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Former White House Correspondent Anne Compton Speaks At The Spring Outing

Anne Compton with Bob McDonald at Andrew Jacksons 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

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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.

 

 

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

Tracy Brown 2017-18 Wilson County Teacher of the Year Tracy Brown 2017-18 Wilson County Teacher of the Year Pictured 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!

 

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.”

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.

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.

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CedarStone Bank closing for One Hour for Solar Eclipse

CedarStone Bank Closes For 1 Hour For Solar Eclipse

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.

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.

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.

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.