Thursday, Aug. 18, 2005 (No. 61)
Editor & Publisher 
Milt Capps
For previous issues or date of next issue, visit the
news archive.

NTC Tech Underwriter

Amit Yoran
Keynote Speaker
In the Spotlight
Links to all
Executive profiles,
to date.



Venture Innovation Enterprise

Partnership & Recognition



East/West Tenn.& Region

Research & Education


Scheduled Events

(Aug. 24) 4th Annual InfoSec Nashville NTC-ISSA Conference, Keynote Amit Yoran, former US Homeland Security Cybersecurity czar, and execs from HCA, Blue Cross Blue Shield, FBI, FTC, Vanderbilt, Gartner, others. Nashville Convention Center, details here. Sungard Availability Services is Platinum Sponsor. Gold Sponsors: CipherTrust, Nortel, Trapeze Networks. Silver Sponsors: Courion Corp.; Fortress Technologies; Tipping Point; Vontu. For remaining sponsorship information, write here or call (615) 743-3160.

InfoAdvantage, after 12-year run, is acquired by Xebec Management,, Aug. 17. 

Broadband:  Metro Council Member-at-Large David Briley files proposed resolution (RS2005-927) to urge Vice Mayor Gentry to form Internet task force to review business models for providing broadband or Internet wireless services to the public, Tennessean, Aug. 9, scroll down here. Measure will probably come before Council, Sept. 6th. Related: see Metro RFP for dark-fiber services in Government, below.

Announcement of Innovation Valley Partners, a $35 million venture-capital fund in Knoxville managed by Battelle Ventures, Knox. News Sentinel, Aug. 18. MetroPulse, Aug. 17.

Oak Ridge NL will play key NSF-funded role as gateway in TeraGrid cyberinfrastructure, with impulse from Spallation Neutron Source experimental data flood, Knox. News Sentinel, Aug. 18. Related story about $48 million NSF grant to lead institution, U. of Chicago, Chicago Sun Times, Aug. 18.

(Today) Gov. Phil Bredesen addresses the Tennessee Summit on Math and Science Education, at Oak Ridge. See related items in Research-Education Section.

Tennessee Biotechnology Association annual membership meeting Sept. 22-23 at Oak Ridge includes review of TVA-sponsored Fluor Life Sciences inventory of Life-Science assets, a regional update on biotech, a panel on nano/biotech, the Oak Ridge NL research agenda, UT biotech initiatives, DuPont bio-processing (Loudon County, TN), and tours of the Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences and the Spallation Neutron Source. TBA Pres. Bob Acuff will offer a "Vision for TBA."  More information here or phone (615) 255-6270.  Resource: Biotech activity in Knoxville-Oak Ridge accelerates, garners national ranking in Business Facilities magazine, OakRidger, Aug. 17.

Belmont University Technology Learning Cooperative and MDE Enterprises have partnered to create specialized education and certification for IT Business Managers, see details here.

(Sept. 14) "Managing the Fast-Growing Company," seminar by Nashville Capital Network, including Moderator - Hal Andrews, Heritage Group. Panelists: Alston Hamilton, Miller & Martin; Vic Alexander, Kraft CPAs; David Jones, Chrysalis Ventures; Casey West, SSM Partners; Jim Lackey, Passport Health; and, Todd Abner, Horizon Resource Group. 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m., Vanderbilt's OGSM Averbuch Auditorium. No charge, no advance registration.

(Oct. 6) 2nd Annual TN Valley Conference on Science and Business of Nanotechnology convenes at Caterpillar Financial Center, a project of Vanderbilt University Owen Graduate School of Management, Vanderbilt School of Engineering, Vanderbilt Institute of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, the National Science Foundation and Nashville Technology Council. 9:20 a.m.-4 p.m. Topics include, What a nanotech company does; factors in tech product success; how investors view nanotech, and more. Details to be announced. For interim info, write here.
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Executives in The Spotlight since Feb. 18, 2004:
Adrienne Brandon, TruVote

Sid Chambless, Nashville Capital Network

Dave Chapman, Northpoint

Bob Chaput, American Technology Group

Tim Choate, Bondware, Inc.

Stephen Collins, Juris, Inc.

Eric Cromwell, TN Econ. & Comm. Dev.

Tom Dugger, Healthstream, Inc.

Jeff Duncan, Louisiana Pacific

Bill Ezell, State of Tenn. OIR

Darrell Freeman 
Zycron Inc.

Debbie Gordon
Snappy Auctions    

Jay Graves, SmartDM (Acxiom)

Marc Guthrie, ComFrame Software Corp.

