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Mountain Commerce Bank announces New Hires

JOHNSON CITY, TN—January 30, 2015—Mountain Commerce Bank (MCB) is growing. The bank has recently added the following staff members:

Tiffany Smith joins the MCB team as a Portfolio Manager, with over 10 years of experience in credit and lending. Tiffany previously worked at FSG in loan review, credit analysis, and portfolio management. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Tennessee Tech University.

Reid Casey joins the MCB team as a Document Review Specialist, bringing experience in loan operations and sales. Reid graduated from East Tennessee State University with a bachelor’s degree.

Nikki Simmons joined MCB as a Customer Service Rep with 14 years of retail and operations banking experience.

Brittany Reno comes to MCB as a Customer Service Rep, bringing retail and customer contact experience. She is completing a bachelor’s degree from King University.

Nicole Giles joins MCB as a Customer Service Rep with retail and customer service experience. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee Knoxville.

About Mountain Commerce Bank:
Mountain Commerce Bank (MCB) is a state-chartered, FDIC-insured, century-old, privately held financial services institution serving Knoxville, Johnson City, and Unicoi County. Through Hometown Service and Smart Technology, MCB offers big bank products and services, with the personal attention and exceptional service of a hometown community bank.

At the end of December 2014, MCB had $412 million in total assets and $355 million in total deposits. MCB currently employs more than 60 individuals at five branches and one operations office. For more information, visit us at or check your account any time at 1-866-MCB-1910. MCB is an equal opportunity employer.

MCG NEWS RELEASE: East Tennessee Community Design Center Hires Blasius, Long-Time Knoxville Planner/Developer

December 15, 2014

Knoxville, TN – The East Tennessee Community Design Center announced today that it has hired Wayne Blasius as Executive Director.

Blasius, a native of Chicago and graduate of the University of Tennessee with a master’s degree in Planning, has been a resident of Knoxville for over 35 years. Prior to joining ETCDC, Blasius’s career has been balanced in both the public and private sectors, spanning community development, planning, construction, real estate development and management, plus consulting in real estate, strategic planning and energy management.

ScreenShot2014-12-15at11.16.54AM.112118His firm, InSite Development, spearheaded notable downtown redevelopments like The Phoenix and Mast General Store/Gallery Lofts. Under former Knoxville Mayor Victor Ashe, Blasius served as Deputy Community Development Director. He has also been a supervising planner at MPC, a vice president at Denark Construction, and a consultant at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

In addition to the ETCDC, Blasius has served the community in volunteer roles with Knox Heritage, Leadership Knoxville, Introduction Knoxville, Central Business Improvement District, Knoxville Chamber of Commerce, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Friends of Literacy, Good Shepherd Counseling Center and Dogwood Arts Festival.

Board president, Mary Holbrook, said, “Wayne’s passion for planning and design and his heart for service will help the ETCDC continue to fulfill its mission in East Tennessee. His background and long-time community involvement made him an excellent fit for us. We’re delighted to have him on board, and we are looking forward to his leadership.”

Blasius said, “I have long admired the good work of the ETCDC in our community, and I have served as an ETCDC volunteer. Now I have the opportunity to work ‘on the inside’ to help to make ETCDC the go-to authority on excellent community design. It is an incredible opportunity for me to join an organization with such an enduring legacy. I am grateful and excited to work with this great team and help to move ETCDC forward.”


Founded in 1970 by the late Bruce McCarty, ETCDC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to make East Tennessee a better place to live and work by bringing professional design and planning assistance to communities and organizations lacking resources. ETCDC offers its services through the pro bono contributions of area architects, landscape architects, planners, engineers, and other professionals. ETCDC has assisted in a diverse range of projects, from traffic calming in neighborhoods to planning for Knoxville’s new urban wilderness. The sixteen Tennessee counties served by the East Tennessee Community Design Center are: Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Claiborne, Cocke, Grainger, Hamblen, Jefferson, Knox, Loudon, Monroe, Morgan, Roane, Scott, Sevier and Union. Additional information is available at

Meet The Interns

Olivia Rothermel


Olivia is a junior at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville majoring in Advertising with a dual minor in Business Administration and Psychology. Olivia chose to study Advertising because of her love of creativity (and TV’s Mad Men) and her desire to work outside the box. Olivia is interested in the tie between Psychology and Advertising, and how they complement each other. The close-knit atmosphere and involvement in many projects is what led Olivia to MCG, and she hopes to further develop applicable skills for her future in the industry and facilitate her love of advertising.

