Things I Love About Middle TN
I relocated to TN from Northern Illinois in July of 2005. When I moved here, I knew only my two daughters that moved with me. My move was basically a corporate move; I was working to provide a better lifestyle for my children. Little did I know I would truly find a new home. My parents and their family were originally from the South, but moved to IL for a better life many decades ago when all of the manufacturing was going on up North. There was something in me at a very young age that called out to me and was pulling me South. I never felt like I belonged where I was and but I DO feel like I belong here in TN. I feel HOME.
So many times family, friends and clients ask why I like it here so much. I can list many reasons, but for me it’s simply that I feel at peace here. Some of the other things I love about Middle TN:
- Less harsh winters
- Being a day’s drive from SO many great vacation spots, long weekend get-aways and back to family.
- No state income tax
- Much lower property tax than where I was living before
- Friendly People
- State Parks and hiking opportunities
- Scenery in general
- The History. Middle TN is FULL of history.
- The wonderful down-home places to dine, like Bell Buckle Cafe, Miller’s Grocery, Puckett’s, Loveless Cafe, The Chocolate Covered Strawberry, etc.
- Lakes, Picnics
- Great High School Sports and wonderful travel ball opportunities
- I found my family roots trace back to about an hour from where I live now. So I often say, “I’ve returned to my roots!”. (Yes, I do a lot of genealogy research and LOVE it!)
- Being an amateur photographer, the photo opps are endless and the season for photographing family outside without freeeeeezing is a lot longer than when there are below zero temps and feet of snow.
- Church – there’s plenty of them, so find one that suits your beliefs.
- The Predators, The Nashville Sounds and the Titans (though I remain a Bears’ fan, too…my apologies on that one!)
- College Football…it’s HUGE…if you aren’t into College Football, you either will be or you will be finding something else to occupy your time in the fall…most likely, alone.
I could go on. I truly do love my state and am proud to now call Tennessee HOME.