Published by in Cooperation with
Quality Growth for Middle Tennessee
Thursday, June 22, 2006 (No. 73)
Milt CappsNews Archive
Nashville Technology Council offers an unprecedented array of programs during the balance of 2006. For details, visit NTC right here.


   Technology-centered professional, industry and educational events in middle Tennessee and the region, here...

   All things broadband, from industry to government, and More...

HEALTHCARE:    Nashville's Health IT players...and More...

VENTURES:    M&A, financings and

IN THE SPOTLIGHT:  Tom Tarver of LBMC eHealth Solutions is forming alliances, and moving the ball among smaller hospitals and physicians' practices.  Read more, here

FOCUS:  Joe Cook's Mountain Group Capital is looking for Tennessee acquisition candidates, where management wants to stay around, here.

New management, kudos!, vendor alliances, tech achievements and More...

EAST WEST:  Innovations and deals from around the state and the mid-south ...and 

GOVERNMENT:    Keep up with government agencies, technology policy, trends, RFPs and

INNOVATIONS:   Tennessee ideas, tech think-tanks, universities, research and development...and More...

  New tools, important ideas and issues changing your profession and industry...right here.


The General Assembly's broadband task force will meet Tuesday, July 18, 10 a.m., Legislative Plaza Room 12.

Only 46 percent of Metro Schools students in Davidson County have Internet access for studies, Tennessean, June 17. (Ed. note: Annually, 50 percent or more of Metro's student population are eligible for free or reduced lunches, due to their household's low income.) Tennessean, June 17.  Statewide school district comparison, PDF.  In a handful of districts, about a third of teachers don't have Internet access at home.

TRA Chairman Ron Jones wants the poor to have access to computers, plans to establish Center for Equal Technology Access, Tennessean, June 13.

Nortel appoints Roese chief technology officer, release June 22.

FCC ruling
yesterday would require VoIP providers to contribute to fund for users in rural and poor areas
, NY Times, June 22. FCC to revisit media ownership, AP via Knox. News Sentinel, June 22.

Cellphone users calling 911 in Tennessee often don't provide GPS location, despite millions collected in user fees, Times Free Press, June 16.

U.S. House action on Telecom act could cost Metro Nashville, NY Times, June 9 (archive).  Wash. Post, June 9. Related story, May 5.

BellSouth connections and petitioners crowd the agenda (pdf) for the June 26 meeting of Tennessee Regulatory Authority. Allies converge in urging FCC to deny pending BellSouth-AT&T merger, Louisville Bus. Journal, June 6.

Counsel Corporation (Toronto) announced June 15 that C2 Communications (sub. of C2 Global Technologies) is suing BellSouth and other phone companies in E. Texas court, alleging VoIP patent infringement, release here. Wash. Post, June 17.

Under Sen. Stevens, U.S. Senate advances its version of Telecom Bill,, June 19.  CNET special coverage section here. Wash. Post, June 13.

Comcast on June 9 formally introduced ESPN2 HD to the Nashville market. A Comcast spokesman subsequently told, "Comcast serves close to 340,000 residences in the Middle Tennessee area, many of whom receive HD.  In order to receive ESPN2HD a customer needs to subscribe to at least Comcast's digital basic package and have an HD receiver.  As a percent of growth, HD is the fastest growing segment of Comcast's business..."

Mania:  A Nortel-Motorola deal in the making after Siemens-Nokia transaction?
NY Times, June 21.

DC council votes to proceed with high-speed Wireless Internet project with Earthlink, Wash. Post, May 12. GAO study broadband deployment.


HealthStream Inc. named Eddie Pearson senior vice president, with responsibility for growing the company's quality and satisfaction surveying efforts,, June 21. Nash. Bus. Journal, June 21. Responding to a question yesterday from about accepting the HealthStream post, Pearson said in part, "Developing and growing HealthStream's research business is a unique opportunity... My experiences prior to HealthStream have almost all involved the delivery of technology-driven solutions to improve operations in healthcare organizations, so HealthStream is a natural fit..."
LBMC eHealth aligns with athenahealth, Inc. for practice-management software-as-services, customer service, release June 20. Nash. Bus. Journal, June 20. City Paper, June 21. See today's Spotlight feature on LBMC Health President Tom Tarver, below.

