The Christmas day bombing in Nashville damaged dozens of downtown buildings, affecting thousands of lives. See how NES and TVA are teaming up to provide assistance to qualified residences and businesses.
APRIL 1, 2021 — 2020 was a challenging year for most of us, but the city of Nashville had a harder time than most – starting with tornadoes, then the pandemic and ending with a bombing in the heart of downtown on Christmas morning.
Now TVA and Nashville Electric Service are joining together to help businesses, workers, residents and others impacted by the Dec. 25 bombing. The utilities are each donating $100,000, for a total of $200,000, in financial assistance to customers whose residence, business or employment was impacted by the bombing.
“All of us at TVA appreciate the strong partnership we have with NES, and the opportunity to join with them to help people get back to work and businesses back up and running in downtown Nashville,” said Senior Vice President, Regional Relations, Dan Pratt. “Our partnership doubles the impact we can have on serving the community and helping those who were affected by the tragic bombing.”
There are no income restrictions and customers who are interested should apply online via NeedLink. NES is working with Needlink to determine eligibility for impacted residences and businesses using its customer database for account information and verification of physical addresses. Employees working at impacted businesses during the time of the bombing will need to provide proof of employment such as a pay stub, separation notice or a letter from their employer.
According to NES, residential customers who qualify for assistance will receive $300, while commercial customers who qualify will receive $1,200. Both residential and commercial candidates who no longer have an active account within the NES system will receive a lesser amount of their final account balance.
"What happened last year was devastating for the city of Nashville, but NES is fortunate enough to be able to lend a helping hand,” says Sylvia Smith, vice president of Customer Relations for NES. “We are grateful for our customers, and this is another way to continuously return the favor.”