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Guilty plea expected today in Bell case 

The Southern Illinoisan - Jan 11 5:17 PM
MURPHYSBORO - A guilty plea is expected in the Jackson County part of the case against Marion resident Robert Bell, who is suspected of trying to cover up his role in the 2005 death of Carbondale woman LaSonya Bradsfield.
Southern Decadence
'Alpha Dog': SoCal Youths Wind Up Going So Wrong 
Washington Post - Jan 12 3:14 PM
The wheeziest of ancient conceits in popular entertainment is that old thing about the master criminal and his brilliantly planned and executed crime. It almost never happens. The real world's criminals are dumber, duller, more banal, more sordid and, oh yes, dumber, as Nick Cassavetes's brilliant...

Southern Man
Woman accused of driving into man she met on dating Web site 
San Jose Mercury News - Jan 12 1:51 PM
Police arrested a Southern California woman today on suspicion she tried to run over a Redwood City man she met on with her car.

Southern Magnolia
Redondo takes a Northwest detour 
Los Angeles Times - Jan 13 12:32 AM
With one of its top players out of the lineup, Redondo's grueling five-day schedule begins in earnest Saturday as the reigning Bay League girls' basketball champion, ranked No. 2 in the Southland by The Times, heads out of state.

Southern Nevada
Southern Nevada Braces for Snow in the Desert 
KTVN Reno - Jan 11 6:28 PM
(AP) -- Southern Nevada is bracing for a strong blast of winter -- real winter. Forecasters are predicting freezing temperatures by tomorrow (Friday.) Winds, rain and even snow could be blowing into the valley.

Southern Food
Japan aid eases southern Africa food crisis -U.N. 
AlertNet - Jan 11 6:03 AM
Source: Reuters JOHANNESBURG, Jan 11 (Reuters) - A Japanese donation of $5.2 million has helped ease a food crisis in southern Africa, but more cash is needed to address persistent food problems, the United Nations ...

Southern Rap
Rap artist Ludacris coming to Musikfest 
The Express-Times - Jan 11 9:34 PM
Chart-topping rap artist Ludacris will play the RiverPlace stage at Musikfest in an 8:30 p.m. show Saturday, Aug. 4. Tickets, $22-$39, go on sale in April, according to Musikfest officials.

Southern Charm
Speculation Surrounds The Future Of Vanity Fair In Monroeville 
WKRG News 5 Mobile - Jan 12 4:44 PM
People in Monroeville are on-edge as the latest rumor mill churns out speculation that Vanity Fair could shut down or be sold. The community is known for is Southern charm and heritage and is called the literary capital of Alabama. But folks in Monroe County associate Monroeville with Vanity Fair.

Southern Dialect
Police question suspected Indonesian militant following bombings in southern Philippines 
Pravda - Jan 12 6:37 AM
Police were questioning a suspected member of the Indonesia -based terror network Jemaah Islamiyah after a recent series of bomb blasts that killed seven people and wounded 44 others in the volatile southern Philippines, officials said Friday.

Southern Culture
Southern-culture the theme of local spoken word artist 
Nashville City Paper - Jan 08 11:53 PM
Minton Sparks, with her blonde ringlets and modest cotton dresses, is not the spoken word poster child for the MTV crowd, and yet her Southern culture-themed poetry performances set to guitar and piano rhythms strike a cord with her sold-out audiences.

Southern Pride
Read How to Submit Your Pride of The U.P. Photos 
WLUC TV 6 - Jan 12 5:35 PM
If you have taken photographs of the beautiful Upper Peninsula, email or mail them to us, and Karl Bohnak and Tom Flannigan will show them every night of the week during the weathercast on the Late News. We call them "Pride of the U.P." photos and we'd like to share them with all of our viewers, and with our visitors on the TV6 Website.

Southern Colorado
Ritter has Southern Colorado in his plans for first term 
The Pueblo Chieftain - Jan 12 5:10 AM
DENVER - If Gov. Bill Ritter makes good on all of the goals he set during his State of the State speech Thursday, Southern Colorado should fare well over the next four years. Colorado's new Democratic governor, who took office three days ago, promised to widen highways in Southern Colorado, bring economic development to the region and ensure that everyone in the state, including rural ...

Southern Pacific
Japan quake prompts tsunami alert - 2 hours, 44 minutes ago
The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) raised the tsunami alert level to number 2 in coastal areas in southern Philippines after a powerful 8.3-magnitude earthquake hit off Japan’s northeast coast in the Pacific yesterday.

