Thursday, Sept. 15, 2005 (No. 62)
Editor & Publisher 
Milt Capps
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Scheduled Events

Sept. 20 Vote:  Metro Nashville may develop municipal Internet; ISDN-Net and BellSouth reportedly see varied role for government; Comcast waiting to see, while Tuesday's action in Metro Council may advance Briley broadband task force resolution, The City Paper, Aug. 29.

TN ECD Commis. Kisber trying to sell broadband infrastructure support for rural areas; most see broadband as prerequisite to retaining and attracting jobs, Tennessean, Aug. 30.

HealthStream searches for new products for next phase of development; Frist reportedly expects substantial increase in profits, Nash. Bus. Journal, Aug. 26.

Verizon court relief stops Cookeville-based Source Resources from obtaining and selling Verizon customer information, release

The HCA Tech Refresh is the subject of the Oct. 6 NTC Tech Roundtable, register here.

Nashville loses PodCast Alley startup to San Fran's PodShow, Cerf's Up, Sept. 8. PodShow release Sept. 7. Related story, the City Paper, Sept. 12.

SESAC's Collins in Q&A says educating young songwriters about value of IP is one of his biggest challenges, City Paper, Sept. 15.

Ned Ramage launches Digital Security Associates, after stint at First Amendment Center, Tennessean, Sept. 4.

Gibson inks videogame deal with RedOctane (Sunnyvale), Nash. Bus. Journal, Aug. 31.

Major Software Engineering process conference will convene in Nashville in March 2006, with push from Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute

Leadership Music plans to hold its 2nd Digital Summit, in March-April 2006 timeframe. This year's summit here.

Katrina:  Incubator Group launched the Open House Project to identify free shelter for evacuees, according to Shane Messer. His partner David Reilly appeared on MSNBC about the effort, here. Messer said Sept. 9 that the group may develop new services for small businesses affected by Katrina.

McDonald Consulting Group (Atlanta) joins with Avalar for Nashville market entry in financial-solutions segment, with new office under Barry Pollack. Related release, Sept. 1.  Related story appeared in Tennessee Tribune, Sept. 8. Founder/President Menter says is just now becoming operational.

Nissan may move U.S. headquarters to mid-Tenn. or Texas, The City Paper, Sept. 15. Tennessean, Sept. 15. Nash.Bus. Journal, Sept. 15.

Avaya selects Dialogic Communications as emergency-notification provider, release Aug. 17. Tennessean, Aug. 20. City Paper, Aug. 22, p. 9, not on web.

(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. Full program and free registration here.

State Procurement:  The State of Tennessee is assessing State procurement policies, rules and statutes related to procurement of goods and services, and any recommendations for improvement that might result are likely to emerge by February 2006. In 2004, a more limited procurement study covered professional services, only; that effort gathered input from IT vendors, among others. The current broader effort is led by Project Manager Kendra Gipson. In a recent interview, project team member Ronald Maupin, director-audit and consulting services within F&A's division of resource development and support, said the initiative has the trilateral sponsorship of the commissioners of General Services and F&A (Gwendolyn Davis and Dave Goetz, respectively), as well as that of Comptroller John Morgan. The project group, chartered in April, will among other things "consider the future implementation" of ERP, including a possible procurement component. Maupin said the procurement assessment was prompted largely because State agencies have often found it takes too long to fulfill their requirements, while many vendors have consistently complainted that it's "too hard to do business with the State." Meanwhile, 21-year OIR veteran Jane Chittenden is the new director of procurement and contract management for Tennessee Office of Information Resources (F&A Div.).  Also, the State has announced it will issue a major RFP 317.03-134 for ERP Software and Services, Oct. 21, 2005.
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New NTC Members, as of Sept. 14 (since Feb. 1). Previous new-member report, here.

• For information about NTC Membership here. About Spotlight or NONT, write Milt Capps or call (615) 244-3222.
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Been away?  Back issues right here

Spurred by Nashville Capital Network angels' funding, SmartVue is ready to ship products, and readies launch of tech upgrade for counting persons viewed by cameras, City Paper, Sept. 6. NCN Executive Director Sid Chambless is scheduled to appear on the Friday, Sept. 16, edition of Nashville Business, on NewsChannel5+ with NBJ Editor Geert DeLombaerde (Comcast, Ch. 50, 8 p.m. and other airings).