Bill Hapner, Beacon Technologies

Vic Hatridge, Nashville Electric Service

Nicholas Holland, CentreSource

Joel Jensen, CORE BTS

Susan Marlow
Smart Data Strategies

Richard McKinney, Metro Nashville ITS

Ken Nelson

Judith Newby, Streamlogics/TappedInto

Marty Paslick, HCA

Linda Rebrovick
Dell Health

Jay Ress, Technology Mgmt. Assocs.

Tom Rogers, Tech 2020

Tracy Russell, Harpeth Network Sols.

Bill Sanders, SAS Institute

David Sterling, TruVote

Noel Williams
Dallas Wilt
Axis Accounting Systems

For information about Spotlight or NONT, write
Milt Capps or call (615) 244-3222.
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Been away during the Summer of  '05?  All our back issues are right here.

(Sept. 14) Nashville Capital Network program, "Managing the Fast-Growing Business," 5:30 p.m., Averbuch Audit., Owen GSM, Vanderbilt. See Upfront section for details.

Be Smart Kids seeks Chapter 11 reorganization, resisting Chapter 7 push by Goad and other investors, Nash. Bus. Journal, p. 5, Aug. 5.

Dozen executives exit
Digital Dog, including VP-bus. dev. Larry Hollis; CEO Blankenship indicates at least one lawsuit is in the works,, Aug. 1.

Nashville's echomusic llc connects music performers and fans, The City Paper, Aug. 17.

Former MediFax-EDI exec Buddy Bacon apparently bailed-out of his CEO post at Xtensia (formerly HMR) a month ago. Allegations of accounting improprieties encircle company, Nash. Bus. Journal, Aug. 12. As of this morning, Bacon's still listed as CEO on the company's website. Bacon was appointed Xtensia CEO a year ago,, here. Bacon had departed MediFax-EDI a few months after its December 2003 acquisition by WebMD,, here.

VoIP providers here marketing hard, while customers weigh advantages of new vs older communications technologies, The Tennessean, Aug. 14. Article cites providers ISDN-Net, US LEC, NuVox, XO Communications; Yankee Group analyst; and, on buy-side, execs from Boult Cummings, AIM Healthcare, ThinkLink Learning, Kroll Inc. 

Update on Tennessee Valley Venture Forum, Knoxville, Oct. 6-7, here.

Vanderbilt's technology and commercialization efforts are paying dividends in the form of Pathfinder Therapeutics and other ventures, thanks in part to alliances with Nashville Capital Network and Nashville Technology Council, The City Paper, Aug. 17.

VU Medical Center is developing Research Enterprise Plan to improve further its prominence among NIH-funded research institutions,
City Paper, Aug. 9. Vanderbilt University sees gains in NIH funding, despite R&D cutbacks and competition from other research institutions, Nash. Bus. Journal, p. 1, Aug. 5.

Vanderbilt may shift location within Cool Springs Life Sciences complex, partly as result of state incentives and incubator, Tennessean, Williamson AM,
Aug. 5. Williamson County, State may develop incentives as part of efforts to lure biotech and pharma industries to Life Sciences Center, Tennessean, 1E, Aug. 4.

ISDN-Net, pioneer ISP, now moves into Network Assessment and Management Services, release
Aug. 16. The City Paper, p. 11, not on web Aug. 17., Aug. 16. Nash. Business Journal, Aug. 16. ISDN-Net extends VonX VoIP line with ConX offering, City Paper, p. 9, Aug. 1. Related July 21 release, here.

Xceligent and Nashville Business Journal partner to create real-estate bizspace
for Nashville area, Nash. Bus. Journal, p. 4, Aug. 5.

Novak Biddle Venture Partners  and Paladin Capital Group are investing $5 million in Ramsafe Technologies and moving the software company's headquarters from Oak Ridge area to DC, where it's already made some key sales.  Washington Bus. Journal,
July 29.

eadership UT continues Lee Martin's work enabling students to commercialize Oak Ridge NL technologies, Knox. News Sentinel,
Aug. 1.

ClientLogic looks to Latin America for growth, foresees rising demand in U.S. for Hispanic call operations, Tennessean,
Aug. 17.

