Knoxville College alumni celebrate on shuttered campus

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Alumni of the troubled Knoxville College didn’t let an uncertain future put a damper on their homecoming.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports ( nearly 300 people attended the Saturday gathering at the shuttered campus.

The Board of Trustees has halted courses at the historically black 140-year-old school amid dwindling enrollment, a crumbling campus, rising debt and a lack of revenue. The trustees have said the school will reopen in fall 2016 but they have not released plans for how they will do it.

They met with alumni attending the homecoming on Saturday. Homecoming committee chairwoman Lois McSwine attended the sessions. She would not discuss details but said the meetings had “a lot of energy.”