LBMC Technologies asks local Health IT execs to provide feedback on proposed alliance with SAP and InfoSys Inc.,, June 15.

Nashville Medical News, one of this newsletter's sister publications, has a new website for breaking news and monthly editions, here.

Center for Healthcare and Technology at FedEx Institute at U. Memphis will help providers adapt technologies, Comm. Appeal, June 8.

Steve Simpson sees 'organic growth' as future focus:  Spheris Inc.'s recent acquisitions give the transcription company speech recognition and XML resources, but it needs to surmount the shortage of transcriptionists and narrow a $2.9 million quarterly loss. Page 22A Nash. Bus. Journal, June 16 supplement, not on web.  [Ed. Note: Spheris has no plans to move personnel from recently acquired Vianeta Communications (Milpitas) to Nashville, according to a spokesperson earlier this week.]  Spheris wins award for medical-transcription development from Medical Records Institute, p. 16, June 16, Nash. Bus. Journal, not on web. 1Q06 results here.

Two Franklin women are among eHealth Advisory Council members, Tennessean, June 8. Related story, June 1,

Rogers joins Healthcare Management Systems as technical-systems analyst, City Paper, p. 10, June 13.

Canada- and Brentwood-Based Momentum Healthware said June 8 it will release a touch-screen interface for EHR, billing data transfer, release June 8.

Three local companies climb higher in annual "Healthcare Informatics 100" ranking: Passport Health Communications vaults from #92 to #67, with revenues up 47 percent; Healthcare Management Systems moves from 66 to 47; and Spheris advances from 28 to 19.

EHR on patient wallet-card getting test among five providers, payers and others in East Tennessee, thanks to grant from Patient Safety Institute, Knox. News Sentinel, June 21.

First nationwide Health Information Network Forum is June 28-29, Washington, D.C.  Sessions will explore functional requirements and technical architecture of health information exchange. Draft agenda here.

UnumProvident launches web-based enrollment platform
, June 6,

CareSpark RHIO in E. TN. figures out how to get a RHIO paid for, FWC GovHealthIT, June 12

Emageon expands IT services contract with Sisters of Mercy Health System, Birmingham. Birm. Bus. Journal, June 19.

PICIS signs Erlanger and other emergency departments for information system, release June 12.


Asurion completes acquisition of San Mateo-based Lumitrend, Nash. Bus. Journal, June 21. Release June 21.

Acxiom accords former SmartDM President Jay Graves more clout in Acxiom Direct's leadership,, June 19.

Chattanooga-based ProNvest Inc., an online financial-information company, and parent of Signix Inc. (Atlanta and Chatta.), sells to SunGard, Times Free Press, June 21. The firm had been a SunGard partner three years.
In Memphis, startup Vontoo Corporation's permission-based, celebrity voice-mail messaging lets senders blast audiences, with demographic-specific ads included, Memphis Daily News, June 20. 
Compass Executives LLC, allied with NMG Advisers Inc., launches with a dozen senior-executive consultants,, June 20. Nash. Bus. Journal, June 20. Tennessean online, June 20 (print, 3E, June 21). City Paper, June 21.

Belmont University sophomore Andy Tabar has launched an online city guide, Club Nash

SmartFurniture origins described in extensive profile by Scripps Howard News Service, June 6. Location in Chattanooga is described as key ingredient in success. 

New web-enabled database and newsletter will help M. Lee Smith Publishers support employers' efforts to track changes in state laws, City Paper, June 8., a proprietary online dating site, reflects Nashville's tech diversity - from the good folks at Physiognomy Interface Technologies (Pink: PGTG), release June 19. Physiognomy, they say, is the "art of judging human character from facial features." Temperament is also analyzed. Don Tolman is the resident expert, says Physiognomy's release June 19. Holman is also apparently a whole-foods guru, here.

Area entrepreneurs launch Formative Business Solutions, Internet services and web e-commerce application, Nash. Bus. Journal, p. 16, June 16.

RedHerring and Israeli Venture Assn. announce best Israeli tech startups, INS, June 18.

Goldleaf Financial Services expands credit facility, release June 16.  Nash. Bus. Journal, June 16.

Shop At Home Network LLC begins operations today, to continue Shop At Home operations on reduced basis, under leadership of CEO who was with former SAH. Release June 21.  Some Shop-At-Home employees may keep their jobs, as Jewelry Television preps to buy assets,, June 19.  Knoxville-based Jewelry Television may buy some assets of Shop-At-Home, AP via The State (Cola., SC), June 8. Tennessean, June 20. Tennessean, June 22.

