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Old 04-16-2014, 11:05 AM
 
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I have to agree with Dave. Some of your big desires seem to be met. Low tax burden (overall anyway) and 4 seasons with a mildish winter, especially compared to the Northeast. Plenty of rural area here as well. I think race and religion will be minimal concerns here for you, no worse than pretty much anywhere else in the country and IMO, less so than a lot of the south with race. Besides the Tri-Citites, Knoxville could even work for you. I personally like it better here, because I think the views are absolutely gorgeous, but maybe you'd like a larger city nearby? You only mention wanting a life outside of work, not what kind of job need you may have. That could be a big factor, as different opportunities will be available in different areas of the state.

Best bet would be to plan a trip. It would be super easy to spend a couple of days in the Tri-Cities, then Knoxville, and even a pitstop to Gatlinburg (for Dollywood for your daughter?)
Hi Dave and Queen - I think you're right and I"m going to make a trip down there - hopefully it'll be everything I hope for!!! Thank you for your help11
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Old 05-12-2014, 05:02 PM
 
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I did not, I'm sorry to say. I made a handful of wonderful friends there, and it's definitely beautiful. But, there is absolutely a stereotypical good ol' boy network. I was constantly minded I was an outsider and told I talked funny (oh, the irony!).

The isolation shouldn't bother you being from NH. I was disappointed in the dependance on chain restaurants and stores. The horse country was wonderful, and I was decently plugged in there.

Of course, you may be pleasantly surprised.
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Old 05-12-2014, 08:41 PM
 
Location: A Yankee in northeast TN
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I did not, I'm sorry to say. I made a handful of wonderful friends there, and it's definitely beautiful. But, there is absolutely a stereotypical good ol' boy network. I was constantly minded I was an outsider and told I talked funny (oh, the irony!).

The isolation shouldn't bother you being from NH. I was disappointed in the dependance on chain restaurants and stores. The horse country was wonderful, and I was decently plugged in there.

Of course, you may be pleasantly surprised.
(GENERAL you, not you just specifically) Any time you are a transplant you are an outsider, at least to begin with, and yes, you ARE the one who talks funny if you are the one who moved.
That is true of anyone who moves anywhere, they are the ones who are different. If someone from here moved to the northeast they would be the ones who were outsiders and talked funny.

As a group southerners tend to be a chatty bunch and if they notice you have an accent different from theirs it probably will come up as a topic of discussion.
It's not generally meant to be insulting if someone mentions "you aren't from around here", it's just a conversation opener. People who insist on taking it as a personal insult of some kind are probably not ever going to fit in real well in the south.

It kind of goes along with the religion thing, if you get offended if someone asks you a question or invites you to a function, then the south might not be a great fit. OTOH if you just treat it as you would any other topic you don't have a lot of interest in, and are polite about it, it really isn't an issue.
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Old 05-22-2014, 04:02 PM
 
Location: Mount Airy, Maryland
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I keep going back to a topic I raised earlier: rain. I just found out JC has 28 more days of rain per year than here in Maryland, with about 4 more inches. That sounds like a lot considering weather is a deciding factor.

Anyone from the NE who has relocated to the area have any feedback?
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Old 05-22-2014, 04:59 PM
 
Location: A Yankee in northeast TN
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I keep going back to a topic I raised earlier: rain. I just found out JC has 28 more days of rain per year than here in Maryland, with about 4 more inches. That sounds like a lot considering weather is a deciding factor.

Anyone from the NE who has relocated to the area have any feedback?
Have you checked out the wunderground weather history calendar yet? It will give you a fair idea of how often it rains during the various months. One thing to keep in mind is the fact that we rarely get long days on end of nothing but rain, more of an afternoon shower every day for a week kind of thing usually. And an occasional howling thunderstorm, with or without hail, to make life interesting and keep everyone on their toes too!

Weather History for Tri-Cities, TN | Weather Underground

...and is that average is for just rainfall or for all precipitation, maybe because of more snow? I just looked at a couple of charts and they show this area has higher amount of average precipitation here in Dec-Feb and again in July, so that could be a part of it?
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Old 05-23-2014, 04:32 AM
 
Location: Mount Airy, Maryland
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Have you checked out the wunderground weather history calendar yet? It will give you a fair idea of how often it rains during the various months. One thing to keep in mind is the fact that we rarely get long days on end of nothing but rain, more of an afternoon shower every day for a week kind of thing usually. And an occasional howling thunderstorm, with or without hail, to make life interesting and keep everyone on their toes too!

Weather History for Tri-Cities, TN | Weather Underground

...and is that average is for just rainfall or for all precipitation, maybe because of more snow? I just looked at a couple of charts and they show this area has higher amount of average precipitation here in Dec-Feb and again in July, so that could be a part of it?
It's way too early for me to take in all the info on that link but thanks for posting. I do remember we talked about this and the fact that it's more of a passing shower than a Seattle soak and that's good news.

By the way we liked Bristol, especially the downtown with the music scene. As we headed out on Rt 11 seemed like a good place to buy a car.
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Old 05-23-2014, 11:10 AM
 
Location: A Yankee in northeast TN
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It's way too early for me to take in all the info on that link but thanks for posting. I do remember we talked about this and the fact that it's more of a passing shower than a Seattle soak and that's good news.

By the way we liked Bristol, especially the downtown with the music scene. As we headed out on Rt 11 seemed like a good place to buy a car.
Yeah, poor Bristol doesn't exactly have it's best foot forward on the main drags. All those car lots and flea markets and funny little businesses! The first time my real estate agent took me through I basically told her to keep on going because it was so run down and depressed looking. Then we came back a different route and found some really pretty little neighborhoods and I decided maybe I could live there after all.
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Old 05-23-2014, 01:15 PM
 
Location: Mount Airy, Maryland
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Sorry didn't mean to sound like I was taking a jab, every town has car dealers. We just found a spot that has them all in a one mile stretch. I was serous, I think we liked downtown Bristol better than JC. The big difference for me was you can see the mountains in JC and that's kind of the point to moving to a mountain town.
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Old 05-23-2014, 09:01 PM
 
Location: A Yankee in northeast TN
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You didn't sound that way. I thought it was funny because I thought the same when I got here from Memphis. Maybe because they have a 'motor mile' too. The really nice thing about this area is that no matter which town you wind up moving to, you're still close enough to the others to easily take advantage of what they have to offer.
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Old 05-24-2014, 03:29 AM
 
Location: Mount Airy, Maryland
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You didn't sound that way. I thought it was funny because I thought the same when I got here from Memphis. Maybe because they have a 'motor mile' too. The really nice thing about this area is that no matter which town you wind up moving to, you're still close enough to the others to easily take advantage of what they have to offer.
Bingo. That is one concern I have with Roanoke, it's kind of out there on it's own.
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