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Unincorporated community
Oak Ridge Highway (TN-62) in Karns
Oak Ridge Highway (TN-62) in Karns
Country United States
State Tennessee
County Knox
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
GNIS feature ID 1289908

Karns is an unincorporated community in northwest Knox County, Tennessee, United States, about 11 miles (18 km) northwest of the center of Knoxville. The United States Geographic Names System classifies Karns as a populated place.


The 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 Thomas Conner Karns (1845–1911), 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 is located in Beaver Creek Valley between Beaver Ridge and Copper Ridge, both of which are elongate ridges typical of the Ridge-and-Valley Appalachians. The center of the community is located at 35°58′55″N 84°06′50″W / 35.98194°N 84.11389°W / 35.98194; -84.11389 (35.982, -84.114). Elevation ranges from about 960 to 1,000 feet (300 m) above sea level. Beaver Creek, a tributary of the Clinch River, flows through the community.

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