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PremierWest Bancorp Announces Further Adjournment of Special Meeting of Shareholders Until March 28, 2013

MEDFORD, OR -- (Marketwire) -- 03/13/13 -- PremierWest Bancorp (NASDAQ: PRWT) ("PremierWest"), the parent company of PremierWest Bank, today announced a further adjournment of its Special Meeting of shareholders to continue to provide additional time to solicit proxies on the merger proposal and that the Special Meeting will reconvene at 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time, on March 28, 2013 at the PremierWest Bank Headquarters located at 503 Airport Rd, Medford, Oregon.

"We continue to believe that the merger with Starbuck Bancshares is in the best interests of PremierWest shareholders and expect to use this further adjournment period to solicit proxies and to continue to gather additional votes," said President and CEO James Ford. Approval of the merger proposal requires the affirmative vote of a majority of the outstanding shares entitled to vote at the meeting. As of March 13, 2013, approximately 49.2% of the outstanding shares and 60.0% of the total votes cast voted in favor of the merger proposal. At this time, an additional 78,106 shares voted in favor of the merger proposal are required to approve the merger proposal, while approximately 1.8 million shares remain unvoted.

The Board of Directors of PremierWest continues to recommend that PremierWest shareholders vote "FOR" the merger proposal. Shareholders who have previously submitted their proxy or otherwise voted, and who do not want to change their vote, need not take any action. Shareholders who have questions about the merger proposal, need assistance in submitting their proxy or voting their shares (or changing a prior vote of their shares) should contact Georgeson, Inc., PremierWest's proxy solicitor, toll-free at 1-877-278-9670. Submission of proxies in respect of the adjourned meeting via Internet and telephone will resume at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Thursday, March 14, 2013 and will be available until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, March 27, 2013.

PremierWest shareholders are urged to read the full definitive proxy statement filed by PremierWest with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on January 4, 2013 and previously sent to shareholders for additional information regarding the proposed merger.

IMPORTANT ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

PremierWest filed a definitive proxy statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on January 4, 2013, in connection with the proposed merger of PremierWest and an affiliate of AmericanWest Bank. Shareholders of PremierWest are urged to read the proxy statement, because it contains important information. Shareholders can obtain a free copy of the proxy statement, as well as other filings containing information about PremierWest and the merger, without charge, at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's Internet site (www.sec.gov). In addition, copies of the proxy statement and other filings containing information about PremierWest and the proposed merger can be obtained, without charge, by directing a request to PremierWest's Internet site at www.premierwestbank.com under the heading "About Us" and then under the heading "Investor Relations." Shareholders and customers may also contact: James M. Ford, PremierWest President & CEO at (541) 618-6020 or [email protected] or Doug Biddle, Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer at (541) 282-5391 or [email protected].

DISCLOSURE REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This press release includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of the "Safe-Harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, which management believes are a benefit to shareholders. We make forward-looking statements in this press release about the proposed merger with Pearl Merger Sub Corp., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Starbuck Bancshares, Inc. These statements are necessarily subject to risk and uncertainty and actual results could differ materially due to certain risk factors, including those set forth from time to time in PremierWest's filings with the SEC. Such statements are subject to risks that we may be unable to procure the required shareholder approval. You should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements and we undertake no obligation to update any such statements.

PROXY SOLICITATION

PremierWest and its directors and executive officers and other members of management and employees may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from PremierWest shareholders in respect of the proposed merger. You can find information about PremierWest's executive officers and directors in PremierWest's definitive annual proxy statement filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on April 9, 2012. You can obtain free copies of PremierWest's annual proxy statement, and PremierWest's proxy statement in connection with the merger by contacting PremierWest's investor relations department.

ABOUT PREMIERWEST BANCORP

PremierWest Bancorp (NASDAQ: PRWT) is a bank holding company headquartered in Medford, Oregon, and operates primarily through its subsidiary, PremierWest Bank. PremierWest Bank offers expanded banking-related services through its subsidiary, PremierWest Investment Services, Inc.

PremierWest Bank was created following the merger of the Bank of Southern Oregon and Douglas National Bank in May 2000. In April 2001, PremierWest Bancorp acquired Timberline Bancshares, Inc. and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Timberline Community Bank, located in Siskiyou County in northern California. In January 2004, PremierWest acquired Mid Valley Bank located in the northern California counties of Shasta, Tehama and Butte. In January 2008, PremierWest acquired Stockmans Financial Group, and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Stockmans Bank, located in the Sacramento, California area. During the last several years, PremierWest expanded into Klamath Falls and the Central Oregon communities of Bend and Redmond, and into Nevada, Yolo and Butte counties in California.

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