Connected Tennessee To Host First State Broadband Summit Feb. 27

Monday, February 18, 2013

The Connected Tennessee State Broadband 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.  

The Connected Tennessee State Broadband Summit will also present Broadband Hero Awards to individuals or organizations that have made an impact in the areas of broadband access, adoption and use.

It will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 27, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. CST at the Downtown Nashville Public Library. 

The summit will feature updates on the state broadband initiative led by Connected Tennessee, topical sessions ranging from federal broadband policy reforms to the Computers 4 Kids program, panel discussions spotlighting innovations in Digital Learning, Telemedicine, Public Safety, Libraries, Economic Development,  roundtable sessions dedicated to innovations in wireless broadband technology and leveraging Fiber to the Home Networks.  

Confirmed presenters to date include representatives from the Tennessee Valley Authority, AT&T, USDA Rural Development, the Tennessee State Library, Tennessee Emergency Management Agency, Metro Nashville Public Schools, EPB of Chattanooga, Sevier County Schools, Bristol Tennessee Essential Services, Knoxville Police Department, Morristown Utilities and more.



Scam Phone Calls Continue; IRS Identifies Five Easy Ways To Spot Suspicious Calls

The Internal Revenue Service issued a consumer alert today providing taxpayers with additional tips to protect themselves from telephone scam artists calling and pretending to be with the IRS.   These callers may demand money or may say you have a refund due and try to trick you into sharing private information. These con artists can sound convincing when they call. They ... (click for more)

Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association Names Alex Perkerson Government Affairs Specialist

The Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association, a trade group representing the interests of electric cooperative members across the state, announced that Alex Perkerson joins the association as government affairs specialist. In this role, Ms. Perkerson will assist with the association’s legislative and grassroots efforts. “Tennessee’s electric cooperatives work to inform ... (click for more)

Plan Revived For 5-Story Boutique Hotel Next To The Walnut Street Bridge

Plans have been revived for a five-story boutique hotel next to the Walnut Street Bridge. Vision Hospitality Group said the yet-to-be named hotel will provide 90 rooms featuring high-end amenities and exemplary service in the city's art district. Plans for a similar hotel were announced in 2012, but the proposal was later withdrawn. The hotel is slated for 102 Walnut ... (click for more)

Grand Jury Says County Needs To Start "Immediately" On Funding A New County Jail

Members of the Hamilton County Grand Jury said in a final report that the county needs to start "immediately" on funding a replacement for the Hamilton County Jail. The report, read by Foreman Robert Smith, says, "The Jail is near and/or over capacity and understaffed!  Hard-working corrections officers are in constant danger.  Being responsible for 80-100 inmates per ... (click for more)

Better Plan for Walnut Street Hotel

Mitch Patel and his Vision Hospitality Group have unveiled a revised plan for a hotel on Walnut Street. It is much better than the one proposed two years ago. By having no curb cuts on Walnut Street, it makes that special block near the bridge more inviting and safer for pedestrians. Deliveries would be off Riverfront Parkway and hotel access (valet parking) would be off Aquarium ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Al Sharpton’s Wise Remarks

I’ll admit I paid little more than scant attention to the Monday funeral of Michael Brown, the 18-year-old who was shot and killed by police bullets in Ferguson, Mo., after he allegedly was involved in strong-armed robbery. There are too many tawdry details and, in my way of thinking, there is nothing under God’s sun, absolutely nothing, that gives others the right to riot, burn ... (click for more)