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Old 10-19-2012, 01:56 PM
 
Location: chattanooga
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I will state my bias towards Chattanooga, LOL, since I have lived here all my life and it only gets better and better. From the "epi center" of downtown Chattanooga, you have Ooltewah, Soddy Daisy, Sale Creek, Hixson, Harrison, Collegedale. All of those areas are within 30 minutes to downtown for the "touristy" stuff and fabulous restaruants, riverfront, free concerts, canoeing, sightseeing, museums, etc, etc. You can also check out the outdoors, which we are known for, www.outdoorchattanooga.com . You can find the info on the schools here www.hcde.org and crime stats here www.right2know.com . I would also like to comment, most of our crime is committed as a "criminal on criminal" act. This town is taking steps to curb and stop the gangs.
As far as schools go, we have some of the BEST in the nation, private schools if a public school doesn't interest you. If you have the money.
Also, tons of cheap to free stuff to do all over this town and outlaying areas, I don't think you can ever get bored, and for kids, that is good. We are also close to Nashville, Atlanta, Knoxville and 6 hours to a beach (Tybee) I do day trips to Nashville and Atlanta when I want to go to IKEA , etc.
In a nutshell, go to the Chattanooga forum and read thru and see what others moving here have found.
Good luck with whatever you do!
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Old 10-25-2012, 02:38 PM
 
Location: Mountains of middle TN
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To add to the great info, if you're looking in a city, you're less likely to deal with the nepotism. I moved here from Florida as well (Naples) and we're in Van Buren County, VERY rural. VERY tiny. My town has less than 200 people. I worked for the sheriff's office in FLorida for a long time. Handled officer involved shootings, a riot, pursuits, etc on a near daily basis. Loved it. Thrived in it. Applied at my local county department here when an opening came up. They didn't hire me even though I was told I was the only applicant that even met their requirements. They hired someone who was related to someone on the county board. *shrug* It's common here. But when I applied for a job in Nashville, no problem at all. The bigger cities are full of people from other states. It's a very different world than the smaller counties.
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