Word Distribution (division of Warner/Curb's Word Entertainment division)  launches "Give Music. Get Music" campaign with e-commerce site, Nash. Bus. Journal,
Sept. 6.

Digital Reasoning Systems and SmartDM reflect premium placed on intelligence and data-mining technologies, City Paper, Aug. 31. Digital Reasoning Systems Interceptor technology update, Federal Computer Week, Sept. 6.

Sedgwick Claims Management Services Inc. (Memphis) is looking for a suitor-buyer,
Memphis Bus. Journal, Sept. 6.

Triad Semiconductor star Wrappe cites Tennessee (with NC, VA) as among emerging focal-points for medical, sensor and wireless-technologies development, TMCnet,
Sept. 14

BMI's music-rights-monitoring technology acquisition of BlueArrow (
Shazam Entertainment, London) matches ASCAP, spurs SESAC, and promises increased global revenues for songwriters, more audience-response-driven radio programming and perhaps more acute monitoring of downloads. BMI's new tech unit is Landmark Digital Services, in Nashville. Tennessean, 1E, Sept. 12. Nash. Bus. Journal, Aug. 30. Radio & Records, Aug. 31. BMI release, Aug. 30. Shazam release, here. BMI sees $11.4 million in annualized ringtone revenues, Tennessean, Sept. 13

Fox departs for Titan Advisors post in Nashville; Ruble succeeds Fox as editor, BusinessTN magazine, Tennessean, Aug. 24. Separately, in a message to subscribers, signals possible cessation of online publication. Tennessean, Aug. 25.

Tennessee Valley Venture Forum (Oct. 6-7) announced this year's presenting companies, including Accurate Automation Corp. (Chattanooga); EcoSMART Technologies (Franklin); Eonstreams (Knoxville); FileKeeper  (Knoxville); Garments Holding (Louisville); Multispectral Imaging (Oak Ridge); NuMarkets (Etowah); PlayMotion! (Alpharetta); ScanTech Holdings (Atlanta); SemiSouth Laboratories (Starkville); Smart Furniture (Chattanooga); Sunlight Direct (Oak Ridge); TapLogic (Murray); Telesensors (Knoxville); TicketsXchange (Oxford); TradeWind Technologies (Knoxville); Tricycle (Chattanooga).

More:  Xebec Management Inc. completed purchase of InfoAdvantage Inc.; Xebec IT unit to be headed by Greg Flanagan, City Paper, Aug. 23; Tennessean, Aug. 23.

Keim column reviews Ipix roller-coaster, notes cuts in IPIX's Oak Ridge complement, sees CEO Conti targeting homeland security market and retailers from Reston headquarters location, as losses continue and reserves look vulnerable, Knox. News Sentinel,
Aug. 23. Related Conti/Ipix coverage, Washington Post, Aug. 18 (archive). Ipix Corp. locks distribution agreement with PSA Security Network, Knox. News Sentinel, Aug. 29, not on web. PSA release, Aug. 23 here. New Lockheed electronic surveillance technology may trump Ipix and other offerings, Wash. Post, Aug. 29 (archive paid).

Cumberland Emerging Technologies announced expansion of its Life Science Center facilities, Nash. Bus. Journal,
Sept. 14. CET life-sciences incubator adds Aetos Technologies' and its CytaViva microscopy technology that fills the gap between light and electron microscopes, Nash. Bus. Journal, Aug. 26
Cornwall of Belmont's Center for Entrepreneurship sees VC-Angel capital in abundance, but not enough deals meet investors' criteria, Tennessean,
Aug. 28

Memphis' Luminetx adds subcutaneous vein-pattern recognition to biometric-identification quivver, Comm. Appeal,
Sept. 8.

Aylward of SyMed Development says new OneAppHR marketed via SyMplify
unit will support HR in all sectors, marks departure from healthcare-only sector, Nash. Bus. Journal, p. 6, Sept. 9, not on web. 

Incubators:  Encapsula NanoSciences springs to life in Cumberland Emerging Technologies Life Science Center, City Paper,
Sept. 12

Innovation Valley Partners in Knoxville affiliated with Battelle Ventures, which will station a VC expert in Knoxville, SmallTimes,
Sept. 14

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Exec Profile: Shan Dixon of Zortec says focus is key to success, notes that Java and .Net are not as dominant in software-development as folks think, reminds us there's plenty of COBOL out there, awaiting transformation with System Z. p. 13, Nash. Bus. Journal, Sept. 9.
Dalcon Business Systems names Dunham first CTO, The Tennessean, Sept. 2. Release Aug. 29. Nash. Bus. Journal, Aug. 29.

