Author Topic: Researching relocation to the Unicoi/Erwin TN area  (Read 464 times)

Offline Sturla Snorrison

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Researching relocation to the Unicoi/Erwin TN area
« on: June 29, 2017, 03:46:03 AM »
My family is looking to flee the socialist republic of Vermont as soon as my kids graduate from high school in five years (we get free tuition to a very good private school is why we are waiting that long). We recently spent a day in Unicoi as we traveled to Marshall, NC to pick up our new buck and we really feel that Unicoi county might be the place for us.

I was wondering if folks could help with a couple of issues that are fairly important to us that I am having some trouble tracking down answers to-

How is zoning handled in the area? Is this done at the town or county level? Coming from New England, our local governments are primarily organized by towns, so dealing with things by county, which seems to be the way of things as one moves south, is new to me. Does anyone know of specific towns in Unicoi county that don't have zoning? We intend on continuing to raise dairy goats and layer hens, and would generally like to keep our options open as far as agricultural ventures (we would like to get into small scale cheese production). Additionally, we currently run our goat milk soap business from our property, and we would like to continue to operate that way. I'd appreciate any suggestions for tracking down info links to proper zoning authorities.

Another question I have is about law enforcement officers in the area- are they decent folks or government authorized shakedown and harassment agents? It seems like (and I have never lived there, only read about it) the deeper south you go, the law enforcement organizations get more corrupt and authoritarian. How are the state troopers in TN and how about Unicoi county sheriffs? Johnson City cops? I am not a troublemaker and have never had trouble with the police (20 years since my last speeding ticket even), but I am no fan of overly aggressive steroid freak bullies who have no respect for the Bill of Rights either.

Thanks for any advice provided

Offline out west dave

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Re: Researching relocation to the Unicoi/Erwin TN area
« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2018, 01:10:57 AM »
Did you ever figure some of this out?  I have been looking to move to southeast also, from California.  Perhaps anything is better than here... but still would love all the freedom my brain can handle...