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. 

The next meeting of the Karns Community Club will be on Tuesday, November 10th,  at 7:30 p.m. at the Karns Community Club Center (a.k.a. the "Old Library"), 7708 Oak Ridge Highway, Knoxville, TN.  All Karns residents are welcome to attend! Attendees need to wear masks and plan to sit at least 6 feet from everyone not in their own family. Thank you!

Other Announcements

The next Metropolitan Planning Commission meeting is on Thursday, November 12th, at 1:30 p.m., in the Main Assembly Room of the City-County Building, unless it is held electronically, as recent meetings have been, due to the COVID-19 outbreak. See https://knoxmpc.org/news/2020/0403/388/covid-19-updates for the latest information on how the August meeting will be held, 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: 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 (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, October 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, as has been done for recent meetings. 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.

On January 27th, 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 now officially becomes a blueprint for future greenway infrastructure potential. Read the study for yourself at this link.

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

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

First Thursday in December -- Christmas party (potluck) at 6:30 p.m. at the Karns Community Club Center. (Stay tuned to see if this gets canceled for 2020.)

Second(!) Saturday in December -- Karns Community Christmas parade!  The 2020 parade will be on Saturday, December 12th. (Note the change of date from the usual 1st Saturday -- this is due to the lack of sufficient sheriff's personnel on Dec. 5.) Plans are being discussed, with the possibility of even changing it to a nighttime parade this year. The parade traditionally proceeds west from Ingles on Oak Ridge Highway and ends at Karns Elementary School where it kicks off the Christmas in Karns event -- but this year the school is not available for this event so watch for more information on this. Prizes are traditionally given for the best parade 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.

Christmas in Karns event! Since Karns Elementary School is not available this year, alternative possibilities are being considered and this event may be canceled. Traditionally, it begins as the Karns Community Christmas Parade reaches the elementary school and there are holiday vendors, children's crafts, and pictures with Santa, but stay tuned for plans for 2020. For more information, contact Cassie Kiestler at (865) 382-8846.

And please join us in July 2021 for 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.