Pueblo High students find a formula to raise valley fever awareness

Pueblo High School teens studying biotech were having difficulty getting their peers in art class to care about valley fever — until they mentioned that dogs get the disease.

“To get people to be interested, you need to connect to their interests,” said Noemi Sumalinog, a 17-year-old Pueblo senior and student in Andrew Lettes’ advanced biotech class.

“Everyone cares about dogs.”

Indeed, the art students did care about dogs. And they were surprised to find out that valley fever is potentially fatal, has no prevention and no cure, and that it’s one of the most common diseases reported to the Arizona Department of Health Services every year.

That knowledge helped the art students work with Lettes’ biotech students, and also bring in media, television and film students to create a visual-awareness campaign about valley fever. The south-side Tucson school has its own radio station that has broadcast information about the campaign, too.

As a result, the microcosm of the Pueblo community is now arguably getting more valley fever education than the rest of the state.

Arizona’s valley fever awareness consists of a passive, low-cost awareness effort — putting several public service announcements on a state website with the same message: “Cough? Fever? Exhausted? Ask your doctor to test you for valley fever.”

At Pueblo High, the awareness campaign is more aggressive.

“There’s been a lot of churning of energy around this campaign,” Lettes said.

A centerpiece logo of the campaign is an illustration of a sweet-looking saguaro cactus with a face, shown coughing and in obvious pain.

The design, created by sophomore Kyle Elhard, was turned into a brightly colored button that has been a popular component of the campaign. Take a walk around the Pueblo campus on any given day and a number of students will be wearing them, Lettes and his students say.

The students are particularly proud that they gave one to a doctor at Banner – University Medical Center South who now wears it to work.

“What better mascot than a sick saguaro? People have an emotional bond with the saguaro cactus,” said Lettes, a former research associate at the University of Arizona’s College of Pharmacy who has been teaching biotechnology at Pueblo since 2004.

Lettes first got interested in valley fever in 2009 when one of his students spoke with an epidemiologist about the fact that there’s very low public awareness of the respiratory disease, which is endemic to Arizona.

Always one to back facts up with data, Lettes and his students developed a survey to track that awareness. His classes have been handing out the surveys consistently since 2009, surveying friends, family and members of the Pueblo High community.

Awareness since that time has been consistently tracking at about 20 percent.

Something had to change, and that’s when Lettes thought about taking an interdisciplinary approach to the problem.

“The traditional ways of looking at valley fever were not working,” he said.

That’s how students in Nallely Aguayo’s advanced art class got involved.

“I knew they were going to do well, but they went way above my expectations,” Aguayo said.

Biotech students explained valley fever to Aguayo’s class — emphasizing that it affects dogs, too — and the art students got to work on posters.

The top four were selected to be part of Pueblo’s valley fever awareness campaign, which includes a showcase box at one of the school’s entrances. Two of the posters included dogs.

The posters were shared on Twitter and caught the eye of leaders at the University of Arizona’s Valley Fever Center for Excellence. The UA center then featured the posters on its Facebook site.

“Art catches people’s attention,” said 18-year-old Gustavo Barrera, whose colored pencil design includes a doctor, a lethargic-looking dog and colorful mushrooms to represent the cause of valley fever — coccidioides fungal spores that are found in the soil of the southwestern U.S. and in parts of Mexico, Central and South America.

Lya Thurston used a smudge effect with pastels to create her valley fever poster, which shows a pair of infected lungs. The smudging is representative of how the sickness spreads — attaching to the lungs and growing from there, said Thurston, a 16-year-old junior.

“It’s Arizona’s disease, but it’s not well-known, which is very unfortunate. It’s very scary,” Thurston said.

Thurston has spoken to her family and friends about valley fever and learned about people and dogs who have suffered from it.

“My friend’s co-worker had it and was bedridden for eight weeks and dropped so much weight,” Thurston said.

Biotech students Elizzabeth Esparza, Alondra Cordova and Sumalinog are cautiously optimistic that the awareness campaign has made a difference. Not just a difference, a statistically significant difference.

Esparza, an 18-year-old senior, said she sees a lot of information on television about cancer, but nothing about valley fever. She thinks the state should be paying more attention to it.

Sumalinog agrees. She thinks a campaign in airports would help warn visitors to Arizona who might not know anything about valley fever. Not to scare them away — just to inform them in a positive way, she said.

