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Posted: 2/27/2006 2:21:21 PM EDT
Well, the topic says it all, but I have some questions before I head down there. I'll be driving from NY on Thur. and have until Tuesday to check out TN, SC,VA, and if I have time, NC.

I'm focusing on Eastern TN, due to the close proximity to the mtns.

1. What are some areas, small in population(~50K), that are close to Knoxville that are worth checking out? My desires are to buy some property, so hopefully it is affordable.

2. What are the taxes like? Say on a $200K piece of property?

3. I'm into mountainbiking, streetbikes, and dirtbikes. Hiking, shooting, hunting, and camping are all up my alley. Which towns are these activities available in?

4. Weather, how is the seasons? Is is mad humid in the summer? Freezing in the winter? Lots of rain/snow? Alot of sunny days?

Thanks guys...

John
Link Posted: 2/27/2006 4:27:58 PM EDT
Check the last page or two/three, sir. There's an exact same question back there.

Good luck!
Link Posted: 2/27/2006 6:14:15 PM EDT
1.Kingsport Tn about 90min from Kville then theres Johnson City about the same amount of time. Both nice. Kingsport is nicer. Then theres the skirts of Kville.
3. Kingsport area has a Muddy Creek rally type thing for Dirt bikes, then theres the Honda Hoot in Kville every year. Nice indoor range in JC called Point Blank.
4. Weather aint bad at all. Somewhat humid during summer but not bad. Winters arent that bad at all.
Link Posted: 2/28/2006 5:12:31 AM EDT
Sounds like you want to check out Athens (area surrounding). Small town--growing.
Lots of land-close to Knoxville (25mins).
Btw, it is flatter down I75 b/w Knox and Chattanooga.
Link Posted: 3/6/2006 1:04:04 PM EDT
Well guys, I went down this weekend and really loved it!! I think it's going to work out for me, being that I still have some family in NY and FL still. I've been looking at some acreage in/near the Maryville area.

What are the laws regarding the discharge of firearms on your own property?

What about gun stores in the area?


Thanks!!

John
Link Posted: 3/6/2006 1:53:31 PM EDT

Originally Posted By shootemup:

What are the laws regarding the discharge of firearms on your own property?

What about gun stores in the area?





Depends on the county/city laws & they usually are similiar. Common sense will be the best guide, IMO. If there's houses close by, don't be shooting in your yard. If your neares neighbor is a mile away or more, have at it.

Gun stores are Legends (IIRC?) in Athens & Benton Shooters Supply in Polk Co. No clue about Knoxville or Kingsport.
Link Posted: 3/6/2006 2:08:04 PM EDT
Tennessee Rocks, Good Luck!
Link Posted: 3/6/2006 3:52:50 PM EDT
Coal Creek Armory Knoxville @Lovell Rd

Guns n More Knoxville @Bearden

Randy's Guns and Knives @Fountain City on Broadway

Frontier Firearms @Kingston
Link Posted: 3/7/2006 4:24:13 AM EDT

Originally Posted By JHill:
Coal Creek Armory Knoxville @Lovell Rd

Guns n More Knoxville @Bearden

Randy's Guns and Knives @Fountain City on Broadway

Frontier Firearms @Kingston



Randy's has about the highest prices in town. I was just in there the other day and stripped Rock River lowers were $175 and a Armalite was over $200, from what I could see of the price tag.

They have taken over where Guncraft left off, IMHO.
Link Posted: 3/7/2006 9:41:41 AM EDT

Originally Posted By BobCole:

Originally Posted By shootemup:

What are the laws regarding the discharge of firearms on your own property?

What about gun stores in the area?





Depends on the county/city laws & they usually are similiar. Common sense will be the best guide, IMO. If there's houses close by, don't be shooting in your yard. If your neares neighbor is a mile away or more, have at it.

Gun stores are Legends (IIRC?) in Athens & Benton Shooters Supply in Polk Co. No clue about Knoxville or Kingsport.



Would 50-100 acres work?
Link Posted: 3/7/2006 10:00:39 AM EDT

Originally Posted By shootemup:

Originally Posted By BobCole:

Originally Posted By shootemup:

What are the laws regarding the discharge of firearms on your own property?

What about gun stores in the area?





Depends on the county/city laws & they usually are similiar. Common sense will be the best guide, IMO. If there's houses close by, don't be shooting in your yard. If your neares neighbor is a mile away or more, have at it.

Gun stores are Legends (IIRC?) in Athens & Benton Shooters Supply in Polk Co. No clue about Knoxville or Kingsport.



Would 50-100 acres work?




Depends. As long as you are at least 100 yards from a dwelling you are good to go, at least concerning state laws. City, county, etc. laws may differ.
Link Posted: 3/7/2006 5:43:59 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/8/2006 10:06:55 AM EDT by shootemup]
Also, I enjoy riding my dirstbike and mountainbike, how does the eastern part of the state fare for those activities?

ETA: What kind of humidity can I expect to see in the summers? I've heard varying descriptions from outright horrible to "mild"
Link Posted: 3/16/2006 11:27:32 AM EDT
Try Gray or Jonesborough area sounds like these might fit your bill.
If you don't like the weather wait about 15 min. it will change
Link Posted: 3/16/2006 5:25:14 PM EDT

Originally Posted By shootemup:
Also, I enjoy riding my dirstbike and mountainbike, how does the eastern part of the state fare for those activities?



All I can say is, just try to keep up with the locals, if you can?




ETA: What kind of humidity can I expect to see in the summers? I've heard varying descriptions from outright horrible to "mild"



Let's just say you'll enjoy a cold beer in the summer.
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