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Old 03-16-2016, 01:49 PM
 
Location: Southern TN
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Pros and Cons for both? My husband applied for a job in Fayetteville and waiting for background check. School is not important since we are planning to homeschool our future kids.

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Old 03-16-2016, 04:06 PM
 
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Pros and Cons for both? My husband applied for a job in Fayetteville and waiting for background check. School is not important since we are planning to homeschool our future kids.

Thank you, all!
I'm curious why you're not going to live in Fayetteville since the job is in Fayetteville.

Tullahoma is an aging quasi military town, home to the Air Force's Arnold Engineering Development Center (AEDC) which has brought lots of PhDs and engineers to the area. However, like many government outposts, AEDC has shrunk a bit over the years which has left Tullahoma fairly stagnant.

Shelbyville is one of the most "Hispanic" cities in Tennessee (about 20 percent Hispanic) and is, by far, growing faster than Tullahoma. It's also within easy access to Murfreesboro, a booming city of over 120,000 on the outskirts of Nashville. But even though Shelbyville is now larger than Tullahoma and is growing faster, Tullahoma has more amenities like shopping, movie theaters, restaurants, etc., although that is slowly changing; Tullahoma's Dillard's has been replaced with a Jo Ann fabric store. On the other hand, Shelbyville's proximity to Murfreesboro would trump anything that Tullahoma has.

I've been a big fan of Tullahoma for years, largely because its school system really is good. However, if schools aren't an issue, I might go with Shelbyville. But I am curious why you don't want to live in Fayetteville.
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Old 03-16-2016, 05:15 PM
 
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I'm curious why you're not going to live in Fayetteville since the job is in Fayetteville.
Reasonable drive to Murfreesboro.
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Old 03-26-2016, 10:57 AM
 
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Well, my husband and I went to visit Fayetteville and we absolutely love the downtown area. Drove around Tullahoma and Shelbyville also. My in-laws don't recommend Shelbyville and they are not really familiar with Tullahoma.

My other question is, do they get tornadoes in Fayetteville? We live in Arkansas right now and I am absolutely terrified by it. We get tornado watches and warnings a lot but thankfully we have never seen one(knock on wood). There is a city 17 miles west of us that get hit a lot. The last time it got hit was April 2014 by an EF4 tornado.
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Old 03-26-2016, 10:43 PM
 
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Yes, Fayetteville gets tornadoes:

NWS LIncoln County TN Tornado Sort
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Old 03-27-2016, 09:40 AM
 
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If shopping is an issue, Huntsville is just a short hop from Fayetteville.


a. Tullahoma: Not really a military town because the base is mostly contractors, fewer than 100 military. However it does result in a very high percentage of professional scientists and engineers in the area who expect a good school system.


b. Manchester: A bit smaller than Tullahoma and closer to Murfreesboro.


c. Winchester: More agricultural, but still has a lot of ties to AEDC.


d. Shelbyville: Like said above, growing faster due to it's proximity to Murfreesboro. This could be either a plus or minus for you.


e. Fayetteville: Really becoming a bedroom community for Huntsville. Huntsville is a booming town so probably a bit more shopping and amenities than Murfreesboro. So if your only reason for looking at Shelbyville is distance to Murfreesboro, then consider the Fayetteville-Huntsville drive is similar.


f. Yes, we get tornadoes around here.


g. Education: Tullahoma has probably the best school system in the region. High percentage of Merit Finalists and high ACT scores. The band, theatre, and coral programs are outstanding for the size school. Football players want to be in the theatre group if that says anything. However you said school is not a consideration for you. When it comes to higher ed however, the area is a bit lacking. There is Motlow Community College (typical 2 year CC) and University of Tennessee Space Institute (offers only graduate degrees; primarily focused on aerospace and engineering programs), but no typical four year school. Closest are MTSU on Murfreesboro and UAH in Huntsville. I'd say probably UAH is a better school than MTSU and if I understand there is an agreement that residents in border counties pay instate tuition. There is Sewanee up on the mountain at Monteagle which is a very good private college, but with a price to match.


h. Recreation: Lots of lakes -- Tims Ford, Normandy, and Woods for fishing and boating. Woods is on the base, but is open to the public. There are a lot of recognized hikes and parks in the area, but those are more to the east getting into the mountains than immediately around Fayetteville.


i. There is no state income tax, but there is the Hall tax which sometimes gets new residents unaware. It's a tax on interest from essentially out of state sources so be sure to check your tax person if you have accounts in out of state institutions.


If you have some specific questions, please post them.
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Old 03-27-2016, 10:14 AM
 
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Yes, Fayetteville gets tornadoes:

NWS LIncoln County TN Tornado Sort
Oh, heck! Well, thanks for the info. I appreciate it.
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Old 03-27-2016, 04:38 PM
 
Location: Wartrace,TN
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Tornado's don't have a favorite town.

Would I want to drive to Fayetteville every day from Shelbyville or Tullahoma for work? No.

You are going to find more affordable housing in Fayetteville than either Tullahoma or Shelbyville. Huntsville is a great shopping destination (a lot better than M-boro) and is closer.

I hate to say it but Shelbyville is mediocre at best. I would never live in that town. Tullahoma is a little better as it has Arnold engineering there and fiber internet BUT why? You could probably find a very nice place on the south side of Fayetteville and have less than 30 miles to Huntsville. (BTW Huntsville has a commercial airport) Murfreesboro is 42 miles from Tullahoma and Shelbyville is 25 miles (remember- another 25 to the airport in Nashville)

What does your husband think about driving an extra 30 minutes each way EVERY DAY just so you can live a little closer to Murfreesboro? (Btw Murfreesboro isn't all that great in my opinion)
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Old 03-27-2016, 05:01 PM
 
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Tornado's don't have a favorite town.
I don't think they do. But they do have a paths to follow. Just like the city of Vilonia 17 miles west from us that was hit in 2011 and then three years after that.
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Old 03-27-2016, 05:29 PM
 
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I don't think they do. But they do have a paths to follow. Just like the city of Vilonia 17 miles west from us that was hit in 2011 and then three years after that.
Coincidence.
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