Arkansas is The Natural State

Arkansas is The Natural State

Two waterfalls flowing into a blue pool of water. Arkansas Ozark Mountains.

7 Facts & Bits of History That Keep Things Interesting in the Natural State

First, Arkansas is indeed “The Natural State” with six national and 50 state parks, 2.5 million acres of national forests, and 10 national or state scenic byways, plus 600,000 acres of lakes, more than 9,500 miles of streams and rivers, and America’s only active diamond mine.

Brown rice in burlap bag

Arkansas is the leading producer of rice in the United States, growing nearly 50% of the nation’s supply and contributing about $6 billion annually to the state’s economy.

William J Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock

The William J. Clinton Presidential Library & Museum is located in the state capital of Little Rock. Other famous native Arkansans include composer Scott Joplin, General Douglas McArthur, music legends Johnny Cash and Glen Campbell, author John Grisham, and baseball Hall-of-Famers Dizzy Dean, Brooks Robinson, and Lou Brock.

The Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville offers an impressive collection of famous works by artists like Norman Rockwell and derives its name from the glass-enclosed bridges over ponds on the site.

Hot Springs Village is America’s largest gated community

Hot Springs Village is America’s largest gated community at 26,000 total acres, roughly 40 square miles.

Arkansas was included in the Louisiana Purchase of 1803 and became a state in 1836. Its name derives from the French translation of the Quapaw Indian word “acansa,” which means “downstream place.”

Hattie Caraway in 1932.

The first woman ever elected to the United States Senate was from Arkansas— Hattie Caraway in 1932.

Walmart, the retail super-chain with more than 11,000 stores in 27 countries, and Tyson Foods, the world’s largest chicken producer, were both founded and are still headquartered in Arkansas.

 

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The state sales tax in Arkansas is 6.5%, but prescription drugs are exempt and grocery items are taxed at just 1.5%. The effective state property tax rate of 0.59% is the 9th lowest in the nation. Social Security, VA benefits, and military retirement income are not taxed. There are no state inheritance or estate taxes.

Native Americans discovered the 47 springs that flow from Hot Springs Mountain at a rate of one million gallons per day and an average temperature of 143 degrees F. In 1832, President Andrew Jackson designated the area as a “federal reservation,” effectively making it America’s first national park. From the 1880s through the 1930s, the wide-open town became a haven for gangsters like Al Capone and hosted spring training for baseball stars like Babe Ruth. Today, Hot Springs is a major tourist destination with attractions like the thermal baths, The Gangster Museum of America, Hot Springs Baseball Trail, and Oaklawn Racing & Gaming with the region’s premier horse track and casino.

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What Do Water Skiing, Oprah and Root Beer Have in Common?

What Do Water Skiing, Oprah and Root Beer Have in Common?

Great River

 

16 Mississippi Facts That Give Definition to This Ideal Destination

Most of us dig into the history of a place in order to better relate to where we are in the world, or where we’d like to be. We thought we’d help out with this one, because we honestly wanted to know: What makes Mississippi so special aside from the obvious? What gives it that je ne sais quoi that one can only feel in the aura of a place? Here are a few of the things we found.