Most jobs in Dell expansion will be on Davidson County campus, rather than at Lebanon plant, Green Hills News, June 8, page 1, not online.

FOCUS:  Mountain Group Capital seeks mid-Tennessee acquisitions

Huntsville-based JIT Services LLC and its owner — Nashville-based Mountain Group Capital (MGC) — are actively exploring an acquisition of an integrated distribution, logistics and value-added company in middle Tennessee. 

According to JIT Services founder and board member Pete Ferrante, the company is also considering acquisition candidates in Louisville, Alabama, Texas and in Mexico, where JIT has two units. In addition to inventory management, logistics, EDI and other services, the expanding network of JIT outsourcing centers will shoulder a wide range of projects, ranging from programming, printing and light assembly, to packaging or quality-assurance sorting. JIT recently expanded operations in Peachtree City, Ga., to be near its OEM customer, Panasonic.

The JIT model may eventually be replicated in the Nashville area.
However, MGC Founder Joseph C. Cook Jr. (at left) recently told that MGC has reviewed "12 to 15" acquisition candidates in various sectors in middle Tennessee in the past couple of years, thus far with no deal. Cook said he is currently exploring three specific acquisitions in the state.  Ferrante said MGC/JIT are also exploring JIT-linked acquisitions in Louisville, Texas and in Mexico, where JIT currently has two operations.

MGC’s published investment criteria seem clear enough
— emphasizing transactions in the $3 million to $15 million range, for Southeastern companies with revenue $5 million to $30 million. Cook recently estimated MGC businesses controlled by Cook and several family members are generating about $15 million in total annual revenue, with a combined workforce of more than 200.

Cook told that MGC tends to shy-away from IT pure-plays
and services businesses, and currently prefers manufacturing, value-added distribution and medical-device businesses. 

He said prospects often fade away, when would-be sellers learn that MGC has some criteria that don’t fit neatly on a spreadsheet:  The fund tries to buy companies in which the original owners "willing sellers, who are not trying to get the highest dollar" from sale of their firm "and who care about the legacy" they leave to their community. "They want to continue living in the same town and walk into the hardware store and not feel ashamed" about having sold the firm.

Cook’s son, Joe III, a veteran of J. C. Bradford and R. W. Baird investment banking, told that deals being brought to Mountain Group by referral sources are increasingly "a good quality-fit for us," as referrers get better at screening-out sellers whose main goal is to "maximize sales price." 

In addition to JIT Services, MGC’s holdings and affiliates include:  Clinical Products LP markets Extendbar, a food product that helps diabetics manage glucose levels, and which Extendbar manufactures via Nashville's Standard Candy.  A third company, Quality Filtration, began operations in Nashville less than a year ago, and now has nine employees. Cook Jr. said recently the filtration firm is not yet profitable.

MGC was founded in 2000 by Cook Jr., now 64.  He remains chairman of Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Inc., the San Diego-based company that Cook once led as CEO during a five-year turnaround effort.  Earlier, he served 28 years with Eli Lilly and Company.  Cook earned his B.S. in Engineering at the University of Tennessee and he is chairman of the UT College of Engineering’s advisory board.  ♦

LMBC eHealth: Tarver allies with Athenahealth and eTransX 

om Tarver likes to have some skin in the game.  So, when he returned to the Lattimore, Black Morgan & Cain PC & Affiliates (LBMC) fold in January 2004 after a five-year absence, he arrived as co-owner of newly formed LBMC eHealth Solutions LLC

With the backing of LBMC managing principals David Morgan and Mike Cain, Tarver (pictured above) returned to LBMC with a broad mandate to help LBMC use hosted services to strengthen its presence in eHealth. Tarver initially took nearly a year to shape a two-pronged strategy:  LBMC eHealth would offer physicians ASP-model practice-management solutions, with intelligent-billing capabilities; and, would offer hospitals decision-support (DSS) dashboards that would enable quality- and safety-driven hospital executives to measure "anything that has metrics."

In a statement released earlier this week, Tarver said, "Solutions for practice management can't just consist of software, they must be complete utilities that provide software, detailed payer knowledge and [user interfaces] that a medical practice plugs into, [then] pays a small fee per use, and receives tangible results," in the form of improved revenue-cycle management.

