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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.  

The next meeting of the Karns Community Club will be on Tuesday, Oct. 11th (note the one-time change from the usual first Tuesday of the month, since group leaders were unable to meet then), at 7:30 p.m. at the Karns Community Club Center at 7708 Oak Ridge Highway. If you live in Karns, you are a member of the Community Club and are welcome to attend!

Instead of the traditional Karns Fair this year, there will be a Karns Fall Festival on Oct. 30th from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Karns Middle School. Vendors will be inside the gym selling their wares. A small midway will host games for children of all ages. A Chili Cook-off will take place from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.  Click on this link for more details, including the rules for participating in the chili cookoff (limit of 30 contestants). The next Karns Community Fair is planned for July 2022 at Karns High School. Stay tuned for details.

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!

Other Announcements

The next Planning Commission meeting is on Thursday, October 14th, 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, October 25th, 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)

Oct. 30 -- Karns Fall Festival from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Karns Middle School. Includes vendors selling their wares as well as a Chili Cook-off from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The next Karns Community Fair is planned for July 2022 at Karns High School. Stay tuned for more details! 

First Thursday in December -- Our annual Christmas party (potluck) with door prizes!

First or Second Saturday in December -- Karns Community Christmas parade! 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 ends at "the Karns red light" where Walgreens is. Prizes are given for the best parade floats!  Oak Ridge Highway is shut down shortly before the parade begins and re-opens shortly after the parade is completely over.  (The road is typically closed for about an hour.)  For more information, contact Cassie Kiestler at (865) 382-8846.

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.