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I live in NH now, but have been thinking about moving down south. I was looking up houses on realtor.com and found what looked like some really nice ones in Clarksville, Camden, and the surrounding areas. Does anyone know what these cities are like?
 

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What's it like there?
 

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living in the south is quite different from the north. Have you ever lived anywhere else?<br><br>
As far as the area itself - i really like it - its close to the Smokey Mts, and its a little Big city. However, I miss living outside Washington DC and am moving back next year. You are welcome to pm or email me if you want more info (sorry - typing 1 fingered - nursing right now)
 

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What do you think the major differences are? I lived in TX for about a month and I didn't like it. It was Dallas, way too busy for me. Other than that I've only lived in NH and MA.
 

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The first big change for me was that it seems like EVERYONE is either baptist or methodist. while I have no problem with that, its often assumed that you are too. Since I am not, its a bit weird. Lets see, everyone is usually friendly and helpful, and they wave at you when you drive by. Lots of people own guns, even with kids at home :/. Sometimes the accent is hard to understand. The foodd is different (grits - ew). There are lots of things - some good, some bad. its is a bit like moving to a different country - where you know the language and understand the currency.
 

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I just moved to Nashville from Boston. What's different here? Strip mall after strip mall after strip mall... I miss Boston <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> but it is a lot cheaper for housing.
 

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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;"><i>Originally posted by indie</i><br><b>but it is a lot cheaper for housing.</b></td>
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That's the biggest reason we have for wanting to move. I've seen beautiful houses there for under $50,000. As it is now, we can't afford to live near my husband's job (houses are over $200,000 on the average) so we moved 2 hours away and bought our house for $130,000. Well, we can't afford that either. LOL Things have been tough the last two years and we are looking to move again. He was supposed to get a job here and I was going to work opposite him so we could afford it, but that didn't happen. Now he's living at his mothers on his work days and here on his off days and it's just not working. I thought maybe things would be easier if we sold this house and moved to where it seems to be easier to live housing wise. Seems that someone could live off of minimum wage with housing that cheap. I could have him home with us all the time. Who knows though.<br><br>
Oh, and I love grits so that's not a problem. :LOL I wouldn't want everyone assuming what religion I am, but that wouldn't be too hard to deal with. Get some of those red eye contacts. :LOL That might do it.
 

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or Church of Christ. & when you meet someone, don't be surprised if they ask ou where you go to church! They want to invite you to theirs!
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but this is very true too & I have gotten so used to it that when I go home to visit (MI) I miss it.<br>
I live in Nashville & there aren't too many beautiful homes for under 100K, but Clarksville is smaller, so... keep in mind that Clarksville is home to Fort Campbell & is a pretty gung ho.
 

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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;"><i>Originally posted by SpiralWoman</i><br><b>keep in mind that Clarksville is home to Fort Campbell & is a pretty gung ho.</b></td>
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Yes, I remember reading that there was a base there. How much different is that? What about the surrounding areas?<br><br>
I like the idea of everyone being friendly. That's how it was where I grew up. Here, I don't even know my neighbors. I hate it.<br><br>
Hummm, what about farm areas in TN? Where would those be and what price range?
 

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My house is 1100 sq feet, 3br 1 small bath and was 65900 in 2000. You can easily find nice houses in ok neighborhoods for 50-60,000 but for a"nice" neighborhood you arr looking at least 90,000 and UP!<br>
The pay is worse though. Teachers start out ok here (32000) but the top of the pay scale is 45000 wheras Montgomery Co in MD (where I am moving) starts 40000 but pay scale ends at over 80000.<br>
This will make a big difference in a few years<br><br>
So, again it is a trade off.<br><br>
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Farm land w/o the farm (like a small plot) can be cheep but if you have kids in school LOOK HARD AT THE SCHOOL SYSTEM. Some of them REALLY suck, don't pay their poor teachers anything, and have few if any services.
 

