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Old 11-23-2022, 03:15 PM
 
Location: Knoxville, TN
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One consideration why I chose Knoxville over the eastern tri-cities was medical. I was under the perception that medical in say Johnson City is not as good as Knoxville for something serious like cancer treatment. Is my perception wrong regarding that?

Meanhile, "A new report ranks Johnson City as one of the most popular cities in Tennessee for people to move to."

https://www.wjhl.com/news/local/repo...rate-in-state/
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Old 11-24-2022, 06:19 AM
 
Location: A Yankee in northeast TN
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Eh, we have a player who likes to keep telling people about patients who have to be seen elsewhere for specialty treatment, and while I'm sure that's true, it's also true that even when I lived in Memphis I had to take my son al, the way to Pittsburgh for certain diagnosis and treatment because there were no specialist of that type anywhere closer.
Trying to predict what sort of specialist you might need in future and whether those specialist will be in any particular given area seems like a crapshoot to me. I'm satisfied to have the basics available and the tradeoff of maybe, might needing to go out of area at some undetermined point in the future (which may or may not be available in Knoxville, or Chattanooga, or may require treatment in Nashville or further afield) is worth it to me.
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Old 11-26-2022, 10:29 AM
 
Location: TN/NC
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One consideration why I chose Knoxville over the eastern tri-cities was medical. I was under the perception that medical in say Johnson City is not as good as Knoxville for something serious like cancer treatment. Is my perception wrong regarding that?

Meanhile, "A new report ranks Johnson City as one of the most popular cities in Tennessee for people to move to."

https://www.wjhl.com/news/local/repo...rate-in-state/
I worked for the regional hospital system for years.

I had a colleague who had an organ transplant. He continued to get his care at Vanderbilt. My ex-girlfriend, who has since passed away, was referred to Vanderbilt for a hip replacement. A friend of mine had some sort of eye cancer right before COVID, and was sent to Emory in Atlanta.

Ballad has its own issues, but many of these problems are caused by organizations that are way too large becoming divorced from patient needs/wants, lack of staffing, underpaid workers, etc. It is all across the country now.
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Old 11-29-2022, 08:23 AM
 
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Come to Johnson City and use that as a base for exploration. We stayed in the Carnegie hotel and ate our evening meal at the bar where you can chat with a variety of folks and get a good number of comments on the area and much of east Tennessee.

JC has most all of the things you are looking for...assuming you are aligned with the original poster.

Medical facilities, university town which provides diversity, and lower humidity on this side of the mountains--in fact lower than just about all of the east coast, including NH. Look up the data. You'll be surprised.

We are close to decent transportation. Highways are good, and the airport is very provincial. You literally walk in a few minutes before your flight and get on board with minimal intrusion. Highway 26 over the mountain from Ashville is easy. Just pay attention to your speed coming down. The corners are tighter than you think, and you can easily thrill yourself if your speed is too high.

The shortcomings are grocery stores (meh) and few decent restaurants. You learn to adapt and appreciate when you get out of the area for whatever reason and enjoy a good meal.

The people are extremely congenial, and you will fit in quickly. If religion is your thing, there is plenty of that but it is generally not intrusive like you might find in the Carolinas. Their politics is directed from the pulpit so there is some of that, but things are slowly changing.

Housing has been raging hot but is starting to cool. Time on market for new builds, of which there are MANY, has gone from literally hours to a couple of months. Prices will start to drop and later in 2023 might be a time to look for bargains. It's a feast or famine business locally, and we are coming off a robust feast. Give it time. Realtors, if you find a decent one, are more than willing to spend a day with you and tour the area, looking at the many styles of available homes. That will be the case more and more as the market cools.

Good luck. Come explore and enjoy.
Thank you for your advice, we really appreciate your time! We have a ton of research to do, but Johnson City and Cookeville really stand out for me - big enough to be vibrant and hopefully, a small subdivision to be quiet and near groceries and some fun! We are retired and I am concerned when one of us cannot drive in the future. Again, appreciate your time!
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