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    From time to time, we get asked about an old news article or pictures (the Halloween costume pictures are quite popular) that were posted on the News and Announcements page.  To make easy access to those old articles, the News page file structure has been rebuilt and an archival page has been created for 2007.  Click here, on the picture on the right, or on the new link at the top of this page to see the News archives.  An archival page for 2008 will be built and made available as soon as practical.

posted Monday 7 January 2008

New Phishing Attack

*  *  *  SPECIAL NOTE * * *


    Phishing (pronounced "fishing") is a term used to describe how an Internet user is misdirected to a website for the purposes of identity theft or other types of cybercrimes.  For example, a criminal may setup a website that looks like Security Federal's website but uses it to get your protected information.  But, to get you to go to their website, they have to trick you.  They will try to send you an official looking e-mail with a link to their illegal website.  The link in the e-mail is a dead give-away because the link is not the real website.

A new form of phishing, called cross-site scripting (a.k.a. XSS), causes the end-user's web browser to use the real website by altering the web browser's link to the real site with malicious javascript (a programming tool) or HTML (the computer language web sites are written in).  However, the malicious official looking e-mail is still the method for getting the end user to bite.  For those of you wanting more technical information on this latest method of fraud, you can read a technical article by clicking here or a more end user friendly article by clicking here.

    The easiest way to avoid getting tricked is to always use the link to Internet Banking that is on the Bank's menu on the left hand side of the page or the link at the bottom of the page.  We also want our customers to know that Security Federal Savings Bank will NEVER send any form of protected information via electronic mail or ask for verification of protected information via electronic mailThere is no exception to this rule.  The Bank has, in the past and may in the future, send "information only" e-mails (which could include promotions, change of procedure, notification of a change of business hours, etc.), but the Bank will never send a request to log into anything anywhere.

  Please feel free to call us at 931-473-4483, send us an e-mail (, or come by either location if you have any questions.  There is more information about fraud prevention on our Customer Awareness page.

posted Thursday 17 January 2008

Personnel Advancements

    At the regularly scheduled meeting last Thursday night, the Security Federal Savings Bank Board of Directors approved the Officer List for 2008.  Among the officers, this year, there has been a promotion.

    Kelly Basham started with Security Federal as a self-employed computer consultant back in 1995 and continued in that capacity until he was hired full time as the Information Technologies Officer in March of 2001.  Now Kelly is the Information Technologies Officer/Assistant Vice-President.

    Congratulations to this fine young man!

posted Saturday 19 January 2008

Hammer and Nails

    Security Federal once again had a booth at the Home Show held every year at the McMinnville Civic Center to promote our new construction and home loan products.  The brain-child of Barbara Page, Executive Assistant to President/CEO, our display was a partially framed mini-house built by Phillips Construction and Services.  The Phillips were even nice enough to deliver the structure, set it up, tear it down, and haul it off (many thanks, gentlemen).  Click here or on the photo to the left to see some pictures of the display.

posted Tuesday 29 January 2008

Healthy Hearts

    Security Federal Savings Bank is proud to be a sponsor of this year's American Heart Association's Go Red For Women Luncheon that will be held this February 29th at the Bridgestone/Firestone Learning Center.  Health screenings will start at 10:00AM and the Luncheon proper begins at 11:30AM.  In addition to the lunch and screenings, there will be a silent auction as well as educational breakout sessions.  At only $25.00 per person, this women's cardiovascular health day will prove to be worth every penny.

    For more information, click here or on the Red Dress above to visit the American Heart Association's Go Red For Women website.

posted Monday 4 February 2008

IRS Scams

    The Internal Revenue Service is warning taxpayers to beware of several current e-mail and telephone scams that use the IRS name as a lure. The IRS expects such scams to continue through the end of tax return filing season and beyond.  The IRS cautioned taxpayers to be on the lookout for scams involving proposed advance payment checks. Although the government has not yet enacted an economic stimulus package in which the IRS would provide advance payments, known informally as rebates to many Americans, a scam which uses the proposed rebates as bait has already cropped upClick here or on the picture to the right to visit the Internal Revenue News Room web site article.

posted Monday 11 February 2008

Gas, Tires, and Oil

    The McMinnville Cruisers will be getting the Spring going with the season's first monthly cruise-in on April 5th at 5:00PM in Security Federal's Trust and Operations parking lot.    The Cruisers will continue the tradition of meeting the first Saturday of each month all the way through October.  And, as always, they will have entertainment, concessions, door prizes, and give-a-ways.

  Click here, or on the picture to the right, to revisit some pictures from last year.

  For more information call Mike or Carolyn Weiss at 931-668-0144.

posted Thursday 27 March 2008

Sold To...

