Nature sure is funny. I think it has an internal clock. Plants and animals know when to do their thing even when the conditions are right weather wise but early season wise. So even thou the conditions are right they wait on the season. So good luck next weekend. You should be good to go by then I bet. They probably will not be out in abundance as it will be the beginning of the season in TN.
There are some claiming to be finding some now in TN. But typically they are in \"Early\" spots that hunters check out each year. Probably on a south western slope with a rocky outcrop that holds heat or some type of micro climate.
For some reason there is typically a secrete \"early\" spot that many experienced mushroom hunters hunt annually.
But to get out an explore new areas for morels is still a week early for TN still IMHO.
Good luck and it sounds like you have some great spots to check next weekend,
I guided in the GSMNP today and I was in the Southern boundry of it.I saw Jack in the Pulpit, Red Buds, and a number of other plants up that I do not identify readily that looked like they have been up for 2-3 days. I live more toward the Northern end and none of these things are showing around my woods yet. I'll be back over there for the next two days and I'll check the ginseng that I planted to see if any of it has come up yet.
TN your not to far off I'd say in about 2 weeks you should be knee deep in them. If I were traveling this year that's when I'd be heading to TN. Check those road ways around Tulip Pops ,that black top gets hot quick (Right off Black Top in the gravel) you will find them there first (TRUST ME)!!!