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Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2005 (No. 65)
Editor & Publisher 
Milt CappsNews Archive
DEC. 1 –  "Meaningful IT Metrics," NTC Tech Roundtable,  execs from HCA, HealthStream, CAT Financial, Gartner, details here.


   Two-dozen events, including NTC's Dec. 1 Tech Roundtable, "Meaningful Metrics for IT," with execs from CAT Fin., HCA, HealthStream, Gartner. Calendar d
etails here...
CONNECTIONS:   TRA's Tate seems a shoo-in at FCC.  Zycron's Darrell Freeman now chairs Metro Telecom. Innovation Task Force, while TRA Chair Ron Jones touches on broadband competition. BellSouth CTO says Google a threat. Bredesen names first members of State's broadband task force. Knology GM meets End of Days in Knox. Plus WV Fiber, Endavo, US LEC, Cellular South and More...
HEALTHCARE:  Healthcare Solutions Group launched. iLink busts out. Life Sciences Center. Frisse on Katrina. Plus, American Healthways, Sarah Cannon acquisition, Health Forecasts funding, LifeWings, CET, the Blues, Humana, Provectus, Stead on HIT roadmap...HCA seeks National IS director...and much More...

VENTURES:   Dialogic's dancecard full? Plus, Nissan IT notes, iPayment and Private Business gambits, iNetStrategy, Private Business and Captiva, Axis/KraftCPAs deal, LifeWay in IT biz, Asurion merger, Nashville Capital Network gains sponsors and funding participation, Worship Network moves here, VCs are busy in TN and
... More....

IN THE SPOTLIGHT:  Lance Lott, IT visionary at Metro Schools, right here. Also noted: Sara Tyler departs Tech Council, here.

PARTNERS:  Stottlemeyer commands NFIB here, Elkins to Cisco/Nashville, Attention IT graduates, DigiScript on campus, NMG Advisers, C3 Consulting, InfoWorks, Sitening, Griffin, plus LBMC, Williamson Works, Gannett and More...

EAST WEST:  SimCenter, Hewlett Packard, IDS, NextInc., Online Development, Scripps, Regal, Toshiba layoffs, Wachovia, tech councils' awards, officers and programs – plus 'work ethic' problems and workforce constraints in spots around state. 

GOVERNMENT:  Metro Nashville IS and State E-911 get new leaders. Database key in Meth war. New and updated RFPs from State, and

INNOVATIONS:  Oak Ridge Natl. Lab initiatives and new agreement with MTSU; federal mandate for college technology spending, breach of campus student IS security, Quantum dots and nanotubes produce new light sources – 

RESOURCES:   Tech companies' growth rates slowing; Janice Reece is determined to connect Nashville with IDEAlliance; BellSouth's Ackerman and Sen. Alexander have words for us about innovation and competitiveness, VU Engineering students are ready to tackle marketing projects you sponsor... and More...
Darrell Freeman, Founder/CEO, Zycron Inc., was elected Chairman Nov. 9 by members of the Metro Council Telecommunications Innovation Task Force.  Group to meet again, Dec. 5.  Opinions:  Tennessean's second editorial supports Metro Council Telecommunications Innovation Task Force, Tennessean, Oct. 28. Columnist Daughtrey sees Metro Council broadband initiative as reflecting Tennessee progressive impulse, Tennessean, Oct. 31. Story on origins of task force, Tennessean, Oct. 6.

Bush Administration nominates TRA Director
Debi Tate for Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Tennessean editorial supports nomination, calling Tate a consensus-builder, Nov. 15. White House release, Nov. 9. Washington Post, Nov. 10. Tennessean, Nov. 10. FCC Chairman Martin's endorsement (pdf), Nov. 9. BellSouth statement, Nov. 10.

TRA Chairman Ron Jones suggests more competition among broadband providers benefits all, however that competition might be fostered, Tennessean,
Oct. 30.

Gov. Phil Bredesen released the first batch of State Broadband Task Force members, Oct. 31: Robert E. Mayfield (Dyersburg), managing partner, ECSIS.NET, LLC & Electronic Communication Systems; David Dickey Sr. (Adamsville), Tennessee Operations Manager, CenturyTel; Beth Curley, (Nashville), President/CEO, Nashville Public Television (WNPT 8 PBS); Teryl P. Dison (Hendersonville), Network Director/RF Design, Verizon Wireless.

BellSouth CTO says Google is major potential competitor, as Google joins wireless project in Bay Area, looks at broadband-over-powerlines, etc. NY Times,
Nov. 6. Thinking about Yahoo: Community intelligence may be strategic differentiator, NY Times, Nov. 6. Google is techno-sociocultural disruption made real, and more to come in genetics and space, as marauding entrepreneurs press the boundaries, report by Nashvillian David Vise in Washington Post, Nov. 13. BellSouth targets residential multidwelling units (MDUs) with voice, data, Direct bundle, release Nov. 9.

E-rate: Congressional report on nine years of E-rate waste could foreshadow legislative remedies,
Wash. Post, Oct. 28.

Endavo Media and Communications entered into an agreement with WV Fi
ber, headquartered in Nashville, to implement Endavo's new digital content delivery and managed distribution over WV's nationwide IP network to web-based and local broadband communities. Release here. Nashville-based ISDN-Net announced an alliance with Endavo in October 2004.

WV Fiber selects Hibernia's transatlantic cable network,
release Nov. 10.

Gigabeam receives WiFiber order from Memphis Networx, release
Nov. 8.

Consumer: Internet Voice Campaign seeks to educate consumers on VoIP,
CNET, Nov. 2. SureWest says it's first in nation with HDTV via IP, release Oct. 24. Phone, Cable Firms Rein-In Consumers' Internet use, to limit VoIP calling and video downloads, Wall St. Journal, A1, Oct. 21. Consumers ditching of land-lines sharply increases, CNet news, Oct. 25.  New consumer website addresses VoIP 911. VoIP subscriptions eating-away at traditional phone lines, Wash. Post, Nov. 15.

