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Former White House Correspondent Anne Compton Speaks At The Spring Outing

Anne Compton with Bob McDonald at Andrew Jackson's HermitagePictured from left is former White House Correspondent Anne Compton, CedarStone Bank President & CEO Bob McDonald, and Mrs. Susan McDonald

On Wednesday, May 16th, Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage hosted its 118th annual Spring Outing. Light lunch and champagne were served to the 400 guests in attendance including Bob McDonald, Vice Regent of The Andrew Jackson Foundation. The featured keynote speaker was former ABC White House correspondent Anne Compton, a broadcasting veteran and the first woman assigned to cover the White House on a full time basis by a network television news organization.

“Anne did a terrific job as she shared stories of her 40+ year career of reporting on the White House. Our guests found her to be very engaging and she really enjoyed her time with us. The Spring Outing is an important event as it serves to bring special awareness to Andrew Jackson, his home, and his legacy.” 

- Bob McDonald, President & CEO of CedarStone Bank

Compton captivated the audience with her stories of covering administrations dating back to President Gerald Ford, and brought awareness to the Andrew Jackson Foundation. The foundation, which teaches American history in classrooms, on site, and through web conferences across the nation, continues its outstanding preservation of The Hermitage, a National Historic Landmark.

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Tracy Brown: 2017-18 Wilson County Teacher of the Year

Tracy Brown 2017-18 Wilson County Teacher of the YearPictured from left is Mrs. Susan McDonald, CedarStone Bank President & CEO Bob McDonald. ESL Teacher Tracy Brown & W.P. Bone, III of Wilson County

For 20 years now, CedarStone Bank has been proud to co-sponsor the Wilson County Teacher of the Year celebration and to support education in Wilson County. Tracy Brown, an English as a Second Language Teacher at Mt. Juliet Elementary School, was recognized alongside 31 of her colleagues for their excellence in teaching. Congratulations to everyone involved!

 

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The Closing of Andrew Jackson’s 250th Birthday Anniversary

The Closing of Andrew Jacksons 250th Birthday AnniversaryPictured from left is Andrew Jackson’s The Hermitage President & CEO Howard Kittell, The Honorable Andrew Jackson, VI of Knox County General Sessions Court Division IV, Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Cornelia Clark, Assistant Adjutant General-Air Tennessee National Guard Colonel Jason W. Glass, and Vice Regent of the Board of Trust of the Andrew Jackson Foundation & CedarStone Bank President & CEO Bob McDonald.

Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage completed its yearlong celebration of Jackson’s 250th birthday and marked the beginning of the 251st anniversary of the president’s birth with a number of events and special offers.

“Jackson’s birthday celebration is always a special time for us at The Hermitage,” said Howard J. Kittell, President and CEO of Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage. “From President Trump’s visit last March to former first lady Laura Bush’s speaking at last year’s Spring Outing, Jackson’s 250th birthday year was a monumental one for The Hermitage. I look forward to seeing what the president’s 251st birthday year brings.”

“One of the things that makes me most proud about The Hermitage’s work is how we’ve continued to find engaging ways to educate visitors about Jackson and his story,” said Bob McDonald, Vice Regent of the Board of Trust of the Andrew Jackson Foundation. “The Hermitage is an important landmark and critical piece of Tennessee’s history. Events like the birthday celebration are some of my favorites because they give visitors a fun and exciting opportunity to explore Jackson’s home and learn about his life.”

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Black History Month Memorial Service Held At The Hermitage

Black History Month Memorial Service Held At The HermitagePictured from left is guest speaker Nicole A. Moore of the Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta, Andrew Jackson’s The Hermitage President & CEO Howard Kittell, and Vice Regent of the Board of Trust of the Andrew Jackson Foundation & CedarStone Bank President & CEO Bob McDonald.

As part of the presidential home’s Black History Month commemoration, Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage held its annual memorial service to commemorate the enslaved people who had been at The Hermitage and adjacent plantations

prior to the Civil War. Approximately 80 people attended the event to pay their respects and lay flowers tagged with the names of the 150 people who had been enslaved at The Hermitage.

