Findlay Elementary School opens, court dedicated to Kellie Jolly Harper

Findlay Elementary School hosted an open house to officially introduce the state-of-the-art campus to the White County community with its construction, architectural and government partners on Dec. 23.

The school’s basketball court also was dedicated as “Kellie’s Court,” in honor of Kellie Jolly Harper, the head coach of the Tennessee Lady Vols basketball program and a native of Sparta. As a child, Harper attended the school in its previous building.

The Christman Company’s Knoxville operations built the 102,000-square-foot facility in Sparta, Tennessee, at a project cost of $20 million.

Knoxville’s Big Ears lands list of Top 14 Music Festivals of 2019

Paste Magazine, a leading digital chronicle of the music and entertainment business, has named three AC Entertainment productions to its list of the Best Music Festivals of 2019 – the Big Ears Festival in Knoxville; Bonnaroo in Manchester, Tennessee; and the High Water Festival in Charleston, South Carolina.

The list includes 14 well-known festivals from around the world and was compiled from the best festivals that, according to Paste, “put an emphasis on music discovery and spotlighting new artists.” The honors come as Big Ears gears up for its 11th anniversary March 26-29, 2020.

Positively Living promotes Kim Lauth to COO

Kim Lauth has been promoted to the position of chief operating officer for Positively Living, which provides care and support to East Tennesseans living with HIV/AIDS, disabilities, mental illness, substance use disorder and/or homelessness. Lauth has more than 27 years of experience in the nonprofit sector.

“Kim has helped raise millions of dollars for charitable causes and has led staffs at both small and large organizations for nearly three decades,” said Steve Jenkins, chief executive officer of Positively Living. “She is exactly the person we need as we continue to grow and change in order to serve our clients and our community.”

Winter Warmer: A Fundraising Dinner for Nourish Knoxville

Nourish Knoxville’s Winter Warmer is an annual fundraising dinner and a celebration of the winter harvest. The evening features a cocktail hour, silent auction, and a plated dinner. Each year since the inaugural Winter Warmer in 2016, Nourish Knoxville has created a unique experience with varying local chefs, food producers and farmers, and craft beer and winemakers.

Join Nourish Knoxville on Friday, February 28, for their fifth annual fundraising dinner. The event begins at 6:30 pm with cocktails by PostModern Spirits, local craft beer, and passed hors d’oeuvres, with a curated silent auction including one-of-a-kind food experiences and local wares. Dinner is served at 7:30 pm, followed by dessert by Wild Love Bakehouse. 

The evening will also feature decor by Sevier Blumen and McQueen Pottery and a photobooth provided by Poynter Photo Co. Tickets are $75 each. Vegetarian and/or gluten-free options are available upon request. The event is sponsored by The Standard Knoxville and Clayton Homes. Learn more at