This spring, Tarver announced that LBMC eHealth had entered partnerships with athenahealth, Inc. for medical-group practice-management solutions; and, with Nashville-based eTransX Inc. for executive-dashboard development, the latter being primarily aimed at smaller rural hospitals. 

The LBMC-eTransX offering addresses decision support and benchmarking related to such variables as payer reimbursements, materiel costs, and revenue and billing-reject analysis. Many smaller hospitals need dashboards that can operate independently of the hospitals' often-antequated information systems. LBMC eHealth recently deployed an initial version of LBMC-eTransX dashboard services to 27 hospitals.

Tarver believes the LBMC-athenahealth package is distinguished from those of such competitors as Emdeon Business Services by its combination of web-based ASP model; a robust patient-billing solution, with continually updated payer knowledge, including payment rules; customer charges based only on a percentage of cash collections; plus, options for full outsourcing of bandwidth (typically via DSL), Exchange-server hosting, data and customer-service centers, and other features.

The LBMC eHealth plan also calls for augmenting provider services with services provided, as needed, by other LBMC divisions, including:  information security, backup and recovery; human-resource management; health and medical benefits and 401Ks; accounting, reporting, taxes, HIPAA, valuations and due diligence; and, practice-management audits.

On Tuesday, Tarver told that his 29-month-old company is now profitable, employing four full-time dedicated staff and drawing as needed on staffs of other LBMC companies. The entire LBMC group employs 265 persons.

Tarver shares ownership of the eHealth company with LBMC Healthcare LLC and LBMC Technologies LLC (related story, here).  He declined to provide revenue figures, but offered Results Physiotherapy — formerly, Tracy Caulkins Physiotherapy Centers — as a current client (based in Nashville, with Australian ownership).

During Tuesday's interview, Tarver sounded happy to "get back into healthcare." For about five years in the mid-Eighties, Tarver was senior strategic program manager for some of HCA's management-information and automation systems for operating rooms, scheduling, billing, nursing, patient care and other functions.  His subsequent career also included a decade as marketing senior director for a salesforce automation product and program director for global EDI for Nortel, based in Nashville; next, a term as GM and corporate CIO for the Nashville and St. Louis offices of Empower Trainers and Consultants (Kansas City); then, two years with LBMC Technologies in web and commerce development; and, finally, nearly five years as CEO and CTO of, before returning to LBMC. At Link2Gov, among other duties, Tarver led design and development of Metro's site; Metro Public Health's Bridges-to-Care program, and e-payment sites for IRS tax payments via www.Pay1040, among other programs.

Tarver, 52, is a Nashville native who as a youth occasionally surfed the wakes of barges on the Cumberland River. Tarver confesses that on a recent business-and-pleasure trip to Australia, he was so exhausted by moving through 14 time-zones and visiting five cities in 11 days, he couldn't venture forth during a day at Surfers' Paradise, Downunder. Tarver earned his B.B.A., with emphasis on MIS and accounting/finance at Belmont University.  He is a Certified Data Professional. He resides in Hermitage and has an adult son. 



Technology-law veteran Doeg shoulders managing-shareholder role in Nashville office of Baker Donelson, while predecessor Papel takes over Doeg's former M&A practice,, June 16. Tennessean, June 17.

Erstwhile SheerGenius entrepreneur Matt Kenigson has joined corporate ranks, serving as systems integrator for Franklin American Mortgage, where CIO duties are shared by two execs who report to CFO Scott Tansil.

The IT Services Management Forum named officers:  Terry Blankenship, president (St. of TN OIR); Alan Cantrell, secretary (VU); Nowell McKee, chair-membership (New Horizons Learning Cntr). Tennessean, 5E, June 18. (See scheduled events, below.) Group meets six times per year. Blankenship is State OIR's process-driven service delivery leader, has run ITIL implementation for the State, and has private-sector experience with Deloitte, Accenture and GE software development. He is certified Six Sigma Black Belt.

CIBER, the Colorado firm with a substantial Nashville presence since buying SCB Computer Technology a few years ago, announced yesterday it has opened another Bangalore, India software development facility, release June 21.

Guitarist Mark Knopfler, a Nashville denizen, promotes the AMD Opteron chip, because of quality he believes it brings to digital recordings, like his latest with Emmylou, NY Times, June 19.