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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;"><i>Originally posted by koofiegirl</i><br><b>Teachers start out ok here (32000) but the top of the pay scale is 45000 wheras Montgomery Co in MD (where I am moving) starts 40000 but pay scale ends at over 80000.<br>
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That starting pay is better than what they get here. In my city the starting pay is $29,000. The lowest starting pay for the state is $21,755. My husband has been at the same job (mill work) for over 9 years and is just now making $20.50 an hour. That's not enough to make it in MA where he works, and it's not here either even though the housing prices are about half. If we didn't pay almost $4000 a year in taxes we would be OK here, but between taxes and insurance it adds on a little over $400 a month to our mortgage. For jobs like Wal-mart you are lucky to start at a little over $7 an hour here. I don't know how anyone can afford to live. That's probably why there aren't too many SAHP anymore. We had thought about him staying with his mother up here for 5 years so that we could pay off a house in TN in about that time. He could come once a month to visit. That wouldn't be fair to the kids though. He doesn't see them enough now, never mind once a month. Plus, I'd just go <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/nut.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="nut"><br><br>
I think I'll start looking at jobs in TN and see exactly what we could expect income wise. Then I guess I'll know if we could live in a nice neighborhood or not. I'm hoping we will get something extra from the sale of this house too so that should help. If I could come out with $20,000 after the sale I will be lucky......and that's doing the sale without a realtor.<br><br>
Thanks all of you, you have been a great help! I really appreciate it.<br><br>
One more thing.... if anyone has any links to online TN newspapers, please send them my way. TIA!
 

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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;"><i>Originally posted by koofiegirl</i><br><b>LOOK HARD AT THE SCHOOL SYSTEM. Some of them REALLY suck, don't pay their poor teachers anything, and have few if any services.</b></td>
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You definately have to pay attention to this. My husband always scoffed at me when I talked about homeschooling or sending dd to a private school (she's only 6 months now), but now he works in a school in Nashville (and is quite underpaid and treated like crap) and he now agrees with me. He just got transfered from one school to another. The first school had two computers. The one he's at now doesn't have any.
 

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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;"><i>Originally posted by indie</i><br><b>You definately have to pay attention to this. My husband always scoffed at me when I talked about homeschooling or sending dd to a private school (she's only 6 months now), but now he works in a school in Nashville (and is quite underpaid and treated like crap) and he now agrees with me. He just got transfered from one school to another. The first school had two computers. The one he's at now doesn't have any.</b></td>
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Yes, it's a very important issue. I believe the school here has about 4 computers in the library. They are really messed up here IMO. They sent something home with my daughter (who will be getting special education soon anyway) about being taken out of the class for help with reading every day. That's great, but she loves reading and is pretty good at it. She can't do math though. How about help with that? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/confused.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Confused">: In the beginning of school we were sent something asking if we wanted out son (he's in K) to take the bus to school. The first day of school they said there would be transportation to those who need it TO school, but never from school. Well, every day I see kids getting on the bus to go home. What happened to no busses? My husband asked if my son could take the bus home on Fridays because I have health issues and there are a lot of days I can't walk to get him and I don't have a car because my husband is gone to work. He told them he wouldn't be able to attend school on Fridays if he couldn't. They said the bus is no longer available to all kids in K so no, he couldn't take the bus. Yeah, right. That's why kids are still taking the bus home from school every day?? It would be fine if it were full day, then he could come home with his sisters. But no, now he has to miss every Friday. I'm tired of dealing with schools. I wish I still felt up to homeschooling. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> I think that's it's the best option for most that can do it. It's so much better for the kids in so many ways.
 

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OK, as a TN native I guess I can throw my hat in the ring along with my 2¢. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
I grew up in Chattanooga, which is a lovely place to raise a family and, most times, your children can't wait to leave it! :LOL It is a very family-friendly city with lots of activities and things to do. Housing costs are quite low. It is very scenic with lots of ridges and mountains surrounding the city. It proudly proclaims itself the "Buckle of the Bible Belt" and everyone goes to church. Oh, and they have a "blue law" that drives me nuts when I go to visit my mother (who still lives there) which forces businesses to close at midnight on Saturday and not re-open until noon on Sunday. Even the mighty Wal-Mart must bow to this one! I guess the point is you have no need to be out past midnight on Saturday because you should all be home in bed so you can get up nice and early for church. And, since you'll be in church all morning, no need for the stores to open until noon. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rolleyes">:<br><br>
Having lived in the midwest for a while, DH and I returned to TN and now reside in Nashville. Have to agree with Indie in that Nashville is scarcely the model city for planning commissions and zoning standards. It is, however, surprisingly diverse in ethnic populations and is relatively tolerant of "others"...be they the dreaded Yankees or foreigners. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> /tongue in cheek<br><br>
Nashville can boast one of the top hospitals in the country with the Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Then there's that country music thing that permeates everything, but not all Nashvillians are dyed-in-the-wool fans. The metro Nashville area includes Murfreesboro (overgrown university town), Lebanon (the little country town that grew), Franklin/Brentwood (the tony burbs, planned as strictly as N'ville is not), and a variety of outlying smaller towns.<br><br>
Hmmm, what else? Sales tax is a whopping 9.25%, but no state income tax (which we really do need, but that's another story). Road construction is the legislative past-time, but it seems that it takes five times longer to complete anything than it should. There are some really backwards, bigotted people that still live here but they are thankfully few and far between. I found just as many ignorant people when I lived in Minnesota, but they just don't have the "reputation" of the South. Most folks are bendover-backwards nice to you and everyone still holds doors. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Those are my initial impressions of the two areas with which I am familiar. You're welcome to ask any specific questions if you wish, too. TN isn't a bad place to live, but I'm sure there are better places also.
 