Asurion's Asia venture could further accelerate $400 Million company's growth, dramatically.  In more sophisticated markets, where cell users have more content, Asurion has had to add data-related services. Asurion looks to hit markets as customer churn intensifies, creating demand for value-added services.
Daniel Currie is Pres./CEO of Asurion Asia Pacific. Nash. Bus. Journal, p. 15, July 29, not on web. Asurion enters device-management agreement with Sun, Nash. Bus. Journal, Aug. 9.

iPayment reports Chung of Summit Partners has left the Board of directors, Tennessean,
Aug. 10. Profits at iPayment jumped 35 percent on 2d quarter, Nash. Bus. Journal, Aug. 4., Aug. 4.  City Paper, p. 11, Aug. 5, not on web. Tennessean, 3E, Aug. 5.

IPIX Corp. begins layoffs in Oak Ridge and Virginia, Knox. News Sentinel,
Aug. 17. Quarterly net loss widens, Knox. News Sentinel, Aug. 15.

Chattanooga's Internet bust sent st3 executives spinning-off in new ventures: AirNet Group, Cyberlan Cafe, episode49, SMARTech, Tricycle, Tubatomic Studio, VPNtranet. Times Free Press,
Aug. 2.

VC investment in Tennessee companies rose to more than $16 million in 2d Qtr., spurred by BioMimetic transaction, Nash. Bus. Journal,
Aug. 2.

BioMimetic investment is at center of Tennessee VC investment surge, Tennessean,
Aug. 4.

Former FCC Chair Powell joins Providence Equity Partners to advise on investments, technology, regulations, Wash. Post,
Aug. 12.

VCs sometimes find they're contributing to "founders' sales" in which little fresh capital goes into building the organization, but instead provides liquidity and new vacation homes for entrepreneurs, NY Times,
Aug. 5. 

In the Web 2.0 era, VCs are making smaller investments in leaner firms with more momentum, Seattle Bus. Journal,
Aug. 15.

Small Business Technology Council opposes allowing VCs to get SBIR grants, Nash. Bus. Journal, Aug. 12.
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Shop At Home Network named Geoff Smith, formerly president of Personal Creations Inc./Creative Catalogue Corp., Chicago) to post of VP-Interactive Commerce in Nashville, reporting to SVP Marketing & Interactive Commerce Adam Rockmore, also in Nashville. The company also promoted Kevin Kritch to VP, production and broadcast operations, Shop At Home Network, Nashville.

Louisiana-Pacific's research and development center in Franklin is key to LP's future, Tennessean, Aug. 17.

FlatEarth Networking
and Imprivata (Lexington, Mass.) are partnering on a password-management
solution, City Paper,
p. 11, not on web.

Broadwing Communications (Austin) lands its private data network within UnumProvident, release Aug. 16.

Stored Value Systems (Comdata) has launched first magnetic-stripe electronic benefits transfer (EBT) system for WIC beneficiaries, in partnership with State of Washington. Release July 25.

Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence announced 104 Examiners for 2005 Awards, each examiner having completed work and training for the role. The impressive list includes tech professionals from mid-TN organizations and statewide. Thanks, L. Hansen for alerting us.

CIBER hires former J.D. Edwards exec Girard as COO, release Aug. 17.  CIBER Associates, Inc., a sub of CIBER, announced an agreement to transfer a substantial portion of its IBM business to Analysts International Corp. Release here.

Anode digital communications is a success story, right on Broadway in Nashville,
The City Paper, Aug. 17.

assAlong Networks upgrades website for downloads to support Mozilla, Firefox and Netscape, Nash. Bus. Journal, Aug. 16.

Rebrovick, citing new Dell duties, steps down from Pinnacle board of directors, Nash. Bus. Journal, Aug. 2.

Snappy Auctions e-Bay reseller opens Bellevue location, Tennessean, Davidson A.M.,
Aug. 5.

Former HCA IT education and training director Melendez created Evolved Learning, p. 9, Nash. Bus. Journal, Aug. 5

No toasters? BellSouth offers MP3 players and 3-months subscriptions to Napster for new DSL customers, City Paper, Aug. 16. The Free Toaster in Marketing? Today, it's a iPod, NY Times, Aug. 18.

Cybera adds team members formerly with Compuware, Aspect and Boult Cummings for sales and legal, Nash. Bus. Journal, Aug. 16.

Michael Bailey to consultant at Cumberland Consulting Group, Franklin IT firm. Tennessean,
Aug. 7.

Young Leaders Council of Nashville Class No. 44 includes Nicholas Holland of CentreSource, Tennessean,
Aug. 7.

Alcott Routon direct marketing named Robert Bibb director-analytics and data services; Jennifer Bouchard was promoted to list processor and programmer, Tennessean,
Aug. 7.