Pharos Capital of Dallas and Nashville named Joel Goldberg principal; Goldberg has Bradford M&A experience and is a Vanderbilt econ/math graduate. Release June 20.

Computer Networks Manager Watts at Boult Cummings Conners and Berry expresses concerns about security of lawyers using IM, Orlando Sentinel, June 11. She's introduced Postini to filter for malware.

ZDNet continued to press case for Goldleaf Financial misrepresentation of 'phishing' or 'hacking' incident, ZDNet June 1 here and here, and again June 7; and, Journal Star June, 7 here. Meanwhile, ZDNet also serves-up Goldleaf whitepaper on preventing hacking, here. Related, BusinessWeek online, June 06. (Earlier coverage, May 30.)

Would-be Nissan vendors must file profiles via online form, Nash. Bus. Journal, June 9.

Profile:  Darrell Freeman's Zycron, with revenues beyond $20 million.  Nash. Bus. Journal, p. 13, June 16. Freeman profile, News of Nashville Technology (NP), here.

Asurion's CMO Byron Smith (former exec) comments on proliferation of wireless-enabled media
as driver in Asurion growth, p. 37A, Nash. Bus. Journal, June 16, not on web.

Former Gaylord, Belo Interactive and Scripps Network executive Linda Fisk is named to head marketing for IFILM, an MTV online short-form film site. Release June 5. Maybe her resume will be here by the time you read this.

Healthways Inc. wins ASTD award for challenge-based training, Healthways release, June 20.

The CyberAngel of Nashville has a string of laptop-computer recoveries to tout, release June 19. Related: Spike in laptop thefts spurs jitters, Wash. Post, June 22.

Thad Hoffman joined Rustici Software LLC (Cool Springs) as e-learning software developer. Hoffman's previous experienced includes Northern Telecom and Gallagher Financial Systems. Tennessean, 5E, June 11.

Ingram Micro wins most-important reseller label for third consecutive year by VARBusiness, June 12.

Christian Music Trade Association named Ben Cooper systems manager, Tennessean, 5E, June 18.

Pera of Adams and Reese (Memphis) is named head of American Bar Association standing committee on technology and information systems, release June 18.

Laurie Crook's Accord Scientific is now exclusively recruiting for biotechnology fields, eyeing Memphis demand in particular, Nash. Bus. Journal, p.5, June 16, not on web. Related item, Tennessean, 5E, June 18.


Brian Spaid, CTO of MediaPulse Inc. (Knox.), will help judge of the 10th annual international WebAward competition for Web site development by the Web Marketing Association. GKBJ, June 19.

MTSU campus will get new Science building, as result of State budgeting, Daily News Journal, June 22

Univ. of Memphis Cybersecurity training certified by National Security Agency, Comm. Appeal, June 22.

Report finds Memphis area workforce shrinking and marginally prepared for the knowledge econom
y, Comm. Appeal, June 22. Memphis Bus. Journal, June 21.

Tennessee said to be a top technology exporter, Nash. Bus. Journal, June 12. Memphis Bus. Journal, June 12. AEA report.

Oak Ridge City Council votes to approve loan to Pro2Serve to build facility at Oak Ridge NL, OakRidger, June 20.

Knoxville-based search engine and portal adds WeatherChannel weather to the gateway, release June 20. Netster is a wholly owned sub of Internet REIT (iREIT), privately held, in Houston.

Cyber Defense Agency, a consultant with a Knoxville office, provides security services to the power industry, among others, and announced June 20 the opening of a Washington, D.C.-area research and representation office.

FedEx on June 13 launched its Critical Inventory Location supply-chain service.  No word on whether this service was employed in FedEx's Herculean effort to return penguins and otters to their home at he New Orleans Audubon Zoo.

Knoxville's Alta Via Consulting announced its partnership with  macs Software NA
, Inc. (Pittsburgh), June 13.

AT&T Blue Room podcasts pushed Bonnaroo performances to customers, release June 13

A Tennessee motorist was named a Vita Wireless Samaritan for using her cell phone to help a family in distress after a lawnmower accident, release June 19.

Interactive Solutions' open house for video conference and streaming draw a crowd, Comm. Appeal, June 21.

New home for tech companies at Roane Regional Business and Technology Park, Knox. News Sentinel, June 21.

