KNOXVILLE, Tenn – SmartFinancial and Tennessee Bancshares announced today the signing of a definitive merger agreement pursuant to which SmartFinancial will acquire Tennessee Bancshares followed by Southern Community merging into SmartBank. Upon completion of the transaction, the combined company is expected to have assets of approximately $2.0 billion.

“This is another big step for SmartBank in becoming the Southeast’s next great community banking franchise. We are excited to partner with Southern Community and look forward to serving an expanded footprint in our newest markets in Murfreesboro, Huntsville and Tullahoma,” said SmartBank President and CEO, Billy Carroll. “The opportunities that exist in these thriving markets combined with Southern Community’s strong history of dedicated client service and unwavering commitment to its communities, affirm that this transaction will produce a successful partnership.”

SmartBank officials say the company has more than $1.6 billion in assets and operates 22 branches and three loan production offices spanning East Tennessee, Tuscaloosa and Southwest Alabama, and the Florida Panhandle. This marks the company’s fifth acquisition in the past five years.