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Jena Locke Thomas named as president and partner of The Andrews Agency

The Andrews Agency has named Jena Thomas as president and partner. Throughout the twenty-seven-year history of The Andrews Agency, their philosophy as an agency has been to under commit and over deliver, and Jena embodies that principle. Founding partner Susan Andrews Thompson will remain involved in the agency’s operations as chief executive officer, as they continue to deliver results for their clients. For more information, visit

Cheekwood Named Peter Grimaldi New Vice President of Gardens and Horticulture

Cheekwood named Peter Grimaldi its new Vice President of Gardens and Horticulture. Grimaldi comes to Cheekwood from the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden in North Carolina, where he served as the Director of Horticulture and Facilities for five years. In his new role, Grimaldi will serve on a six-person senior leadership team, responsible for ensuring horticultural excellence throughout Cheekwood’s fifty-five acre campus. He will oversee the design, direction and implementation of four seasonal displays as well as directing plant cultivation and protection, turf and tree care, greenhouse production and maintaining sustainability practices, while upholding the historical integrity of the property. For more information, visit

First Citizens National Bank Accepts the FIS Impact Award

On behalf of First Citizens National Bank, Judy Long, President and Chief Operating Officer, accepted the FIS Impact Award at the annual InfoShare Conference in Orlando. This award was created by FIS to recognize clients who use the FIS technology and services to their fullest potential and beyond. First Citizens National Bank was selected for this national award for Operational Efficiency and Technology to better serve customers. In addition to the Impact Award, FIS will make a $10,000 donation to United Way of West Tennessee. First Citizens National Bank works closely with United Way and has been recognized as the second largest giver in West Tennessee for the last three years. For more information about First Citizens National Bank, please visit

City of Franklin Names Two New Directors

The City of Franklin announces the promotion of two long time employees to Directors of Departments within the city. Michelle Marie Hatcher P.E. was named the new Water Management Director. Michelle has been with the City since 2014 when she was hired as Assistant Director of Planning and Policy of the Water Management Department. The former Water Management Director, Mark Hilty was promoted to Assistant City Administrator of Public Works earlier this year. Dr. Jordon Shaw was promoted to Director of Information Technology in June. Previous IT Director Fred Banner is retiring in January of 2018. Fred has served in this position since 2002 when the position was created. Fred will stay on to work on projects and assist Dr. Shaw in his transition until the end of the year. For more, visit

First New Bank in Tennessee in Ten Years Approved

Tennessee Bank & Trust announced that it has received approval from the Tennessee Department of Financial Institutions (TDFI) and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), moving the organization one step closer to becoming the first bank to open in the state of Tennessee in ten years. Tennessee Bank & Trust is currently operating as a branch division of Farmers Bank & Trust Company of Blytheville, Arkansas. The bank is headquartered in Green Hills, with a branch located in Franklin. For more, visit


The Columbia State Community College Foundation received a scholarship endowment in memoriam of Dr. Marvin “Mart” F. Austin Jr., retired professor of English and humanities division chair. Austin was a first-generation college student and began his academic career at Austin Peay State University where he earned bachelor’s degrees in English and mathematics, and a master’s degree in English. Austin continued his education at the University of Tennessee where he earned a doctorate in English. While at Columbia State, Austin impacted the lives of many students. Austin, a Lawrenceburg native, started his tenure at Columbia State in 1976 and retired in 2008. During that time, he taught English, humanities and philosophy. Following his retirement, Austin continued to teach online classes for Columbia State.


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