Tag: Putnam County

Putnam County includes First Freedom Bank’s Cookeville Office

Rachel Honaker, wearing a mask, stands behind four residents in wheelchairs for a photo.

Honaker Speaks on Elder Financial Exploitation

First Freedom’s Rachel Honaker, Algood Office Manager, gave a presentation on Elder Financial Exploitation to the residents of Signature Healthcare of Putnam County.

Signature Healthcare is a 175-bed nursing facility located in Cookeville. They accommodate both short-term rehabilitation and long-term nursing care and specialize in community re-entry programming.

Honaker is pictured with several residents that attended her presentation. 

Group shot of First Freedom staff standing in front of a Cookeville-Putnam County Chamber of Commerce backdrop.

First Freedom Sponsored Table at Chamber Event

First Freedom Bank sponsored a table at the annual Cookeville-Putnam County awards banquet, held at Leslie Town Center on February 7th.

Pictured from left to right is J.B. Owens, Executive Vice President and Director of Commercial Banking, Rachel Honaker, Algood Assistant Manager, Sarah Poss, Assistant Vice President and BSA Analyst / Marketing, Ladell Medley, Vice President and Cookeville-Algood Office Manager, Abby McCann, Cookeville FSR Manager, Kelly Emery, Cookeville Assistant Manager, and Kenny Beavers, Senior Vice President and Director of Retail Banking.

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First Freedom Ranked Top Performing Bank in Tennessee

First Freedom Bank was recently acknowledged as the top performing bank in Tennessee for 2022 by independent firm Financial Management Consulting Group (FMC). FMC utilizes public call report data submitted to the FDIC which is designed to collect financial data in the form of a balance sheet, income statement and supporting schedules. The Report of Condition schedules provide details on assets, liabilities, and capital accounts while the Report of Income schedules provide details on income and expenses. The state of Tennessee had 125 banks in the analysis.

FMC has been analyzing bank performance for 25 years and computes the rankings on a quarterly basis for 42 states. W. Timothy Finn, Principal of FMC, explains his firm utilizes eight key measurements in their analysis and stack ranks all banks in each of the categories. They then average the category rankings to stack rank the banks for overall performance. “It’s quite a task to get the top spot in overall performance,” said Finn, “First Freedom is to be commended for this significant accomplishment.”

John Lancaster, Chairman and CEO of First Freedom, stated, “We are honored to be recognized by FMC in this way. We have followed their analytical work for years and appreciate the transparency in their approach. These results are a testament to our thriving communities, our focused board, and our dedicated employees.”

 First Freedom Bank, headquartered in Wilson County, was established in 2006. A full service, community bank, First Freedom Bank offers personal and commercial banking services from six locations in Wilson, Putnam and Jackson Counties, and has approximately 70 employees. First Freedom Bank has assets in excess of $600 million and is owned by approximately 1,000 shareholders throughout Middle Tennessee. First Freedom Bank is a member of the Better Business Bureau, an Equal Housing Lender, and Member FDIC. Additionally, First Freedom has earned the prestigious Five Star rating by Bauer Financial, the nation’s leading independent bank and credit union rating firm.

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