Politics: Franklin Synergy Bank VP to run for Smyrna Town Council



Lifelong Smyrna resident and Franklin Synergy Bank (formerly MidSouth Bank) Vice President Regina Hager Medlen announced she is running for a seat on the Smyrna Town Council.

"I care about and have been involved in the community of Smyrna all my life. My husband, Bobby, and I raised our two girls here," Medlen said. "I want Smyrna to continue to be a place that attracts families and businesses, alike, through smart growth and strategic planning. I will work tirelessly to support the small businesses and family values that have made Smyrna a great place to live, work and raise a family."

Medlen has worked in banking for 32 years, initially at SunTrust Bank for 22 years and joined MidSouth Bank when it formed 10 years ago. Last month, MidSouth Bank merged with another community bank, Franklin Synergy Bank. "I like the fact that I work for a community bank," Medlen said.

Medlen finished her term as Past President of the Rotary Club of Smyrna in June. During her term, the Club was awarded the Presidential Citation with Honors by the over 60 Rotary clubs in the district. Medlen serves on the Smyrna Senior Citizens Board and Sister City Committee for Town of Smyrna, representing the committee in Japan three times since 2003. She was a member of the original North Rutherford YMCA Board of Directors, Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Stewarts Creek Middle School's first PTO President, and a 2003 Leadership Rutherford graduate.

"I've served on various committees, and my father was so involved in the community, that it's in my blood," Medlen said. "I'm looking forward to running a clean campaign and taking the ideas and concerns of my fellow Smyrna residents to the Town Council."

Medlen's father, the late John Hager, was a volunteer fireman for the Town of Smyrna for 42 years and a charter member of the Smyrna Rescue Squad. Her grandfather, the late John Hager, Sr., built Smyrna's first fire truck in 1916 by converting a 1913 Studebaker automobile. Her mother, Tillie Hager, lives in Smyrna.

Medlen graduated from Smyrna High School, received an Associate's Degree from Middle Tennessee State University and completed various banking courses.

The Medlens are members of Smyrna First United Methodist Church, which is located on Sam Hager Street, named after Medlen's great grandfather.

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Regina Hager Medlen