New from East Tennessee

I joined late last week and glad to be apart of this organization. I figured I would write and say hello and thank everyone for the help on the forums. I have been searching the forums reading all I can about how other people started and equipment used.

I live in Kingsport TN which is on the stateline with VA. The plan is to get certified in both states. Is there anybody semi close to this area that would allow me to do some ride alongs/mentor?