Renard François, an associate in the law firm of Bass, Berry & Sims PLC, has been appointed chair of the Intellectual Property and Internet Law Committee of the American Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division.
Release here.

Joe Rolwing, executive director of the TN. Biotechnology Assn. and director of Cumberland Emerging Technologies, is now also president of Mid. TN. Healthcare Executives' board of directors, Tennessean,
Aug. 28.

eTransX (Brentwood) says it has contracted to provide onsite network engineering and system admin support services for
Volpe National Transportation Systems Center (USDOT). Release Aug. 23.

ClientLogic opens Oklahoma call center, Release
Sept. 13. Saville will handle HR and IT functions as EVP, Release Sept. 13. Nash. Bus. Journal, Sept. 13.

Ozburn-Hessey Logistics hires Gordon, with lengthy supply-chain history, to be EVP business development, Nash. Bus. Journal,
Sept. 13.

eDatingPlanet (Old Hickory) is adding VoIP service to enhance matchees' international pleasure, Nash. Bus. Journal,
Aug. 29.

Aegis adds Poteet, formerly of ARx, as VP marketing operations, City Paper,
Aug. 24.

Former hired hacker Buzek of IHL Consulting says Nashville ranks high in self-checkout equipment use by grocery shoppers, City Paper,
Aug. 24.

Cumberland Consulting Group (Franklin) adds Bailey from PWC as consultant, City Paper,
Aug. 24.

Optus achieved premier certification from Cisco Systems, Comm. Appeal,
Aug. 28.

Former SmartDM SVP-Sales, Angela Jordan-Perry, joins MailNet Services as national sales manager, along with Brad Aniker, formerly of Japs-Olson (Minneapolis). Tennessean,
Aug. 28.

Stan Mitchell is forensics lab manager for LogicForce Consulting LLC, previously served with MNPD Computer Forensics Lab, Tennessean,
Sept. 4.

Comdata Corp. has signed a deal with Fiscal Systems (Madison, AL) to market OmniDesq (FS' Trav Star 1 POS backoffice system), Nash. Bus. Journal,
Aug. 29. Comdata Atlanta Falcons deal, Nash. Bus. Journal, Aug. 24.

Robert Half International opens 2d area office at Cool Springs, Nash. Bus. Journal,

ClearTrack Information Network, a provider of comprehensive supply chain software and services for the consumer retail industry, was named a 100 Great Supply Chain Partner for 2005 by Global Logistics and Supply Chain Strategies magazine.
Release here.

NTC Member Buffkin Associates announces
admission to Association of Executive Search Consultants.

Passalong Networks uses its P2P Revolution and adopts SoniqCast SoniqSync for unprecedented Wi-Fi Coldplay sales, release
Sept. 2.

Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and affiliates launched My News Central intranet
, Aug. 31. My News was created by the Chamber, and produced by Cool Springs Technologies.

Column:  Cowan Benefit's Mueller stresses virtues of Human Resources Management Systems technologies, p. 23, Nash. Bus. Journal,
Sept. 9.
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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. Registration here.

Linda Rebrovick address Dell's Healthcare business initiatives, City Paper, Aug. 24.

HCA IT&S recruitment open house for IT and Clinical technology professionals is Sept. 24 at HCA. Email resumes in advance

State of TN Mental Health & Developmental Disabilities Office of Managed Care, looking for Director Healthcare Informatics, Tennessean employment, Sept. 11.
Search here. Tiny URL might work for specific job.

Decision Resources (Waltham, Mass.) quick to resell Nashville-based HealthLeaders Media to HCPro (Marblehead, Mass.), Tennessean,
Aug. 23. Nash. Bus. Journal, Aug. 23., Aug. 22. Former CEO McQuigg said pursuing other entrepreneurial opportunities.

Franklin's Spheris near top of med-transcription business, Nashville Medical News, Sept. 05.

WebMD Corp. has $130 Million goal for sale of shares in WebMD Health, Tennessean, Sept. 15. Related earlier story cites lower target, Red Herring,
Sept. 14., provides more background on WebMD finances.