  1. The state’s name derives from the Ojibwa tribe word “messipi” meaning “great river.”
  2. On a Mississippi hunting expedition in 1902, President Theodore Roosevelt refused to shoot a captured bear, resulting in a political cartoon that inspired the first “teddy bear.”
  3. Mississippi became a state in 1817. The state capital of Jackson was named to honor General Andrew Jackson’s victory at the Battle of New Orleans in 1815.
  4. The Choctaw Indian Fair, held every July in Philadelphia, MS, includes demonstrations of stickball, arguably America’s oldest game.
  5. Natchez has more than 500 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places.
  6. Water-skiing was invented on Mississippi’s Lake Pepin in the 1920s.
  7. Root beer was invented in Biloxi in 1898 by Edward Adolf Barq, Sr.
  8. The International Checkers Hall of Fame is in Petal, MS
  9. Natchez has more than 500 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places.
  10. Blues music was created by African-American artists in the Mississippi Delta region that stretches along the river from Vicksburg to Tunica.
  11. Mississippi has more churches per capita than any other state.
  12. Elvis Presley was born in Tupelo, which hosts the annual Tupelo Elvis Festival (June 5-9, 2019). Other famous native Mississippians include Oprah Winfrey, playwright Tennessee Williams, authors William Faulkner and Eudora Welty, opera singer Leontyne Price, actor James Earl Jones, football star Walter Payton, puppeteer Jim Henson, and musicians Bo Diddley and B.B. King (among many, many others).
  13. In 1990, the Mississippi Legislature legalized “dockside” casino gambling, which means that all casinos in the coastal Biloxi-Gulfport and riverside Tunica areas are actually set on massive floating barges. At about $6.5 billion per year, the state ranks third in the nation behind Nevada and New Jersey in casino-industry revenue.
  14. Shoes weren’t always sold in left-right sets until 1884 when Phil Gilbert’s Shoe Parlor in Vicksburg became the first store to sell them as pairs in boxes. Perhaps coincidentally, the nation’s first state college for women was established that very same year in Columbus, MS.
  15. Natchez has more than 500 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places.
  16. Nearly 2/3 of Mississippi’s total land area—about 19 million acres—is covered in forest.

 

 

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4th Lowest property taxes in the nation

4th Lowest property taxes in the nation

4th Lowest Taxes in the Nation

Chattanooga (pictured above) is a visionary place: on a clear day, parts of seven states can be seen from Lookout Mountain, and its NOOGANET offers free public wireless Internet access.

Tennessee Taxes Make the Rocky Top State Even Dreamier

From tax-friendly to every taxpayers best friend: No state income tax on wages (phasing out interest and dividend income taxes). Effective real property tax rate of 0.55%.

Tennessee earned its nickname
—”The Volunteer State”— when local militiamen volunteered for duty during the War of 1812 and were notably courageous in the Battle of New Orleans.

Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry is the longest continuously running live radio program in the world. It has broadcast every Friday and Saturday night since 1925.

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, named for the smoke-like bluish haze that often envelops the hills and valleys, is the most visited national park in the U.S.

The Music Trail
From Memphis to Bristol, the Tennessee Music Highway offers groundbreaking music scenes with soul, rhythm and blues, and country music in large cities and small towns alike.

Elvis Presley’s Graceland home in Memphis is America’s second most visited house.

Centennial Park in Nashville was the site of the Tennessee International Exposition in 1897. Its full-scale replica of The Parthenon, with an enormous statue of the goddess Athena, remains today as the park’s centerpiece attraction.

Tennessee Mountains

Sequoyah, a Cherokee silversmith in Tennessee, is the only known person in history to single-handedly develop an alphabet. His syllabus for the Cherokee Nation resulted in the first written language for a Native American people.

The Ocoee River in southeastern Tennessee is rated among the top white water recreational rivers in the nation and was the site for the 1996 Olympic competitions.

Tennessee has more than 3,800 documented caves, and The Lost Sea near Sweetwater is America’s largest underground lake.

Vanderbilt University and its affiliated hospitals are the largest employers in Tennessee.

 

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Fairfield Glade & Fairfield North - Tennessee Resort Communities

Fairfield Glade & Fairfield North - Tennessee Resort Communities

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Lakeside Coves - Tennessee Lake Community

Lakeside Coves - Tennessee Lake Community

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Rarity Bay

Rarity Bay

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Foxland Harbor Condos

Foxland Harbor Condos

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Jasper Highlands - Tennessee Gated Communities

Jasper Highlands - Tennessee Gated Communities

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Retire Tennessee Program Communities - TN Gated Communities

Retire Tennessee Program Communities - TN Gated Communities

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WindRiver

WindRiver

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Tellico Village - Tennessee Retirement Communities

Tellico Village - Tennessee Retirement Communities

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Tennessee National - Tennessee Gated Communities

Tennessee National - Tennessee Gated Communities

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Featuring Georgia’s Natural Beauty

Featuring Georgia’s Natural Beauty

Top State in 
Film Production

Gov. Nathan Deal announced film and television productions generated $9.5 billion in economic impact in fiscal year 2017, setting a record with $2.7 billion in direct spending.
320 film and television productions were shot in Georgia, including several Marvel movies, Netflix’s “Stranger Things,” and AMC’s “The Walking Dead.”

