Anyone not so in love with Tennessee? (Cookeville, Sevierville: credit, home)
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Laura's posting should be an attachment that the state should require of all the companies who send the glossy brochures and postcards to all of the Florida residents and every other state they mass mail to.
Heck as I was reading that post of LauraC's I was thinking " I sooo wish the Admin of this site would let me put it at the top of the TN forum page as a sticky and require everyone to read it"! LOL!!!!
LauraC, you are a wonderful person, thank you for being you. (system wouldn't let me give you more rep points as I have to spread the love around first so I though I would do it publicly )
Last edited by mbmouse; 10-02-2007 at 06:22 PM..
I've been posting here for a year and moved here in May. Let me see if I can sum up some things I have gleaned from various posts and add my own two cents.
1. If you are moving to Tennessee because it's comparatively cheap and you have to find a job, you will find out that with a cheaper cost of living, typically comes lower pay. So, don't expect to make a killing by moving here if you are still part of the workforce and have a good salary now, no matter how impressive you think your resume is. "But, I 'm so worth more." People move here for the affordable living, then complain about the pay.
2. The wonder of you will not neccesarily be noticable to prospective employers because if someone local with similar qualifications applies for the job, that Tennessee guy (meant non-gender specifically) will get hired and you may not even get an interview. Don't move here without doing some serious job research and making inquiries, first. Preferably, have a job waiting for you. "They didn't hire me because they're all a bunch of good ole boys!" Awwww shucks.
3. If you are moving here because of cheap and weather, you aren't going to be happy here, or for that matter, any other cheap sunny place you move to. If you want to move here, have a reason for choosing Whateverville, Tennessee besides cheap and weather. What do you plan to do after you get here that makes Whateverville, Tennessee the town of choice? "Waaah, waaah, waaaah, I'm so bored," is pretty much your own fault for choosing poorly.
4. If you have to say "we did it this way in Somecity, Florida" or "such and such was better in Otherplace, NY" or "what's wrong with you people in Whateverville, TN" perhaps you should remember that you are like a planet in the solar system. The sun doesn't revolve around you. People expect newcomers to adapt to them and their culture, not the other way around. "People here are stupid and they won't play with me!" will get you a bless your heart and directions to I-95.
5. If you are moving here to escape some intolerable condition in Somecity, Florida or Otherplace, NY, don't overcompensate. Just because you can't stand traffic, rude people and crowded conditions in Somecity, Florida (population 80,000) doesn't mean you are well-suited to Forrested Bible Mountain, Tennessee, population 800. It will look like paradise for the first 3 weeks. Then, what do you do? You rarely hear the words, "We did lousy research" as the moving van goes over the state line.
6. Going on vacation to a town is not the same thing as living in that town no matter how many years you've visited. Driving 30 miles down Bible Mountain, TN in July to go to an annual fair is not the same as driving down the icy Bible Mountain road in January to go to the supermarket or to take your kid to school five days per week. Living at Big Bear Lodge for 1 week in July, every year for the last 10 years is not the same as looking for your favorite products in the supermarket, finding books in the library, finding and going to a doctor, finding an auto mechanic, putting your kid in a decent school, etc. - all things you don't do when you are on vacation. Check those things out when you visit if you are considering a move to your vacation town. "They were shooting guns in their backyard! That never happened at Big Bear Lodge." Uh huh.
7. Unless you are in the tourist business, work in some occupation related to tourism/visitors, don't move to a Touristville, TN. You can aways go to the tourist spots. You don't have to live there. "OMIGOD, THERE'S SO MUCH TRAFFIC IN GATLINBURG!" Well, duh!
8. Read the local/community news in the Whateverville, Tennessee online local newspaper for months before you move. Read the Events Calendar page. If the newspaper isn't online, see if you can subscribe to it. What do people in the town like to do according to those local news stories or events calendar. Does it sound like the kinds of things you like to do? Do the people sound like your kind of people? If not, don't move there. What's the future of the town looking like? Read the town hall/community meetings/planning board stories so you can find out if they plan to put a new 4 lane road next to your property, 6 month from now. "These people just want to go to church, shoot guns and race pickup trucks," can only be followed with," So then, why did you move there?"
