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- 2007 -


    One of the first officially sanctioned bicentennial events (McMinnville turns 200 this year!) is the Quilt Show that's being sponsored by the First Presbyterian Church and the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, Lieutenant James Sheppard Chapter.  The show will be held at the First Presbyterian Church located at 205 West Main Street on Saturday, January 13th from 10:00am until 2:00pm.

  For more information about the Quilt Show, call 931-473-2690.

posted 9 January 2007

The Red Carpet

  Glamour Girls Consignment shop is having a benefit sale Saturday week (January 27th from 10:00am to 6:00pm).  The sale includes pageant, prom, flower girl, bridesmaid, and bridal gowns as well as mother-of-the-bride dresses and boys tuxedos.

  The event is sponsored by the Warren County Junior Auxiliary and all proceeds will go back into our community to help make a difference in children's lives.  For more information, call Natalie Miller, Warren County Junior Auxiliary President at 931-939-5555.

posted 18 January 2007

Personnel Advancements

    At the regularly scheduled meeting last Thursday night, the Security Federal Savings Bank Board of Directors approved the Officer List for 2007.  Among the officers, this year, there have been three promotions.

    Kari Davis started out as a Teller in 2000 and has served as a New Accounts Representative and a Loan Processor.  In May of last year she was made the Assistant Branch Manager for the New Smithville Highway branch.  Now Kari is the Assistant Branch Manager/Assistant Vice-President.

    Wendy Kell joined the Teller ranks in 1998 and was then moved over to be one of the founding members of the Proof Department in 2000.  In 2002 she moved over to the Operations and Trust side, eventually becoming the Operations Officer, where she has been ever since.  Now Wendy is the Operations Officer/Assistant Vice-President.

    Sabrina McKnight started with the Bank as a Teller in 2001 later becoming the Assistant Branch Manager of the New Smithville Highway branch.  Eventually, she came back to take over as Head Teller of the Main Street branch.  Now Sabrina is the Head Teller/Assistant Vice-President.


Congratulations to these three fine young ladies!

posted 22 January 2007

We Be Jammin'

    Music lovers of all kinds are invited to come and join in a guided acoustic and singing jam session every second Saturday at the First Presbyterian Church located at 205 West Main Street.  The jams will include all genres of music and get going at 5:00pm and run until 7pm.  They'll have the coffee on for you.

    For more information, call Andy Gay at 931-273-2350.

posted 2 February 2007

Sweetheart Ribbons

    Kim Chisam, one of Security Federal's New Accounts Representatives, was the honorary judge at this year's Centertown Elementary School's Valentine's Day activities.  Kim was asked to judge Valentine Boxes, essays, and a coloring contest while Security Federal was happy to provide ribbons and candy gift bags.  Click here or on the heart to the right to see pictures of the winners and some of their work.  And speaking of winners, they are...

    Kindergarten:  Bridgette Kern, Alyssa Hobbs, and Brant Young.  1st Grade:  Ethan Penegar, Allison Cripps, and Abigail Mathis.  2nd Grade:  Ricky Bain and Treyton Crothers.  3rd Grade: Haley Duke and Brittanee Redmon.  4th Grade:  Cathryn Blankenship and Hannah Few.  5th Grade:  Alexis Melton and McKenzie Vickers.  6th Grade:  Tailor Fitts and Jacob Self.  7th Grade:  Kayla Mullins.  8th Grade:  Andrea Hobbs.

    For more information, contact Tina Self at Centertown Elementary School.

posted 21 February 2007


    LeAnn Cartwright, our Accounting Clerk, has been condemned to an afternoon of "jail time" for aiding and abetting the Muscular Dystrophy Association by raising money for McMinnville's "Send a Kid to Camp" fund raiser.

LeAnn and her coconspirators will be "arrested" and transported to the MDA's "Maximum-Appreciation Facility", to be located at Ryan's Family Steakhouse this year, sentenced, and held for one hour.  Judge Ace Blackwater has already set LeAnn's bail at $1,000.00 and she is off to a good start, having already gathered $286.00 by hosting a taco lunch at the Bank.  And Security Federal has jumped on the paddy wagon by having a couple of "blue jean" and "tennis shoe" days.