    H & H Auctioneers will be presenting a benefit auction for the Harmony House Drop-in Center on Saturday, April 5th at the McMinnville Mega Market located on Morrison Road in Westwood.  The Reconditioned Gospel Singers will be performing at 1:00PM and the auction proper also gets going at 1:00PM.  Located behind McDonald's restaurant on the New Smithville Highway, the Harmony Drop-in Center is a non-profit organization involved in helping with mental illness.

  For more information, call 931-473-5356 or 931-668-2469.

posted Friday 28 March 2008

Instruments and Sandwiches

    On Saturday, May 3rd, from 2:00PM until 8:00PM, the Warren County High School Band Boosters, along with the newly formed Warren County Lions Club, will present the 27th Annual Pork-N-Bands on Security Federal's West Lawn.  Like always, there will be craft vendors, games for the kids, an auction, a cake walk, and (of course) Bar-B-Que.  And music?  There will be plenty of music...The Pelhams, the Tennessee School of the Blind Band, Warren County Pioneer Beginning Band, Warren County Middle School Pioneer Beginning Band, Warren County Middle School 7th/8th Grade Band, Warren County Pioneer Symphonic Band, and the Warren County Pioneer Winter Guard will be performing through out the day.

    And don't forget the the McMinnville Cruisers will have their monthly car show in the Trust and Operations Center parking lot beginning at 5:00PM.

    For more information call Renea Bess at 931-808-2055.

posted Saturday 19 April 2008

Yard Signs, Cookbooks, and Taco Salads

    The annual Relay For Life fund raising event, held to generate money for the American Cancer Society, is coming up soon (June 6th and 7th).  This year Security Federal's employees are selling corrugated yard signs (12"x18" for $25.00 each and 18"x24" for $100.00 each), Torches of Hope for $50.00 each, Moon and Star signs (like the logo to the left) for $1.00 each, and Recipes & Recollections cookbooks for $10.00 each.  To also raise money, the Bank is having a Taco Salad Lunch on April 30th (To-Go boxes available, please order by Monday April 28th) and have been having Employee Blue Jean Fridays (Security Federal employees must pay to wear blue jeans to work).

    For more Security Federal information, contact Tracie Travis, Teresa Hennessee, or Lisa Hillis at 931-473-4483To place an order for the Taco Salad Lunch, call Angela Brown, LeAnn Cartwright or Wendy Kell at 931-473-4483.  For more information about the Warren County Relay For Life effort, call 931-473-5356 or 931-668-2469 or click here or on the logo above to visit the national Relay For Life website.

posted Thursday 24 April 2008


    Leadership Warren will be showing Charlotte's Web on Saturday, May 17th on Security Federal's West Lawn for Schools-out Family Movie Night.

    The 2006 live action/computer animated feature is a Paramount Studios production based on the very popular 1952 childrens book by E.B. White.  The star studded cast includes Dakota Fanning and Beau Bridges and the voices of Julia Roberts and Dominic Scott Kay as Wilbur the "terrific" pig.

    Leadership Warren will be the night's concessions vendor as well as providing games and activities to include a door prize and the results of the coloring contest.  The food, games, and activities start at 6:00PM and the movie at 8:00PM.  To enter the coloring contest, pick up a sheet at the Chamber of Commerce, Magness Library, or Security Federal Savings Bank.

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

posted Friday 25 April 2008

The Very, Very Best

    All of us here at Security Federal Savings Bank are as proud as can be of Sabrina McKnight!  Sabrina has just been voted the Southern Standard's Best Of The Best Teller by the people of Warren County.

    Sabrina started with the Bank as a Teller in 2001 and later became 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 and became an Assistant Vice-President just last year.

    So, the next time you're strolling through the lobby at the Main Street branch, be sure and tell Sabrina congratulations and how happy we are for her.

posted Wednesday 30 April 2008

Oh, Yeah!

    Security Federal Savings Bank would like to extend hearty congratulations to all the Warren County High School's Class of 2008.  Specifically, Katrina Allen, Maria George, Zachary Green, Dustin Kirby, Clint Newman, Lacy Pack, Kayla Rawson, and Ashligh Sanders.

    We would also like to recognize one of our own, Laura McGregor will be graduating from Tennessee Technological University.

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

posted Monday 5 May 2008

All Fired Up

     How about a cookout?  Security Federal's Relay For Life Team is having a genuine cookout on the West Lawn Wednesday, May 14th from 11:00AM to 1:30PM.  C'mon down and get yourself a hamburger, chips, a dessert, and a drink for only $5.00.

