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VOL. 42 | NO. 2 | Friday, January 12, 2018

Nashville law firm joins class action suit vs. Intel

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Nashville-based law firm Branstetter, Stranch & Jennings, PLLC and Doyle APC of San Diego have filed a class action lawsuit against Intel Corporation for alleged design flaws in Intel’s computer processors.

Millions of Intel computer chips contain a fatal security flaw that may only be patched by compromising a computer’s performance.

The information was released from research teams at Google’s Project Zero and universities in the United States, Austria and Australia. The detailed study on three possible cyberattacks were made possible because of the fatal security glitch in these Intel chips.

The security flaw appears related to performance enhancement features contained within the computer processors, which make a computer’s most sensitive functions vulnerable to manipulations by cyber attackers, the report states.

In addition, the study shows because the vulnerability relates to the technology that allows the chips to process data faster, patching the security flaws will likely lead to decreased computer performance.

Several companies in the tech industry, including Intel and Microsoft, have been working on a patch in order to issue an update to operating systems in the coming weeks.

The suit’s plaintiffs, Steven Garcia and Anthony Stachowiak, allege that the computer chips containing the fatal security flaws violate California and Tennessee law. Specifically, the plaintiffs bring claims for breach of warranty and violations of consumer protection statutes alleging that Intel’s selling of computer chips with this fatal security flaw misled consumers about the performance and reliability of the computers operating with this hardware.

The plaintiffs seek to represent a class of plaintiffs who purchased Intel’s fatally flawed computer chips. It is alleged that the security flaw will affect millions of computers in the U.S.

Trilliant Health, partners raise growth capital

Nashville-based Trilliant Health has announced its plan to target new healthcare clients by raising additional growth capital.

Trilliant Health, a healthcare analytics and growth company focused on intelligent patient acquisition for hospitals and healthcare providers, has completed a growth capital financing led by Nashville Capital Network.

Martin Ventures, and healthcare information technology investor Jon Phillips, managing director and head of private equity for First Trust Capital Partners, LLC, are partners.

Trilliant will be to expand its product offerings to existing customers and to target new relationships with additional healthcare systems. Currently Trilliant provides services and technology to more than 500 hospitals, health systems and ambulatory surgery centers across the country.

Trilliant was formed in June 2017 with the merger of Aegis Health and Clariture Health. The company has since acquired Expression Health Analytics and launched an intelligent healthcare CRM platform called Health IDology.

State hands out $297M in IMPROVE Act contracts

Tennessee has awarded $297 million in contracts from bids accepted in December for road and bridge construction projects.

The contracts are the first major awarding of IMPROVE Act projects and the largest such bidding process in the history of the Tennessee Department of Transportation.

With increased transportation funds provided through the IMPROVE Act and TDOT’s federal budget, 72 new projects will be under construction across the state in the coming weeks. Within the first year of the IMPROVE Act’s implementation, 288 – 30 percent – of the 962 projects designated in the legislation are underway.

This is TDOT’s first bidding process utilizing significant IMPROVE Act funds, along with federal dollars available since the start of the new federal fiscal year, and includes several key IMPROVE Act projects, including:

  • Widening of US 411 in Jefferson County
  • Widening of SR 149/13 in Montgomery County
  • Widening of US 431 in Robertson County
  • Widening of SR 14 in Shelby County
  • Widening of SR 109 in Wilson County

The list of projects also includes several bridge rehabilitations, safety projects and the resurfacing of more than 80 miles of interstates and state routes.

Later this year, TDOT anticipates project bids to increase by about $100 million, with calendar year bids totaling more than $1 billion.

TDOT will also initiate design/build contracts on reconstruction of I-440 in Nashville and the I-24/I-75 interchange in Chattanooga.

Roman treasures coming to Frist in February

The British Museum will bring a collection of more than 200 pieces of artwork and artifacts from ancient and imperial Rome Museum to the Frist Center, Feb. 23-May 28, the only North American stop on the tour.

The exhibit is entitled, “Rome: City and Empire.’’

Portraits of emperors, military leaders, citizens, and mythological figures, as well as examples of pottery, paintings, jewelry, coins, and other objects, span ten centuries of Roman history are in the collection.

“The exhibition provides insights into the experiences of the Romans themselves, while cultivating an understanding of the dynamic relationships between the imperial government and the people it conquered,” says Mark Scala, Frist Center chief curator.

“The range of objects, from across present-day western Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East, show the diversity and interconnectedness of the vast empire.”

