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Old 06-14-2007, 11:50 AM
 
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I used to go up to Gatlinburg a lot with my family when I was younger. Are there any jobs up there where people can get and afford to live in this quaint small town? Or is it really just all based on tourism and difficult for an average joe to relocate there.
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Old 06-14-2007, 12:49 PM
 
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It is ALL tourism, and always has been. But to be honest, Gatlinburg is probably the nicer place to live in that area anymore...Pigeon Forge is Hell, and Sevierville is going that way. Traffic Traffic TRAFFIC.

If I wanted to move out that way, I'd seriously look at Cosby or Townsend. Much quieter places. The jobs are still all tourism related, though.
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Old 06-14-2007, 12:51 PM
 
Location: Maryville, TN
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I agree with Milo. Most of the jobs in the area are tourism-related. If that is what you are looking for, then you should have no trouble finding a job.
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Old 06-14-2007, 10:01 PM
 
Location: White Pine, TN
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Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge & Sevierville have all changed. The only time we even attempt to go there is for Rod Runs and Shades. I'm not sure how long it's been since you've been there but it's not that same. I'm late 40s and I barely recognise it. Our house faces the Smokies and we see it everyday, can most times even tell if their getting rain, except for smog days. Might want to rethink that.
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Old 09-11-2007, 08:42 PM
 
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Does anyone have anything good to say about the area. I'ver pretty much always lived & worked in tourist areas, and work in the Hotel Ind. So I've already discovered Jobs are no problem, but is there any afforable housing or rooms to rent in Gatlinburg area ? I'm from Hurrican Alley in Florida, I miss the mountains and fishing streams and hear they are great in that area, please give me anything positive if you know of anything. Thanks,
Sherry
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Old 09-11-2007, 08:57 PM
 
Location: Knoxville, TN
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There's a little town near there called Pittman Center.
Pittman Center, Tennessee
There was a story about it in the paper several years ago. Seemed like a nice place to live. But I don't know if there are apartments or long term rentals. Development and building is very limited there.
National Trust for Historic Preservations has honored it as a distinctive destination.
Dozen Distinctive Destinations | Pittman Center, Tennessee (http://www.nationaltrust.org/dozen_distinctive_destinations/list.asp?i=45 - broken link)
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Old 10-28-2008, 04:07 PM
 
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My wife and I go to Gatlinburg a couple of times each year and would also like to move there. Problem I've found is that long term rentals seem to be scarce and property is expensive to buy...at least for me. There seems to be plenty of employment opportunities (tourist related) depending on what you might want to do.

I plan to retire next year and I am looking at the possibilities of living there and getting a less pressurized job than I now have. (I'm currently a Comptroller) I did live not too far from Gatlinburg for about 6 months many years ago and fell in love with the area and the people there. That's why I try to visit as often as I can. Maryville appears to be the most affordable city to find dwelling but it is closer to Townsend than Gatlinburg. Townsend property is also expensive. Personally I plan to go anyway and find a way to live there.
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Old 10-31-2008, 05:07 PM
 
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It is ALL tourism, and always has been. But to be honest, Gatlinburg is probably the nicer place to live in that area anymore...Pigeon Forge is Hell, and Sevierville is going that way. Traffic Traffic TRAFFIC.

If I wanted to move out that way, I'd seriously look at Cosby or Townsend. Much quieter places. The jobs are still all tourism related, though.

Why is Pigeon Forge "hell?"
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Old 10-31-2008, 07:19 PM
 
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Why is Pigeon Forge "hell?"
Doubt that you will get an answer from that member; they are not active here anymore. This thread is from June 2007 and was recently revived.
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Old 11-02-2008, 05:19 AM
 
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Doubt that you will get an answer from that member; they are not active here anymore. This thread is from June 2007 and was recently revived.
They might not get the answer from the member in question, but I'll gladly put in my two cents on this one.

PF=hell because it is the epitome of kitschy tourist traps all lining the strip. What should be a 6 lane, 55 MPH road is 6 lanes with a speed limit of 35 MPH, and during the daytime 'in season' your lucky if you crack 20 MPH due to incompetent drivers. If you are prone to seizures related to flashing lights, the signage will be a problem. It's wall to wall with flashing signs, and ton's of ma and pa businesses desperate to take your money for things you'd never spend it on in your right mind in your home town (and at 2-3 times the price in some cases). It's an eyesore, and that's coming from someone who thought it was ok....about 30 years ago.
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