Thursday, June 9, 2005 (No. 57)
Editor & Publisher 
Milt Capps
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Darrell Freeman
Chairman, President, CEO
Zycron Inc. 
In the Spotlight






Venture Innovation Enterprise

Partnership & Recognition



East/West Tenn.& Region

Research & Education


Scheduled Events

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American Healthways pays $2 million intially to acquire Health IQ,, June 8. Tennessean,
June 9.

Venture Capital proposals deadline extended to June 21 by TN Valley Venture Forum
, leading to Oct. 6-7 competition.

Dalcon Business Systems names Tim Tyler next President, Nash. Bus. Journal,
June 3;, June 3; Tennessean, June 4. Tyler to pres Dalcon, The City Paper, June 6, p. 7, not on web.

Al Gore brings down the house during Webby Awards with five words about Webby balloting, "Please don't recount this vote," NY Times,
June 8.

Apple Store in Green Hills Mall boots-up:  retailing strategy contrasts with Dell's, Tennessean,
June 7.

Hummingbird 3D sound technology developed in Green Hills, City Paper,
June 1.
(Aug. 24) 4th Annual InfoSec Nashville NTC-ISSA Conference, Keynote Amit Yoran, former US Homeland Security Cybersecurity czar. Nashville Convention Center, details here. Sungard Availability Services is Platinum Sponsor. Exhibitors currently include Ideacom and RSA Security. For Gold, Silver and other Sponsorship, Exhibitor and marketing information, write here or call (615) 743-3160. (Sponsorships sell-out each year.)

Nashville speculator is generating and securing new domain names, City Paper,
May 25.

Next star in Blog Pantheon? John Jay Hooker finds the Internet, City Paper,
May 17. Never get rich? Making bucks
from blogs, City Paper, May 18.

Vanderbilt University School of Engineering discusses loss of computer grads, The City Paper,
May 27.

Rick Shipkowski is interim director of the Governor's Office of Homeland Security. Gov. Phil Bredesen announced Humble's departure, May 6. Related NONT coverage, May 19, scroll down here. Bredesen Press Secretary Lydia Lenker said yesterday (June 8) that the search for Humble's replacement is "progressing at a good pace." She noted Humble's last official day of duty was May 31. Shipkowski will represent OHS during local InfaGard meeting, June 16. See Scheduled Events, below.

Integrated Biometrics Technology elevates Carroll to CEO, hires Haley as President, p. 7, Nash. Bus. Journal, May
20, not on web.

Comdata in Brentwood forever? President Krowe explains bank application that would supplant AmSouth connection; plus, new products, international, employee well-being, and corporate energy flowing through Nashville and Louisville; he assures investigation of parent Ceridian entails no fraud and little Comdata involvement. Tennessean
May 29.

iPayment Board committee hires Lazard and Akin Gump as advisors for review of CEO's buyout offer, Tennessean, June 9, scroll down here. Nash. Bus. Journ., June 9 here. Management could not address Daily offer to buy the firm during Monday's annual meeting of shareholders, due to SEC rules on full disclosure, Tennessean, June 7. iPayment purchase offer from CEO Daily draws lawsuits alleging self-dealing, authored by law firms that also sought to intervene in Renal Care sale to Fresenius, City Paper, p. 7, May 24. Analysts say iPayment lawsuits may represent positioning for future battles, Tennessean,
May 25.

Tech Community Volunteers — Two initiatives need your help: “Youth About Business” hosts “Nashville Business Camp” at Vanderbilt, in cooperation with Owen GSM, June 6-10 or 13-17. And, Metro Schools' Stratford IT Academy needs companies to host Job Shadowing one day in July. For more info, please visit here, right away.
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Freeman projects strong revenue growth for Zycron, names Bufano first COO
Chairman, President and CEO Darrell Freeman, 40, says his
Zycron Inc. IT staffing and consulting firm will pass the $14 million revenue mark in 2005, on its way to $40 million in revenues by 2011 -- by which time Zycron's workforce is expected to grow from its current 160 FTE strength to about 400, spread throughout the organization.

