SOURCE: United Community Banks, Inc.

November 30, 2005 18:08 ET

United Community Bank Hall County Opens New Main Office

Renovates Building in Downtown Gainesville

BLAIRSVILLE, GA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- November 30, 2005 -- United Community Banks, Inc. (NASDAQ: UCBI) today announced the grand opening of the new de novo bank -- United Community Bank Hall County -- in downtown Gainesville, Georgia.

The newly renovated 14,300 square foot office space at 351 Jesse Jewell Parkway will serve as the main office for Hall County and is supported by three additional banking offices in the Gainesville Market. Since the beginning of May, the employees had worked in a temporary building located across the parking lot from its new office. The new main office will be a full-service bank, including a drive-through lane that will open by the end of 2005.

"This is an exciting step in our expansion plans for Hall County," said Jimmy Tallent, President and CEO of United Community Banks. "This main office will be the hub for our commitment to Hall County as United Community Bank Hall County builds on the strong momentum over the past six months."

"This new facility will help us further serve our growing base of Hall County customers," said Rich White, Chairman of United Community Bank Hall County. "Several hundred bankers and guests will gather for a reception on December 1 to commemorate the grand opening. Our local decision making, combined with friendly, personal service and a wide range of products, continues to drive customers to United Community Bank."

With the new main office in downtown Gainesville and banking offices in Murrayville, Thompson Bridge Road and Quillian's Corner, United Community Bank now has four offices in Hall County with plans to open another banking office in South Hall County by early-2006.

About United Community Banks, Inc.

Headquartered in Blairsville, United Community Banks is the third largest bank holding company in Georgia. United Community Banks has assets of $5.7 billion and operates 24 community banks with 90 banking offices located throughout north Georgia, metro Atlanta, western North Carolina and east Tennessee. The company specializes in providing personalized community banking services to individuals and small to mid-size businesses in its market. United Community Banks also offers the convenience of 24-hour access to its services through a network of ATM's, telephone and on-line banking. United Community Banks common stock is listed on the Nasdaq National Market under the symbol UCBI. Additional information may be found at the company's web site,

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