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Citizens National Bank celebrates 130 years in business


Originally chartered in Meridian in 1888 at Citizens Savings Bank, Citizens National Bank is now celebrating their 130th year in business. Re-chartered in 1902 as a national bank, they now have 26 offices located all throughout the state, with the headquarters being right here in Meridian.

“We think the reason why we’re survivors and have been doing this for 130 years is because we care about Mississippi and the customers we serve in Mississippi. We don’t believe the 10 largest banks in the country that own 80% of the market care that much about Mississippi, so we’re a bank owned by Mississippians for Mississippians.” -Archie McDonell, CEO

Not only does Citizens National Bank handle many communities’ finances, they also serve the community by working with local organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, the Jimmie Rodgers Foundation, and The Community Foundation. Employees of the bank are also encouraged to volunteer.

“We believe that all of that volunteerism, all of that financial support, and all of that caring about the community is good for all of us. The synergy around all of that is what we like to refer to as the power of local, and that’s why you see that in our tag line. That’s what community banking was all about decades ago; we think that it’s still all about that.” -McDonell,

Their logo stands for two interlocking “C’s”, which represent the citizens of the bank staying in lock-step and walking hand-in-hand with the citizens of the communities that they serve.

“We’re also a community bank, so we’re all about giving back to the communities that we serve, taking care of their financial needs, and getting to know them and what’s important to them. That’s how we’ve made a living for 130 years, and we don’t plan on changing that anytime in the near future.” -McDonell

To learn more about Citizens National Bank, visit their website at www.yourcnb.com.


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