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Old 10-04-2012, 01:46 PM
 
Location: Murfreesboro, Tennessee
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We have problems with meth in my area but it is local people not associated with gangs. I have actually found a couple places in the woods where meth was being made while riding my horse. I never associated it with gangs.
I'm not saying that it's a huge problem, just that it happens sometimes. If I remember correctly, most of the cases I heard about were in West Tennessee (in and around Dyersburg and Memphis), with a few scattered around the Tri-Cities region in the northeast.

I guess what I'm saying is, gang members do infiltrate smaller towns sometimes. I can't think of many besides Dyersburg where they've gained a foothold, but every now and then you will have a thug set up shop.
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Old 10-05-2012, 06:29 AM
 
Location: Lehigh Valley, PA
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Hate isn't just in the South. In fact, some of the most racist people I have ever met, and actually flaunt it, are in the Midwest.

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The 800 LB gorilla in the room here is this; The reason why traditionally big city gangs have great difficulty gaining a foothold in more rural and smaller metro areas of TN is a direct result of that racism.

Minorities whether they are law abiding or not are very much scrutinized and watched in white rural areas in many parts of the country.

When visiting family in Bristol and Johnson City I can see this practiced every day I'm there.

I'm not advocating profiling nor am I promoting racism, I'm just offering a very plausible explanation as to why groups of minorities cannot successfully group in these areas.

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Old 10-05-2012, 06:36 AM
 
Location: Cumberland Co., TN
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I'm not saying that it's a huge problem, just that it happens sometimes. If I remember correctly, most of the cases I heard about were in West Tennessee (in and around Dyersburg and Memphis), with a few scattered around the Tri-Cities region in the northeast.

I guess what I'm saying is, gang members do infiltrate smaller towns sometimes. I can't think of many besides Dyersburg where they've gained a foothold, but every now and then you will have a thug set up shop.
Im sure it does occur. I was just going by my area and would'nt associated meth with gangs here. We have had some incidence of graffiti with m13, but it was merely adolescent want to be stuff according to law enforcement.
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Old 10-05-2012, 06:53 AM
 
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
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The 800 LB gorilla in the room here is this; The reason why traditionally big city gangs have great difficulty gaining a foothold in more rural and smaller metro areas of TN is a direct result of that racism.

Minorities whether they are law abiding or not are very much scrutinized and watched in white rural areas in many parts of the country.

When visiting family in Bristol and Johnson City I can see this practiced every day I'm there.

I'm not advocating profiling nor am I promoting racism, I'm just offering a very plausible explanation as to why groups of minorities cannot successfully group in these areas.
No gorilla, Julian.

In white rural areas everyone is "watched" as you put it. I grew up in a very small town - very white - in the Northeast. No one is watched, really, but everyone knows what everyone else is doing, and then some.

There is nothing good, no silver lining, regarding racism. Ever.
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Old 12-01-2012, 12:51 PM
 
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We have problems with meth in my area but it is local people not associated with gangs. I have actually found a couple places in the woods where meth was being made while riding my horse. I never associated it with gangs.
Can I ask where you live?
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Old 12-03-2012, 08:01 AM
 
Location: Cumberland Co., TN
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Can I ask where you live?
On the border of Cumberland and Putnam County.
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Old 12-05-2012, 04:41 AM
 
Location: Pittman Center, Tennessee
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Steer clear of Grassy Fork in Cocke County if you're not from there...fairly lawless
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Old 12-05-2012, 06:47 AM
 
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
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Steer clear of Grassy Fork in Cocke County if you're not from there...fairly lawless
That's an understatement. There may not be any "gangs" but Cocke County can be as scary as some of the worst inner cities. And what is even more frightening is traditionally people in power in that area are in on it.
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Old 12-05-2012, 02:14 PM
 
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That's an understatement. There may not be any "gangs" but Cocke County can be as scary as some of the worst inner cities. And what is even more frightening is traditionally people in power in that area are in on it.
Really? Its that bad? I was actually looking at Cocke County and thought it looked pretty nice. What is so scary about it? What goes on there?
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Old 12-05-2012, 02:24 PM
 
Location: Brentwood, Tennessee
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It's been known as a hotbed of corruption for decades. Here's a pretty thorough history:

Cocke County Confidential Information & News from Knoxville News Sentinel (Knoxville, TN)
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