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Hi everyone!

My name is Andrew and I am from East Tennessee, in the Great Smoky Mountains! I recently purchased a 2016 Nissan Frontier SV 4x4 and so far I love it! I have plans in install my Amateur Radio, a Yaesu FYM400 into the vehicle using an In-Dash remote head mount, and probably install an NMO antenna near the tail gate, as to deflect as much RF and SWR as possible. Drilling holes in my truck IS NOT an option, so this is the best idea I have.

I am looking for any off road trails around Blount and Sevier County, possibly in the Great Smoky National Park. Pearson's Branch Rd and Rich Mountain Rd are closed for the season at Cades Cove so that is out of the question. Any information concerning good roads and trails are greatly appreciated.

Thanks everyone!
 

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Welcome aboard from Maryville, TN.


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Thanks for the welcome, and we are practically neighbors!

I am trying to find some decent off road drives to take tomorrow, can you suggest any that are open? Some in the GSMNP are closed for the season.
 

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Thanks for the welcome, and we are practically neighbors!



I am trying to find some decent off road drives to take tomorrow, can you suggest any that are open? Some in the GSMNP are closed for the season.


I'm fairly new in TN and don't know much about trails. If bhowdy sees this he is local and can probably help out. Send him a pm.


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I'm fairly new in TN and don't know much about trails. If bhowdy sees this he is local and can probably help out. Send him a pm.


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Thanks and welcome to TN! I will send bhowdy a PM.
 

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Welcome Andrew. I responded to your PM .... look forward to hearing from you
 

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UTK Volunteer grad here and welcome!
 

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Hello and Go Vols!!! I am a Computer Science major planning for my Computer Engineering degree at UT!
Excellent, excellent! I graduated almost 40 Years ago when electricity was new. <g> I guess Hess Hall still stands? I lived there and in Reese. Good times, happy memories and an education that served well.
 

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Excellent, excellent! I graduated almost 40 Years ago when electricity was new. <g> I guess Hess Hall still stands? I lived there and in Reese. Good times, happy memories and an education that served well.


Fantastic!! Electricity is fun to study and use, so long as you do not turn yourself into a ground ha ha.

I agree with you about the education serving you well. It’s great learning and has knowledge you can use throughout your lifetime.
 

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Excellent, excellent! I graduated almost 40 Years ago when electricity was new. <g> I guess Hess Hall still stands? I lived there and in Reese. Good times, happy memories and an education that served well.
Fitz,
You would probably have a difficult time getting around campus 40 years later.... so many changes
North Carrick, South Carrick, Humes, Morrill, Reese, and Shelbourne Halls are all demolished. The first new dormitories on campus in 40 years were built starting 5 years ago. So far 4 new (huge) dormitories have been built with two more under construction. Presidential Court Dining Hall will head to the ground later this year, with a big shiny new dining facility being built where Humes Hall stood. Several classroom buildings have been built as well .... new Science buildings, one in place of Strong Hall and another at the corner of 13th and Cumberland. The University Center is gone, being replaced by a large Student Union. The steam plant has been renovated ... there is a new Athletic dorm, there are now classroom buildings on the south side of the river on the Cherokee Farms site ..... Cumberland Avenue is now one lane each way with a tree lined median ..... You need to stop by and see all then changes at your Alma mater :)
 

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Holy cow -- I would indeed be completely lost. I knew none of this!

If I wanted to visit the campus, where's the best place to park? I don't mind walking.

I was a Business major, so knew Stokely well. It too has been completely rebuilt, right?

When I was young, we lived in Chicago and when I traveled around the eastern US looking at colleges, I was disenchanted until I visited U.T. Knoxville. I was confident in the excellent reputation of the school and was so impressed by the friendly nature of the staff and students. I knew within the day that it was the place for me and the decision has paid dividends ever since.

Thanks so much for bringing me up to date on all of the changes! I sure hope to visit.
 

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A couple of parking options come to mind. You can go to "Parking Services" at the back of the campus (off of Neyland Drive) see map link, and get a visitors parking pass. There is a Walmart on the site of the old Robert Shaw plant (across the railroad tracks, but tight up against the wast side of the campus. I would also contact the UTK Alumni Association .... they will be helpful for an "old" alumni :)
A couple of other changes you will notice ...
Indoor Aquatic Center for the swim teams
Thompson Boling arena (Stokley basketball field house is gone)
The Stokley business school is still there but has been hugely remodeled
Women's soccer facility
Women;s softball complex
Men's baseball stadium
Neyland Stadium will be about twice the size that you remember


Holy cow -- I would indeed be completely lost. I knew none of this!

If I wanted to visit the campus, where's the best place to park? I don't mind walking.

I was a Business major, so knew Stokely well. It too has been completely rebuilt, right?

When I was young, we lived in Chicago and when I traveled around the eastern US looking at colleges, I was disenchanted until I visited U.T. Knoxville. I was confident in the excellent reputation of the school and was so impressed by the friendly nature of the staff and students. I knew within the day that it was the place for me and the decision has paid dividends ever since.

Thanks so much for bringing me up to date on all of the changes! I sure hope to visit.
 

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I'll take note of these spots to park - thank you. All of the changes explain why I didn't recognize buildings as we passed through Knoxville on the Interstate last fall.
 
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