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Unread 04-10-2012, 06:14 PM
 
Location: Not far from the "Little Obed River" on the Cumberland Plateau TN
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You forgot the Chigger. A mosquito bite is nothing until you get nailed by a chigger...
Chiggers - UT Medical Center
Then you have ticks spiders and mites..as in brown recluse ~ black widow
http://www.easttennesseewildflowers....umName=spiders
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Unread 04-10-2012, 09:32 PM
 
Location: Deane Hill, Knoxville, Tennessee
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Mosquitoes aren't bad. Different story for humidity and religion.

Once you venture outside of Davidson County, it's like a sweatier version of Footloose.
Because of course you've lived all over Tennessee. Funny, I'm from Mass and I find Knoxville to be more progressive than the town I'm from. Of course that's against the stereotype and not as much fun to mention...
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Unread 04-11-2012, 05:48 AM
 
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Because of course you've lived all over Tennessee. Funny, I'm from Mass and I find Knoxville to be more progressive than the town I'm from. Of course that's against the stereotype and not as much fun to mention...
Right...

Meanwhile, Tennessee is in the national news yet again because of anti-evolution education bill sponsored by Bill Dunn, representative of...*drumroll*...Knoxville.

This is fresh on the heels of the infamous "Don't Say Gay" bill sponsored by Stacey Campfield, representative of...*drumroll*...Knoxville.

Considering Knoxville is primarily a college town, it should be fairly progressive. I'm afraid most Knoxvillians haven't gotten the memo though.
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Unread 04-11-2012, 07:08 PM
 
Location: Deane Hill, Knoxville, Tennessee
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Right...

Meanwhile, Tennessee is in the national news yet again because of anti-evolution education bill sponsored by Bill Dunn, representative of...*drumroll*...Knoxville.

This is fresh on the heels of the infamous "Don't Say Gay" bill sponsored by Stacey Campfield, representative of...*drumroll*...Knoxville.

Considering Knoxville is primarily a college town, it should be fairly progressive. I'm afraid most Knoxvillians haven't gotten the memo though.
Really? Our new mayor cut her teeth working for farm workers rights alongside Cesar Chavez. She's more left than I will ever be and that is saying something. She won in a landslide.

Oh. And Stacey Campfield is from New York. Surely you heard of him going into a local downtown establishment and being tossed out the door. The owner refused to serve him.

And the evolution bill - and I have no Knoxville friends that find the thing to be sane - was thrown out by Knoxville's own Haslam.

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Unread 04-13-2012, 10:46 PM
 
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Whether or not mosquitoes will be bad in a given year all depends on the rainfall and your locale. If there is a lot of rain, you're going to have more mosquitoes, especially if you have standing water. I spent many a summer night playing outside after the sun had set and realizing that I'd had a few bloodsuckers coming by to visit. They're not so unbearable you won't want to go outside by any stretch. Well, at least compared to a few places I've lived.

Humidity will be bad throughout the state. It's worse in West Tennessee by a hair. At least in East Tennessee you have the mountains to escape to. Heat seems to come and go in cycles. Expect mid-summer highs in the low to mid-90s throughout the state and winter lows to typically not get much colder than the upper-20s. There will be years where it will be uncomfortable to outside for long in that kind of heat and humidity.

Faith is at the forefront throughout the state. It's part of life in all regions in Tennessee, and I've lived in East, Central, and West. It's predominantly Baptist with a good mix throughout. I can't say of the metro areas which is more diverse. Nashville probably represents the largest variety of different religious, but I'd be willing to bet Knoxville probably represents more Christian denominations.

Calling UT-Knoxville progressive is somewhat laughable, as well, as the student body is overwhelmingly conservative. So you have a few liberal professors acting out and waging war on their students rather immaturely through the student newpaper. It got humorous at times, frankly.

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And Stacey Campfield is from New York. Surely you heard of him going into a local downtown establishment and being tossed out the door. The owner refused to serve him.
How cute and "progressive." ....... Call me boring, but I'd rather have students versed in literature, mathematics, science, and rhetoric than the latest attempt at social engineering.
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Unread 04-14-2012, 07:35 AM
 
Location: Deane Hill, Knoxville, Tennessee
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Calling UT-Knoxville progressive is somewhat laughable, as well, as the student body is overwhelmingly conservative. So you have a few liberal professors acting out and waging war on their students rather immaturely through the student newpaper. It got humorous at times, frankly.