The 14-year-old firm -- which has yet to offshore any of its work -- intends to achieve its numbers by delivering on a wide array of staffing, assessment, security, application development and related

"No, we're not going public," says Zycron's sole investor and founder. Instead, Freeman explains that his plan is to grow Zycron methodically by meeting clients' needs and by acquiring smaller firms. He says Zycron's growth will assure attractive career paths for valued employees; and, will enable Freeman and his family to "give back" to the community. Freeman notes that Zycron's successful 1998 acquisition of another firm's IT staffing division in Chattanooga, now home to 40 Zycron employees, has built his confidence in the acquisitions component of his five-year strategy. The Chattanooga acquisition followed Zycron's decision in 1996 to abandon selling computer hardware, in order to focus on IT staffing.

In anticipation of Zycron's accelerating growth, Freeman recently appointed Mark Bufano to serve as Zycron's first chief operating officer. Bufano has more than 20 years IT experience, with DMR Consulting, Keane Inc., MemorexTelex, Storage Technology, GE and RCA. Bufano joined Zycron in January as a Tampa-based area director concerned with supporting the Florida operations of key Zycron clients HCA and Federal

Freeman seems at ease confronting business challenges, and he values the freedom he now enjoys to accept challenges far afield from IT:  Freeman and his wife, Gloria, have created a nonprofit foundation to make grants to serve needy families and individuals. Simultaneously, Freeman is an organizer, director and investor in a new banking organization, Reliant Bank, which will soon open its first offices on Carothers Blvd. at Cool Springs (Williamson Cty.), under the leadership of former AmSouth Bank Nashville
President DeVan Ard Jr.

Freeman, born and reared in Chattanooga's Jackson Street community, explains he has been a frequent volunteer in Nashville community initiatives since 1991.  More recently, his new charitable foundation and a spate of other civic and philanthropic activities reflect his belieft that "I have not done any of this on my own." He also expresses a sentiment common in Nashville business: An impulse to repay Nashville for supporting his efforts, and to support his alma mater, Middle Tennessee State University, for affording him opportunities to earn undergraduate and master's degrees in computer technology and industrial studies, studies for which he says he was only minimally prepared while a student at Chattanooga's vocationally
oriented Kirkman Technical High School.

Freeman is a member of the Board of Nashville Technology Council. On July 1, Freeman will begin his term as vice chairman of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, and a year later he is slated to begin serving as Chairman of the Chamber. Freeman's voluntarism also extends to Boy Scouts, the Center for Non-Profit Management, Stone Crest Medical Center (Smyrna), Nashville Downtown Rotary and Psi Phi Fraternity. He also previously served a term on the Small Business & Labor Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Bank of

Freeman acknowledges that his volunteer work has required him to rein-in his passion at times, and to be more accepting of the inherently different pace of nonprofits' decision-making and risk assessment, remembering that only at Zycron is he the sole investor and chief stakeholder. He is equally forthright about his commitment to focusing on such issues as diversity and minority-vendor relationships in all his endeavors. He notes that, given his newness to nonprofit enterprises, he regularly seeks counsel from executives more experienced in nonprofits, particularly with respect to how to advance issues, most e

The Freemans, their two sons and two daughters reside in Smyrna, where Freeman says family time is highly prized. Already an avid golfer and pilot, three years ago Freeman accepted a friend's challenge to run the Country Music Marathon. He has now run six marathons, finishing his most recent and probably his last in 4 hrs., 47 mins.
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Blogger and Publisher Rex Hammock of Hammock Publishing relaunches
, RexBlog, here, May 22
and May 23., May 23

Nashville McDonald's Chain adds Wi-Fi to the menu with support from ISDN-Net, Tennessean,
May 22.

ARTE Center for Advancement of Research, Technology and Entrepreneurship has now signed, but not disclosed
identities of two of an eventual 35 to 50 tenant companies that are scheduled to occupy space within the facility at
1111 Foster Avenue (37210). ARTE Center Exec. Dir. Ken Renner said 4K square feet of tenant space will be available
by July 15, another 10K square feet by Aug. 15. ARTE's May 17 release, here.

Bondware Web Solutions (BWS) teams with CentreSource for web-design services,
release here. BWS offers E-commerce consulting services, here.

Ingram Book Group and Bowker connect with Book in Hand and Syndetic Solutions for biblio database access, release
May 25. Stewart named head of Operations for Ingram Publisher Services, Tennessean, June 3.