“We are trying to tell the Site’s story as accurately and as fully as we can to properly educate visitors. Telling the stories of the individuals enslaved at The Hermitage is a vital element when it comes to accuracy of The Hermitage’s story. Due to the interest level demonstrated by this event’s attendance and the nature of importance, we look forward to providing more programs of this kind,” said Bob McDonald, Andrew Jackson Foundation Vice-Regent.

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CedarStone Bank co-sponsors event hosting Fox News Personality Brian Kilmeade

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CedarStone Bank co-sponsored an event Sunday, January 7 with Andrew Jackson’s The Hermitage in hosting FOX News Personality Brian Kilmeade, co-author of "Andrew Jackson, and the Miracle of the Battle of New Orleans."

b2ap3 medium brian kilmeade book signing at CedarStone bank 2The meet and greet book signing was held at the Lebanon Main Office of CedarStone Bank. Kilmeade co-authored, "Andrew Jackson, and the Miracle of New Orleans", an Amazon number one best seller. The book is an indepth look at the Battle of New Orleans as Andrew Jackson convinces President Madison and his War Department of the importance of winning the battle against British forces.

Guests included friends, customers, shareholders of CedarStone Bank, local dignitaries and friends and patrons of The Hermitage, Home of Andrew Jackson. CedarStone Bank supports events as well as the vision of Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage and considers the mansion a special and unique historical site in the market the bank serves.

Watch the Clip from Fox News: View Clip of Fox News Personality Brian Kilmeade

 

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Brian Kilmeade (born May 7, 1964) is a Fox News television personality. Weekdays, he co-hosts Fox's morning show, "Fox & Friends", along with Steve Doocy and Ainsley Earhardt. He has written several fiction and nonfiction books, and hosts the Fox News Radio program Kilmeade and Friends. (More information available at briankilmeade.com)

CedarStone Bank was founded in early 2003 as a diverse group of local business leaders came together to form a community bank that would be known for returning the simple basics of banking to the customers it would serve. The bank officially opened in April 2004 and currently offers full service banking with offices located in Lebanon, Mt. Juliet and Donelson. Bob McDonald serves as President and C.E.O. of the bank as well as Vice-Regent on the Andrew Jackson Foundation Board of Trust.
 
Photos by Alphonso Ashworth.
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Tennessean Features CedarStone Banks' Willie McDonald

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How a poor Tennessee boy with only a high school education spent 67 years as a beloved banker

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CedarStone Bank closing for One Hour for Solar Eclipse

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CedarStone Bank plans on the bank closing this coming Monday for one hour so that employees and customers may enjoy the upcoming solar eclipse.

“We will lock our doors from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. in preparation for the total solar eclipse on Monday, August 21,” explained John B. Bryan, CedarStone Bank VP and Director of Marketing.

The bank has a limited supply of eclipse eyewear and official “CedarStone Bank Eclipse” tee-shirts available for customers. The souvenir items will be available to bank customers on a first come, first served basis.

“We thought it would be a neat idea to give our customers a memento of the total solar eclipse. These things don’t happen very often and we believe our customers and employees will enjoy this brief moment in history,” Bryan added.

Bank operations will resume immediately at 2 p.m. and will close at regular business hours on that day.

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Wilson County Residents Attend Hermitage Event

Wilson County Residents Attend Hermitage Event

Photo Caption (above) -  A number of Wilson County residents attended President Donald J. Trump’s visit to historic Andrew Jackson’s home, The Hermitage, last Wednesday. Those pictured are from left, Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto and wife Paula, State Rep. Susan Lynn, Andrew Jackson, VI, General Sessions Judge, Knox County (great-great- great-grandson of Pres. Andrew Jackson) and his wife, Janet, State Rep. Mark Pody,  Susan McDonald and her husband Bob McDonald, CedarStone Bank President and Vice-Regent of the Board of Trust of the Andrew Jackson Foundation.

Upon his arrival to Nashville last week one of President Donald J. Trump’s first stops was at President Andrew Jackson’s home, The Hermitage. Some 400 invitees and friends and supporters of the Hermitage were on hand as the President paid respect to Jackson’s grave site and toured the mansion of the 7th President of the United States.

