BankTennessee opens in Carthage

CARTHAGE – BankTennessee will host a ribbon cutting and grand opening celebration at its new branch, a full-service banking facility, in Carthage on Friday, Aug. 30, announced Tom Paschal, the bank’s Middle Tennessee chairman and a native Smith County resident. 

“We have a great location in the heart of the community across the street from the Smith County Chamber at 936 Upper Ferry Road in Carthage,” said Paschal. “The entire community is invited to help us cut the ribbon and enjoy some refreshments during the day. We will have a grand opening special that will run until the end of September and a contest to guess the exact dollar amount of coins in the piggy bank for a chance to win $1,000.”

“I am proud to introduce our banking team. All are residents of Smith County and include Sherry Slagle Mercer, universal banker, Corey Carver, universal banker, and Lois Vance, universal banker,” said Michael Nesbitt, branch manager for the new office. “Rounding out our team are BankTennessee directors and lifelong Carthage area residents and businessmen Tom Paschal, Alex Richmond, and Larry Wilkerson.”

Since joining BankTennessee in 2018 at the Lebanon office, Michael Nesbitt has over 30 years professional experience in the community. After nearly a decade of success in owning and operating a small auto parts business, Nesbitt transitioned into the banking industry as a branch manager and loan officer with Cumberland Bank in 1995. In September 2002, he was elected as mayor for Smith County for four consecutive terms. He is married to Leyanne Nesbitt. The couple has three children and a grandson. 

Mercer began her career at GreenBank in Carthage in 2007 and later went to work for BankTennessee in 2010 and has worked as a teller, customer service representative and loan processor. Married to Chris Mercer, the couple lives in South Carthage. 

Carver, an Elmwood resident, recently joined the bank as a universal banker. He graduated from Tennessee Tech with a business degree in 2013. He previously worked for Sanderson Funeral Home and is married to Haley Carver. 

Vance, a Carthage resident, has over 28 years of experience in banking. She has worked as a teller, customer service representative, personal banker, business banker and commercial lender. Married to Joe Vance, the couple lives in Carthage. 

Located on a one-acre site, the new BankTennessee office is 2,782 square feet and mirrors the design of the bank’s branch in Lebanon. Bouton Engineering in Cookeville is the architect, and the building contractor is Beasley Construction Company in Hartsville.

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