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Keep up with gubernatorial IT
appointments, state legislation, trends, RFPs
Tennessee tech think-tanks, universities,
General Assembly's broadband task
force faces reluctant industry, NashvillePost.com, April 20.
Editor's note: NashvillePost.com
learned yesterday that the next meeting has again
been postponed and no new meeting date has been
Nashville Electric Service
(NES) Board votes to explore further offering
businesses leased access to NES'
broadband fiber-optic infrastructure,
NashvillePost.com, May 24. NES using e-Whiz
cash-payment kiosks, Tennessean, May 28.
Sen. Doug Jackson's (Dist
25-Dickson-D) bill to encourage municipalities
to provide broadband services died after
being assigned to a General Assembly committee,
after being amended four times, and targeted for
defeat by incumbent providers.
General Assembly acted May 22 to prohibit
Tennessee Regulatory Authority from
regulating broadband services (reference: HB3635/SB3207
VoIP and e-911 in the
General Assembly: 11th Hour 'Good Samaritan'
legislation raises suspicion, NashvillePost.com, May 22.
UPDATE: The legislation reported here
was further amended May 27 to allow tort immunity
for VoIP providers, provider the provider is in
compliance with relevant FCC orders.
Metro Council votes to
fight congressional legislation that could limit
municipal rights in cable franchising and
undermine funding of public-access cable-tv
channels, NashvillePost.com, May 5.
Telecommunications Innovation Task Force hears
from cable-industry proxy Balhoff, who
says municipalities should incent incumbent
providers to increase access throughout Davidson
County, City Paper, May 2. Broadband task force
hears from Salt Lake City representative who
opposed muni broadband in Utah, City Paper, May 23. The task force resumes
drafting its report Friday, June 9, 9 a.m., City
Telecommunications Innovation Task Force member
Ken Russell of ISDN-Net responds to story
on committee's work, Nash. Bus. Journal, June 2. Butler Networks
CEO thinks Metro Council Telecommunications
Innovation Task Force should stress Wi-Fi, Nash.
Bus. Journal, p. 21, May 26. (Editor's Note:
recent meetings of the Task Force indicate the
group is much more focused on fiber-optic, while
Wi-Fi might be a gap-filler. -
President Marty G. Dickens responds to
questions about BellSouth investment in broadband
deployment, skepticism regarding
o-it-alone municipal broadband projects, inequity
of Net Neutrality, etc. Tennessean Q&A, May 28.
Law Professor Christopher Yoo says allowing
telecoms to establish pricing tiers for Internet
download levels of service makes sense,
just as do premium charges for overnight delivery
by FedEx, etc., CNN, May 25. Net
neutrality, Web access tiering: Editorial
urges equality in Cyberspace, Tennessean, May
Telecoms say the're glad TRA
regulates BellSouth rates, Tennessean, May 20. CompSouth coalition of
competitive carriers applaud TRA asserting
authority over BellSouth rates, release May
Home access to Internet
among Williamson County K-12 students is 85
percent, versus perhaps 56 percent
Statewide average. Tennessean, May 25.
small-town interests vye over legislation in
General Assembly, Times News Kingsport,
American Fiber Systems
describes network expansion, positions as fiber
alternative to Bellsouth, May 11.
builds only slowly for Comcast "family tier"
programming; executives say local
families are using parental controls. Tennessean,
April 22 (archive). Kennedy to lead
Comcast operations in Tennessee, Memphis
Bus. Journal, May 5. Comcast inserts
Mahoney for marketing in mid-TN, Tennessean, May 4.
Communications nears completion of Tennessee
build-out, Nash. Bus. Journal, April 21,
not on web.
expands VoIP services, City Paper, p. 8,
May 9, not on web.
Nashville Ethernet local loop, with
bandwidth up to 500mbs, release April 20.
Charter Communications introduces
telephone service in E. TN., Knox. News
Morristown Utility Systems adopted Concurrent
Computer Corp's MediaHawk for Video on
Demand, release June
Congressional proposal for
increase in Universal Service Fund rates
may increase mobile and Internet phone bills, Wash. Post, June
Update on U.S. communities'
getting into wireless, broadband, NY
Times, May 3. Philadelphia's council
votes to proceed with high-speed Wireless Internet
project with Earthlink, Wash. Post, May 12. GAO study broadband
Nashville Health IT execs may view
the June 13th meeting of the American Health
Information Community online, details here.
Healthways' Cigarran sounds alarm
regarding inadequate Nashville pool of IT
talent, NashvillePost.com, May 19.
Related: Healthways international push creates
need to do more IT hiring, Nash. Bus. Journal, May
19, p. 30, not on web.
HealthSpring will roll-out to
its physicians network the Electronic Medical
Record (EMR) technology developed by e-MDs, Inc. of Austin. e-MDs
release June 5.
Administration reveals 16 members of eHealth
Advisory Council, NashvillePost.com, June 1.
Tennessean, June 2. Nash. Bus.
Journal, June 2. Tennessean, June 2.
Comm. Appeal, June 2. Tennessean
editorial encourages Governor's e-Health Task
Force, Tennessean, April 14.
Technologies, a West End informatics play,
contemplates name change to Informatics
Corporation of America, signs first
client; with comments on Nashville's potential as
America's e-Health capital, NashvillePost.com, April
28. Addendum: VU's Bill Stead
also told NashvillePost.com he believes Vanderbilt
University Medical Center is uniquely prepared to
share revolutionary e-Health technology and
crucial expertise with other institutions. Stead
said he believes Vanderbilt’s e-Health,
medical-education and related contributions are
likely to prove as influential in transforming
modern healthcare, as were the contributions of Johns Hopkins University School
of Medicine, more than a century ago. Toward such
ends, Stead and colleagues will soon develop a new
five-year plan for VUMC technology.
Pathfinder Therapeutics awarded
$1.4M grant for image-guided surgery
development and moves ahead with
recruitment of more private capital, Nash. Bus.
