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Old 02-09-2013, 07:46 AM
 
Location: Crosstown *****
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Then you haven't been here, lately. Last summer I had a tough time finding a parking space downtown, most times I visited. I never have to deal with college kids but I do have to deal with hordes of families, folks on dates, singles, hipsters and a lot of tourists. Why we have seen so many tourists in the past three years remains to be seen. Personally, I think it is people scouting out the area for possible relocation since we are rarely on anyone's list for vacation.

Anyway, my guess is if you lumped in the entire eastern division as a bunch of "hillbillies" - ironically misspelled - you don't really understand the area. I know where I live has changed drastically in the past seven years, especially the past few.

I agree with this...
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Old 02-09-2013, 01:30 PM
 
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I direct conservative people to Cleveland TN or one of the smaller towns between there and Chattanooga.

Knoxville itself may be too liberal for the OP.

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The only thing that scares us a little is the rumors of TX being a "Swing state" in the near future.
So you would write off a whole state because it is politically integrated?

On second thought please stay away from TN. We don't need bigots here. One thing I like about the Appalachian culture is the tendency towards tolerance. I don't think you would fit in.
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Old 02-09-2013, 08:40 PM
 
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
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Yes. East Tennessee is a very libertarian area with a "live and let live" attitude. In Knoxville, at least, you don't hear a lot of bashing of different political persuasions or types of people. Folks tend to get on with their lives and not go on about certain things. I've noticed more than a few people that have arrived in the Knox area hoping to sit around and run down others only to be put off by others indifference or worse. Maybe my moderate attitude, openness to other opinions and respect for all people does me well in these parts.
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Old 02-20-2013, 08:34 PM
 
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I just wanted to say (because I am in the same situation of looking to get out of Cali) that the OP I don't think was giving the impression that they were bigoted or intolerant. I think people who have not lived in Cali cannot appreciate how frustrating and taxing being a conservative or even a libertarian is in Cali. It can seem like a constant assault on your beliefs and values. I myself am a constitutional libertarian who is also a christian. I am looking into moving to middle Tennessee in the next couple years myself. It is tough to find a state that I or other conservative, christian, pro 2nd amendment people could feel really comfortable. I myself am pretty "live and let live" as long as those around me are the same towards me which they are not in California. I think both myself and the OP are troubled with Texas' seeming impending "swing state" direction. It doesn't mean we hate or are intolerant of others views we just don't want to get settled in a new state/home to just 2-3 years down the line have to deal with the same environment we got away from.
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Old 02-20-2013, 11:29 PM
 
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I just wanted to say (because I am in the same situation of looking to get out of Cali) that the OP I don't think was giving the impression that they were bigoted or intolerant. I think people who have not lived in Cali cannot appreciate how frustrating and taxing being a conservative or even a libertarian is in Cali. It can seem like a constant assault on your beliefs and values. I myself am a constitutional libertarian who is also a christian. I am looking into moving to middle Tennessee in the next couple years myself. It is tough to find a state that I or other conservative, christian, pro 2nd amendment people could feel really comfortable. I myself am pretty "live and let live" as long as those around me are the same towards me which they are not in California. I think both myself and the OP are troubled with Texas' seeming impending "swing state" direction. It doesn't mean we hate or are intolerant of others views we just don't want to get settled in a new state/home to just 2-3 years down the line have to deal with the same environment we got away from.
Thanks for giving us a view from the other side. Its easy to misinterpret a viewpoint of wishing to live where one isn't being outnumbered with a viewpoint of being bigoted against some way of life or political agenda. We see far too much negative remarks in the other direction from outsiders here so it is easy to come to the conclusion that *someone is bashing something* from our standpoint. I lived in a part of a state not much less stifling to someone who is moderate or libertarian. It's easy to understand that, in escaping stifling political correctness and nannyism, someone might worry that they are only going to be subjected to it all over again where ever they move. I don't think Texas will ever change that dramatically though.

In reading City Data it's easy to see that many people seek to be near what they feel comfortable with whether claiming a "progressive" or "liberal" or "conservative" title. Most people feel safest when surrounded by 'like minded" people. Personally I feel better when there is some of everything mixed in the neighborhood. That's probably why this part of TN suits me so well. In general you will find the area in and around Knoxville to be far more libertarian with a conservative lean. I can't speak to any other part of the state for comparison.
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Old 02-21-2013, 06:54 AM
 
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I think what boggles me is that someone might turn down a good job in North Carolina because it is a swing state, for example.

I understand there are issues determined by the state leg. that affect one's life and it is OK to ask about popular/legislative sentiment on those issues but to say one state is OK because 55% voted for a presidential candidate but another state is not even worth considering because 51% voted for the other guy is short sighted.

I realize there are annoying zealots on both ends of the political spectrum and wouldn't expect the OP to be happy in Asheville or perhaps Austin - but for them to write off the entire states of NC or Texas seems ridiculous.
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Old 02-23-2013, 08:15 AM
 
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Hello everybody,

My wife and I are leaving God Awful Ca. and have narrowed our search down to Granbury Texas or some part of Tennessee. We know a lot about TX but nothing about TN...so we're hoping you can help

Here's what we;re looking for:

Price 250 - 300K
Min 2 Acres
Conservative,friendly Town
Set back a little from big city but not too far (30 mins or so)
Job and education not a priority since no kids and are self employed

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thank You
Knoxville, TN!!!
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Old 02-23-2013, 12:31 PM
 
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NND, I seriously doubt the OP would want to be represented by Knoxville's mayor. Their head might explode. It would be messy.
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Old 02-24-2013, 07:43 AM
 
Location: Knoxville, TN
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I don’t think the OP wants to move inside the city limits. Any area surrounding Knoxville including Knox County outside the city limits would be conservative enough and what they are looking for. I think they would find metro Nashville to be a little too liberal for their taste.
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Old 02-24-2013, 04:17 PM
 
Location: mid wyoming
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Stay out of Lebanon and Wilson county in general. They will tell you one thing and do another, this ranges from the town government down and the county government in general. If you have anything to do with them GET IT IN WRITING! Especially if starting a business, check out my back posts on this. I finally moved out to get to keep my money in my pocket not theirs. And I mean that in general terms.
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