Nashville's Griffin Technology's Rocket FM Transmitter uses available FM to transmit sound,
here. Griffin
manufactures video, audio, serial, USB, FireWire and ADB adapters for the Mac.

Nashville Baird analyst Snell examines RedPrairie's prospects for consolidating suppy-chain ventures in the model of the Fiserv model of success, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel,
May 28. Thomas Nelson goes with RedPrairie for supply chain
upgrade, release May 26. Nash. Bus. Journal, May 27.

Security: Morgan Keegan/Nashville analyst Ruttenbur says biometrics has taken longer to develop and deploy, post 9/11. Video surveillance is most-deployed. Athens (Ga.) Banner Herald,
May 28.

Sy.Med launches HR software division p. 27, Nash. Bus. Journal, May 27.

New Meritus Ventures Fund in E. TN complements So. Appalachian Fund and will seek technology and other investments that strengthen rural economy, if they fill their $10 million funding round within a year, Knox. News Sentinel, June

Nashvillian Tom Neff helps launches Documentary Channel next December, Times Free Press, June 1. City Paper, May 23.

U.S. House restores microloan program, p. 13, May 27, Nash. Bus. Journal.
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Nash. Area Chamber's Music City Future 50 nomination deadline is July 1. Submit candidates here.

Education Networks of America receives Nashville Area Chamber's HR Excellence Award, Tennessean,
May 22, 5E.

Bill Hapner of Beacon Technology Nash. Bus. Journal Entrepreneur of the Year
, Nash. Bus. Journal supp., May 27. HMS finalist in 101-500 category, supp. Supplemenet covers other tech firms, allies, judges.

Nashville's PeopleSoft-linked Oasis Software is acquired by Charlotte-based TITAN Technology Partners; widely known Oasis Bus. Dev. Director Jeanine Martin says she has resigned, rather than relocate. If she does leave Nashville, it'll more likely be to hometown Bay Area. Acquisition release,
June 1. Nash. Bus. Journal, June 1.

Jeffrey Doster named chief technology officer at Shop At Home; Bill Christopher becomes SVP for customer experience, overseeing call-center operations, Tennessean,
June 6.

Craig Grossman has been named interim executive director for the U. Memphis FedEx Institute of Technology, Commercial Appeal,
May 22.

ClientLogic and BT in UK agree to further 5-year contract,
release May 23. Nash. Bus. Journal, May 23.

Karl Groux joined
ComFrame Software Corp. (Birmingham, Nashville, Huntsville) as CFO. Groux founded Huntsville's Mesa Solutions, and earlier served as an Intergraph divisional CFO.

Nashville-baed Snappy Auctions eBay drop-off centers work to avert consumer fraud, BusinessWire,
June 3.

Smart Furniture is one of the Dell/NFIB small-business innovation winners,
release June 6.

Equinox Information Systems has licensed its Protector 10.0 fraud protection software to Cox Communications Arizona, a unit of Cox Communications. Nash. Bus. Journal,
May 24. Equinox gains Cavalier Tel. (Va.) as apps client, Nash. Bus. Journal, June 7.

PayMaxx has signed a joint-marketing deal with TaxBreak LLC that will add that company's tax credit recovery
services to its payroll processing offerings. Nash. Bus. Journal, May 19.

Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau integrates Travel Spike leisure travel engines in website and call center
operations, release June 9.

Networking services company Cybera Inc. has been named to Entrepreneur magazine's annual "Hot 100" list of fastest-growing new businesses. Entrepreneurs magazine names Avondale Partners and Cybera as among fastest-growing new companies, City Paper, p. 11,
May 26, not on web.

Digital Dog ranging farther afield,
May 27 Nash. Bus. Journal.

Tough Duty:  Melissa Harris of NV-based Telecom Training Corp. announced she's addressing telecom industry groups
assembling in Trinidad, St. Kitts and British Virgin Isles.

Nashville's first digital billboard on West End, installed by Chattanooga's Innovative Media, Nashville City Paper,
June 7.

Franklin's Passage Inc. lands RFID wristband-money deal for Sounds concessions, p. 7, Nash. Bus. Journal, May 20,
not on web.