Journal, May 26, not on web.
Cambridge-based NaviMedix, provider of
communications for healthcare providers and
business partners, says its network has grown and
include Tennessee sponsors, release May 31. The company
tells us that in Tennessee "We have 295 offices
enabled in Tennessee (265 professional, 9 hospital
and 21 ancillary) representing 894 physicians. In
Nashville, we have 91 professional offices and 305
goal of $25 million with VeinViewer
launch, Memphis Bus. Journal, April 21. Phillips shows with
Luminetx how ideas get to market, Memphis Bus.
Journal, April 28. Luminetx (VeinViewer)
gains RedHerring's accolades, as among nation's
edgiest technology companies, Comm. Appeal, May 24.
PivotHealth (which acquired
ClinixMIS) signs CHW Medical Foundation,
Nash. Bus. Journal, April
Planning 2.0 Health Analyst Online
enables healthcare providers to map growth based
on demographic and other data, Nash. Bus. Journal,
May 12, p.
Major insurers collaborate to
put personal health recors on the Web,
Tennessean, May 17. BCBS-TN subsidiary
Shared Health may participate in EMR initiative,
Tennessean, May 17.
HCA commits to pricing
transparency, release May 1. Sysmex
laboratory-systems developer gets HCA
contract, Nash. Bus. Journal, May 23. HCA wins WayPaver
barcoding pioneer award from unSUMMIT, release April
Brentwood's PivotHealth, which
last year acquired ClinixMIS, expands
contract with Sacramento providers, Nash. Bus.
Journal, April 18.
Centerstone Community Mental
Health Centers Inc. CEO Guth says company will
launch EMR-linked Knowledge Network to
guide treatment, Tennessean, May 14.
Vanderbilt School of Medicine
drug-safety expert leaves VU for Symphony Capital
biotech investment firm, NY Times, May 2.
Medical named Robert Goldstein, formerly of
Healthstream, to VP-operations. MDG
develops pharma management systems, Tennessean, May 21.
Qualifacts Systems provides
CareLogic signs to Oaklawn Psych center
(Ind.), Tennessean, May 8.
First Consulting Group signs
Montrose Memorial, release May 4.
Erlanger Health Systems strategy chief Marc Larsen
is named COO for the Health Technology
Center, which is playing a leading
federal role in galvanizing RHIOs, EMR adopters,
etc. HealthTech release Jan. 5.
St. Francis Hospital-Bartlett is
piloting CarePages, personalized webpages
for patients, Memphis Bus. Journal, June 6.
BlueShield of Tennessee Shared Health subsidiary
may rollout electronic health record later this
year, Tennessean, May 16. Shared Health
wins Chattanooga's Kruesi Award for Innovation,
Chattanoogan.com , May 10.
Healthcare founder seeks to develop partnerships
that may turn the tide in healthcare costs and
wellness, Knox. News Sentinel, May 21. Provision parnters with
Wachovia, Baptist Health, others. Related facts,
Mobile-based Health IT firm
Computer Programs & Systems Inc. (CPSI)
announces management changes, Birm. Bus. Journal, May
HealthSouth spin-off Source
Medical Solutions buys Conn.-based Prescient
Healthcare Systems, Birm. Bus. Journal,
manufacturers need skilled workers, Comm.
Appeal, May 20.
departure won't slow e-Health adoption,
Computerworld, May 1. Departing
Brailer says HIT has momentum, GovHealthIT, April 24. HHS plans
to name Brailer successor by summer, GCN.com, April 25.
State of Kentucky awards grants to
physicians for e-Prescribing, Louisville
Bus. Journal, May 16.
Report: U.S. military's EHR initiative makes
clear a grim fact: integrating off-the-shelf
software can be as risky and costly as
building systems from scratch, GovHealthIT, May
Da Vinci Robotic Surgery System at
Baptist Memorial-Memphis is great aid
digitally guided surgeries, Comm. Appeal, June
Chattanooga hospitals and
physicians using X-Plain educational technology to
describe patients' illnesses, Times Free Press, May 30.
Ardent Health Services named Julie
Kendrick, Health IM project coordinator;
Crawford Roberts, sr. mid-range engineer; John
Westbrook, senior network engineer, Tennessean, April 30.
Nashville's Community Health
Systems hospitals in Pennsylvania adopt Nuance
physician-transcription technology, release May
Telehealth: UT Health Sci.
Cntr. faculty member among editors for
new telemedicine book, release May 8.
Media Networks (AMEX:ION), formerly Paxson
Communications, announced May 31 its
plans for the nation's first 24-hour
digital-broadcast network dedicated to consumer
healthcare and healthy
Louisiana Pacific lost no time
yesterday in announcing creation of a website for
LP Field, home of The Tennessee Titans.
Hadfield, at age 19, launches
Planlife.com and joins Merasys IT
consulting, NashvillePost.com, May
NP story chronicles Private
Business' turnover in Sales leadership,
NashvillePost.com, April 26. Private Business
plans stock offering, Tennessean, April 28.
Gaming Technologies (VGT) wants to bring design,
production of gaming equipment home to middle
Tennessee, but TBI Director Gwyn is
resistant to the idea, NashvillePost.com, May 5. Sevigny named VGT
COO, Tennessean, April 25. VGT names Morgan
CFO, NashvillePost.com, June
Networks launching new digital-media and commerce
services for performers and fans, NashvillePost.com, May 9.
Related mention of Corey Cleek, Wall St. Journal,
May 1. Passalong and echomusic
partner with Owen Graduate School of Management in
Accelerator program offering, release May 26.
Faucet helps entrepreneurs launch businesses
for a stake in ownership. Venture brings together
Five Chairs, Cabedge, Hayes Consulting,
FinWorth Partners as management and consulting
resource, Nash. Bus. Journal, p. 2, May 26, not on
web. HotFaucet's first project is online
residential real estate service, for beta launch
Local investors put
money in Meridian Surgical, Cybera and
Tenvera, Tennessean, April
Nashville filmmaker Vidmer
launches Fylmz.com, Nash. Bus. Journal,
April 17. Investors reportedly
include member Mark Lincoln, president of
Nashville's Jacques Ventures
reportedly likes taste of Plumgood,
NashvillePost.com, April 14.