Former US LEC exec joins Knoxville's RM Technologies, which he believes is prepared for digital convergence, Knox. News Sentinel,
Oct. 24.

Cellular South (Jackson MS) and its small wireless-carrier allies hope new Kyocera phone will enable them to compete with biggest carriers, Comm. Appeal,
Oct. 25.

Knology GM in Knoxville meets End of Days with cable provider, after publicly declaring Armageddon imminent, Knox. News Sentinel, Nov. 12.


Nashville-based Healthcare Solutions Group launched, release Oct. 25. Related story, City Paper, Oct. 10. Modern HealthCare, here. 

HCA searching nationally (11/06/05) for National Director of Information Systems, employment ad, Tennessean, Nov. 6.  HCA says it will be introducing new online-tracking system for employment candidates.

American Healthways inks three-year agreement with Washington, D.C.-based Center for Information Therapy (CIT), Inc., to jointly research and develop the most effective ways to improve population care and disease management using the principles of information therapy. Release here.

Net-Rx (E. Office, Mt. Juliet) announced RecRx, a claims-reconciliation service geared toward pharmacies. RecRx automates the process of transaction level reconciliation. Release Nov. 3.

Health Forecasts Inc. receives capital infusion from Charlotte merchant Banker, VSTH Capital of Charlotte. Nash. Bus. Journal, Nov. 4.

Sarah Cannon Institute purchase of Memphis' Summit Research Solutions affords clin-trials access, Nash. Bus. Journal, Nov. 4. City Paper, Nov. 4.

Pivot Health (a unit of Phycor spinoff Aveta spinoff) acquired software/services firm ClinixMIS (Brentwood), Nash. Bus. Journal, Nov. 9.

iLink Systems of Hendersonville will offer stripped-down EMR product to compete with CIMplify, others, as Federal health IT mandates loom, and investment grows in the category, Nash. Bus. Journal, Nov. 11.

LifeWings training program helps reduce medical errors with Career Resource Management support, Nash. Medical News, Nov. 05.

Nashville Academy of Medicine Chairman Lloyd cautions against the 'pseudoscience' arising from some payers' invocation of term, Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM), to unduly influence clinical care. Column, Nash. Bus. Journal, Nov. 4.

Mark Frisse, director of Vanderbilt Center for Better Health and regional informatics initiative, expressed concerns about EHR preparedness for supporting Katrina victims. Goverment Health IT report on data and Katrina, Nov. 14. VCBH supports National Health IT Resource Center, release Oct. 21.

Life Sciences Center – BioMimetic Therapeutics, VU incubator and Williamson County Econ. Development anchor first building in Cool Springs Life Sciences Center, as $80M campus-building plan by Noblegene developer moves ahead, Tennessean, Oct. 21. CSLSC Overview, here. Related story, Tennessean, Wmson. County, Oct. 21. Related, WSMV, Oct. 20. Are Science-related jobs replacing manufacturing in mid-TN? NewsChannel5 WTVF Oct. 20, here. Nash. Bus. Journal, Oct. 20.

Life sciences, surgery centers drawing VC interest, despite slump in investment, Tennessean, Oct. 26.

Cumberland Emerging Technologies gets NIH grant to address fluid-buildup in cancer patients, with eye toward commercialization of palliative treatments, Tennessean, Nov. 1.

VU Medical Center’s Bill Stead emphasizes importance of Health IT roadmap in accelerating adoption, RedHerring, Oct. 25.

THE BLUES – Bruce Taffel, M.D., CMO for Blue Cross Blue Shield of TN’s SharedHealth, was a presenter Nov. 9 on “A Business Case for Website Accreditation as Consumers Demand Evidence-Based High-Tech Health Care.” Remarks were during conference allied with URAC. Blue Cross Blue Shield of TN has shuffled management, including informatics, Release Nov. 9. Times Free Press, Nov. 13. Blues go with MetiLinx vSuite for virtualized environments, release Oct. 18. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tenn. adopts Webify SOBA, release Nov.10.

Healthcare Management Systems won Northcrest Med. Cntr. (Springfield) for full clinical and financial software applications, Gen. Engineering News, Oct. 20. HMS announced Rich Johnson to sr. consultant, HMS Professional Services; Chris Dalrymple, ASP lead engineer; Mistie Rymer to app. suppt. analyst. Tennessean, Nov. 6. Healthcare Management Systems made a dozen staff changes, including Donna Epperson, programmer analyst; and, Glenda Cox, QA analyst. For full list scroll here, Tennessean, Nov. 13 HMS case exemplifies PACS implementation advantages, Health Data Management, Nov. 4.

Humana announced TN additions, including Evans Looney, President, TN market; Robert Pope, VP-clinical innovation; Jeff Ridgway, SmartSuite consultant. Tennessean, Nov. 6.

Roberta Goodman, principal, Health Care Analytics, joins Owen Graduate School of Management as adjunct, Tennessean, Nov. 6.

Brumit named director telecommunications in medical technology division of Nash Lipsey Burch, engineered systems consulting firm, Tennessean, Oct. 30, scroll here.

Shmerling joins HealthStream board, Nov. 7, Nash. Bus. Journal. Healthstream reverses year-earlier quarterly losses, Tennessean, scroll here, Oct. 26. Release Oct. 25.

Spheris Inc., medical transcription company based in Franklin, ranks 16th in Inc. Magazine's 500 fastest-growing private companies, and topmost among healthcare IT companies, Tennessean, Nov. 2. Spheris release, Nov. 1. City Paper, Nov.3.

Health Informatics rated IT companies by healthcare revenues. Ranked companies with Nashville offices are: Dell, Emdeon, GE, HMS, Passport and Spheris, with Spheris.

Baptist Memorial Health Care Corporation, Memphis, in October during Storage Networking Industry Assn. Meeting at Orlando won a "Best Practices in Storage" award.

Patient Safety Institute of Plano will work with E. TN Health Information Network, using Physicians' Foundation grant, Knox. News Sentinel, Oct. 10.

