Meet The Sweatt Family

After the devastating 500 year flood on May 1st of this year, much of “Music City” was left under water resulting in a number of deaths and widespread property damage. At the center of the tragedy, is the Lighthouse School and the family who has been running it since 2003—the Sweatt Family.

  • Brian Sweatt
  • Barbara Sweatt
  • Alexandra Sweatt – 9 years old
  • Kobe Sweatt – 7 years old

Lighthouse School found itself in the center of the national spotlight when news stations featured footage of their school building floating down the interstate. Despite the extensive damage to their facility, Lighthouse School and the Sweatt family spearheaded recovery efforts and worked to provided shelter, food, water, clothing, counseling, and a myriad of other social and financial services for more than 200 families in the local community. Lighthouse has lived up to its name and has become a symbol for what is second nature to the people that live in Tennessee.

Sweatt Family With LP Building Products and Hardaway Construction Corp., The Nashville Build Partners


Kobe Sweatt


Ally Sweatt


They are a beacon of hope to a shattered community, but now they could use some support too. Eight of their eighteen buildings on their campus were damaged beyond repair in the storms, and their preschool was completely demolished. Their finances are nearly depleted, and they do not have the resources to find skilled labor to rebuild the school. Lighthouse has been developing young minds for more then 30 years and now they are faced with the brutal reality of having to shut down the entire school.

This “Music City Makeover” will be lead by the builder team of LP Building Products and HARDAWAY Construction Corp. Come out and see what happens when the community pulls its resources to help rebuild The Lighthouse School.  And for the first time ever, the family will find out how “Sweatt” life really is when they rediscover all that Nashville has to offer with the “Ultimate Extreme Staycation!”  In just seven days, team leader Ty Pennington, designers Leigh Anne Tuohy, Paul DiMeo, and Tracy Hutson with LP Building Products and HARDAWAY Construction Corp. will go back to school and ring in a New Year!