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Old 03-30-13, 08:12 AM
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I believe the reference was ironic in nature.............


The other thing that's fun to do is go to Oak Ridge and pretend you're not there.
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Originally Posted by bikebuddha View Post
Yeah I didn't want to actually come out and say it but I was at court in Knoxville last week when I pickup with a giant confederate flag drove by.
I've seen guys in San Diego with confederate flags. It's not unique to TN or the south.

'Necks are everywhere.

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Old 03-30-13, 08:24 PM
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Originally Posted by pgjackson View Post
I've seen guys in San Diego with confederate flags. It's not unique to TN or the south.

'Necks are everywhere.
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Originally Posted by bikebuddha View Post
Yeah I didn't want to actually come out and say it but I was at court in Knoxville last week when I pickup with a giant confederate flag drove by.
The exception moreso than the rule, here.
Knoxville is pretty fantastic.

Look. I was born and raised in Syracuse, NY. I'm a northerner at heart. Always will be. I moved to Manassas, VA (outside of DC) when I was in my late 20's for my first job. I spent 3 years there, hated it. Aside from the affluent yuppies and government folk, most of the people there were still caught up in the "war of northern aggression." Thankfully my wife got into grad school at UTK, and we came to Knoxville.
We've lived here for three years and we love it. We're nature people, so this is a great spot for us.
Most of the Pros you listed in your OP are correct. A few of the cons are true too - it is expensive to fly out of our airport, but not impossible. Nashville is just a few hours down the road too if you need it. The narrow hilly roads are plentiful, but it also depends on where you want to ride.
Knoxville's greenway system is excellent: http://www.cityofknoxville.org/greenways/ great for biking, walking, running, enjoying.

We're probably moving away from here soon, due to where my wife will be getting a job, but we don't want to. We love it here. The people are friendly, the weather is great, there's plenty to do. And there are some restaurants that are so awesome I'm sad to be leaving them behind (Tomato Head, Sitar, Coolato Gelato, Tomo, to name a few).
Market Square downtown is all kinds of awesome.

Speaking of downtown - you'll be hard pressed to find an easier city to navigate. Tons of parking, the city is small, and walkable. It's not ugly. Plenty of things going on. Avoid it on football days though.

Pigeon Forge is a craphole of tourism and parking lots escapading as roads. Avoid it at all costs, unless you have small children, and a sense of adventure in road rage. There are plenty of other great places to see/go/visit/explore that aren't in SMNP and you can get to within and hour or so.

Knoxville is great.
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Another cool thing about Knoxville's downtown (at least maybe 13 years ago) you could stand on the corner of 5th and Gay and see the S&M Industries building.
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Originally Posted by the sci guy View Post

Pigeon Forge is a craphole of tourism and parking lots escapading as roads. Avoid it at all costs, unless you have small children, and a sense of adventure in road rage. There are plenty of other great places to see/go/visit/explore that aren't in SMNP and you can get to within and hour or so.

Knoxville is great.
True story: When my kid was small, we took her to Dollywood (pigeon forge). While walking up to the gate, I overheard what was apparently a new hire training session. The "educator" told the new employees they had to bathe. Seriously....this was apparently necessary educational advice in that area.
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Originally Posted by jdon View Post
Were two yoots drivin' it?
THat was Alabama but you still get an upvote for it.
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you got a perty mouth
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Old 03-31-13, 05:07 PM
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Originally Posted by windhchaser View Post
you got a perty mouth
I'll bet you say that to almost everybody.
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Originally Posted by windhchaser View Post
you got a perty mouth
That was Georgia.
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol View Post
Ironic, given that Knoxville (and parts eastward) were staunchly pro-Union during the Civil War.
forgot to quote this earlier - this is true.
it's why we are the "Volunteers"
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Originally Posted by tamaramc View Post
What's a yoot?
old people speak for "youths"
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Old 03-31-13, 07:00 PM
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Originally Posted by ahsposo View Post
I'll bet you say that to almost everybody.
only on mondays
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Originally Posted by the sci guy View Post
Knoxville is great.
the sci guy's endorsement is representative of what I've heard from many people who have moved here. However, from the standpoint of a road cyclist, I do part company with his comments on the greenways.

Yes, there are greenways, which many runners/walkers enjoy. But they're not the type of ones you're going to log a lot of miles on.

I cycle here year-round and enjoy it very much. But it's not exactly a cycling mecca. It, as many U.S. cities, was built for the automobile.
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I'll agree with you on that as well. If you're a hardcore road cyclist, it's not great. But the greenways weren't made for that. They were made for exercise and families and going for a bike ride - not necessarily a hardcore one.
Still, aside from not catering to bike mecca - Knoxville is pretty alright!
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Outside of Knoxville there is killer road cycling. If you're willing to put your bike on top of a car for a ride there are some unbelievable roads in the country around Knoxville.

My all-time favorite ride is from Townsend, TN up to Cade's Cove for a couple of laps and back down. Traffic in the cove can be a problem. But what fun!
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Originally Posted by the sci guy View Post
The exception moreso than the rule, here.
Knoxville is pretty fantastic.

------snip------

Pigeon Forge is a craphole of tourism and parking lots escapading as roads. Avoid it at all costs, unless you have small children, and a sense of adventure in road rage. There are plenty of other great places to see/go/visit/explore that aren't in SMNP and you can get to within and hour or so.

Knoxville is great.
I have visited Knoxville, and loved it. Even if it does have the University of Tennessee. *cringe*

The description of Pigeon Forge sounds a lot like Branson, which I have always thought of as another way to spell "hell".
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pros: it's not Atlanta
con: it's Tennessee for God's sake.
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Originally Posted by 3alarmer View Post
I lived about 40 miles North of Knoxville, outside LaFollette for about three years.



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.
15 coal mines in TN total. Unless he goes looking for them he'll never know they're there, unless he moves to a coal mining town, then he may see a coal truck once in a while.

Maybe only 6... http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php...s_in_Tennessee
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Originally Posted by ritepath View Post
15 coal mines in TN total. Unless he goes looking for them he'll never know they're there, unless he moves to a coal mining town, then he may see a coal truck once in a while.

Maybe only 6... http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php...s_in_Tennessee
Yes........the currently operating mines and sites are the complete extent of the problem.

How stupid of me to think that this could be an issue in a state that has been rendered
a toxic waste site in large parts of its eastern mountain regions........get a clue, Bubba.
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Originally Posted by ModoVincere View Post
pros: it's not Atlanta
con: it's Tennessee for God's sake.
lol both my wife and i thought this very same thing when moving to TN. We were like, didn't they just get electricity in tennessee last year?
but, turns out we were way wrong. they've had electricity here for a least 5 or 6 years.
no but really, turns out a lot of TN is pretty nice. there's a lot of sketchy areas too - and if you love meth, welcome home! but, i mean, who doesn't love meth, right?
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lol both my wife and i thought this very same thing when moving to TN. We were like, didn't they just get electricity in tennessee last year?
but, turns out we were way wrong. they've had electricity here for a least 5 or 6 years.
no but really, turns out a lot of TN is pretty nice. there's a lot of sketchy areas too - and if you love meth, welcome home! but, i mean, who doesn't love meth, right?
We like Crack down here in jawja.
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Having lived in both, I'd take Chattanooga over Atlanta any day. The only thing you're losing is quick access to a major airline terminal.
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