PassPort Health communications
completes $70 Million recapitalization,
Tennessean, April 15.
Nash. Bus. Journal, April 17. Wylly of Brentwood
Capital says Passport Health Communications deal
highlights value of leveraged recapitalization,
Nash. Bus. Journal, p. 7, April 28, not on web.
Keystone Automotive (NASDAQ:KEYS,
Pomona) announced moving some corporate offices to
Nashville, but leaving IT unit in
California, release May 11. Tennessean, May
12 (archive). Nash. Bus. Journal, May
Owen GSM's Boer
seeks million-dollar warchest to help Owen
students pursue business plans between
semesters, Nash. Bus. Journal, p. 6, May 26.
Johns Martin discusses failure of former
Nashville-based Capital Across America,
in context of failing sources for venture funds,
after SBIC takeover of CXA, Tennessean, May 4.
Avondale analyst named top
stock-picker, Nash. Bus. Journal, May 2. City Paper, May 4. Avondale
expands asset-management, Nash. Bus. Journal, April 18.
INC.: Dell announces 1,000 increase in
workforce, customer-service push, NashvillePost.com, June 2. Nash.
Bus. Journal, June 2. City Paper, June 2. Tennessean, June 3. Dell release June 2. Dell
upgrades to PowerEdge servers, NY Times, June 7. Dell announced
DellConnect remote troubleshooting service in
Nashville Friday, Dell release, June 2. Dell will
experiment with storefronts for sales, in Texas
and NY, NY Times, May 24. Dell
Inc.received the 2006 Mayor's Award for
Outstanding System-wide Partner for Dell
employees' voluntarism in Metro Schools, Tennessean, May 7. Dell sells
hardware and project-management services to
Maryville, TN-based Ruby Tuesday's restaurant chain,
release May 23. Dell Inc. won
its defense of $279 million in state
economic-development incentives the company
negotiated prior to investing in North Carolina,
Raleigh News & Observer, May 11.
computer locates facilities in middle
Tennessee, NashvillePost.com, May 17. Nash. Bus. Journal, May 17. Tennessean, May 18. Nash. City Paper, May 18. Daily News Journal, May 18. Gateway release,
May 17. Gateway signs notebook
computers deal with State of Tennessee, GCN Feb. 10.
Auto2Auto.com Internet auto store
plans headquarters, call center, distribution in
Columbia (Maury County), Tennessean, May 24. NashvillePost.com, May 24. Nash. Bus.Journal, May 24. City Paper, May 25. Tennessean, May 25.
Nashville-based Salem Publishing
acquires Preaching magazine and web
assets, May 18. Salem Publishing buys
on-demand publisher Xulon, Tennessean, May 18.
Fibergrations to be acquired by
MicroTRAK (Dallas), Nash. Bus. Journal,
May 24. MicroTRAK said in a May
25 release it would also open a MicroTRAK office
offer more shares for less, release May 12. Tennessean, May 12. Nash. Bus. Journal, May 11. Tennessean, May 8. Related,
NashvillePost.com, April 26. Nashville Bio
Era accelerates on BioMimetic IPO pricing,
NashvillePost.com, April 26.
Healthways offers $307.5M for 4th
ranked LifeMasters Supported Care,
Tennessean, May 31. Wall St. Journal, May 31. Nash. Bus. Journal, May 30. Healthways release, May 30.
completes purchase of iPayment, May 10, Nash.
Payments to lawyers in iPayment deal,
NashvillePost.com, May 2. iPayment will challenge
legal fees to foster takeover, Tennessean, May 3. iPayment goes private
under Daily and Grimstad, Nash. Bus. Journal, May 5.
cease operations, idling 660 workers,
Tennessean, May 16. City Paper, May 16. Nashville-based Shop At
Home may die, Tennessean, May 11. Comm. Appeal, May 12. Jewelry Television
eyeing Shop at Home, Tennessean, May 26. (add) Shop At Home
Closing, Tennessean, May 17. City Paper, May
|Spotlight: Passport Health
deal in Lavender's hands at Fifth
Kevin P. Lavender
(pictured at right),
Fifth Third Bancorp's Nashville-based senior vice
president for nationwide healthcare
lending, recently told
NashvillePost.com that Fifth Third’s
recent role in handling the senior debt portion of
last month's $70 million leveraged
recapitalization of Passport Health Communications,
Inc., was "a really good first
Passport transaction, Fifth Third collaborated with Allied Capital, which handled
subordinated debt; and, with Brentwood Capital Advisors, LLC,
which provided financial counsel to Passport and
arranged the involvement of Primus Venture Partners,
It seems likely Passport
will bring many of these same players together,
again. Passport Chief Financial Officer
Bob Brown recently told NashvillePost.com
that the recap gives Passport access to "deeper
pockets" to fund further acquisitions, building on
the three purchases Passport has made in the past
Brown explained that
acquisitions may remain Passport's
strategy of choice, given that declining
analysts' coverage of small-cap companies and
rising urdens of Sarbanes-Oxley compliance are
making IPOs increasingly expensive. Brown also
said Passport would probably keep the IPO option,
particularly if the company "doubles in size,"
which he indicated would mean hitting $50 million
or more in annual revenues. Brown said that
virtually all the roughly 60 angel investors who
had been with Passport more than eight years at
the time of the recent recap liquidity event are
still involved, as are most of the VCs. Passport
management raised more than $22 million in angel
and Series A and B rounds of financing,
Conversations with Lavender and
Brown made clear that Fifth Third’s
support of Passport’s recapitalization resulted in
large measure from Lavender’s 20-year relationship
with Passport CEO Jim Lackey. Lavender
described the relationship as a "huge" factor in
Fifth Third's decision to "come to the table with
a $30 million commitment." Lavender told
NashvillePost.com he plans to leverage nineteen
Fifth Third affiliate banks to increase the
lender’s healthcare exposure, currently about $4.2
billion. He said his strategy relies on reaching
beyond traditional nonprofit hospital customers,
to serve disease-management firms, long-term care
and surgery centers and other for-profit
Future transactions –
particularly those Lavender said he seeks in the
“$100 million-plus range” − are likely to
originate within Lavender’s far-flung personal
network. Lavender, 44, is a Democrat stalwart, and
helped guide Gov. Phil Bredesen's transition into
office. Subsequently, he served as
commissioner of Tennessee's Department of
Financial Institutions. Earlier, he was executive
vice president of MediSphere Health Partners Inc.