HCA IT spending is weighted toward preventing medication errors, includes investment in ePOM
, eMar, Robot-Rx; more data warehousing, RFID, etc., are over the horizon, Nash. Bus. Journal, HealthCare 100 supplement,  52A, Sept. 9, not on web.

Centerstone is a leader in web-based Electronic Medical Record, Nash. Bus. Journal, HealthCare 100 supp., 52A,
Sept. 9.

Stinger Medical engineering exec joins Integrated Health Systems (Seattle) as EVP Engineering, release
Aug. 31.

Healthcare Management Systems signs with Bedford Regional Medical in Indiana,
Aug. 26, Nash. Bus. Journal. Release Aug. 24.

Net-RX ProfitOptimizer analysis tool for pharmacies will be married with Hamacher Resource Group market-specific prescription data, as result of alliance announced
Aug. 26.

May to step down as HealthSouth chairman, Birm. Bus. Journal,
Sept. 6.

Jon Lehman of named associate dean for health care at Owen GSM at Vanderbilt, overseeing new Health Care MBA, Tennessean,
Aug. 24, here; City Paper, Aug. 24, p. 11, not on web. Nash. Bus. Journal, Aug. 26, not on web.

Ardent Health Care Services announced adding Charles Higgins, apps. developer (previously, Direct Insurance Co.); and, Marsha Pierce, database administrator (prev., Rezultz). Tennessean,
Aug. 28.

Health Management Systems named former Ardent Health CIO Steve Starkey its new VP product development, in addition to other sales and implementation hires,
here Sept. 4, Tennessean.

DS signs extended IT services agreement with Express Scripts pharmacy-benefits manager,
release Aug. 31.

National Alliance for Health IT, which includes HCA and Blue Cross Blue Shield of TN among many others, on
Sept. 9 announced its support of the "new five-year demonstration project from the federal government to couple redesign of the healthcare delivery system with alternative models of payment for healthcare services." This is the Medicare Health Care Quality Demonstration project led by CMS.

RAND report says Healthcare IT could save more than $80 Billion per year and improve patient care,,
Sept. 14. healthcare IT events calendar,

Pressure on BCBS for profits, acquisitions, IT purchases, Times Free Press,
Sept. 10.

Nashville's GM Medical Ventures chose Bluegate IT outsourcing and managed security provider for its Town and Country Hospital, Houston, release
Sept. 8.

Nashville's Anesthesia Medical Group, member of Anesthesia Business Group, is among adopters of IDX Groupcast practice-management solutions, release
Sept. 6.

Johnson City-based Mountain States Health Alliance is a forerunner in EMR with its Safety First program and Siemens technology; HCA spokesman Prescott cautions against exaggeration in projecting universal EMR, BusinessTN, p. 42,
September 05.

Rationale for ASP model for services in provider reimbursement offered by IMaCS pioneer, as Nashville practice-management conference approaches, Nash. Med. News,
Sept. 05.

Knoxville's Southeastern Dermatology Consultants group is high on eClinicalWorks upgrades for EMR and practice-management, BW release
Sept. 6.

American HealthChoice's TelMedCo telemed solution goes to Tennessee
, Texas hospitals for second-opinion support, PRN release Sept. 13.

EHR for Katrina evacuees in 150 zipcodes gives boost to online health records, Wash. Post.,
Sept. 14. 

Inaugural meeting of American Health Information Community, mandated by President Bush, is Oct. 7. Charter here. HHS Scty. Leavitt announced initial Community members,
Sept. 13. Notice of formation of ONCHIT appeared in Federal Register Aug. 19, here.

Sen. Frist advocates Wire for Healthcare Quality Act, column, pp. 8A-9A, Nash. Bus. Journal HealthCare100 section, Sept. 9.
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Link to key in-state government bid-tracking resources, here. Also, see previous issues, here

As noted in Upfront, above, the State has issued a formal timeline for the projected Oct. 21 release of its RFP 317.03-134 for ERP services and ensuing bid process.

Gov. Phil Bredesen is scheduled to visit Joint Institute for Computational Sciences Building at ORNL, this afternoon.

TRA's Tate still said to have inside track on FCC apppointment, MetroPulse,
Sept. 15, scroll down here. TRA Director Debi Tate's name bandied about for FCC post, a move that could bring Republican FCC chair the influence he needs, Tennessean, Aug. 21.

