Tennessee's First American Corp. has recovered splendidly from loan-generated wounds a few years back. CEO Dennis Bottorff casts the institution as a "supercommunity bank," and is looking to nontraditional businesses to build earnings. Can it keep its independence?

In May 1971, workers were digging a foundation for what would become the First American Center in Nashville when they came upon a nine-inch fang, later identified as that of a saber-toothed tiger, and other animal and human bone fragments.

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