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Friday, Oct. 13, 2006 (No. 77)
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   A slew of Tech events for the 4th Quarter, in Nashville and statewide, right here...

CONNECTIONS:   BellSouth merger vote today, TRA complaint, XO draws Memphis schools' ire, E-911, ITC Deltacom, Broadband, Telco acquisition, Comelli role, VoIP...and More...

HEALTHCARE:    Healthways eyes Axia technology, Evolved Digital, BioWorks, e-Health, Emdeon, Acacia, HealthStream, Spheris, Caremark, Shared Health and More...

VENTURES:    Major ClientLogic acquisition announced, BioMimetic, Comdata's total rebranding, ImagiTales, Zoe Creative, Passalong, MB Ventures, Goldleaft, Sequoia...and

TECH FINANCE: Capital Confirmation's Chris Schellhorn is raising $5 about it here

PARTNERS:  Ex-Asurion exec lands in Seattle, Digital Reasoning, NTC's Carter, Duthie, BRS, WiTT, PureSafety, Auto2Auto, and More...

SPOTLIGHT:  Metro Nashville ITS Director Sandy Cole, right here. 

EAST WEST:   Gateway, Nu Horizon, Vought, TechBirmingham, Electronic Vaulting, ProTech ...and 

GOVERNMENT:   RFP for disaster recovery, FTC consent decree, Frist on Internet gambling, Voting, Schools, Icann, and

INNOVATIONS:   New Middle Tennessee Tech initiative, Bredesen pushes math-science and workforce, Zycron's Freeman, campus innovation...and More...

  Links you can use, right now...right here.


FCC scheduled to convene at 10 a.m. CT for vote today (Oct. 13) on the BellSouth merger, Tennessean, Oct. 12.  Broadband industry practices are also on the agenda for today's meeting.  Earlier, U.S. Justice Department okayed BellSouth buyout, Tennessean, Oct 12. DOJ statement, Oct. 11. Editorial prays AT&T-BellSouth deal will be blocked, or Net Neutrality restrictions appended, Tennessean, Oct. 13. Separately, an AP story reports FCC approval would allow AT&T to "extend its dominance" as largest provider of phone, wireless and broadband Internet services.

Aeneas Communications, a Jackson telephone provider, announced yesterday it filed objections with the Tennessee Regulatory Authority, protesting the Electric Power Board of Chattanooga's request to begin selling telephone services outside EPB's service area, throughout the state.  The matter is on the agenda for the TRA meeting, Monday, Oct. 16.

Tennessee Emergency Communications Board will vote Oct. 31 on proposal to let E-911 operations in the state share in $14 million, Knox. News Sentinel, Oct. 12. Earlier, The Tennessee Emergency Communications Board (TECB) voted unanimously to initiate a statewide "Next Generation 911" project the board says will modernize the infrastructure that transports the state's 911 calls. Oct. 8, Chattanoogan.

XO Communications criticized by Memphis Board of Education members who want out of contract, citing service issues, Comm. Appeal, Oct. 13.  XO corporate news releases Oct. 9 explain network upgrades and organizational changes.

State Broadband Task Force:  a November meeting is the next likely, date TBA.
Earlier coverage, here.

Metro Nashville Telecommunication Innovation Task Force: report urging private-sector leadership was delivered in August. No strategy for advancing the issue has been announced by leaders of the task force, the Metro Council charter for which expired Aug. 31. Earlier coverage, here.

ITC Deltacom (Huntsville) launches pro-services division for communications
, release Oct. 9.

Rural areas routlinely left in the slow lane of high-speed data highway
, New York Times, Sept. 28.

Tennessee Regulatory Authority raised some phone rates, release Sept. 26.

Franklin-based Telco Solutions III Group (TSIII), LLC bought Micropaq Corporation, a Houston-based EMS provider. Release Oct. 3.

Comolli, CEO of Asurion Inc., has begun a second term as member of the board of The Wireless Association (Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association). Tennessean, Oct. 8.

American Fiber Systems names Yount COO, bringing Cable & Wireless, XO and other experience, release Sept. 29.

VOIP:  The Georgia Tech Information Security Center (GTISC) today announced it is creating a partnership with BellSouth (NYSE: BLS) and Internet Security Systems (NASDAQ: ISSX) to explore security surrounding the emerging Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technology. Release Sept. 27.

BellSouth will pay $35 million in settlement of class action suit alleging overstating of financial performance, AP via Comm. Appeal, Oct. 1.