Dialogic Communications allies with Baton Rouge's Emerge Systems to boost alert offerings, Tennessean, May 20, not
on web. Release
May 19.

Postal Connections of America (San Diego) secures mid-Tennessee franchisee to compete on eBay, postal and communications services, release
May 25.

Bank of America will introduce Passmark authentication in TN in June, then rollout nationally, Finextra,
May 26.

Mailnet Services Inc. reports that Chris Yancey is IT director and Christopher Young is now technical architect.
Tennessean, May 29, 5E, scroll here.

Bank of Nashville parent Synovus adopts ViewPointe's Pointe2Pointe check-imaging system,
Tennessean, 3E, June 1.

Cricket uses Touch Technologies terminals for self-payment in Nashville area, p. 11, City Paper, June 1, not on web.
Sevierville-based Group Travel Planet is providing the engine behind Web travel site Orbitz's new group booking
service for hotel reservations, Knox. News Sentinel, May 30.

Anode announces Firesign 3 digital sign software improvements, release
June 3.

Asurion adds 50,000 sq. ft. in Grassmere Office Park,,
June 7. Coverage of original 2003 Grassmere location, Nash. Bus. Journal, Oct. 14/03.
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Mid-state Nursing home operators complain Consumer Reports online database is not up-to-date, impugning their
reputations, Tennessean, June 8.

Iasis Healthcare appoints Moake VP-operations, June 1,
City Paper.

Cambio Health Solutions will sell to FTI Consulting, Nash. Bus. Journal,
May 24. FTI completes Cambio acquisition,
release May 31.Cambio sale, Tennessean, May 25. City Paper, May 25.

Nashville's LetterLogic adds healthcare billing clients, Nash. Bus. Journal,
June 6. Earlier story, 10/03.

Paul Hoyt named CEO of Evolved, previously vp for sales, marketing and product strategy for CareMedic Systems, St.
Pete. Nash. Bus. Journal, Achievers p. 16, June 3, not on web.

Nashville Health Care Council draws entrepreneurs to discuss equity investing trends, Tennessean,
May 26.
Memphis Economic Club hears that Electronic Medical Records could slash healthcare costs 40 percent, from consultant/author Paul London, Commercial Appeal, May 27.

TennCare safety net could be knitted by telemedicine, if state allocates some infrastructure, Nash. Bus. Journal,
June 3, page. 7, not on web.

Blue Cross, Cerner team on proposed electronic medical record phase one for Tennessee, Nash. Bus. Journal, p. 1,

Nashville's Gordon indicates HealthSouth may sell its "digital hospital" in Birmingham; company's recovery seems to continue, Tennessean,
May 29.

Pancoast Benefits' Good Life Wellness enters market with such players as Gordian Health Sols., Nash. Bus. Journal,
p. 4, May 20, not on web.

Saint Thomas Hospital received the 2005 Insight Award for Operational Performance Improvement from Solucient and Modern Healthcare. Solucient provides strategic intelligence, benchmarks. Saint Thomas Hospital also received 2005 Gold Star Award for data quality and excellence in operational improvement among Solucient's ACTION O-I customers.
Tennessean, May 29, 5E, scroll

PerfectServe offers hospitals new physician-nurse communications option with demonstrated response improvement cost-savings, Knox. News Sentinel,
June 6.

Healthcare Management Systems Inc. announced appointments: Rodney Pendarvis and Jeff Howard to technical systems engineers, among a number of other customer support and training staff, Tennessean, June 5,
scroll here.

Report says computerized drug administration can fail to deter adverse medical events, NY Times,
May 31. HIMSS CPOE system and adverse drug effects, May 23.

Healthcare Informatics Online,
May 05.

HHS announces digital medical interoperability alliance and plans for four RFPs to improve public-private interoperability,
release June 6. Related,, June 6.

Digital Docs: TN HiMSS Pres. and Isys Health CEO Vogel discusses economics and benefits of EMR, Commercial Appeal, June 4.
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Link to key in-state government bid-tracking resources, here. Also, see previous issues, here.
NTC Survey - Please participate right away, link here. Survey ends June 13, 2005, 5 p.m.

