First Tennessee Bank Recognized a 2018 Top Workplace by KNS

First Tennessee Bank has been recognized as a 2018 Top Workplace by the Knoxville News Sentinel, one of only four large employers of 500 or more employees to be honored. This is the second consecutive year First Tennessee has been named a Top Workplace in the Knoxville recognition program that was established in 2017. The list is based solely on employee feedback gathered through a third-party survey. First Tennessee’s East Tennessee Region President Dave Miller also was recognized in the survey as Top Leader based on First Tennessee employee feedback.

Big Ears Festival 2019 Announces Dates, Initial Artists

Regarded as one of the most unique and eagerly anticipated cultural gatherings in the world – “a music festival with a rare vision” (The New York Times) – Big Ears Festival will return in 2019 with its 8th edition, taking place March 21 through March 24 in historic Knoxville, Tennessee. Festival passes are on sale now.

“Contained within a walkable radius of historic downtown Knoxville—in a range of ornate landmark theaters, refurbished industrial spaces, art galleries, churches and clubs—it creates its own atmospheric climate, along with a center of gravity,” describes NPR Music. “From its first iteration in 2009, the festival has been a locus of expedition, defined more by a go-anywhere ethos than by any style or genre allegiance.”

Big Ears is thrilled to share the first in a series of artist announcements for the 2019 festival: Nils Frahm, Lonny Holley, Derek Gripper and more.

Additions to the lineup, along with more festival programs and details, will continue to be unveiled throughout the summer, culminating in the full lineup release this fall. For more information, visit

YWCA Knoxville and Tennessee Valley Names New CEO

YWCA Knoxville and the Tennessee Valley has named Alizza Punzalan-Randle its new CEO, effective Aug. 1. 

Alizza is a native Knoxvillian who is firmly entrenched in the YWCA’s mission and work. As a child, she learned to swim at the downtown YWCA, and as a teenager, she was an active member of Y-Teens. She served as a member of the board of directors of YWCA of Tampa Bay for six years and is a founding board member of the YWCA of Tampa Bay Foundation. 

U.S. Cellular Names Gus Puckett Retail Sales Manager

U.S. Cellular has named Gus Puckett its retail sales manager for the Knoxville store in the Turkey Creek shopping center at 11001 Parkside Drive. 

“Puckett has a strong and proven commitment to this community, and I am excited to see him grow within our organization,” says Thomas White, manager of retail sales for U.S. Cellular in Knoxville. “At U.S. Cellular, we have friendly, engaged and knowledgeable associates who focus on providing an unmatched customer experience and helping you make the best wireless choices for your needs.”