First Tennessee Bank opens new University of Tennessee Financial Center

Location on site of previous long-time First Tennessee UT branch; now part of the TENN building on Cumberland Avenue between 18th and 19th Streets in the heart of award-winning Cumberland Avenue Corridor

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The week of October 15 – 19, 2018 marked a very special milestone for First Tennessee: the grand re-opening of its University of Tennessee financial center. The original bank branch was part of Hamilton National Bank formed in the 1930s and became part of First Tennessee in 1983. The newly constructed financial center is a ground floor anchor of the TENN building, a six-story development on Cumberland Avenue between 18th and 19th Streets. The mixed-use community includes retail/commercial tenants as well as residential units and an on-site parking garage.

Complete with world-class security and technology features, the new University Financial Center visually embodies First Tennessee’s long-standing relationship with the University of Tennessee system and its status as the “Official Bank of the Vols”. The design was a joint effort between the University and First Tennessee and includes custom graphics and signage among many other unique touches such as a “game day” night mode cheering on UT athletes across all sports.

“We are always honored and proud to invest in our local communities, but this particular new location underscores our long-term partnership with the University of Tennessee,” said Dave Miller, First Tennessee’s East Tennessee Region President. “Not only is First Tennessee proud to be the Official Bank of the Vols – we are proud to serve the University with banking services and through significant support of scholarships for the dependents of First Tennessee employees and other students and many other academic contributions, including an endowment for the First Tennessee Foundation Professorship in the Haslam College of Business.”

Ribbon cutting: First Tennessee East Tennessee Region President Dave Miller and Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero cut the ribbon on First Tennessee’s newest location in Knoxville in the heart of the Cumberland Avenue Corridor on Thursday, October 18, 2018. Pictured from left are: Steve Early, Vol Network; Bill Lyons, City of Knoxville; MaryBeth Cox, First Tennessee; Brandon Parks, Vol Network; Charly Dena, First Tennessee; Anne Wallace, City of Knoxville; Mayor of Knoxville, Madeline Rogero; Michele Parrott, First Tennessee; Dave Miller, East Tennessee Region President, First Tennessee; Evelyn Gill, Knox County Commission; John Sergent, First Tennessee; Debbie Human, First Tennessee; Rhett Lankford, FTB Advisors; Tina Jones, First Tennessee; and Joshalyn Hundley, First Tennessee.

First Tennessee’s new location is in the heart of the revitalized Cumberland Avenue Corridor, which recently was named a state award recipient by the Tennessee Chapter of the American Planning.

“We invested in the Cumberland Avenue District, because we wanted to support the business and community leaders like First Tennessee who share our belief that Cumberland Avenue is special and unique,” Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero said.
“Traffic now flows along Cumberland Avenue more safely and consistently. The wide sidewalks and landscaping create a more welcoming experience. And a $25 million public investment has leveraged more than $190 million in private investment. Cumberland Avenue has become reinvigorated as a go-to destination.”

Special activities during the week included the following:

Monday through Friday: Refreshments all day and free UT logo items and Enter to Win prizes, including a Tennessee Volunteers corn hole set and gift basket with logo items and gift cards

Thursday: Enter to win tickets to the UT vs. Bama football game on October 13. Sports 180 AM 990/FM 99.1 radio remote with Josh and Will 12-3pm with football tickets winner announced on air at approximately 2:45pm. Special appearances by the Voice of the Vols Bob Kesling 3-4pm and UT Athletic Director Phillip Fulmer 4-5pm. Coach Fulmer signed collectible First Tennessee/UT 1998 National Championship commemorative posters. Cheer and dance members of the UT Spirit Squad on-site at approximately 4pm.

Friday: First Tennessee “Tailgate” inside our new UT financial center for hot dogs, chips, drinks, and more!
The University of Tennessee financial center staff includes Charly Dena, Financial Center Manager; Debbie Human, Financial Services Representative; Tina Jones, Financial Services Representative; and MaryBeth Cox, Senior Teller. Hours are 10am-5pm Monday through Friday. More information about First Tennessee is available at


About First Tennessee and Capital Bank
Our First Tennessee and Capital Bank brands have the largest deposit market share in Tennessee, approximately 300 branches across the southeast U.S., and one of the highest customer retention rates of any bank in the country. We have been ranked by American Banker as No. 5 among the Top 10 Most Reputable U.S. Banks. We were founded in 1864 and have the 14th oldest national bank charter in the country. Our FTB Advisors wealth management group has more than 300 financial professionals and provides services to about $30 billion in assets. FTN Financial, with 28 offices across the U.S., is a capital markets industry leader in fixed income sales, trading and strategies for institutional customers in the U.S. and abroad. First Tennessee, Capital Bank, FTB Advisors, and FTN Financial are part of First Horizon National Corp. (NYSE:FHN). We have been recognized as one of the nation’s best employers by Working Mother and American Banker magazines and the National Association for Female Executives. More information is available at