For example, Sumalinog has learned that she is at higher risk for valley fever because she is Filipino.

Studies have already found higher rates of disseminated valley fever in men than in women, and in African-Americans and Filipinos versus other ethnic groups. Also, certain blood groups — B and AB — have been identified in studies as more likely to get the disseminated version of the disease.

After the artwork was placed in the Pueblo showcase in the fall, the students conducted another one of Lettes’ valley fever surveys to gauge awareness of the disease.

Awareness had, for the first time in eight years, increased. The survey showed an awareness level of more than 50 percent.

The results were encouraging. But Lettes has taught the students to be skeptical about data, so they will need to conduct the surveys several more times before the results can be considered statistically significant, he said.

At the school’s recent annual Family Science Night, Sumalinog, Esparza and Cordova wore white lab coats and spoke to adults and kids about valley fever.

The students had a beanbag toss that highlighted valley fever symptoms, a valley fever info board and a poster of a crying dog that said, “I can get valley fever.”

They also conducted awareness surveys with 100 attendees and Sumalinog had a long conversation with a construction worker about the risk of valley fever in his profession.

The students won’t stop there. They’ll sell their buttons at the Pueblo High Fiesta April 13, and will conduct 100 more surveys, too.

But even Lettes, ever the skeptic, thinks the initial results are promising.

“The component that was missing was the art,” he said. “Collaboration is so hard to do. We’re always too busy. But we need to do more of it.”

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Tennessee Health Services and Facilities Report: February 2018

The Tennessee Health Services and Development Agency (“HSDA”) is responsible for regulating the health care industry in Tennessee through the Certificate of Need Program. A Certificate of Need (“CON”) is a permit for the establishment or modification of a health care institution, facility or service at a designated location. The CON program assures that health care projects are accomplished in an orderly, economical manner, consistent with the development of adequate and effective healthcare for the people of Tennessee. This Update is provided to our clients and friends to summarize the latest developments and activities from the HSDA monthly meetings.





Update: Jeff Ockerman, Director of Health Planning, Department of Health


A. Campbell Clinic Surgery Center, Germantown (Shelby County),TN – CN1712-038

The relocation of Campbell Clinic Surgery Center currently located at 1410 Brierbrook Road, Germantown (Shelby County), TN to a new facility to be located at an unaddressed site on the south side of Wolf River Boulevard, 525 feet east of its intersection with Germantown Road, Germantown (Shelby County), TN. If approved, this application will replace the applicant’s unimplemented CON (CN1208-040A) which was approved to expand the present facility at its current location from 4 operating rooms and 1 procedure room to 8 operating rooms and 2 procedure rooms. The applicant is owned by Campbell Clinic Surgery Center, LLC. The estimated project cost is $21,485,200.

B. Opens Arms Care Corporation d/b/a Shelby County #1 Old Brownsville (West), Bartlett (Shelby County), TN ─ CN1710-030

The relocation of an 8 bed ICF/IID home from 1457 Greendale Avenue, Memphis (Shelby County), TN to an unaddressed site located on the southwest corner of the intersection of Old Brownsville Road and Oak Road, Bartlett (Shelby County), TN 38002. The proposed site is the west half of the parcel described as Parcel B0148 00061 in the records of the Shelby County Tax Assessor. The estimated project cost is $3,370,000.

C. Opens Arms Care Corporation d/b/a Shelby County #2 Old Brownsville (East), Bartlett (Shelby County), TN ─ CN1710-031

The relocation of an 8 bed ICF/IID home from 1445 Greendale Avenue, Memphis (Shelby County), TN to an unaddressed site located on the southwest corner of the intersection of Old Brownsville Road and Oak Road, Bartlett (Shelby County), TN 38002. The proposed site is the east half of the parcel described as Parcel B0148 00061 in the records of the Shelby County Tax Assessor. The estimated project cost is $3,370,000.

D. Open Arms Care Corporation d/b/a Shelby County #3, Cordova (Shelby County), TN ─CN1711-034

The relocation of an 8 bed ICF/IID home from 5350 Benjestown Road, Memphis (Shelby County), TN to an unaddressed site located on an 8.2 acre parcel located on the southwest corner of the intersection of Dexter Road and Dexter Lane, Cordova (Shelby County), TN 38002. The proposed site is the south half of the parcel described as Parcel 096507 00307C in the records of the Shelby County Tax Assessor. The applicant is owned by Open Arms Care Corporation. The estimated project cost is $5,130,000.


