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Old 10-25-2007, 03:50 PM
 
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Default finding work in smaller towns: Athens and Sweetwater

Me and my wife moved to Knoxville not long ago from the Fort Worth area. So far so good, but while Knoxville is much smaller and more laid back than the DFW area, we are still wanting something slower and more rural. Our rental lease runs out in a couple of months, and we are looking to buy some acreage and put a manufactured home w/permenent foundation.

So far we like the Sweetwater area. It seems that Athens and Loudon are the other 2 closest towns with a modest population.

Are there any good tips for job hunting in small towns? So far the newspapers and job websites have come up pretty empty for us. Any suggestions?
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Old 11-16-2007, 11:53 AM
 
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I lived in Sweetwater about 6 months. Loved the area, but yes, jobs are VERY hard to find unless you want to drive a ways. Professional jobs that is, you can find lots of retail, fast food or blue collar jobs (i.e. low pay) and there is some factory work.
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Old 06-23-2008, 11:27 AM
 
Location: East Tennessee
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what type of job are you looking for?
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Old 06-23-2008, 12:54 PM
 
Location: Beautiful East Tennessee
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Things are slow about everywhere right now. Some of the factories here in McMinn County are hiring. If you get into the health field, there are usually some jobs available (nursing home, hospital, mental health and mental retardation fields). You can get on at some places like Denso, Mayfields, Wapauca, etc. There are jobs available in teaching positions as well.

I would suggest you pick up a "Tennessee Trader" at a convenience store in the area. It covers several surounding counties and it has a lot of land for sale in there by owner. You get a better deal than with an agency. Anything on HYW 11 and 411 is a pretty good place to live. There is a lot of land available near HWY 68 right now, but I am unsure of the prices.

If you need more info, feel free to ask us....be as specific as you can so it is easier to assess your needs and answer your questions.
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