Nationwide Health Information Network: Major HHS prototyping contracts awarded to four consortia, including CareSpark and WebMD. Nov. 10.

Vista Radiology of Knoxville among adopters of Payerpath claims-management solution, release Nov. 9.

PHG Technologies (Brentwood) VP-ITS Rick Wilkerson participated in Healthcare M&A Conference panel on health IT, release Oct. 20.

Stolen laptop at UT Medical Center contained thousands of patients' medical information, Knox. News Sentinel, Nov. 1.

Provectus Pharma. (Knoxville) CEO Provectus President Timothy Scott, Ph.D., Receives 'Distinguished Achievement Award' from University of Wisconsin, Madison, College of Engineering, release Oct. 20.

Via’s AppExchange - “A.I. Tech Software Inc. is putting the finishing touches on a health-care application that fuses its knowledge-management expertise with sophisticated natural-language search technology from Inxight Software Inc. to create software that learns as it's used,” Information Week, Oct. 3.

Cook County Systems planner says HHS should be focused on software API-level interoperability, rather than network interoperability, Healthcare-Informatics, November 2005.


Dialogic Communications President Gene Kirby told those assembled for the NTC-NCN-OEC "Understanding Business Valuation" seminar, Nov. 10, that his firm is "being courted quite a bit" by investment bankers, M&A specialists — in sharp contrast, he explained, to pre-9/11, pre-Y2K, when Dialogic "couldn't get any interest." DCC has also upgraded its web presence.

NISSAN TECHNOLOGY:  Nissan North America announcement, release dateline Nashville Nov. 10. The Tennessean's stories on Nissan relocation, Nov. 11, here. The City Paper, Nov. 11, here. Nash. Bus. Journal, Nov. 10. Nissan and partner Renault are harmonizing information systems, via Renaut-Nissan Information services, which controls IT planning, networks and communications and other functions, Sept. 05 brochure (pdf). Nissan and Transportation technology developments, here. Nissan's Vitria BusinessWare implementation began at Smyrna facilities, here. Nissan USA management team. Nissan technical, telecom and related centers. Vendor promo says "Nissan wants to be like Dell," here. Precursor rumor stories, Tennessean and LA Times, Nov. 3. Nissan North America addresses downtime at Smyrna plant by adopting GE FANUC Automation's Enterprise Manufacturing Intelligence solution, release Nov. 2. 

Worship Network spokesperson confirms that the enterprise has relocated headquarters to Seaboard Lane (Franklin, 615.261-8654), Multimedia News, Oct. 19 (Sub).

NCN's Chambless views positively Southern Growth Policy Board Southern Technology Council's Venture South initiative to create fund for ventures in undernourished Southeast, Nash. Bus. Journal, p. 4, Nov. 11.

Nashville Capital Network, a nonprofit that assists fledgling companies with early stage angel investor financing, has for the first time in its two-year history secured Bank sponsors. City Paper, Nov. 9. Release, Nov. 8. Tennessean, Nov. 10.

Nashville Capital Network angels active in Protein Discovery round. Release, Oct. 25. Nash. Bus. Journal, Oct. 25. City Paper Oct. 26. PharmaLive, Oct. 25. Knox. News Sentinel, Nov. 7.

Asurion acquires DST Systems’ Lock/Line subsidiary through a tax-free merger; DST provides extended warranties for telecom carriers. Release, Oct.27. Nash. Bus. Journal, Oct. 28. Related, City Paper, Oct. 31. Tennessean, Oct. 29. CEO Comolli appointed to board of Cellular Communications and Internet Assn., Sept. 29. Asurion announced Oct. 28 Tom Gwydir to Chief Information Officer (CIO), Dave Bauer to Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Dr. Martin Carmichael to Chief Security Officer (CSO) and Bill King to Vice President of Asia Product Management and IT. Asurion wireless clients and enterprise customers, here.

Private Business acquires Captiva Solutions (Atlanta), Nash. Bus. Journal, Oct. 21. Release, Oct. 21. Tennessean, Oct. 26. Earnings drop may reflect concerns over Captiva, Tennessean, Nov. 15. More on earnings, Nash. Bus. Journal, Nov. 14.

Pharos Capital and Massey Burch invest in Travel Holdings Inc. of Nashville, Nash. Bus. Journal, Oct. 26. Pharos also announced investment in wireless semiconductor startup Alereon Inc. (Austin), Tennessean, Oct. 27.

Nashville-based LifeWay Consulting Practice provides IT services to ministers, Baptist Press, Oct. 31. Technology enables homebound worshippers to "attend" church services, and enables lives reports from missionaries, Times Free Press, Nov. 1. A Lifeway spokeswoman says the practice has a lead tech consultant and two strategy consultants, and is able to draw on other talent within LifeWay. The practice has not ruled-out subcontracting. 

Axis Accounting sells 40 percent stake to frequent partner KraftCPAs, Nash. Bus. Journal, Oct. 28. Tennessean, Nov. 1.

INFOWORKS:  Clayton brings in Ellzey, Parker and Pickler as investor owners, Nash. Bus. Journal, Nov. 7. Tennessean, Nov. 14. Clayton buys-out InfoWorks partner Chase, eyes change in ownership structure, Nash. Bus. Journal, Oct. 21. Clayton notes that Infoworks has 34 on its payroll, and projects 2005 revenue at $4.5 million for 2005. Robert Morris President/COO: The firm has hired Lawrence Waldman and Associates to assess its operations management, cash management and workflow processes. The firm opened a Cookeville office in September. Seth Steele joined as an application developer, from MTSU. iNetStrategy signed an app-integration deal with Tennessee Orthopedic; and, Morris says they’re doing app.-development changes for PrePak Systems Inc and Media Mail Inc. Related story, Nash. Bus. Journal, Oct. 21.

iPayment bidding by CEO Daily - City Paper, Nov. 15. Tennessean, Nov. 12. Nash. Bus. Journal, Nov. 11. Earlier gambits: City Paper, Nov. 3. Nash. Bus. Journal, Nov. 2. IPayment earnings, Tennessean, Nov. 4.