State and Local IT spending will increase by billions during next five years, according to DataMonitor, FCW, Sept. 6.
Streamlined Sales Tax Update
, CNet News, Sept. 9.

State of Tennessee seeks IT industry comments on future of WAN and related infrastructure, foreshadowing future RFP for hardware and implementation; RFI 317.03-135, responses requested by Oct. 7.

Dept of Mental Health, et al, 339.17-025 Medical Transcription Services, proposals due Oct. 4.

Port of Memphis will upgrade surveillance with Homeland grant, Southern Std., Sept. 15.

FBI Crime Database for background checks may be unreliable, Times Free Press, Aug. 27.

Curtis Person to head Comcast's legislative efforts, as company looks to deal with State regulatory activism, Tennessean, Aug. 27.

Tennessee job hunters may be victims of online employment scam originating in Latvia, City Paper, Aug. 24.

Tennessee politicians do more campaigning online; Gov. Bredesen acknowledges his blog is inactive, City Paper, Aug. 24.

VoIP 911 deadline extended til Sept. 28; FCC statement, Aug. 26.

Tennessee voter database should be in compliance with Help America Vote Act by January, Times Free Press, Aug. 22.

NEW Tennessee Network Consulting Services (new TNII) is focus of RFP 317.03-129 deadline Sept. 28.

Columnist says UT-Battelle jockeying for greater compensation at Oak Ridge National Lab, Knox. News Sentinel, Aug. 31. UT President Petersen describes virtues of Oak Ridge NL partnership, Knox. News Sentinel, Aug. 31.

ECD Commissioner Kisber unveils TN Leadership Center for economic development, Tennessean, Aug. 30.

Backup:  Jim White, SunGard Availability Service's operations manager in our region, confirmed an earlier story by, regarding Metro Fire and NES ordering SunGard, in an effort to assure the safety of responding firemen, to shutdown the SunGard backup generator. This followed a Commerce Building power outage. The shutdown order came after Metro personnel became aware of smoke in the building's underground NES transformer vault. SunGard customers were reportedly down less than an hour on Sunday, Aug. 7. Reported by, Aug. 8.

TRA votes to approve contract for CapTel via Sprint for hard-of-hearing, Tennessean, Aug. 23. Sprint wins TRA Captioned Telephone Service contract, Memphis Bus. Journal, Aug. 31. 

Knox County Mayor Ragsdale begins podcasting, Knox. News Sentinel, Aug. 30.

Chattanooga enterprise expert J.R. Clark tells Chattanoogans that government shouldn't be in the Internet-services business,, Sept. 14.

Knox County tries high-tech sex-offender tracking, Knox. News Sentinel, Sept. 13. Shelby County begins using GPS to track sex offenders, Commercial Appeal, Sept. 15. Offender tracking system enters pilot phase for Tennessee Board of Probation and Parole, WKRN, Sept. 7. 

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

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

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.

TN Human Services RFP 345-01.201 for Web-based On-line Vision Integration Program (VIP), is now due Oct. 20. 

Metro Police Department Advanced Records Management Systems RFP 05-72 issue Aug. 11, preproposal conference is Aug. 24 and bids are due Sept. 30.
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NE TN Tech Council President Andy Czuchry of ETSU faculty announced that Jerry Brock will serve as interim executive director following the departure of long-time Council staff Vivian Crymble, after she became Community and Government Relations Manager for Mountain States Health Alliance. Brocks says he has in recent years worked with Dover Associates, Vanderbilt Bio-Medical Engineering program and with Micro-Nova Technology, among others.

Knoxville's Control Technology Inc. takes its programmable logic controllers on Australian roadshow,,
Sept. 15.

Intergraph Workforce Management technology goes into service with Knoxville Utilities Board, release
Aug. 31.

Memphis MidSouth VoIP offers FlashPhone for video-conferencing, Comm. Appeal,
Aug. 23.

Chattanooga's premier industrial park faces stiff competition as rumored automakers' site selections for capacity investments appear in-the-offing, Times Free Press,
Aug. 28.

Memphis' Accuship adds Rau of Red Prairie and i2 Technologies to its board of directors, Memphis Bus. Journal,
Aug. 22.

Herrin brought European business emphasis to IT recruiting shop J&D Resources in Memphis, Memphis Bus. Journal,
Aug. 26. 