Jobs! Now economic-development campaign is said to produce larger capital-investment gains than in Memphis or Nashville, Knox. News Sentinel, June 21.

Oak Ridge development agency wonders whether it's time to cut back on tax incentives for new jobs, Knox. News Sentinel, June 20.

In Knoxville, Scripps Networks' HGTV goes High-Def, teaming with Rivr Media, with Dish Network satellite TV as first HD taker, Knox. News Sentinel, June 9.,1406,KNS_376_4760990,00.html

Knoxville's former Tradewind, now a unit of Siris of Toronto, is growing business for RFID-enabled credit cards, used by Regal Entertainment and others, Knox. News Sentinel, June 4.

The Krystal Co. (Chattanooga) adopts MapInfo software to plot new, more profitable outlets, based on demographic and competition data, Times Free Press, June 10.

News Sentinel editors in Knoxville applaud Dell Inc. expansion in Nashville, Knox. News Sentinel, June 10.

Hacker could have Oak Ridge NL workers' data, Knox. News Sentinel, June 13.

Ginny Moore to Operations manager at AIMS Logistics, Knoxville, Knox. News Sentinel, June 11.

Louisville's USWireless, which provides broadband services in TN and elsewhere, speaks of possible sale, delay in financial reporting and appointment of new COO and CTO, release June 9.

Innovative Processing Solutions, in Chattanooga, announced strong rise in transactions volume, release June 16.

Nashville Area Arts portal is in its first year of operation, here. Related story, Nash. Bus. Journal, p. 6, June 16.

Memphis BioWorks CEO Bares listed among those joining Memphis/Shelby strategy process to surmount economic and population trends, Comm. Appeal, June 17.

Older Chattanoogans are uncomfortable using e-commerce, Times Free Press, June 18.

Believe it Or Not:  A programmer with a 6-pack:  Knoxville software engineer makes People magazines hunk list. Knox. News Sentinel, June 18.

UT Med Center LIFESTAR 'copters now outfitted with night-vision technology, Knox. News Sentinel, June 12.


Metro's new five-year contract with Smart & Associates (Phila.) and Smart's introduction of Ariba Software (Sunnyvale) for web-based e-Procurement,which has been a largely manual operation Metrowide, according to procurement manager Jeff Gossage (ref: RFP 05-101).  While the "savings" do not reflect the cost of Smart/Ariba and related expenses, it seems important.  The new system will automate issuance of bid solicitations and help improve compliance with purchasing policies by Metro agencies, Gossage said. Bidders other than Smart included E-Verge, Cyber and Global e-Procure.

Metro Procurement Notice:  Due to e-procurement changes (see above), ALL METRO VENDORS must visit the Metro Purchasing site and re-register to receive bid invitations and to submit proposals and bids.

Attorney David Briley, who was retained for possible Nashville activity within a budding nationwide class-action lawsuit against BellSouth for allegedly improperly providing customer information to the National Security Agency (NSA), may move to the sidelines if a motion by Verizon to consolidate all such lawsuits in federal district court in the District of Columbia is honored by a Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation. The panel was to review the matter June 19, but no word on outcome, as of yet. Verizon says requiring the parties to ligitate all over the nation would jeopardize national security. Related story Washington Post, June 8. Related story,, June 15.

Metro Government's RFP 06-33 for Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and expanded 3-1-1 system, resulting from recommendations three years ago by Gartner, drew submissions from Fujitsu Consulting, Lagan  Technologies, Third Sky Inc., The Active Network, Hansen, ACS State and Local Solutions, and Motorola. A panel reviewing proposals is scheduled to meet June 27.

TN ECD Commissioner Kisber reportedly believes Nissan move will generate IT jobs for middle Tennessee,
outside Nissan, Jackson Miss. Clarion-Ledger, June 21.

Diebold Information and Security Systems was the State's top pick for the statewide IT tech services contract, announcement letter June 9 here. RFP 317.03-142. The only other bidder was Pomeroy IT. reported hearing that TBI and FBI are investigating local political and business leaders, on suspicion of efforts to coerce business with minority-owned firms, June 15.

Secret Service Electronic Crimes Task Force offices are now in Birmingham and Louisville, and nearly two-dozen other cities, but none in Tennessee, Birm. Bus. News, June 9.