Voice over IP (VoIP) telecom may be more reliable after natural disasters, where Internet service stays up, acc. Lattimore of Southeastern Telecom, Nash. Bus. Journal, Oct. 6.


New CEO appointed at Evolved Digital:  Greer follows Eskind, Hoyt, Southcott and Lehman,, Sept. 27.

Harry Travis, former COO of the Nova Factor Division of Accredo Health, has been named executive in residence for the Memphis Bioworks Foundation. Comm. Appeal, Oct. 8.

Healthways Inc. CEO Ben Leedle yesterday (Oct. 12) cited Axia Health Management's sophisticated tech infrastructure among reasons for acquisition, during an analysts conference (audio here for 90 days). Release Oct. 11. 4th Quarter financial results, guidance and related matters are to be released after market closing, Oct. 17. Leedle said Healthways and Axia have been in conversations for more than a year, and Healthways was prepared to proceed with both Axia and the now-failed Lifemasters transaction. CFO Chaput indicated that Axia revenue growth will probably outpace Healthways' own 25 percent-plus rate.  Leedle stressed in response to Avondale analyst Brooks O'Neil's question that Axia had integrated many companies by emphasizing technology compatibility (Microsoft-only shops, e.g.). He also stressed importance of technology-supported data analytics, facilitated and personalized interactions with consumers, and reporting. He noted the technology is not new, but leveraging it is at the heart of the Healthways/Axia solution.

Bredesen e-Health leader Agassi discusses EMR and e-prescribing progress in Tennessee, Tennessean Q&A, Oct. 1.

Gov. Phil Bredesen recognized for e-Health leadership by HHS, Sept. 26. Secretary Leavitt addresses e-Health, Sept. 26.

Emdeon Business Services: majority stake taken by General Atlantic LLC., Sept. 26. Tennessean, Sept. 27.

Acacia Research (Acadia Technologies) licenses barcode technology to Emdeon
(formerly WebMD). Release, Sept. 27.

Healthstream signs four-year deal with HCA , release, Oct. 2; Nash. Bus. Journal, Oct. 2; Tennessean, Oct. 3. City Paper, Oct. 3.  HealthStream to provide enterprise learning system for Resurrection Health Care, release Oct. 11.

Caremark call center recognized for outstanding customer experience by J.D. Power, release Sept. 26.

Franklin-based Spheris Inc. introduced Oct. 9 its ClarityTM clinical documentation technology platform.

National Alliance for Health Information Technology adds executive staff for public policy and sets sites on Capitol Hill influence, release Oct. 3.

American Society of Healthcare Human Resources Administration (ASHHRA) convenes in Nashville , Sunday. During conference, AHA Solutions, a subsidiary of the American Hospital Association (AHA), will unveil a platform of AHA-endorsed products and services for HR departments within hospitals.

Consumer payments:  HealthLeaders-Interstudy says industry is mobilizing to offer a debit card, release Oct. 11.

Nashville Metro-area production of new healthcare grads lept 46 percent in 2005 over '00 , according to report from KentuckianaWorks, Nash. Bus. Journal, Oct. 6.

Shared Health
reaches 2 million enrollees with electronic health record, making it largest in nation
, Nash. Bus. Journal, Oct. 11. Update on Shared Health and Capstone collaboration on physicians' use of Personal Health Records, Nashville Medical News, Oct. 2006.

Blount Memorial selects AllScripts Emergency Dept. IS, release Sept. 20.


Earlier this morning, West End denizen ClientLogic and SITEL (NYSE:SWW), both global business-process outsourcing providers, announced they have entered into a definitive merger agreement that has been approved by both boards. Citigroup Global Capital Markets is acting as financial advisor to SITEL. Davis Polk & Wardwell and Faegre & Benson are SITEL legal counsel. Goldman, Sachs & Co. is financial advisor to ClientLogic. Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw LLP and Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly LLP are acting as legal counsel to ClientLogic. ClientLogic recently announced its partnership with Helio for mobile-customer care via mobile virtual network, Oct. 4. release.

BioMimetic:  A BusinessTN report suggests that FDA approval and IPO have made BioMimetic Therapeutics Inc. a veritable poster-child for middle Tennessee life-sciences. A BioMimetic SEC filing Tuesday suggested more news to come from the company in early November. Earlier report: BioMimetic shuffles board of directors,, Sept. 27. Tennessean, Sept. 27.  In a release this morning, BioMimetic announced FDA approval of a manufacturing facility for a previously announced product.

