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Old 10-12-2015, 05:29 PM
 
Location: Redmond, OR
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Coming from rural NW Connecticut. It will be my mother, myself and my 7 year old daughter. We live in a small town now, commute 30 minutes to everything, including grocery stores. About 45-an hour for any kind of major shopping. However, this means it's a very quiet and safe community where we are now.

We are looking at the Paris area. Mostly due to the cost of housing as we want a couple acres for animals. We both have work at home jobs so we are not looking for work.

My main concern is my young child. I want to find an area that is safe and has a decent school system, good families, and just an opportunity for her to find friends and become a part of a community. As a single mother I cannot afford places like Brentwood and large cities are not for me. Being within 30 minutes of a walmart is fine. But I don't want to be so isolated that my daughter winds up lonely all the time. Plus sometimes with major rural-ness comes random meth labs in the woods, lol.

If you have any insight into Paris could you pass it along? Or if you know of another town that might sound right, could you let me know so I can look into it? We were originally looking into eastern TN around Morristown or Rogersville but heard such horrible stories that we started looking west. I know a lot of what you read is exaggerated but TN's history of being dangerous plus with the schools closing in Celina due to budget issues, I'm just nervous for my child.

Thanks.

 
Old 10-12-2015, 05:38 PM
 
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Coming from rural NW Connecticut. It will be my mother, myself and my 7 year old daughter. We live in a small town now, commute 30 minutes to everything, including grocery stores. About 45-an hour for any kind of major shopping. However, this means it's a very quiet and safe community where we are now.

We are looking at the Paris area. Mostly due to the cost of housing as we want a couple acres for animals. We both have work at home jobs so we are not looking for work.

My main concern is my young child. I want to find an area that is safe and has a decent school system, good families, and just an opportunity for her to find friends and become a part of a community. As a single mother I cannot afford places like Brentwood and large cities are not for me. Being within 30 minutes of a walmart is fine. But I don't want to be so isolated that my daughter winds up lonely all the time. Plus sometimes with major rural-ness comes random meth labs in the woods, lol.

If you have any insight into Paris could you pass it along? Or if you know of another town that might sound right, could you let me know so I can look into it? We were originally looking into eastern TN around Morristown or Rogersville but heard such horrible stories that we started looking west. I know a lot of what you read is exaggerated but TN's history of being dangerous plus with the schools closing in Celina due to budget issues, I'm just nervous for my child.

Thanks.
The schools in Celina are not closing.

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What exactly are you looking for? Tennessee has lots of inexpensive places within a half hour of a Walmart. Paris does sound like it would work for you, but so do plenty of other places in Tennessee. Let us know what you're looking for so we can help you out more.
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Old 10-12-2015, 05:45 PM
 
Location: Redmond, OR
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I'm opening an animal sanctuary so at least 3 acres with a home for under $200,000. Schools that rate at least a 7. A small community feel but not necessarily Mayberry type. Right now my daughter's school is K-8 with 88 kids in it so we are in a small town right now but the school is excellent.

I just don't want isolation and crime is a big fear of mine especially drug related. I liked Clarksville, so that is the type of town I would like to be maybe within 45 minutes or so from.

I like the towns that have music on the weekends, craft fairs, farmers markets and those type of community events.

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Old 10-12-2015, 06:35 PM
 
Location: Nashville, TN
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I'm opening an animal sanctuary so at least 3 acres with a home for under $200,000. Schools that rate at least a 7. A small community feel but not necessarily Mayberry type. Right now my daughter's school is K-8 with 88 kids in it so we are in a small town right now but the school is excellent.

I just don't want isolation and crime is a big fear of mine. I liked Clarksville, so that is the type of town I would like to be maybe within 45 minutes or so from.
Paris is pretty isolated. You have two sizable communities for shopping and groceries with Murray, KY, 30 minutes away and Clarksville, TN over 1 hour. Have you considered Springfield or Ashland City? Those are nice smaller communities in between Clarksville and Nashville that have everything it sounds like you need. With your budget you could definitely find something in those areas. Dickson would also be another great option. I have no idea about the school systems, but haven't heard anything bad about them to tell you to avoid them.

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Old 10-12-2015, 06:51 PM
 
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Paris is a lovely city. They do have Walmart, Lowe's, etc.

When my friend needed back surgery, her doctor sent her to Nashville to a Vanderbilt surgeon.
 
Old 10-12-2015, 06:58 PM
 
Location: Redmond, OR
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I was also looking at Dover as their schools looked like they were rated well and the houses looked affordable. When I was looking into eastern TN, Maryville looked quite nice but the houses in our price range with a few acres were slim but that type of town was nice.
 
Old 10-31-2015, 09:43 PM
 
Location: Henry County, TN
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I recently moved to Paris from Philadelphia, PA. I'm loving it!
 
Old 11-04-2015, 06:38 AM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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I have some experience with Paris. I spent about 10 months there.

Paris is a nice small community. As others have stated, they have a Wal Mart and a Lowes. There are restaurants in the area that serve decent food. For any shopping beyond Wal Mart and Lowes, Clarksville was the go to place. When I was last in Paris, Camo was the preferred color for clothes when going out (cruising the Wal Mart.) It has a small quiet feel to the town and very little to do off-hours.

There are good people there. For the most part, they were friendly but most of them hang within their high school groups.

As recent as 10 years ago, they had segregated Proms. Racism is a problem there.

I know someone who was arrested for meth production. It is there and a problem if you go looking for it. However, you can find that type of problem all over the United States in rural communities. There was a website at one time dedicated to finding meth houses (DEA Clandestine Lab registry). It was useful for making sure you weren't buying a toxic house.

From my experience there, I wouldn't open an animal sanctuary there. For a small sleepy town with nothing for teenage boys to do, an open air animal sanctuary seems like it would have a target painted on it.

Cost of living was cheap compared to other places I have lived.
 
Old 11-14-2015, 08:36 AM
 
Location: Redmond, OR
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Yes, I fear racism is someshing I'll have to get used to. Being so close to NYC up here, no one cares if you're black, white, gay... we don't care. I'm just hoping my views will mean more to my daughter than other people's.

As for being a target, that's a horrible thought. If that's the type of people that live there, that would hurt abused animals for fun, then it's not where I'd want be be at all. Granted no matter where we would go cameras and security would be in full use, but to be forewarned already... that's not good.
 
Old 11-14-2015, 09:57 AM
 
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