    Delivery is available (4 order minimum).  To place an order, call us at 931-473-4483 and ask for Ashley Pinegar at ext. 231, Janet Phillips at ext. 250, or Lindsay Thompson at ext. 247.  Another easy way to place an order is to click on one of their names and send one of them an e-mail.

    For more information about the Warren County Relay For Life effort, call 931-473-5356 or 931-668-2469 or click here or on the logo above to visit the national Relay For Life website.

posted Monday 5 May 2008

M & M's

     Security Federal is honored to support Music and Memories, a very special night of entertainment and fund raising for Relay For Life.  There will be food, drinks, family activities, crafts and games to go along with the music.  Performers include Just Lookin' Around, Kelly Walker, and The Pelham Family.  The event kicks off at 6:00PM on May 24th on Security Federal's West Lawn.  Bring a lawn chair and as many friends and family as you can.

    For more information, call Sharon Walker at 931-808-5338 or Joy Black at 931-473-2782.

    For more information about the Warren County Relay For Life effort, call 931-473-5356 or 931-668-2469 or click here or on the logo above to visit the national Relay For Life website.

posted Thursday 8 May 2008

The Sound Of Music
    Main Street LIVE! will be getting the summer going in just three more weeks.  Friday night June 6th starts the year off on Security Federal's West Lawn with Runaway Freight playing Bluegrass and Gospel On June 13th Carissa and Company/LIVE Music in America will entertain with 50's & 60's Motown, R&B, and Rock & Roll.  The June 20th concert features Hit The Beach playing 50's & 60's Beach Music for the very popular beach party theme and the month is rounded out on June 27th with The Boomers playing American Blues.  The July 4th show is a bicentennial program and a Tribute to Uncle Dave Macon by Leroy Troy & The Tennessee Mafia Jug BandThe Tennessee Four And The Cast Iron Skillets bring Americana and Variety to the West Lawn on July 11th.  July 18th will see The Heard playing R&B, Soul & Motown, Rock & Classic Horn Band music with Silver & Gold Band as special quest opening the show at 5:30PM.  To wrap up the season with a big bang, Randy Moore & The Fabulous Suedes will return for a second year to jam out Rock & Roll, Blues, Country, and Rock-a-Billy.

  Concession vendors open at 6:00PM and the concerts start at 7:00PM and, like always, the concerts are free.  So, bring some lawn chairs, the whole family, and all your friends to 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 Monday 19 May 2008

Smile And Say Oink

    Leadership Warren's presentation of Charlotte's Web on Saturday, May 17th here on Security Federal's West Lawn for Schools-out Family Movie Night was quite the success.  Click here to see some pictures from the festive event.

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

posted Wednesday 28 May 2008


    Security Federal Savings Bank is proud to present the renderings of Judge Charles Haston with a special art exhibit and reception with Mr. Haston this Thursday, June 12th from 1:00PM to 3:00PM.  His artwork runs the gamut, from wildlife and flowers to photo realistic paintings on a variety of subjects.  Signed prints of some of the Judge's artwork will be available for purchase with all proceeds to benefit Relay For Life.  "I think its wonderful," Haston said "I think it's a very worthwhile cause and I'm just glad to be able to help with that."

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

posted Monday 9 June 2008

The Effort

    The annual Relay for Life fund raising event held Friday the 6th and Saturday the 7th was a great success and raised lots of money for the fight against cancer...a little over $6,920 (almost 4 times last year's total) was raised by the wonderful employees of Security Federal Savings Bank.

    As always, the event itself was quite amazing with this year's theme of "The Zoo".  Click here or on the logo to the left to see a few pictures 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 Monday 16 June 2008

The Kudos

    Security Federal was honored at the annual Relay for Life wrap party by being granted 4 awards for this years results.

    Team Security Federal was given the Bull's Eye Award for averaging over $100 per team member, the Silver Club Award for the total amount of money raised, 2nd Place for Best Team Attire, and 1st Place for the Dude Looks Like A Lady competition (Thanks to Jungle Jina (Michael Griffith pictured to the left) and everyone that helped her/him).

    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 Wednesday 2 July 2008

200 Years Young

    Warren County's Bicentennial celebration will be having a big boom this 4th of July weekend.  Railroad rides, car show, music and dancing, historical tours, tractor show, scavenger hunt, a parade or two, and...of course...a fireworks display.  There's even going to be a beard contest.

    Click here or on the logo to the right to visit the official Warren County Bicentennial website and review the complete schedule of events or click here to visit the Main Street McMinnville website's condensed version.

    All of us at Security Federal wish all of you a safe and happy 4th of July!

posted Thursday 3 July 2008

Jammin' On The West Lawn

    In June, Main Street LIVE! entertained downtown crowds with Bluegrass, Gospel, a beach party, and home grown American BluesClick 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 and usually wraps up at 9:00pm.  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 Friday 11 July 2008

Half A Century Old

    Danny Martin is half way to 100!  Wow, who'd thought he'd make it this far?

