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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. 

***NOTE*** There will be NO monthly meeting in December.

***NOTE*** There will also be NO annual potluck community dinner this year, due to COVID-19. This is traditionally held on the first Thursday in December, but it typically draws too many people to be able to do social distancing properly, so in order to help keep people safe and healthy, this event has been canceled for 2020. 

Plans for the Karns Christmas Parade, to be held on Dec. 12th, are underway! It will be a little different this year, due to COVID-19 restrictions, but since some other parades are being canceled, we may end up having more participants in this year's parade than usual! Please scroll down to the "Calendar of Events" section for details.

The Christmas in Karns event, that usually follows the parade and features local vendors, kids' crafts, pictures with Santa, and more, had to be canceled, since Karns Elementary School is not available this year.

If it is not canceled due to Covid-19, the next meeting of the Karns Community Club will be on Tuesday, January 7,  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, December 10th, 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 next 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, December 21st, 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. 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

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. (No meeting in December 2020.)

First Thursday in December -- This is usually the date of our annual Christmas party (potluck) but, due to COVID-19 and the fact that this event usually draws too much of a crowd to be able to do social distancing properly, this is 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.) Participants in the parade start lining up at 9 a.m. at the Ingles on Oak Ridge Highway and the parade starts at 10 a.m. It will end at "the Karns red light" where Walgreens is. Participants in the parade need to limit the number of people on floats or in vehicles to ensure everyone's safety.  Due to the pandemic, no candy is allowed to be thrown this year and nothing can be handed out. While this is disappointing, especially for the children, this is based on the parameters and rules set by the Health Department and Knoxville's tourism office along with our desire to help ensure everyone stays safe and has a good time.  Spectators are asked to wear masks and spread out along the entire parade route. Prizes are 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 -- Since Karns Elementary School is not available this year, this event has been canceled for 2020. 

July 2021 (exact date is to be determined) -- 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.