A. DeLozier Surgery Center, Nashville (Davidson County), TN ─ CN1711-032

The conversion of an existing single specialty ambulatory surgical treatment center (ASTC) to a multi-specialty ASTC which is currently limited to plastic surgery procedures. The ASTC is located at 209 23rd Avenue North, Nashville (Davidson County), TN 37203. The applicant is owned by DeLozier Surgery Center, LLC. The estimated project cost is $50,000.

B. NHC Healthcare Johnson City, Johnson City (Washington County), TN ─ CN1711-033

The addition of 7 Medicare-certified skilled nursing facility (SNF) beds to NHC Healthcare Johnson City, a 160-bed dually certified nursing home at 3209 Bristol Highway, Johnson City (Washington County) TN. If approved, all 167 beds will be dually certified. The applicant is owned by NHC Healthcare Johnson City, LLC. The estimated project cost is $474,000.

C. The Plastic Surgery Center of Brentwood, Brentwood (Davidson County). TN – CN1711-035

The establishment of a single specialty ambulatory surgical treatment center (ASTC) limited to plastic surgery by physicians who are owners or employees of The Plastic Surgery Clinic, PLLC d/b/a Cool Springs Plastic Surgery. The ASTC will have two operating rooms and one procedure room and will be located at 620 Church Street East, Brentwood (Davidson County), TN. The applicant is owned by The Plastic Surgery Center of Brentwood, LLC. The estimated project cost is $4,524,636.


A. Erlanger Behavioral Health, LLC, Chattanooga (Hamilton County), TN – CN1603-012A

Unanimously approved on 8/24/2016 for the establishment of a new 88 bed mental health hospital and initiation of inpatient psychiatric and substance abuse services. Erlanger Behavioral Health, LLC, is 51% majority owned by Erlanger Health System, and 49% owned by Acadia Healthcare.

Request for change of control, with 80% of the membership interests in the LLC allocated to Acadia, and 20% to Erlanger Health System. The Acadia interests have been assigned by Acadia Healthcare Company to its whollyowned subsidiary, Acadia Chattanooga Holdings, LLC.

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Brenda Donnelly (EVANS, Ga.)

EVANS, Ga. – Mrs. Brenda Donnelly, age 68, beloved wife of fifty years of Richard Patrick Donnelly, entered into rest at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta, GA on Tuesday April 10, 2007. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday April 14, 2007 at St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church at 1:00 p.m. with the Reverend Michael Roverse as celebrant. Entombment will be in Bellevue Memorial Gardens Mausoleum. Additional survivors include three daughters, Heather Donnelly of Romania, Wendy Donnelly Monteleone and her husband Frank of Germantown, TN, Brenda "Bridie" Donnelly Hicks and her husband, Darryl, of Martinez, one son, William Foster Donnelly of Evans, two beloved grandchildren, Frank Donnelly Monteleone, and Lila Elizabeth Monteleone, one sister, Patricia Volpicelli of Margate, Fl, a host of nieces and nephews, very special friends, Ron and Lynn Hartschorn, and a devoted dog Sheba. Mrs. Donnelly was preceded in death by one sister, Betty Sweeney. Mrs. Donnelly was the daughter to the late Henry Williams and Rose Foster. She was a native of Brooklyn, N.Y., and made a career of being a military wife, devoting much of her time to raising four children. Pallbearers will be, David Casares, Darryl Hicks, Timmy Pittman, William Donnelly, Frank Monteleone, and Frank Read. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Autism Solution Center @ 9282 Cordova Park Rd. Cordova,TN 38018 www.autismsolutioncenter.com The family will receive friends at the Church one hour prior to service time. Platt’s Funeral Home, 337 N. Belair Rd., Evans, GA. 706-860-6166 Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

The Augusta Chronicle-April 13, 2007

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Governor Signs ABLE Legislation To Help Those With Disabilities Save With Tax-free Earnings

From left, Whitney Goetz, LaKesha Page, Senator Becky Duncan Massey, Steve Summerall, Governor Bill Haslam, Treasurer David H. Lillard, Jr., Rep. Kevin Brooks, Carol Westlake and Melanie Bull.

