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Old 04-16-2019, 07:49 AM
 
Location: Aurora, IL
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Considering relocating to Knoxville, TN from the Chicago suburbs. I'm retired and am concerned about what there would be for a retired person to do in Knoxville, if the community is accepting of newcomers, and lastly, access to healthcare (Leukemia and chronic pain are issues). Any insight would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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Old 04-16-2019, 11:49 AM
 
Location: Scottdale, Ga
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The weather in Knoxville will be far more mild than Chicago and many people find the weather appealing. I'm unsure what you mean by "what would there be for a retired person to do". Do you mean social events, recreation, part-time employment?

Knoxville is a college town and has a decent amount of diversity. Most newcomers would be welcome in the greater Knoxville area with little/no issues. Away from town things can change pretty quickly. East Tennessee overall is very conservation and there is a fair amount of racism and homophobia left. Also, away from town people tend to be more distrusting of folks from somewhere else.

Knoxville has some top notch medical facilities, anchored by the University of Tennessee Medical Center. Getting access to good healthcare would not be a problem.
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Old 04-16-2019, 08:31 PM
 
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Considering relocating to Knoxville, TN from the Chicago suburbs. I'm retired and am concerned about what there would be for a retired person to do in Knoxville, if the community is accepting of newcomers, and lastly, access to healthcare (Leukemia and chronic pain are issues). Any insight would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
You may want to consider Atlanta considering your healthcare issues. Vanderbilt in Nashville is an NCI Designated Comprehensive Cancer Center but they have had their issues of late. Atlanta also has an Cancer Center with the same accreditation at the Winship Cancer Institute at Emory University. Both do apheresis and have all of the top notch care you would need with your issues. Atlanta is definitely welcoming to newcomers; so many are transplants. Knoxville is a little harder to make new friends being a retiree. Good luck!
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Old 04-18-2019, 08:13 AM
 
Location: Knoxville, TN
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The "outsider" mentality is mostly in rural areas where everyone grew up together.

Knoxville is definitely more diverse and less conservative. If you want a cultural city feel in retirement (downtown everyone knows your name vibe), then a Knoxville loft home or a Bearden/Sequoyah hills home might appeal to you. They won't be cheap.

If you want more nature trails, mountain views, and bedroom community feel, then Maryville, Alcoa, or Walland might be right for you. The mountains are straight down Rt321 and residents tend to be more conservative. Social time is more often spent at church, the Clayton Arts Center, local Coffee shops, or by driving to Knoxville.

If you want a very active retirement community with neighbors who are more likely to have boats, get involved in local community/politics, Lenoir City or Loudon might be up your alley.

If you want something in between all of those, a condo/townhouse community in the Cedar Bluff area or in Oak Ridge might be right.
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Old 04-18-2019, 08:20 AM
 
Location: Knoxville, TN
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Forgot to mention access to healthcare. We have good health care all over the area. You'll have a hard time NOT being within 30 minutes of a hospital unless you go way outside to the rural areas.

Here's a map showing a 10-mile radius around each hospital.
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Old 04-23-2019, 07:58 AM
 
Location: The Conterminous United States
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You may want to consider Atlanta considering your healthcare issues. Vanderbilt in Nashville is an NCI Designated Comprehensive Cancer Center but they have had their issues of late. Atlanta also has an Cancer Center with the same accreditation at the Winship Cancer Institute at Emory University. Both do apheresis and have all of the top notch care you would need with your issues. Atlanta is definitely welcoming to newcomers; so many are transplants. Knoxville is a little harder to make new friends being a retiree. Good luck!
THIS! I strongly urge you to check out Atlanta.

I lived in Knoxville for 13 years and my final assessment of medical services there is not good at all.
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