Southern Slang
Record review: E-40 shows irrepressible energy 
San Jose Mercury News - Jan 11 4:02 AM
`My Ghetto Report Card' Warner Bros. 1/2 If you want to understand ``hyphy'' -- that riveting, hyperkinetic strand of California hip-hop that squirmed into the mainstream last year -- E-40's album is the best place to start. On it, the veteran rapper spits car talk and slang lessons over colossal kick drums and slithering keyboard lines, two earmarks of the genre's frenetic sound.

Southern Linc
Saying goodbye 
Greenville Advocate - Jan 13 1:28 AM
Diane Harris served as Butler County Sheriff for 12 years, before losing the Democratic primary to Kenny Harden in June 2006. Harris started her law enforcement career as a dispatcher with the Greenville Police Department in 1976. She concluded service with the city in 1993 as a Lieutenant, serving as commander of the 2nd Judicial Task Force.

Southern Maryland
Urban sprawl forces closing of Southern States stores 
Richmond Times-Dispatch - Jan 12 7:55 PM
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Farm-supply cooperative Southern States has closed 115 stores in the past six years. Many have fallen victim to the same trend that has forced some of its traditional clients out of business -- urban sprawl.

Southern Medals
HSBC Southern area wins Bank Football Tournament 
di-ve - 2 hours, 31 minutes ago
The HSBC Anniversary Football Tournament, held at the St Aloysius College grounds, was won by the Southern Area for the second consecutive year.

Southern Exposure
Loaded with lyrics 
The Oregonian - Jan 12 12:28 AM
If your first exposure to the band Quaker Gun was through their lyric sheet, you could easily confuse this band for some Southern blues outfit, rather than the roughshod rock band from Portland that they are.

Southern Sun
GWU makes southern trek 
The Shelby Star - Jan 12 8:33 PM
The Gardner-Webb University Bulldogs play two Atlantic Sun Conference foes in three days on a southern road trip. Today the Runnin’ Bulldogs take on Stetson at 7 p.m. at the Edmunds Center in Deland, Fla. Monday, GWU plays Mercer at 4 p.m. at the University Center at Macon, Ga.

Southern Stingray
2006: Year of Chaos and Transition 
Calgary Sun - Jan 13 1:11 AM
• 1 New Year’s Eve brawling leads to a van plowing into a group of revellers outside a Kensington-area bar, killing Raminder Dhadda, 24, and critically injuring two others.

Southern Discomfort
Team Notes 
USA Today - Jan 13 12:04 AM

Southern Honda
Roundup: Teenager -- no, not Wie -- makes history at Sony Open 
The Columbus Dispatch - Jan 13 4:36 AM
History finally arrived at the Sony Open when a teenager from Hawaii made the cut. Michelle Wie won’t be around to see it.

Southern Illinois
Southern Illinois father watched driver kill son, police say 
WQAD Moline - 2 hours, 48 minutes ago
JERSEYVILLE, Ill. (AP) - Police say a southern Illinois tow truck driver witnessed an alleged drunk driver strike and kill his son early yesterday.

Southern Tool
Speaker hails economic growth in southern Idaho 
South Idaho Press - Jan 12 9:44 AM
Business owners and economic officials from all over the Magic Valley hailed southern Idaho’s recent economic growth at the Mini-Cassia Chamber of Commerce luncheon Thursday.

Southern Humor
Edwards Remembered For Philanthropy, Humor 
The Morning News - Jan 13 12:57 AM
FAYETTEVILLE -- Clay Edwards was remembered Monday as an optimist, an avid supporter of the arts and a fund-raising master.

Southern Ocean
Ocean battlers to farewell Fremantle 
The West Australian - Jan 12 7:24 PM
Five endurance yachtsmen will set off alone from Fremantle on one of the toughest ocean legs in sailing tomorrow. The second leg of the VELUX 5 Oceans sailing race will see the skippers leave Fremantle to sail solo through 48,000km, facing some of the harshest and most desolate waters on the planet.

Southern Oregon
ACI basketball teams sweep Southern Oregon 
The Idaho Statesman - Jan 13 12:16 AM
The Albertson women's basketball team won its eighth consecutive game Friday, an 83-66 victory over Southern Oregon in Caldwell. Whitney Clark led the Coyotes with 22 points and five steals.

Southern Italy
Italy announces 100 billion euro aid plan for poor south 
AFP via Yahoo! News - Jan 12 10:59 AM
Italy's center-left government unveiled a plan to spend 100 billion euros (130 billion dollars) on developing the impoverished south of the country over the next seven years.