Valutec Card Solutions buys Portland, Ore.-based Mellenia, expanding W. Coast presence, Tennessean, Nov. 12.

New Investments in RAMSAFE Technologies, which has Oak Ridge R&D presence
, by Novak Biddle and Paladin, release Nov. 4. RAMSAFE wins Tech Transfer regional award from national labs consortium, Nov. 8.

Nashville’s Clayton Associates among investors supporting Intechra Holding (Jackson, MS) - RetroBox merger transaction, Recycling Today, Nov. 9.

Luminetx (VeinViewer) announces more than $11M funding, Comm. Appeal, Nov. 4. Morgan Keegan served as placement agent in the capital-raising effort, with Stanford Financial Group as the lead investor. Other investors included Elm Ridge Capital, Capvest Venture Fund, Custer Capital and Diomed Holdings. 

Transcender founder Pandey among sources of funding for contest with cash prizes for winners among Nashville Business Incubator Center downtown, Tennessean, Oct. 22. Related, City Paper, Oct. 26

Nettwerk Music Group opens Nashville office, lets visitors burn CDs of indie artists onsite, Tennessean, Oct. 28.

Chattanoogans seek congressional funds for M.L. King Business Solutions Center and incubator, Times Free Press, Oct. 22. 

Sara Fitts Tyler has been NTC's key staff person working with former Presidents David Condra and current President Ray Capp, and with many NTC allies, virtually since NTC's inception in 2000. After five years' service, she has joined AIM Healthcare Services Inc. in a pivotal customer-relations management role. Capp and Melissa Tribble, manager of NTC Member services, are currently primary NTC contacts, while staffing requirements are reviewed.

Lott leads technology improvements across Metro Schools
At the dawn of the 21st Century, Metro Nashville Public Schools‘ information systems barely limped along, huffing to cope with demands heaped onto an antiquated system that barely pretended to serve the central administration, much less 4,000 teachers, 300 principals and assistant principals and then-69,000 students. A then-new Bush Administration promised to intensify demand for accurate, timely data throughout the school district, with the introduction of No Child Left Behind and related accountability mandates.

In 2001, Lance Lott, now 51, bested other candidates to become Metro Schools’ first Chief Technology Officer, and today serves in the Cabinet of Director of Schools Pedro Garcia, as assistant superintendent for technology and strategic planning.  His responsibilities span IT, Policy Governance (supporting the oversight role of the Board of Public Education), district-wide Strategic Planning, Customer Service and Quality Management.

Today, Lott oversees a $12 million annual operating budget and about $6 million per year in capital expenditures for technology-related assets. Nearly $30 million in IT-related capital improvements have been made in the past three years. Lott's bailiwick employs 156 FTEs, including seven teams of about 84 professionals deployed in the field to provide tech support for 132 schools, with the balance stationed in central administration. Lott's management team includes Mike Law, director-technology support; Hank Barry, field support manager; Vicki Philpot, Director, Enterprise Development and Integration; and, John Rushing, Director, Operations and Resource Management. 

:   Among other gains, Staff now have access to online employment-application and professional-development systems, and the crucial individual education program (IEP) protocol used in Special Education has been automated.  MNPS recently activated its first call center, employing EPIC software and BrightArrow call-center technology.  The district employs EMC for SAN and NetBackup from Veritas for enterprise backup.

District central offices now have Cisco 3Com quality-of-service-level Voice over IP telephony within MNPS buildings, and consumer-grade VoIP has been introduced to some schools. Beacon Technologies performed most VoIP-related installation.  Also, on Nov. 1, Lott's team launched an improved district website, using a content-management system created by Ironpoint / CGI, which also supports an intranet and provides a template for use by individual schools.

Lott’s attention is currently focused on two huge priorities:  Coaxing a still-wet-behind-the-ears district-wide Chancery Student Management System (SMS) into sustained stability and reliability, and quelling user dissatisfaction. Second, Metro Schools is moving to the Oracle PeopleSoft EBS system for human resources, payroll and benefits, and plans to go-live with that system by April.

In prospect:  a Spring 2006 pilot of Edusoft (Houghton-Mifflin), to provide teachers and administrators near-real time data on students’ individual education progress. Also during the next eighteen months, Lott expects to secure IT contractors for implementation a food-services management system and for textbook management.

Lott also plans to deliver a 3- to 5-year strategic plan for technology by February. The plan will probably address how to move the district from its continuing dependence on data silos, toward true data warehousing; the roles of laptop computers, and other key issues. A believer in IT measurement and assessment, Lott plans to enter Metro Schools in the first stage of Baldrige-type assessment conducted through the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence.

Meanwhile, demand for bandwidth in Lott‘s world is growing rapidly. Lott is forging ahead to strengthen Metro Schools’ infrastructure, explaining, “We’re turning into one of the largest Microsoft SQL Server shops in town, with a powerful new data center, relying on EMC storage networks, and leasing infrastructure from BellSouth via Education Networks of America (ENA)."  Lott expressed hope that the Telecommunications Innovation Task Force recently established by Metro Council will produce findings that benefit public education.

Each Metro Schools teacher now has a PC on the network, and each has a telephone with voice-mail, resources that were only dreams a few years ago. He plans to have 25 schools on 100-megabit fiber connections within three months. Not until such connectivity is universal can Lott focus more attention on the grand objective, enabling teachers to have unprecedented access to knowledge about the best teaching practices and other resources.

eared in Homestead , Fla. , area. Earned B.S. in Business Administration, with emphasis on management and accounting. Served HCA 1977-1986, with duties including controller roles, internal audit, financial-systems management, IT support services and vice president, HCA Health Alliance. He then served 1987-1993 as chief information executive for HealthTrust, following its spinoff from HCA. Earlier this year, Lott earned his Tennessee teaching license and a Master’s in Education at Tennessee State University . In 1993, Lott founded InfoAdvantage Inc., a systems-consulting firm specializing in collaborative technologies, including groupware and workflow applications. (At the time of InfoAdvantage’s recent sale to Xebec, Lott owned a small portion of the firm.)  



