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  •  I think I can shed some light- (12+ / 0-)

    First of all, Ron/Rand Paul supporters are very vocal and, well, I might say fanatic.  My small Kentucky town is covered in Rand Paul signs- theres a huge one that is the first thing one sees when ones drives into the town, leading one to believe that this town is overwhelmingly for Paul-  but thats not the case.  Although its a pretty conservative town, the Dems had a slightly higher turnout for the Primary- Of course many of them are Dixie-crats, but still.  But the handful of Rand supporters in our town got out early and often and have plastered the town in posters.  So one can't judge by the the number of Paul supporters by the number of Paul signs.

    As to the bookstore- I'm pretty sure you are talking about McKays, in North Knoxville, which is now located in two story  ex car dealership building.  The bottom floor used to be a showroom, (IIRC it used to have pretty fancy cars- Nexus maybe?) and garage, the top was offices  McKays has been a Knoxville store for over thirty years, and used to be in a very cramped old building that was plagued with flooding/molding issues.   When the car dealership went belly up and this big airy concrete and glass building became available, for pretty cheap, comparatively, McKays owner jumped on it.

    As for readers-There are a lot of readers in Knoxville, and that might surprise people that don't know that city well.  My sister is a librarian there and she can attest to that.  In addition to a central downtown public library, there are at least fifteen additional branches.  Knoxville houses the U of Tennessee which, yes, is football crazy, but has some excellent academic departments.  For example, the Anthropology Department is world class.  It contains, among other features, the "Body Farm" that I was talking about on Tuesday.  Also, Knoxville is a medical Hub for the area, with several hospitals, and UT Medical Center, a huge teaching hospital.

    But also within a easy half hour drive of McKay's is Oak Ridge, (about 20 miles) which is the location of Oak Ridge National Labs and quite a few very smart people work there.

    Also people there are very proud of their history/heritage- theres a good size genealogical Center/library and several museums scattered about.  About thirty miles north is the Museum of Appalachia which won a MacArthur grant a few years ago.  Alex Hailey lived just down the road.

     

    "Real History is not for Sissies" Barry McCain

    by Hill Jill on Thu Jul 29, 2010 at 06:18:01 AM PDT

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    •  I think that you very clearly remind us, as you (6+ / 0-)

      have done so well in the past, that one has to be careful about stereotyping any region and that our words matter.

      That you would even have to say this troubles me:

      As for readers-There are a lot of readers in Knoxville, and that might surprise people that don't know that city well.  My sister is a librarian there and she can attest to that.  In addition to a central downtown public library, there are at least fifteen additional branches.  

      Of course they are readers and all the other things you mentioned in your comment: people in Tennessee go to museums. Gasp.

      Thanks for keeping at this issue. We are not going to win Fred of Knoxville if we claim that he is "too stoopid to read or too dumb to know history".

      Much of life is knowing what to Google
      (and blogging at BPI Campus)

      by JanF on Thu Jul 29, 2010 at 09:51:52 AM PDT

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