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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.  Send checks to:  Karns Community Club, 7584 Glastonbury Road, Knoxville, TN  37931.

There will be no meeting of the Karns Community Club on the first Tuesday of December, since the annual Christmas Potluck Dinner will be on the first Thursday of December (Dec. 6th at 6:30 p.m. at the Karns Community Club Center) and any Club business that needs to take place will be done at a meeting just before or just after the potluck. Guests bring a dish to share to the potluck; plates and drinks are provided. And there are Door Prizes! The Karns Community Club Center is at 7708 Oak Ridge Highway, Knoxville, TN.  All Karns residents are welcome to attend monthly meetings as well as the annual Christmas potluck!


The annual Karns Christmas Parade, which starts at Ingles on Oak Ridge Highway and proceeds west to Walgreens, has been postponed, due to predictions of rain, to Saturday, Dec. 8th.  The parade starts at 10 a.m., but anyone planning to be in the parade needs to line up at Ingles at 9 a.m.  Walkers are allowed, as are horses if they are diapered.   Candy may be thrown to the crowds. No Santa floats as the Lions Club does that but all other floats are welcome.  Contact Roger Kane (cell: 865-405-5103) if you need more information.  Oak Ridge Highway from Ingles to Walgreens will be closed for about one hour.  Warn your friends!!!

Christmas in Karns will go on as planned on Saturday, Dec. 1st, 10:30 – 3 p.m. at Karns Elementary School.

The next MPC meeting is on Thursday, December 13th at 1:30 p.m., in the Main Assembly Room of the City-County Building. See www.knoxmpc.org for the agenda for this meeting and make your voice heard by calling and/or emailing the MPC 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 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 County Commission meeting is in the Main Assembly Room at the City-County Building on Monday, November 19th at 5 p.m. with zoning Issues heard starting at 7 p.m.  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.

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 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 is welcome to come and bring ideas as well as learn how to get more involved!

Fourth Saturday in July -- Karns Community Fair & Parade! The parade starts at Ingles on Oak Ridge Highway at 9 a.m. (Participants in the parade should come about an hour early to line up.). The parade proceeds to Karns High School where the Fair will start at 10 a.m.  Oak Ridge Highway from Ingles to Walgreens, and Byington-Beaver Ridge Road from Walgreens to Karns High School, 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.  See www.nwkbpa.com or go to the "Karns Community Fair" Facebook page for information on the Fair and how you can be involved. Questions can be sent to karnscommunityfair@gmail.com.

First Thursday in December -- Christmas party (potluck) at 6:30 p.m. at the Karns Community Club Center.

1st Saturday in December (or occasionally on the 2nd Saturday) -- Karns Community Christmas parade!  In 2018, it was originally scheduled for Dec. 1st, but due to predictions of rain, has been moved to Dec. 8th.  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 proceeds to Walgreens on Oak Ridge Highway from Ingles to Walgreen's at "the Karns red light."  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 Roger Kane at (865) 405-5103.