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					Committed to Our Tennessee Communities


 Nobody knows a neighbor like a neighbor.SM





     These are watchwords at BellSouth.

     They are the foundation of our company’s commitment to the

Tennessee communities we serve expressed in hundreds of different

ways, from the mountains to the Mississippi.

     BellSouth in Tennessee is a corporate family of approximately

6000 men and women who design, install and maintain a state-of-

the-art telecommunications system and provide the technology for

tomorrow. In reality, our extended family is found across the state in

the homes, businesses and schools that rely on BellSouth for world-

class service.

     This booklet gives you a glimpse of some of the important ways

BellSouth turns its policy of community commitment into action.

Every day. Every week. Year in and year out.

    Our direct corporate contributions total more than $2 million

annually. In addition, 15 Middle Tennessee agencies have received

almost $800,000 in proceeds from the BellSouth Senior Classic

during the past five years. The BellSouth Foundation has awarded

$2.5 million to Tennessee educational institutions over the past ten

years. And every year other BellSouth-sponsored events provide

significant contributions to charitable and civic organizations in our

communities. Besides the dollars, BellSouth people serve as leaders

and volunteers on numerous boards that work for the betterment of

communities. These include local chambers of commerce, arts

organizations, and school-to-career initiatives. Not incidentally, the

BellSouth Pioneer Volunteers are an integral part of our volunteer


      The following pages are a salute to the good works of your

BellSouth neighbors involved in non-profit organizations and

charitable events across our state – helping to make Tennessee

strong through their efforts in economic development, education, the

social services, and the arts because we’re people who care.

      BellSouth and our people are involved because we know the

importance of these activities to the communities that benefit.


      No single issue is more vital to Tennessee’s future than the

education of our children.

      BellSouth is committed to supporting a strong educational

system because so many essential things -- our own future

workforce, the fabric of our communities, our nation’s

competitiveness in the next century -- will depend on it. Here are

some examples:

      Dream Mission – Getting kids interested in math, science and

careers in technology fields has always been a challenge. In 1998 BellSouth

met the challenge by joining with the Jackson Foundation of Dickson,

Tennessee as sole corporate sponsor of the Dream Mission project.

      Dream Mission is a 53 percent scale model replica of the NASA

space shuttle that is traveling to elementary schools in Middle Tennessee

and other special events throughout the region. Sixth grade students

participate in simulated shuttle missions as part of an innovative curriculum

designed to spark student interest in math and science, as well as future

careers in technology. Dream Mission was the “star” of the 1998 Space Day

celebration in Washington, D.C.

      NetDay – Teachers and students in more than 500 Tennessee public

and private schools have benefited from BellSouth’s advanced technology

services valued at more than $250,000 as part of the company’s nine-state

$25 million NetDay campaign in 1997. In Tennessee this educational

program provided 22 NetDay grants, BellSouth Pioneer Volunteer

assistance, 425 classroom wiring kits, and Internet service and hardware to

enable teachers and students from across the state to use the Internet and

telecommunications services more effectively in the education process.

      I Like Me – More than 80,000 Tennessee kindergartners have

received a personalized copy of the I Like Me book during the past three

years. BellSouth Volunteer Pioneers, in partnership with Kindergartner’s

Count, Inc., provide the personalized books designed to build self-esteem

and teach children the value of reading and self-concept through literacy.

      Packing for Success – At Ross Elementary School in Nashville

many students get themselves ready for school, do without basic school

supplies and lack parental support academically.

      BellSouth Volunteer Pioneers recently helped students start the

school year on a positive note by purchasing the supplies needed and filling

backpacks for the children. Parents were notified that if they attended the

open house, their child would receive a new backpack filled with school

supplies. Parental attendance was reported to be greater than 90 percent, the

best showing of support for their children the school ever had.

         Governor’s Study Partner Program – “Students helping

Students!” Those three important words describe the theme of the

Governor’s Study Partner Program (GSPP). Academically capable students

serve as peer tutors helping to strengthen study skills as well as building

more positive attitudes toward learning and enhancing self-esteem.

