Support for Humboldt bank spreads through community

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HUMBOLDT, Tenn. — Hundreds of Humboldt residents gathered to show support as BancorpSouth reopened its doors for the first time since one of their bank employees was kidnapped and shot during a Wednesday attempted bank robbery. “We all come together as one this week,” Humboldt Mayor Marvin Sikes said at the special ceremony commemorating the reopening Friday. “We’ve been tested this week, and by the almighty hand of God we passed the test,” Sikes said. The bank was forced to close Wednesday after a violent attempted bank robbery in which police said employee Janeice Frisbee was kidnapped from her home and then shot multiple times inside the bank. “We’re Humboldt strong no matter what comes our way,” Lisa Turner said. “We still stand together.” Turner said she has used the bank for years and knew Frisbee well.”Janeice is a very, very sweet person. Her personality is always the same,” Turner said. Two words dominated the tongues of many at the ceremony — “Humboldt Strong.” The Humboldt Chamber of Commerce printed a banner with a large strawberry and the two words for supporters to sign. Eventually the banner will be given to Frisbee, who’s now home recovering from the gunshot wounds. Sikes said sometimes it takes a tragedy to bring people together. “All of our hearts are together this morning,” he said.

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