A number of Wilson County residents attended the event as part of the 250th anniversary celebration of Jackson’s birth (March 15, 1767). The Hermitage will be hosting several events throughout 2017 as they celebrate this momentous occasion. Those attending from Wilson County included Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto and wife Paula, State Rep. Susan Lynn, State Rep. Mark Pody, CedarStone Bank President Bob McDonald and his wife Susan. McDonald also serves as Vice-Regent of the Board of Trust of the Andrew Jackson Foundation.

The Tennessee General Assembly has for many years been a very important and special supporter of Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage. Over the course of many years legislation has been passed that resulted in the Hermitage receiving financial support from the state for important maintenance issues of the historic mansion.

“The Andrew Jackson foundation has been the beneficially for many years of financial support of the Tennessee General assembly and our local delegation made of Mark Pody, Mae Beavers and Susan Lynn have played a key role in that support as they have embraced this effort in the ongoing preservation of this historic landmark,” commented McDonald on behalf of the Board of Trust of the Andrew Jackson Foundation.

Also in attendance were Andrew Jackson, VI and his wife Janet. Jackson is the great-great-great grandson of President Jackson and serves a General Sessions Judge in Knox County, Tennessee. Judge Jackson and his family are also great supporters of the Hermitage and are very proud of their heritage. They regularly attend many activities and events at Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage.

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CedarStone Bank Mailing Out New Chip Debit Cards

CedarStone Bank Chip Debit CardCedarStone Bank customers will be excited to learn that our new “chip” debit cards will be mailed out on February 14, 2017.

“Customers will need to activate their new card by March 27, 2017. Instructions will be included in the envelope with the new debit card,” explained Kristin Howard, AVP, BSA/Deposit Services Manager.

It’s important to note the card number and pin number for your debit card will not change. A direct mail piece will be mailed out the week before the card arrives as a gentle reminder of what is to follow.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call your local CedarStone Bank office or as always, call the main office at (615)443-1411.

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Andrew Jackson's Hermitage celebrates The Battle of New Orleans

Andrew Jackson's Hermitage celebrates The Battle of New Orleans

Congressman Phil Roe (Johnson City) was the keynote speaker Sunday, Jan. 8 as Andrew Jackson's Hermitage celebrated the 202nd anniversary of "The Battle of New Orleans." The Andrew Jackson Foundation hosted the annual gathering as part of a day-long remembrance of "The Battle of New Orleans", the last major engagement of The War of 1812.

From left above: Howard Kittell, President & CEO of the Andrew Jackson Foundation, United States Congressman Phil Roe, Susan and Bob McDonald. McDonald serves as Vice-Regent of the Andrew Jackson Foundation.

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Junior Takeya Johns is our January McGavock Student of the Month

Junior Takeya Johns is our January McGavock Student of the Month

CedarStone Bank continues its long tradition of supporting McGavock High School by sponsoring the “McGavock Student of the Month”. The student of the month for January is McGavock junior, Takeya Johns. Presenting Takeya with her certificate is the CedarStone Bank Donelson office staff, (from left) Robert L. McDonald, Asst. VP/Relationship Mgr., Willie McDonald, Business Development Officer, Takeya,. Mallory Baker, Customer Service Representative, Noel Steele, Teller and Troy Putman, Donelson Office Manager. CedarStone Bank is the official bank for McGavock High School and enjoys a relationship dating back some 45 years with Donelson banking legend Willie McDonald.

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CedarStone Bank Mobile Deposit Users

Mobile Deposits Endorsement Notice - Cedarstone Bank

Thank you for being a CedarStone Bank mobile deposit user.  We appreciate you being one of the first to use our new mobile deposit banking feature.

For your protection, please remember to endorse checks with your Signature and the phrase “CSB Mobile Deposit.”  Beginning June 1, 2016, any checks not endorsed properly will not be deposited.  These rejected deposits cannot be resubmitted through mobile banking and will need to be deposited at one of our offices.

We appreciate your business and please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

 

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McGavock High School's Lucia Del Zotto Student of the Month

McGavock Student of the Month with CedarStone Bank

Pictured above: Robert L. McDonald, Lisa Brown, Mallory Baker, Lucia Del Zotto (SOM), Kristina Wilkerson, Marilyn Kaczmarski and Willie McDonald.