    Please help us get LeAnn out of jail!  For more information or to make a donation, contact LeAnn Cartwright at 473-4483.

posted 7 March 2007

One Hundred and Twenty!

    "Pa's here!"  Larry Brown's granddaughter, Ella, hollered out when Larry walked into his surprise birthday party.  Wayne Martin's grandson, Jared, didn't say as much at Wayne's surprise birthday party...but he's only nine months old.

    Larry Brown, Executive Vice-President, and Wayne Martin, Chief Operations Officer/Sr. Vice-President both turned 60 this month.  In celebration, employees threw two different parties for the two honorees.  Click here or on the balloon at right to see pictures from the parties.

    From all of us at Security Federal...Happy Birthday, gentlemen.

posted 26 March 2007

Cinco de Mayo

    It seems May 5th is going to be a very, very busy day.

    The Relay for Life Team: Friends and Family of Sherry Pelham is presenting Cruzin' For A Cure...a car and motorcycle show to be held at the Three Star Mall parking lot on May 5th.  All proceeds will be donated to the Warren County Relay for Life.  Registration begins at 8:00AM, runs until 11:00AM and all makes, models, and years are welcome.  The judging begins at Noon with prizes being awarded in many categories.  For more information, call Monica at (931)224-1882 or e-mail questions to

    Next up on May 5th is the 2nd Annual Spring Blossom Baby Show, and it's being held at the Three Star Mall too.  Age groups range from 6 months to 60 months for both boys and girls and the show starts at 1:00PM.  There'll also be a "Cutest Kid" photo contest separate from the baby show.  Applications for the show must be turned in to Kathy's Bridal by April 20th, so you better hurry.  Just like the car show, all proceeds from the baby show and photo contest will be donated to the Warren County Relay for Life.  For more information, call Tanarra Grissom at (931)474-5284.

    Don't go thinking the mall is the only place to be on May 5th.  Here on the West Lawn of Security Federal, starting at 1:00PM, the Warren County High School Band Boosters will present this year's Pork and Bands.  Like always, there will be craft vendors, games for the kids, an auction and door prizes.  And music?  There will be plenty of music...The Warren County Pioneerettes, Warren County Pioneer Beginning Band, Warren County Pioneer Jazz Band, Warren County Concert Band, Warren County Pioneer Symphonic Band, Paula's Dance Academy, Midnight Visual Theatre, and The Crunk Effect will be performing through out the day.  On top of all that, they will be giving away a 4-wheeler!  For more information, call Tena Redmon at (931)473-2694.

    Wait.  There's more...In Security Federal's Trust and Operations parking lot the McMinnville Cruisers will be having their monthly Cruise In.  The gathering starts around 5:00PM with all manner of cars, trucks, and motorcycles on display.  The Cruisers always have music and door prizes as well as concessions.  But on May 5th, they will be showing a hot rod movie as soon as it gets dark enough to run.  For more information, call James Kirby at (931)607-9922 or (931)815-3946.

    And that ain't all, folks.  Let's not forget about the 16th Annual Highland Rim Bicycle Classic.  Racers will begin showing up downtown the afternoon of May 5th (registration at the Chamber of Commerce from 6:00PM to 8:00PM) and the Warren County portion of the race with be on the 6th.  Several downtown businesses have a variety of plans for the event.  For more information, call the Chamber of Commerce at (931)473-6611. you have something to do May 5th?

posted 11 April 2007

Walking Memories

    John Chisam will be making a DVD Picture Slide Show presentation  to be run during the entire Relay For Life to honor those survivors who have battled cancer and to remember those we have lost.  Like last year's production, the cost to honor someone is a donation of $5.00 or more and all monies raised will go to Relay For Life.  The deadline for submissions is May 26th.

    To make a submission, contact John Chisam at Caney Fork Electric (931-473-3116) or Kim Chisam at Security Federal (931-473-4483).

posted 3 May 2007


    Security Federal Savings Bank would like to extend hearty congratulations to all the Warren County High School's Class of 2007.  Specifically, Danielle Basham, Haley Bouldin, Jacqueline VanHooser, and Brandon Terry as well as Dustin Chisam of Gateway Christian Schools.

