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This week's most read content includes pending deals between Heartland Financial and First Bank Lubbock Bancshares, SmartFinancial and Tennessee Bancshares, and First Mid-Illinois Bancshares and First BancTrust Corp.

As promised, Heartland announces 2nd bank deal in as many months

Heartland Financial USA Inc. cinched its second bank deal in two months. In doing so, it laid the groundwork to enter West Texas and push close to its goal of reaching $12 billion in assets by 2019.

SmartFinancial on M&A sidelines for now, but possibly looking toward Panhandle

As it works to integrate recent deals, SmartFinancial Inc. executives say the company will likely stay on the M&A sidelines for the majority of 2018.

First Mid-Illinois acquiring First BancTrust for $73.8M

Each First BancTrust Corp. common share will be exchanged for 0.80 share of First Mid-Illinois Bancshares Inc.'s common stock and $5.00 in cash.

TriCo touts bank deal in San Francisco, but investors recoil on cost

Investors balked at the $315 million price tag and tangible book value dilution associated with TriCo Bancshares' pending acquisition of FNB Bancorp.

Southern US banks freshen up their mobile apps

Regional banks in the South have been busy enhancing their mobile offerings, and more upgrades are in the works.