Todd Stottlemeyer, currently CEO of No. Va.-based Apogen Technologies Inc. (a wholly owned sub of iQinetiQ defense and security contractor), and Vice Chairman of the Northern Virginia Technology Council, will succeed Jack Faris as President/CEO of Nashville-based Natl. Federation of Indep. Business (NFIB) in February, release Nov. 7, Tennessean, Nov. 9. Washington Post, Nov. 6.

David Elkins joined Cisco and is responsible for worldwide IT Networking operations for Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu. Elkins also supports Nashville's healthcare sector, Tennessean, Nov. 6. 

Gibson Guitar Corp. (MaGic) and Cirrus (Cobra) in partnership for digital network solution, release 
Nov. 10. 

NMG Advisers CEO Art Rebrovick announced that Jim Marks has joined NMG as Principal. Among other achievements, Marx was co-Founder of Synaxis Group, which quickly grew from startup to status as a leading P&C insurance broker.

Attention IT is graduating from the Knox County incubator at the Fairview Technology Center and moving to new office space at 1704 Schaefer Road off Lovell Road. The company has developed software for the management of radiological, hazardous and mixed waste. Knox. News Sentinel,
Nov. 7.

Emma (spawn of ColdFeetCreative) has named its Emma 25 nonprofits that have won free Emma e-mail campaign accounts. Winners have until November 30 to claim their accounts.

Passalong Networks does distribution deal with CD Baby, p. 21, Nash. Bus. Journal, Nov. 11, not on web.

BlueHighways TV (Hendersonville) will produce video on demand, inflight downloads, and other services, Nash. Bus. Journal, p. 7, Nov. 11, not on web. 

Equinox IS licensed Collector Telelink mediation software applications to Nex-Tech (KS, CO)., Nash. Bus. Journal, p. 27, Nov. 11. Release Nov. 1

First Horizon National Corp. (First Tenn., other units) win 3rd Information Week 500 membership for tech innovation, release Oct. 20. 

ClientLogic opens call center in Texas, Nash. Bus. Journal, Nov. 9. ClientLogic declares initiatives in Tourism and Financial sectors, Nov. 14-15.

Converged Solutions Group will provide Franklin Road Academy Meru Wireless Network's WLAN infrastructure, to enable FRA to deliver wireless access to students and faculty throughtout, using tablet-style laptops.

Michael Shmerling was named vice chairman/treasurer of TN Performing Arts Center. Shmerling is EVP, Kroll Inc. (Marsh & McLennan) and chairman of Marsh Kroll's Background Screening Group. Tennessean, Nov. 6.

ouisiana-Pacific rebranding name underway, using Buntin Advertising, Nash. Bus. Journal, Nov. 4.

Mitek Intelligent Recognition Suite adoption by EFC Systems of Nashville to automate remote check deposits, release Nov. 4

DigiScript campus streaming business growing as colleges and universities outsource, Campus Technology, Nov. 1. 

Buffkin & Associates announced the recruitment and appointment of Mike Mancini as VP-Sales  for Mailnet Services, Inc. (Cool Springs),  a leading Internet list-processing services player in the database-management industry.

Green will manage LBMC Strategic Staffing's Knoxville office, release here.

Ozburn-Hessey Logistics lands Zildjian, City Paper, Nov. 3. Tennessean, Nov. 1.  OHL signs Scotts Co. (Fontana, Calif., sub. of Scott'sMiracle-Gro), Nash. Bus. Journal, Nov. 14.

Williamson Works named new board members, including these familiar Tech faces: Bob Iannacone, Williamson County Econ. Dev.; Rick Dreves, Acuity Marketing; Jim Lackey, Passport Health; Saul Komisar, Protherics; Sam Lynch, BioMimetic. Tennessean, Nov. 13

Centerstone named Charles Johnson director-IS applications, Tennessean, Nov. 13

Gannett named Stacey Martin VP-IT for Nashville-area papers, including The Tennessean, Tennessean, Nov.13. 

Katherine McElroy joined C3 Consulting LLC as principal consultant, from Nashville Management Group (NMG Advisers), Tennessean, Nov. 13

Jon Henshaw joined Sitening as senior designer and Web-marketing strategist, Tennessean, Nov. 13

Stephanie Fields is technology consultant for RE/MAX Premier Properties, Tennessean, Nov. 13.

First Horizon again earns spot on Information Week 500 ranking, release Oct. 20. Background on 500, here

Dell Inc. announces DataSafe automatic backup for PCs, CNET, Oct. 26.

Griffin Technologies cranks-out another iPod enhancement, with iTrip receiver to enable playing iPod cache via open point on radio dial, Nash. Bus. Journal, Oct. 21.

New Voice at Core BTS -- Chip Hoback joined Core Business Technology Solutions (Nashville office) as an account manager. Hoback previously served Visionary Medical Systems and other technology firms in a variety of sales and management positions. He is widely recognized as the public-address announcer for Vanderbilt football and Men's basketball, the Nashville Sounds, The Tennessee Valley Raptors Arena Football, The Ohio Valley Conference Basketball Tournaments (OVC) and NCAA Tournaments. He is the producer/host of the syndicated "OVC Radio", and is the voice of The Opry Spotlight on Grand Ole Opry Live on GAC.

Brentwood-based Goldleaf Technologies Inc. (CEO Paul McCulloch) rolls-out Remote Deposit Express aimed at cashing in on Check 21 and has picked up an Independent Community Bankers of Americas endorsement. Nash. Bus. Journal, Oct. 21


Chattanooga Technology Council has announced officers: President - Andy Novobilski - UT Chatta. School of Computer Science; VP-Fin. - Tim Andrews - Hamilton County Railroad Authority; Chris Daly - Healthcare Business & Technology Consulting; Secretary - Dan Saieed- Hamilton County Development; Treasurer - Steve Powell - Smart Furniture.

