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Ben Lomand Connect's food drive collects 2,143 items
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Ben Lomand Connect employees make a donation to the Warren County Emergency Food Bank. Pictured, from left, are Jared Sain of Ben Lomand, Helen Owens, Jamie Winningham of Ben Lomand, Carrie Baker and Anna Griffin.

Ben Lomand Connect’s holiday food drive called We CAN Make A Difference concluded with 2,143 items going to local food banks in the Ben Lomand service territory. This was the second year for the drive, becoming an annual event. 

In November, Ben Lomand offices began collecting in Warren, White, Cumberland, Coffee, and

Grundy counties, and at Citizens Tri-County Bank in Van Buren County. Along with the food items, Ben Lomand Connect matched with a monetary donation of 50 cents per item for over $1,071 given locally.

Greg Smartt, Ben Lomand Connect CEO, stated, “I’m very pleased that Ben Lomand Connect can be a small part of helping people and families in need throughout our service territory. Our employee engagement far surpassed last year, overreaching the internal goal we had set for ourselves. It does my heart good to see how caring our employees are with the communities we call home. We also thank the BLC customers who came by our offices to participate in this annual event. Many people dropped off items with the sole purpose of helping their neighbors and not because they needed to do business with us. This holiday food drive is an awesome reminder of how lucky we all are to live and serve others throughout our service area.”

Ben Lomand Connect would like to thank Citizens Tri-County Bank for allowing collections at

Its Spencer location. Bank employees generously contributed as well.

Ben Lomand Connect was incorporated on Oct. 2, 1952, to provide local telephone service

to rural Middle Tennessee. Ben Lomand has close to 1,900 square miles of territory (130 of which will be under construction from state and federal grants over the next two years), close to 24,000 phone lines and over 26,000 broadband connections to residential and business customers.

Over the last three decades, Ben Lomand Connect has laid over 4,200 miles of fiber throughout our area. Ben Lomand Connect also offers many other services, including video (BLTV), security (Ben Lomand Security), hosted IP solutions (phone systems), and managed IT.