– photo by Jed Dekalb, Chief State Photographer

Families of those with disabilities are now one step closer to saving more money for medical costs with tax-free earnings. Governor Haslam on Monday signed the Tennessee ABLE Act into law, giving State Treasurer David H. Lillard, Jr. the authority to create and offer tax-advantaged investment plans to help families of those with disabilities save money for a variety of qualifying expenses.

The legislation, passed unanimously by the 109th General Assembly, establishes an Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Program in accordance with federal legislation. The legislation was sponsored by Senator Becky Duncan Massey (R), of Knoxville in the Senate and by Representatives Steve McManus (R) of Cordova and Kevin Brooks (R) of Cleveland. The bill sponsors were joined by representatives from the Tennessee Disability Coalition to watch as Governor Haslam signed the legislation into law.

This ABLE Act is effective July 1, 2015, and the Tennessee Treasury Department plans to have the program operational January 1, 2016.

Under Treasurer Lillard’s leadership, Treasury established the TNStars College Savings 529 program in 2012. The program has received national accolades for its top-performing investment options. Treasury will be responsible for the implementation, administration, investment options and management and customer service of this new ABLE program, a plan whose concept is modeled after the 529 College Savings Programs.

“Treasury Management oversees the investment options available to families in TNStars,” Treasurer Lillard said. “We are excited to soon offer a similar program to help individuals with disabilities and their families save more by taking advantage of the power of compounding interest and tax-free earnings for qualifying expenses.”

“As executive director of the Sertoma Center I work to serve over 100 adults with intellectual disabilities. I see the individuals that need the ABLE program every day,” Senator Massey said. “When the federal legislation passed, I could not wait to sponsor this legislation in Tennessee to see this program become a reality.”

Caring for loved ones with disabilities is very expensive for the family, despite the current assistance available, said officials. Once established, earnings on the funds saved through the Tennessee ABLE program would supplement the benefits provided through private insurance, Medicaid benefits, Supplemental Social Security Income, as well as the account beneficiary’s income. Qualifying expenses will include, but are not limited to, education, housing, transportation, employment training and support, assistive technology, and personal support services, as consistent with federal legislation that became law in December 2014.

“We continue to trust our Treasury Department and Treasurer Lillard to effectively implement these new programs and ideas in Tennessee,” Rep. McManus said. “The success of the TNStars program is encouraging and demonstrates the great potential for the ABLE Program under Treasury guidance, as well.”

The United States Congress adopted the ABLE Act in December 2014, setting guidelines for this new type of tax-advantaged saving program that states can elect to authorize and implement. The ABLE Act is the first major federal legislation for the disabled since the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990.

“Kimberly and I are blessed with a happy and healthy family, but thousands of Tennessee families need help with the costs for care, therapy and recovery for our most vulnerable Tennessee residents,” said State Rep. Kevin Brooks.

“Today’s bill signing is an important first step to helping these individuals and their families save more and see a tax advantage for their efforts,” Treasurer Lillard said. “Help is on the way as the Treasury Department has already begun to work on the implementation of this exciting new program to assist Tennessean’s most vulnerable citizens.”

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Ruhl, Gayle E.

Gayle E. Ruhl, age 72, of Cordova, TN, retired D.E.A. Special Agent in charge of Memphis, TN and Indianapolis, IN, Korean Air Force Vet and member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, passed away June 29, 2002, husband of Virginia for 50 years; father of Janice Maffit of Indianapolis, IN, Laura Ruhl of Cordova, TN, John Ruhl of Indianapolis, IN, Tom Ruhl of Memphis, TN, Mike Ruhl of Little Rock, AR, Tim Ruhl of Indianapolis, IN and Alan Ruhl of Germantown, TN; grandfather of three; son of Harold P. Ruhl of Richmond, IN; brother of Joyce Higgins of Mayville, MI, Shirley Canaday of Marion, IN and Jeanne Johnston of Richmond, IN. Funeral Services Wednesday, 10 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Cordova, TN. Arrangements by Family Funeral Care, Memphis, TN. In lieu of flowers donations to the charity of your choice appreciated.