Brentwood's Comdata today announced the company's total rebranding, new website
, release Oct. 13.

ImagiTales Inc., a new children's e-book business founded by three Williamson County
entrepreneurs, lets children and parents create personalized children's e-books. Tennessean, Oct. 4.

Zoe Creative Services, full service content acquisition, creative, and production services for high-definition video and film projects, has undergone soft launch in recent weeks, site here. Ken Russell, a cofounder of Isdn-Net, is Zoe's CEO. Zoe is closely aligned with ConduIT Corporation.  Russell's interview Sept. 29 on "Let's Talk Computers," streaming here.

Passalong Networks' OnTour Widget lets' music fans track changes in concert schedules via Macs, release Sept. 27.

This VC suggests investors look beyond 'Bay Area Approved' sectors, and scoffs at those who seek
next 'mobilesocialnetworkphototaggingRSSRubyonRailsP2Padserverplatform' opportunity. VentureBeat, Oct. 12.

Tennessee Valley Venture Forum: entrepreneurs pitches reported, Knox. News Sentinel, Sept. 28.

MB Ventures closes second fund at $54 million , Memphis Bus. Journal, Oct. 6.  MB Ventures execs Sherman and Stevenson discuss patents, commercialization risks, Comm. Appeal, Sept. 27.

Two-dozen musculoskeletal startups meet with investors in Memphis, Comm. Appeal, Oct. 10.

Petra Capital selss InPulse call-center operator for $45 million
, Nash. Bus. Journal, Oct. 6.

Goldleaf prices common stock offering, release Oct. 5. SEC filing prospectus
, Oct. 6. Goldleaf Financial Solutions names Mary Nixon director corporate marketing, release Oct. 9. Nash. Bus. Journal, Oct. 9. Goldleaf prices common stock offering, release Oct. 5.  Goldleaf completes secondary offering of stock, release Oct. 11.

Nashville's NovaCopy acquires local competitor, Imaging Services, Inc.
, Nash. Bus. Journal, Sept. 29.

Sequoia Capital is sole winner among VCs in Google's purchase of for $1.6 billion, NY Times, Oct. 10. Background on the deal, NY Times, Oct. 10. Wash. Post, Oct. 10.  Yahoo's growth being eroded by new rivals, NY Times, Oct. 11.


Capital Confirmation set to raise more capital
Brentwood firm says $5 million will bring profitability

Six years after a 27-year-old student at the Owen Graduate School of Management conceived and founded the company, Brentwood-based Capital Confirmation Inc. (CCI) -- still confident, still profitless -- is poised to ask current and prospective investors for a $5 million vote of confidence.

Later this month, CCI Chairman and CEO Chris Schellhorn (photo, left) and investor-entrepreneur Crom Carmichael will begin explaining the CCI story to prospective investors in a new round of financing.

They'll reprise the story of how CCI's Confirm technology and Web-driven services help banks and accountants corroborate the existence of cash balances and other assets during financial audits.  They'll explain that a secure communications network enables CCI to complete a single confirmation in hours -- with the identity of those responding with vital information electronically authenticated -- versus the four to six weeks required via manual processes that are often more susceptible to fraud. And, they'll estimate they'll save clients about $92 per confirmation.

Both Schellhorn and Carmichael recently told Nashville Post they're confident they'll recruit most, if not all the capital they seek by New Year's, given that many of the company's current 100 or so investors have expressed interest in participating in another offering. In addition, Nashville Capital Network (NCN) Executive Director Sid Chambless confirmed he plans to invite CCI to present its story, once again, to NCN-affiliated angel investors, some of whom participated in an earlier CCI round.

Schellhorn, 55, is also confident that a further infusion of capital will enable CCI both to achieve profitability, and to seize a now-vacant role in the financial confirmation process -- a role he says influential players in the sector want CCI to inhabit, and soon. He would not divulge the names of those players for the record, insisting instead that CCI is genuinely "on the verge" of closing service agreements with "three of the top 15 financial institutions," while CCI offerings are under due-diligence review by another eight, scattered among the industry's top three tiers. He said current contracts have an annualized value of under $1 million.

Schellhorn and others note that in a world that has been rocked by such confirmation frauds as the Parmalot and HealthSouth scandals -- and with business facing the glare of Sarbanes-Oxley scrutiny -- financial institutions are looking for a trusted clearinghouse for e-confirmations. Schellhorn argues the industry has little interest in multiple confirmation platforms, given the additional training and recruitment challenges that would attend market fragmentation.

