Bank of Tennessee shows off new downtown HQ

Hank Hayes • Updated May 11, 2017 at 11:58 AM

KINGSPORT — Bank of Tennessee held a grand opening Wednesday for its new $5 million downtown corporate headquarters location on Center Street.

The one-story open concept building is replacing a two-story structure built in 1974.


Bank of Tennessee Kingsport Market President Craig Denison said the project is a continuation of the bank’s commitment to the city.

“This facility is not only a testament to the employees who work here, but the experience for our customers who will come here and have better access to technology and a brighter space,” Denison said during the grand opening.

The new layout features easier ATM access and has more park-like green space.

The site holds a 12,000-square-foot banking center and parking areas located on both sides of the building.

The new building has a brick-and-precast-concrete exterior with substantial glassed areas that showcase a modern, welcoming design. A patio area is located in the front of the building facing Center Street, where employees and customers can enjoy the atmosphere of downtown Kingsport. The building has an exercise area for employees and a community room to be used by various organizations for meetings.

Inside the new building, Bank of Tennessee officials have said a “different style of banking” — called “universal banking” — will take place.

The open lobby area contains work stations for “customer experience officers.”

Bank of Tennessee Chairman and CEO Roy Harmon Jr. thanked people for supporting the bank over the years.

“We’re so happy to give back,” he said. “It took a long time to assemble this property. The city was a big help. … This really is a magnificent facility to work out of.”

Bank of Tennessee’s presence in the Volunteer State includes locations in Bristol, Johnson City, Gray, Erwin, Jonesborough, Blountville, Nashville, Hendersonville and an operations center located near the Tri-Cities Regional Airport. The bank has about $1 billion in assets.