Prior to that, he was a Nashville group vice
president for SunTrust Bank,
Reflecting his inner-circle
standing, Lavender has also been dubbed a
“Good Guy" by the Nashville
Women's Political Caucus, and has held key roles
in the Nashville Sports Authority, the Country
Music Foundation, Meharry Medical College and
Nashville Electric Service.
Former TVA Chairman and ECD
Commissioner Bill Baxter received the Tennessee
Valley Corridor's Champion Award for his
advocacy for the region, during yesterday's Summit
at Chattanooga, Chattanoogan.com, June
Inc. (NASDAQ/NM:CHUX) named Larry Taylor to the
new post of Chief Supply Chain Officer,
release May 9, reporting to
Chairman/CEO Gregory Burns.
echomusic forecasts $4.5
Million in technology platform and creative
services to help artist/fan
relationships, Nash. Bus. Journal, p. 11A, May 19,
not on web.
BMI names Conlon
VP-New Media, City Paper, June 6.
must recruit most of its headquarters IT workers
when it relocates from California, Nash.
Bus. Journal, May 12. Nissan must replace half
its headquarters staff. Tennessean, April 25.
Stottlemeyer, previously CEO of Apogen
Technologies, says he'll use his IT
background to modernize NFIB grassroots
communications, NY Times, May 4. Related story on
contemplated NFIB changes, NashvillePost.com, May 23.
Consulting springs full-blown into business, after
April Aden and Joey Dunagan left the
Nashville office of Atlanta-based North Highland,
p. 7, Nash. Bus. Journal, May 19, not on web.
Dunagan told NONT yesterday that Fident's website
is due up mid-month, and they have taken space in
3200 West End.
Spheris' Indian hub keeps work flowing,
company prefers employees rather than outsourced
centers, Nash. Bus. Journal, May 19, p. 29. Spheris now at
$209 million. Spheris names Callahan CFO,
Tennessean, May 16.
Avankia's Reena and Rajeev Gupta
have set up Bangalore software-development
center to complement Nashville presence,
Nash. Bus. Journal, May 19, p.
Cybera seeks living room in
former Primus space at Cool Springs from
Grassmere, NashvillePost.com, April
Renal Advantage Inc.
(Brentwood) named Tarwater VP-IS; Newman
promoted to VP-supply chain. City Paper, April
Condra's Dalcon Business System
opts for faster growth, steps away from
25-year partner and FACTS business, NashvillePost.com, April 24.
Related TMCNet story, April 22. Release from acquirer
Pivotal Systems, April 22.
succeeds Flanagan as President of XMi
Technologies (Xebec), NashvillePost.com,
May 3. XMi gets new president,
Nash. Bus. Journal, May 3.Tennessean, May 10. City Paper,
Gauder named VP/GM Comcast of Nashville from
marketing role, Cableworld, April 10. Comcast
names Martine Mahoney to run Nashville marketing,
succeeding Gauder, who moved up. Tennessean, May 4
(archive). Mahoney related, City Paper, June 6.
grad Cypra, a co-founder of PocketFives.com Internet poker
site, expresses his opinions on efforts
to outlaw online cardplay, Tennessean, May 18.
Ingram Micro teams with Xandros to
supply Canadian resellers, May 24.
to VP-Service Delivery, Cybera Inc.,
SnappyAuctions brings in
Concept Technology for network
development, Nash. Bus. Journal, May
NMG Advisers announced May 8
that Tony Heard, former chairman of US Bank in
Nashville, joined the firm as a partner
and leader of a new financial advisory services
unit. Nash. Bus. Journal, May 19.
profile: Church Birge, Harpeth Capital president and
head of investment banking, Nash. Bus.
Journal, p. 15, May 15, not on
ClearTrack announced June 1 it
has been named by Inbound Logistics
magazine as a Top 100 Logistics
Information (IT) Company.
says it has further enhanced the digital
guitar, release May
PureSafety and DriversAlert
partner, release April 28. PureSafety alliance
with Driver's Alert, Nash. Bus. Journal, May 2.
Zambooie, online presence is important part of
merchandising bands, Tennessean, May
ClientLogic, subsidiary of
Canada's Onex, ranked among top dozen outbound
teleservices companies, with rankings
varying from 4 to 11 among domestic, international
and global lists compiled based on teleminutes
billed by Customer Interactive Solutions (CIS)
magazine, March 06.
Licensing announces branded credit-card agreements
with Elvis Presley Enterprises and the
Johnny Cash estate, releases in April
Check 21: EFC Systems
(Nashville) introduces remote-capture
technologies, release April
Feet Creative selected Winner (1-25 employees)
in NBJ Best in Business Award, p. 16A,
Nash. Bus. Journal, May 19, not on
CentreSource Inc. , led by
Nicholas Holland, named Emerging Business
Winner in NBJ Best in Business Awards
program, p. 19A, Nash. Bus. Journal, May 19, not
Pam Watkins, Health IT
director at HCA Redmont hospital awarded
a Frist Humanitarian Award, release May 1.