The sector is familiar terrain to Schellhorn: Prior to taking the helm of CCI in 2001, he was managing director of Integrion Financial Network, the online banking platform owned by eighteen of the world's largest banks. Earlier, he was was president and CEO of VISA Interactive, VISA International's wholly-owned online banking and bill payment subsidiary.

Schellhorn said CCI has since its inception recruited about $7 million in friends and family money, seed capital and debt financing, including a $3 million round of equity capital in 2005 and $750,000 in debt financing in 2003. The company currently has about 100 investors, including all ten of CCI's full-time employees.

He estimated about a tenth of the projected $5 million raise will be spent on scaling-up technology, data storage and recovery capacity and other priorities, with about $4.5 million tagged for operations, sales and marketing, tech-related services and new customer-support capacity of the caliber demanded by the largest institutions. CCI also plans to broaden the application of Confirm to address accounts-receivable, investments and commercial credit variables.

Schellhorn says he and other managers in company went without salaries during most of 2001-2004. They then spent more than a year developing and pressure-testing a fresh business plan, calling on the largest potential customers and bringing in-house a technology team, which has now been led for more than a year by Jim Hamilton, a former technology executive with MyTravel North America, and a former Schellhorn colleague during their years with Visa Interactive and Visa International Electronic Banking.

Brian Fox, the now 33-year-old former Owen student credited with germinating CCI, explains he hit on the idea behind CCI after recognizing the inefficiency and vulnerability of paper-based confirmation processes, while working in auditing for Ernst & Young LLP, and in mergers and acquisitions for PriceWaterhouseCoopers LLP.  Fox is now CCI's vice president for business development.


Sandy Cole:  former United Airlines exec leads Metro ITS 

Metro Government Chief Information Officer Sandy Cole and her husband arrived Nashville seven years ago, and she spent the final four years of her 28-year United Airlines career shuttling between Nashville and Chicago -- until 9/11 happened.  In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C., the intensity of Cole's work made it impractical to split her time between cities.

She was soon hired by former Metro Government Information Technology Services Director and CIO Richard McKinney as an advisor for business continuity and disaster recovery.  She subsequently became assistant director for IT services and strategic planning. When McKinney departed Metro for Microsoft in 2005, Mayor Bill Purcell, to whom the CIO reports, named Cole interim IS director. 

On July 1 this year, she assumed full command as director and CIO. Today, she oversees 135 full-time staff, and operating and capital budgets of $24 million and $9.5 million, respectively.  Metro ITS supports more than 7,000 desktop computers, scattered across perhaps 50 Metro units with a total 239 sites, with roughly 18,000 "supported customers."

Major current projects include implementation of Metro's land-information management system, with support by Accela (now including the former Kiva Systems, with which Accela merged in 2001). Cole says that Metro Codes went live on the Accela system in September, and by the end of December businesses, citizens and government officials will be able to apply and pay for permits, check inspections statuses and more.

Cole says, "one of the things I'm most excited about" is Metro's impending implementation of ITIL (information technology infrastructure library), through which IS will develop a roadmap for improved incident management, tech change management, standards for configuring databases, improving customer service and other priorities. She explained that with the integration or consolidation of governance of all Metro agencies IT operations now more than three years old, it's time to look at such performance targets.  [Note:  Local IT execs recently created the IT Services Management Forum, to advocate for adoption of ITIL best practices.]

Among other challenges, Cole said that she and other Metro department heads are moving to develop budget proposals for FY2007-08 about two months earlier than usual, due to the possibility of passage of a proposed Metro Charter revision that would require the incumbent Mayor to present budgets to Metro Council each March, rather than in May.

Also underway:  Updating Metro IS's strategic plan, which is now nearly six years old. Refreshing Metro network infrastructure, with emphases including retrofiting unsupported hardware, security and HIPAA compliance.  And, the temporary relocation of Metro IS from the antequated Howard School Building to MetroCenter, while portions of the Howard campus are demolished and rebuilt, a process that will take at least 18 months.  Metro IS had relocated from the basement of the Howard Building to the second floor 13 months ago, when raw sewage flooded much of the building.  "We won't be going back to the basement," Cole said.

Cole's work for United Airlines included lead roles as program manager, system operations workload manager, special projects manager and division planning and scheduling manager.  Her diverse duties included improving on-time reliability, improving profits through asset utilization, reducing maintenance cycle times, and controlling hundreds of millions in annual budget.

