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If you live in Karns, you are a member!

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                        CONGRATULATIONS

                             CLASS OF 2020!

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Thank you to all those who donated blood at Medic's Blood Drive at the Karns Community Center on April 30th. Karns made a great showing! All available appointment times were filled! If you missed it and want to donate blood, please go to: medicblood.org.

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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 May 5th meeting of the Karns Community Club was canceled, in order to help protect members and others from COVID-19. Stay tuned to see when meetings will resume. Meetings are ordinarily held on the first Tuesday of each month 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!

Other Announcements

The next Metropolitan Planning Commission meeting is on Thursday, June 11th at 1:30 p.m., in the Main Assembly Room of the City-County Building, unless it is held electronically, as the May meeting was, due to the COVID-19 outbreak. See https://knoxmpc.org/news/2020/0403/388/covid-19-updates for the latest information on how the June 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 Tuesday, May 26th 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, as was done for the April 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

[Currently not meeting monthly -- check back here periodically to see when meetings resume.] The KCC normally meets on the 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 17, 2021 -- Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions concerning large gatherings, the 2020 Karns Fair and parade have been postponed until July 17, 2021. We will still be hosting the Christmas in Karns event and parade with added attractions and vendor spaces on Saturday, December 5, 2020. We hope to see you in December! And please join us in 2021 for 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 karnscommunityfair@gmail.com.

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 5th. 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 5th, 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.