Northwest Knox Business and Professional Association


Meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month at noon, with the exception of March, June, September, and December, when meetings are typically held at 6 p.m. to accommodate members who may not be able to attend meetings during the day.  All meetings are held at the Karns Senior Center, 8042 Oak Ridge Highway, Knoxville, unless otherwise announced.

The March 2019 meeting was canceled since it falls during Knox County’s Spring Break.

The February 2019 meeting featured J.D. Faulconer, speaking about Career and Technical Education programs available for students in the trades and how local businesses can get involved.

At the January 2019 meeting, we heard from a representative from H&R Block about Tax Identity Fraud.

In November 2018, the speaker was Buzz Buswell, Director of Veterans & Senior Services for Knox County. He spoke about the opportunities available to veterans and possibilities for businesses to be involved

The speaker for our October 2018 meeting was Jim Dyer, Assistant Fire Chief for the Karns Volunteer Fire Department.  October is Fire Prevention Month, so he spoke about fire safety and protecting our businesses.

At our September 2018 meeting, Lauren Chesney of King University spoke about how their students can be integrated into local businesses.

Kim Fraser, of Hardin Valley Planning Advocates, was our speaker at the August 2018 meeting.

Republican Candidate for Knox County Mayor, Glenn Jacobs, spoke at our July 2018 meeting.

The candidates for State Representative for District 89 were invited to speak at our June 2018 meeting.  We heard from  Coleen Martinez (D) and Guy L. Smoak (R).

State Senator Richard Briggs brought us up-to-date at our May 2018 meeting on legislative actions in the most recent session.

At our April 2018 meeting, we toured the new culinary school facilities at Karns High School.

We heard from the candidates for Knox County Sheriff at our March 2018 meeting.

At our February 2018 meeting, Andrew Hartung, CPA, spoke about the latest changes to the tax law.

Miss Tennessee 2017, Caty Davis, a graduate of Karns High School, was our speaker at the January 2018 meeting and told us about her platform issue, “Attacking Addiction: Prevention, Recovery, and Restoring Families.”

At our November 2017 meeting, we heard from Brad Corum, the principal at Karns High School, and Spencer Long, Assistant Principal, about some of the exciting things that are happening at the school, including the new Culinary School, which is a flagship program, helping students to be ready to enter the workforce upon graduation or to gain valuable credit and experience toward pursuing a career in the culinary field.

We also heard about “The Karns Way” which encourages a more positive approach to behavior issues and has greatly reduced the number of suspensions. The Karns Way is built on being respectful, responsible, and receptive to correction, once aware of a mistake. We also learned that a new artificial turf football field is being installed at the school. Several students also spoke and shared what they appreciate most about Karns High School, such as how much the teachers care about helping the students succeed, even to the point of instituting Saturday School to help give additional assistance to anyone who is struggling, and offering to come early or stay late after school to give assistance to students.