Cole, 53, earned her M.A. in Management from Redlands University in California, and earlier earned her B.S. in Aeronautics with major in administration from St. Louis University's Parks College of Aeronautical Technology. She has a wide range of certifications in ITIL, SAS, CompTIA Network+, project management and leadership.♦ 


Former Asurion VP-IT John Jones reports he is now EVP-CIO for Windermere Services, in Seattle. Prior to joining Asurion, Jones was in Spokane, as CIO for Metropolitan Financial Group. Jones' former VP-IT role at Asurion is now held by Tom Gwydir as CIO, as part of a larger technology-management team announced a year ago.

Digital Reasoning Systems (Brentwood) says successive task orders under its existing contract with National Ground Intelligence Center continue to flow, Tennessean, Oct. 4. Release here.  Digital Reasoning Systems of Brentwood announced hiring Harry Schultz as VP-product development and solutions., Oct. 9. Tennessean, Oct. 12.  DRS technology helps in search for terrorists, release Oct. 4. Related: Natural language-processing software being developed for Homeland Security to monitor evolving opinion toward U.S. in foreign media and other sources, NY Times, Oct. 4.

Waylon Envik named VP-software development for inBusiness Services, Inc., provider of 360 View
CRM for financial institutions, Tennessean, Oct. 1.

Business Resource Solutions cited as source in update on adoption of RFID by Wal-Mart, Ozburn-Hessey, Nash. Bus. Journal, Oct. 6.

Nashville Technology Council appointed Sara Carter to post of manager of member services.
She previously worked in the Office of the Putnam County Juvenile and General Sessions Judges. Carter earned a B.S. in communications from Tennessee Technological University.

Kelly Michael Stewart joined e-learning company Duthie Associates, Inc.
, as program manager, with chief duty the development and maintenance of DAI's award-winning regulatory compliance courses for HCA and other corporations. Release Oct. 4.

Women in Technology of Tennessee (WiTT) have announced they are underwriting a scholarship for the ATHENA
2007 Scholarship program, and will nominate Vanessa Hickman, CIO of Metro Nashville Airport Authority, for "Celebrating Women Leaders" recognition. Hasselbacher joins Lattimore, Black Morgan & Cain PC as senior technician in internal-technology department, from systems engineer slot with Arden Health Systems. Tennessean, Oct. 8.

Local EDS executive Gabriel helps Independence High School athletic performance by creating and maintaining database
on team stats, Tennessean, Sept. 27.

Pennsylvania-based Fortna Inc., which has software-development, sales and other workers in Brentwood
, announced on Monday its plans to merge with Orange, Calif.-based Q4, to strengthen their offerings for suppy-chain technology, process improvement and logistics.

PureSafety adds Jacobi as safety/risk specialist for support of courseware development, release Sept. 26. 

Harmon Group ad-marketing agency named Steve St. Clair Web designer/developer
, Tennessean, Oct. 1.

Thomas Conner, president and CFO of Sitemason Inc. was named vice chairman of Junior Achievement
of Middle Tennessee, Tennessean, Oct. 8.

McCaughey named asst. imaging manager for Civitas BankGroup
, Tennessean, Oct. 8.

AccuImage document, content-management and business-process management services
, named three to sales and marketing, Tennessean, Oct. 8.

CEO Freeland of Auto2Auto, having recently relocated corporate headquarters to Nashville
, says he doesn't think online marketing of used cars will cut into onsite dealer sales, Nash. Bus. Journal, Oct. 6.

Nashville's Paramore/Redd Online Marketing snares numerous clients,
Nash. Bus. Journal, Oct. 6.

Jackie Smith-Cashion, an alumna of Tennessee Tech, is director of software engineering, Arxceo Corporation.
Prior to joining Arxceo, she was a senior software engineer at Red Hat where she was responsible for device driver development for various systems including embedded O.S. platforms. Before Red Hat, she held supervisory and software development positions with Intergraph, Digital Equipment, Taylor Publishing, Texas Instruments, and Union Carbide.

Gateway opens assembly plant in La Vergne, release Sept. 28.  Earlier coverage, May 17.

Nu Horizons, a major international distributor of electronics and advanced technologies
creates new facility in Memphis area, Memphis Bus. Journal, Oct. 6.

Vought names Tharp GM for Nashville operations
, Nash. Bus. Journal, Oct. 9. Tennessean, Oct. 10. Release, Oct. 9.

