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Old 11-04-2018, 10:42 AM
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My family and I plan on retiring in TN once the time has come for military retirement. I just received a job offer in Millington, TN and not sure if I should accept it. Can someone tell me what West TN is like? We were leaning toward East TN but now unsure. We are going to want a home with a nice piece of land (10+ acres for horses, orchard, stock tanks) with it and quality education for our children-one will be starting middle school by retirement time.
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Old 11-04-2018, 10:24 PM
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IMO west TN and east TN are different in three main respects, climate, topography, and COL.
Climate-west TN is hotter and muggier in summer with a higher dewpoint, enough of a difference that it factored in my move to east TN from Memphis. It isn't as cold in winter but in west TN the rare cold spells bring icy conditions more often than they bring snow, whereas in east TN we tend to get snow more than ice. Fall is more vibrant and 'autumn-y' in east TN, crisper and cooler. IMO spring is really nice and the best season in west TN.
Topography- west TN is more gently rolling, has a nice mix of fields, woods, and rivers and streams. It's pretty but it's not as dramatic as east TN.
COL is lower in west TN, especially housing.

If it were me I'd check thoroughly into the schools. It's been ten years since my kids graduated but back then Millington schools (and Millington itself) were just considered sort of middle of the road. Millington was a place people moved to not because it had much to offer but because it was very affordable, but a lot can change in ten years.

Good luck with your research, and I hope you get some Memphis folks to swing by and add their opinions.

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Old 11-05-2018, 09:42 AM
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Also check into Tipton County - specifically the Atoka area. It's just a couple of miles north of Millington and is a very popular location for people who wish to NOT live in Memphis/Shelby County. I don't know about the school situation, but someone here should be able to share information about the area with you...
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Old 11-05-2018, 11:55 AM
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I taught at Millington High until this year. It is a good school by and large. I improved considerably in the eight years that I taught there, and was rated a Level 5 school (the highest possible rating by the state) as was the district as a whole, in 2016-17. I have no real experience with the middle school, but I heard little negative about it.
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