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Old 03-31-2013, 05:56 PM   #16
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I am from South Portland and my wife is from Winthrop orig. We moved down 5 years ago and LOVE it. Plenty of work here in my area. I am about midway on 75 from Chattanooga and Knoxville. Come on down..You'll never go back.
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Old 03-31-2013, 06:58 PM   #17
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Old 03-31-2013, 08:17 PM   #18
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I lived in Maine (Bath) from 97-01 then moved to Alabama for a year then Georgia. I enjoyed Maine but the riding is better down here and of course it's warmer down here. The Eastern part of TN is beautiful and has great riding. Come on down. You'll be surprised at how many of us damn Yankees are down here.
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Old 04-01-2013, 07:38 AM   #19
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Still looking to find out about big sandy.

Big Sandy is a small town in West Tennessee, just on the west side of the Tennessee River. The area around the river is NOT flat, in fact there is some good riding there - but the further west you go the flatter to becomes. Big Sandy does not have a lot to offer as far as jobs go, it's more like a place where people go to escape the rat race. You would probably have to drive a ways to find a job. That is often the price of rural living.

You might also check out Leiper's Fork in Williamson County (just south of Nashville). Williamson is one of the most affluent counties in the nation, so they can afford to spend some $$$ on their schools. LF is just off the Natchez Trace Parkway. It attracts motorcyclists and bicyclists like crazy. It's a very eclectic community, lots of artists of all stripes in the area. There are plenty of jobs in Nashville and Franklin areas. Oh, and the roads are great! lots of good riding, and just a few hours from the Smokies.

I live in Columbia (just south of Franklin) and put my daughter thru Columbia Academy. It's a private school, but not terribly expensive. She did k-12 there, and I am so thankful we made the sacrifices necessary to put her thru school there. She's a sophomore in college now, and has been on the Dean's list every semester.
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Old 04-01-2013, 08:33 AM   #20
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I live in Crossville on the plateau. Good roads low cost of living schools are fair to suck depending on the county. Good paying jobs are on the low side , lots of retirement from the great white north.
+1 on the Franklin area , housing cost are on the high side but quality of schools ,jobs ect are great. Fastest growing area close to good riding ,schools and higher paying jobs is in the southeast corner of Tn. VW and related suppliers are expanding but you can go 30 min. out and be in the countryside.
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Old 04-01-2013, 03:57 PM   #21
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I'm just north of Big Sandy outside Paris, TN. Your not going to find much of anything in Big Sandy it's really just a wide spot in the road, and the sidewalks roll up at night. You might be able to find work in Paris but you would have to get pretty lucky. If you don't mind a commute you should be able to find something in Clarksville or Jackson. Clarksville is about an hour, Jackson hour and a half. I'm sure the cost of living is going to be a good bit cheaper, but you won't be making the same kind of money either. I like the area I suppose but if I were you I would probably look for something closer to Nashville and middle TN. More job opportunities, more schooling options, etc.
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Old 04-01-2013, 04:00 PM   #22
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So I just plan to hop on here and ask question when I find property I like.

Who knows about Tellico Plains? We found a great little house there for a great price.
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Old 04-01-2013, 04:41 PM   #23
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Tellico Plains is AWESOME for riding.

Best twisties on the east coast?
TONS of dual sport riding - from mild to wild
Advanced off-road if you like riding woods.

Me and some homeboys just blazed 250+ miles over 2.5 days. Not a bad inch of riding on the whole trip.
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Old 04-01-2013, 04:58 PM   #24
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Tellico Plains is AWESOME for riding.

Best twisties on the east coast?
TONS of dual sport riding - from mild to wild
Advanced off-road if you like riding woods.

Me and some homeboys just blazed 250+ miles over 2.5 days. Not a bad inch of riding on the whole trip.
Sounds like the riding is covered! Now if I could find a job in the area. Seems to be pretty sparse.
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Old 04-01-2013, 05:11 PM   #25
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Sounds like the riding is covered! Now if I could find a job in the area. Seems to be pretty sparse.
I agree on Tellico Plains. Great riding in the area. Try larger Athens, its only 20 miles from Tellico Plains and about half way between Chattanooga and Knoxville.
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Old 04-01-2013, 05:20 PM   #26
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Telico plains for sure. I'm from sucky IL and I road down there last may and had a blast. Gorgeous scenery and friendly people. Wish I could pack up my family and move there.

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Old 04-01-2013, 05:44 PM   #27
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Old 04-01-2013, 05:44 PM   #28
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I agree on Tellico Plains. Great riding in the area. Try larger Athens, its only 20 miles from Tellico Plains and about half way between Chattanooga and Knoxville.
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Old 04-01-2013, 05:46 PM   #29
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Tellico Plains, beautiful place and the prices are going to be cheap. The locals are not the nicest people to "outsiders" PM minimike in this regard. TP has the BEST riding in the state, but jobs are going to be hard to come by.

As Fuzz said, The Plateau (I live up here also) is absolutely beautiful and the cost of living is right, however schools are not the greatest and jobs while available are not as plentiful as around the Knoxville or Chattanooga or Nashville areas. STAY AWAY from Memphis... trust us on this one.

I'll write more later, but come for a visit even if you are a damn Yankee...
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Old 04-01-2013, 06:12 PM   #30
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So I just plan to hop on here and ask question when I find property I like.

Who knows about Tellico Plains? We found a great little house there for a great price.
I live about 30mi from Tellico Plains, its where I do most of my riding.
I work with quite a few people from there (plant is in Vonore). Tellico is quite a drive to anywhere, and other than a great bakery, a pretty good deli, and a great motorcyle outfitter, has very little.

The closest jobs will be in Vonore, there is a Hiel trailer plant in Athens, they build tank trailers and hire lots of welders. The best thing would be talk to some of the local head hunters, there are several that deal with skilled trades.
I could possibly get you a couple leads.

I'm kidding about the Damn Yankee, I came from NY and have been accepted mostly.

you know the difference between a Yankee and a Damn Yankee?

a Yankee is someone from the North

a Damn Yankee is one that stayed
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