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March 3, 2014

March 3, 2014

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Program Honors Outstanding Neighbors and Supports Local Nonprofits; Nominations Accepted through March 28

Home Federal Bank today launched its fourth Hometown Heroes awards program to honor everyday citizens who do extraordinary things for others and for their community.

Little League coaches, senior citizen center workers, teachers, Scout leaders, nonprofit volunteers and other individuals who work in their own way to make East Tennessee a great place to live are potential honorees.

“Hometown Heroes has two key components,” said Home Federal Bank President Dale Keasling. “First, it recognizes our community’s volunteers for the work that they do. Second, it offers financial support to the organizations they so passionately serve.”

Eight Hometown Heroes honorees will be recognized for their volunteer work in the community and will select a local nonprofit for a $2,500 donation in their name. From these finalists, a top winner will receive an additional $2,500 for donation to his or her chosen nonprofit.

In last year’s program, Home Federal Bank named Gregory Walters as the top winner of the awards program in recognition of his volunteer work with Friends of Literacy. The nonprofit received a $5,000 donation from the bank in Walters’ name.

Anyone may nominate a Hometown Hero. Nominations will be accepted through Friday, March 28. Nomination forms are available for download on the Home Federal Bank website at or can be picked up at any of the bank’s locations in Knox, Anderson, Blount and Sevier counties. Completed forms can be dropped off at any Home Federal Bank location or emailed to [email protected]. Winners will be announced beginning in April at various Home Federal Bank branches.

“Hometown Heroes reflects the heart of Home Federal Bank,” Keasling said. “As a hometown bank, we are invested in our community and welcome this opportunity to honor the people of East Tennessee who tirelessly give of themselves to make it an even better place.”

Media sponsors for the program include the News Sentinel, WVLT-TV 8 and WIVK-FM 107.7.

About Home Federal Bank of Tennessee

Home Federal Bank of Tennessee is a locally owned, full-service bank serving East Tennesseans through branches in Knox, Anderson, Blount and Sevier counties. Every quarter since 1991, the bank has earned a 5-Star Superior rating – the highest possible – by independent authority BauerFinancial. For more information, visit