Healthcare Management Services named Michael Green network engineer; Nick Mathews is clinic programming team leader. Tennessean,
Aug. 7.

Juniper Networks Inc. announced Cybera, a leading provider of high-speed private networking services, has deployed the Juniper's E- and M-series routing platforms and the NetScreen-5200 firewall/VPN system,
release Aug. 2

Axis Accounting becomes twelfth local referral partner for American Technology Group. ATG net also includes Advanced Network Solutions (earlier story), ATG release Aug. 15.
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HCA Tech Refresh: The Oct. 6 NTC Tech Roundtable program: "How does a de-centralized Fortune 100 company refresh its technology? - an HCA story," presented by Lee Adams, VP-Service Management & Delivery for HCA IT&S. Details TBA.

Gordian Health to become Blue Cross Blue Shield of TN subsidiary, Nash. Bus. Journal,
July 28., July 28. Tennessean, July 29. The City Paper, July 29. Times Free Press, July 29.

Accredo Health Inc. shareholders approve merger with Medco, release
Aug. 17.

Bidshift staffing software adopted by St. Thomas, Baptist and Middle TN Medical Center,  
Nash. Bus. Journal, Aug. 16. BidShift release, Aug. 15. City Paper, Aug. 16. 
HealthTrust Purchasing Group ($6 Bn volume) goes with Wayne, Pa.-based Precyse Solutions for medical records systems, Nash. Bus. Journal, Aug. 16.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of TN CEO Gregg says launch of Shared Health, purchase of Gordian and other moves are intended to make Blues' coverage more affordable, Tennessean, Aug. 14. BCBSTN financial reserves warrant scrutiny, Tennessean editorial, Aug. 17 here.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of TN teams with TN Hospital Association to issue healthcare quality and cost data via web, Nash. Bus. Journal, p.2, Aug. 5. BCBS release Aug. 1. Related, THA Patient Safety symposium, here.

Medical research part of rationale:  Bredesen supports building new forensics center in Shelby County, for more autopsies, Comm. Appeal, Aug. 5. 

Healthcare Informatics ranks Spheris (acquirer of Avicis/HealthScribe) and Passport Health Comms. (acquirer of Healthworks Alliance Inc.) among Top 100 IT products and services firms, with Top 100 revenues at $24 billion. Nash. Bus. Journal, Aug. 12.

Vanderbilt will study cancer risk among wafer-production workers for Semiconductor Industry Assn., Nash. Bus. Journal,
Aug. 2.

Cerner has passed mid-way point in implementing $80 Million information system for seven hospitals in Memphis' Methodist Healthcare Inc. system. Cerner just won its largest DoD health systems contract. Kansas City Bus Journal,
Aug. 4. Methodist Healthcare system in Memphis using Cerner technologies to integrate seven hospitals, Memphis Bus. Journal, July 29.

Emdeon is new moniker for WebMD Corp.,, Aug. 5.

Medtronic receives favorable court ruling in dispute with Biomet's Cross Medical, release
July 28.

Healthcare IT:  With more medical information available to patients, their options and their stress multiply, putting additional pressure on physicians as arbiters of myriad bits of information gleaned by worried and studious patients, NY Times, Aug. 14.

Intel's Grove on efficiency, or lack of it, in the health care industries, NY Times,
July 30.

Health IT summit convenes in Washington, Sept. 7.,
Aug. 16.

Healthcare Management Systems HMS Exposition (formerly,the Users conference), is set for Oct. 12-14 in Nashville.

Healthstream Inc. announced it's using Authoring Pro, a consumer-oriented library of medical resources, within its
Authoring Center, to produce content that can be published through HealthStream's Learning Center, release June 16.

IBM Healthcare IT management solutions, resource here.

McGraw Hill Healthcare Informatics online, here.
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Link to key in-state government bid-tracking resources, here. Also, see previous issues, here

Ganier trial:  Feds delay trial with appeal to use E-mails as evidence, after Judge Forester finds insufficient notice of this evidence was given Ganier defense team, Tennessean, Aug. 3. Delays could be "weeks, even months," NewsChannel5 WTVF, Aug. 10 update. Related, Aug. 2.  Related, The City Paper, Aug. 3. Earlier: Forester says e-mails may be introduced as evidence in prosecution's case in re charges of obstruction of justice and possible contracting improprieties, AP via Tennessean, July 29. Trial begins Aug. 2, AP via Tennessean, Aug. 2.

NEW State F&A seeks through RFP 317.03-128 to secure Systems Network Architecture
maintenance services, with proposals due by Sept. 21.