State's full-frame streaming video contract with ENA scrutinized, NewsChannel5, May 5/12. Kentucky-based U.S. District Judge Forester will preside during Al Ganier trial for obstruction of justice, AP via Tennessean, June 2.

TN Higher Ed. Commis. working on new policy governing public-private partnerships, p. 16, BusinessTN, June 2005.

TN state budget vulnerable to further revenue losses due to e-commerce, Times Free Press, May 25.

Nashville Scene article scrutinizes relationships among Sen. Doug Jackson, Renaissance Center, Foundation and State of TN, May 26.

Digital Government: Sandy Cole, asst. director-operations, Metro Government Info. Technology Services, said she believes IP convergence, generally, is "the next big thing" for the enterprise, and VoIP is the leading edge of that convergence. At another juncture, she said she believes GPS technology and other tools will eventually enable VoIP to surmount various 911-related problems. Cole spoke during the TN Digital Government Summit, June 1.

McKinney: Technology enables Metro budget preparation, Government Technology, June 05. Metro IT services and Justice Information Systems 2005-06 budget hearings, streaming replays.

TennCare: WSMV (NBC 4) investigative report, citing a recent State audit, says TennCare computer error sent $8 million check to hospital that was due less than $100, WSMV (NBC-4), June 7. Reporter Amons provided NONT additional info explaining the 2003 data-entry error was within work covered by State's EDS contract, and additional automated screening has since been integrated. No other check errors were reported during the period.

E-Cycle corruption: Background on E-cycle bill, Commercial Appeal, May 28. FBI E-Cycle sought warehouse in Hamilton County, Times Free Press, June 1. Shelby County tightens RFP process following FBI Tenn. Waltz sting, Commercial Appeal, June 2. AP/Tennessean, June 3. Corporate Facade of E-Cycle Management Inc., Tennessean, May 27. Justice news release May 26.

FedEx detectives work alongside FBI to smoke-out terrorists; company affords law enforcers access to some FedEx databases, Wall St. Journal via Knox. News Sentinel, May 31.

MULTI-AGENCY REGULATORY SYSTEM (MARS) RFP Number: 317.03-122, due June 28. Contract to revamp obsolescent Regulatory Boards System.

N State Library and Archives for Digital Audiobooks and E Books, RFP 305.04-004, due July 1.

Dept. of Health General and Environmental Health computer services, RFP 343.39-020 due June 10.

State Economic & Community Development partners with TVA on GIS-powered site locator for new and expanding businesses, scroll down, June 6, Knox. News Sentinel.

Milt Capps Communications subcontracts to MediaCross in support of the State of TN Dept. of Education's "Teach Tennessee" program, which provides an expedited process for professionals in mid-career to become licensed to teach in K-12. Work includes web component. Related MediaCross story, St. Louis Business Journal, April 15.

Sen. Person and Rep. Briley honored for legislative efforts by TN Cable Telecom. Assn., Tennessean, May 22, 5E.

TN Geology division will increase data-mapping in state, thanks to U.S. grants, Nash. Bus. Journal, May 23.

State OIR effort to develop software for drivers-license renewals may obviate need for Knox County system, Knox. News Sentinel, May 25.

ITAA Survey of Federal Information Officers, 2/05. ITAA announces will fight FCC on ISP taxes, release May 25, 2005.

eneral Assembly Roundup: Streamlined tax among NFIB legislative issues in Assembly, Nash. Bus. Journal, p. 3, May 27.

States push data aggregators on security after Choicepoint debacle, Wash. Post, June 1.

FBI continued sinking money into SAIC work on Virtual Case File, despite warning signs of impending project failure, Wash. Post, June 6.

AMENDED - State of TN Dept. of Finance & Administration Portal Services RFP 317.03-121, June 30 proposal deadline, with aim of Nov. 29, 2005, fully operational portal.

State of TN General and Environmental Health Computer Services, RFP 343.39-020, due tomorrow.
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Note We need your responses to NTC technology-community Survey, right here. Survey ends June 13.

East Tennessee Nano Initiative launched, SmallTimes, May 20.

Finalists for July 26 Kruesi Award for Innnovation include Accurate Automation Corp., Innovative Software Design, Signix and Tricycle Inc. Times Free Press, May 26.

