The Tennessee Valley Authority on Thursday announced a partnership with Nashville Electric Service to donate $200,000 to those impacted by the Christmas bombing in downtown Nashville.
The money is for financial assistance to customers whose home, business or work 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,” TVA Senior Vice President of Regional Relations Dan Pratt said. “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. Interested customers can apply online via needlink.org.
According to TVA, 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, TVA reported.
According to NES, residential customers who qualify for assistance will receive $300, while commercial customers who qualify will receive $1,200.
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,” said 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.”
Natalie Neysa Alund is based in Nashville at The Tennessean and covers breaking news across the south for the USA TODAY Network. Reach her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter @nataliealund.
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