McGavock High School's Lucia Del Zotto has been recognized as student of the month for January 2016. Lucia was selected by her teachers and peers for exemplifying the characteristics of a good student and the drive to learn. Lucia attended the Donelson Hermitage Chamber of Commerce luncheon with CedarStone Bank President - CEO Bob McDonald, AVP Robert L. McDonald, and Willie McDonald.

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CedarStone's Bob McDonald Joins in Anniversary Celebration at Andrew Jackson's Hermitage

Event commemorates the 201st anniversary of The Battle of New Orleans

Lebanon, Tenn. (January 25, 2016) –Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage recently held a celebration event commemorating the 201st anniversary of The Battle of New Orleans.

Thousands of guests visited Jackson’s home to honor the pivotal victory for the United States in the War of 1812, led by General Jackson and his troops. The Hermitage home tour was open free to the public and there was a ceremony featuring the National Guard laying a wreath at Jackson’s tomb.

CedarStone Bank President and CEO Bob McDonald participated in the event. McDonald is a member of the Board of Trustees for The Andrew Jackson Foundation.

“The Hermitage is a national treasure and we’re fortunate to have such an historic landmark so close to home,” McDonald said. “This annual event is a welcome opportunity to gather with friends and family to celebrate the rich tradition of General Jackson and his roots in Middle Tennessee.”

The wreath ceremony included remarks from retired Lieutenant General John M. Pickler, who served 36 years in the Army, eventually assuming the role of Chief of Staff of the United States Army Forces Command. Pickler currently resides in Lebanon.

“It was fascinating to hear a recent military leader like General Pickler discuss the life and times of one of our most famous military leaders in Andrew Jackson,” McDonald said. “Both men sacrificed so much for this great country through their military service.”

For more information about The Hermitage visit www.thehermitage.com. For more information about CedarStone Bank visit www.cedarstonebank.com.

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Pictured from Left to Right: Howard Kittell, Andrew Jackson Foundation President and CEO; Frances Spradley, Andrew Jackson Foundation Vice-Regent; Lt. Gen. (Ret.) John Pickler, keynote speaker; Bob McDonald, CedarStone President and CEO.

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Changes to Online & Mobile Banking Login

Effective April 23, 2014, the image and passphrase will no longer be displayed on the password page. Your account will continue to be protected through advanced device forensics that seamlessly authenticate your computer and various devices.

If you have any questions please be sure to contact us

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Banking Just Got Simpler with CedarStone Bank’s New Responsive Website

Over the last few months, CedarStone Bank has been working on a new responsive designed website. A responsive website is a website that is mobile, tablet, laptop and desktop friendly and provides an optimum user experience based on the device with which the website is being used.

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CedarStone sponsors Art Crawl Event

CedarStone Bank participates in Art Crawl

The Spring Art Crawl in Donelson is set for Saturday, April 27 and will be held at several businesses along Lebanon Road. CedarStone Bank is serving as headline sponsor for the event. Organizers of the event met recently to finalize plans as the sponsorship check was presented. CedarStone Bank Donelson Branch Manager Melynda Bounds (at left) presents the $1500 headline sponsor check to local artist Ken Smith and Jessica McCullars, Donelson Art Crawl organizer. Also pictured is Willie McDonald, CedarStone Bank, Jan King, owner of the Green Room Coffee Shop and Lindsay Connery, Donelson Artisan Society.

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CedarStone Bank presents $2,000 gift to McGavock High School

CedarStone Bank presents check to McGavock High School
CedarStone Bank continued its long tradition of supporting McGavock High School presenting the school with a $2,000 check for the 2012-13 school year. CedarStone Bank is the official bank for McGavock High School and enjoys a relationship dating back some 40 years with Donelson banking legend Willie McDonald. Pictured left to right for the check presentation: Melynda Bounds, CSB Donelson Office Manager, Robbin Wall, McGavock High Executive Principal and Willie McDonald, CSB Business Development Officer.

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Student of the Month recognized by CedarStone Bank

CedarStone Bank honors Student of the Month Daniel Hernandez
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Teacher - Lisa Bonelli
CSB rep: Melynda Bounds

CedarStone Bank recently presented "Student of the Month" honors to McGavock High School students. Melynda Bounds, Donelson Office Manager presented Daniel Hernandez with the award as McGavock High teacher Lisa Bonellil assisted in the presentation. CedarStone Bank is the "official bank" of McGavock High School.

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