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If you live in Karns, you are a member!

To reserve the Karns Community Club Center (Old Library) at 7708 Oak Ridge Highway or the Youth Center at 6616 Beaver Ridge Road (behind the Fire Station near Bojangles), please contact Pattie Loveday at (865) 938-8365.  Make checks out to "Karns Community Club" and send to:  Karns Community Club, 7584 Glastonbury Road, Knoxville, TN  37931.  

The May meeting of the Karns Community Club will be in-person! We will be meeting Tuesday, May 4, at 7:30 p.m. at the Karns Community Club Center at 7708 Oak Ridge Highway. Even though many of us are vaccinated, all precautions are still in place—wear masks, sit six feet apart, and don’t remove your mask to talk. If you live in Karns, you are a member of the Community Club and are welcome to attend!

Attention all owners of property on Beaver Creek! Knox County workers need property owner permission to gain access to Beaver Creek to remove debris from the creek. Please call Knox County Parks & Rec at (865) 215-6600. Thank you!

The Karns Christmas Parade was held on Dec. 12th, and was a big success! For the first time, the parade was live-streamed on YouTube by Chris Wade's A/V students at Karns High School, from the vantage point of the Karns pedestrian bridge. You can watch the whole parade on the Karns Network using this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XL0AW0p6djU.

Thank you to all the people who made our 2020 Christmas parade another great Karns Community event -- parade organizer Cassie Kiestler and the Fair Board, Charlie Austin and the Beaver Creek Kayak Club, Chris Wade and his A/V students, Krisha and Frank (parade hosts Krisha Brook and Frank Murphy, who provided excellent parade commentary), the Knox County Sheriff's Office for parade support and traffic control, the Karns Ingles store for allowing their parking lot to once again be taken over as a staging area for parade participants, and all the people who participated in the parade, who came out to watch, or who watched the parade on the Karns Network. Special thanks to this year's Grand Marshals Lee Henson and his mom Lillian Henson. Lee is a 1990 graduate of KHS and has been the boys basketball coach for an amazing 25 years. Lillian began teaching in Karns in the early ‘70s and retired from KHS in 1999. They are a true Beaver family through and through!!!

Other Announcements

The next Planning Commission meeting is on Thursday, May 13th, at 1:30 p.m., and will be held electronically due to the COVID-19 pandemic. See https://knoxmpc.org/news/2021/0119/388/covid-19-updates  for the latest information on how COVID-19 is affecting Planning Commission functions and meetings, as well as any special requirements as to how and when comments on agenda items must be submitted. See https://knoxmpc.org/agenda/ for the agenda for this meeting and make your voice heard by calling and/or emailing the Planning Commissioners (commission@knoxmpc.org or, for individual email addresses and phone numbers, see: https://knoxmpc.org/about/commissioners). If you have a particular interest in any agenda items, consider going to the Agenda Review meeting in the Small Assembly Room of the City-County Building (unless the Agenda Review meeting is being held on-line) at 11:30 a.m. on the Tuesday before the MPC meeting.  There are sometimes much more detailed discussions of the issues at these meetings. 

The next regular County Commission meeting is on Monday, April 26th, at 5 p.m. with zoning issues heard starting at 7 p.m.  and is held in the Main Assembly Room at the City-County Building unless it is held electronically via Zoom meeting. To get the agenda for the next meeting (or any meetings), go to: https://www.knoxcounty.org/commission/. To contact County Commissioners, email them at: commission@knoxcounty.org or, for individual email addresses and phone numbers, see: https://www.knoxcounty.org/commission/commissioners.php.


Calendar of Events

First Tuesday of each month -- the Karns Community Club meets at 7:30 p.m. (usually at the Karns Community Club Center at 7708 Oak Ridge Highway, but currently may be meeting virtually via Zoom). Anyone wanting to join the virtual meeting who is not already on the KCC email list can be added, and will receive the meeting link, by sending an email to the Karns Community Club Secretary at dellstrom510@att.net.

First Thursday in December -- This is usually the date of our annual Christmas party (potluck) but, due to COVID-19 and the fact that this event usually draws too much of a crowd to be able to do social distancing properly, this was canceled for 2020

First or Second Saturday in December -- Karns Community Christmas parade! Participants in the parade start lining up at 9 a.m. at the Ingles on Oak Ridge Highway and the parade starts at 10 a.m. It ends at "the Karns red light" where Walgreens is. Prizes are given for the best parade floats!  Oak Ridge Highway is shut down shortly before the parade begins and re-opens shortly after the parade is completely over.  (The road is typically closed for about an hour.)  For more information, contact Cassie Kiestler at (865) 382-8846.

Christmas in Karns -- Since Karns Elementary School was not available this year, this event was canceled for 2020. 

July 2021 (exact date is to be determined) -- the annual Karns Community Fair & Parade! The parade starts at 9 a.m., proceeds west along Oak Ridge Highway from Ingles to Walgreens, and then Byington-Beaver Ridge Road from Walgreens to Karns High School, where the Fair starts at 10 a.m. Oak Ridge Highway and Byington-Beaver Ridge Road will be shut down shortly before the parade begins and will re-open shortly after the parade is over.  The Karns Community Fair is the longest running community fair in the State of Tennessee and has something for everyone. Questions can be sent to karnscommunityfair@gmail.com.


Other links to community information:

To know when the "dump" (the Karns Convenience Center) is closed for holidays or quarterly maintenance and training, please go to https://knoxcounty.org/solid_waste/holidays.php. For details on which bulky waste is accepted and which is not, go to https://www.knoxcounty.org/solid_waste/diy_demolition.php. For other frequently asked questions about solid waste disposal in Knox County, see https://knoxcounty.org/solid_waste/faqs.php.

The Northwest County Sector Plan Update was approved by the Metropolitan Planning Commission (MPC) at its July 2016 meeting, so it is now final until the next update in another five years or so. Sector Plans guide land use decisions made by the MPC and provide a broad vision for the future. There are some excellent ideas incorporated into the plan, but it is up to us, the local residents, to push the MPC and the County Commission to help make the vision become reality by advocating for what we want and need and against what would negatively impact our community. We need to work together to create the future for the Karns Community because there is nothing that requires the MPC or County Commission to implement the ideas in the Sector Plan.  The plan is available here: http://knoxmpc.org/northwestcounty/. If you have questions about the Plan, please contact Liz Albertson at liz.albertson@knoxmpc.org.

The Knox County Commission officially adopted the final report of a multi-year greenway study, conducted by Knox Co. Parks & Rec. and consultants from Gresham Smith, that analyzed approximately 65 miles of potential greenway corridor. After several rounds of public meetings and input from the community, the Knox County Greenway Corridor Study officially became a blueprint for future greenway infrastructure potential. Read the study for yourself at this link.