First Horizon National Corp. has been recognized as an industry leader
by InformationWeek and Bank Systems and Technology. The financial holding company's chief information officer, Patrick Ruckh, was highlighted.  Memphis Bus Journal, Oct. 2.

Sumner County father launches website to combat deadbeat parents
,, Tennessean, Oct. 11.

leading investor and tech-exec trip to India
, Birm. Bus. News, Sept. 29. TechBirmingham talks of its startup ecosystem.

Knoxville-Oak Ridge Innovation Valley selects Atlanta-based Boyette Levy
for 5-year economic development strategy,, Sept. 26.

Chattanooga State Technical Community College buys WTCI TV 45 (PBS) station's building for use by new media-technologies degree program,, Sept. 28. Times Free Press, Sept. 28.

Eastman Chemical's website relaunched with support of Infosys
, release Sept. 27.

Chattanooga's America Internet & Communications serves churches with streaming
, Times Free Press, Oct. 3. Churches step-up use of Internet in outreach and ministry, Comm. Appeal, Oct. 1.

Memphis' Electronic Vaulting Services (EVS), with alliance with Time Warner Telecom
, carves out niche in data storage and recovery, Memphis Daily News, Sept. 27.

Mark Pryor has been named vice president of information technology for The Seam
, an Internet-based marketplace for buying and selling cotton and other commodities. Comm. Appeal, Oct. 1.

Memphis' State Systems Inc. absorbs CriticalPath (formerly Point2Point)
, Memphis Bus. Journal, Oct. 6.

ServiceU Corp. (Memphis) meets Visa standards for security certification
, Memphis Bus. Journal, Oct. 6.

Dan Weddle has been promoted to president for ProTech Systems Group. Comm. Appeal, Oct. 8.

Two days ago, the State of Tennessee OIR posted RFP 317.03-150 for Disaster Recovery Services, with proposals due Nov. 29 and a bidders conference on Oct. 25.  Other open OIR RFPs, here.  Other latest state government RFPs, here.

Letters of interest regarding bidding on further consulting and inspection services for Metro's Intelligent Transportation System are due Tuesday, Oct. 17. Details here.

In 'landmark' consent decree, FTC rules that online real-estate MLS listings must be open to discount brokers, AP via Knox. News Sentinel, Oct. 13. FTC release, Oct. 12.

Sen. Frist issues statement on Internet gambling "shadow industry," promising to monitor
financial institutions,, Sept. 29.  Congress outlawed using credit cards and online payment for Internet gambling, sending quakes through industry, NY Times, Oct. 3. British online gambling shares plummet, AP via Wash. Post, Oct. 3.

Metro Government recently awarded a contract for an Online Auction System
for the Dept. of General Services, to Truition, Inc. based in Toronto.
State Election Commission loaded into e-voting machines an incomplete version of a constitutional amendment to freeze property taxes for the elderly, sending officials and advocacy groups scrambling to ensure proper notice to voters, or to abort the vote, Tennessean, Oct. 12.

Metro Schools aims to spend $85 million for tech upgrades, City Paper, Sept. 27. Lott presented plan to board during Sept. 26 meeting.

Handheld computer thermal-imaging device enables Nashville firefighters to find victims amid smoke, Tennessean, Sept. 30.

Metro Council interest in adding surveillance cameras in Metro may be growing, Tennessean, Oct. 13.

Dickson County Mayor Stone names Payne first director-IS for county, Tennessean, Oct. 11.

Donelson Christian Academy launches first online course
, Tennessean, Oct. 13.

"Tech coaches" in Williamson County schools help teachers know more than students about their computers, Tennessean, Oct. 13.

Veteran Dickson County teacher comments on role of technology in K-12 education
, Tennessean, Sept. 29.

Crosswind Elementary (Memphis) goes high-tech, Comm. Appeal, Sept. 27.

Williamson County K-12 Planet and Franklin's Star Student portals for parents launched
, Tennessean, Oct. 1.

More on Shelby County Pearson PowerSchool troubled implementation
, school board meeting Oct. 3 for complaints, Comm. Appeal, Oct. 4.   Shelby County schools tech department and Pearson Schools Systems are trying to fix reporting glitches in Apple's PowerSchool, which had been chosen over Chancery, Comm. Appeal, Sept. 30.

Pennington Elementary School's computer lab inspires students
, Tennessean, Oct. 6.

Gallatin Police crime-scene investigators increasing using forensic technologies,
Tennessean, Oct. 6.