E. TN Technology Council names Navigator awards winners, Knox. News Sentinel,
Nov. 10. All finalists here. IdleAire Technologies and Oak Ridge homeland security technology firm Target Instruments won "Technology Company of the Year" awards for large and small companies, respectively. Joe Matteo, founder of Nanotek in Walland, received the "Outstanding Entrepreneur of the Year" award. Nanotek develops instruments and software for the pharmaceutical industry. Community service awards went to Pro2Serve Professional Project Services in Oak Ridge and Advance Resource Technologies in Oak Ridge. Science Applications International Corp. received a President's Award for supporting the technology council and technology efforts.

IDSI headquarters will be at Enterprise South,, Oct. 26. 

Negotiations underway or DeSoto County mapping project, Comm. Appeal, Nov. 10

New media will play role in expanding audience for Knoxville-based Home & Garden TV (Scripps Networks), says new CEO Judy Girard, who also led expansion Shop At Home audience after its purchase by Scripps, Knox. News Sentinel, Oct. 25. HGTV launched "My First Place" on the web, before launching on cable tv, Knox. News Sentinel, Oct. 24. Girard promotion at HGTV, Tennessean, Oct. 26

Hewlett Packard gets letter of warning on compliance with Memphis payment in lieu of taxes agreement, Comm. Appeal, Nov. 3.

UT-Chattanooga SimCenter adopts Ibrix's technology for accelerated access to massive data sets, release Nov. 7. 

Knoxville's Environmental Systems Corp. will shift to software-only, laying-off workers who could join spinoffs for environmental monitoring and plant performance assessment, Knox. News Sentinel, Nov. 12.

Chattanooga’s Next Inc. announced Rick Talbert is VP-Planning and Development, Nov. 9. (Memphis) teams with Terabase (Boston) for Industry Eyes Aviation Portal for aviation and defense industries. 

Alcoa Foundation grants $10K to CASA computer upgrade, to help neglected children, Oak Ridger, Oct. 26.

Chattanooga Ford dealer selling more cars internationally via the Web, Times Free Press, Oct. 22. Related story on dealers’ using Internet, NY Times, Oct. 26

ohnson City-based Saratoga Technologies, which also has a Knoxville office, has been named a Top 50 information technology vendor by Service Provider Weekly. Knox. News Sentinel, Oct 31.

Integrated Data Solutions opens headquarters at Chattanooga, release here.

Memphis attorneys using more technology in presentations, Comm. Appeal, Nov. 8.

LAN party attracts gamers, Knox. News Sentinel, Nov. 8

Work ethic sadly lacking in E. TN, story Kingsport Times News, Nov. 6; related editorial, Kingsport Times News, Nov. 6

TradeWind at Oak Ridge introduces plug-and-play RFID reader for handhelds, release Nov. 4.

Knoxville's Scripps in trials with wireless companies, Nov. 4. UPI.

Regal hopes 3D digital technology will bring movie-goers back to theaters, Knox. News Sentinel, Nov. 5

Toshiba American Consumer Products cuts 279 workers in Lebanon, Tennessean, Nov. 3. 

Wachovia Corp. has selected technology developed by Memphis' Software Earnings to track image-based corporate deposits and incoming and outgoing Image cash letters. Memphis Bus. Journ., Oct. 25.

NE TN Tech Council's "Tech Star" Award winners, TriCities Bus. Journal, Oct. 24. Kingsport Times lists winners, here.

Online Development's (Knoxville) xCoupler enterprise-transaction technology (links business systems with plant-floor operations) chosen as finalist in Plant Engineering magazine's product of the year contest, with results to be announced in January. Release here

International Monetary Systems, company that bought Eagle Barter Exchange of Chattanooga says its global-barter revenues continue to rise, release Oct. 20. 

Georgia CIO Leadership Association names CIOs from Georgia-Pacific, Lanier and Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta as tops in their field, Atlanta Bus. Chronicle, Oct. 21.

Eastside Partners (Huntsville) makes inaugural investment in Torch Technologies, which does performance analysis for Defense technologies, systems, Birm. Bus. Journal, Oct. 24 (Louisville) expands data center in new space, Bus. First, Oct. 21

FedEx Institute of Technology launches intelligent kiosks initiative, Comm. Appeal, Oct. 25.

Memphis Chamber CEO Moore says workforce is greatest challenge in economic development, Memphis Comm. Appeal, Oct. 27.

Gresham Smith partner praises technology in “no surprises” design, So. Central Construction, Oct. 25

Bredesen Budget hearings for 2006-07 available live streaming, F&A hearing tomorrow.

Sandy Cole became Metro Government Information Services Interim Director/CIO, Oct. 7, succeeding Richard McKinney, who joined Microsoft. 

Lynn Questell named director State E-911 services (TN Emergency Communications Board), after serving as interim director, Times Free Press, B3, Nov. 14.

More than two-dozen IT and Staffing firms showed-up for the Nov. 3 pre-proposal conference for the State's ITPRO contract (
RFP 317.03-127), from Avankia, SAIC and CIBER, to eTransX, Spherion and Zycron. List of attendees here. Proposal deadline is Nov. 30.

State's call for proposals for "Edison" ERP implementation under RFP 317.03-134 will lead to contracts for integration and software vendors, to replace fragmented legacy-systems environment. State of TN benchmarking of all administrative operations is underway, in parallel to preparations for Edison ERP implementation. Proposal deadline Dec. 16, software demos follow, with decision projected by Feb. 28, 2006. 

Supreme Court refuses to hear case of Nashville IT telecommuter who faces New York State taxes,
City Paper, Nov. 1. CNET, Nov. 2. Related,, Nov. 4.

Nashville Electric Service launched new website, designed by Utilities specialist Apogee. Site includes tree-trimming page.

Metro Council warned by Metro Legal about improper e-mail, City Paper, Nov. 3.

