I'm from Knoxville as well. Lots of places I recognize in this thread. I live only 20 minutes from Big Ridge State Park. I was at Bald River Falls less than a month ago. My sister lives in Maryille so I'm there often. My oldest daughter was at ETSU for a couple of years before coming back to UT, so I've been in the Tri-cities area a lot. Nashville was my company's home office for 20 years and my 3 of my nephews are trying to break into country music so I've seen my fair share of that city (saw the Rockettes in the Grand Ole Opry House just before Christmas). My current home office is in Chattanooga and I spent many, many weekends on every softball field in that city over the years when I was coaching my girls. I spend lots of time on the Dragon, Cherohala, Foothills Parkway, Blue Ridge Parkway, etc...but in a cage...not on 2 wheels. I sold my bike many years ago, but I've been thinking about a Ninja 500 lately (the itch never leaves you).
If you can't tell, I was born and raised in ET, I'm a Vol (great BB comeback victory over Ole Miss tonight on the tube)...and Tennessee is the greatest state in the US...IMO.
I'm just sitting here this evening, listening to a Jimmy Buffett LP on my stereo rig and getting caught up on this fine fourm. I only found it a few weeks ago when I was researching a new lens. It seems like a nice place and I think I'll hang around awhile.