Old 03-29-13, 09:38 PM
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I lived about 40 miles North of Knoxville, outside LaFollette for about three years.

Pro.......spectacularly beautiful and lots of Eastern deciduous forests, buncha TVA lakes,
a lot of old, small farm type places available at rock bottom prices, some close friends,
but not all that many. The Smokies are just spectacular, in the park and in the few remaining
virgin areas. I grew up in and around the Appalachians, so fireflies and the sound of whippoorwills
make me feel very relaxed.

Con......if you ain't from there, you'll never quite be at home. And, of course, an economy
based on mountain top removal.

This mountaintop removal site is Zeb Mountain in Campbell County, Tennessee.
Local residents face water quality problems from the highly sulfuric runoff of mountaintop
removal sites in Tennessee. The Sewanee coal seam, which underlies much of the
surrounding area, is the most toxic coal seam east of the Mississippi.

Knox County is, of course, much more urban. Some of the people I knew there
commuted from LaFollette down to Knoxville in order to find work.
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