Goldleaf Technologies unit of
Goldleaf Financial Solutions (formerly
Private Business, Brentwood) responds to threat of
what company suggests is phishing, shuts-down
community banks' hosted websites,
NashvillePost.com, May 30. Goldleaf release, May 27. Related
Tennessean, May 31. Goldleaf expenses up,
Nash. Bus. Journal, May 12. Private Business
completes name change, Nash. Bus. Journal, May 5. Goldleaf Financial
Solutions is new name for Private Business,
Tennessean, May 5. Goldleaf plans secondary
stock offering, changes sales lead, again,
NashvillePost.com, April 27. Tennessean, April 28. Related, Nash. Bus.
Systems extends contract with Horizon Health
(Texas), Tennessean, May 8. Nash. Bus. Journal,
May 1. Healthcare Management
Systems named Craig Rogers technical systems
analyst, Aaron Goodman tech support analyst, Ellie
Chason senior product manager-regulatory
compliance. Tennessean, May 7.
Healthcare Management Solutions named two
technical-support specialists, David Morrison,
formerly of Vanderbilt University; and, Matthew
Dishner, fomerly with Dabbs Computer. Tennessean,
MedSolutions named Jen Coriell
sales analyst in informatics, Tennessean, June
Comdata buys SASH,
Nash. Bus. Journal, May 8. Tennessean, May 9. Comdata
named Gustin national account manager for
public-sector industry. City Paper, April 25. Comdata signs State of
Florida customer, May 18. Signs Airgas Inc.
(Ceridian), June 1. Signs State of
Texas, May 17.
Nashville airport wireless-access
provider Concourse Communications LLC is
sold to Boingo Wireless Inc. (Sta. Monica), release May
Connie Baggett received
Distinguished High School teacher award
from Austin Peay State University, for
her performance as instructor of Business and
Information Technology at Stewart County High
School. Tennessean, May 7.
Nashville-based ADS Security
now ranked 21 in nation, City Paper, May
Altair Data Resources named
NCOA data-update licensee serving U.S. Post
Office, City Paper, May
Equinox IS licensed its
Collector and TeleLink to TeleGuam
Holdings (Guam), Nash. Bus. Journal, p.
18, April 28, not on web. Equinox IS software
adopted by NTS Communications, p. 18, Nash. Bus.
Journal, April 21, not on
Rivals.com's history and
passion for college sports translates into more
than 150,000 subscribers to websites,
Nash. Bus. Journal, 3a, April 28, not on web.
Automated Home Technologies
is building business through custom-home
builders, 5a, Nash. Bus. Journal, April
28, not on web.
Network Solutions growth continues
briskly, 7a, Nash. Bus. Journal, April
28, not on
projecting $1 million in revenues this
year, 8a, Nash. Bus. Journal, April 28,
not on web.
custom development leading its strategy from
websites to marketing counsel, 8a, Nash.
Bus. Journal, April 28, not on web. Cabedge.com
won Gold and Silver ADDYs for IV Group internet
presence and Posh Puppy's Posh Puppy logo,
respectively, Tennessean, April 30.
TrackMyMail.com opens Brentwood
office, Nash. Bus. Journal, May 3.
shoulders sales and marketing for RenTech,
NashvillePost.com, May 12. Tennessean, May 21
former Gaylord CIO, named VP/GM,
Nashville. City Paper, April 25.
Reeves named CIO for ERA
Pacesetters real estate, City Paper, April
Holdren joins Sitening as
NashvillePost.com, May 3. Holdren to Sitening
VP-business development, Tennessean, May 14. City Paper, June 6.
Grimstad, president, iPayment Inc., was named to
the Cheekwood board of trustees,
Tennessean, April 30.
PHG Technologies named
Maxine Wilson director-customer
relations, serving the healthcare
industry, Tennessean, April
Lattimore Black Morgan
& Cain (LBMC) added Ebin Nesbit as senior
technician in Brentwood IT office. LBMC also
announced Ryan McWaters, previously with
Investment Scorecard, joined as project manager.
Atmospheric Glow announced
earlier today the CEO role will shift from
Chairman Thomas Reddoch to
newcomer Scott McDonald, previously GM-Automotive,
Imagepoint, Inc. Release June
Tenn. Provost Holub aims to leverage UT
partnership with ORNL, Daily Beacon, June
Visikey (Chattanooga) announced new keyboard layout and
compatibility, release June
Knoxville-based Action Sports Media
Inc. has partnered with
LLC to create Varsity Sports
Media to follow high-school sports.
Release June 6. Action Sports' primary
investor is Parallel Investment Partners
Tuesday's adopted Tripwire technologies for
auditing changes in IT systems and assets
that handle credit-card data, release June
How Oak Ridge NL's Spallation Neutron Source came
into being, with rumored help from Al
Gore, BusinessTN, May 2006.
E. TN Cities and counties partner
for Alcoa's high-tech business park,
Knox. News Sentinel, May 15. Alcoa technology
park isn't pie-in-the-sky, Knox.News Sentinel, May 5. Related, DailyTimes, May 4.
Pro2Serv Professional Project
Services Inc. will be first tenant at new Oak
Ridge Science and Technology Park, the
first to be created on the campus of a national
laboratory and the only park in Tennessee to bear
tech-park certification by the Association of
University Research Parks (AURP), release May 30. Knox. News
Sentinel, May 31. Park is attracting
extraordinary interest, Knox. News Sentinel, June 6.
President of Accurate Automation
says Enterprise South and Hamilton County aren't
truly interested in relocating his
company, Times Free Press, May 5.
Knoxville's Eonstreams sold to
VitalStream Holdings, Knox. News
International Paper closes
Memphis-based ASURYS RFID business, turns RFID
development and services to internal
projects, only. Comm. Appeal, May 23.
CMS (Memphis) acquires VPA claims company
(California), Sedgewick release May
Update on ClearFunction's
Chalksite.com for teachers and parents,
Memphis Daily News, May 1.