         As the sole corporate sponsor of the GSPP for more than 10 years,

BellSouth has printed training materials for use in what has grown to more

than 400 elementary, middle and high schools throughout the state. An

evaluation of the program during the 1997-98 school year by the University

of Tennessee’s Institute of Assessment found that 96 percent of the students

involved with a one-on-one peer tutor improved their grades at least one


Other education projects supported by BellSouth in Tennessee
 Adopt-a-school programs in Athens, Brentwood, Chattanooga,
  Cleveland, Lebanon, Leiper’s Fork, Jackson, Memphis, Nashville, Santa
  Fe, Seymour, Smyrna, Townsend, Union County, Vanleer, White House,
  and Woodland
 Adult Literacy and Activities programs, Bedford, Bradley, Carroll,

  Davidson, Henry, Obion, Tipton counties and Winchester
 Ag-In-The-Classroom
 Automated Weather System in Prospect Elementary School, Cleveland in
  partnership with WTVC-TV, Chattanooga
 BellSouth Foundation Active Grants:
   Hamilton County, Public Education Foundation
   Memphis, Teachers in Industry
   Metro Nashville Education Association
   Superintendents from Memphis, Clarksville, Knoxville selected to
    participate in BellSouth Superintendents’ Leadership Network
   Knoxville Houston Museum, Witness & Legacy: Contemporary Art
    about the Holocaust
   NetDay Grants ($50,000)
        Camden Elementary School
        Cornersville High School
        Franklin Elementary
        Gallatin: Union Elementary
        Goodlettsville Elementary
        LaFollette Middle School
        Memphis: Booker T. Washington High School, Georgia Avenue
         Elementary, Lester Demonstration School, Macon Elementary,
         Richland Elementary, Sheffield High School, St. Agnes Academy-
         St. Dominic School
        Marshall Co. Elementary (2 grants)
        Morristown: Hillcrest & Manley Elementary
        Nashville: Caldwell Early Childhood Center, St. Bernard
         Academy, Visually Impaired Program
        Trousdale County High School
        Tullahoma: North Lake Elementary
 Community College programs – Columbia State, Dyersburg State,

   Motlow State, Roane State Foundation, Volunteer State, Walters State
 Distance learning partnership, Fayette Ware High School & State
  Technical Institute, Memphis
 East Hickman Elementary teacher grant
 Education Edge leadership, Knox/Blount Counties, Benton/Carroll
  Counties, Maury County, State Communications Task Force
 Education Foundations, Henry, Lawrence, Loudon, Maury, McMinn,
  Roane, Weakley counties, and White House
 Groundhog Day Job Shadowing award-winning program in Chattanooga,
  Cleveland, Columbia, Jackson, Knoxville, Memphis, Murfreesboro,
  Nashville, Polk and Rhea counties
 Homework Hotline, Nashville
 INROADS/Nashville, Inc.
 Junior Achievement programs, Athens & Cleveland, Chattanooga,
  Knoxville, Madison Co., Memphis, Nashville
 Middle School Technology Labs, Bradley County
 Named Scholars Program, Tennessee Foundation for Independent
  Colleges –
    Belmont University, Nashville
    Bethel College, McKenzie
    Bryan College, Dayton
    Carson-Newman College, Jefferson City
    Christian Brothers University, Memphis
    Cumberland University, Gallatin
    Freed-Hardman University, Henderson
    Lambuth University, Jackson
    Lee University, Cleveland
    Lincoln Memorial University, Harrogate
    Lipscomb University, Nashville

    Martin Methodist College, Pulaski
    Maryville College, Maryville
    Tennessee Wesleyan College, Athens
      Trevecca Nazarene University, Nashville
    Union University, Jackson
    University of the South, Sewanee
    Vanderbilt University, Nashville
 Newspaper in Education Program, (BellSouth Mobility) Memphis
 Project PENCIL, Nashville
 Project READ, Nashville
 Ready to Learn sponsor with WKNO-TV, Memphis
 School for Success, Knox County
 Spring Sports program, Hamilton County
 State College programs – Middle Tennessee State University
  Foundation, State Technical Institute at Memphis, Tennessee
  Technological University, Ned McWherter Scholars Program-Tennessee
  State University, UT Knoxville College of Engineering Honors Program,
  UT Martin College of Engineering & Business Scholarship
 Student Success Institute (formerly Junior University), Chattanooga,
  Knoxville, Memphis, and Nashville. 5000 students participating in 1997
  and 1998
 Westside Ruritan Club scholarship fund, Cleveland
 Whiz Kid Book Donations to 250 elementary school and public libraries
 Work Adventure Program, Sumner County

Economic & Minority Business Development

      The future of Tennessee is connected to the ability of business

decision-makers to grow jobs and create opportunities.

      This ability will depend on their access to new technology,

capital, expertise, and constructive relationships with others in the

business community.

      BellSouth supports networking among business owners. We

are the leading supporter of Chamber of Commerce programs

statewide as active members in more than 60 local chambers, and

we are also active sponsors of minority business organizations –

because Tennessee’s prosperity in the next decade will depend on

full participation in the coming years.

