January 2-- The AJC reported the following story on Friday, December 30.
"Two South Georgia community banks and a former executive of a failed Alpharetta institution were slapped with censures recently by federal regulators, according to a report issued Friday.
Lyons-based Peoples Bank and the Citizens Bank of Nashville entered separately into consent orders last month with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.
Consent orders are designed to help banks correct deficiencies and improve operations. The banks neither admitted nor denied any wrongdoing.
Peoples Bank is based in Toombs County, about 100 miles southeast of Macon. The Citizens Bank is based in Berrien County, about 130 miles south of Macon.
The orders, among other things, call for reducing problem loans, reviews and revisions of loan policies, and plans to raise investor capital and maintain capital requirements.
Messages left at both banks were not immediately returned.
Dozens of Georgia banks are under similar orders to improve their operations as they grapple with problem loans and a tepid economic recovery."