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Old 10-06-2018, 06:29 AM
 
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Hello

I will be moving for retirement closer to my family and wonder if anyone has feedback on Franklin County. Maybe Winchester or Suwannee? My first college was Middle Tennessee State University. I was fairly familiar with TN and still have good feelings about the state and mostly the people. It seems like TN would be a good fit for me but many things have changed in the intervening years - myself included. So seeking your current input.

I am an Asheville NC native and have relatives on both sides of the NC/TN border. My mother, sister, and son/his family live in Knoxville. Oak Ridge may be my ultimate decision but other than that, I haven't warmed up to ET too much despite trying to do so.

Any thoughts you have would be welcome.
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Old 10-06-2018, 09:24 AM
 
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Not a resident however I live about an hour away from Franklin County and visit occasionally. The view from the University of the South (Sewanee) is outstanding. While there are some residences nearby with that view, expect to pay for the pleasure. The nearest town is Monteagle (on I24) which is small (like 1,500 people) and scenic. Winchester (about 8,000 people) actually 'feels' larger than it is, to me, but obviously it's still quite small. The area is part of the Tullahoma MSA (Micropolitan). I like the area.
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Old 10-07-2018, 08:25 PM
 
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Tim's Ford Lake is in Franklin County. Google that area if living near the water interests you.

I'm two counties west and like the Winchester area but truthfully don't get over that way very often to be of any detailed help.

When the weather gets wet and freezing or below freezing I-24 up in Monteagle (Sewannee area) can get really dicey if that sort of driving conditions bothers you.

Also, there are certain areas of Moore, Coffee, and Franklin counties that the tornadoes seem to have a path they follow.

Also be cautious to not buy in a flood zone. Flood zones have been re-mapped in my county in recent years but I don't know about Franklin County. All I can say is, with the weather as whacky as it's been lately, buy on high ground with good drainage

Best of luck in your search and enjoy your retirement
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Old 10-08-2018, 05:26 AM
 
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thank y'all for the input. loading the car up now and am looking forward to driving through Franklin County and get a good look see.

and thank you on the retirement thing. Weird thing, my lifetime accumulation is reduced to one half filled POD. and most of that is stuff saved for my kids.
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Old 10-08-2018, 10:07 AM
 
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If you'll be visiting 'The Boro' and haven't seen it since college, you may be shocked at the growth.
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Old 10-08-2018, 11:57 AM
 
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thank y'all for the input. loading the car up now and am looking forward to driving through Franklin County and get a good look see.

and thank you on the retirement thing. Weird thing, my lifetime accumulation is reduced to one half filled POD. and most of that is stuff saved for my kids.
A couple of months ago, I gave 95 percent of my things to my daughter and the neighbors. You are doing your kids a favor, they don't have to sort through all of that crap when you're dead.

On the other hand, I will start buying crap before you know it and I'll probably be right back where I started in no time!
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Old 10-10-2018, 11:29 AM
 
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On the other hand, I will start buying crap before you know it and I'll probably be right back where I started in no time!
We built this retirement home 15 years ago -- I vowed the attic would not become a catch-pen for everything and anything -- I hadn't been up there in a couple years as DH does all the inspecting up there -- it seems he also does all the "everything and anything" throwing of stuff up there --

There's stuff (junk) everywhere. It doesn't look at all like my last memory of it -- it took me ten minutes to find what I was looking for
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