9. Rural doesn't necessarily equal Crime Free. Come with both eyes open.
10. People who slink out of town usually whine in the "next best place" forum, not here, hence the love.
Another great post! You have given those of us who are looking for that special place in Tennessee or those of us who think we have already found that special placed in Tennessee more to think about. My wife and I have considered many of the things you talked about well before purchasing land in Putnam County, Tennessee. Yes, a lower overall cost of living is one of the reasons we chose Tennessee, but there were many more reasons. We made a list of pros and cons related to moving from California to Tennessee after we retire. After giving this considerable thought, we had 14 items in the "Pros" column (and we were being conservative) and only 3 items in the "Cons" column. We tried really hard to come up more a more balanced list, but we could not. Jobs and lower pay will not be a problem because my wife and I will be retired. What we are going to do once we retire in Tennessee should not be a problem either. We plan to spend a lot of time in every park and Civil War battlefield in Tennessee. We plan to do volunteer work and to become active our my local community. We plan to take classes. We plan to do traveling in other parts of the country. And, we will have 4 acres of land to take care of, so that will keep us busy as well. My wife is an avid gardener, so she will be spending hours and hours of time taking care of all of the roses and other flowering plants she plans to have. You won't ever find me saying, "We did this a better way in California." I want to escape California for many reasons. When I get to Tennessee, I don't want to change a thing. I'm originally from the south (Rural Louisiana) and miss the lifestyle I had there years ago. I know that the lifestyle, culture, and values will be similar in Tennessee, so I'm really looking forward to retiring there. My wife and I have discussed this move at length and after being together for 20 years, I know that she can be happy there as well. What you have said in item # 6 above makes a lot sense, but unfortunately most of us cannot afford to make a temporary move to Tennessee for a few months to really experience what life is like in Tennessee, before we permanently move there. Our plan is to visit Tennessee during all 4 seasons at least once per year for the next 6 to 7 years. We will be visiting stores, supermarkets, libraries, churches, local government offices, etc. We will also make an attempt to visit neighbors in the area where I plan to live. We already read the on-line versions of the newspapers in Cookeville and Crossville, so we are keeping abreast of what is going on in the area. We also frequent the Cumberland Cove Property Owners Association website, so that we will know what is happening in my retirement community. You are right in saying that rural does not necessarily mean crime free. You will find crime anywhere you go in the United States, but my research indicates that I will find less crime in Putnam County, Tennessee than I am experiencing in Sacramento County, California. I am trying to do all that I can to ensure that my wife and I will not be unhappy with retirement in Tennessee before we make this move. If we find after making trips to Tennessee over the next few years that making this move might not be in our best interest, we can always sell our property and stay on the left coast.
1. If you are moving to Tennessee because it's comparatively cheap and you have to find a job, you will find out that with a cheaper cost of living, typically comes lower pay.
I thought TN has no minimum wage law, thus they have to follow Federal minimum wage law which stands at $7.50 per hour. When one compares making $7.50 per hour when paying rent that costs $350 a month, to making $7.50 per hour and paying rent that is $1,300 a month-here in So. CA-for the same sized unit as one could get in TN-plus rediculously high bills, gas, food, etc-it looks to me that moving to Cookeville will be great.
You also wrote how boring TN is. When your as poor as I am it doesnt matter if things are boring or not, because you can never do them. I live here in Southern CA, in the middle of a million things to do, and I have rarely done anything. So that isnt a concern for me if there is something to do. I guess I'm lucky in that regard. lol
Oh, your comment on traffic in Gatlinburg, lol! I lived there for 7 months. I dont think I have ever seen so much congestion in my life. The sidewalks too, filled with a sea of people!
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