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The cookies our girls worked so hard to sell for the council’s Mountain of Hope project are getting into the hands of our troops. A little at a time, more than 9,000 boxes are being distributed to members of the army and air national guards. Photos from a distribution in Tullahoma, Tennessee are below.

Barbara Sanders of the Tennessee National Guard writes:

We are so grateful for people and organizations that take the time to go out of their way to support the military. The amount of cookies that were bought in supportof the us is outstanding. Thanks again for all your efforts and support!

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Home Federal Bank Names Barbara Hatcher as Hometown Hero

Bank donates $2,500 in Hatcher’s name to Girl Scouts

Home Federal Bank Executive Vice President Debra Smith (from left) and President Dale Keasling name Barbara Hatcher a 2013 Hometown Hero at a ceremony at the bank’s Maryville branch May 1. Wyatt designated her $2,500 award to Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians, and CEO Booth Kammann and service unit coordinator Melissa Trimble accepted the funds on the organization’s behalf.

Home Federal Bank named Barbara Hatcher a 2013 Hometown Hero and presented a check for $2,500 in her name to Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians at a ceremony held at the Home Federal Bank Maryville branch on Wednesday, May 1.

Now in its third year, the Hometown Heroes program spotlights ordinary people who do extraordinary things for others and their community. The public submitted dozens of nominations and ten winners were selected for their extraordinary volunteer work in the community.

A $2,500 donation is made in each honoree’s name to the nonprofit of his or her choice, and an overall winner of the ten finalists will have an additional $2,500 donation made in his or her name.

“There are so many great people that selflessly do an incredible amount of good for our community and never get the credit they deserve,” said Home Federal Bank President Dale Keasling. “People like Barbara Hatcher, whose volunteer efforts help people in our community every day, exemplify what it means to be a Hometown Hero.”

A seasoned Girl Scout leader, Hatcher leads her own troop and manages the Little River Service Unit, overseeing the volunteer troop leaders of Blount County and the 530 girls and young women in the program. As manager, she handles communications as well as the development of both the programs and the leaders for the Blount County area and coordinates with the Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians.  Passionate about Scouting, she recognizes the positive impact it can have and works hard to keep the troops active and engaged in the Blount County community.

“We are happy to honor these Hometown Heroes,” said Keasling. “And we are pleased to support these programs that do such great things for our neighbors throughout the year.”

Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians CEO Booth Kammann and service unit coordinator Melissa Trimble accepted the award on behalf of the organization.

About Home Federal Bank

Home Federal Bank is a locally-owned, full-service bank serving East Tennesseans through branches in Knox, Anderson, Blount and Sevier counties. For more information, visit

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