To inform and unite for progress

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.  

If there is any Club business that needs to be attended to, then the next meeting of the Karns Community Club will take place either during, or immediately after, the annual Karns Community Club Christmas Potluck Dinner on Thursday, Dec. 2, which starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Karns Community Club Center at 7708 Oak Ridge Highway. If you live in Karns, you are a member of the Community Club and are welcome to attend! Bring a covered dish to share; the club provides drinks, rolls, and door prizes. The meat will be provided by the Andersons of Anderson’s Beauty Bar and Spa.

The Karns Christmas parade, from Ingles to Walgreens, will take place on Saturday, Dec. 4th. The start time is 9:00 am, one hour earlier than in previous years. The event will probably be live-streamed with the help of the KHS AV class. Oak Ridge Highway will be closed to traffic from shortly before 9 a.m. until the parade concludes, usually about an hour or so later.

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!

Other Announcements

The next Planning Commission meeting is on Thursday, December 9th, at 1:30 p.m. This meeting is scheduled for the Main Assembly Room in the City-County Building, but this could change due to COVID-19. Please check the website frequently leading up to the meeting for any changes. (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, as well as information on how to contact Planning Staff with general questions, and how to make your voice heard by contacting the Planning Commissioners or by requesting to speak at a meeting, 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, December 27th, 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. To get the agenda, and for other information such as commissioner email addresses and phone numbers, go to:  https://www.knoxcounty.org/commission/.


Calendar of Events

First Tuesday of each month -- the Karns Community Club meets at 7:30 p.m. at the Karns Community Club Center at 7708 Oak Ridge Highway)

First Thursday in December -- Our annual Christmas party (potluck) with door prizes!

First or second Saturday in December - Karns Christmas Parade - NOTE that in 2021, it will start at 9 a.m. (one hour earlier than usual). 

The next Karns Community Fair is planned for July 2022 at Karns High School. Stay tuned for more details! 

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: Northwest County Sector Plan . 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.