Ma Bell snapping up some Verizon operations

AT&T will pay more than $2 billion for 1.5 million customers in 79 markets in 18 states, including Tennessee. Verizon is spinning out the units – which are mostly in rural areas – as part of its acquisition of Alltel.
May 10, 2009 11:49 PM

Level 3 cranks things up a notch

The Colorado-based telecom services provider says Nashville is one of five markets where it's ramping up its business service offerings and on-the-ground staff.
May 7, 2009 10:43 PM

Claritas invests some more in Philly firm

The local venture capitalists take part in another round of funding for Sanovia, which helps insurers run their drug programs, and bring in Louisville's Chrysalis Ventures.
The exploding costs of specialty pharmaceuticals and the number of new drugs in the regulatory pipeline have now reached the attention of plans, PBMs, distributors and regulators alike. The fresh capital will allow Sanovia to continually enhance its product suite and also leverage the growth potential of recent partnerships.
May 6, 2009 12:36 AM

Telecom services firm acquired

Minneapolis-based Avtex has bought DialPro Tennessee, which sells communications services like call-center systems and speech recognition software to companies.
May 5, 2009 8:15 AM

eviesays inks Va. deal

The event listing service run by former Scene editor Bruce Dobie has teamed up with Richmond's CBS affiliate, WTVR CBS 6.
The agreement means that the Richmond-based television station will adopt the eviesays calendar technology at its website. The calendars, which will be privately branded to have the look and feel of the WTVR website, will enable visitors to find, browse, and interact with the hundreds of thousands of event listings nationwide residing at the website.
May 4, 2009 9:40 PM

Shake it like a Polaroid picture

Louisiana-Pacific researchers will team with engineers from Simpson Strong-Tie, a builder and a group of academic researchers to simulate the 1994 Northridge quake on a seven-story condominium tower.
"The outcome of the tests could lead to taller wood-frame buildings in active seismic zones," said John van de Lindt, a Colorado State University civil engineering professor who serves as the principal investigator for the project.
May 4, 2009 3:51 PM

Saint Thomas adds some software

The local health system has contracted to use California-based SCI Solutions' Web-based scheduling software at its three hospitals and several outpatient imaging centers.
May 4, 2009 3:35 PM

Charging the cars of the future

As they continue to work toward a late-2010 launch of an electricity-powered vehicle, Nissan engineers are getting to grips with the finer points of the system.
The box is expected to cost about $500, says Lance Atkins, senior project engineer-Nissan Technical Center North America in Sacramento. “How can you make it really simple, a 1-stop shop? One way would be to work with electric companies, have them install (the home-charger) for you (and) roll it into the price of the vehicle,” Dominique says. “(But) maybe you want to pay for it separately. Do you really want to finance your charger for three years?”
SEE ALSO: The auto maker has teamed up with a North Carolina utility and nonprofit to develop charging infrastructure around Raleigh.
May 1, 2009 11:42 AM

Chin up

An East Nashville man is looking at the light side of the downturn with, a Web site hawking various novelty items.
Apr 30, 2009 11:55 PM

America Service looks beyond the cell block

The Brentwood-based company, which rang up $500 million in prison health care revenue last year, is mulling the expansion of its telemedicine services into other 'underserved' (think rural) markets. The company's shares (Ticker: ASGR) are up almost 150 percent in the past year. Word of the initiative first came out on Monday, when telecom equipment provider Polycom said America Service's Clinical e-Health Solutions unit bought some more of its stuff.
Apr 29, 2009 9:52 AM