With a total area of nearly 60,000 square miles from 
the mountains to the sea, Georgia is the largest state east of the Mississippi River.
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is the world’s busiest airport in terms of both passenger and aircraft traffic.

Georgia's Natural Beauty Caught on Camera“The Peach State” of Georgia is no longer America’s leading producer of that sweet fruit. A more contemporary nickname for the nation’s No. 1 grower of peanuts and pecans might be “The Nut State.”
The Masters golf tournament, played every year during the first week in April, is the only one of the game’s four “Majors” to always be played on the same course at Augusta National Golf Club.

Georgia is tax-friendly toward retirees.
Social Security income is not taxed.
Withdrawals from retirement accounts are partially taxed.
Wages are taxed at normal rates, and the marginal state tax rate is 4.00%.

Historic Saint Marys on the 
Georgia coast is the second oldest city in the nation and the gateway to the pristine Cumberland Island National Seashore.

Interesting Facts

Coca-Cola was created in Atlanta in 1886 and still has its corporate headquarters in Georgia, along with CNN, Delta Airlines, Chick-fil-A, and Home Depot, among others.
Downtown Savannah, with its 22 park-like squares, numerous restored homes, and commercial buildings, is one of America’s largest National Historic Landmark Districts.
Founded in 1836, Wesleyan College in Macon was the first college in the world specifically chartered to grant degrees to women.
Athens, home of the University of Georgia, was named in 2017 by Southern Living magazine as one of the “Best Small Towns in the South to Retire.”
The Okefenokee Swamp in southern Georgia encompasses more than 400,000 acres of waterways, moss-draped cypress trees, and lily-pad prairies that provide sanctuary for hundreds of wildlife species, some endangered.

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The Landings on Skidaway Island - Savannah's Choice for Island Living

The Landings on Skidaway Island - Savannah's Choice for Island Living

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Waterways - Best Places to Live in Georgia

Waterways - Best Places to Live in Georgia

Waterways is a 2,300-acre master-planned community located just 30 minutes from historic Savannah, Georgia, in charming Richmond Hill. Surrounded by a 1,600 acre nature preserve, this is a place where six-and-a-half miles of marsh frontage, over four miles of winding lagoons, and more than a thousand acres of ancient oak hammocks embrace our new homes and homesites. Read More...


Lake Arrowhead

Lake Arrowhead

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Osprey Cove - Georgia Private Communities

Osprey Cove - Georgia Private Communities

Located just 21 minutes from Jacksonville, FL International airport, and just a 90 minute drive to Savannah, GA and St. Augustine, Osprey Cove is a constant recipient in the "Top 100 places to Retire." Kiplinger rated Georgia as the #3 in the Top 10 Tax Friendly states for Retirees. This plush coastal community boasts 665 homes. Home buyers in search of an active lifestyle are finding the right fit at Osprey Cove with private golf, tennis, boating and fishing available year round. Read More...


The Georgia Club - Georgia Planned Communities

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Soleil Laurel Canyon - Georgia 55 Plus Communities

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Cumberland Harbour

Cumberland Harbour

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Savannah Quarters  - Modern Living. Historic Charm.

Savannah Quarters - Modern Living. Historic Charm.

Developed by SunCal, Savannah Quarters, Savannah Quarters is a master planned community ideally located less than 15 minutes from the center of historic Savannah, GA. Read More...


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