First Tennessee National Corp. enjoyed a spate of good publicity last week, receiving a "strong buy" recommendation from a well-respected Wall Street analyst and favorable comment in a Barron's article.

Thomas K. Brown of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette issued the recommendation on First Tennessee stock, citing the Memphis-based bank's diversified earnings stream and relative price weakness. "We believe," Mr. Brown wrote, "First Tennessee's earnings growth rate will be among the fastest in the banking industry over the next few years."

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