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Old 03-20-2016, 09:20 AM
 
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My husband is being flown into Knoxville to interview for a job that will be located in Morristown. After reading the dismal threads about the town, it basically sounds like we shouldn't even bother. There are other positions around the country he's being considered for, but I've always loved TN. However, I'm not hearing anything positive about the future of that Morristown, though looking at the map, one would think being located between two lakes, there would be much hope geographically. Has anything changed about the town in recent years? Any hope for revitalization? If he gives this position any consideration whatsoever, it sounds like we might rather set up house in Gatlinburg and have him commute, or come home on the weekends, though I don't like that idea for winter travel.
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Old 03-20-2016, 01:57 PM
 
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Living north of Knoxville, like in Jefferson City might be an option. It is a clean, college town that has some pretty neighborhoods around the lake. There's West Lake, Heatherbrook, Lakewood, and areas in Talbot. They're more suburban to Knoxville, and there's a Pals in JC.

The only thing about Morristown that strikes me is that it is an old, industrial, blue collar town that has been struggling of late with plant closures. It does have some quite attractive public buildings in its quirky downtown (with skywalks).
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Old 03-20-2016, 02:45 PM
 
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
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Living north of Knoxville, like in Jefferson City might be an option. It is a clean, college town that has some pretty neighborhoods around the lake. There's West Lake, Heatherbrook, Lakewood, and areas in Talbot. They're more suburban to Knoxville, and there's a Pals in JC.

The only thing about Morristown that strikes me is that it is an old, industrial, blue collar town that has been struggling of late with plant closures. It does have some quite attractive public buildings in its quirky downtown (with skywalks).
That are mostly empty or have Goodwill-type stores. I agree that they have so much potential, but I don't see anything happening with them, yet.

I was just there a couple of weeks ago. My daughter and I stopped at a gas station in a quiet, decent part of town. The cashier looked like he was hyped up on something. There was a long note on the ladies' room door that basically threatened druggies from using it, including the threat of calling police. We couldn't use it because the person inside was taking too long. While putting air in my tires, the person finally came out looked strung out. We went to the small but decent mall. During the early evening, there was a warning on the public address system that there was a curfew for teens without an adult at night.

No. Thank. You.

It's too bad. Clearly, their unemployment situation has straightened out. The mall was busy and people were buying.

Sidenote: The cashier at Kohl's was so rude, she refused to even speak to me. I got the feeling she thought we were Yankees or "big city" Knoxville people and she didn't care for either. It was so bad that I spoke to a manager.

And frankly, Jefferson City is much like Morristown except it has a lot less going for it.

I have friends that live in Morristown - that's why we were up there - and they come into Knoxville to do just about everything. It's about an hours drive. Living in Knoxville, of course, is a possibility. But if he has other choices, I'd consider them, too.

I'm really sorry.
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Old 03-20-2016, 04:18 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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Agree with everyone else. It's seen better days, has a problem with crime and drugs, and there's not much there other than bare essentials. For more than the minimums, you're going to Knoxville.

You could drive from Knoxville in but that's a long haul. I wouldn't recommend Morristown at all.
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Old 03-20-2016, 07:53 PM
 
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Agree with everyone else. It's seen better days, has a problem with crime and drugs, and there's not much there other than bare essentials. For more than the minimums, you're going to Knoxville.

You could drive from Knoxville in but that's a long haul. I wouldn't recommend Morristown at all.
Ditto, as there really is nowhere near Morristown that a person could live and be near enough to commute. The area is beautiful, but drugs took over and while the city is now trying to end the problem, it will take a while. Newport is dealing with the same issue.
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Old 03-24-2016, 04:21 AM
 
Location: Somewhere below Mason/Dixon
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If the OP does not like Morristown it may be worth checking out Dandridge. Dandridge is a very nice town near the lake, and near the highway. Im not sure of the mileage as I don't live out that way but one may be able to commute to Morristown from that area. Commuting from Gatlinburg or Knoxville might drive you crazy. That really is a long drive your talking about there.
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Old 03-28-2016, 07:55 PM
 
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Dandridge is very cute and popular with retirees.

If I worked in Morristown that's where I'd live. Then go to Knoxville or Gatlinburg on the weekends for dining and entertainment. There's even a concert hall in Greeneville.
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Old 04-02-2016, 01:55 PM
 
Location: New Albany, Indiana (Greater Louisville)
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When did Morristown go downhill? I visited in the late 1990s when some family lived nearby and it seemed ok to me as a teenager. It's such a pretty area it's hard to understand how it's such a bad place.
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