Dec 1, 2021 - News

AT&T plans for bombing anniversary

The AT&T building on Second Avenue that was damaged in the Christmas Day bombing.
The AT&T building on Second Avenue that was damaged in the Christmas Day bombing. Photo: Mark Humphrey/AP

AT&T is planning to mark the one-year anniversary of the Christmas Day bombing that damaged its Nashville operations with donations to local nonprofits Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee and Thistle Farms.

What she's saying: AT&T Tennessee president Joelle Phillips, said Tuesday during a meeting of the Special Bombing Review Commission that the company selected those nonprofits because of their willingness to help people in vulnerable situations.

  • Thistle Farms supports women who survive trafficking, prostitution, and addiction.
  • "They do a lot of work with people who just find themselves in a really dark place," Phillips said. "I'm glad there are people in our community who are trying to help people find their way out of those kinds of places."

The details: A company spokesperson tells Axios that more information on the donations will be released in the coming weeks.

Flashback: The suicide bombing took place outside an AT&T network facility on Second Avenue, hobbling telephone, Internet, and 911 services across the region.

  • Phillips' remarks to the commission focused largely on the company's early efforts to restore service in the midst of a heavily restricted federal crime scene.
  • She said the crisis exposed the need for the company to work more closely with law enforcement moving forward.

What's next: Construction is still underway to restore the facility, which will stay in the same location. Phillips said it could be done by the end of next year.

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