NuVox (Greenville, SC) offering VoIP in Nashville and Knoxville, Nash. Bus. Journal,
Aug. 26.

UPS, with more than 1,500 employees in Memphis, is an early adopter of U.S. Customs-developed Automated Commercial Environment, Memphis Bus Journal,
Aug. 29.

Memphis Aegis Interworld names Maready among new management team, release
Aug. 30. Launches division with Indian capital to tackle BPO sector, release here. Memphis Bus. Journal, Aug. 8.

Chattanooga Gas parent AGL acquires ArcGIS GIS enterprise license for its companies, release
Aug. 29.

Chattanooga-based Innovative Processing Solutions offered free Transfunds in-cab messaging services for fleet, in recognition of Katrina relief effort, release Sept. 2.

Oak Ridge's Sunlight Direct employs ORNL-developed technology in venture led by serial entrepreneur Morris, Knox. News Sentinel,
Aug. 31

Knoxville's FileKeeper releases FileKeeper Enterprise 2.1 for file backup and recovery, release
Aug. 30.

n*tara of Johnson City captures Forrester emerging-technology innovation award,
Release Sept. 1

Cleveland State Community College will offer two new IT certificate programs, Cleveland Daily Banner,
Aug. 26.

KORR Net adopts new identity, launches new regional portal for nonprofits and events at
. Related story, Knox. News Sentinel, Sept. 12.

Memphis-based Aerospace Products International Inc. ("API," sub of First Aviation Services, Westport, CT) announced the appointment of Jean-Marie (Jim) Pogu as Senior Vice President of Marketing and Sales. API provides supply chain management and customized third party logistics services and technology solutions, including inventory management services for aircraft manufacturers and operators. Release Sept. 7.

E.W. Scripps (Knox. News Sentinel, Memphis Comm. Appeal) adopted Travidia online shopping channels,
release Sept. 6. Knoxville-area online auctions underway (Scripps), here

Bartlett council defers vote on awarding cable franchise to Comcast, in hope of getting Comcast underwriting of government access television and other concessions, Comm. Appeal,
Sept. 14.
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Bredesen says high-school graduation rate unacceptably low in Tennessee, WSMV 4 Nashville, here. Governor is agreeable to adding fourth year of high-school math requirement, Knox. News Sentinel, Aug. 19. Tennessee businesses want stronger math, science skills in graduates, Tennessean, Aug. 19.

Tennesseans urged to attend college, via campaign funded in part by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, City Paper, Sept. 12.

UT's Petersen has plenty of partners, as he moves to make UT preeminent research institution, MetroPulse, Sept. 15.

Stacy Ables named VP-Operations and IT at Crichton College, Memphis, Comm. Appeal, Sept. 4.

Jim Johnson, the Dean of Information and Engineering Technology at Nashville State Community College, has been named a Mentor in American Assn. of Community Colleges MentorLinks organization, Tennessean, Aug. 28.

More on that FedEx grant to enable U.Memphis to bring "rock star" researchers to campus for FedEx Institute of Technology, SmallTimes, Aug. 29. Commercial Appeal, Aug. 26.

Memphis SIM chapter seeks to woo kids into IT fields, InformationWeek, Sept. 14.

Oak Ridge NL is prepared to provided $10K subsidies to recruit science teachers to region's public schools, Knox. News Sentinel, Aug. 24.

ustin Peay State University online-education numbers are up 80% year-to-year, Leaf-Chronicle, Aug. 24.
Vanderbilt University Web Communications unit takes leadership role in upgrading VU site, VU page here.

Cleveland State Community College will offer two new IT certificate programs, Cleveland Daily Banner, Aug. 26.

UT undergraduate supply-chain education ranks 10th nationally, Knox. News Sentinel, Aug. 26.

College textbooks' prices rise due in part to bundling with CDs, Internet supplements, other materials, Times Free Press, Aug. 25.

UT Chattanooga and the Chattanooga-based Advanced Transportation Technology Institute (ATTI) strengthened their partnership and their claims to national leadership through a pact for a new tech research program and new campus address for ATTI; release Aug. 19. U.S. Rep. Zach Wamp is among champions of the effort.

U. Tenn. President Petersen comments on UT's academic strides, Knox. News Sentinel, Sept. 4.

Forde joins Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, Knox. News Sentinel, Sept. 5.

