The eastern section of TN is pretty high on my wish list right now. I spent a summer in Monteagle and I was amazed at how nice the weather was even in August due to the elevation. Nashville was miserable but I don't think it ever got above mid-80's on the hottest day up where I was. Unfortunately it looks like most of the area around Knoxville is a bit lower, but finding some elevation in that region seems pretty ideal to me. The whole region has a lot of appeal to me if going west is not an option. It seems like the best way to get the western NC experience without the NC politics.