Small Tennessee bank that opened Henrico branch to be acquired by a larger Knoxville-based company | Business News



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A Southern Community Bank branch opened in the Innsbrook Corporate Center in Henrico County. It is a branch of Sevier County Bank in Sevierville, Tenn.


The small Tennessee-based bank that leapfrogged 400-plus miles to open a branch in the Richmond market earlier this year is being acquired by a larger Knoxville-based financial institution.

Sevier County Bancshares Inc., which opened a branch as Southern Community Bank in the Innsbrook Corporate Center in Henrico County in January, will be bought by SmartFinancial Inc., the parent company of SmartBank, the companies announced Wednesday.

The acquisition, subject approval of shareholders of Sevier County Bancshares, is expected to be completed in the early part of the third quarter.

SmartFinancial, with assets in excess of $3.3 billion, is a full-service bank founded in 2007 that has 35 branches in East and Middle Tennessee, in Alabama, and in the Florida Panhandle.

Sevier County Bancshares, the parent company of Sevier County Bank, had about $424 million in assets at six branches in Sevier County and the Southern Community Bank branch in Henrico.  Sevier County Bank is located in the Tennessee towns of Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg and home to Dolly Parton’s Dollywood amusement park.

The merger deal will create the fourth largest community bank based in Tennessee.

John Presley, Sevier County Bank’s executive chairman who is well known in the banking community in the Richmond area, will join the boards of SmartFinancial and SmartBank.  Presley was the founding president and CEO at what was then Richmond-based First Market Bank, which had been mostly owned by Ukrop’s Super Markets Inc. and since had merged with what is now Atlantic Union Bank.

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