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BANK SOUTH ANNOUNCES AFRICAN-AMERICAN HERITAGE CHECK SERIES(TM)

 BANK SOUTH ANNOUNCES AFRICAN-AMERICAN HERITAGE CHECK SERIES(TM)
 ATLANTA, July 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Bank South (NASDAQ: BKSO) announced today a new series of personal checks featuring images of five prominent African-American historical figures.
 One dollar from every order of checks sold will be donated to the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), the bank said.
 The check series will be available to the public beginning Saturday, Aug. 1, in all Bank South markets. Bank South is a $4.6 billion-asset holding company with 140 banking offices throughout Georgia and northwest Florida.
 Pictured on the checks are Frederick Douglass, abolitionist; Madam C.J. Walker, entrepreneur; Booker T. Washington, educator; George Washington Carver, chemurgist; and Marcus Garvey, pan-Africanist. These individuals were selected because they embody the culture, heritage and spirit of African-Americans, and they contributed extensively to human rights, education, business and the arts throughout the world.
 "The African-American Heritage Check Series gives us an opportunity to develop new business relationships and to contribute to education at the same time," said Patrick L. Flinn, chairman and chief executive officer of Bank South. "The series will publicize the accomplishments of the historical figures pictured on the checks, while also helping develop new African-American leaders by generating donations to the United Negro College Fund."
 The check series will be available only at Bank South at least through Nov. 30, in metro Atlanta, and at least through Oct. 31 in other Bank South communities. Bank South will promote the series with radio, print and MARTA advertising, and with posters, brochures and other displays in Bank South branch offices. The series will also be promoted as part of Bank South's college checking account.
 "We enthusiastically endorse this check program, and we encourage the community to support it," said Billye Aaron, regional vice president of UNCF. "The series will provide a way to promote African-American history each time a check is written, and will also help produce resources for a high-quality education at predominantly black colleges and universities."
 The United Negro College Fund raises operating money for 41 predominantly black colleges and universities, including six in Georgia: Clark Atlanta University, Interdenominational Theological Center, Morehouse College, Morris Brown College, and Spelman College, all in Atlanta; and Paine College in Augusta.
 The African-American Heritage Check Series was developed by the Marshall Johnson Agency of Memphis, Tenn. According to Marshall Johnson, president, the idea for the program came from the observation that there are no African-Americans featured on U.S. coins or currency. "It occurred to us that consumers would react very positively to a series of personal checks which feature important figures in African- American history," Johnson said.
 "And as a graduate of Fisk University, a UNCF member, it is only doing 'the right thing' to give something back into the community that represents a significant part of our business," continued Johnson, who is also making donations from the program to UNCF -- in addition to Bank South's contribution.
 "It is not only the right thing to do," Johnson added, "but we believe a very sound business decision. Considering our country's mosaic culture, Bank South's community awareness as well as its contribution to the UNCF of $1 per check order should be commended."
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 /EDITOR'S NOTE: A reception will be held to announce the African- American Heritage Check Series at 5 p.m., July 30, on the main banking floor of Bank South's 55 Marietta Street office. The media is invited./
 /CONTACT: Matt Lewis of Bank South, 404-529-4725/
 (BKSO) CO: Bank South Corporation ST: Georgia IN: FIN SU: PDT


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