Chattem contributes $300K to equip middle-schools with math computer labs, Times Free Press, Sept. 3.

Sales of educational software for the PC have nosedived, as parents use free online tutorials, toys with technology and hand-me-downs, NY Times, Aug. 21.

Paul Gherman, Vanderbilt's chief librarian, will serve 2005-06 as president of Southeastern Research Libraries; one SRL project is cooperative use of a virtual storage system for little-used holdings, Tennessean, Aug. 21, 5E, scroll down here.

Bradley County Schools allying with ReConverting to recycle infotechnologies, Times Free Press, Aug. 21.

UT Knoxville relies upon increased student fees and support to advance campus' IT infrastructure, Knox. News Sentinel, Aug. 22.

Literacy key to succeeding in technology-driven workplace, Daily New Journal, Aug. 23.

Oak Ridge NL a leader in wireless R&D to enable industry to share bandwidth, Information Systems & Automation Society newspage, Aug. 29.

Tennessee acceptance of computers in pre-K classrooms is not universal, Knox. News Sentinel, Aug. 29.

Univ. of Tenn. is closely watching students' response to its legal-downloading deal with Napster, Knox. News Sentinel, Aug. 29.

Oak Ridge Associated Universities give more grants to Anderson County, Oak Ridge schools, OakRidger, Aug. 22. More corporate contributions flow to OakRidge High School, OakRidgers, Aug. 22.

Oak Ridge NL officials seek supercomputing leadership, Knox. News Sentinel, Aug. 22. UT's Dongarra says all computer makers are in a race for the petaflop, Taipei Times, Aug. 21. More on ORNL in Teragrid, Znet, Aug. 22.

Oak Ridge's Pro2Serve underwrites UT Math Contest, for which registration is now open for Oct. 27 event, OakRidger, Aug. 26.

Maryville College names Mark Fugate director of IT, Knox. News Sentinel, Aug. 29.

Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education attracts students to research environment, Oak Ridger, Aug. 26. 

Metro Schools unveils new website, City Paper, Aug. 30.

East Lake Academy in Memphis celebrates large Plato Learning grant, Times Free Press, Aug. 31.

UT will use DOE grant to upgrade Graduate Automotive Technology Education (GATE) Hybrid Systems research, release Aug. 29.

SW Tennessee Community College will train schools' webmasters, Memphis Bus. Journal, Aug. 30.

Data visualization work at Oak Ridge NL gains momentum with addition of Ahern to staff, as ORNL computational leadership grows, Knox. News Sentinel, Sept. 5.

Is the Bush Administration bending science to political ends, and what part does the scientific community play? NY Times Magazine, Sept. 4.

ORNL weighs-in on ideal wireless sensors' characteristics, E
lectronic Products, Aug. 31.

Murfreesboro's Hobgood Elementary is site of region's first NASA Explorer School, emphasizing science, technology, engineering, math and geography, with emphasis on disadvantaged students, Tennessean, Sept. 6.

U. Memphis to be second college campus for training center for SAS business software, Memphis Bus. Journal, Sept. 2.

Amid controversy, Memphis city schools allocates more than $1 million for learning technologies and related, Commercial Appeal, Sept. 13.

America's K-12 schoolers get outsourced online tutoring from abroad, NY Times, Sept. 7.

Tablet PCs now go to all high-schoolers at Franklin Road Academy, Tennessean, Sept. 7.

Engineers continuing pruning costs on $40 million-plus Oak Ridge High School revamp, Knox. News Sentinel, Sept. 8.

UT Chattanooga adopts UK-based Touchpaper's HelpDesk, with Novell ZENworks and Microsoft Outlook Integration, as their consolidated service desk solution. BW Sept. 13. UT-C CIO Monty Wilson said Touchpaper met their requirements.
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Recent Jobs Postings to NTC Careers page, here names Nashville one of nation's seven "Coolest" cities, Nash. Bus. Journal,
Sept. 13.

Also cool, but pricey: Former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker, former SEC Chairman William H. Donaldson and Chancellor of the Delaware Court of the Chancery William B. Chandler III will headline the 2005 Vanderbilt Directors College, Oct. 6-7. For registrant eligibility, costs and details, here. 

Rights of access? Supreme Court nominee John Roberts may grapple with numerous issues of science and technology, from patents and copyright, to cloning and privacy. NY Times Magazine,
Aug. 28.