    From all of us at Security Federal...We wish all of you the very best that life has to offer!

posted 3 May 2007

Downtown Plaques

    The City of McMinnville and Heritage Alliance will host a ceremony on Thursday, May 10th at 4:30PM to Re-dedicate the returning Blue Star-Bobby Ray Memorial Highway and Charles Faulkner Bryan Memorials to the park downtown.

    Also, as part of the dedications services, Heritage Alliance will recognize the memory of Mr. W.S. (Dad) Lively with a bronze plaque commemorating his photographic and musical legacy with the installation of the Carillon Bell Tower chimes at the Court House.  This being an official Bicentennial event, all citizens are invited to attend.

    For more information, contact Jimmy Haley at 931-668-1330.

posted 8 May 2007

Back In The Day

    On May 26th, Heritage Alliance & Main Street McMinnville present  "McMinnville, A Walk in the Past" which consists of a walking tour of some of McMinnville's history rich Main Street areas.  Tour times are: 7:00pm, 7:15pm, 7:30pm, 7:45pm and 8:00pm.  There will be a registration table located behind the Chamber of Commerce Building (on the South side) at the Main Street McMinnville entrance. Please register at least 15 minutes before the tour time of your choice. (Registration table opens at 6:30pm)
    In this History Walk you will meet characters from McMinnville's past such as, Fletch Woodard, "Pa" Walling, "Dad" Lively, William Houchin,  Lucy French, Col. Benjamin Hill, William Magness, Mary Cunningham, Cowan Oldham, Erbye Sedberry, "Ma" Marsh, and a special guest appearance by Dottie West.
    The tour will start at the Chamber of Commerce Building going down Main Street, back around to the Courthouse, down to the Library and back to the Chamber Building. (wear comfortable shoes).  The tour should last a little over an hour and will end at the Park Grill (Chamber Community Room) with light refreshments and entertainment.
Donations will be accepted, Adults $5 and children under 12 are free. So come and enjoy a trip to McMinnville's Past.
If you have any questions, please call the Main Street McMinnville office at 506-5335

posted 23 May 2007

Dividends Announced

    Security Bancorp, Inc. announced that at its Board of Directors meeting on May 17, 2007 the Corporation’s Board of Directors declared an annual cash dividend of $1.00 per share on the Corporation’s outstanding common stock.  This dividend is an increase of $0.25 per share from the cash dividend paid last year of $0.75 per share.  The cash dividend will be payable on July 1, 2007 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on June 1, 2007.

Security Bancorp, Inc. is the holding company for Security Federal Savings Bank of McMinnville, TN a federally chartered savings bank headquartered in McMinnville, Tennessee.  At March 31, 2007, the Corporation had total assets of $151.5 million and stockholders’ equity of $13.9 million.

    For more information, please review the Security Bancorp 2006 Annual Report or contact Security Federal Savings Bank at 931-473-4483.

posted 24 May 2007

It's AaaaaLIVE!
    Main Street LIVE! kicks off the summer season this coming Friday night (June 1st) with d'boyz playing Rock-N-RollAs in previous years, the concerts start at 6:00PM and run through 9:00PM.  In addition to the music, there will be concessions vendors and other events during intermissions with some concerts sporting themes.  This year is extra special because there are three Special Bicentennial Programs (sanctioned by the Warren County Bicentennial Committee) to celebrate the county's 200 year birthday.

    The rest of the schedule looks great.  On June 8th - Carissa and Company/LIVE Music in America is the first of the three bicentennial programs.  June 15th - A Night Of Western Swing is the second bicentennial program.  June 22nd - Timeline plays 50's and 60's Rock and we revisit the ever popular beach party theme.  June 29th brings Patton James & the Syncromatics playing 40's and 50's Swing with an opening by the Silver and Gold Band along with the Cookeville Swing Club.  Jackie LeDuc and Band will be playing Christian Contemporary on July 6th.  July 13th will have Randy Moore and the Fabulous Suedes jamming out Rock-a-Billy.  July 20th brings in Country Gospel with Just Pass'n Thru.  To wrap up the season with a big bang, A Tribute to Dottie West by Jackie Masiella will open with a Dottie West look-a-like contest and is the last of the bicentennial programs on July 27th.  This year's season will be shorter than years past with the events ending the last Friday night of July.

