Knoxville/Chattanoga TN-what's it like?

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  1. Snowdancer

    Snowdancer Well-Known Member

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    There's a possibility of a move to the Knoxville or Chattanoga area for a job(equal pay & benefits at both). I've never been to either area, can anyone tell me what it's like?

    Is the ground pretty fertile, good water, how's the traffic, you know; all of those things you don't find out from a realtor.;) Are there many homes for rent-I'd like to rent for a while until I get a good feel for the area and where I'd like to set down permanent roots.

    Thanks
    Kathy
     
  2. BCR

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    I don't live there, but visit family there that does (Chattanooga). Yes, there is a lot of traffic in the city, but not unmanageable. There is some sprawl to deal with, but my 16 yo niece is trusted to drive around Chattanooga and does it well in the areas she is familiar with. There is a surprising ethnic diversity as well. They really love it there. Hope it all works out for you.

    One of my favorite things about Chattanooga is the Market Fresh grocery chain. They carry my favorite ginger ale: Blenheim (hot-red cap).
     

  3. Swampthing

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    I hope you like orange.
     
  4. Snowdancer

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    Blenheims-I love that ginger ale! I have to order it though. So that's plus for the area! ;) Try baking a ham in the hot/red cap -it's delicious! :)

    Orange as in TN football colors-yes I have seen a lot of it all over TN-Memphis must have a lot of fans too! :baby04:

    Thanks for the input, I'll let everyone know how it goes.

    Kathy
     
  5. Terri

    Terri Singletree & Weight Loss & Permaculture Moderator Staff Member Supporter

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    The water is good and the ground is fertile. Also, doing things with your own two hands is considered to be normal. That means that nobody will blink if you can your own veggies. Farmers Markets have a good selection, too, or at least some of them USED to!

    I have NO! idea of the job situation, it has been too long.

    That state is full of small farms and nurserys, not the mega-farms that are so popular in Kansas.
     
  6. Swampthing

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    Memphis ain't got nothing on the orange you'll see in Knoxville.

    People there paint their John Deere lawn tractors orange. Once we noticed when we were in Gatlinburg that we got really good service whenever I wore and orange polo vs. something else. Ever trip since then we all take orange clothes.

    I grew up in Memphis, is Dave Brown still the weather man on wmc channel 5?
     
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    Reference the recent threads by Fiddlecat on her move to Greenback, which is just south of Knoxville. The comments about East Tennessee pretty well apply.

    Ray
     
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    kathy- if you want to move to a community that is diverse, where you are more apt to find like-minded people, you would be better off in chatt. than knox. if you don't like football, there's really not a whole lot of other interesting stuff to do. chatt. has a large enviro community, as well as pagans. can't speak about farming- i only visit the cities.
     
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    We're not far from Chattanooga and go there often in summer. We were used to Atlanta and Chattanooga is so much nicer. It is a lot smaller and easier to get around, but there are still fun things to do there. They have many free or cheap music events. There is a great public radio station, WUTC. I find it strange that I'll see people that I don't know but will realize I've seen them before somewhere in town. That almost never happened in Atlanta.
     
  10. Snowdancer

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    Thanks for the comments, it sounds like both are nice friendly places. Marvella, ya I was thinking about those issues too and I'm glad you read my mind!! :bow:
    I just didn't want to be too specific in the criteria since that would end up leaving out a lot of good comments. I can pretty much find interesting things as long as there's something other than football-I don't have anything against it but also enjoy other cultural & community events in a diverse comm.

    At this point both are possibilities for work, so keep the opinions coming!!. :sing:
     
  11. Jim East Tn

    Jim East Tn Well-Known Member

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    I live in Seymour-between Knoxville and Sevierville. For good land prices
    you need to go well south/west or north of knoxville. Seymour is quickly becoming run-over with sprawl :(
    Land prices can still be had relatively cheap in Seymour and the real estate taxes are extremely low--the 1 good thing that the over-commercialism of pigeon forge/gatlinburg has brought.
    There is a lot of rural East Tennessee that will remind you of rural Ky--(I used to be Jim NeKY)