      Chamber Grant Program – In 1998 BellSouth will award almost

$50,000 to local chambers of commerce across Tennessee to assist them in

recruiting, developing and retaining small businesses. This is a significant

increase over the $32,000 awarded to Tennessee chambers in 1997. The

1998 grants are part of BellSouth’s $350,000 commitment to small business

development in nine southeastern states.

       Minority Business Enterprise – BellSouth is committed to using

a diverse supplier base and partnering with these suppliers to bring our

customers the products and services they want. The company has increased

its spending with small, minority-and women-owned businesses to $1.2

billion annually, and has received an “Excellent” rating from the Small

Business Administration (SBA) for providing small, minority- and women-

owned businesses the maximum opportunity to participate in our purchasing


       State of Tennessee Small Business & Minority-Owned

Telecommunications Business Assistance Program – As a result

of the 1995 Tennessee Telecommunications Act which was supported by

BellSouth, small and minority-owned telecommunications companies will

have access to a total of $10 million in loan guarantees, education and

training support, and market development counseling. A wide range of

telecommunications-related companies are eligible – among them satellite

transmission services, beeper and paging services, cellular and other

communications services, electronic bulletin board vendors, as well as sub-

contractors, consultants, billing and collection providers and market

researchers. BellSouth provides more than 75 percent of the proceeds in

this fund, which is administered by the Tennessee Department of Economic

Development. This is in addition to the company’s more than $2 million in

annual philanthropic contributions in Tennessee.

      Other economic and minority developing projects supported by
BellSouth in Tennessee communities.

 100 Black Men of Middle Tennessee
 Aspire 2000, Montgomery Co.
 Bartlett, Collierville, Germantown, and Memphis Chambers of
  Commerce Golf Tournaments
 BellSouth Leadership Forum participants from Memphis and Knoxville
 Business & Breakfast Series, Memphis
 Business Expos, Brentwood and Nashville
 Chattanooga Downtown Partnership
 Equal Opportunity Day, Chattanooga Urban League
 Main Street Cleveland, Clarksville, Columbia and Lawrenceburg
 MED Week Minority Enterprise Development Celebration, Nashville
 Memphis-Mid South Economic Development Center
 Mid-South Minority Market Place, Memphis
 Music City Future 50 Business List
 NAACP, Nashville
 Nashville Arena
 Nashville Business Journal Small Business Awards
 Partners for the Homeless voice mail response system, Memphis
 Partnership 2000, Greater Nashville Area
 PENCIL Foundation, Nashville
 River Valley Partners, Chattanooga/East Tennessee
 Southern Women’s Show – Nashville, Memphis

 Technology 2020, Oak Ridge/Knoxville
 Tennessee Economic Development Center, Nashville
 Tennessee Economic Partnership
 Tennessee Tomorrow, Inc.
 Vision 2000, Maury Co.
 Williamson County Economic Showcase
 Youth About Business Program, Nashville

Health & Human Services

      Building a sense of community is a process that depends on

many factors, tangible and intangible. BellSouth’s aim is to be a

good neighbor in every community we serve, and this compels us to

provide support for programs that address our society’s most basic

needs – health, housing, youth development, violence prevention,

services to the aging and environmental concerns.

      BellSouth Communications and Life Skills Center -- Funded

by $264,000 in proceeds from the BellSouth/Patricia Neal Golf Classic, and

located at the Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center in Knoxville, the

BellSouth Communications and Life Skills Center is a state-of-the-art

computer center designed to enhance the cognitive skills of patients

recovering from stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury, and neurological

dysfunctions. The Center features computer workstations designed

especially to foster a sense of independence for rehabilitation patients. The

adaptive equipment is accessible to patients who are wheelchair bound,

speech, hearing or sight impaired, or suffering from partial paralysis.

      Spirit of Christmas – BellSouth Pioneer Volunteers have made a

difference for thousands of children, elderly citizens and their families by

coordinating the “Toys for Joy” campaign in Wilson County. BellSouth

Pioneers have led the community-wide effort to collect and distribute toys

and food for needy children and families for five years. More than 2000

volunteer hours in 1997 replaced the services formerly performed by the

Department of Human Services.

      High Hopes Playground – BellSouth Pioneer Volunteers helped

assemble a new and more accessible play area for the children attending

High Hopes. This is a non-profit, therapeutic preschool therapy program

and resource center for families in Middle Tennessee who have children

with special needs, such as Downs Syndrome, cerebral palsy, speech and

language disorders, autism and other developmental delays.

