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.  Send checks to:  Karns Community Club, 7584 Glastonbury Road, Knoxville, TN  37931. 

A big THANK YOU to Cassie Kiestler, the Karns Fair Board, Charlie Austin, the Beaver Creek Kayak Club, and the other community volunteers that participated in the recent workdays at the community buildings, as well as the local businesses that donated labor and materials. What a difference you have made!

The next meeting of the Karns Community Club will be on Tuesday, October 1st, at 7:30 p.m. at the Karns Community Club Center, 7708 Oak Ridge Highway, Knoxville, TN.  All Karns residents are welcome to attend monthly meetings!


The next Planning Commission meeting is on Thursday, October 10th at 1:30 p.m., in the Main Assembly Room of the City-County Building. See www.knoxmpc.org 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: http://knoxmpc.org/aboutmpc/commiss.htm). 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 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 Board of Zoning Appeals meeting is on Wednesday, September 25th at 1:30 p.m. in the Main Assembly Room of the City-County Building. See https://www.knoxcounty.org/codes/bza.php for the agenda and other information about this Board.

The next County Commission meeting is in the Main Assembly Room at the City-County Building on Monday, September 23rd at 5 p.m. with zoning Issues heard starting at 7 p.m.  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.

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.

Calendar of Events

First Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at the Karns Community Club Center at 7708 Oak Ridge Highway -- Karns Community Club planning meeting  (Policy Board Meeting) Everyone is welcome to come and bring ideas as well as learn how to get more involved!

July 2020 -- The Karns Community Fair & Parade -- Traditionally held on the 4th Saturday in July, last year's Fair and Parade were moved to the 3rd Saturday in July due to school starting so soon afterward and the need to prepare the school where the Fair is held for the new school year. The date for the Fair and Parade for 2020 will be updated on this page soon. The parade proceeds to Karns High School where the Fair will start at 10 a.m.  Oak Ridge Highway from Ingles to Walgreens, and Byington-Beaver Ridge Road from Walgreens to Karns High School, 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.  Go to the "Karns Community Fair" Facebook page for information on the Fair and how you can be involved. Questions can be sent to karnscommunityfair@gmail.com.

First Thursday in December -- Christmas party (potluck) at 6:30 p.m. at the Karns Community Club Center.

First Saturday in December -- Karns Community Christmas parade!  The 2020 parade will be on Saturday, December 7th. The parade will begin at 10 a.m. with parade participants lining up starting at 9 a.m. in the Ingles parking lot.  The parade will proceed west on Oak Ridge Highway and end at Karns Elementary School where it will kick off the Christmas in Karns event. Prizes are given for the best floats!  Oak Ridge Highway will be shut down shortly before the parade begins and will re-open shortly after the parade is completely over.  (The road is typically closed for at least an hour.)  For more information, contact Cassie Kiestler at (865) 382-8846.

First Saturday in December -- Christmas in Karns event! In 2020, this event will be on Saturday, December 7th, at Karns Elementary School. It begins as the Karns Community Christmas Parade reaches the elementary school. There will be holiday vendors, children's crafts, and pictures with Santa. For more information, contact Cassie Kiestler at (865) 382-8846.