- [S104] Cocke County, Tennessee, and its People, Cocke County Heritage Book Committee, (Walsworth Publishing, 1992), 192.
- [S24] The Newport Plain Talk, (http://www.newportplaintalk.com), 2 Jun 2009.
NBT's KETTERMAN RECEIVES CHEROKEE AWARD
Partners of the Cherokee President Dr. Gary Schneider presents a Walking with Partners of Cherokee National Forest award to National Bank of Tennessee President Keith Ketterman, at right. The recognition took place May 21 at the GFWC Natural Resource Center at Edwina during a meeting of federal and state forest service officials.
Author: Nelson Morais
Partners of the Cherokee made a rare special presentation to a Newport business leader in late May at the new natural resource center off Highway 321/73 at Edwina.
Partners President Gary Schneider recognized National Bank of Tennessee President Keith Ketterman for his support of the Cherokee National Forest and conservation efforts. Ketterman received a "Walking with Partners of Cherokee National Forest" award.
"We appreciate your leadership," said Schneider, noting that one out of five acres in Cocke County is part of the Cherokee National Forest, and Cocke County is one of 10 comprising the 650,000-acre forest.
Ketterman said, "It's a pleasure for us to be a small part of the progress. We appreciate what the Partners do and hope to support you whenever we can."
National Bank and Ketterman have been long-time supporters of the national and state forest program. Schneider recalled that in 2006 the bank made a $10,000 donation to the Partners—one of its first significant contributions.
Dr. Gary Schneider, former dean of the University of Tennessee College of Agriculture and President of Partners, commented that the National Bank had provided leadership in advancing the natural resource asset represented by Cherokee National Forest in Cocke County. Cherokee is the largest single tract of public land in Tennessee and 49,523 of those acres represent nearly 18 percent of the total land area that comprises Cocke County. Cocke Co. sits in the middle of the Northernand Southern districts of the Forest and is the I-40 entrance to the State of Tennessee.
Thousands of visitors each month stop at the Hartford Welcome Center and request information on local attractions, suggested eating and lodging facilities and shopping opportunities. The Tennessee Welcome Center is located on National Forest land made available to the state for this facility.
Dr. Schneider praised National Bank for its contribution to economic activity during this critical fiscal time for individuals and government agencies.
Ketterman said the directors and employees of the bank are pleased to partner with Cherokee. "I understand a Tennessee Gulf Trail is being considered to transverse the Cherokee and Martha Sundquist Forest. We are excited with this possibility and think the view shed of the Appalachian Trail would encourage our students and adults to get to know our Cocke County natural resources," he said.
Cherokee NFS, state Dept. of Forestry officials, and board members of Partners witnessed the presentation during the beginning of the quarterly board meeting in May.
- [S24] The Newport Plain Talk, (http://www.newportplaintalk.com), 23 Jul 2009.
KEITH A. KETTERMAN HONORED BY TENNESSEE BANKERS ASSOCIATION
Newport Resident Among Elite Group Selected as Leaders in Banking Excellence
NASHVILLE - Keith A. Ketterman has been named a Leader in Banking Excellence. The Tennessee Bankers Association will display a plaque in his honor at the TBA's headquarters building in Nashville.
Ketterman, chairman of National Bank of Tennessee and NBN Corporation, is among an elite group representing Tennessee bankers past and present who have excelled in the areas of banking, community service and civic involvement.
The Indiana native has been involved in all areas of banking over the course of his career. He worked for First American National Bank in Nashville and Knoxville before joining National Bank of Tennessee in 1984. He was later named chairman of the bank and its holding corporation. Ketterman also served as director and chairman of the Tennessee Bankers Association.
"Keith Ketterman serves as a great example for the banking community, and especially for young bankers," said TBA president Brad Barrett. "He is totally committed to the bank and Cocke County, and both have benefited tremendously from his efforts."
Ketterman is an active member of the Cocke County and Newport community. He served as chairman of many local organizations, including the Cocke County Red Cross, the Newport/Cocke County Chamber of Commerce, Newport Cocke County Economic Development Commission and Cocke County Education Foundation.
Leaders in Banking Excellence is an initiative by the TBA to recognize and celebrate exceptional bankers throughout Tennessee's history, Barrett said. A special plaque commemorating each honoree is displayed in the association's headquarters building in Nashville.
All TBA-member banks can submit nominations for the honor, and applications are reviewed by TBA staff and board members, who make the selections. Ketterman was nominated by William M. Agee, who is on the board of National Bank of Tennessee and NBN Corporation.
"One of the main missions of the Tennessee Bankers Association is to encourage our members to be involved in making our industry better and in making their communities better places to work and live," Barrett said. "The Leaders in Banking Excellence recognizes those who have made a difference, and we hope it will be an inspiration to other bankers across the state."
The Tennessee Bankers Association is a not-for-profit organization representing all of Tennessee's commercial banks and thrifts. The association provides continuing education, develops and monitors state and federal legislative agendas, disseminates information on all facets of the financial services industry, and promotes the public image of financial institutions. Visit us at our Web site, www.TNBankers.org <http://www.tnbankers.org/>; .
- [S24] The Newport Plain Talk, (http://www.newportplaintalk.com), 10 May 2013.
Ketterman retires as National Bank of Tennessee president
Author: Duay O'Neil
NEWPORT-After 46 in the banking business, Keith Ketterman is retiring.
Ketterman, President, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of National Bank of Tennessee and NBN Corporation, retired April 30.
Ketterman began his banking career in 1967 at First American National Bank in Nashville and Knoxville.
His move to Newport came in 1984 when he joined then-National Bank of Newport (now Tennessee) as Executive Vice-President. He was named Director in 1986 and President and CEO in 1987.
On Friday morning, Ketterman said his opportunity to come to Newport came when First American sold out. "I had two choices," said Ketterman, "to go back to Nashville or elsewhere. I didn't want to go back to Nashville. A friend of mine, who happened to be a friend of Dr. Fred Valentine, Jr., told him about me."