Morning Links: 19 June 2008

Healthways stashing cash, Habitat's capital campaign, the state of biotech in Tennessee, today's the day for a swim in the Cumberland, and more...

Healthways CFO Mary Chaput tells analysts the company will forsake more stock buybacks to "keep some dry powder for possible strategic opportunities."

Former Beacon Technologies CEO Bill Hapner has joined video surveillance venture Smartvue, which also is looking to raise more capital.

Habitat for Humanity is preparing to launch its first-ever capital campaign looking to raise more than $3 million.

A government-funded study says a bullet train line from Nashville to Chattanooga would cost $5.4 billion.

An industry think tank says Tennessee's bioscience sector grew at an above-average rate from 2000 to 2006 thanks to academic research, medical devices and laboratories. Click here for national context.

Metro Nashville Public Schools has contracted with locally based Educational Services of America to open eight alternative-learning centers this summer.

Insurance ratings agency A.M. Best has plenty of good things to say about Tennessee Farmers.

And a reminder: Almost two dozen community leaders will don life vests this afternoon to cross the Cumberland.