Truly Gated & Not So Gated Communities
Living within the Sevierville city limits, we reside in something like a bubble, as do all people fortunate enough to call home most any of the towns of Sevier County. Even visitors to our community can enjoy the "bubble" of safety and sanity for as long as they are tourists here in the East Tennessee Smoky Mountains. Even here, however, things aren't quite the same as they used to be. When I first moved here 15 years ago, I was surprised to learn that our local paper printed a complete list of every arrest that was made in the county. The weekly summary was rather short, and read something like what the crime blotter would look like for mythical Mayberry, RFD. "Otis" was in the drunk tank again and some kids were arrested for driving without a license. Might be an item for bad check writing or maybe even an actual felony but those were truly rare. Not that the local paper or the police and sheriff's departments weren't doing a good job - There just wasn't that much crime to report or criminals to pursue.
Sadly, the slide that the rest of America has been on is coming (fortunately still in a small way) to the Smokies. We traditionally run about 5-10 years behind the rest of the nation in many ways and that isn't always a bad thing. Quite the opposite, in this case it is truly a blessing. Nevertheless, the slide does continue and although our local paper still prints all of the arrest records, that weekly summary requires more space and occasionally the crimes aren't so minor.
In my opinion, because of these trends, now and in the future, gated communities will become more and more attractive. There are real and not so real gated communities in Sevier County and the difference is important. While some communities have gates, they aren't operable and some never have been for more than just for show. The truly functional gates do provide a real improvement in neighborhood security and thus do add value. Here is a very brief, but by no means comprehensive, list of communities that actually do have truly functional gates:
|Shagbark Entrance Gate (which also has the bonus of a 24 hours a day live gate security guard)|
|The Double Gated Community of The Enclave at Cove Mountain|