KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Bob Corker is scheduled to meet with business and community leaders at a luncheon hosted by the Knoxville Chamber of Commerce.

The luncheon was set for noon EDT Thursday.

According to a news release from Corker's office, the Tennessee Republican was to discuss the nation's fiscal challenges and "the importance of embracing the free enterprise system."

On Wednesday, Corker visited a Chattanooga plant that manufactures turbines for power plants.