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Be aware of phone scams


Several of our customers have received phone calls from what appear to be scammers. Please take caution and be aware that CedarStone Bank does not call people to request financial information over the phone.

How to Detect a Phone Scam
Only speak with official representatives of your bank or credit card company in phone calls you initiate. Do not respond to requests for financial information over the phone, by email, or by calling a number sent to you in an email. Do not click on links in emails to financial websites you do not recognize. If any of these situations arise, there is a good chance it is a scam. Read more here.

If you receive a call from someone saying they are from CedarStone Bank, do not give out any financial information; call one of our offices immediately. If you find fraudulent or unauthorized charges on your credit card bill, report them immediately. If you receive a scam call from someone who requests financial information in a way that appears to be a scam, contact the authorities. 

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Mike Cullison's Country Roots Showing at Hip Donelson Farmers Market

Appearing on the CedarStone Bank Stage at this week's Hip Donelson Farmers Market is Mike Cullison. An Oklahoma native who’s honed his songwriting skills with such royalty as Don Goodman (“Ol’ Red”; “Ring on Her Finger, Time on Her Hands”), Johnny Neel (the Allman Brothers) and Mike Stergis (Crosby, Stills & Nash), Cullison describes his style as “roadhouse blues and country roots-rock.” But his influences are as vast as the early rock ‘n’ roll his mom adored and the classic country his dad preferred; he draws deeply from that well, along with other Americana styles.

The entertainment line-up for the last two months of the Farmers Market includes:

8/29 Mike Cullison the Roadhouse Ramblers
9/5 Erica Bryan
9/12 Markey Blue
9/19 Chris Patterson
9/26 Cumberland Blue
10/3 Cara Being Blue
10/10 Hiptet
10/17 Mackin Rivers
10/24 Barrell Jumpers
10/31 Jake Hill 



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Wilson County Fair Has Something for Everyone


The Wilson County Fair is in full swing, and it offers something for every age and interest. On Monday, Bob and Susan McDonald had a great time helping serve at the Senior Citizens Picnic in the Fiddlers Grove area of the Fair.

The Fair runs through Sunday, August 23. For more information about the Fair, please visit their website. Be sure to stop by the Green Gate to visit with friends from your CedarStone Bank family. We have an ATM available for your cash needs.

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Police Explorers and Kiwanis Club Team up in Mt. Juliet

 mt-juliet-kiwanis-cedarstone-bank-mt-juliet-tnKiwanis Club member Beth Schulze, Manager of the Mt. Juliet Office of CedarStone Bank, joins in the effort.

On July 29, the Kiwanis Club of Mt. Juliet joined forces with the Mt. Juliet Police Explorers to clean up the landscaping around the entry to the Mt. Juliet Middle School baseball field. The Kiwanis Club provided the landscaping material and the Police Explorers put in a lot of hard work planting flowers.

The Mt. Juliet Police Explorers are a group of 12 teenagers who are receiving an education about police work with real-life scenarios. They participate in city special events, ride-a-longs and community service work alongside actual Mt. Juliet Police Department officers. One goal of the Mt. Juliet Explorer Program is to give these teenagers an opportunity to be leaders in the community. The Kiwanis Club of Mt. Juliet is focused on improving thelives of children in the communities they serve, and they enjoyed this opportunity to assist the Explorers in their endeavors.

After working to beautify the community, the Kiwanis Club and the Police Explorers enjoyed lunch catered by Missy Johnson at Mirko Pasta at the new Mt. Juliet Police Headquarters. After lunch, Chief James Hambrick, also a Kiwanian, provided a tour of the new facility for all the participants.


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Kat' Lee Jones On the Cedarstone Bank Stage August 8

Kat’ Lee Jones is a singer-songwriter from Belgium, now making her living in Nashville, and she'll be appearing on the CedarStone Bank stage at the Hip Donelson Farmers Market on Friday, August 8. Accompanied by her guitar , she brings her songs with a lot of compassion, emotion and strength.

Kat' Lee's music can best be described as a mixture of country and Americana, with a strong influence of traditional country. She discovered her knack for country a few years ago and immediately set off to write her own collection of songs that suit her and her voice best. Whether she plays an acoustic set in front of just a handful of listeners or a major stage in front of thousands, she always delivers a strong performance. You can find out more about Kat' and hear more of her music on her Facebook page.

CedarStone Bank proudly supports the Hip Donelson Farmers Market. We hope to see you there!

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Are you ready for the Wilson County Fair?


We are! This year's Wilson County Fair is sure to be the biggest and best ever. This year's theme is "Farmers, Boots, and Country Roots" and it will be all that and more.