Chattanooga's Accurate Automation Corp.'s Pap and New Economy Institute's Carter receive AeA Southeast Spirit of Endeavor Awards, Times Free Press, C1, June 9.

Pride and a sales-tax boost promise an even stronger high school in Oak Ridge, Knox. News Sentinel, June 3.

ingger Interactive is absorbed by Archer Malmo in Memphis, Memphis Bus. Journal, June 7.

Convergys further reducing call-center staffing in Chattanooga, Times Free Press, June 7.

Chattanooga Enterprise park certified by TVA as auto manufacturing megasite, release April 19. Clarksville site developers still hopeful for TVA certification, Tennessean, May 20.

Visteon plant to be rolled into Ford venture for possible resale, as Ford trims supplier operations in down market, Tennessean, May 25 and May 26. Nash. Bus. Journal, May 25. City Paper, May 26.

GM's Smyrna plant loses productivity lead to GM Ontario, AP via Tennessean, June 3. GM to cut 25,000 jobs, GM statement June 7. Experts say GM cut too little, too late, Tennessean, June 9.

Knoxville Wintellect software-development and training expert says Microsoft must explain Visual Studio better, SearchWin2000, June 6.

Memphis Airport adopts AssureTec transportation worker ID technology, release June 6.

Scripps, which has strong media presence in Knoxville, snaps-up, AP via Tennessean, June 7.
Scripps Networks Selects Lightningcast's Broadband Video Advertising Management Technology. Hale named Scripps
information technology group head and corporate technology operations, Knox. News Sentinel, May 23. Scripps release here.

Oak Ridge's TradeWind uses CG-100 SDIO technology by C-guys to increase the number of Palm devices its RFID cards will work with, release June 8.

Esurance launches online consumer insurance sales into Tennessee market, release May 20.

Chattanooga's Cross Country Capital considering investment in Playmotion reactive media, Times Free Press, May 21.

Memphis' Limelight Media agrees to acquire Norske Informasjonsterminaler (NIT) interactive media and VoIP firm of Norway. PRN Release May 19.

emphis' Cornerstone Systems announces fourth office, in California, Memphis Bus. Journal, May 25.

Oak Ridge, Tennessee's "Secret City," is starting to celebrate its atomic past, as 60th anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki bomb drops approaches, Chicago Sun Times, May 22.

Columnist reviews technology initiatives in East Tennessee, including nanotech and Chamber-ORNL Technology Mining and Matching initative that commercializes technology, May 23.

Knoxville sees industrial momentum building, moves to free-up industrial land that's in short supply, Knox. News Sentinel, May 29. Pushing So. Knoxville waterfront development plan, KNS, May 27.

AIM Logistics is growing by leaps and bounds in supply-chain boom, Commercial Appeal, May 30.

United Telecom adding fiber to home, Tennessean, June 2.

Roedefer Moss Technologies advances as IT services firm by building relationships, Knox. News Sentinel, June 1.

MLGW Memphis Networx venture still seeking Memphis council funding, Commercial Appeal, June 6. Memphis learns lessons from Networx investment, editorial, Commercial Appeal, May 22.

Chattanooga Mayor Littlefield says next round of city's visioning may require using new technologies to gather public input, BusinessTN, p. 14, June 2005.

Columnist Saylor advocates for RSS Readers, Knox. News Sentinel, June 3

Brother Jerome Wegener, an information-systems pioneer at Christian Brothers University at Memphis, died this week. Comm. Appeal, June 6.
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Metro Schools establishing call center and customer service unit, City Paper, June 7.

ePals online learning is supported by legislation proposed by Sen. Alexander and colleagues, release June 6.

Mark Reeves of Oak Ridge NL has been appointed coordinator of Southeast's regional federal labs via consortium for technology transfer, Knox. News Sentinel, June 6.

Tennessee State Univ. renovation of downtown Avon Williams Campus includes stock-trading simulation center, nurse-training technology, as well as infrastructure and aesthetic improvements, Tennessean, June 3.

Talent for Nashville: Nossi College of Art (Goodlettsville) will open communication graphics technology courses to students of Pellisippi State Technical Community College, with goal of meeting Nashville's growing demand for artists, according to the Oak Ridger story, May 20.

