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Metro area: Knoxville
Distance to Knoxville (downtown): 13 miles
Distance to Airport (McGhee-Tyson: 20 miles
Distance to University of Tennessee: 11 miles
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Cost of Living Index: 89
Crime Index: 32
Data on Karns, Tennessee demographics provided by On Board, LLC. copyright 2005
The Karns subarea of Knoxville is located to the north-west of downtown Knoxville. Karns is a community, rather than a city, and it borders the communities of Hardin Valley and Solway to the west, the Cedar Bluff area is just to the south, the Norwood area is to the east and the city of Powell borders Karns to the northeast. The primary zip code of Karns is 37931 and part of zip codes 37921 and 37849 are included in the Karns subarea.
The Karns community was formerly called Beaver Ridge. However, in 1913 when the first high school building was erected in Karns, the school was named in honor of Professor T.C. Karns, the first Superintendent of Public Instruction for Knox County. Later, in the 1950s, the community voted to officially change its name from Beaver Ridge/Byington to Karns.
Karns has grown from primarily a farming area to a community with a population of over 20,000. Mixed among the remaining farms and pastures are subdivisions, small businesses, schools, and light industry. The Karns schools are part of Knox County Public Schools, and including Karns High School, enroll over 3,700 students from Karns, Ball Camp, Hardin Valley, and Solway. Most people commute to work but are dedicated to maintaining a high standard of living through their involvement in community activities.
The starting price for a home in Karns starts around $100,000 and can go up to over $400,000. The most common price range of single family homes in Karns is between $175,000 and $250,000. Search Karns Real Estate or call 865-621-3658.
The Knox County School district serves Karns and all of Knox County. The schools that specifically serve Karns are Karns Elementary, Karns Middle, Karns High, Ball Camp Primary, Hardin Valley High, and Amherst Elementary. There are also several private schools near Karns: La Petite Academy, Grace Christian Academy, Beaver Ridge Preschool, Byington-Solway Vocational Center, Monart School of the Arts and Pellissippi State College.
Karns is surrounded by many waterways and parks.
Knox County Sportspark
8050 Oak Ridge Hwy.
A large softball and baseball facility built in 2005. Fields can be rented for leagues and events.
Big Foot and Haw Ridge Mountain Bike Parks located off Joe Daniels Road. Miles of technical and challenging mountain bike trails and jumps.
Melton Hill Lake
Melton Hill lake offers excellent fishing for Rock Bass, Bluegill, White Bass, Sauger, White Crappie, Spotted Bass, Warmouth, Large Mouth Bass, and Rainbow Trout. The lake offers a variety of water activities including boating, fishing, waterskiing, jetskiing, swimming, camping, public parks, public access areas, picnic areas and much more.
Guinn Road Park
4115 Guinn Road
A lakeside park with picnic, playground and boat launch facilities. Accesses Melton Hill lake.
Fort Sander's West - 270 Fort Sanders West Blvd (4 miles)
St. Mary's Medical Center - 900 E Oak Hill Ave, Knoxville, TN (12 miles)
Fort Sanders Medical Center - 1901 W Clinch Ave (13 miles)
Parkwest Medical Center - 9352 Park w Blvd, Knoxville, TN (3 miles)
University of Tennessee Medical Center - 1924 Alcoa Hwy (12 miles)
East Tennessee Children's Hospital - 2018 W Clinch Ave (10 miles)
Baptist Hospital - 137 E Blount Ave (13 miles)
The Knoxville are has an extensive highway system for a city this size. Interstate 40 runs right through the center of Knoxville and connects with interstate 75. I-75 south will take you to Chattanooga in an hour and a half and Atlanta in 3 hours. I-75 north will take you to Lexington, Kentucky in about an hour and a half. Traveling west on I-40 will get you to Nashville in about 2 hours. Traveling east on I-40 will get you to Asheville, NC in about an hour and a half. Knoxville also has public bus service through KAT (Knoxville Area Transit). The closest airport is McGhee-Tyson (TYS) located in south Knoxville near Alcoa, TN about a 15 minute drive from downtown Knoxville. Hardin Valley is located off of the Pellissippi Parkway (TN-162) and is also part of the area for the proposed TDOT Knoxville Regional Parkway.
General map of Karns