In Middle Tennessee, a select group of companies have withstood the test of time to celebrate their centennial milestones. TNECD is paying tribute to the Volunteer State’s centennial companies, beginning with those located in counties that were designated by the Appalachian Regional Commission as distressed in 2019.

As the below companies mark a century or more of operation, they stand as living witnesses to Middle Tennessee’s rich history while embodying a spirit of perseverance and adaptability.

Learn more about the companies we visited in Perry, Fentress and Jackson counties.


Bank of Perry County

Lobelville, TN

Photo Credit: Bank of Perry County

The Bank of Perry County was established in 1905 and has been in continuous operation ever since. Its motto is “The Bank on the Go,” due to its fast and courteous service. Today, employees at the Bank of Perry County pride themselves on their commitment to getting to know their customers on a personal level while providing them with exceptional service.

To learn more about the Bank of Perry County, visit


Forbus General Store

Pall Mall, TN

Photo Credit: Forbus General Store

Originally built by W.M. Johnson in 1892, the Forbus General Store in Pall Mall, Tennessee, has changed owners but remained in the same location for 132 years. The store is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and over time, it’s sold everything from hardware to ice cream and even caskets. Today, visitors and locals alike can step back in time and grab a bite to eat as they explore this iconic establishment.

To learn more about Forbus General Store, click here to visit its Facebook page.


Anderson & Haile Drug Company

Gainesboro, TN

Photo Credit: Jackson County Chamber of Commerce

The Anderson & Haile Drug Company in Gainesboro, Tennessee, has been serving the Jackson County community since 1883, more than 140 years. Over the decades, this drug store has navigated the changing landscape of pharmaceuticals and provided essential healthcare services while also serving as a gathering place for its customers to shop, eat and exchange news.

To learn more about Anderson & Haile Drug Company, click here to visit its Facebook page.

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