TN Dept. of Education partners with Pearson Educational Measurement (Iowa) to test online educational assessments, Nash. Bus. Journal, May 31. Release here.

TN Virtual High School begins soon, Tennessean, June 1Wilson County offers high-school seniors the option of online courses for credit, Tennessean, June 6. Hamilton County will offer NO classroom summer school, but Virtual High School only, Times Free Press, May 29.

BusinessTN reviews some of Tennessee's online distance-learning initiatives, p. 57, BusinessTN, June 2005.

UT Engineering professor discusses mathematical models for 3D imaging, 2D enhancements, ShorthornOnline, June 7.

Memphians selected to attend National Youth Leadership Forum on Technology at San Diego, Commercial Appeal, May 28 and June 9. Sample curriculum for Tech Forum here.

Memphis students competitive in National Science Fair, in which a stunning 20 percent of finalists hold patents,
Commercial Appeal, June 9.

Interactive BodyQuest at Adventure Science Center, City Paper, May 20.

High-performance computing event convened at Knoxville, Knox. News Sentinel, May 25.

Nashville's largest tech training firms listed, Nash. Bus. Journal, May 27, not on web.
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Can't beat 'em, join 'em:  FanFair CMA Music Festival, Nashville.

Recent Jobs Postings to NTC Careers page, here.

Songtouch Christian napster, SHNS via Tennessean, May 30.

CentreSource's Holland's tech blog attracting techies attention, with debates as PHP vs ASP, etc., here. 

FCC mandates interconnected IP communications providers to provide 911 connectivity within 120 days, release May 19. ITAA announces opposition to FCC ruling on 911, May 19, 2005. 911 call centers having trouble pinpointing location of some wireless callers, Times Free Press, June 7.

Nashville (27), Knoxville (52) and Memphis (68) improve in Intel's Wi-Fi rankings  of "Most Unwired Cities," Knox. News Sentinel, June 7. 

Corrections Corp. operations chief Brad Wood notes that with systems running to the max, storage infrastructure
management, standardization among applications are essential to the enterprise,, June 7.

Belmont IP Prof comments on Grokster and Supreme Court, MIT Technology Review, June 3.

Mark Johnson, VU CISO, discusses identity theft threats and precautions, Vanderbilt Register, May 31.

Nashville in middle of pack of brain power; area lacks comparable "degree clusters," Nash. Bus. Journal, p. 3, May
20. Previous report, here.

Business valuation is about much more than numbers, O'Shields column, Nash. Bus. Journal, May 20.

Protecting Intellectual Property in international trade: Waddey & Patterson attorney comments, Nash. Bus. Journal,
May 20, not on web.

Nashville convention: Most advertisers will increase online advertising budgets this year, says Yellow Pages Assn.
report, PRN, June 7.

Newspapers grapple with defining the online-print value equation, and whether to charge for online news, Washington Post, May 26.

Nashville Recording Summit was Tuesday, conducted by Nashville Recording Academy Producers Engineers Wing,
MixOnline, June 6.

Decline of inhouse training, increased outsourcing leaves more workers stuck in menial jobs, Wall Str. Journal, A1,
June 6. 

Firms selling basic business software at just above shareware prices, E. Bay Bus. Times, June 6. 

Server-division leader Rudder, 38, may steer Microsoft after Gates and Ballmer, NY Times, May 25.

Oak Ridge search engine cited among most valuable, column, Commercial Appeal, May 30.

On-hold call marketing is last-tapped business resource, May 27, Nash. Bus. Journal.

Creating policies to deal with Employee IP, Nash. Bus. Journal, p. 24, May 27.

NV's largest telephone systems and equipment dealers, p.26, Nash. Bus. Journal, May 27, not on web.

Google project to digitize the books of the world's libraries raises "fair use" questions, BusinessWeek online, May

Finally, at Applied Minds, digital technology is getting ahead of Star Trek, NY Times, May 30.

How the Internet colonizes other forms of communication, NY Times, May 29.

Comcast CEO sees profits in phone service (June 1 to shareholders), AP via KNS, June 2.

