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BNA Bank Breaks Ground on New High Touch Personalized Banking Center in Lee County BNA Bank at Barnes Crossing Scheduled to Open November 2014

TUPELO, MS: BNA Bank headquartered in New Albany, Mississippi, broke ground today, May 8, on a new 3,325 square foot banking center that will be conveniently located at 2919 Tom Watson Drive in Tupelo in the rapidly growing Barnes Crossing area.

The new banking center at Barnes Crossing is believed to be the first in the Tupelo market to offer a new high touch personalized banking service to its customers by eliminating the traditional teller line. The center will have two drive through lanes and a dedicated drive up ATM lane with night depository.

Level5 of Atlanta, Georgia has been contracted to plan, design and build the facility with local subcontractors being utilized for all phases of construction. Bo Collins, President and CEO of BNA Bank said, "LEVEL5 has designed our new center so our bankers will be able to greet our customers at the door and provide customized personal service to each and everyone. Our staff will no longer have to service our customers from behind the barrier of a teller line. In addition, LEVEL5 understands how to integrate new technology and methods of delivering banking services into banking centers cost effectively without sacrificing personal service to customers."

The new facility is the institution’s second location in Lee County, joining, the BNA Bank Belden Banking Center which opened in 2007. "We are excited to expand in the Tupelo and Lee County market and strengthen our presence in the community,” said Collins. “This location will be a convenient center for our current customers and will allow us to continue to reach new customers effectively."

The Barnes Crossing center will concentrate on personal and small business financial services. In addition to traditional bank services, the center will also offer mortgage loans, insurance and investment services. The bank is designed to accommodate and assist customers with the newer banking technologies including mobile banking and internet banking. The banking center should be completed and open for business by November 2014.

BNA Bank is a state chartered bank with approximately $425 million in assets that was established in 1896. It is one of the few ‘A’ rated banks by Weiss Bank Rating Services and was recently inducted into the 2013 Siefried and Brew Top 15th percentile of community banks. The bank has a capital to asset ratio of 12.3% and posted a 1.28% return on assets for 2013. BNA Bank’s headquarters and two banking centers are located in New Albany, another center in Myrtle and another in Belden, Mississippi. The bank is currently receiving applications for employment at the new banking center. Resumes should be mailed to BNA Bank, ATTN Human Resources, P.O. Box 811 New Albany, Mississippi 38652.