(Hebron, KY) posts further disappointing results
for quarter, Louis. Bus. Journal, May 16.
Memphis lands Kyocera Mita
distribution site, Comm. Appeal, May
Four E.TN. communities will
develop tech-focused business park at
Alcoa , Knox. News Sentinel, May 4.
seeks tax breaks to grow company inside Oak Ridge
Science and Technology Park, Knox. News
Sentinel, June 2. Announcing the park,
Times Free Press, May 31.
Tennessee Technology Council names
officers, OakRidger, March 13.
Memphis-based Inventory Locator
Services (ILS) announced aviation inventory
management software, April 24.
Huntsville's Avocent announces
acquisition of LANDesk business, release April
and partner Agilysys ship shipped the largest IBM
eServer Cluster 1350 with Cluster Systems
Management (CSM) through the channel. The solution
was shipped to COLSA, a federal agency private
contractor specializing in missile flight
simulation testing. Release, April
Czuchry's leadership in
E.TN. technology circles lauded,
EastTennessean Online, April 27.
(Knoxville) expands broadband offerings with
DoItYourself Channel, release May
Knoxville's Regal Cinemas
rolling-out Sony's 4K digital projectors in
theaters, Knox. News Sentinel, May 20.
TVA adopts JDSU (Milpitas)
telecom test platform, release May
Guardian Wealth Management advisory firm in
Chattanooga, release May 4.
Consolidated Products launches Identitrak (RFID)
Technologies subsisiary, Knox. News
executive Moiz seeks to unite software community
in Magic City, Birm. Bus. Journal, June 2.
Accuship of Memphis names Jerry
Rau CEO, May 2 release.
Group adopts Tricycle Inc. SIM technology for
designing carpet for hospitality
businesses, Chattanoogan.com , May
creating $400 million data facility in
Birmingham, Birm. Bus. News, May 12.
law firms adopting case-management
software, Memphis Daily News, March 30.
named SVP-IS at Thompson & Co. Marketing
Comms., Memphis Daily News, May 17.
Realtors increase use of GPS for locating
properties, Memphis Daily News, May
matchmaker helps businesses navigate
voice-data options, Knox. News Sentinel, May 15.
Earnings (Memphis) announced First Tennessee
National Association adopted Software
Earnings to optimize
operations. SE release, May
is niche for Shelby Systems, Comm.
Appeal, May 1.
start-up SnappyGreetings.com delivers singing
telegrams via phone and Internet, Comm. Appeal, May
Chattanooga parents create JCFaith.com youth
social-networking site, intending to
counter MySpace.com, Times Free Press, May 21. News JCFaith.com website
based in Chattanooga, April 24.
Chattanooga drivers using websites
to find cheapest gasoline, Times Free
growing at Mid-TN colleges, Tennessean, April
LAN One in Memphis names new
engineers, Comm. Appeal, April
disturbed by theft of VA data on millions of
retirees, Times Free Press, May
opens high-tech, sim-driven helicopter
museum at Pigeon Forge, release May
of Apple storefront in Knoxville could hurt MCS
and other Apple resellers, Knox. News
Sentinel, April 17.
Citizens in Collierville adds Internet access for
patrons, Comm. Appeal, May 4. UT Federal
Credit Union introduces e-pod customer-service
onsite, Knox. News Sentinel, April 17.
mental-health center gets Microsoft, Fujitsu tech
gifts, Knox. News Sentinel, April 26.
Bredesen names Tenn.
Regulatory Authority (TRA) veteran Roberson to
succeed Debi Tate as a TRA Director, NashvillePost.com, May 30.
Tennessean online, May 30. Nash. Bus. Journal, May 30. Chattanoogan.com, May 30.
property tax prohibition was among General
Assembly's legislative actions,
Tennessean, May 31. Nashville Technology
Council had expressed concern and provided background, Jan. 5.
The General Assembly on June 2
pass legislation (HB3236/SB2963) creating an
electronic database of organ donors'
anatomical gifts, to be updated by Dept. of
General Assembly on May 30
completed legislation (SB2482) supportive of Victims'
Rights, creating an automated
offender-status notification system.
Gov. Phil Bredesen on May 18
appointed two IT executives to the State's
Information Systems Council: Donald
R. Enfinger (VP-GM, Tennessee Processing Center,
Bank of New York, Nashville); and, Timothy R.
Getsay, (Asst. Vice Chancellor MIS, Vanderbilt
Inc. gets the nod in State's $130 Million Edison
ERP implementation, NashvillePost.com, May 11.
State's May 11
Morgan continues campaign vs inadequate public
schools, citing threat of lawsuit, Knox.
News Sentinel, April
Anti-Spyware bill passes
Tennessee House and Senate, City Paper,
Immigration database may help
Nashville employers determine legality of
hiring immigrants, Tennessean, June
eBay stores exempt from
auctioneer licensing, City Paper, April 26. Tennessee among
states in which eBay intervened to avert licensing
of auctioneers, NY Times, June 4. Gov. Bredesen signed
legislation exempting Tennessee's online
auctioneers (including Nashville's SnappyAuctions)
on April 19.
files complaint with TRA on phone-company data
sharing with U.S. intelligence community,
BellSouth has 30 days to respond, Tennessean, May 25.
law firm pressing potential class-action lawsuit
for Nashvillian claiming damages from
alleged BellSouth provision of phone data to
National Security Agency, Tennessean, May 16. Angry consumers
sue phone giant over data, Tennessean, May 17.
BellSouth says no law broken in
providing data to National Security
Agency, Tennessean, May 12. Poll says majority of
Americans support NSA phonecall tracking, Wash.
Post, May 12. BellSouth denies giving
NSA phone records en masse, Wash. Post, May 16.
AT&T may have built special
facility to assist government monitoring of its
network, Wash. Post, May
Metro will hear pitch for
traffic cameras, Tennessean, May 16. Opinion:
Traffic cameras worth a look, Tennessean, May 20.