    Several folks at Security Federal put in the extra effort to make sure this momentous occasion didn't go by unnoticed yesterday.  Click here or on the Disco Danny picture to the left to go see some pictures of the festivities.

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

posted Thursday 16 July 2008

That's A Wrap

    Main Street LIVE! finished off the 2008 concert season last week.  And once again it was a major success!

    July included Country, American Variety, Big Band, Rhythm & Blues, Rock-a-Billy, and Rock and Roll  Click here or on the logo above to see pictures from the July 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 or Chris Wilson at Main Street McMinnville at 931-506-5335.

posted Monday 28 July 2008

Thank You For Your Support

    The McMinnville Noon Exchange Club honored Security Federal Savings Bank with the initial Business of the Year Award last Tuesday at a regular club meeting.  Freda Black, President Elect of the Noon Exchange Club, presented Security Federal's President Joe Pugh with a plaque in recognition of the Bank's commitment, dedication, and participation in community involvement.

  Joe praised and commented on the efforts of the Bank's employees to participate in the many community events in McMinnville and Warren County and presented a viewing of the Bank's commercials that are currently being aired by local television stations.

    Joe and Security Federal employees wish to thank the McMinnville Noon Exchange Club for the honor and recognition as Business of the Year.

photo by Charlie Johnson

posted Friday 29 August 2008

It's the Autumn Street Fair!

    The Leadership McMinnville Class of 2008 invites you to bring the whole family downtown for a day filled with arts and crafts, fun, food, and entertainment.  The 14th Annual Autumn Street Fair hits Main Street on Saturday, October 4th from 9:00am to 5:00pm.  There is no admission, but there's sure to be something for everyone.  Like three stages (Count 'em, THREE stages!) with a Baby Show on one and live performances all day on the other two (including a Karaoke contest).  Click here or on the picture to the right see photos from last year's Autumn Street Fair.

  To reserve a booth or get more information about the Autumn Street Fair, visit the web site at  You can also contact Leadership McMinnville at 931-473-6611 for information or call 931-507-VEND (that's 931-507-8363) to reserve a booth.

posted 15 September 2008

Oh, Big Shiny Things

    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 4th).  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 last year's gatherings.

    For more information about the McMinnville Cruisers, contact Mike or Carolyn Weiss at 931-668-0144.

posted 15 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 14 October 2008

Doing Time

    President and CEO Joe Pugh was honored for his thirty year anniversary as a Security Federal employee last Friday with a chili and hot dog picnic on the West Lawn.  Lots of friends, family, employees and customers stopped by to shake Joe's hand.  And the Silver and Gold Band played as well.  Click here or on the picture to the left to see photos from last Friday's picnic.

  Starting in 1978, Joe has been a Teller, a Branch Manager, Collector, Loan Officer, and the Executive Vice-President.  Of all the changes Joe has seen here, he says technology has been the biggest development.  But it's the customers that he appreciates the most.

  From the whole Security Federal crew...Congratulations Joe!  We're proud to have you with us!

posted 22 October 2008


    Security Federal added a little twist to this year's Halloween.  Bank employees pitched in to make lunch for employees, friends, and family and raise money for Kids Of The Community to sponsor children for Christmas.  All told, the lunches raised over $280.00 and then Joe kicked in another $250.00!  Thanks to everyone that helped raise so much for those that need it so much.

    Costumes?  Of course we continued the tradition of dressing up.  Click here or on the picture to the right to see photos from today's activities.

posted 31 October 2008

Where's My ID?

    The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) maintains a website specifically geared toward identity theft prevention.  The FTC website is a one-stop national resource to learn about the crime of identity theft to help you deter, detect, and defend against identity theft.  On the site, consumers can learn how to avoid identity theft and learn what to do if their identity is stolen.  Businesses can learn how to help their customers deal with identity theft, as well as how to prevent problems in the first place.  And law enforcement can get resources and and learn how to help victims of identity theft.

  Click here or on the picture to visit the Federal Trade Commission's Identity Theft website.  You can also click here to visit Security Federal's Customer Awareness page that has other useful information for protecting yourself from other types and forms of fraud.

posted 17 November 2008

Dashing Through The...Street

    Like last year, a bunch of Security Federal employees, and their little helpers, put together a float for the annual McMinnville Christmas Parade...AND WON SECOND PLACE OVERALL (woohoo)!  Click here or on the picture to the right to see some pictures from the construction up to just before the parade started.

posted 8 December 2008

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