    The concerts are free, so bring a lawn chair and a friend and enjoy some of the finest music you'll hear around these here parts.  If you have any questions, please call the Main Street McMinnville office at 506-5335.

posted 29 May 2007

The Event

    The annual Relay for Life fund raising event held to generate money for the American Cancer Society will be held this coming weekend, June 1st and 2nd at Nunley Stadium by the Warren County Middle School.  This year all the teams are going with a movie theme.  In keeping with the purpose, Team Security Federal has chosen the popular Disney feature Angels in the Outfield as our premise.  And at the Security Federal booth (beside the stage on the "Home" side) we will have blow up baseball bats, baseballs, face painting, and (of course) concessions.

    For those that have never attended, Relay for Life is not just another fund raiser.  It is an event to be experienced.  There are activities everywhere, there is always something to do, and there are tons of people you know.  And, more importantly, it's to help those in your community, your friends, maybe even your relatives.  So, come on down and have a big time...and help out people.

    For more information, contact Tracie Travis, Teresa Hennessee, or Lisa Hillis of Security Federal Savings Bank at 931-473-4483.

posted 30 May 2007

The Effort

    The annual Relay for Life fund raising event held last Friday and Saturday proved to be a great success.  The bounty turned out to be, not just a good time for everyone, but a total of $117,000...a little over $1,750 of that raised by the wonderful employees of Security Federal Savings Bank.

    As always, the event itself was quite amazing with this year's theme of motion pictures.  And speaking of pictures, click here to see a few from that night.

    Security Federal would like to thank all of our employees, specifically Teresa Hennessee, Lisa Hillis, and Tracie Travis, as well as all of the marvelous people that make the contributions and do so much to make Relay for Life such a great event.

posted 6 June 2007

Construction Zone

    We're building a new network!  Security Federal Savings Bank is committed to serving our customers as best we can.  In light of this goal, we will be upgrading to a new State-of-the-Art information technologies system the weekend of June 15th, 2007.  This upgrade will encompass our in-house systems as well as our account statements, Telephone Banking, ATM's and cash dispenser, ATM cards, Debit cards, Health Savings Account (HSA) cards, Internet Banking website, and Web Bill Pay website.

To allow for employees and technicians to convert to the new hardware and software, both locations of Security Federal will be closed on Saturday, June 16th.  Internet Banking, the ATM's, and cash dispenser will function through the weekend as they have been.  The new ATM/Debit/HSA cards will be accepted after 10:00AM  Monday, June 18th.  The new Internet Banking and Web Bill Pay sites will also be available the 18th.

    For more information, click on the BANKING SYSTEMS item in the menu to the left or contact us at 931-473-4483.

posted 11 June 2007

Cleared For Landing

    In honor of the Air Force's 60th anniversary, the Air National Guard Band of the Smoky Mountains will be performing on the West Lawn next Wednesday night, June 27th.  The Band will be performing a variety of music, special quests will be speaking,  and there will be a special recognition of veterans and current military members.

      The concert will begin at 6:00pm, wrap up at 8:00pm and concessions will be available for purchase from several vendors.  In the event of inclement weather, the celebration will be held at the Warren County High School Auditorium.  For more information, contact the Arnold Engineering Development Center Public Affairs office at 931-454-4204 or Main Street McMinnville at 931-506-5335.

posted 20 June 2007

Instrument Approach

    The rain and the clouds may have dampened the West Lawn, but it didn't stop the Air National Guard Band of the Smoky Mountains.  The concert the night of June 27th was moved to the Warren County High School Auditorium with great attendance.  Click here or on the logo on the left to see pictures from the events.

  For more information about the event, contact the Arnold Engineering Development Center Public Affairs office at 931-454-4204 or Main Street McMinnville at 931-506-5335.

posted 1 July 2007

And They're Off...

