Two posts ago I posed a question: if we were to start at a central point downtown, and taking all possible roads out of Knoxville, where could we confidently claim we were no longer in Knoxville? Certainly by the time we reached Nashville, Chattanooga, the Tri-Cities or Asheville, NC, we would be beyond doubt in making that claim. Yet we would be equally certain that we’d crossed that invisible line long before we reached these places.
In the last post I pulled that line much closer to our official city limits by offering my own tentative list of nearby places I consider to be distinct from Knoxville.
In this post I’ve visualized this line by drawing it out on a map. However, before turning to the map, consider carefully the following information:
A Clarification of the Not Knoxville List:
If you look at the last post you’ll notice Midway about, well, midway down the list. By Midway, I meant the Midway Road Exit on I-40 east just before crossing over into Sevier County. I did not mean Midway, TN in Washington County, near Kingsport. Concerning Knoxville’s reach, that would be quite a stretch.
Additions, and Subtractions to the Not Knoxville List:
Since my last post, I’ve added Plainview, Luttrell, and Eagleton Village to the Not Knoxville list, and I’ve marked them accordingly on the map.
I’ve since taken the Midway Road Exit off the Not Knoxville list. Interestingly, Google Maps and KGIS both locate the Midway Road exit within Knoxville’s city limits.
Nota Bene: If you take a look at the list, you’ll notice the conspicuous absence of Farragut and Louisville, TN. That was deliberate. You’ll notice that I’ve very visibly associated them with Knoxville on my map.
What about the Midway Road exit? Within my own subjective bubble-world of a car driving out of town, the Midway Exit has always felt like it was not Knoxville. Yet Google and KGIS still call it Knoxville. After all, it’s still within city limits.
And what about Farragut and Louisville? They’re not within city limits, and they feel more like Knoxville to me than the Midway Road exit. To complicate matters. The Midway exit is still within Knox County, Louisville is in Blount County, and that’s an entirely school system!
Is there something in, and about, these places you happen to understand that could help me settle these questions I have? It may be that my bubble-world is in need of serious re-alignment. Any information you could offer along these lines would be a big help to me.