Convention to spotlight Ala. town's disaster

May 16, 2011 - 8:58 AM

PHIL CAMPBELL, Ala. (AP) — The Phil Campbell Convention, which honors people who share the name of the only incorporated town in Alabama with a first and last name, has a new purpose this year after tornadoes raked the state.

A tornado destroyed much of Phil Campbell and killed 26 last month. The convention will call attention to the disaster and the group has launched an "I'm With Phil" campaign.

The convention started in 1995 and has 190 Facebook members.

Organizers say Phil Campbells from as far away as Australia say they'll attend this year's convention June 17-18. Phil Campbell of Fayetteville, Ga., has already helped clear debris from a home so the owners could start repairs.

The town is named for an Englishman who built a railroad depot in the area in the 1880s.

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Information from: TimesDaily, http://www.timesdaily.com/