You name it, this fast-growing regional has a plan (just ask)


Pinnacle Bank chief Terry Turner never lacks specifics. He wants to expand inside a triangular zone that connects three Southern and mid-Atlantic cities, aims to enter five particular markets, and speaks bluntly about his plans for hiring alums of BB&T and SunTrust.


Buyout drama in N.C. highlights flaw in MOE deals


SmartFinancial lined up a compelling merger with Entegra. Then a bigger bank offered more money and a higher premium.


First Citizens plays disruptor role with agreement to buy N.C. bank


Entegra Financial, which had agreed to sell to SmartFinancial, is now selling to First Citizens, which offered more money and will pay a breakup fee for the initial deal.


Franklin Financial braces for loan loss from shared national credit


The Tennessee company has set up a $3.5 million reserve associated with the unnamed borrower.


FB Financial in Tenn. to exit wholesale mortgage lending


The company plans to sell its third-party origination channel to Renasant. It has also lined up a deal to sell its correspondent channel.


Advice to small banks: Resist urge to overautomate


Trying to keep pace with big banks that digitize as many processes as possible will undercut community banks’ strengths, according to speakers at this year’s ICBA convention.


Will banks turn the tables and buy credit unions?


More than 20 banks have been sold to credit unions. A prominent banking lawyer made the case at this year's ICBA convention that banks can become more aggressive acquirers.


Where the small-bank lobby will focus next


Congress granted banks significant reg relief last year, but incoming ICBA Chairman Preston Kennedy says a lighter touch is needed with Bank Secrecy Act rules, loan-loss modeling and call reports.


Tennessee bank shuffles management after chief's retirement


Franklin Financial, which was recently freed from a memorandum of understanding, has installed interim leaders following its founding CEO's retirement and his son's resignation.


First Horizon 4Q profit reflects focus on traditional banking


The Tennessee company is pleased with loan growth. It has also been able to reduce its dependence on brokered deposits as it brings in new customers following its purchase of Capital Bank.