Learn about Compass – local news in a new world

Scott Barker, Co-founder of Compass

Our speaker this month will be Scott Barker the co-founder along with Jesse Fox Mayshark, of Compass, a local news website, and newsletter focusing on government, politics, education, and business (www.compassknox.com).

He was born in Chattanooga and raised in Kingston. After attending Austin Peay State University and the University of Tennessee, he worked in various jobs until he was hired as a reporter at the News Sentinel in 1999. He won numerous national, state, and regional journalism awards as a reporter and editorial page editor over his 18-year stint at the paper. He was the lead reporter of the News Sentinel’s coverage of downtown Knoxville’s redevelopment, Black Wednesday and its aftermath, the Kingston coal ash spill, and other seminal news events over the past two decades.

In 2020, Scott and Jesse were inducted into the East Tennessee Writers Hall of Fame. He lives in North Knoxville with his wife, Kimberly Jones. His daughter attends the University of Tennessee.

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Meeting Details

  • When: 8 am
  • Where: Emerald Youth Foundation (1718 Central St.)
  • Zoom option available – email nkbpa.info@gmail.com for the link before Friday’s meeting.

Meeting Schedule for 2022

Mark your calendars for this year’s meetings. Join us on the 2nd Friday, of every month at 8am.

Here are the dates to add to your calendar:

  • January 14
  • February 11
  • March 11
  • April 8
  • May 13
  • June 10
  • July 8
  • August 12
  • September 9
  • October 14
  • November 11
  • December 9

Locations and upcoming speakers to be determined. We hope you can join us.

ESPN’s Chris Low speaks at March 8th meeting

Enter at the back door of Emerald Youth Foundation

We hope to see you on March 8th at 7:45 am to hear ESPN.com’s Chris Low. The meeting will be at Emerald Youth Foundation at 1718 N. Central St. Knoxville.

Low joined ESPN.com in 2007 after 10 years with The (Nashville) Tennessean covering the University of Tennessee and SEC. The Rock Hill, S.C., native lives with his wife in Knoxville and has three sons. Low a sports blogger can be found on SportsNation at http://myespn.go.com/blogs/sec.

Thank you to Emerald Youth for hosting and breakfast is sponsored by the NKBPA Board this month. Be sure to thank them.

MEMBERSHIP DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED to MARCH 15th: Please remember it is time to renew your membership. Dues are $50 annually. People, that’s a deal. Where else can you get great networking, community involvement, and breakfast EVERY month for only $50 a year? Nowhere! Renew or join today, fill out your membership application here. Print it and mail it along with your check to NKBPA c/o MEMBERSHIP  P.O. Box 27479  Knoxville, TN 37927-7479. If you prefer to pay by credit card, we will be taking credit card payments at the meeting. 

You can also pay by credit card for your membership and ad if you register to attend the meeting on Eventbrite. 
Select a date and then under ticket type select BECOME A MEMBER or your ad size.  If you have questions, please contact nkbpa.info@gmail.com.

Note: If your organization has an event coming up, please bring flyers or information to be placed on the tables. This way our members have a tangible reminder and we can use it to publicize your events on social media. Thank you, this helps us to wrap up the meeting on time.

Keep Knoxville Beautiful Speaks at Emerald Ave UMC on February 8th

Emerald Ave
Emerald Avenue United Methodist Church.

We hope to see you on February 8th at 7:45 am to hear Keep Knoxville Beautiful’s Aleta Daniels speak.

Keep Knoxville Beautiful is focusing a large majority of their efforts in the North Knox area as “Community of the Year” and Aleta will tell us about that work at this meeting.

Lauren Rider will also speak briefly on ReCode Knoxville.

Pastor Tom Seay is our host and our breakfast sponsors will be Homestead and First Tennessee Bank. Be sure to thank them.

Please remember it is time to renew your membership. Dues are $50 annually. People, that’s a deal. Where else can you get great networking, community involvement, and breakfast EVERY month for only $50 a year? Nowhere! Renew or join today, fill out your membership application here. Print it and mail it along with your check to NKBPA c/o MEMBERSHIP  P.O. Box 27479  Knoxville, TN 37927-7479. If you prefer to pay by credit card, we will be taking credit card payments at the meeting. 

CHECK YOUR SPAM FOLDERS. Invoices for dues have arrived in your email inboxes. If there is more than one representative for your company’s location who attends the meeting, they will all receive an invoice. Payment for membership is per company, per location. So if you get two invoices from two attending representatives for one business location, you need pay only once. If you have questions, please contact nkbpa.info@gmail.com.

Note: If your organization has an event coming up, please bring flyers or information to be placed on the tables. This way our members have a tangible reminder and we can use it to publicize your events on social media. Thank you, this helps us to wrap up the meeting on time.