Connected Tennessee’s First Broadband Summit To Honor 3 Broadband Heroes

Registration, Nominations Due Feb. 1

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

The Connected Tennessee State Broadband Summit and Broadband Hero Awards will be presented at the Nashville Public Library in downtown Nashville on Feb. 27. The first event of its kind in Tennessee, this summit will assemble Tennessee leaders in business, state and local government, education, healthcare, and more to learn about broadband best practices in the state, discuss strategies to address remaining barriers to broadband access, adoption, and use, and to network with other leaders across the state working to bridge the digital divide.

Connected Tennessee is soliciting nominations for awards in the following categories:

Broadband Hero Award for Access goes to an individual or organization that has significantly impacted Tennessee’s broadband landscape by advancing basic or more advanced high-speed Internet access options available to unserved or underserved areas; or who has better enabled access to broadband by offering reduced-cost equipment and/or discounted Internet service. 

Broadband Hero Award for Adoption goes to an individual or organization that is dedicated to bridging the digital divide by overcoming identified barriers to high-speed Internet adoption. This may include efforts related to the need for digital literacy training, increased awareness of broadband relevance, barriers related to affordability (equipment or service) and beyond. 

Broadband Hero Award for Use goes to an individual or organization that has dedicated their time and efforts to increasing the effective or innovative use of broadband-enabled technologies resulting in improved job creation, economic development, business or government services or individual quality of life.  

Online registration for the Connected Tennessee State Broadband Summit is available at http://tnbroadbandsummit.eventbrite.com. Nominations for Broadband Hero Award in the categories of Access, Adoption, and Use can be submitted at http://www.connectedtn.org/broadbandsummit

The deadline for Early Bird registration and nominations is Friday, Feb. 1. For more information about the Summit, Broadband Hero Award nominations, sponsorships, or to receive a nomination form, contact Connected Tennessee Executive Director Corey Johns at cjohns@connectedtn.org. More information and downloadable nomination forms are available at http://www.connectedtn.org/broadband-summit.


Attorney General Slatery Names Solicitor General

Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery announced that Andrée Sophia Blumstein will join the office as solicitor general.   Mrs. Blumstein will oversee appellate litigation in state and federal courts, review written opinions, and advise the attorney general. “I could not be more pleased that Andrée has accepted this important appointment,” Attorney General Slatery ... (click for more)

Northwest Georgia’s Unemployment Rate Falls To 7.1 Percent In September

The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that the unemployment rate in the Northwest Georgia region in September was 7.1 percent, down 1.0 percent from 8.1 percent in August. The rate in September of last year was 7.8 percent. The rate dropped because there were 4,034 fewer unemployed people in the Northwest Georgia area in September, according to the federal government’s ... (click for more)

Mayor Berke, Chattanooga Police Department, And Community Members Reach Out To Group Members To End Violence

The city of Chattanooga held a call-in on Thursday night, as part of the Violence Reduction Initiative. Dozens of law enforcement officials, community members, social service providers and clergy gathered to deliver a message to over 20 members of violent groups in Chattanooga. Family members of the probationers watched the call-in from another building. Although the call-in was ... (click for more)

Man Airlifted To Erlanger After Early Morning Crash In Bradley County

Bradley County EMS responded to an early morning crash Thursday at 7 a.m. at the intersection of Lauderdale Memorial Highway and Walker Valley Road in Charleston. Three ambulances and an EMS supervisor responded to the scene. There were three vehicles involved and one car left the roadway.   One adult man suffered serious injuries and it was determined that he needed ... (click for more)

Chairs Cost How Much?

Many times while growing up, I would go to the store with my parents. More often than not, I would see something I wanted, and ask my parents to buy it for me. More often than not, they said no. “Why?” I asked. “Son, money doesn’t grow on trees.” That’s a phrase I’m sure many of us have heard more than once over the course of our lives. However, I have since learned that they were ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: My Dear Friend Luther

One sunny morning in June years ago, the renowned radio icon Luther Masingill was on his way back to the WDEF studios on South Broad Street when he stopped for a red light and noticed a young couple in a car idling next to his familiar light blue Ford pickup. “What caught my eye was a buck-toothed boy eating a banana in the back seat,” he explained in an aside to that day’s lunchtime ... (click for more)