Government's RFP 06-33 for Customer
Relationship Management (CRM) and
expanded 3-1-1 system calls for vendor responses
by Friday, June 9, and would implement
recommendations of a 3-year-old study by Gartner.
Metro's PeopleSoft upgrade RFP 05-77: responses due
Tennessee for Commerce and Insurance for support
of evaluation of information systems of
insurers and HMOs audited by the State: RFP 335.02-709 deadline is
currently June 29.
State Dept. of
Health RFP 343.60-428 for Patient Tracking and
Billing MIS, deadline is July
State Comm. & Insurance
RFP 335.10-637 Controlled Substances
Database, deadline is June 16.
RFP 309.01-095 for Trade Order management
System, deadline is July 7.
State RFP 327.01.009-07 for Enterprise
App. Development Tool, deadline is
currently July 7.
Smart Data Strategies wins federal GSA
contract, FCW.com, May 31.
Digital Reasoning Systems
(Nashville) announced June 2 its receipt of
task orders valued at $2.7 million, as
provided for in a $7 million contract awarded
earlier for support of the U.S. Army National
Ground Intelligence Center. DRS earlier announced appointments
of John Minetos to the post of Chief Operating
Officer (Minetos is a former Quilogy exec); and
Max Goff to Chief Marketing Officer (Goff is a
veteran of Sun Microsystems and other
Software in Franklin Special School District will
change again; complexity of state
reporting requirements a factor in keeping-up, Tennessean, May 12. Tennessee
among states struggling to computerize student
data, NY Times, May 15.
survey on states' IT consolidation and shared
services, NASCIO, May 2006.
Airport police get PDAs for security
upgrade, Tennessean, May 29.
of VA data theft shows extent of veterans' exposed
personal data, Wash. Post, June
U. S. House
Judiciary Committee passes Internet access
measure, Reuters via Wash. Post, May 25.
tracking device helps Metro police find stolen
vehicles, Tennessean, April 26.
Nashville regional office of York, SC-based Data Imaging Solutions won a
Govt. Printing Office (Atlanta) contract worth nearly
Tennessee Bureau of
Investigation adopts Beyond2020 Vista database
system, release May 30.
FCC reinforces rules
regarding law-enforcement access to certain
broadband and VoIP providers, FCC, May 3.
Call Chairman and Nextel pioneer O'Brien calls for
new wireless network for first
responders, Wash. Post, April 28.
General Assembly House and Senate chambers at work
via Nashville Public Television's NPT2
digital channel (Comcast, Charter), or via web
streaming, Tennessean, May 20. NPT Channel 8 Nashville
adds digital Tenn. House of Reps. coverage and
programming, City Paper, May 4.
U.S. Rep. Cooper's funding request
include technology, Tennessean, May 1. Members of TN
congressional delegation comment on pork funding,
Tennessean, May 1.
marketing anti-bullying e-messaging services to
Tennessee schools, Comm. Appeal, May 4.
Franklin Road Academy takes K-12
class technology up a notch, Nash. Bus.
Journal, May 19, p.
Chattanooga 3-1-1 services
expand with improved software, Times Free
Research, Commercialization and
has apparently selected its new chief
executive, but is not prepared to disclose his or
her identity, pending authorization from ECD
Commissioner and others. The new chief was
recruited with support from Center for Nonprofit
Management, earlier story:
NashvillePost.com, April 5.
Robotics and fluid-power
initiatives in Vanderbilt School of Engineering
could 'spawn new industries',
investigator taps Defense millions for "global
information grid," May 10, NashvillePost.com. VU release, May 19.
As result of work at Vanderbilt's
Free Electron Laser facility, VU, UT and Minnesota
researchers' discovery could help more
stable and reliable silicon chips; the group is
filing joint patent application, UT release May 18. Related research:
FEL facility is center of study
of nanotech insulators in chips, release here.
Vanderbilt is marketing technology
capable of finding 'dirty bomb'; Atlanta legal
counsel enlisted to support licensing
effort, NashvillePost.com, April 24.
Related: VU stadium site of demonstration of
radiation detection technology, Tennessean, April 21.
Tennessee State Univ. Aero program
could lose accreditation, Tenn. State
University Meter, April 20.
State Univ. signs research and study agreement
with Desert Research Institute, May 8.
Fred Smith praises innovation and
sticktoitedness, Comm. Appeal, May
NANO: FedEx Institute
of Technology launches nanosensors development
center, as result of Pinkhassik's winning
business plan, Memphis Bus. Journal, May 26. Seniors
incorporate nanotech studies into their degrees at
Maryville College, KNS Hub, May 16. E. TN
Nanovalley campaign gets web
presence. E. TN. Nanoscience initiative gets
additional funding from Tech2020, U.S. Department
of Commerce and Jobs!Now, Knox. News Sentinel, May 11.
Chattanoogans push locally
developed fuel-cell technology and energy- and
transport-related manufacturing during TN
Valley Corridor Summit, Times Free Press, May 28.
designated center of excellence for NSA/DHS
information security, Memphis Bus. Journal, May
'Philip K. Dick' Robot has gone
missing and FedEx Institute team is in hot
pursuit, BusinessTN, May
Oak Ridge NL Deputy Director
for Technology and materials says ORNL
can help nation regain its global competitiveness,
release May 3.
Oak Ridge NL's commitment to
supercomputing will contribute to region's
economic growth and image, BusinessTN, May 2006.
Software developed at Oak Ridge NL
Institute for environmental monitoring, cleanup
wins NRC grant, OakRidger.com, April 27.
Ridge Micro-Energy (OTCBB:OKME), a developer and
producer of thin film rechargeable
lithium and lithium-ion batteries
announced development of a new rechargeable thin
film lithium-ion battery that can operate at high
temperatures. Release, May
Oak Ridge's Micro Technologies
receives presidential nod for entrepreneurship by
former ORNL engineers, Knox. News
Sentinel, April 15.