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Buying Commercial Real Estate In Cordova

Cordova is a fast-growing city in TN. If you’ve been thinking about buying commercial real estate, you’ll want to take a look at the market in Cordova. These are just a few of the reasons you should buy real estate in this area.

You Can Do A Lot With Your Money

Even if you have a limited budget, you should find a lot of different options in Cordova. In a city like this, you’ll be able to do a great deal with the money that you have. Buying in an area like Cordova will allow you to stretch a limited budget. You’ll be able to make good use of the cash that you have.

It’ll Be Easy To Lease Out Your Property

If you plan on renting out the property that you buy, you shouldn’t have much trouble finding a tenant. Since there is a lot of development going on in Cordova right now, there are a lot of people looking to open up businesses in the area.

Most people that buy commercial real estate are interested in making some sort of investment. If you buy in Cordova, it shouldn’t take long for you to see a return on that investment.

Cordova Has Room To Grow

Investing in Nashville property can be a challenge. Even though the city is thriving, it can be hard to find commercial properties in the right area for the right price. Cordova still has a lot of room to grow, which makes it well-suited to investments.

If you are considering buying commercial real estate in Cordova, you should talk to a TN real estate agent as soon as possible. A realtor will be able to talk to you about your options. They’ll help you to determine whether or not Cordova offers what you are looking for.

Want To Rent Nice Cordova Apartments?

There are plenty of Cordova apartments to choose from. It may not be easy to find the best option for you if you don’t know what to look for in the options that you have. Here are some tips so you can find the right apartment for a price that’s more than fair.

An apartment should be nice enough to be worth the price. You’re going to want to visit each place you’re interested in so you can tell whether it’s right for you or not. Just looking at floor plans online or pictures that the landlord posted in their listing is not enough to help you figure out if a place is going to be right for you or not. When you go in person you can really understand what it looks like and whether or not it feels like a place you’d like to be every day.

There are some apartments that are not that nice, and you can find out if that’s the case with what you’re looking at by doing research through reviews. There are reviews generally that are written about most places that you can read online. You just have to search for the name of the apartment complex or the name of the property management company using a search engine. Add the word reviews the query you’re entering into the search site and when you get results see if you can sort them by the most recent so you know what the current state of the apartment is like.

Are there any units that you can rent that are out of the way of too many neighbors? It can be nice to have, for instance, nobody above you when you rent an apartment. You’ll learn quickly when you rent that people tend to be loud in their apartments and the more people you have around you, the worse off you will be. Try to find a corner apartment that’s on the top floor if you are someone that really doesn’t want to have to deal with a lot of noise.

Make sure you find out what your lease says you can and cannot do. That way, if you have unruly neighbors, you can tell the people in charge of the building that they are not working within the terms of their leases. Sometimes you’ll find out things like you are not allowed to have someone stay over a certain amount of days without you checking them into the office as new people on your lease. There are a lot of rules, so do your research by reading any lease you get for apartments in Cordova before renting anything.

When you rent Cordova apartments, you’ll be happy with the results if you use this advice. There are a lot of them on the market, so picking one takes a little time. You’ll know you made the right choice when you are able to live in a place that you love.

All About the State of Tennessee

Tennessee is the 36th largest state in the United States. The capital of this state is Nashville, which has a population of 655,770. The state of Tennessee is rich with history, with old fashioned ways of thinking.

The majority of people who live in the state of Tennessee are used to seeing farms all over the beautiful land. The major industries found here are agriculture, manufacturing, and tourism. The leading agricultural product grown in the state is the soy bean. There is the poultry and beef industry.

On the eastern boarder of the state, you can find the great Appalachian Mountains. The Appalachian Mountains are home to the Appalachian Trail, a tourist destination that brings in many visitors to Tennessee each year.

The next attraction on the must see list would be the aquarium, in the heart of Gatlinburg. This Ripley’s attraction entertains a huge number of people each year. The Memphis Zoo is another great place to visit when going through the state of Tennessee. Though the two are on opposite sides of the state from each other, why not plan a road trip for you and your family to see them both?

Another sight to not miss in the state of Tennessee would be the Jack Daniels Distillery. This distillery is located in Lynchburg. Visitors can enjoy a tour of this location, as well as enjoy a complimentary tasting.