Brazil's Embraer Aircraft Maintenance Services, Inc. (sub. of Empresa Brasileira de Aeronautica S.A.) , investment at Metro Nashville Airport attracts $750K State FastTrack infrastructure grant.  (Ed. Note: Maintenance facility includes avionics systems support.), June 19Nash. Bus. Journal, June 19. Earlier story,, Jan. 27/05. City Paper, June 20.

Metro Parks surveillance cameras aim to catch illicit sexual activity, Tennessean, June 21.

Anti-prostitution and the public e-stocks:  An East Nashville grandmother with a cellphone patrolling her street may be bigger deterrent than Metro website that displays photos and personal information of suspected 'Johns', Tennessean, p.1, June 22. Arrests keep rising, civil libertarians wonder about humiliation vs reform.

Fellowship assists Davidson County election commission with voter education about new electronic-voting machines, Tennessean, June 2.

Gallatin Police adopt Automated Fingerprinting Identification System, Tennessean, June 5.

Electronic-voting machines will be introduced in Memphis in August
, Comm. Appeal, June 8. In Memphis, an online database checks for "voters" who are actually deceased, Comm. Appeal, June 13.

Williamson County Schools abandons print newsletter as too little for too much and goes with E-mail newsletters, Tennessean, June 6.

Feds increase outsourcing spend for commercial data-mining services, Wash. Post, June 15.

Franklin Special School District plans increased spending for software to 'make technology invisible', Tennessean, June 9.

 INNOVATIONS: Research, Commercialization and Universities 

Know a budding leader?  Tell them about Generation TN, a conference for those in their Twenties and Thirties
, July 14-16. Venue: Nashville Downtown Public Library. Registration deadline is July 7.
The Frist Foundation recently awarded $300,000 in grants to local nonprofits to integrate technology into their operations. Foundation President Pete Bird says in most cases, grantees projected payback from the technology in less than a year. Grants recipients, here.

Lottery-generated HOPE scholarships may enable teachers to return to school for advanced degrees in Math, Science, Times Free Press, June 9.

New chief of UT Space Institute at Tullahoma is optimistic about regaining lost ground on funding, and regarding role supporting a Bredesen-championed science and math academy in the area, Shelbyville Times Gazette, June 14.

Vanderbilt physicist wins Research Corporation Cottrell scholarship to study star formation and to attract minority students to the sciences, Nash. Bus. Journal, June 21.

Vanderbilt's Peabody College Dean Camilla Benbow is nominated for National Science Foundation role, VU release June 16. Tennessean, June 20.

Memphis Academy of Science and Engineering will expand curriculum, Comm. Appeal, June 10.

U. Memphis will offer certification in data analysis and programming,using SAS software
, SAS release June 16.

Technology camp aims to inspire broader career ideas among young women in mid-TN
, Tennessean, June 12.

New online summer school is a hit with Wilson County students
, Tennessean, June 7.

Foundation provides $250K for scholarships for Christian Brothers University students excelling in science, Comm. Appeal, June 15.

Students' CAD architectural-engineering careers project wins award at Memphis' Downtown Elementary School, Comm. Appeal, June 15.

Oak Ridge NL supercomputer will get boost to petaflop capacity by 2008, amid fierce international competition
; Cray is the strategic partner, Knox. News Sentinel, June 15.
Oak Ridge NL will use WFI Tactical Survey tool to enable first-responders to visualize entire campus, release June 13.

Continuation of U.S. research tax credit may become a victim of congressional adjournment,
despite being Bush policy priority, Bloomberg, June 19.
U.S. Rep. Bart Gordon (D-6) played pivotal role in House passage of science, math education and competitiveness legislation, AIP FYI, June 16.

Tech companies are donating funds for education for science, math, engineerin
g, Wash. Post, June 17.



Futurists explore a range of technology and socioeconomic issues in live chat and transcripts this week, Washington Post.

Gartner report on 2005 IT spending, with Health IT spending rated higher than other segments
, June 19, ZDNet.

Robert Half Technology Tech Hiring Forecast 3Q06
, June 14

On June 8, Sprint and Universal Music Group say they sent live Country performances from Nashville
to Sprint customers' cellphones, with audio and video, release here.

Columnist suggests Dell Inc., Gateway and Quanta in the Nashville area among the reasons you CAN buy
a computer made in the U.S., PC Magazine, June 9.

