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Why in the world would I want to move to Maryville, TN?

Thursday, May 26, 2011

I am sure it is a lovely place to live. But that is what I said to my husband when he told me that he MAY get transferred to Knoxville IN ABOUT A YEAR. WTH ! I do understand WHY his boss asked him if he was interested in going to Knoxville. A couple of years ago the company opened a branch in Chattanooga. At that time they asked my husband if he wanted to go there because he mentioned in a casual conversation that he would love to live in the Smokey Mountains. We visit there at least once a year. Visiting and living there are two completely different things. He poured over maps and city stats and decided he did not want to go to Chattanooga. When he turned that down, he said to keep him in mind if they ever opened a branch in Knoxville. Well here we are. They are planning to open Knoxville in about a year from now.

We are planning a trip there in June to see if I would like to live there. I have to decide that in a week? HUH? His boss suggested living in Maryville. By the way, he lives in Georgia, so I don't know how much he knows about the area.

At this point, I have mixed feelings about it. Our children are 12 and 9. I want to do what's best for them. I also worry about finding a house. We built our present house. And what about a job for me? Speaking of which...I will have to continue this blog later...we are getting busy at work.
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    Big decision but feedback looks positive!
    2358 days ago
    2382 days ago
    I live in Knoxville. Always have. I think there are plenty of things within a short drive to do. The Maryville area is really nice. There are good schools, nice parks, and plenty of things you can find to do. If you move to our neck of the woods, I think you will find lots of friendly people. If you move, I hope you will see the side of Knoxville I have grown to love.
    2436 days ago
    From everything I hear and the few times I have been there - it is great.
    Best wishes!
    2460 days ago
    That is definitely a big decision, however, I will tell you this from personal experience... I lived in Knoxville for several years and moved from there in 2005 when my marriage ended. I go back every year to visit family and friends. I do have several friends that live in Maryville. It's not a big area at all. Definitely closer to the Smoky Mountains and there is a fairly large university there. I don't know anything about their schools though. Knoxville's school district is pretty phenomenal. Lots of people have a preconceived notion that Tennessee, even the bigger cities, are filled with a bunch of hillbillies but that is so not the case. My daughter attended public school in Knoxville for a couple of years and the one she attended was a school for gifted children. The district has entire campuses, for all grade levels, dedicated to nothing but GT students. I homeschool my kids now that I live in Texas but if I were living back in Knoxville today I probably would have never removed them from public school. I loved it there. My dad's entire family is from all over Tennessee but especially the Smoky Mountains area. I grew up spending many, many vacations there...winter, spring, summer, fall. When I climb to the top of Clingman's Dome every year and look out all around me, I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that God breathed life into that place.

    Don't know if any of that helps but I do hope you have more time to make your decision. I know the beauty of the Smoky Moutains is not a reason to move but it sure helps, lol!! I've lived in and traveled to some of the most breathtaking places in the world and I have never run across anything to compare to the Appalachians... :-)

    Best of luck to your family!!
    2460 days ago
    That is a huge decision. I would try and go a few times where the weather is differnt. Not sure if that is possible but just a suggestion.
    2460 days ago
    My son's best friend moved to Maryville a couple of years ago. They love it, but, of course, we want them to move back. That's a huge decision; I hope you get all the time you need to check it out. Life sure is full of surprises!

    2460 days ago
    I haven't been through Knoxville in a very long time - but the outlying areas seem nice.

    Good luck!
    2460 days ago
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