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Old 10-06-2008, 01:22 PM
Location: Louisiana
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Originally Posted by slovins View Post
Abingdon is a good place to live, a very old town with a lot of festivals going on during the spring and summer, they have a theater (Barter Theater) has plays, good resturants and the residential is built around the city. It is one of the expensive areas to live, but washington county or Bristol around Exit 7 is growing at a monumential pace.

Corporations in the area Strongwell, Bristol Compressors.
This is NOT encouraging. I'm trying to escape urban growth.
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Old 11-14-2008, 08:37 PM
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Default Police Experience

On Tuesday September the 2nd at 10 PM a uniformed Abingdon Police department officer questioned, detained and harassed my son and his girlfriend while sitting in my vehicle on private property. I became aware of their presence outside my apartment after hearing the officer yelling commands extremely loudly. My son was programming frequencies into a ham radio he had just installed in my truck; his girlfriend had just got off work and was sitting in the passenger seat. I asked the officer what he was doing and he replied “go back in the house, before I put your ass in jail”, my son was fully cooperating and had explained to the officer that the vehicle belonged to me.
The officer had a bag of spearmint leaves that I was using as a air freshener, he was claiming it to be “narcotics”. The officer shouted the question to my son “Where did you get these narcotics!” many of the neighbors were looking out their doors and able to hear his entire conversation. I advised the officer that if he didn’t know the difference between spearmint leaves and marijuana that he should choose another profession. Approximately 10 minutes after the officer began his interrogations on my son and his girlfriend and just seconds after I had stepped outside another marked officer arrived, this officer indicated to me on multiple occasions that my presence in my own driveway could lead to my arrest and urged me to go back inside.. My son was in his own yard; therefore he did not have his “papers” ID, his girlfriend’s ID was in her car parked several yards away. With the other officer present the first cop instructed my son to go inside and retrieve his wallet, before doing so he patted him down and asked him the usual spill if he had anything in his pockets that would hurt him. The second officer escorted my son past me and to the door, as my son proceeded inside to get his wallet the second officer came inside the hallway and shined his flashlight up the staircase. Back to my truck and my son with his ID the officer did not search him again, The officer continued to use multiple test kits on the leaves on top of the cruiser out of sight of the dash camera. I was extremely concerned the officer would “contaminate” the test kit or even worse and there would be no evidence to support our innocence. The test were negative and the officer took there ID’s towards the back of his cruiser, I did not observe or hear on the dash cam recording ( went to the police station later to file complaint) him calling or checking their ID’s with dispatch or using a laptop. The officer returned me my spearmint and left. There was no apology, no Im sorry for being loud and aggressive, he just left. My only context with the officer was for him to have a bad day as he was leaving with no reply. My dialogue consisted of unanswered questions and being told I would be arrested if I didn’t leave.

The following context is directly from my son and his gf. The officer approached us quickly and turned on his right alley light atop the car, and asked me “ Are you OK” three times then asked me what I was doing, (about 3 or 4 times, loudly) I replied yes and that Im programming a ham radio I just installed for my dad, I showed him a large folder in my lap with the frequencies. He then exited his vehicle and began shining his flashlight in the vehicle, while he visually searched the vehicle he made a comment about a local radio club, shining the light on a open can of altoids mints he asked us what the white powdery substance was, I replied Altoids.. He then proceeded to have me rearrange the center console; this was when he asked about the bag of spearmint. When he found it he shouted mid question “whats your (asking about my ham callsign) 10-4 “ extra emphasis on the 10-4 he yelled it my face. I told them it was my dads and he was using it as an air freshener, I even handed the officer the bag….after this we went back and forth as I continued to tell him what it was and that I didn’t get it from anybody and that I wasn’t selling it. I offered to call my dad on my cell phone which was laying on the dashboard, upon reaching for it the officer shouted “put the phone down!” “You aint calling anyone!” After that my dad came out…his part is completely accurate…

As you can see my son had done nothing to provoke the interrogation and hassle,
I went to the chief of police to file a complaint, that was a waste of time the officer indicated his officer was well within his means and did a good job. The officer backed him 100%. Since the chief of police would not act I did not feel it was necessary to bring this to a town council meeting, rather speak my 1st amendment rights and tell everyone how inexperienced, dangerous, and intimidating the Abingdon Police Department can be, on other terms it is not advisable to be outside your home after dark or in a stopped vehicle for more than a couple minutes…
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Old 11-16-2008, 06:39 PM
Location: Northeast Tennessee
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Abingdon is very close to Bristol, Kingsport and Johnson City (northeast Tennessee), so you may also want to check out that forum for more information.
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Old 12-20-2008, 09:48 PM
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Default Homesick