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And Stacey Campfield is from New York. Surely you heard of him going into a local downtown establishment and being tossed out the door. The owner refused to serve him.
How cute and "progressive." ....... Call me boring, but I'd rather have students versed in literature, mathematics, science, and rhetoric than the latest attempt at social engineering.
Maybe I missed it but I don't see UT mentioned in this thread. I certainly didn't. And my statement had nothing to do with the university or any students. I am certainly not a student. I'm 50 and I'm not cute.

Your post shows that you have not lived in Knoxville in many years.
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Unread 04-15-2012, 04:21 PM
 
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Maybe I missed it but I don't see UT mentioned in this thread. I certainly didn't. And my statement had nothing to do with the university or any students. I am certainly not a student. I'm 50 and I'm not cute.

Your post shows that you have not lived in Knoxville in many years.
You missed it, but I don't believe you posted it. Another poster referred to Knoxville as a place that should be a "progressive" city as a university town, but the Knoxvillians didn't get the message. I was merely pointing out that the students hadn't, either.

As for me not living in Knoxville for many years, you can make that about 5-6 years with intermittent visits in the interim. I spent a total of 22 years around Knoxville and was born and raised in the area, attended UT and went elsewhere for the rest of my education (hence missing our recent drought in football season).

The "cute" comment was aimed at the restaurant owner who turned out Stacey Campfield in what I'm going to guess was in the name of "tolerance." Don't flatter yourself too much.
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Unread 04-21-2012, 02:02 PM
 
Location: Rural Western TN
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well i cant speak for humidity or for E.TN...
but i moved to West TN last october from CT.
thus far:
Winter was a dream, it had its chill, and a few very light dustings of snow but i was MORE than happy about winter.
Spring has been wacky, very wet early on then weve swing from highs in the 90s ot lows in the 30s yesterday i was out in a light t-shirt, today im snuggled on the couch in 2 sweaters with a hot drink...but still its been very workable.
the skeeters THUS FAR have been smaller and less agressive than those in CT... cant say if thats the normal or if it will remain during th summer but CT skeeters are MEAN! by this time of year we wouldnt be outside in ct about 2 hours before and after sunset...here i find they get realy agressive right at sunset and then seem to vamoos just as quickly.
Religion wise...im pagan, i was worried lol. but beyond the occasional "hey if youd like to come to our church" ive had NO problems, i wear my pentacle but im not in your face and tend to avoid talk of religion in general. i take the "god bless" with a pinch of salt i know its meant in a positive way...
but ive had no pushyness, no agressiveness and no "soul saving" yet...again theres time, im still new. lol.

But im in rural west tn so it might be completly different in E.TN
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Unread 04-21-2012, 02:37 PM
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Great input. Thanks for taking the time to write. I'd be curious to learn more about your thoughts on the humidity and heat after the summer.
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Unread 04-22-2012, 03:24 PM
 
Location: Deane Hill, Knoxville, Tennessee
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Spring has been weird for most of the eastern half of the country, at least. I'm hearing complaints in Florida, West Virginia and Mass. Hey, strange weather happens but it is not indicative of the area. It kind of bums when it happens and you just moved to a new place, though. There is no way of judging the norm.

Regarding heat and humidity in West Tenn., it's different than East Tennessee. Heck, even Middle Tenn. is very different. We use to have a forum member complain about the heat in Mufreesboro and I thought they were making it up until I started following the weather on the National Weather Service. The weather mimicked a bit of Southwest Florida and certainly not Knoxville!

So getting a New Englander's perspective on an area in southwest Tenn. is not going to be very helpful for someone moving to East Tenn. I'm a New Englander and have lived in Knoxville going on seven years so I can help some. However, I lived in Florida for ten years, too, and after that experience I think Knoxville's weather is perfect. Seriously. My ex is from Chicago, grew up in Florida and thinks Knoxville's weather is great, as well. However, I wonder if someone that is highly concerned about humidity would do well in the South. I tell my mother, though, that it can get as hot and humid in the North but it just doesn't last very long. The great thing about East Tenn. is the seasons are evenly spaced. Up north it seems like there is a cold fall, a very long, cold winter and then a bit of summer. That's it.
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