Grand opening Monday for new bank

Sandra ClarkOur Town Leaders

FirstBank on Emory Road will officially open on Monday, November 13, 2023, with a ribbon-cutting at 10 a.m. Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs will be there, along with leaders from the Knoxville Chamber, the Halls Business & Professional Association and the Powell BPA.

The new bank is across from Kroger and Aubrey’s at 233 E. Emory Road, Suite 109. The number is 865-688-2265.

Erik Ainge

The facility is designed to serve customers from Halls, Powell and the Norwood area. The branch on Clinton Highway has closed and the staff transferred to Emory Road.

Knoxville market president Brent Ball was interviewed by Erik Ainge and Brian Rice during a remote broadcast Nov. 7. Ainge, the University of Tennessee quarterback from 2004-2007, was drafted by the New York Jets. After his professional career, he settled in Knoxville. His broadcast airs from 9 a.m. until noon M-F on Sports Radio WNML.

Ball stressed the community focus of FirstBank. “We’ve put together a team of people who actually live here,” he said, “starting with me.” Ball grew up in Halls as did FirstBank’s chief banking officer, Travis Edmondson.

Ainge asked how FirstBank partners with the communities it serves.

“You have to be intentional,” said Ball. He mentioned the bank’s match on donations to purchase state championship rings for the Powell High football team in 2021. And the bank donated to state championship rings for Halls High wrestlers who won titles last year.

FirstBank is the presenting sponsor of the Beaver Creek Flotilla, and is sponsoring the storybook trail at the area’s newest park, the soon-to-be Angora Frog Farm on Brickyard Road.

“We’ve got the technology and assets of a big bank. We can do what the big banks do, but we are local; make decisions locally; get involved with the individuals and businesses that we serve.”

FirstBank has been in business since 1906. Headquartered in Tennessee, the bank has assets of $12.49 billion, ranking in the top 3% of all U.S. commercial banks.

Monday’s event is for everyone, whether a customer or not. You are sure to see somebody you know.


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