From agriculture, art, baking, flowers, music, crafts, and dancing to quilting, rides, beauty pageants, talent contests, this is one of the top county fairs in America. 

An exciting feature of the Wilson County Fair is "The Great Giveaway," where one lucky winner gets to choose from cars and other vehicles. Above, CedarStone Bank president Bob McDonald and Lebanon Branch Manager Melynda Bounds show off one of the prizes. CedarStone branches have tickets; for more information about tickets.

Again this year, CedarStone employees will be working the ticket booth and the Peyton Road "Green Gate," where we will have an ATM for your cash needs throughout the fair. 

For a complete schedule of the Wilson County Fair, visit their website at and be sure to stop by and see us while you're there.


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A Cut Above

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It has taken her eight years of growing and cutting, but Tina Winfree has now donated over 30 inches of her hair to the Pantene Beautiful Lengths program.

Pantene Beautiful Lengths is an organization that provides the donated hair to HairUWear (wig maker) to make the wigs. The completed wigs are donated to the American Cancer Society to give to female cancer patients through the Look Good Feel Better program.

Tina, CedarStone Bank’s Senior Vice President, Cashier, and Operations Manager, is also active in the American Cancer Society Relay for Life each year. “Donating my hair to Pantene Beautiful Lengths is something I choose to do to help someone in need that really doesn’t require a whole lot of effort,” explained Winfree.

The most recent “cutting” was held in May at New Image Salon in Lebanon. Stylist Mallory Bryan cut nearly a 12” section from Tina’s hair and sealed it up for shipment.

“I have cut hair for several customers donating to this organization and others like it but Mrs. Winfree is the first one I have cut that is a repeat contributor. I am honored she picked me to cut her hair,” Bryan added. For more information, please vist Pantene's website

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Local Favorite Scissormen at the Hip Donelson Farmers Market Tonight

Taking the CedarStone Bank stage tonight at the Hip Donelson Farmers Market is the guitar-blues band Scissormen. Frontman Ted Drozdowski has been on the American roots music scene for 30 years. He began writing about the music in the early 1980s, while living in Boston and received the Blues Foundation’s Keeping the Blues Alive Award for Journalism in 1998, among other honors. His work has appeared in Rolling Stone, Guitar World, Premiere Guitar, Musician and dozens of other publications. He has also consulted on film projects including 2000’s “Martin Scorsese Presents: The Blues” PBS-TV series. Come on out for an evening of "grit, guts, grooves and guitars" at the market.

CedarStone Bank proudly supports the Hip Donelson Farmers Market. 

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CedarStone's John Bryan Making an Impact

john-bryan-nbj-impact-award-rev-cedarstone-bank-lebanon-tnCedarStone president Bob McDonald congratulates John Bryan on his NBJ Impact Award

John Bryan, VP Business Development, was recently honored by being selected for the Nashville Business Journal Impact Award for Wilson County. The award is given to people who are making positive change in their communities. 

In his role at the bank, John helps connect businesses with the right financial services and financing options. He is currently chairman of the board of the Lebanon-Wilson County Chamber of Commerce.

For more about the awards and a full list of winners

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Kayla Crowder Gets Social

kayla-crowder-10th-anniversary-cedarstone-bank-lebanon-tnKayla Crowder, Kayla Copeland, and Naaman Stillwell at CedarStone's 10th Anniversary Celebration

One of the great things about being a community bank is that our employees pitch in where they are needed and get to contribute their own skills and talents in a way that benefits the community. 

When Kayla Crowder joined CedarStone Bank as a teller at the Mt. Juliet Office, she didn't know that she would soon be coordinating the bank's social media activities. 

"What excites me is the opportunity to share the fun we have with our customers and friends while being active in the community," said Kayla about her new role. "I enjoy being able to use my knowledge in social media to connect our customers to community events and to encourage involvement. My passion is that everyone who sees what CedarStone Bank proudly participates in will come to love our bank like I love them, like family." 

Said CedarStone Bank president Bob McDonald, "We live in one of the best places in the country and are proud to be a part of so many things in the community. Kayla will help us to stay in closer touch with our customers and share with them in the things that are important to them. She'll do a great job."

Kayla graduated summa cum laude from Nashville State Community College with an associate degree in business administration. She attended Lebanon High School where she played basketball for four years. Recently engaged to her fiancé, Bryan, she is an active member of the Hillcrest Baptist Church, where she sings in the choir. 

"I hope everyone who uses social media will connect with CedarStone on Google+ and Facebook, because it's a great way to connect with friends and neighbors, get to know your bankers, and even do some business networking," Kayla continued. "People can subscribe to the blog on our website, too, and there are issues of our newsletter on the site, and a place to sign up for e-news." For business, CedarStone Bank is also on LinkedIn. 

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