Organized thematically, the exhibition begins with an overview of Rome’s geographical and political evolution. It continues with sections that contextualize topics such as military capability, imperial architecture, religious practices, and the diverse peoples of the empire. The exhibition concludes with a presentation of art that com­memorates the dead such as burial chests, sarcophagi, and tombstones.

Object highlights, many of which have never been seen outside of the British Museum, include the following:

-- A monumental marble statue of a Roman magistrate that required 200 hours of conservation

-- A bronze parade helmet considered to be one of the finest cavalry masks in existence

-- A funerary relief from Palmyra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where monuments were razed by Islamic State militants in 2015.

-- One of the few depictions of women gladiators in existence. The plaque commemorates Amazon and Achillia gaining freedom after their successful careers.

Steeplechase enhances race-day experience

The 77th Iroquois Steeplechase has announced its new race-day experiences, ticket availability and a new website.

This year’s event, to be held May 12, benefits Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.

In addition to its standard ticket options, new packages for this year include individual seats in the Skybox Suites with access to gourmet food and premium parking, an all-inclusive tailgating equipment rental package – 10’ x 10’ tent, table and chairs – as well as add-on catering options.

The Fox Den, an entertainment tent in the infield, has been expanded. Children twelve and under are now admitted free in the tailgating and general admission areas.

There will be live music in the Hunt Club and Fox Den areas, expanded parking, food trucks and two locations for shopping located in the Hillside and Fox Den areas.

“For the past seventy-six years, the Iroquois Steeplechase has attracted countless spectators to the beauty and grandeur of horse racing, as well as provided a fun, exciting way for people to support their community,” says Dwight Hall, chairman of the Iroquois Steeplechase race committee.

“As Nashville continues to flourish, we want to not only provide our long-time spectators with a refreshing experience but also engage our newer community members in the excitement of Steeplechase; it truly serves as an anchor event for giving back and represents what the spirit of Nashville is all about.”

While the event raises money for several charitable causes, Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt is its primary beneficiary and has received more than $10 million from the event.

“Each year, we stand in awe of the many ways in which the residents of Middle Tennessee embrace this event – its tradition, its history and its causes,” Hall adds.

“In planning this year’s event, we want to honor the passion of our community by delivering a fresh experience for everyone, from those who attend without fail each year to those who’ll be attending their first Steeplechase.”

To create these expanded packages and events, Steeplechase organizers have partnered with two local businesses: Brand825 and Evolution Event Solutions.

More information is available at www.iroquoissteeplechase.org.

Eminem, The Killers lead Bonnaroo Festival lineup

Eminem, The Killers, Muse, Future, Bassnectar and Sturgill Simpson lead the lineup for this year’s Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival.

The festival announced its lineup on Tuesday for the June 7-10 festival in Manchester.

Other artists include Bon Iver, Khalid, Kaskade, Paramore, Alt-J, Dua Lipa and Sheryl Crow, .Paak & The Free Nationals, Sylvan Esso, Rebelution, The Revivalists, Virtual Self, Nile Rodgers & Chic, Rufus Du Sol, Chromeo, STS9, Alison Wonderland, Moon Taxi, Carnage, BROCKHAMPTON, Old Crow Medicine Show, Playboi Carti, The Glitch Mob, Broken Social Scene, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Thundercat, Mavis Staples, Amadou & Mariam, Midland, SuperJam, Grand Ole Opry, T-Pain and much much more.

Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. at www.bonnaroo.com.

Tennova’s freestanding ER opens in Clarksville

Tennova Healthcare has opened Clarksville’s first freestanding emergency room.

Located on Highway 76 just east of I-24 near exit 11, Tennova ER – Sango is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Tennova ER – Sango has board-certified emergency room physicians and emergency-trained nurses, along with the same diagnostic equipment found in most emergency rooms. Tennova ER – Sango is an 8-bed center.

If a patient needs to be admitted to the hospital, needs surgery or cardiac cath lab intervention, the individual will be stabilized and then transferred via ambulance to Tennova Healthcare – Clarksville. This is considered an “intra-hospital” transfer and there is no cost to the patient.

Unlike most urgent cares, Tennova ER – Sango is open 24/7 and can treat patients with life- threatening conditions. Tennova ER – Sango will care for patients with heart attacks, strokes, head injuries, fractures, abdominal pain, respiratory issues and more.

These treatments are typically not provided at urgent care facilities.

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