H1B visa cap for the year was reached in August, San Jose Bus Journal,

Nanotechnology coalition unveils nanotech, health and safety database,,
Aug. 28.

Alan Hubbard, former head of Presidential Council on Competitiveness, will discuss the U.S. economy, Wilson Hall, Vanderbilt University, free lecture, Sept. 22, 7:30 p.m. Info here.

Nashville-area IT experts are sought to address doctoral candidates, discussing their work in IT and software development, in Tennessee State University's Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering, beginning in November. For further information, please contact Prof. M. Bodruzzaman, Ph.D. Course meets for one hour and the commitment is for one session for each volunteer. For more information, call (615) 963-5367 or
write here.

CareerFest 2005 at Tennessee State Fairgrounds Oct. 25, 2005, 1:30 p.m. - 6 p.m., sponsored by Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce.
Details here.

Nashville Business Journal has finished compiling its list of IT Employers and will publish it Sept. 30

Folks at Emma (ColdFeetCreative) today plan to begin winnowing nonprofit candidates for free Emma accounts, details

HR-XML consortium to meet in Nashville, Oct. 3-4,
details here. 

Profile of Dell's Kevin Rollins, NY Times,
Sept. 11.

Riverbend Technology Institute, UT Chattanooga Coll. of Business and the Center for Entrepreneurial Growth offer a course on technology and entrepreneurship. For info, (423) 425-2177.
GPS technology helps parents track teenagers, but brings trust dilemmas, as well, editorial, Nashville City Paper, Aug. 26.

As emphasis on onshore programming declines, the role of Computing rises to status of Third Pillar of Science, affecting all other fields. NY Times,
Aug. 23.

Google antes-up with Blog-searching tools, Wash. Post,
Sept. 15.

Australian court orders Sydney-based Kazaa to modify software to discourage illegal file-sharing, echoing US Court rulings, NY Times,
Sept. 6.

An aging, successful author, Warren Adler embraces Internet publishing, free books and time-tested self-promotion, NY Times,
Aug. 21.

Trick for your website's traffic:  Yahoo unveils hotzone war-zone coverage as audience-builder with journalist Kevin S
ites. Volunteers?

E-Commerce: Solving the 'too-many-clicks' problem in online retailing, NY Times,
Sept. 12.

Chinese Internet entrepreneurs and Western partners hope to find next Google or eBay, NY Times,
Sept. 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) 

(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) InfraGard Mid-TN meeting at Wildhorse Saloon, 4 p.m., with presentations from Patrick Gray of Internet Security Sys. X-Force; and, presentation by Tech Systems. Details, registration, scroll
down here. 

(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.27) Women in Technology Tennessee (WITTN) program, 5 p.m., Jim Gray, CIO of O'Charley's at O'Charley's Hqtrs. Training Center, RSVP

(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
Details here.

* (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.

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

* (Oct. 10) Chatta. Engineers and IEEE Computer Soc., 11:00 a.m., "Digitizing IPIX Photography for Security Systems," Vistascape Security Systems, University Center. For information, Judy Driggans at (423) 751-7616.
* (Oct. 13) "Time and Event-based system software construction," presentation by Dr. Chris Gill of Washington Univ., Featheringill Hall, Vanderbilt Engineering, discussing his efforts to develop a suite of techniques and tools for software development.

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

* (Oct. 19) Memphis Technology Council mixer, with speaker Michael Schmidt, director of Center for Multimedia Arts, FedEx Institute of Technology, U. Memphis.
Details here

* (Oct. 20) Vanderbilt Engineering Featheringill Audit., Dr. Mike Wagner, M.D., U. of Pittsburgh, use of AI in disease surveillance of populations and environment.

(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. 10) "Understanding Business Valuation" seminar, cosponsored by Nashville Technology Council and Owen Entrepreneurship Center, focusing on how to maximize business valuation across growth stages.  Topics include a Valuation primer; pre-Seed Money valuation; Early/Seed enterprise valuation; Growth company valuation; and, a CEO panel discussion. Confirmed speakers, registration fees to be announced. Venue: Curb Center, Belmont University. For further information, call (615) 743-3160 or 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.

* (May 31-June 1)
Tennessee Valley Corridor National Summit, Convention Center, Chattanooga.

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