NEW Metro seeks bids for
RFP 05-85 for Metro Police Mobile Laptop solution, bids due Sept. 22.

State RFP 440.00-451 would migrate new GIS system to Oracle Spatial Enterprise database from Intergraph technology, due Aug. 27.

TN Human Services (huge pdf)
RFP 345-01.201
for Web-based On-line Vision Integration Program (VIP), due Aug. 31.

NEW Metro RFP 05-81 calls for dark fiber for Metro data and voice backbone, deadline Sept. 12.

State Economic Development officials convene annual economic performance rally at Nashville Convention Center, Aug. 30-31. Tri-Cities Business Journal, Aug. 12. ECD release Aug. 10.

REVISED TN Human Services RFP 345-01.201 for Web-based On-line Vision Integration Program (VIP), is now due Oct. 20.  2d/3rd Amendments issued Aug. 12. Vendor questions show concerns about deadline.

NEW  Metro Police Department Advanced Records Management Systems RFP 05-72 issue Aug. 11, preproposal conference is Aug. 24 and bids are due Sept. 30.

Metro Parks' RFP 05-67 would provide providing the software, integration, implementation, and training for a Parks Point of Sale and Membership Management System. Bid opening Aug. 25.

etro GIS Capability: Aug. 19 is the deadline for proposals for "comprehensive contract for the purchase, training and support of multiple levels of GPS capability," under RFP 05-08.

Brentwood City Commission defers til Sept. 12 vote on whether or not United Telephone can provide digital-video services, Tennessean, Aug. 10. City Paper, Aug. 10. United Telecom contests Brentwood TV services market with Comcast, Tennessean, Aug. 3. 

VoIP:  Nuvio asks Court relief in face of FCC requirement on E911, CNET News, Aug. 15.

FCC ruling on high-speed access for Internet service providers gives phone companies more clout, Wash. Post, Aug. 6. NY Times, Aug. 6. FCC release, Aug. 5. Related doc, Aug. 5.

Intelligent Transportation System progress in Tennessee, Kingsport Times News,
Aug. 8.

State's auctioneers may press to require e-Bay resellers to come under commission's regulatory eye, Nashville City Paper,
Aug. 9.

Nashville's Metro Council unveils new website,
here. Related item, City Paper, Aug. 12.

Metro Council E-mail exchanges may violate Open Meetings laws, City Paper,
Aug. 11. Editorial, E-mail controversy may have reached level of the absurd, City Paper, Aug. 15.

FBI Sentinel will succeed failed Virtual Case File System, agency seeks bids from 40 select contractors, CNet News,
Aug. 10.

States' CIOs outline best IT management frameworks, FCW, Aug. 4.
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Chattanooga's civic leaders, spurred by Mayor Littlefield, seek to create the "Boulder of the East" to attract creative industries; executives see "Tell the World" campaign gaining ground, financial capital available, Times Free Press, Aug. 15. Related story, July 25, 2004. Mayor Littlefield aims to generate "Great Ideas" among high-school students, to spark entrepreneurial interests, Times Free Press, Aug. 9City's jobs-generation effort is off-pace, but still showing results, Times Free Press, Aug. 14.

T-Mobile creating 800-job customer-care center at Chattanooga, Times Free Press,
Aug. 17.  State training grant, TVA grant among the incentives that swung the deal, Times Free Press, C-1, Aug. 18. T-Mobile won top spot in J.D. Power customer-service ranking, release June 8.

Memphis:  Hewlett Packard fulfilling major promises to expand imaging, printing and supply-chain support in partnership with sub Menlo Worldwide Inc.,
Memphis Bus. Journal, Aug. 12.

In Chattanooga, Christopher flips his Internet Markets Express into an operations-management role for NuMarkets franchisor, Times Free Press, Aug. 2. NuMarkets release,
July 26.

Knoxville's Xxpansion Networks has digest Esper acquisition, customers are returning; Xxpansion eyes video intro in 2006, Knox. News Sentinel,
Aug. 8.

ISoldIt e-Bay reseller franchise enters Knoxville market, Knox. News Sentinel,
Aug. 8.

eConverting Technologies of Chattanooga helps with e-waste problem, while providing training and employment for disabled workers,,
Aug. 16.

311 government-services assistance enters second year in Knoxville, with hopes of net government-efficiency gains, Knox. News Sentinel,
Aug. 3.

