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Old 05-01-2007, 12:47 AM
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I have lived in Houston for 10 years, Dallas for 10 years, and College Station for 5 years, but I have never lived in deep East Texas. I am set to start a job in Carthage, TX in June, and I am wondering if anyone has any advice on which towns would be a good place for newlyweds who want to start a family. My fiancee is a teacher and is looking to work in Longview or Henderson area. She is only certified to teach in Texas, so LA is out.

So far, we have liked Henderson, Kilgore, and Tatum, but we have only briefly explored them. The reports I get from future co-workers are conflicting because each person has pride in their own town.

The real dilemma is, we're trying to be cheapskates on housing, but we don't want to be victims of crime. Any info is appreciated.
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Old 05-02-2007, 12:54 PM
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Tyler is a clean, well kept city.

Might want to base yourself out of Tyler.
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Old 05-07-2007, 09:02 PM
Location: North of DFW
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We are moving to Lindale....10 miles north of Tyler.
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Old 05-08-2007, 01:36 AM
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If you're going to work in Carthage, I would think you need to hang around there pretty close. Tyler is just too far. Though I know several who do it, Longview to Carthage can be a pretty long trip everyday on Hwy. 149.

Of those you mentioned ... I would lean toward Tatum. No school is perfect, but Tatum would hold an edge over the other two if I were choosing. From what little I know, the teachers seem to like it there also.

If you're serious about Longview; Spring Hill, White Oak and Hallsville are a little more desirable to work in right now ... Longview ISD would offer the better salary, Pine Tree close behind.
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Old 09-03-2007, 11:28 AM
Location: Mansfield, TX
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I agree w/ripley----I'd go with Tatum. From what I remember about the area, Tatum has a good school system.
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Old 09-03-2007, 11:56 AM
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To me, the most beautiful and pleasant town in East Texas is Jefferson. Pure Deep Old South and Southern hospitality. It is where (I too am a teacher) the area where we plan to retire.
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Old 09-03-2007, 04:24 PM
Location: A little suburb of Houston
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I wouldn't drive any further than Marshall, Longview (south side), or Henderson. Jefferson and Tyler would be too far. Tatum is a nice choice, also not too far from that new Walmart on the south side of Longview (on 149).
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Old 09-04-2007, 12:07 PM
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we are moving Brazoria,Lake Jackson area....This is are first BIG move ,we are really nervous..we are looking to rent a house,2bdrm 2bath,we have two small dogs...Can anyone help us out...We will be moving @ the end of November...
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Old 09-04-2007, 06:27 PM
Location: Mansfield, TX
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Something I forgot to mention----Pine Tree ISD will not pay the second highest salaries for teachers in the area.....Hallsville ISD will.

You can check out their websites to be sure, but if memory serves, PTISD was about $4000 behind LISD salaries, while HISD salaries were pretty competitive with LISD salaries. Plus, Hallsville is a growing town, from what I hear.
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Old 09-04-2007, 06:46 PM
Location: Midessa, Texas Home Yangzhou, Jiangsu temporarily
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Personally, I just love Athens, but it is even farther than Tyler.
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