    ...To a great start!  In June, Main Street LIVE! entertained downtown crowds (as many as 1,500 people in one sitting) with Rock 'n Roll, Western Swing, 40's and 50's Swing, a beach party, hot rods, face painting, and a good old fashion downtown shoot out.  Gun play on Main Street?  Click here or on the logo above to see pictures from the concerts.

    All the concerts are free and happen on Security Federal's West Lawn.  Concession vendors open up at 6:00pm and the music starts at 7:00pm every Friday night through the end of July.  So, grab a lawn chair and a friend and we'll see you there!

    For more information contact Carla King at Main Street McMinnville at 931-506-5335.

posted 8 July 2007

Goodnight, McMinnville!

    Main Street LIVE! finished off the 2007 concert season last week.  And once again it was a major success!

    July included Christian Contemporary, Rock-a-Billy, Country Gospel, and wrapped up with a touching tribute to Warren County's own Dottie West.  Click here or on the logo above to see pictures from the concerts.

    Security Federal Savings Bank is very proud to be a part of Main Street LIVE! and would like to thank all of the sponsors and everyone that helped to make this year's events so wonderful!

    For more information about Main Street LIVE!, please contact Carla King at Main Street McMinnville at 931-506-5335.

posted 30 July 2007


    The Warren County Pioneers are getting ready for some football.  To kick off this season, Main Street McMinnville and a supporting group of merchants have come together to put on a Tailgate Party downtown on Friday, August 17th.

    Portions of Downtown will be blocked off for a cooking contest, The football team, cheerleaders, Pioneerettes, band, the Pioneer Youth Football League, and tons of people for one of the best pep rallies ever!

  For more information, call Carla King at Main Street McMinnville at 931-506-5335.

posted 10 August 2007

A Bird? A Plane?...No,

    ...It's Superman!    Leadership Warren will be showing Superman The Movie for this year's Back-To-School Family Movie Night on Saturday, August 18th on Security Federal's West Lawn.

    The 1978 production caught the world by surprise with the then cutting edge special effects to the point that the movie's tag line was "You'll Believe a Man Can Fly!".  The star studded cast includes Marlan Brando, Gene Hackman, Ned Beatty, Jackie Cooper, Margot Kidder, and Christopher Reeves as the Man of Steel.

    Leadership Warren will be the night's concessions vendor as well as providing games and activities to include a costume parade (dress as your favorite Superman character), a door prize, and the results of the coloring contest.  The food, games, and activities start at 6:00 and the parade at 7:00.  To enter the coloring contest, pick up a sheet at the Chamber of Commerce, Magness Library, Regions Bank, or Security Federal Savings Bank.

  For more information, call us at Security Federal at 931-473-4483.

posted 10 August 2007

Internal Combustion

    The McMinnville Cruisers have been at it again at Security Federal.  Every first Saturday of the month, starting about 5:00pm, the Trust and Operations parking lot is invaded by cars, hot rods, street machines, and imports of all kinds.  If you love the sharp paint jobs, polished chrome, and the chatter of car talk...this is the place for you.  On top of that, they have entertainment, concessions, door prizes, and give-a-ways.

    But, alas, summer is coming to an end.  The Cruisers only have one more gathering this year (October 6th).  If you missed all the others or just can't wait to see the cars next month, click here or on the picture above to see pictures from a couple of this year's shows.

    For more information about the McMinnville Cruisers, contact James Kirby at 931-607-9922.

posted 5 September 2007

Autumn in the Air

    The Leadership McMinnville Class of 2007 invites you to bring the whole family downtown for a day filled with fun, food, entertainment, and arts and crafts.  The 13th Annual Autumn Street Fair lands on Main Street Saturday, October 6th from 8:00am to 5:00pm.  There is no admission, but there's sure to be something for everyone.  For more information about the Autumn Street Fair, visit the web site at or contact Leadership McMinnville at 931-473-6611.

    And, the same weekend, Security Federal is proud to sponsor the Dottie West Music Fest at the Warren County Fairgrounds.  Tickets are available at the McMinnville-Warren County Chamber of Commerce and Myers Communications.  For more information, visit the Dottie West Music Fest web site at or call the Chamber of Commerce at 931-473-6611.

posted 27 September 2007

Fall Fun

    The Autumn Street Fair, presented by Leadership McMinnville, has come and gone and was, once again, a grand success.