Traffic control:  City attorneys rely on Tennessee Attorney General opinion
in allowing municipalities to move ahead with contracts with red-light cameras, Knox. News Sentinel, Oct. 12.

U.S. Commerce further loosens control of Icann for Internet DNS
, NY Times, Sept. 30.

White House signing:  Federal contracting database advances notion of transparenc
y in spending federal dollars, release, Sept. 26.

TVA began live audio streaming with its Sept. 29th board meeting, here.

 INNOVATIONS: Research, Commercialization and Universitie

"Middle Tennessee Technology Corridor" (MTTC) is the "placeholder" title for a new regional alliance for developing knowledge-intensive companies
and employment, with early emphasis on life-sciences and related ventures.  The initiative is currently coordinated by volunteer executive Andrea Loughry, a volunteer member of the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce, and vice chair of the University of Tennessee board of trustees. MTTC meets again Oct. 17 on the MTSU campus, and will continue to refine its mission statement, consider a permanent name, discuss partnering with other organizations in the region, and more. One participant, Leslie Wisner-Lynch, DDS, DMSc, who is director of applied research for BioMimetic Therapeutics Inc., told NONT yesterday the alliance has already engaged executives from Vanderbilt technology transfer, MTSU, Williamson County, Univ. of Tennessee, Oak Ridge NL, Cumberland Emerging Technologies, Innovation Tennessee, Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, Tennesee Tech, and Cummings Research Park (Huntsville). Wisner-Lynch notes that BioMimetic and other Nashville-area tech entrepreneurs seek, among other goals, to ensure that the Cool Springs Life Sciences Center does not become an an isolated technology "cluster," but partners with other organizations. (Officials from Vanderbilt and Oak Ridge confirmed their involvement, yesterday.)  Rutherford Chamber Economic Development Director Holly Sears told NONT yesterday that the impetus for MTTC was a speech to a Chamber audience by U.S. Rep. Bart Gordon (D-6) a year ago, in which he challenged the group to pursue collaboration.

Gov. Bredesen advocates Math-Science Residential High School and launch of Jobs and Education Workgroup during TN Business Roundtable summit on math and science education at Vanderbilt University, VU release, Oct. 10. High School will begin at Knoxville-area venue. Governor also reported on professional cross-training into teaching for math-science; and, signalled his desire to create a new business coalition to advocate for k-12 education.
Earlier statement from Bredesen administration on Math/Sci education, May 25.

Zycron founder Darrell Freeman, now chairman of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, says education is key to workforce development, Tennessean, Oct. 8.

Vanderbilt lept from 114 to 53 in this year's World University Rankings by The Times of London, Nash. Bus. Journal, Oct. 10.

A leading-edge fuel cell project in Chattanooga has received $1.65 million for the next phase of testing ,, Oct. 6; Times Free Press, Oct. 7.

Oak Ridge NL hosts Nano Nexus Forum in April 2007, details here.  ORNL release, Oct. 11.

A $2 million addition to the East Tennessee State University Innovation Lab is near done. The facility's new section will house six wet labs with three shared fume hoods, as well as four dry labs and seven office suites. Companies in the new wing also will have access to a new conference room and break room. They hope to have at least seven resident companies by end of 2007. Johnson City Press, Oct. 8.

UT School of Information Sciences has faculty member top-ranked on basis of published research, UTK release Oct. 5.

UT wins $25 million U.S. Air Force contract to help military acquisitions experts streamline their work and create more efficient operations, freeing funds for new Air Force technologies, Knox. News Sentinel, Oct. 11. UT Master's program for aero professionals said to be a factor. UT release Oct. 10.   BusinessTN reports on UT MBA grad's use of supply-chain education to improve operations at USAF Warner Robins ALC, p. 12, Oct. 2006.

Anonymous donation supports Trevecca business school renovation, including computer lab
, Tennessean, Sept. 26.

Prominent scientists are organizing to support political candidates they believe would give some weight to scientifi
c and engineering advice, NY Times, Sept. 29.


Society of Women Engineers will hold 2007 annual meeting in Nashville, Oct. 25-27.

Nashville BI:  The 2007 Nashville Technology Directory will roll-out to NTC
membership in November.

Nashville Technology Council is one of several Chamber allies supporting launch Oct. 17 of the FastTrac Technology Venture
initiative, details here.

Belmont University's Technology
Learning Cooperative recently partnered with Gatlin Education Services to provide new online career training healthcare, business, construction technology, Internet, design and technical, networking and CompTIA certification and video game design and development. Release Oct. 5.