Born and raised outside Philadelphia in eastern Pennsylvania, Olivia has enjoyed her time in Knoxville for school and exploring all that it and the surrounding areas have to offer. After graduation, however, she wants to go back up north to work in New York to get back to the big-city atmosphere she’s missed while being down south.

When not at MCG, this music enthusiast spends her free time finding new music, looking for the next concert to attend or watching movies and Saturday Night Live reruns on Netflix with friends.

Krista Gilbert


Krista is a junior majoring in Advertising at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville while also minoring in Business Administration. She chose Advertising for her passion of creativity and her desire to contribute new ideas. She came to MCG to put her talents to use and grow as a student, aiming to work in an advertising agency in Nashville, Knoxville, or Atlanta, GA after graduation.

Krista was born in Hendersonville, TN, right outside Nashville, and hopes to eventually return home to work in advertising for the wonderful world of country music. In her spare time, Krista likes to play volleyball (to relive her high school glory days), as well as eat queso with her best friends while watching Disney movies.

New Member to join StaffSource

Knoxville, TN, November 6, 2014 – StaffSource is pleased to welcome Caroline Moody, Manager of Recruiting Operations to the team.

Prior to moving to Knoxville, Mrs. Moody worked as a Human Resources Manager at Macy’s Inc. in the Washington D.C. market. She has over 6 years of experience in management and human resources.

During her time at Macy’s, Caroline experienced four promotions, as well as growth in her management portfolio. At the start of her career with Macy’s Inc, she was responsible for managing $35 million worth of business and ended managing an $85 million business. She was recognized in 2012 as the Human Resources Manager for Macy’s D.C. district and in 2013 as the Human Resources Manager for Macy’s Mid-Atlantic region.

Caroline graduated from the University of Tennessee with a degree in Communications-Public Relations and Business Administration in 2008. She is originally from Jefferson County, TN, and decided to return to the Knoxville area, so that she and her husband could raise their 14 month old son around family. As a hobby she enjoys painting and spending time with her family.

Mrs. Moody plans to become reintegrated within the Knoxville community and is looking forward to contributing toward the growth and development of StaffSource and its divisions.

StaffSource is an independent staffing firm specializing in multi-industry staffing through its divisions. Their core principle is customer satisfaction by providing great people and great service.

Caroline Moody

Caroline Moody

Mountain Commerce Bank announces continued solid earnings for third quarter 2014

JOHNSON CITY, TN—October 24, 2014— Mountain Commerce Bank (MCB) announced year-to-date net income of $1,537,000.

Bill Edwards, President and CEO stated, “Earnings are beginning to pick up, with the increased loan demand we have experienced.”

Assets as of September 30th were $403 million, an increase of $63 million from the same period last year. Total Loans have increased by $50 million. Net interest margin remained strong averaging 3.83% for the quarter; 3.93% year-to-date. Noninterest-bearing deposits as of September 30th increased $4.4 million from the same period last year. Since the beginning of the year, checking and savings accounts have increased by $2.3 million and $58.0 million, respectively.

About Mountain Commerce Bank:

Mountain Commerce Bank (MCB) is a state-chartered, FDIC-insured, century-old, privately held financial services institution serving Knoxville, Johnson City, and Unicoi County. Through Hometown Service and Smart Technology, MCB offers big bank products and services, with the personal attention and exceptional service of a hometown community bank.

At the end of September 2014, MCB had $403 million in Total Assets and $346 million in Total Deposits. MCB currently employs more than 60 individuals at five branches and one operations office. For more information, visit us at HYPERLINK “” or check your account any time at 1-866-MCB-1910.