I was born in Abingdon,Va. in 1942 in an area called Plummertown and I
was wondering if anyone could give me any information about this area. Such as does it still exist, any pictures, etc. I am trying to locate some
of my relatives. Thank You
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Old 12-21-2008, 03:54 PM
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Default Plummertown

I checked with a high school class mate who was born and raised in Abingdon and he told me where that area is located. I know the area very well but had never heard it called that. I went to high school with a boy who's family owned a little store just past the railroad tracks on the left going away from town. We would all be 3 years older than you.

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Old 02-17-2009, 01:11 PM
Location: Abingdon, VA
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I didn't realize anyone from Fairfield lived here- I am from Trumbull, but been here 14 years and love it!
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Old 02-18-2009, 07:39 AM
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Default distance from Haysi or Hurley, VA

Abingdon sounds like a nice place to live. How far is it from Haysi or Hurley? Is it drive-able (less than 40 minutes)? Thank you.
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Old 09-21-2009, 01:51 PM
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I moved to Glade Spring (which is about 6 miles from Abingdon) about 2 years ago. Abingdon is a cute little town with an abundance of old buildings, taverns, etc. The housing around Abingdon consists of mostly old homes that have been restored. The downside, I've heard, is that Abingdon has kind of like a home owners assoc. wherein you cant just paint your house whatever color you want or things like that. Everything has to be approved. I've heard you cant even change your door knob without approval. Plus, the people who live in Abingdon are a lot of times snotty. They are what my dad calls "Nickel Millionaires" meaning they have inherited money and they put on heirs to make themselves look good. They aren't rich but they spend whatever they can to have nicer things than the next person. They try to "keep up with the Jones'" all the time.
As for employment, most jobs are around "Exit 7" in Bristol.
If you go out to dinner, be prepared to pay 12% tax on your meal. The taxes here are small but abundant. When you get your license plates, you have to pay personal property tax, inspection fee and the cost of the plate. Our minivan costs us around $100 a year just to renew everything. There are fees for having an animal too. There is a state tax. Soon they are hoping to impose a "Flatulence tax" on people who own cattle.
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Old 07-04-2014, 07:31 PM
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I lived in Abingdon from 1969 through 1978. I have been living in Orlando Florida since then. I plan to retire in 5 years, and guess what?.......I want to move back to the area. I have missed every second I have been away. I cant wait to return to the mountains, the friendly people, and a small quaint town that I grew up in. Florida is AWFUL and the people are unfriendly. I want a simple and quiet retirement and I will never find that in Orlando. Abingdon.......Ill be back.
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Old 04-15-2015, 09:06 PM
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Originally Posted by Fritay View Post
Hi, I'm 43, married w/ 1 child, we just moved to Abingdon last year from southern New England. I just wanted to say we have no regrets about our decision. The job market is a little tight right now, but no worse than up north, just less of everything to choose from. The schools are excellent, the pace of life is slower, a definite plus in my opinion, the scenery is beautiful, and the people welcoming and friendly. They have a hospital in town which I visited once and was in and out in an hour, Bristol is 10 minutes down the road with all the shopping,movies, and restaurants you could wish for. Damascus is about 25 minutes away with all the outdoor recreation you can imagine. Taxes are low and the winters mild, the summer gets a little hot, but not overly humid as on the coast. If you have any specific questions feel free to contact me, I'm posting this as I would have liked to have someone available for questions when we moved and would like to offer that option to others.
This is an old thread, so I'm not sure if anyone is still reading or responding. I have distant family in the Abingdon area and lived there briefly a few years ago. I fell in love with the area and the mountains seem to be calling me back now. I currently work in real estate outside of the Nashville area. It is a busy, growing area with good schools, but I work ALOT, and the pace of life is intolerable. In one of the most affluent counties in the country, it can be hard to find any peace working in real estate. I am currently trying to convince my husband that a move to Abingdon would provide us with a slower pace of life and the opportunity to live on a lower income if i were to return to teaching or a less stressful career. He is concerned about the quality of schools, the availability of jobs, and the opportunity to meet like-minded young people in their 30s. I would love to hear any advice or opinions from families who have relocated to the area. Do you regret your decision? Have you had luck finding work and joining the community? How are the schools in Washington County? Thanks so much for any response!
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