Biotech firm gets approval for lease space improvements, Knox. News Sentinel,
Aug. 9. Knoxvillians want City Council to okay paying for space renovations to lure biotech firm to downtown Knoxville, Knox. News Sentinel, Aug. 3. Protein Discovery relocates to Downtown from West Knox., Knox. News Sentinel, Aug. 4.

Business Computers of Memphis buys ETI Communications to gain marketing, VoIP advantages, Comm. Appeal,
Aug. 17.

Comcast launches 6 megabit per second download connections in Knoxville area, Knox. News Sentinel,
Aug. 1.

Knoxville News Sentinel launches PlaceMyAd and Click and Buy online advertising enhancements, Knox. News Sentinel, Aug. 1.

In Memphis, Angarola assumes valuation-solutions provider Valocity's business-development leadership role, release Aug. 3.  Earlier, Valocity named Kalep to head operations,

Tennessee Watercraft (Vonore, TN) among adopters of SolidWorks and COSMOS design and engineering technology,
release Aug. 8.

New software will improve complaint-response from Better Business Bureau of Greater East Tennessee, Knox. News Sentinel,
Aug. 4.

Tricycle and Grant Design Collaborative collaborate on System One pattern-simulation tool,, Aug. 4.

Motricity, former NV-based Power by Hand, will occupy 75K sq. ft. of American Tobacco campus in Durham, NC. Raleigh News & Observer,
Aug. 2.

Memphis-based Cotton Inc.'s licensing of Engineered Fiber Selection software may lock-in more cotton-bale shipments to China, Comm. Appeal,
Aug. 3.

Chattanooga-based Krystal offers Wi-Fi hotspots at all its owned restaurants nationwide, beginning this week, Commercial Appeal,
Aug. 6.

Aegis Interworld logistics and supply-chain provider builds corporate staff in Memphis, Comm. Appeal,
Aug. 10.

Continental Traffic Service (CTSI) in Memphis is becoming one of largest freight-transaction payment services in the world, Comm. Appeal,
Aug. 10. Related: Memphis' CTSI, AIMS Solutions and Accuship win place on Top 100 3PL ranking, here.

Memphis Grizzlies' website wins Amherst web-quality recognition, Comm. Appeal,
Aug. 10.

Former Misys Healthcare IT pro starts Computer Troubleshooters franchise in W. Knox., Knox. News Sentinel, Aug. 10.

Recycling sign-up hampered in Chattanooga by software problem, Times Free Press,
Aug. 9.

More workers connected from home in Chattanooga area, Times Free Press,
Aug. 12.

Memphis' Mimeo.Com, despite sharing headquarters city with FedEx/Kinko's, sees itself as leader in online document-printing field, Comm. Appeal,
Aug. 14.

Memphis Luminetx Corp.'s vein-viewer technology supported by distribution deal with Boston's Diomed Holdings, Boston Bus. Journal,
Aug. 11.

Knoxville's Online Development's xCoupler enterprise-transaction technology pushed by co-marketing deal with Rockwell as Automation Encompass Partner, release Aug. 11.
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A second breach of personal information at Austin Peay State University, Tennessean, Aug. 12. Students' personal info inadvertently disclosed on web at Austin Peay State Univ., Knox. News Sentinel, July 31.

Vanderbilt Information Technology Services completed a 4-month project to establish higher-availability Internet service on campus; with addition of router, VU e-mailers now enjoys two distinct Internet routes. VU release here.

UT-Knoxville and Oak Ridge NL will collaborate on Transportation technologies research,, July 29.

TN Board of Regents selects SunGard SCT campus IT solution, release Aug. 5.

iSummit for Coalition of Lighthouse Schools hosted in E. Memphis, Comm. Appeal, Aug. 4.

OPTIONS Program for Girls in Math and Science attracts major corporate sponsors from Memphis area, Comm. Appeal, Aug. 4.

U. Tennessee opens Joint Institute for Advanced Materials at Oak Ridge NL, Knox. News Sentinel, Aug. 4.

Nashville Academy of Science and Engineering will not open as previously scheduled, City Paper, Aug. 2. Related story, Tennessean, Aug. 3. Metro's Charter Schools under scrutiny, Tennessean, Aug. 1.

'Seamless path' for engineering and technology students established between UT-Chattanooga and Chattanooga State Technical College,, Aug. 5.

Oak Ridge High School renovation effort is driving what is arguably the largest fundraising effort for a public school in Tennessee history, Knox. News Sentinel, Aug. 6.

Major new math- and computer-research funding at Oak Ridge NL supports deeper understanding of math as it relates to modeling physical processes of large and variable scales, release Aug. 4. Related document.