Tennessee will also fight Meth war with database, Tennessean, Nov. 12. 

.S. Senate funding proposal would provide moneys for Tennessee science, technology, education, law enforcement and related, if passed by House and Senate,, Nov. 9

Federal advisory committee on quantum-computer regulations met Nov. 9, with Oak Ridge NL's Zacharias participating, Sci-Tech Today, Nov. 10. 

UT Library gets grant to digitize Tennessee' historical artifacts, Johnson City Press, Nov. 7.

The Tennessean advocates regulating political advertising on the Web, Tennessean, Nov. 9.

New REAL system enables TN Wildlife Resources Agency to track rutting, kills, licenses, Knox. News Sentinel, Nov. 6.

Separate computer and radio systems contributed to problems in routing ambulance in Knox County, Knox. News Sentinel, Oct. 21

Internet surveillance: Universities, Educause, other allies resist FCC order extending wiretap provisions to Internet connections, which would cost postsecondary institutions $7 billion or more, NY Times, Oct. 23. (and NYTNS via Tennessean, Oct. 23) 

First Lady Andrea Conte joined Iris Beckwith of the national Internet Keep Safe Coalition to launch an internet safety educational campaign for Tennessee. Related story, Knox. News Sentinel, Oct. 26.

IT improvement crucial to FEMA performance: Chertoff,, Oct. 19

IT provider Dpra Inc.'s Knoxville division will perform much software-development work for U.S. Dept. of Transportation, Knox. News Sentinel, Oct. 25.

Nashville Metro Transportation Authority chooses Doron driving-simulation tech, release Oct. 26

Research, Commercialization and Universities
Supercomputing Ranking Time – UT’s Jack Dongarra at UT Center for Innovative Computing and colleagues are to release rankings today that will show IBM Blue Gene (L) again in the lead, according to yesterday’s San Jose Mercury News. Microsoft will enter high-performance computing fray, NY Times, Nov. 15.

Quantum dots that produce white light could become light bulb's successor,
VU release, Oct. 20. Nanotube light sources can be brightened, Nov. 7. Other Vanderbilt Science news

After 27 years at UT Space Institute at Tullahoma, COO Caruthers will retire in June. Tennessean, Nov. 15.

Sci-Tech Communications: Oak Ridge NL’s Sci-Tech Info Director Warnick named to AAAS for contributions to broadening access to government information, Knox. News Sentinel, Nov. 14.

Oak Ridge NL’s Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences began funded operations, Oct. 1. A release: “Although the first research proposals are just entering the final stage of the review and approval process, the nanoscience center's bank of computers--the theory cluster--is up and running. The theory cluster will provide nanoscience center researchers and users with computing resources for modeling the theoretical simulations developed in the nanoscience center's Nanomaterials Theory Institute.”  Nanosciences research gets a boost at five Tennessee universities, via NSF EPSCoR grant, City Paper, Nov. 1. ORNL Nanotechnology triggers galvanic response in small tissue fibers, EurekAlert, Oct. 25. 

UT economic study shows Tennessee Manufacturing falling dramatically, report here. Related, Nash. Bus. Journal, Nov. 10

The Advanced Distributed Learning Workforce Co-Lab is hosting the first annual eLearning Summit November 15th-19th at the FedEx Institute of Technology in Memphis. Additional information regarding the summit can be found at and at

Tennessee colleges' compliance with law-enforcement communications law requires technology expenditures, Times Free Press, Oct. 31.

Oak Ridge HS renovation bids surpass estimates by $10 million, due largely to post-Katrina labor shortage; but, Foundation and industry supporters pledge forward march, OakRidger, Nov. 10.  Oak Ridge High School research team is one of 30 best in nation, via Siemens Westinghouse Competition in Math, Science & Technology, Knox. News Sentinel, Nov. 6. Perot Systems donation to Oak Ridge HS, Oak Ridger, Oct. 27. 

Oak Ridge NL accepts MOU with MTSU to improve research, MTSU Sidelines, Nov. 9.

Oak Ridge NL's Wadsworth inducted to Natl. Academy of Engineering, Munger column, Knox. News Sentinel, Nov. 4.

Tennessee will introduce more online learning, City Paper, Oct. 31. 

Tech training biotech to go statewide, Nash. Bus. Journal, Oct. 28

Chattanooga 21st Century Academy student repairs classroom computers when no other help available, Times Free Press, Nov. 15.

Formerly "at-risk" youth learn web design and business through Tribe One in Knoxville, Knox. News Sentinel, Oct. 30. 

Teachers at Tennessee High School propose online courses,, Oct. 31.

ETSU College of Business and Technology Hall of Fame celebrated, TriCities Bus Journal, Oct. 29

UT breach of security of student records, Knox. News Sentinel, Oct. 28


METRICS (Dec. 1) Nashville Technology Council Technology Roundtable, "Meaningful Metrics in Information Technology," with Tom Dugger, HealthStream; Larry McCoy, CAT Financial; Ryan Staggs, HCA; Kathy Harris, Analyst, Gartner. 4:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. Location: HCA Building One, Auditorium. One Park Plaza (37203). $15 Members, $25 non-Members. Register online or phone (615) 743-3160.

Vanderbilt School of Engineering Management of Technology student teams seek sponsors for corporate marketing projects, details here.

Results of CapGemini, Ga. Southern, U. Tenn. study of 3rd Party Logistics, release Nov. 2.

STANDARDS -- Nashville-based Janice Reese has been working closely with Paul Van Hoesen to form Network PDF, with a mission of helping companies implement XML-based standards that connect players in the publishing, advertising and graphics-arts supply chain, from desktop to production, while integrating technology components into business processes. Reese says she is investing heavily in building bridges from Nashville to IDEAlliance, which is a standards organization, internationally and domestically. Adobe is Reese's chief development and marketing partner, as well as industry associations. Reese is on the advisory board of CIP4 which is an international association to connect the graphic arts industry, globally.

