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Old 01-20-2007, 06:04 PM
 
Location: Deane Hill, Knoxville, Tennessee
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Default Great Book!

I went to Barnes and Noble today to find a book about Tennessee, for my mom. I'm on this campaign to try to get my mother to move here.

There were a lot of nice books with beautiful pictures in them, but I wanted to find one that really showed the true Tennessee.

I finally found this book "The Tennessee Valley" with photography by Robert Kollar and text by Kelly Leiter. As dean emiritus of the college of communication at UT-Knoxville, Leiter beautifully writes about the essence of Tennessee and its people.

At times, I found myself crying over some of the text and photos. And yes, there was a whole page devoted to Grainger County tomates, and I cried over them, too!

I just think the book captures the Tennessee lifestyle and anyone wanting to understand it should get a copy of this book; perhaps your local library has it or can order it. I think it is essential for anyone contemplating moving here.
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Old 01-21-2007, 05:26 PM
 
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https://web.dii.utk.edu/utstore/pc-2200-2100-the-tennessee-valley.aspx (broken link)
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Old 01-21-2007, 05:56 PM
 
Location: Deane Hill, Knoxville, Tennessee
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Thank you for that.

I told my Mom tonight that the book is coming.

I really wish that people considering moving here will look at it. They will either say this state is not for them, or they will fall in love with it. Either way, it gives the essence of the place.
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Old 01-21-2007, 06:46 PM
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Thank you for that.

I told my Mom tonight that the book is coming.

I really wish that people considering moving here will look at it. They will either say this state is not for them, or they will fall in love with it. Either way, it gives the essence of the place.
Hi hiknapster,
We been following your post for time to time now and enjoy reading them. As like you, we also moved out of Fort Myers, Florida after living there for twelve years. We also grew up in Massachusetts like you. We have been living in the Nashville area for two years now and truly enjoy the area. The only mistake we made twelve years ago is why we did not move here first. Hope you are enjoying the area as much as we are.
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Old 01-21-2007, 07:54 PM
 
Location: Deane Hill, Knoxville, Tennessee
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I absolutely love it here. It is home.

And I know that my mom will love it, too. She was brought up simply, is a devout Christian and would love to live in a place where she knows her neighbors.

She is 72, I'm an only child and I would love to bring her home.

I think Tennessee is perfect for me, but it is not for everyone.

It is a REAL place.

I don't understand people that want a rural, small town or city but next to a Super Wal-Mart, Home Depot, or mall with great paying jobs. They want a new house that is not in a real neighborhood, preferably gated. They want strict zoning, no trailers on their street, and god-forbid, hunting or wildlife!

I really don't think a lot of them don't want the south at all. They just want the tax break, the relief from high homeowner's insurance, or someplace they can change.

Thank you for the kind words.

I am thrilled that you love this place as much as I do. Isn't it great?
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Old 01-22-2007, 08:15 AM
 
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I don't understand people that want a rural, small town or city but next to a Super Wal-Mart, Home Depot, or mall with great paying jobs. They want a new house that is not in a real neighborhood, preferably gated. They want strict zoning, no trailers on their street, and god-forbid, hunting or wildlife!
I want a downtown, no gated area, a place to bird hunt and fish, not a new home preferably one with character, like an old farm house, something that could be a fixer. I want to keep its original charm.

A slow pace, away from a metro.... far away, far enough to not be considered a suburb of said city.

I don't mind trailers, double wides or modulars.
I don't have to have Starbucks, or Walmart, or some major supermarket.
Just give me a Mom/Pop restaurant, a downtown with shops, a local grocery store, a bookstore, and it would be nice to have a library, and I am happy.

I can even live without a bookstore.
When I used to visit Grandmas house, she lived just outside of town, but, it was really a short walk to follow the tracks, past the houses, and schools, and finally get to downtown. There was a great downtown, and it was fun going from store to store. Stop at the local drugstore and get some ice cream. If we rode our bikes it was a little faster.
Everyone knew us.
In fact, they would sometimes walk up to me and say, "you're Maurines daughter aren't you?"

I want that recognition for my little girl.
Someday, they would say, "hey, you're SueEllens youngun' aren't you?"

That sense of community pride.

I know it's still there waiting for us to come back to it.

Oh, and an afterthought... I want a coon hound.

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Old 01-22-2007, 03:40 PM
 
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Talking Tennessee Valley

I am going to buy that book!!!! It sounds Grrrrrrrrrrreat!!!!! Will go to Barnes and Nobel this weekend.
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Old 01-23-2007, 07:55 AM
 
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Thanks for the post about the book. I was planning to head to the bookstore this weekend to look for one. This really helps me a lot.
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Old 01-23-2007, 01:51 PM
 
Location: Nashville (soon)
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Thanks for the tip Hiknapster, I just bought the book online (don't think i can name the site...but all you book lovers should be able to figure it out)

Good condition for only $13.00 - even signed by the authors!

should be receiving in a week or so.
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Old 01-23-2007, 02:09 PM
 
Location: Deane Hill, Knoxville, Tennessee
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Progradi:

That is sooo cool!

Just so y'all know, I bought one for myself, too.

I'm waiting for my mom to receive it so that we can look at the pictures together over the phone!
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