In Communities Across the Mid-South, You Can Make a Difference at Baptist
In big cities and small towns throughout East Arkansas, West Tennessee and North and Central Mississippi, you’ll find a Baptist hospital and Baptist Medical Group clinic to provide exceptional, innovative and compassionate care. With 22 hospitals, ranging in size from our 80-acre flagship hospital and campus in Memphis to rural hospitals that provide a full range of health care services to our patients where they live, Baptist is truly the hometown hospital for millions of Mid-Southerners. Add our Baptist Medical Group network of more than 900 providers and specialty clinics, and you can see why Baptist is a career destination for some of the country’s top doctors.
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In just one visit to Jonesboro, Arkansas, you’ll discover why it is one of the fastest growing cities in the region. Situated one hour from Memphis, Tennessee, two hours from Little Rock, and four hours from St. Louis, Jonesboro is the regional hub of Northeast Arkansas for health care, entertainment, business, and industry.
Jonesboro is Arkansas’ fifth largest city, with a population of over 71,000. Home to Arkansas State University (enrollment: 14,000) and the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine, Jonesboro boasts a number of cultural attractions including art and historical museums, theatre, and music venues.
Jonesboro is also a great place to raise a family, with a first-class school system, multiple award-winning public schools, and several quality private schools. The city’s historic downtown is known for its numerous antiques shops, specialty stores and fine and casual dining options.
Nature lovers will find an abundance of camping, fishing, hiking and boating opportunities at nearby Craighead Forest Park and Lake Frierson State Park. Hiking trails are part of the Forrest L. Wood Crowley's Ridge Nature Center south of Jonesboro. Several public and private golf courses are also available in the Jonesboro area. One course, Sage Meadows, is part of the 10-course Natural State Golf Trail.
There’s so much to love about Jonesboro, especially how easy it is to call it home.
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WEST MEMPHIS, AR
WEST MEMPHIS, AR
Just across the Mississippi River from Memphis is a charming town that shares a name, but radiates a personality all its own. West Memphis, Arkansas, offers the slow-paced peace and tranquility to those looking for a small-town experience with the bright, lively cultural offerings of a big city just 10 minutes away.
Nature and gaming are two of the most accessible amenities in West Memphis. The Big River Crossing walkway and greenspace connects West Memphis, AR to downtown Memphis, TN, offers an unforgettable view of the Mississippi River from the nearly one-mile pedestrian/bicycle walkway built alongside the historic Harahan Bridge.. Once you cross the bridge, you’ll find yourself upon the Memphis bluffs and a short walk to Beale Street, the Peabody Hotel, Autozone Park Stadium, FedEx Forum, and numerous restaurants and bars.
And at night, the Harahan Bridge lights up with a rainbow of color designs to entertain the eye, and serves as a great place to watch a dazzling light display from the Hernando DeSoto Bridge just upriver.
And if you’re feeling lucky, Southland Casino Racing, a major West Memphis attraction since 1956, offers live greyhound racing, simulcast dog and horse racing, and over 2000 gaming machines.
Less than 10 miles away from Memphis, living in West Memphis offers the unique opportunity to enjoy all the history and entertainment of a big city in a small, family-friendly community.
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Booneville, Mississippi is a vibrant community located in Northeast Mississippi. A short drive to Tupelo and 100 miles southeast of Memphis, you’re never too far away from accessible outdoors activities or the cultural, entertainment and social amenities of a big city.
Booneville is a great place to raise a family with excellent schools, convenient shopping, places of worship and a strong sense of community. Booneville’s top-rated city schools system benefits from a highly-involved parent organization that works with educators and administrators to ensure students of all varieties succeed academically, socially and emotionally. Booneville is also the home of Northeast Mississippi Community College.
And if you enjoy the outdoor life, you’ll be please to know that Booneville is only 28 miles northwest of Bay Springs Lake and just 45 miles southwest of Pickwick Lake, two lakes known for their excellent sport fishing.