New head of TVA Sequoya nuclear plant says workforce training is imperative, Times Free Press, Aug. 11.

Tennessee's Math and Science Failings, MetroPulse Knoxville, Aug. 8.

Rep. Wamp praises Chattanooga-area industry recruitment and expresses alarm regarding Tennessee's laggard education of engineers, relative to China and others., Aug. 11.

Business Roundtable sounds alarums regarding poor production of graduates in technology, engineering, science, math, release July 27. BRT report overview. BRT urges grassroots activism, here.

Congress addressing Council on Competitiveness proposals for increased support of innovation and R&D, with incentives for colleges to graduate more scientists, engineers and mathematicians, Nash. Bus. Journal, July 29, not on web. One champion of this legislation is Nevada's U.S. Sen. John Ensign (R).

Technology is part of the solution for obsolescence of Metro Schools' library holdings, City Paper, Aug. 11.

Greenville (Tenn.) schools using Integrated Learning System and Compass Learning software to improve academic achievement, GreenCountyOnline, Aug. 11.

Memphis area schools embracing Plato educational software for 'catch-up programs' that help students graduate on time and reduce district summer-school costs, Comm. Appeal, Aug. 14.
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Recent Jobs Postings to NTC Careers page, here.

Nashville will be site for 2006 Red Hat Inc. summit for open-source community, release Aug. 10.

FBI tells InfraGard audience that many businesses do not report cyber-attacks for fear of reputation,
Wash. Post, Aug. 9. Report available via Computer Security Institute, here (free regis).

IDG study says that while many IT services sectors will experience slow growth, hotter spots include communications, customer-care and other backoffice functions, release Aug. 10.

Ruby Tuesday's at Maryville, Tenn., is named one of the Top 100 CIO Award for boldness of tech vision, release Aug. 15. Earlier background.

Some VoIP Internet phone users have trouble reaching 911, p. 1, Tennessean, Aug. 3.

Nanotech:  Oak Ridge is major point of leverage for Tennessee's nanosciences push, July 31, Tennessean. Related, re Oak Ridge NL, Tennessean, July 31.

Chamber Future 50 winners unveiled, Awards dinner is Sept. 29.

Nashville podcast says iTunes gave Nashville Nobody Knows a huge traffic boost, City Paper, Aug. 10.

Fast 50:  BusinessTN magazine's Fast 50 listing (Aug. 2005, p. 44) includes such tech-driven companies as
Advanced Network Solutions, Essex Technology, InfoSystems, Link2Gov, Mailnet Services, Ozburn-Hessey Logistics, Passport Health Communications, PureSafety, Saratoga Technologies, Sy.Med Development, Tricycle, Vantage Logistics and VIP Gift.

"Staying on Top of Technology" is one topic offered for those attending GenerationTN, a leadership-development program in Nashville Aug. 19-20 for Twenty- and Thirty-somethings across the state. For program details and registration,
visit here. Corporate underwriters include Education Networks of America and Bridgestone Americas.
Entertainment:  WWII-era Scopitone music-video jukebox is on display at the Belcourt Theater, City Paper, Aug. 15.

First Shingo Prize in Tennessee will be awarded during Nov. 8-9 Manufacturing Summit and Shingo Award event in Nashville, p. 5, Nash. Bus. Journal, Aug. 5. Related manufacturing-training event, here in Nashville, Sept. 13-14.

Library of Congress invites comments through Aug. 22 on Internet Explorer-only zone within new U.S. Patent Office site, Aug. 10, CNet News,
details here.

roject Management Institute's
PMP 2005 credential examination will be deployed 1400 GMT Sept. 30, 2005. PMI Nashville website. 

Blogging as psychoanalysis:'s President's postings may've signalled business crisis, BusinessWeek, Aug. 4 (related, Aug. 4, Rexblog).

Belmont's Cornwall cited by Forbes for his eclectic blogging, Nash. Bus. Journal, July 28. Tennessean, July 29. Knox. News Sentinel, Aug. 1.

U.S. Senators issue stiff warning to file-sharing industry that they'd better move to protect copyright, Wash. Post, July 30.

Cybersecurity sniffer Mark Seiden explains how and why he breaks into corporate secrets, NY Times, July 31.

Microsoft software patent applications are running 60 or more per week, adding to the nearly 4,000 already secured -- experts question validity of software patents, suggesting copyright and trademark protections should be enough, NY Times, July 31. Microsoft beats Apple to the punch in filing for patents on iPod-type technologies, Bloomberg via Wash. Post, Aug. 12.