SBA's free online courses for small-business management, here.
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For frequent updates, check the NTC home page and the NTC "Tech Links" and Calendar and Member Press Release pages. Visit Tennessee's technology councils' sites:
CALENDAR ( * indicates new or revised item) 

* (June 9) AITP Nashville Chapter Meeting, "Delivering Greater Business Integration with Service-Oriented-Achitecture," with comment on demand on middleware, with speaker Hector Hernandez of IBM's West Palm Beach, where he is a SOA Web Services (WebSphere) Evangelist. Holiday Inn Select, (615) 367-8083 for info.

* (June 15) Chattanooga Technology Council program on National Safe Skies Alliance, 11:30 a.m., with Jeff Cornett, VP/COO, discussing Chattanooga airport's implementation of technology-based situational awareness system to improve operations and emergency response. Safe Skies is allied with TN Valley Homeland Security Technology Coalition. RSVP (423) 209-6813 or

(June 16) Information Technology Initiatives in Health Care, with Scott Wallace - National Alliance for Health Information Technology and Commission on Systemic Interoperability; Dr. Mark Frisse - Vanderbilt Center for Better Health; Dr. Dan Masys - VUMC Biomedical Informatics; and  Dr. Bill Stead - VUMC Center for Informatics. Luncheon with John Hammergren, chairman & CEO of McKesson Corp.  Details here

* (June 16) InfraGard Mid-TN General Meeting, TN DHS Interim Director Rick Shipkowski, FBI-InfraGard Advisory Council launch.

* (June 21) ETSU Innovation Lab, Johnson City, is the subject and venue for a 4:30-6 p.m. meeting of NE TN Technology Council. For reservations contact or call 423.279.9000.

* (June 21) "The Future of Work; Project Management Nirvana" will be presented by Camellia Petty,AVP for Application Systems at BMI. Focus is on the future of work and the ever-changing role of the project manager. 11:30 a.m., Select
Hotel Holiday Inn (West End). Visit

* (June 22) Leadership Health Care, Moving Health Care Services to Market, A discussion on acceptance and payment of new health care technologies and services, VU Stadium Club, 7:30 a.m. net/regis; 8 a.m.-9:30 a.m. breakfast/program.
Details here.

* (June 23) Technology and Telecom Professionals Networking, 7:30-9:30 a.m., Global Cafe, Details here.

* (June 23) Chatta. Tech. Council, 7:30 a.m., E-commerce: Dan Baker of Chattanooga Websites on Search Engine Optimization. (423) 209-6813 or

* (June 28) Women in Technology TN, June 28, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Doug Blumhardt, Director of IT, The Gideons International, at Gideons International, 50 Century Blvd. $15/$25, rsvp

(July 7) NTC Tech Roundtable, program on Supply Chain/Logistics, with panelists Stuart Smith, Asurion Senior Vice President Technology and Logistics; Bob Spieth, CIO with Ozburn-Hessey. Details

(July 12-15) Tenn. Valley Corridor 2005
National Summit, Washington, D.C. 

* (July 27) NTC Tech After Hours.
Details here.

(Aug. 4) NTC Tech Roundtable on "Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)," with Jerry Dunlap, ISDN-Net; Mat Gaskins, AIM Healthcare; Jackie Shrago, ThinkLink Learning; Rick Moran, Cisco; moderator Tom Coffey, US LEC. 

(Aug. 13-15) 14th IEEE International
Workshop on Robot and Human Interactive Communication, Marriott at Vanderbilt.

* (Aug. 24) – NTC-ISSA InfoSec Nashville 2005 information-security conference will be Wednesday August 24, with
CSI information-security training Aug. 22, 23, 25, 26. Keynote is former US Homeland Security Cybersecurity Czar Amit Yoran. For further information, visit here.

* (Sept. 1) NTC Tech Roundtable. Program to be announced.

* (Sept. 29) Music City Future 50 Awards Dinner.

* (Oct. 6) Nanotechnology conference, Co-sponsored by NTC and Vanderbilt, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Caterpillar Financial Auditorium. Details to be announced.

* (Oct. 6) NTC Tech Roundtable, subject: Partnership Selling. Details to be announced.


* (Nov. 3) NTC Tech Roundtable, presentation by Debbie Gordon, CEO, Snappy Auctions.

* (Dec. 1) NTC Tech Roundtable, program on Meaningful Metrics in IT, details TBA.

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