    If you missed it, or even if you were there, you can click here or on the picture above to see pictures from this year's fair.

posted 16 October 2007


    You've just won the Tanzania National Lottery!  Even though you've never set foot on the African continent and Tanzania doesn't actually have a national lottery.  If you get an e-mail or a letter with a legitimate looking check, be careful.  You may end up owing your bank a lot of money.  Check scams have been around for a long time, but aren't always as obvious as you may think.  Click here to visit and learn all about some of the most popular ones that are out there right now.

    The above information is also on our Customer Awareness page, which has more facts about crime, fraud, and scams to watch out for.  Click here or on the Customer Awareness item to the left to visit the Customer Awareness page.

posted 24 October 2007


    Once again, the employees at Security Federal had a good time with Halloween.  Click here to see this year's pictures.

    And for those that have been asking, click here to see the pictures from 2006 and click here to see the pictures from 2005.

posted 31 October 2007

No Partridge?

    The chill is in the air and the City of McMinnville and Main Street McMinnville is ready to get the season rolling with the "Twelve Days at Christmas"...starting today!

    November 23rd - Trimming of the Christmas Tree will be held on "the Lot" next to Paul Holder Realty & Auction Company from 2:00PM to 5:00PM.

    November 24th - Lighting of the afore mentioned Christmas tree.  The Silver and Gold Band will be performing at 6:00PM with the big man in the famous red suit as a special guest.

    November 25th - "A Dottie West Christmas" will be presented at the Heritage Museum from 4:00PM to 6:00PM with refreshments available.  Immediately afterwards, the Christ United Methodist Church Choir will be singing around the Christmas tree.

    November 26th - A Warren County 200th Birthday Celebration and "Ghosts of Christmas Past, Walk" will be held at the Magness Library from 5:00PM to 8:00PM with refreshments available.

    November 27th - The Clark Methodist Church Choir will be performing on the Lot at 6:00PM.

    November 28th - The Magness Library will be hosting the Cumberland Quintet Christmas Concert at 7:00PM.  Admission is $10.00 and seating is limited call 931-473-2428 for reservations.

    November 29th - The St. Matthew's Episcopal Church Choir will perform on the Lot starting at 6:00PM.

    November 30th - The Warren County High School Band and Pioneerettes will be performing a Christmas program beginning at 6:00PM on the Square.

    December 1st - The Christmas Parade steps off at 2:30PM with Santa Clause making a return trip as special guest.  There will also be Christmas at The Black House from 4:00PM to 8:00PM with admission being $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for children.  There will be door prizes and refreshments.

    December 2nd - The 1st Presbyterian Church Choir will perform at 3:00PM on the Lot and the Christmas at The Black House continues from 1:00PM to 4:00PM wit the same admission prices.

    December 3rd - The Company I Keep and friends will be performing on the Lot at 6:00PM.

    December 4th - The Junior Auxiliary presents the 22nd Annual Christmas in the Park on the Square at 6:00PM.

    For more information, call Carla King at 931-506-5335.

posted 23 November 2007

Au revoir, Mon Bon Ami

    One of our dearest co-workers has retired after 15 years with Security Federal.  Nita Baggett, Senior Vice President of Secondary Lending has been with us since 1992 and recently decided to pursue other interests, to include hot air balloon rides and watching sunsets.  We all wish her well and she will be missed terribly.  Click here or on Nita's picture to the right to see some pictures from the retirement party.

posted 4 December 2007

Right Down Santa Clause Lane

    A bunch of Security Federal employees, and their little helpers, put together a float for the annual McMinnville Christmas ParadeClick here or on the picture above to see some pictures from the construction up to just before the parade started.

posted 5 December 2007

Au revoir, Mon Bon Ami - Deux

    Another of our dearest co-workers has retired after 6 years with Security Federal.  Sue Grissom, Bookkeeping has been with us since 2001 and recently decided to pursue other interests, to include cooking with the grandkids and watching sunsets.  We all wish her well and she will be missed terribly.  Click here or on Sue's picture to the left to see some pictures from the retirement party.

posted 7 December 2007

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