CNB celebrating anniversary with giveaways

Feb. 18, 2013 @ 12:56 AM

To celebrate its 40th anniversary of banking, Citizens National Bank has been giving away $100 cash prizes every Friday in February, as well as one grand prize of Multi-Millionaire for a Day, worth $3,000 in cash.

Why $3,000 for Multi-Millionaire for a Day? If you deposited $40 million in CNB’s Free Rewards Checking account and earned the premium rate of 2.75 percent apy (annual percentage yield), you would earn approximately $3,000 in interest in one day.

“We are very excited to be celebrating 40 years at CNB,” said Jodi Ramsey, marketing director of CNB. “The entire month of February is filled with celebrations, giveaways and rewards for our customers, employees and the community as a way of saying thanks for many years of dedication and loyalty.”

Steven Finchum of Seymour was the first to be awarded $100 on Feb. 1. In the spirit of giving, Finchum then donated that money to the Seymour Volunteer Fire Department, said Daniel McNeely, assistant branch manager at the Seymour branch.

“He’s a normal customer and we see him quite a bit so he’s familiar with us. He said, ‘That’s fine, I’ll take it, but I’d like to donate it to the fire department,” McNeely said. “So we gave it to him, then he gave it to our branch manager Chuck Godfrey, who was a former fire chief.”

Two winners, Ms. Singleton of Cosby and Ms. Watson of Newport, were each awarded $100 Feb. 8, and three winners, Mr. LeBlanc of Kodak, Mr. Moss Jr. of Sevierville and Mr. Johnson of Seymour, were each awarded $100 Feb. 15. (The bank did not release their first names.)

Four more winners will receive $100 on Feb. 22, and the grand prize will be awarded on Feb. 28.

Winners were selected randomly from a pool of CNB customers who qualify for the drawing. Existing CNB e-statement customers and CNB Internet banking customers were automatically entered into the drawing, as were customers who enrolled for e-statements or Internet banking on or before Feb. 15.

Customers could also earn an additional entry every time they used a CNB debit card for purchases made between Jan. 2 and the end of the business day on Feb. 15.

“We want our customers to do these things, so we’re going to reward them by giving them more entries, but even if you don’t use your debit card and get a lot of entries, we’re doing other things to touch all our customers,” Ramsey said.

And some of those customers, like Kings Academy President and Headmaster Walter Grubb, have been with the bank for almost as long as it’s been running.

“I appreciate the personal attention (CNB Vice President) Bob Quilliams and our many other contacts at CNB give to the academy,” Grubb said in a statement. “Our decades-old relationship with CNB speaks volumes about the quality of service we have received.”

In addition to the other festivities, punch and cake will be served at each of CNB’s 18 branches every Friday in February.

n rhargett@themountainpress.com