I live just west of Knoxville on the family farm, currently have three hives and looking for more swarms to collect. I'm 45 and have been fooling with bees on and off since I was eight. When I got started a neighbor gave me five hives, veil and gloves, and it was "ON". I don't think I will ever loose the love of keeping bees, although putting up honey is a lot of work and I don't much care for it. I love to put up swarms and just watch the ladies pull comb and cap new honey. It doesn't get any better than chewing on a piece of new burr comb full of capped honey.
I'm not the smartest beek and don't claim to know it all either.
This looks like a really good site so far, hope to be a part of it.
Anybody else in this area send a shout out.