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 (phone calls only, no texts). Phone calls are returned on weekdays only. Please 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, July 5th, 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 Club contracted with Signs and Such for a new Karns Community Club sign at the "Karns Red Light" (the original Karns traffic signal at the corner of Oak Ridge Hwy and Byington-Beaver Creek Rd). Go check it out -- it looks great! Click here to see a photo!  

At the last Club meeting, it was announced that a thank you was received from Ronald McDonald House for the $200 worth of Mothers' Day gift cards.

Early voting in local elections is July 15 to 30. Election day is August 4, 2022.

The Beaver Creek Kayak Club, Legacy Parks Foundation, and Knox County Parks and Recreation held the Annual Flotilla on May 14 and it was a huge success! The Karns Community Club had a Welcome to Karns booth and activities there went well. There were 420 boaters, many of whom were new to our area. The providers of the new launch dock were there and were impressed. Along the creek many people who live in the area provided water, music, and good wishes. Construction of the new inclusive launch at the Roy Arthur Stormwater Park was completed in time for people to be able to float 6 miles, from the Powell inclusive launch to the Karns inclusive launch, in about 3.5 hours, as they enjoyed the beautiful scenery along Beaver Creek. By August 9 the waterway should be clear all the way to the sports park in Karns. The new dock makes launching possible for handicapped people. 

Advance Knox held a series of meetings the last week in March to allow the public to have input into the planning of growth and transportation infrastructure in Knox County. Online input was also accepted through April 22. To keep up with this process, check for updates at AdvanceKnox.org.

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, July 14th, at 1:30 p.m. This meeting is scheduled for the Main Assembly Room in the City-County Building.  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 Planning Commission meeting.  There are sometimes much more detailed discussions of the issues at these meetings. 

The next regular County Commission meeting is on Monday, June 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.

The Karns Lions Club is hosting a Shrimp Boil on June 24 and 25 at the pavilion at 6:30 pm. The cost is $30 per person. The Lions Club also has fundraising cookbooks for sale.

The next Karns Community Fair is planned for July 16, 2022 at Karns High School. There will not be a parade this year. The Fairest of the Fair will be on July 9, at a location yet to be determined, and has been expanded to include categories from 2 years old to 60+ years old. 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, on October 1.

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

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!


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.