Another great place to stop and see is the theme park by the name of Dollywood. This is one of Tennessee’s icon amusement parks. Known for its old time design and feel, this park is home to the largest wooden roller coaster named the Thunderhead. As it is also the fastest wooden coaster in the world, it’s definitely one to check off the To-Do list. Dollywood is also home to some great water rides, so if you find yourself in the area during summer, you’re in luck!

One place worth mentioning is the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis. This is a great place to bring the kids to learn about the history of the state. For all the country music lovers out there, you will want to stop and see The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville.

In conclusion, Tennessee is a lovely state with a rich cultural heritage, and it offers plenty to do and see when passing through. If you’ve never been to Tennessee, give us a visit. You’ll be glad you did!

3 Must-See Destinations in Tennessee for Music Fans

Generations of music lovers have flocked to the beautiful state in order to visit a ton of museums, concert halls, and attractions that either give honor to or were built by music stars. Below are four absolute essential places to visit for music fans passing through Tennessee.

Dollywood and Splash Country in Pigeon Forge

Named for country music star Dolly Parton, Dollywood is located in the scenic town of Pigeon Forge, tucked away in the Smoky Mountains, and is the perfect Tennessee destination for families. You can enjoy an introduction to country traditions, hill folk crafts, tons of entertainment, and over 40 exciting park rides. The park is divided into regions, each with its own theme, from Jukebox Junction to Timber Canyon. Ride the Dollywood Express, an old steam train, or attend the one of many festivals or live concerts held in the park.

Graceland in Memphis

Bringing in as many visitors as the White House, this other “white house,” is located in Memphis, the home town of Elvis Presley. Graceland estate is the home that the late rock ’n’ roll superstar shared with his wife, Priscilla Presley. Remaining untouched since his 1977 passing in the home, fans flock there from all over the world to take a peek into the life that their idol lived. The tour includes Elvis’ music room, TV room, and the famous “Jungle Den,” plus his extensive collection of aircraft, cars, and a vast array of Elvis memorabilia.

Music City: Nashville

The most famous city for music of any state in the country, Nashville not only is the center of all things country music, but it’s also a hub for other music genres as well. Many stars and musicians of all stripes have gotten their start in this famous city, and the myriad of music-related sites could keep a visitor busy for weeks.

From the Grand Ole Opry and the Ryman Auditorium to Studio B and the famous Music Row, Nashville is a music lover’s dream. If you’re looking for a city to visit for Christmas, you couldn’t pick a better one than Nashville. There are concerts and Christmas-themed events all over town, and you simply can’t miss the gorgeous lights, Christmas tree displays, and snow-themed kids’ activities at the Gaylord Opryland Resort.

These are a mere sampling of all the destinations that Tennessee has to offer. If music is your thing, there’s no excuse for missing these fantastic places on your next vacation.

5 Places to Live in Tennessee

There are many different decisions that need to be made when you are considering making a move. Regardless of whether you are moving in the same area or if you are traveling to a different part of the country, it can be an exciting, rewarding and sometimes, frightening time. Making the right decision is imperative for your comfort and safety. If you are making the move to Tennessee, consider the following options.

Chattanooga – This is the fourth largest city within the state of Tennessee and it is considered to be among one of the best places to live in the state. Not only do you have plenty as far as earning potential is concerned, you also have a fantastic downtown to visit. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that it is also one of the best beer cities in the country as well.

Knoxville – Another gem that is well worth your consideration is Knoxville. It is relatively affordable for those who want to live in the area but that doesn’t mean you are without options when it comes to recreation. The fact of the matter is, it doesn’t matter if you are the outdoorsy type or if you love urban living, Knoxville is certainly a place for you to consider.

Nashville – Of course, you should always consider the possibility of living in and around Nashville. To live in the city puts you right in the hot seat as far as being in the music capital of the world is concerned. You don’t have to look far outside of the city, however, to find some fantastic places to live as well. You can enjoy country living with easy access to all that the city has to offer.

Fairview – This is an often overlooked area, but it is one that you may want to consider for comfortable living. The median home value is almost $170,000, so it is a relatively affordable place to live. There are also plenty of options as far as schools, work and even healthcare is concerned. It has a low population, but easy access to nearby cities.

Murphreesboro – Finally, we have the most economically friendly area to live in the state of Tennessee. It offers a low cost of living, plenty of job opportunities and easy access to the Nashville area. Quite simply, it may just be the perfect place to put down roots.