World Cup online offerings may represent a new benchmark for multifaceted experience, Wash. Post, June 11.

E-Commerce Reputation-tracking:  RapLeaf would ensure your wheeling-dealing rep follows you through cyberspace
, SiBeat, Mercury News, June 11 and April 24.

Google building massive computing center in The Dalles, Ore.  New Infoplant complements perhaps 25 facilities, perhaps reflecting nearly half-million servers, NY Times, June 14.

Verizon to carry PBS' primary and multicast digital channels
, Wash. Post., June 16.

Gates to cede Microsoft software reins in favor of stronger role in his Foundation
, NY Times, June 16. Wash. Post. June 16.

Meta-Journalism:  AOL's attempt to preserve Netscape brand
leads to a blog-oriented portal strategy, NY Times, June 15.

Consultant makes case for using contracted IT staffin
g, Nash. Bus. Journal, p. 30, June 16.

Nashville-area software developers and web developers
(lists, not on web), p. 31, Nash. Bus. Journal, June 16.

Dixie Chicks and MSN have dispatched the first embedded blogger to travel with the group and post, Wash. Post, June 19.

Value of intelligence data-mining still requires deep-thinking analysts
and a lead or inference, Wash. Post, June 19.

Technology and Law:   E-discovery can involve data, metadata, deleted data, network data...are you ready?
Attorney Reeves addresses in column, Knox. News Sentinel, June 18.

Al Gore Jr., already an advisor to Apple and Google, takes the spotlight with An Inconvenient Truth.
  Tennessean, with sidebars, June 18.

Wikipedia restricts editing
, NY Times, June 17.

Converting the world to Webtop applications, from desktop dependence: 
Google, Jotspot, ZohoWriter, Writeboard, Ajaxwrite, 30boxes, Notebook, Clipmark, Plum, NY Times, June 17.

One Economy advocacy group plans to launch new Web portal for the poor,
complementing and Wash. Post, June 8.

(June 22-23)  eHealth initiative and VU Center for Better Health conduct Privacy and Confidentiality workshop.

* (June 23) NTC-sanctioned luncheon on Business Intelligence, Loews Vanderbilt Plaza, free, details on Information Builders and Passalong Networks speakers and register here.

(June 28) Monthly luncheon, Tech2020, topic RFID update, presenter Jay Fryman, Executive Director, IDentiTRAK Technologies, RSVP by June 26. or info, write here.

* (July 6) NTC Tech Roundtable on "Smart Client Technologies," 4 p.m., Montgomery Bell Academy, details here.

* (July 18)  USPTO  Conference on Intellectual Property in the Global Marketplace in Nashville, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., free, but seating limited. More info here.

* (July 27)  itSM Forum luncheon, register now, luncheon convenes 11:30 a.m., with Terry Blankenship of State of TN OIR, discussing "How ITIL and Six Sigma interrelate. Visit or call 615. 850.5901.

(Aug. 3) NTC Tech Roundtable:  Service Oriented Architecture.

(Sept. 7) NTC Tech Roundtable:  Legal / Regulatory issues.  

* (Sept. 11) Tennessee Board for Economic Growth, 2 p.m. meeting at TN Dept. of Economic and Community Development.

(Sept. 11-12) Gov. Bredesen's annual
Economic Development Conference.

(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.

(Oct. 4)  NTC-ISSA InfoSec Information Security Conference. Details to come.

(Nov. 2)  NTC Tech Roundtable: Business Intelligence / Data Warehousing

(Oct. 4)  NTC-ISSA InfoSec Information Security Conference. Details to come.

(Nov. 2)  NTC Tech Roundtable: Business Intelligence / Data Warehousing

* (Nov. 2-3)  Business and Technology Expo and business matchmaking scheduled in Knoxville, sponsored by Chamber and Greater Knox. Business Journal (KNS).

(Nov. 15) NTC Technology Leadership Awards dinner, Downtown Hilton Nashville, details TBA.

(Dec. 7) NTC Tech Roundtable - Metro Nashville Telecommunications Innovation Task Force update.



Tom Tarver
of LBMC eHealth


Joe Cook and Mountain Group Capital's plans, in FOCUS, this issue.
  Jay Graves of Acxiom Direct (formerly SmartDM) has broader role. See Ventures, this issue.

NTC Sustaining Sponsors:

Caterpillar Financial


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