Tenn. Innovative Technology Center reaches 10-year
anniversary, its mission to support
teaching and learning, here.
psych researcher Troseth studying kids'
interaction with Video, HealthDay, May
Vanderbilt School of
Engineering bestows awards for Excellence in
Service (L.W. Dowdy, Computer Sci.), in
Teaching (D. Jansen, Biomedical Engrg.) and for
Professionalism in Staff Services (S. Lowe,
Administration). VUSE release.
Tennessee is digitizing 10,000 historical
artifacts library holdings for "Growth of
Democracy in Tennessee" project, thanks
to $927K grant from Institute of Museum and
Library Services, for posting on
VolunteerVoices.org (consortium of TENN_SHARE,
with its 450 Tennessee libraries and information
sources). UT Torchbearer, Spring
Biotech boost: InMotion
Musculoskeletal Institute gets $3.6 million in
grants from Plough and Assisi
foundations, Memphis Bus. Journal, May 24.
Environmental Bus. Assn. announces 2006 Earn and
Learn scholarships and internships, OakRidger, May 17.
ORNL-supported Science.gov further
enriches sci-tech search portal, OakRidger, May 15.
Memphis BioWorks Foundation launches website supporting
Dean Benbow named to presidential Math
commission, Tennessean, May 15. City Paper,
p. 5, May 16, not on web. NashvillePost.com, May 16.
VU release May 15.
Soddy Daisy High School Engineering
Academy is result of $14 million in grants from
Carnegie and Chattanooga education
advocate, Times Free Press, May
NSF Grant to UT will improve
science education in K-12 by placing grad students
in classrooms, UT release May
community seeks more credit for tech
courses, including those leading to
industry certification, Tennessean, April
U. Tenn. physicist Plummer
elected to National Academy of Sciences,
Knox. News Sentinel, April
Tennessee Science scores up
a bit in latest National Assessment of Educational
Progress, Tennessean, May 24.
Memphis math department ranked number 14 in
nation, Memphis Bus. Journal, May 1.
ORBIT grant incorporates technology into classroom
at Millington Central High, Comm. Appeal,
Education Commissioner Tim Webb will join chief
state school officers' Science and Math
education initiative, release May
WORKSHOP: IT Executives and
Marketing Professionals Strategies and
Tactics, begins June 26. Sponsored by Nashville
Technology Council, Nashville Capital Network and
Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce. Info here.
HIRING REPORT: NTC President Jeff Costantine
says this year's IT hiring data
underscores the need for the Nashville Technology
Council "to look at new ways of developing
pipelines to our colleges and developing career
ladders for employees – all under the umbrella of
workforce development." Costantine said NTC is
making the creation of connections among colleges
and employers a priority. One result is
likely to be a new college IT internship program
with business and industry. Annual
Nashville Technology Council IT Hiring report by
David Condra: Hiring for IT workers in
Middle Tennessee seems to be increasing sharply,
Tennessean, May 18. Nash. Bus. Journal, May 17. Condra presentation (ppt)
here. Related story: IT career
opportunities booming, according to Bureau of
Labor Statistics, Birm. Bus. Journal, May 17.
Corner: Attorney Chris Sloan offers white
paper on legal issues associated with unauthorized
modification of software, here.
Property (IP) Governance Task Force
involves three Nashville executives, Nash. Bus.
Journal, June 2.
groups praise Congress for raising H-1B visa
cap, Nash. Bus. Journal, June 2.
sales projected to surpass $211 Billion in
2006, according to Forrester, Comm.
Appeal, May 27. Online payments of personal bills
could surpass payments by check in 2007, NY Times, May 29.
Local TV news is fodder for
ClipSyndicate streaming services
nationally, NY Times, May 22.
Successor to fabled Homebrew
Computer Club spurs open-phone movement,
Merc. News, May
Songtapper.com helps you tap a melody and
find a song, NY Times (blog), May 17.
Steele says metadata in documents is a concern for
lawyers, Nash. Bus. Journal, June 2.
of ITS Techs opines on true costs of cheap
computers, Nash. Bus. Journal, May 26, p. 13.
Bandwidth analysis primer provided
by Coffey of USLEC, Nash. Bus. Journal,
p. 23, May 26.
Hudsmith discusses the 'software-as-service'
wave, Nash. Bus. Journal, p. 25, May
announces consolidation of "lights out" global
data centers in Houston, Atlanta and
Austin, release May 17. Move includes
$600 million investment for two data centers in
Atlanta exurbs, Chattanoogan.com, May
Microsoft SVP Research
discusses MS' status as research leader,
Wash. Post, May 19.
8) AITP Nashville tour of Genesco
Distribution Center and presensation by
Warehouse Systems Manager Wesley Lankford, RSVP
via firstname.lastname@example.org . Box lunch. $15 Members,
(June 22-23) eHealth init and VU
Center for Better Health conduct Privacy and Confidentiality
* (June 28)
Monthly luncheon, Tech2020, topic RFID
update, presenter Jay Fryman, Executive
Director, IDentiTRAK Technologies, RSVP by June
26. or info, write
11-12) Gov. Bredesen's annual Economic Development
(Sept. 14) Richard M. Russell, Associate Director
for Technology for the Office of Science &
Technology Policy at the White House, is keynote
for 2nd Navigator Awards.
4) NTC-ISSA InfoSec Information Security
Conference. Details to come.
2) NTC Tech Roundtable: Business
Intelligence / Data
4) NTC-ISSA InfoSec Information Security
Conference. Details to come.
2) NTC Tech Roundtable: Business
Intelligence / Data
(Nov. 15) NTC Technology Leadership Awards dinner,
Downtown Hilton Nashville, details
(Dec. 7) NTC Tech Roundtable - Metro
Nashville Telecommunications Innovation Task Force
NTC's Jeff Costantine
(above) will address the IT Talent issue
by creating new relationships between employers
and educators. See Resources, today.
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