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I'm in Chattanooga, have been for over 20 years. Wouldn't raise my kids anywhere else. BUT, I would never ever consider putting them in public schools! (We are homeschooling)<br>
I agree with everything DarkHorseMama said. We have a pretty good UU church here, just got a new minister and think he will do the religious education program lots of good. (okay, not that I actually go to church most Sundays, but...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"> you got options besides fundamentalist Christian.)<br>
I have even found an AP playgroup and a really terrific eclectic homeschool group locally! Never thought I'd ever find like-minded mommies around here, they are just in hiding. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br>
In my neighborhood, houses are around 2000sq/ft, lots are about an acre, and they go for around $100K. Not bad, and I can stay home while DH works (blue collar).<br><a href="http://www.chattanoogahasjobs.com" target="_blank">www.chattanoogahasjobs.com</a><br><a href="http://www.nashvillehasjobs.com" target="_blank">www.nashvillehasjobs.com</a>
 

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Well in reading what everyone else has said they mostly sound very negative. I have lived in Tennessee most of my childhood, left after high school, traveled for years and eventually moved back to attend the Appalachian Craft Center located in Smithville. Tennessee is wierd. It is absolutly breathtaking in the spring and fall. Diverse families sprinkle the mountains everywhere. It takes a while to get connected to the outlaying community. Artists, musicians, SAHM's and SAHD's, organic farmers, buddhists, yogis abundant, living off the grid, litter the backdrop. These movers and shakers are working hard to improve the enviroment here. Tennesssee has a rich history that seeps into our 21st century. Native peoples lived peacefully for hundreds of years in this state. I say, if you want to get "back to the land", connect with nature and that kind of thing...then YES, Tennessee. Remember the first commune in the 60's, now called eco-village, The Farm is still living and breathing in Summertown. There is also Moonshadow, an eco-village in the making.<br>
I could elaborate...I guess PM me if you want more info.
 

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Have you moved to tennessee already? I went to college in Clarksville and liked it okay. I had a few problems with it, but for the most part it wasn't bad. I live in Maryville near Knoxville now and am from Chattanooga.<br><br>
The Clarksville newspaper is the leaf chronicle... I'm not sure the exact url probably something like theleafchronicle.com you can do a search for the leaf chronicle +clarksville and find it for sure though if you haven't already.<br><br>
the knoxville newspaper is <a href="http://www.knoxnews.com" target="_blank">www.knoxnews.com</a> i believe and the maryville can be found searching for the daily times +maryville<br><br>
chattanooga's newspaper doesnt have an online edition unless you have a subscription now i think, which sucks because i like to keep up with hometown news... blah <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
anyway you can email me at <a href="mailto:[email protected]">[email protected]</a> if you have specific questions about any of the cities I live in or have lived in if you're still in need of information or you can email if you just feel like talking to people from tennessee so youll know people when you do move to the area... I stay at home and take care of my 3 month old baby girl all day. She's our first and it's so much fun. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
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No, still stuck here in NH in the snow. :LOL We're thinking about FL too now. I just need to be where it's warmer.<br><br>
Thanks for the links! I'll check them out. If I have any questions I'll take you up on your email offer. Thanks!
 

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no problem..all of those newspaper links have online classifieds... I've always read the newspaper online...guess i'm just cheap and dont want to waste all that paper by ordering them...we dont have a litter box or bird cage to line with newspaper or anything so it would go straight to the trash in the evening... do you guys get a lot of snow in new hampshire? Tennessee hardly ever gets a white christmas at least nowhere I've lived... I would actually really like to have one for a change but it probably wont happen again this year <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> That's Tennessee, but it's home <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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