      Other health and human services projects supported by BellSouth’s
contributions of money and/or BellSouth Pioneer Volunteers contribution
of time in Tennessee communities.

 25th Judicial District Violent Crime & Drug Task Force, Fayette County
 AGAPE, Nashville
 American Diabetes Association, Knoxville, Nashville
 American Heart Association
 American Lung Association

 American Red Cross
 Baptist Health System Foundation, Knoxville
 BellSouth Day of Community Healing, Memphis
 BellSouth Good Neighbor Awards – Brentwood, Centerville,
  Chattanooga, Columbia, Dickson, Franklin, Germantown, Knoxville,
  Lawrenceburg, Lyles, McEwen, Mt. Pleasant, Nashville, Memphis,
  Jackson, Ramer, Sevierville
 BellSouth/T.C. Thompson Children’s Hospital Golf Classic,
 Bethel Bible Village Country Fair, (BellSouth Pioneer Volunteers)
 Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Columbia
 Bill Wilkerson Center, Nashville
 Bluebird houses (BellSouth Pioneer Volunteers), Maryville, Jackson
 Boy Scouts, Middle Tennessee, Chickasaw Council, Great Smoky
  Mountain Council-Norris
 Boys & Girls Clubs, Middle Tennessee, Greater Memphis, Chattanooga
 Camp Bluebird (BellSouth Pioneer Volunteers) East, Middle & West
 Campus for Human Development, Nashville
 Cancer Society/Relay for Life, Benton, Davidson, Chester counties
 Celebration of Life TBCC Classic, Nashville
 Children’s Advocacy Center, Chattanooga
 Children’s Hospital, Knoxville (BellSouth Pioneer Volunteers Fantasy
  of Trees and Camp Eagle Nest)
 Citizens on Phone Patrol (COPP), (BellSouth Mobility), Memphis
 Community Playground, Franklin County
 Contact Life Line (BellSouth Volunteer Pioneers), Highland Rim, Roane
 Corporate Volunteer Center, Memphis

 Crittenton Services, Inc.
 Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
 Dismas House, Nashville
 Easter Seals Society
 Habitat for Humanity, BellSouth and BellSouth Pioneer Volunteers have
  helped fund and build some 20 houses across Tennessee including
  Cleveland, Columbia, Franklin, Knoxville, Memphis and Nashville
 Handicapped children’s fishing rodeos, (BellSouth Pioneer Volunteers)
  Chattanooga and Knoxville.
 Headstart Fingerprinting project, (BellSouth Pioneer Volunteers)
  Covington, Jackson, McKenzie and Apple Day project, Knoxville
 Helping Hand, Henry County
 Hug-A-Bears program, (BellSouth Pioneer Volunteers), Chattanooga,
  Cleveland, Harriman, Memphis, Morristown, Nashville
 Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Conference
 Interfaith Dental Clinic, Nashville
 Jonathan Acklen Fishing Rodeo, Winchester
 League for Hearing Impaired, Nashville
 Local and state government officials – crime prevention and law
  enforcement satellite video conferences
 March of Dimes, Chattanooga, Coffee County, Nashville
 McKendree Village outreach to senior citizens, Middle Tennessee
 McNeilly Center for Children, Nashville
 Methodist Hospital Foundation, Knoxville
 Minnie Pearl Cancer Foundation
 Music City Amateur Golf Tournament, Nashville
 National Multiple Sclerosis Society
 NFL Players Association Charities
 Northside Neighborhood House, Chattanooga

 Oasis Center, Inc., Nashville
 Operation Happy Christmas, Memphis
 Operation Infrared, Hohenwald
 Phone book recycling, (BellSouth Yellow Pages), Athens, Chattanooga,
 Police precinct space at BellSouth Madison Ave. building, Memphis
 Project Graduation, Paris
 Roane Health Improvement Council
 Senior Citizens Organizations, Chattanooga, Coffee Co. Maury Co.,
 Senior Games – East Tennessee, Greater Nashville
 Sexual Assault Crisis Center Rajun Cajun Cookout, (BellSouth Pioneer
  Volunteers) Knoxville
 Siskin Hospital and Memorial Foundation, Chattanooga
 Skymax Doppler Radar System software and equipment donated to
  Tennessee Emergency Management Agency for use in Bedford,
  Cheatham, Coffee, Davidson, Dickson, Giles, Hickman, Humphreys,
  Lawrence, Marshall, Maury, Montgomery, Putnam, Robertson,
  Rutherford, Smith, Sumner, Warren, Wayne, Williamson, Wilson
 Special Olympics, Ripley
 St. Jude’s Research Hospital, Memphis and Knoxville (BellSouth
  Mobility DCS)
 St. Luke’s Community House, Nashville
 St. Thomas Foundation
 Sterling Marlin Benefit for local charities, Columbia
 Success by 6, Nashville
 Tennessee Council on Aging
 Tennessee Lions Eye Center at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital
 Tennessee Public Health Association

