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 Julie McBee-Fritts at (865) 292-5270. Make checks out to "Karns Community Club" and send to:  Karns Community Club, 7511 Carpenter Rd., Knoxville, TN  37931.

The next monthly Karns Community Club meeting will be on the first Tuesday, Feb. 1st, at 7:30 p.m. at the Karns Community Club Center, 7708 Oak Ridge Highway. If you live in Karns, you are a member of the Community Club and are welcome to attend! 

The 2021 Karns Christmas Parade was a huge success! In honor of the outstanding football season that Karns had this year, the Grand Marshals of the parade were the Karns High School Football Team, led by senior team captains Tim Robbins, Drew McMillan, and Zach Pugh. They were joined by other members of the team, including junior DeSean Bishop, who spent many weeks this season as the nation's leading rusher and was recently selected as 5A Mr. Football. The awards for best floats went to: the Karns High School baseball team, winner in the "Best School" category with their Polar Express entry;  the Golf Cart Mafia won the "Best Community" float entry; and Cherokee Caverns won in the "Best Business" category for their National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation-themed entry. The event was live-streamed with the help of the KHS AV class and announcers Becca James and Frank Murphy. If you missed it, you can watch the parade on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l40HrdIouqk. Thank you to Charlie Austin and the other community volunteers, as well as all the community partners, such as the Knox County Sheriff's Office, who worked to make this parade such a great success!

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!


Planning Commission/County Commission Meetings

The next Planning Commission meeting is on Thursday, February 10th, 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, January 24th, 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.

Second Thursday in December, 2022 -- Our annual Christmas party (potluck) will be held on the second Thursday in December in 2022 (rather than the usual date of the first Thursday). So prepare to join us for this annual celebration on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2022!

First or second Saturday in December - Karns Christmas Parade - Stay tuned for more details!

The next Karns Community Fair is planned for July 16, 2022 at Karns High School. The Fairest of the Fair will be on July 9 at a location yet to be determined. The Fair Board meets every 3rd Tuesday at 7:30 pm at the KCC Community Building to plan for this longstanding Karns Community tradition. The Karns Fair has something for everyone! Stay tuned for more details. 

So much positive feedback was received on last year's Fall Festival and Chili Cookoff that this event is being planned again for this year. The date will be set based on the UT Football schedule. 

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.