First Southern State Bank

First Southern State Bank recently held a groundbreaking in Bryant. Pictured, left to right is Sullivan Tinker, Jack Lovelady (president of First Southern), Drew Cadorette, Courtnie Hamilton, NShaina Hartline, Christopher Campbell, Payton Tinker, Jerry Crowley, Blake Maples, Branson Bearden, Amanda Jones (robotics coach), Zilah Shadden, Sadie Sanders, Chevelle Shrader, Alea McKenzie, Avery Cooper and Dustin Roden (principal of North Sand Mountain High School).

First Southern State Bank held a unique groundbreaking for a new office in the Bryant community.  The North Sand Mountain School Robotics Team, consisting of 25 students in grades 5 to 12, designed a robot for the event and conducted the initial groundbreaking.   

 “First Southern State Bank has deep roots on Sand Mountain,” said First Southern President and CEO Jack Lovelady.  “Since we opened the Bryant office in 1967, our customers have helped to make our bank successful.  After spending over 50 years in the current building, we are looking forward to constructing a new facility that will uphold our commitment to putting our customers first and giving back to the community.  In addition to our investment in the new building, we solidify our commitment to the area by asking the North Sand Mountain School’s robotics team to break ground for us as we begin banking for the future.”        

After comments from Lovelady, the Robotics Team moved the initial dirt to officially begin the construction process.  Their robot was constructed for the team’s participation in a recent BEST Robotics Competition, held annually at Northeast Alabama Community College.  The goal of this year’s competition was to clean debris from the ocean.  The robot, after some design changes and modifications by the students, dutifully served the groundbreaking purpose.  NSM Principal, Dustin Roden congratulated the young team, who competed at the state level in 2018, on their efforts.  The dedicated students and their sponsor, Amanda Jones, completed most of the design and construction work after school hours. 

The Robotics Team was joined by the First Southern State Bank Board of Directors, the Bank branch staff, First Southern Young Leader representatives from North Sand Mountain High School, P & C Construction leadership, and members of the Bryant and Higdon communities who all posed for their own “golden shovel” photos. 

The new bank structure will be a 3,713 square foot mix of Greek Revival and Colonial style architecture.  At the completion of the new, modern office, the current building will be demolished.   The projected completion date for the Bank is Summer of 2020.

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