 The Sumner Foundation
 United Cerebral Palsy Casual Day, Middle Tennessee
 United Way Day of Caring, Chattanooga
 United Way, more than $420,000 annually in direct contribution plus
  significant local employee giving.
   Anderson, Blount, Bradley, Bedford, Benton, Montgomery, Carroll,
   Cocke, Coffee, Davidson, Dickson, Greater Knoxville, Hamilton,
   Jackson Area, Lincoln, Loudon, Marshall, Maury, McMinn,
   Memphis/Mid-South Montgomery, Rhea, Robertson, Rutherford,
   Sumner, Williamson counties
 Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital
 YMCA, Bradley County, Metropolitan Knoxville, Middle Tennessee,
  Rhea County (Dayton)
 You Have the Power, Nashville

Arts & Culture

      The imagination of our citizens is one of Tennessee’s most

critical resources. And nothing feeds imaginations -- and enhances

our culture -- more fully than an exposure to the arts.

      BellSouth is a long-standing supporter and participant in a

broad array of arts programs, from city ballet companies to local arts

festivals in communities large and small all across Tennessee.

      Memphis in May Educational Program—Each year Memphis in

May features a foreign country. High school students have the opportunity

to participate in an essay contest, and 10 students are chosen to spend two

weeks in the featured country to learn about the culture. Then students from

that country accompany the Memphis student’s back home and have the

same opportunity to learn about American culture, Memphis, Tennessee

style. BellSouth was the title sponsor in 1998 honoring Portugal.

      Winter Days and Lights -- Holiday shoppers and visitors in

downtown Chattanooga are entertained each evening in the spirit of the

season with parades, laser shows, bands and many other groups during the

month-long celebration. BellSouth, including BellSouth Mobility and

BellSouth Business Systems sponsors this event.

      Nashville Symphony – For years BellSouth has been a proud and

faithful supporter of the Nashville Symphony, helping the Symphony

establish an improved financial base and gain wider exposure. The

company has sponsored performances of the Symphony and been a patron

of the annual Symphony Ball, which helps increase the base of community-

wide support. A BellSouth executive has served on the Symphony’s board

of directors for many years, and the BellSouth Pioneer Volunteers have

organized significant volunteer support from BellSouth employees and

retirees to the annual Italian Street Fair festival.

Other arts and cultural projects supported by BellSouth in Tennessee

 Arts Councils – Athens, Chattanooga, Henry County, Jackson, Memphis,
  Nashville, Oak Ridge, Williamson County
 Ballet Companies – Memphis, Nashville, Southeastern Region
 CultureFest, Columbia
 Dogwood Arts Festival, Knoxville
 Eiffel Tower Day, Henry County
 July 4th Celebration, Marshall Co., Maury Co., Rogersville
 Libraries – Brentwood, McConnico Library
 Memphis Youth Symphony, “Jazz on the Lawn”, sponsored by

   BellSouth Yellow Pages
 Mid-Cumberland Arts League
 Museums – Living Heritage Museum, Athens; new Bradley Co.
  Museum; Brooks Museum of Art; Cheekwood; Clarksville Museum;
  Houston Museum, Knoxville; Arrowheads to Aerospace Museum,
  Manchester; Nashville Institute for the Arts; Memphis Museums, Inc.;
  Frank H. McClung Museum; Dyersburg Army Air Base Memorial
  Association; Coffee Co. Museum; Henry County Heritage Center;
  Cumberland Science Museum; Children’s Discovery House; Tennessee
  State Museum
 Nashville Institute for the Arts
 Nashville River Stages
 National Cornbread Festival, South Pittsburg
 Native American Indian Association of Tennessee
 Partnership Lebanon
 Symphony Orchestras – Chattanooga, Knoxville, Nashville, Memphis
 Tenn. River Folklife and Music Festival, Benton County
 Tennessee Black Heritage Celebration, Memphis
 Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s Humanities Outreach Tennessee
  (H.O.T) Program
 Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame
 Theater Companies – Tennessee Repertory, Tennessee Valley
 Tin Pan South Songwriter’s Festival, Nashville
 Veteran’s Day Honor Fund, Mount Pleasant
 West Tennessee Regional Art Center
 West Tennessee Strawberry Festival, Gibson County
 World’s Biggest Fish Fry, Henry County

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