"Women's Voice. Women's Vote." using text-messaging campaigns to get out the vote,
Tennessean, Oct. 8.

Security risks associated with donating old cell phones to charity and other ways of disposing of them
, Knox. News Sentinel, Oct. 4.

Laptops and software have changed the songwriting world, MTSU music students are told, Tennessean, Oct. 3.

Internet privacy expert Parry Aftab and Internet safety expert Carol Weston are among speakers at Harpeth Hall
event on communicating with girls, Oct. 19, details here.

Memphis will be host for 2007 National Conference on Media Reform, Memphis Daily News, Sept. 27.

Right to license RIAA-linked iMesh technology at heart of Limewire counterclaim against RIAA
, NY Times, Sept. 30.

Music sales down, but digital share growing, along with Country and Christian, Bloomberg via Tennessean, Oct. 13.

Judge rules against distributor of Morpheus file-sharing
, AP via TSN, Sept 28.  Limewire counterclaim, Sept. 28, AP via Tennessean.

What recourse when departing employees steal or destroy critical business information?
Calif.-based attorneys comment, Nash. Bus. Journal, Oct. 6.

NBJ lists largest Nashville-area IT employers,
p. 27, Nash. Bus. Journal, Oct. 6. Top 12: HCA, CBRL Group, Deloitte, Emdeon, Healthways, Saint Thomas
Health, Gallagher Financial, Metro Govt., Lifeway Christian Resources, Comdata, Qualifacts, and (tied for 12th) UPS, LBMC Technologies. Nash. Bus. Journal, p. 27, Oct. 6, not on web.

Microsoft enlisting thousands of testers to de-bug Windows/Office 07 by year's-end
, NY Times, Oct. 9.

( TODAY ) Software developers and other converge for DevLink 2006 at Lipscomb University, details here.

* (Oct. 17) Memphis Technology Council events on Business intelligence, PMI and more. Details here.

* (Oct. 18) NE TN Tech Council program on WiMax and WiFi, supported by Outsource and Cisco. Details here. Johnson City.

* (Oct. 18) Chattanooga Technology Council Chattanooga Technology Council breakfast meeting with Dr. Alan Gara, on architecture and design of the BlueGene/Lsystem as well as the future BlueGene/P project. Dr. Henry McDonald, UTC 21st Century Chair of Excellence and director-UT SimCenter, will represent the viewpoint of HPC related to computational fluid dynamics and other emerging fields. Mr. Neal Bell of UnumProvident, will discuss commercial ramifications. (423) 209-6813

* (Oct. 19) InfraGard Middle Tennessee meeting, 11:30 a.m., speaker FBI liaison Victor Rodriguez on new FBI CyberCrime
unit in Nashville, Cisco offices, 700 Executive Center. Details.

* (Oct. 21)  BEST (Boosting Engineering, Science and Technology) high-school competition at Lipscomb University challenges students to build robots that can hang out the wash, in the "Laundry Quadary" content. Details here.

* (Oct. 21) Oak Ridge - Tennessee Inventors Association hears from Justin Martin
, attorney with Kizer & Black law firm. Details.

* (Oct. 25) E. TN Tech Council, U.S. Rep. Zach Wamp, 11:30 a.m., details here.

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

(Nov. 2-3)  Business and Technology Expo and business matchmaking scheduled in Knoxville, sponsored by Chamber and Greater Knox. Business Journal (KNS).
* (Nov. 2) NTC Tech Roundtable, "Business Intelligence, Data Warehousing." Venue, details TBA.

* (Nov. 9) WiTT Data Security panel discussion, 4:30 p.m., CAT Financial, with panelists from RSA. ClientLogic, First Tennessee and Deloitte. Details.

* (Nov. 9) NE TN. Tech. Council annual awards program, details here. Kingsport.
* (Nov. 9) AITP Nashville, "Healthcare and IT Trends at Vanderbilt," Nancy Proctor, CIO and director of information systems, Vanderbilt University Hospital.

* (Nov. 15) E. TN Tech Council, presentation by Jewelry Television, 11:30 a.m., details here.

* (Dec. 7) NTC Holiday party, time and venue to be announced.

* (Jan. 4) NTC Tech Roundtable, Search Engine Optimization for websites, presentation by Sitening. Details TBA.

* (March 8, 2007)  Nashville 3rd Annual Technology Innovation Conference, Downtown Hilton,  Innovation conference.

* (Fall 2007 TBA)  NTC Technology Awards Dinner.




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