Metrics: Forrester study for Compuware puts emphasis on end-user satisfaction with applications, Oct. 31.

Tenn. State University grad Joseph Cleveland is Lockheed Martin CIO and president of its enterprise information-systems group -- and an African-American who believes in mentoring, Wall St. Journal (Sub), R5, Nov. 14.

With Grokster quelled by Court, Music industry should emphasize innovation and collaboration, Editorial, Tennessean, Nov. 14.

Sony will suspend making antipiracy CDs that may give hackers hiding places, AP via WaPost, Nov. 11. Trojan horse exploits Sony Data Rights Management (DRM) copy protection vulnerability, release Nov. 10.

Tennessee's blogging prominence includes formation of first state-level bloggers association and free blogs, Knox. News Sentinel, Nov. 4. 

mployers need policies to cover employees' blogging, p. 30, Nash. Bus. Journal, Nov. 11

Online Publishers Association reports spending on legal downloads is major boost for online spending,
release Oct. 31. 

Warner will release some artists online, rather than via stores, Wash. Post., Nov. 11.

Blog: Slice of Life amid the "IT Crush" in Bangalore, India, Wash. Post, Oct. 26.

U.S. has advantage in this week's debate of control of the Internet, NY Times, Nov. 15.

iPod author: The playlist has replaced the full-length CD as the fundamental unit of music consumption, NY Times, Nov. 4.

ellSouth Chairman Ackerman urges, “The South must undertake a discussion of the challenges it faces in becoming more innovative and develop a plan for the region's future.” Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Oct. 31.

TN Manufacturing Summiteers see erosion of base, with education only remedy, Tennessean, Nov. 9.

Inventor and Hopkins prof West says America is losing its innovative juices; article notes Natl. Academy of Sciences report, "Gathering Storm." NY Times, Nov. 13. Related NAS. Related Augustine (ret. Lockheed CEO) statement, here. Related, from Amer. Insti. of Physics, Nov. 14, here.

Sen. Alexander joins Democrat colleague in pushing to restore American competitiveness through knowledge-intensive fields, Knox. News Sentinel, Oct. 30.

Alexander, Bingaman push math-sci ed with report, Times Free Press, Nov. 5.

Astronauts and Cosmonauts in Association of Space Explorers urge stepped-up efforts to track possible collisions with near-Earth objects, Oct. 14 statement here. Earlier statement of concern by NASA-linked scientists, (7/03) here.

FedEx CIO Carter suggests letting CEO know CIO personally, Information Week, Sept. 26.

Technology companies’ growth rates have slowed to 1995 rates, though software remains a standout, Information Week, Oct. 19.

Parallel Virtual Machine (PVM) developed at Oak Ridge Natl. Lab. is freely available network clustering software that provides a scalable network for parallel processing among work stations. Dr. Dobb’s Journal, Nov. 5.



* (Nov. 15) "Five Dysfunctions of a Team," PMI Nashville, Speaker, Marty Paslick, HCA IT&S. Details here.
* (Nov. 16) David Scobey, President, BellSouth Small Business Services, Nashville Business Journal, Small Business Leadership Series, 7 a.m., Allen Arena, Lipscomb Univ., register online here or call (615) 248-2222.  BellSouth release on recent Scobey accolades, Nov. 14.

* (Nov. 17) 
ASTD Nashville program, “What’s new in E-Learning,” with Bob Duthie, Duthie Learning, 4 p.m. at Dollar General. Duthie has also agreed to serve on the ASTD board of directors.

* (Nov. 17)
InfraGard, 1:30 p.m., Massey Center, Belmont, Susan McGrew, Sprint/Nextel re IDEN security and hurricane response. 

* (
Nov. 18-19) cre824 "WebJam," prelude to Webdesign International Festival in France, in Chattanooga. Webdesign International Festival preselection countdown. Related story, Times Free Press, Nov. 14

(Dec. 1) NTC Tech Roundtable "Meaningful Metrics in IT," with Ryan Staggs, director, service level and availability management HCA Information Technology & Services; Larry McCoy, CIO, Caterpillar Financial; Kathy Harris, Vice President and Research Analyst, Gartner, Inc.; and Moderator Tom Dugger, Healthstream, VP-Systems, HealthStream. Details TBA. For information, write here. 

* (Dec. 6) 3rd Annual Leadership Health Care Forum with Humana's Chief Innovation Officer and SVP Jack Lord, Nashville Health Care Council, details here

(Dec. 8) NTC Annual Holiday Party. Dan McGuinness Pub. Details TBA.

* (Dec. 14) Bill Archey, President/CEO of AeA, will address Chattanooga Technology Council luncheon.

* (January) NTC Tech Roundtable, program:  Blogging. Date and Details TBA.

* (Jan. 12) Death March Projects, AITP Nashville, speaker: Gary Ellis, Atiba Software. 5:30 p.m.
Details here
* (Jan. 19) Nashville Health Care Council Health Care Industry Analyst Panel Discussion, details TBA.

(Feb. 2) NTC Tech Roundtable, program: Web 2.0, details TBA. 
* (February) Date TBD, Nashville Capital Network educational event on Angel investment.

* (March 1-2) Leadership Health Care delegation to Washington, D.C. Details here.
(March 2)  NTC Tech Roundtable, program: Content Management Systems, details TBA.

(March 6-9) Major Software Engineering process conference at Nashville, via Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute

* (March 15) 2nd Annual NTC Technology Innovation Conference, tentative date. Details TBA.  

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

* (April 18) Leadership Music Digital Music Summit, Belmont University. NTC Members will get discount as result of partnership. Details TBA. NTC members have discount registration. 

* (May 2) Tennessee Digital Government Summit. Details here.

(May 4-5) 2nd Annual NHIT Summit, HiMSS TN Chapter, Nashville.

* (May 17) Technology! Nashville annual NTC conference. Date tentative. Details TBA.

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

* (August) NTC-ISSA InfoSec Information Security Conference. (Tentative, details TBA).





Lance Lott


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