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Old 03-29-13, 11:41 AM
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Help Me Decide: Pro/Con Moving to East Tennessee

So the wife and I are looking at moving to east tennessee, probably knoxville.

Pro:
Less traffic
lower unemployment
cheaper housing
lots of lakes
mountains


Con:
Less culture (for lack of a better word)
Lots of narrow hilly roads
further away from family
Expensive to fly to and from
(probably) less opportunity to practice the kind of law I enjoy most

I would love to get some others opinions because we're really torn.
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Con...it's TN.
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Old 03-29-13, 11:44 AM
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Originally Posted by ModoVincere View Post
Con...it's TN.
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.
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My uncle's been in East Tennessee for years and years (Johnson City area), but then he's a schoolteacher and his wife is college faculty, so their experience will differ from yours.
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You'll be really close to the 'Paris of the South', Pigeon Forge, so there'll be no lack of culture.
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Where in East Tennessee? Chattanooga is actually pretty cosmopolitan without losing it's east TN identity. They have culture, in short. I lived there for about a decade, and it's one of the places I wouldn't mind going back to.
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Originally Posted by Tom Stormcrowe View Post
Where in East Tennessee? Chattanooga is actually pretty cosmopolitan without losing it's east TN identity. They have culture, in short. I lived there for about a decade, and it's one of the places I wouldn't mind going back to.
Probably knoxville but chattanooga is #2 on the list.
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Knoxville is nice. Pidgeon Forge becomes a parking lot on weekends. With the outlet-mall culture and Dollywood it took me 1.5 hrs to drive 8 miles.
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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.
Were two yoots drivin' it?
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One of my high school friends moved there about 10 years ago, and they had some culture shock that was relieved by moving to the middle of Iowa.
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Are you already barred in Tennessee, or can you get admitted without too much trouble?
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Originally Posted by no motor? View Post
One of my high school friends moved there about 10 years ago, and they had some culture shock that was relieved by moving to the middle of Iowa.
A buddy of mine that bounced around a bit after getting kicked out of the Navy ended up in Chattanoga for a few months- he joined some maritime company, transitioned to MSC, and now an expat living in Thailand. He didn't trash talk TN like he did VA, but the guy simply prefers the ocean to the mountains.
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Knoxville is a city on my retirement list.

Every city in the US has its redneck or unsavory element so that should not a reason not to go. I would bet you will have no problem finding clients for your practice. There are some very sophisticated firms in the area. TN is not a bad state to live; people are friendly, kind and concerning. The whole area is just beautiful - take up mountain biking!
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i recall the first day i moved to Georgia was scary as crap still kinda scary there not friendly to bikers at all i was born up north and raised in south fla
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TN is not a bad state to live; people are friendly, kind and concerning.
That word... I do not think it means what you think it means...
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Chattanooga is easily my favorite city in Tennessee (I lived most of my life near Nashville). If it wasn't for those wretched summers...
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Originally Posted by MillCreek View Post
Are you already barred in Tennessee, or can you get admitted without too much trouble?
Yeah I'm already barred in Tennesseee and unlike metro Atlanta every other person you meet isn't also a lawyer.
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Originally Posted by jdon View Post
Were two yoots drivin' it?
What's a yoot?
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What's the passion driving you to such a big move?

Your lists looks like a smattering of conveniences except for being less able to practice the kind of law you like the most. Cheaper housing might be good. Being farther from family might be good or bad.

Apparently concerns like climate aren't a concern, and no mention about bicycling.

I think you need to clarify your vision.
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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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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.
Ironic, given that Knoxville (and parts eastward) were staunchly pro-Union during the Civil War.

I haven't been to Atlanta in ages, but I think you've done well at flushing out the major issues in your list above. If you're open to living in a smaller city that is less diverse and more rightward leaning (politically), I suspect that you would not regret moving here. Many people who move here from other parts of the country say they come to like it. It might be an acquired taste, though.

Feel free to ask if you have more specific questions about K-Town.
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Originally Posted by ahsposo View Post
You'll be really close to the 'Paris of the South', Pigeon Forge, so there'll be no lack of culture.


Originally Posted by Wulf View Post
Pidgeon Forge becomes a parking lot on weekends. With the outlet-mall culture and Dollywood it took me 1.5 hrs to drive 8 miles.
I believe the reference was ironic in nature.............
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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 is true, and at times it can be a far larger and more grave an issue than you would think. In my experience, educated city boys are sometimes not welcome and / or not tolerated. Put one a bicycle and it has the potential to get scary.

What locals call culture can be different from my understanding of the word. As for variety in food choices...there's white gravy and brown gravy.

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