I am loath to admit, but so was I (born at Maury Regional, that is). But I sound mid-Atlantic. When I first moved here, there was a severe language barrier for me. Working in sales was hard, because there would be customers that would come in and I'd just have to smile and nod, because I had no idea what they said. It's still kinda that way for me, but not as bad. Every once in a while, I'll slip up and start droppin' a final 'g' here and there. After 4 years here, I suppose it's to be expected. My ex-husband didn't help much, either. He encouraged me to sound like a hick, because for some reason, he was threatened by my refined speech.