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, February 4, at the Karns Community Club Center, 7708 Oak Ridge Highway, Knoxville, TN. All Karns residents are welcome to attend!
The next Metropolitan Planning Commission meeting is on Thursday, February 13th at 1:30 p.m., in the Main Assembly Room of the City-County Building. See https://knoxmpc.org/agenda/ for the agenda for this meeting and make your voice heard by calling and/or emailing the Planning Commissioners (email@example.com 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, January 22nd 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.
A Knox County Commission public hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at 7:00 P.M. (or immediately following the Commission Worksession) in the Main Assembly Room of the City-County Building, 400 West Main Street. At this hearing, the Commissioners will discuss a new ordinance that would add a "Planned Development" approval process to the Knox County Zoning Code. This would provide for an approval process that encourages creativity in site design and flexibility in the review of projects. A recommendation from the Knox County Planning Commission for a change to the draft ordinance would allow planned developments in any area of Knox County (rather than excluding rural areas, as originally proposed). A link to the draft ordinance is contained in the online meeting agenda that you can get from here: https://destinyhosted.com/agenda_publish.cfm?id=56691.
A Knox County Commission public hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at 7:05 p.m. ( or immediately following the public hearing scheduled at 7:00 p.m.) in the Main Assembly Room of the City-County Building, 400 West Main Street. At this hearing, the Commissioners will discuss a draft County Sidewalk Ordinance that would add to the Knox County Code a new Article IV entitled "Sidewalk Construction Standards for New Commercial Developments and Residential Developments Greater than 5 Lots" to establish the location requirements and general specifications for the installation of sidewalks in new developments or re-developments permitted in Knox County. A link to the draft ordinance is contained in the online meeting agenda that you can get from here: https://destinyhosted.com/agenda_publish.cfm?id=56691.
The next regular County Commission meeting is in the Main Assembly Room at the City-County Building on Monday, January 27th at 5 p.m. with zoning Issues heard starting at 7 p.m. (The agenda for this meeting should be posted by Jan. 23rd.) To contact County Commissioners, email them at: firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com.
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 who lives in Karns is welcome to come and bring ideas as well as learn how to get more involved!
July 18, 2020 -- 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. Go to the "Karns Community Fair" Facebook page for information on the Fair and how you can be involved. Questions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.