Calculations:  Making the decision on bundled and unbundled voice, data and Internet services, NY Times, July 30.

Download Festival debuts in October, NY Times, July 30.

Cisco and IOS security flaw controversy, NY Times, July 30.

"Hyperlocal" blogs increasingly common in Tennessee, Knox. News Sentinel, Aug. 8.

New rating system for open-source software should reduce confusion and fear among corporations that might be users, NY Times, Aug. 1.

Biometrics:  Immigration control faces many hurdles in introducing technology in tracking persons, NY Times, Aug. 10.

RFID:  Corporate consortium plans to pool RFID patents, NY Times, Aug. 10International Paper's Memphis Customer Solutions Center extends reach of IP Smart Packaging RFID training, consulting and sales, BusinessTN, p. 6., August 2005 (Sub).

Broadband:  Columnist Pegaro says broadband competition must be preserved, with improved value for customers of phone and cable customers and their rivals, Washington Post, Aug. 14.

Customer service among cable, phone and wireless providers could deteriorate further, partly as a result of recent FCC rulings, Washington Post, Aug. 12.
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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) 
(Aug. 18) TN Business Roundtable: CEO Summit on Math & Science Education, Oak Ridge. 

(Aug. 22-23) CSI Training: How to be a more effective IS professional. Nashville Convention Center. In Coop. with ISSA.  Details here. 

(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.  

* (Aug. 24) E. TN Technology Council, Tom Badgett, CIO & Co-founder of IdleAire Technologies, will give update on IdleAire. Register by Aug. 22 here or (865) 220-2020. Details here.

(Aug. 25-26) CSI Training: Defense Against Social Engineering. Nashville Convention Center. In Coop with ISSA. 
Details here.

* (Aug. 25) NE TN Technology Council and Saratoga Technologies hold meeting on VoIP, wireless and tech-business startups. Johnson City, 4 p.m. Eastern
. Details.

* (Aug. 31) Nashville Health Care Council program with Tommy G. Thompson, Independent Chairman, Deloitte Center for Health Solutions, Former Secretary, 7.30 a.m. - 9.30 a.m., Loews Vanderbilt Plaza Hotel. Details

(Sept. 1) NTC Tech Roundtable, "Learning to Partner, Leveraging for Growth, " with speaker Ken Thoreson, President, Acumen Management Group on creating sustainable revenues through business partnerships. 4 p.m. - 6 p.m., Wildhorse Saloon, 120 2nd Ave., N. (37201). $15 NTC Member, $25 Nonmember. Registration online at Contact or phone (615) 743-3151.

(Sept. 7-9)  National
Health IT Summit and National HIPAA Summit, Washington D.C.

* (Sept. 7-9) RFID Journal offers RFID training course at International Paper's RFID Test Center, Memphis, details

(Sept. 8) AITP Nashville, with speaker David Cochran, IT manager, Vanderbilt Children's Hospital. For information,
write here.

(Sept. 14) Nashville Capital Network program, "Managing the Fast-Growing Business," 5:30 p.m., Averbuch Audit., Owen GSM, Vanderbilt.
Details TBA.

(Sept. 26-29) Fountainhead College of Technology's Center for Information Assurance & Cybersecurity Training (IACT) hosts National Security Agency's (NSA) INFOSEC Assessment Methodology (IAM) and INFOSEC Evaluation Methodology (IEM) training and certification courses.
Details here, phone (865) 688-9422 or write here.

(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, "How does a de-centralized Fortune 100 company refresh its technology? -
an HCA story,"
presented by Lee Adams, VP-Service Management & Delivery for HCA IT&S. Details TBA.

(Oct. 6-7) Tennessee Valley Venture Forum,

* (Oct. 17-18) Healthcare M&A conference in Nashville,
details here.

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

(Nov. 3) Regional Business After Hours
, Gaylord Entertainment Center, 5 p.m. -8 p.m. For info, write

* (Nov. 14-17) Oak Ridge: International Energy Agency's Ad Hoc Group on Science and Energy Technologies Workshop for the Development of an International Strategic Plan for energy resources, at Oak Ridge NL. The seminal strategic planning workshop will guide future activities on AHGSET and international cooperation in basic research for energy. Aug. 1 release here.

(Dec. 1) NTC Tech Roundtable, program on Meaningful Metrics in IT, with participants from HCA, Gartner, Caterpillar Financial. Details TBA.

* (March 2006) Manufacturing Excellence Conference at MTSU, March 16, 2006. For info, write here.

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