Ground zero of the Nashville Christmas Day bomb, just outside the AT&T Building on Second Avenue. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Tennessee board details impact of Christmas bombing on 911 systems

BY: - May 19, 2021

Sixty-six emergency communications districts in Tennessee experienced service interruptions, lasting more than 97 hours, as a result of the Christmas morning suicide bombing on Second Avenue in downtown Nashville, according to a report released earlier this month by the Tennessee Emergency Communications Board. Working in tandem with AT&T, the contractor for the state’s emergency communications […]

Molly Anderson, with husband Joshua, has advocated that text-to-911 be available in every Tennessee county. (Photo: Submitted)

Bill requires local emergency centers to accept texts from 911

BY: - March 24, 2021

When Molly Anderson got into a wreck last March — crashing her car into a hearse loaded with a coffin on busy Knoxville highway — she wasn’t hurt but she needed help. The problem: Anderson cannot speak, a result of a speech disability she has had since birth. In tears and feeling helpless, Anderson relied […]

The facade of the AT&T building damaged by a Christmas Day bomb, photographed Jan. 5, 2021. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Tennessee emergency communications board investigates 911 impact of Christmas bombing

BY: - February 3, 2021

The Tennessee Emergency Communications Board will prepare a report in the coming months to determine what went wrong with statewide emergency communications systems following the Christmas morning bombing in downtown Nashville and what can be done in the future to avoid outages for local 911 districts. Dozens of local governments lost their ability to receive […]

Hand holding cell phone with emergency number 911 on black background

Fear of law enforcement, communication issues hamper use of 911

BY: - February 1, 2021

For many members of Tennessee’s immigrant communities, calling 911 in an emergency situation is not a viable option, and advocates are working to remove fear of the system and make it more user-friendly. Last year’s police brutality protests and years of anti-immigration policies have strained relations between New Americans and law enforcement officials, and while […]

a couple of photos of damage from explosives on Downtown Nashville's Second Avenue Saturday morning. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Tennessee and Nashville cybersecurity called into question following bombing

BY: - December 27, 2020

The blast that rocked downtown Nashville on Christmas morning had cybersecurity ramifications across the country, leaving millions of people digitally stranded without phone or internet connections, knocking 911 communications completely offline for entire cities, damaging hospital computer systems, silencing some government communications and blocking countless businesses from processing electronic payments. With a single blast, an […]