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 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.

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 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.

[We did not meet in December 2017.]