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Offline huntsman78

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Eastern Tn or Western Nc?
« on: January 17, 2016, 01:42:38 PM »
I am born and raised in MN and finally ready to get out. My fiance and I were recently in Hickory Nc visiting family and thought that area may be a good place to try next. In doing some research, the Johnson city area of Tennessee looks like it could also be a good place for us. I am a welder, but I also have sales experience so I would most likely be looking for work in one of those fields. We would like to get a house with some acreage out of town but not completely in the boonies. We are planning to garden and have some animals.
Is one side of the state line better or worse in any way than the other, ie: property taxes(I know Tennessee has no state income tax which if a +) , home prices, schools, climate, soil, restrictions, hunting, fishing, or any other way you can think of?

Thanks in advance for any input.

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Re: Eastern Tn or Western Nc?
« Reply #1 on: January 17, 2016, 04:52:09 PM »
only one comment about your question (since I have visited neither location nor have an opinion).  You said you and your fiance(e?) are looking in that location.  Might I suggest you research and think about Homeschool?  Then it doesn't matter what the schools are like.  Because frankly, right now, the Feds are looking to run all the schools across the land, so it won't matter where you live: all schools will be equally dismal as they comply with DC to get $$$

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Re: Eastern Tn or Western Nc?
« Reply #2 on: January 17, 2016, 08:51:51 PM »
Morning sunshine, 
Thanks for your input, and I agree. However, my fiance is not on board. we have had several discussions but she, at this point, is still somewhat in the dark as to the reality of how bad or schools are. I plan to slowly keep trying to open her eyes, but at this time I am the breadwinner and so it would be on her to do the schooling and some battles you are just better off not fighting. I still have 2-1/2 years until our son starts school so hopefully I can get her convinced by then, or it may take a year or two of him being in the schools to change her mind. So at this point or move is going to be somewhat based on school district. It's a step in the right direction and almost no place can be any worse than the Minneapolis school system.

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Re: Eastern Tn or Western Nc?
« Reply #3 on: January 17, 2016, 08:57:37 PM »
We're here in Hickory NC and Love it. Very conservative county (Catawba).  Good schools. Good place to be near rivers mountains and not too far from coast. Not the best economy but plenty here to do with your trade. Good luck!

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Re: Eastern Tn or Western Nc?
« Reply #4 on: January 18, 2016, 10:08:34 AM »
Either western NC or Eastern TN is a good choice. Prices around Ashville are still high so I would avoid that area. Just across the line in South Western VA is a good choice too. I know a good realtor if you decide to look in VA.

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Re: Eastern Tn or Western Nc?
« Reply #5 on: January 18, 2016, 11:01:11 AM »
I am originally from East TN, and have spent a bunch of time on both sides of the state line.  Either area is nice.  As stated above, Asheville is pricier.  Only note I could think of is check individual communities as some seem to have individual flavors that you may or may not like.

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Re: Eastern Tn or Western Nc?
« Reply #6 on: January 18, 2016, 12:43:46 PM »
I am originally from East TN, and have spent a bunch of time on both sides of the state line.  Either area is nice.  As stated above, Asheville is pricier.  Only note I could think of is check individual communities as some seem to have individual flavors that you may or may not like.

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This is a good idea. When my family moved, I pulled the tax rates of every county we were looking at. Then I pulled several months worth of County Board Meeting agendas and minutes (all available online) for each county. Reading through the agendas provided a good 'feel' of the areas and where they are heading. Finally, when I had narrowed it down, I pulled those select counties' municodes online and read through all the local laws that would affect me (zoning, livestock, etc).

You'll find some strong advantages for certain areas that may make them more appealing and more importantly, you'll hopefully avoid any unpleasant surprises.

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Re: Eastern Tn or Western Nc?
« Reply #7 on: January 19, 2016, 09:32:45 PM »
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This is a good idea. When my family moved, I pulled the tax rates of every county we were looking at. Then I pulled several months worth of County Board Meeting agendas and minutes (all available online) for each county. Reading through the agendas provided a good 'feel' of the areas and where they are heading. Finally, when I had narrowed it down, I pulled those select counties' municodes online and read through all the local laws that would affect me (zoning, livestock, etc).

You'll find some strong advantages for certain areas that may make them more appealing and more importantly, you'll hopefully avoid any unpleasant surprises.

I learned a new term..municodes....had to look that one up.  Local ordinances.

As to the question at hand, the area of the country in question has a number of small lib arts colleges in small towns.  Other towns would be the exact polar opposite that stereotype and be located just few miles down the road or on the other side of the mountain.  As you can imagine, one may find themselves to be something of a fish out of water regarding local culture if you aren't mindful.

TNV

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Re: Eastern Tn or Western Nc?
« Reply #8 on: January 22, 2016, 08:42:04 AM »
Thanks for the input, sounds like either place would be fine. I like the ideas on looking up municipality and the minutes.

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Re: Eastern Tn or Western Nc?
« Reply #9 on: February 21, 2016, 11:34:20 AM »
Climate changes from upper far east TN to lower far east Tn. The bigger mountains are in upper east Tn so more snow. There are some good fishing lakes in upper far east Tn.

There is a prison full of gang bangers there also (Mountain City). That should not be a problem, they are locked up.

I've worked with those prison officers for many, many years. They are some of the finest people in Tn!

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Re: Eastern Tn or Western Nc?
« Reply #10 on: May 12, 2017, 07:08:10 AM »
@huntsman78: Just wondering if you took the plunge and what you decided...