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Old 04-14-2012, 06:08 AM
 
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Hello Brad. And your right about the food, no matter where I traveled in the continental US over the years, nobody does it better than south Louisiana, nobody. It always amazed me I can drive 225 miles to Pensacola and those people have no idea how to properly boil and season gulf shrimp.
I prize peace and quiet too; getting too loud and violent down here for me. Look forward to meeting you in person one day.
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Old 04-14-2012, 06:40 AM
 
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Good morning, Brad and Polizzio
I'll come to your shrimp boils! I LOVE shrimp, but I've never been to a shrimp boil. I've never seen a mountain either, so I'm ready to experience a lot of 'firsts' when I finally get this house sold and get down to Tennessee

I have some questions about Erwin, if anyone knows... since it's located in a valley, is the town prone to flooding? And are there hills right in town, or is it mostly flat roads? Is it a good town for bicycles?
Thanks
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Old 04-19-2012, 09:46 PM
 
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anyone know?
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Old 05-29-2012, 07:41 AM
 
Location: East TN
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Default Erwin

No hills in town and Erwin is not prone to flooding. Occasionally, with heavy rains, because of an old drainage system downtown, a few streets would occasionally get some water, but that's fixed I'm told.

Erwin in the downtown area and anywhere near the river or railroad is pretty flat and easy to cycle. The Unaka mountain range runs to the west, where the Appalachian trail is, and if you head west, in a mile it goes from a gently rise in elevation to serious mountains.

I've lived in the county 7 years and find the scenery and weather beautiful, the price of houses and acreage very reasonable, the people friendly one-on-one. Excellent weekly newspaper, by the way, The Erwin Record. Excellent mayors for city and county.

Culturally it's basically a desert, and the county loses a lot of their young people because of that. No community theater for example.

A Louisiana couple bought the Grandview ranch RV park in Limestone Cove, by the way.
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Old 05-29-2012, 10:36 AM
 
Location: Johnson City, TN
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I just returned to this thread and want to clear up a misconception that seems to run rampant. I did not read past page one.

It is untrue that if you are "not born here" you will spend life unaccepted. Case in point: my girlfriend's family. They moved to Erwin from the Carolina Coastline a couple of years ago and have made many friends, some quite close. Will they ever have political clout within the county? Probably not. Does that even matter to most "outsiders?" Not at all.
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Old 05-30-2012, 09:57 AM
 
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I just returned to this thread and want to clear up a misconception that seems to run rampant. I did not read past page one.

It is untrue that if you are "not born here" you will spend life unaccepted. Case in point: my girlfriend's family. They moved to Erwin from the Carolina Coastline a couple of years ago and have made many friends, some quite close. Will they ever have political clout within the county? Probably not. Does that even matter to most "outsiders?" Not at all.
People say that about every small town. The truth is, East Tennessee is actually one of the most welcoming areas in America. If you can’t get along with people in this area, then you likely won’t get along with anyone.

As long as "outsiders" aren't arrogant about where they are from and they don’t come into this area with some preconceived notions about the region, being accepted shouldn’t be a problem. However, if their sentences always start with “where I’m from…” and they continue by telling everyone how great it was in other places, then that could be a problem. That goes for any town in the area, not just Erwin.
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Old 05-30-2012, 10:05 AM
 
Location: Johnson City, TN
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So very true. East Tennesse is one of the most welcoming places I know. i can not imagine anyone feeling like an "outsider" unless they choose too.
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Old 05-30-2012, 04:10 PM
 
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Hello everyone!

Checking in to catch up on the thread. Thx for the input, keep em coming :-)
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Old 06-01-2012, 02:49 PM
 
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Erwin is bascially small town USA - I live in Johnson City but have worked in Erwin as has my husband. It is a friendly place, but very clannish and hard to break into. People from there pride themselves in being able to say "you ain't from here" - My husband worked in manufacturing there and it was far worse than me as I worked in medical. It is beautiful and there are many things tot do if you like the out of doors. Culturally, there's not much. The AP lends itself to the hidden beauty as does the river. SO, if you are looking for quaint beauty, out door scenic majesty, Erwin is a good place, but then most of East Tennessee has that too. You'll love it here and never want to leave.
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Please don't get me wrong... the folks from Erwin are not hostile by any stretch - just very clannish. I don't think anyone would ever do anything to anyone who moved to the area from the outside. by the way the county has an excellent Sheriff's Department - Law Enforcement is taken very seriously. You will not find too many if any blacks in the area. - there is a long history behind that and I'll let someone else expand on that story, there are quite a few hispanics - mostly farm workers who have come there to work in tomatoes and strawberries and stayed. I don't think they have a problem. Erwin is a neat place and I think as long as one minds his/her own business
all can coexist just fine regardless of where one is from.
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So very true. East Tennesse is one of the most welcoming places I know. i can not imagine anyone feeling like an "outsider" unless they choose too.
Great posts!
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Old 06-02-2012, 08:25 AM
 
Location: Beautiful East TN!!
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People say that about every small town. The truth is, East Tennessee is actually one of the most welcoming areas in America. If you can’t get along with people in this area, then you likely won’t get along with anyone.

As long as "outsiders" aren't arrogant about where they are from and they don’t come into this area with some preconceived notions about the region, being accepted shouldn’t be a problem. However, if their sentences always start with “where I’m from…” and they continue by telling everyone how great it was in other places, then that could be a problem. That goes for any town in the area, not just Erwin.
AMEN!! Very well said!
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