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Please Hel Any Advice on These Places Would Be Greatly Appreciated! On Charleston SC, Knoxville, TN or Nashville TN

Please Hel Any Advice on These Places Would Be Greatly Appreciated! On Charleston SC, Knoxville, TN or Nashville TN

Jun 29th, 2006, 07:57 AM
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Forgot to mention one of the best things about Nashville -- Southwest Airlines.
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Jun 29th, 2006, 09:23 AM
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UT football might be HUGE in Tennessee, but not if you grew up in Ohio, w/Ohio State football...LOL
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Jul 10th, 2006, 02:12 PM
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A special thanks to everyone who has replied since I last posted. Sorry for not posting sooner. I've been in the midst of trying to get a new job. These part time things have to go! Can't wait to actually teach next year!

In regards to the responses since my last post.... thanks you have no idea how helpful you are being!!! Its one thing to read on the internet about the cities but its totally another to actually be able to know first hand accounts!

From a teaching standpoint, I was sorry to hear about the sexual harassment. 7th grade history is something I would love to teach and espcially in the Charleston area. If you could MOTOR CITY GIRL find out what school she taught in that would be wonderful. I would definitly like to know. As a man, I do not come across those problems as much since the 7th grade girls are much more discreet. HAHA But I have student taught in a relatively "rough" school setting. Granted only student teaching, but I thought I faced the difficulties quite well. However, if anyone knows specific schools to stay away from I would be much obliged.

In regards to allergies. I have started my shots and hope the worst is behind me. Charleston or TN seems to have just as much allergens if not more then here. But it is something I have dealt with most of my life and would take a backseat to factors like teaching, crime, housing, or entertainment. But thank you nonetheless, it is a good thing to know.

In regards to housing, I am aware of the cost of living being higher in Charleston but I worry that finding a job in teaching will be harder in TN. I havent seen many jobs posted online which worries me that jobs may be few and far between. Charleston on the other hand has 6 pages of job openings just in the county district. That was reassuring if not somewhat worrisome. I mean what is wrong with these districts that teachers do not want to stick around!?!?!

In regards to grad schools, I think my fiancee would prefer a smaller college to a larger one like UT. However, if class size was decently small say 40 and transportation to and from classes were easy. I think she could swing it. We do like our football in Ohio. But I could never leave my beloved Buckeyes for the Volunteers.

Finally, my fiancee and I are planning a trip to vist said three places on Labor Day weekend. I was wondering if there were any specific spots/ restaurants/ entertainment places we should hit up while there. I think a good night life might sway our opinions to one place over another. We aren't looking to raise a family quite yet so think of us has your typical colllege yet mature students. We have a place here in Ashland Ohio we like to call our own and we'd like to do the same wherever we end up.

Thanks for the response and take care!
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Jul 22nd, 2006, 07:46 AM
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I live here, but spend lots of time in Knoxville and Charleston.
I love all three, but Nashville is the one with the most going for it.
Knoxville will drive you crazy if you're not a UT fan. It is still a very "small town" atmoshpere, same for Charleston. Nashville is big enough to have all the entertainment you need, airport, easy access to everything.
If you're looking at Vanderbilt, it's a great school.
Good luck!
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Jul 22nd, 2006, 08:26 AM
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Knoxville or Nashville sound like the best choice- quality of life, cost, raisng a family, etc.

My father has severe allergies, loves warm weather, but anywhere that doesn't have a "true" winter, ie Charleston, drives him nuts, esp. during summer.

Sounds like you are a beginning teacher. You'll have a difficult time getting a job in Charleston- you probably need a few years of experience, but better subbing options.

In your shoes- Knoxville! Then move to Charleston after your wife graduates, with more money and better job opps under your belt.
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Jul 22nd, 2006, 08:34 AM
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Oh- just read the bottom part of your last post. If it's nightlife you're after, and kids aren't in the immediate/near future- CHARLESTON. Have fun on your trip!

Also- if UT is like most state schools- grad classes will be very small. It's general reguirement class sizes you need to worry about there!
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Jul 22nd, 2006, 02:19 PM
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Since I am in Florida but I am a principal, my advice to you is in regards to teaching. Make your contacts early with principals in the area. I would not do it now since you are talking about the next school year but start in Dec/Jan. I will know in March what my openings will be for sure for the following year and when I was in VT it was about the same time. I can only guess it is about that time for those locations as well. Also are you thinking only public school or private schools too? If so, private schools would post either on their own websites or with other agencies like ISM Inc, NAIS, Edu Directions, etc.

I graduated from the Univ of Florida so I am more than happy to talk you out of Knoxville of all the God foresaken places! Good luck!
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Jul 22nd, 2006, 03:53 PM
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I grew up in Knoxville and have lived in Nashville. They both have a lot going for them, depending on what you like to do. I just spent a week in the Smokies and I realized how much I missed living close to them (I'm in KY now).

My favorite vacation spot is Charleston, but I wouldn't want to live there.

As for things to do, Boomsday in Knoxville is always a big event. Even if you're not a UT football fan, if there's a game that weekend it is fun to hang around the "strip" are. I'd try to get tickets and take in all the festivities. There's also the Knoxville Smokies baseball team. Don't forget the Smokies. Tons to do in that area. The drive over to Cherokee, or at least up to Newfoundland Gap is beautiful. The Peddler restaurant in Gatlinburg is very pricey, but good. If you like BBQ, check out Corky's (in Nashville, too).

Nashville has the Sounds baseball and Vandy football. I'd check to see if there's any theatre going over Labor Day, too. There's probably something - seems there always is. Nashville has a great airport, and SW, which, if you plan to travel much, I'd definitely consider.

Charleston is just a beautiful city. Go to the Visitors Info center downtown and pick up a walking tour booklet. It's a great place to walk around and read about. Check out some of the nearby islands as well.

All three cities have a plethora of restaurants to choose from. Charleston has great seafood restaurants.
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