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Heritage Bank Announces Scholarship Honoree – Sue Hasse

Heritage Bank is pleased to announce Sue Hasse as the 2012 Heritage Bank Scholarship Fund Cheatham County Honoree.

Left to right: Shawn Rider and Mark Haney of Heritage Bank, and Sue Hasse.

Seven seniors from the Cheatham County, Tennessee High Schools will receive a Heritage Bank Scholarship in honor of Sue Hasse’s service to the Cheatham County School community.  Over the past eight years Heritage Bank has committed over $170,000 dollars in scholarship funds to 340 senior high school students planning to attend a higher education institution. This unprecedented effort is one of the largest of its kind in touching more than twenty-nine schools across western Kentucky, middle and west Tennessee.  Every senior student enrolled in a high school in each of the bank’s market communities has the opportunity to apply for one of the scholarship awards.

We are very excited to play a vital role in the success of students in the neighborhoods we serve,” commented John Peck, President and CEO of Heritage Bank.  Peck continued, “We feel strongly that every student should be able to pursue his or her dreams of a college degree and it is extremely rewarding to give scholarships to each high school in our market areas.”

Sue Hasse has been the library/media specialist at Kingston Springs Elementary School since 2000.  She currently works in the library at Kingston Springs Elementary School.  She is married to Jim Hasse and they have three children, Katelyn, Megan, and Adam. Her greatest memory while at KSE was the May 2010 flood that devastated the school and her library collection, as well as the community rebuilding by “School Pride” in July of 2010.

In December of 2010, after being plagued by a terrible headache, Sue was taken to the hospital where testing uncovered Stage IV melanoma cancer.  Mrs. Hasse had brain surgery to remove two tumors and began chemotherapy to try and reduce or eliminate the remaining tumors.  In August 2011, after discovering the chemotherapy was no longer working, she began a Phase 2 trial drug.  Since beginning the drug treatment, her brain remains cancer free, and her lung tumors have drastically reduced. One year, to the day, following her brain surgery, Sue underwent a second surgery in the same area to remove scar tissue that caused her brain to swell. She continues treatments every two weeks while continuing to work full time. Sue commented, “I am so thankful to live in such a wonderful supportive community that has been so understanding. I am both humbled and honored to have these scholarships awarded to the excellent students across our county.”

Heritage Bank conducts neighborhood banking operations in the Kentucky cities of Hopkinsville, Elkton, Cadiz, Murray, Benton, Calvert City, Fulton and Pleasant View, Ashland City, Kingston Springs, Erin and Clarksville in Tennessee.  Heritage Bank records assets of more than 1 Billion.

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