpet Service Award. Teola joined First Freedom with the acquisition of the Upper Cumberland offices in 2016 and currently serves as the Financial Services Manager at the Algood Office. Teola provides excellent customer services and prioritizes building a relationship with her customers. She excels at going the extra mile and ensuring her customers are aware of any new product or service that can enhance their banking experience.

Headshot of Rebecca Jennings
Rebecca Jennings, CPA

Rebecca Jennings, CPA, was presented with the Internal Service Award. Rebecca has been with First Freedom since 2017 and is currently Vice President and Controller. She has extensive experience in the bank, having spent time in both the retail and commercial divisions in her previous roles. Rebecca epitomizes the ideal teammate; she is patient, kind, and knowledgeable. She does not hesitate to answer questions or help puzzle out a solution to a problem.

Phillip Vance

Phillip Vance was presented with the Community Champion award. Phillip joined the bank in 2014 and is currently Vice President and Relationship Manager. Being a community banker means being a community participant and Phillip fulfills that role without reluctance. He is a Lebanon Wilson County Chamber Board Member and Sports Council Division Vice Chairperson and serves as Chair of the Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce Annual Golf Tournament. He is member of the Lebanon Breakfast Rotary and previously served as a board member. Phillip is also a 2022 graduate of Leadership Wilson.


First Freedom also recognized employees that have been with the bank for five years.

Rebecca Jennings (pictured above), Denise Bingham, and Tori Oakley (both pictured below) were presented with a First Freedom Jacket in appreciation of their service and commitment to their work.  

Denise Bingham
Tori Oakley
Group shot of chairman's cup members, senior vice president, and CEO in front of a Christmas tree.

Special Recognition for Members of Chairman’s Cup

First Freedom Bank recognized several Financial Services Representatives (FSR) this past quarter for exceptional job performance: Blake Smith, Brooke Weldy, Jordan Kilgore, Devin Sabaski, Ally Miller, Meagan Roberts, Mary Cate Hedge, Abby McCann, Bryan Sweet, Kaitlyn Coe, and Sara Beth Kinnaird. These employees have exceeded their individual goals for enhancing and broadening customer relationships while maintaining accuracy and exceeding audit standards. Their outstanding performance earned them the prestigious honor of Chairman’s Cup Member.

Sara Beth Kinnaird was awarded the title of Top Producer for achieving the highest overall performance score among all eligible members.

Pictured from left to right is Kenny Beavers, Senior Vice President and Director of Retail Banking, Mary Cate Hedge, Meagan Roberts, Ally Miller, Devin Sabaski, and John Lancaster, Chairman and CEO.

Group photo or Jackson County Imagination Library Board of Directors in front of lake

First Freedom Sponsors Imagination Library Fundraiser

First Freedom is proud to have been a sponsor at the Jackson County Imagination Library fundraising event at the Wildwood Resort & Marina.

The Jackson Imagination County Library, a division of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, is a free pre-K literary service which mails one book each month to every Jackson County child enrolled in the program, up to age five.

Pictured are the Jackson County Imagination Library Board Members, including First Freedom’s Ashley Tippit, Gainesboro Assistant Office Manager.

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