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Southern Bell

- Southren Bell

Here is an article on Southern Bell.

Southern Bell
For the holding company created in 1984 as a Regional Bell Operating Company, see BellSouth.
BellSouth Telecommunications, Inc.
Type Holding of AT&T
Founded 1992 from the Southren Bell merger of Southern Bell and South Central Bell
Headquarters Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Industry Telecommunications
Products POTS, DSL

BellSouth Telecommunications, Inc. is the Bell Operating Company of AT&T that serves the southeastern United States. BellSouth Telecommunications was formed on January 1, 1992 when BellSouth merged its operating companies, Southern Bell and South Central Bell, into one entity.


  • 1 History
    • 1.1 Southern Bell
    • 1.2 South Central Bell
    • 1.3 Operating Company Merger
  • 2 Acquisition
  • 3 See also


Southern Bell

Southern Bell Telephone & Telegraph Company was the Bell Operating Company serving most of the south. Southern Bell provided telephone service to Georgia, Alabama, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Louisiana. Its name was a play on words of that of a distinguished southern lady (a "southern belle").

In 1968, Southern Bell's operations in Alabama, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee were split off to form South Central Bell. A similar arrangement occurred in 1961 when Pacific Northwest Bell was formed from Pacific Telephone.

In 1984, Southern Bell became a holding of BellSouth Corporation.

Southern Bell was headquartered in (what is now) the BellSouth Building, in Atlanta, GA.

South Central Bell

South Central Bell Telephone Company was the name of the Bell System's operations in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, and Kentucky. South Central Bell was created in July 1968, when the Bell telephone operations in those states were split off from Southern Bell, similar to how Pacific Northwest Bell split off from Pacific Telephone & Telegraph around the same time period.

In 1984, South Central Bell became a holding of BellSouth.

South Central Bell's headquarters were in Birmingham, Alabama.

Operating Company Merger

BellSouth Center: BellSouth Telecommunications Headquarters, Atlanta, GA.

On January 1, 1992, BellSouth merged South Central Bell and Southern Bell back into a single operating company, BellSouth Telecommunications, Inc., one year after U S West had done the same by creating U S West Communications. The merger recreated Southern Bell before the South Central Bell split-off. BellSouth Telecommunications continued to do business as Southern Bell and South Central Bell until 1995, when corporate name BellSouth was used.

BellSouth Telecommunications headquarters are located in the former Southern Bell headquarters, in BellSouth Center in Atlanta, Georgia, and BellSouth Corporation's headquarters are located in the Campanile building, also in Atlanta.


On March 5, 2006, AT&T announced its intentions to acquire BellSouth Corporation, and on December 29, 2006 BellSouth Telecommunications became an operating company of AT&T. [1]

BellSouth Telecommunications will cease doing business under the BellSouth name in the late first to early second quarter of 2006. BellSouth Telecommunications will become known as the following after the change:

  • BellSouth Telecommunications, Inc. d/b/a
    • AT&T Alabama
    • AT&T Florida
    • AT&T Georgia
    • AT&T Kentucky
    • AT&T Louisiana
    • AT&T Mississippi
    • AT&T North Carolina
    • AT&T South Carolina
    • AT&T Tennessee

See also

  • BellSouth
  • Bell System
  • Bell System Divestiture
  • American Telephone and Telegraph Company
  • AT&T Inc.
Search Term: "BellSouth_Telecommunications"


Guilty plea expected today in Bell case 

The Southern Illinoisan - Jan 11 5:17 PM
MURPHYSBORO - A guilty plea is expected in the Jackson County part of the case against Marion resident Robert Bell, who is suspected of trying to cover up his role in the 2005 death of Carbondale woman LaSonya Bradsfield.
THE CLOSING BELL: Cerner jumps on GE speculation 
Kansas City Star - Jan 12 1:33 PM
Cerner Corp. gained almost 5 percent today on speculation it is among companies General Electric Co. might buy with proceeds from the plastics unit it reportedly is selling.

Pret-a-porter Prefab 
New Orleans Times-Picayune - Jan 12 11:01 PM
Take part in any conversation concerning affordable new homes in southern Louisiana and two words invariably come up: prefabricated and modular. There are signs that the modular and prefab building industries will receive an unprecedented boom in the region.

Sports roundup 
Jonesboro Sun - Jan 12 11:02 PM
BATON ROUGE, La. — The No. 14 Arkansas State women’s bowling team lost to a trio of ranked teams to go 2-3 in the first day of the Southern University Invitational.