When you shop locally, you’re supporting members of your community, you’re creating jobs, reducing environmental impact, and you’re improving the economic health and success of the areas closest to you.
Our story began in downtown Elizabethton in 1939, when a group of local business owners opened the first Carter County Bank branch on East Elk Ave. William B. Greene Jr. purchased Carter County Bank and First People’s Bank from the Carroll Reece family in 1964 making him the country’s youngest bank president at the age of 26.
In 1974, Bill Greene Jr. and his father opened Bank of Tennessee in downtown Kingsport in a modular building. Over the next 40 years, Bank of Tennessee branch locations have grown to include Bristol, Johnson City, Jonesborough, Gray, Colonial Heights, Erwin, Nashville, Hendersonville TN, and an Operations Center located near the Tri-Cities Regional Airport. Meanwhile, Carter County Bank grew to include 6 branch locations throughout Carter County and Linville, NC. In 2012, Bank of Tennessee and Carter County Bank combined to create a stronger, more competitive financial institution.
As a locally-owned and operated company, we understand the challenges and opportunities small businesses face. Competing with large, regionally or nationally owned businesses can be daunting. That is why shopping locally is more important than ever. A small change in where you spend your money can make a big impact on our local economy.