Booneville has everything you could need to proudly call it your home.
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CALHOUN CITY, MS
CALHOUN CITY, MS
The Town of Calhoun City is located in Calhoun County, Mississippi, and serves as a center of activity and commerce for area residents and visitors. Calhoun County offers an easy-going, small-town atmosphere within its seven municipalities (Calhoun City, Big Creek, Bruce, Derma, Pittsboro, Slate Springs and Vardaman) and the surrounding areas. Here you’ll enjoy a low cost of living, affordable housing, minimal crime rates, reliable utilities, and a much-needed escape from traffic congestion and noise.
Calhoun City is home to numerous businesses and the historic town square serves as a community focal point. Many events throughout the year include arts and crafts fairs, food festivals, music, and a lot of fun while providing an excellent opportunities to come together to celebrate the community. The Yalobusha River runs about a mile south of the city, offering breathtaking scenery, great fishing and a hiking trail that takes visitors through 10,000 acres of forests and wetlands perfect for wildlife viewing, exploring, camping, or hunting.
Calhoun County is in close proximity to the University of Mississippi, Mississippi State University, Northwest Community College, and various other institutes of higher learning.
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The City of Carthage may be well known by its stately rows of large oak trees that line the main streets of this historic town. But newcomers quickly find out that Carthage is where you will discover a friendly community and hometown atmosphere. Located in the heart of Leake County, Mississippi, Carthage is at the geographical center of the state and has many services and amenities to provide people with a great place to visit, raise a family, or retire.
Known for its natural beauty and historic homes, Carthage also offers three beautiful parks, an amphitheater that hosts numerous musical and cultural events, excellent city services including highly-trained fire and police departments, and many local businesses and retail shops to serve your needs.
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Columbus, Mississippi, combines modern living with a rich history full of deep Southern charm. Located on the Highway 45 corridor and the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway along Mississippi’s eastern border, Columbus is a nexus of commerce and culture with beautiful architecture, great food, friendly people and a down-home way of living.
Columbus is a vibrant city that offers multiple opportunities to enjoy the visual arts, festivals, theatre, music, dance and more. It’s location on the Tenn-Tom Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway makes it an ideal location for anglers and water sports enthusiasts. Or you can just take in the beautiful scenery and vistas along the Riverwalk where visitors can stroll, jog, bird watch or fish. If you prefer watching rather than playing sports, Mississippi State University is right down the road where you can catch some of the best college sports in the country as the Bulldogs battle it out in the tough Southeastern Conference. Columbus is also the home of Mississippi University for Women, America’s first state-funded public university for women.
Columbus is a special place where the past, present and future collide to offer a unique blend of cultural history, modern day excitement and an innovative, pioneering spirit. A charming Southeastern town with a friendly atmosphere, Columbus is a place that people are proud to call home.
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Mississippi’s capital city and largest metro area is truly the “City with Soul.” Jackson is located in the middle of the state, where the majesty of the Mississippi River, some of the most beautiful state parks, and the sparkling Gulf Coast are only a short drive away. Steeped in a rich history that encompasses America’s great westward expansion, the Civil War and the Civil Rights movement, Jackson is today a cultural center that offers its own unique brand of music, world-class museums and exhibits, festivals and events, award-winning attractions and James Beard Foundation chefs and restaurants.
Jackson’s thriving medical district was the scene for the world’s first lung transplant in 1963, and has since become the premier medical community in the state. Also known as the “Crossroads of the South,” Jackson is a major distribution and transportation center. The city is the home of Millsaps College, Belhaven College, Jackson State University, and the University of Mississippi Medical Center Mississippi College is in nearby Clinton.
Founded along the Pearl River, Jackson offers outdoor enthusiasts a wide range of options including kayaking, hiking, camping, fishing and exploring. The Jackson Zoo is one of the most popular attractions in the state, and golfers can choose from 19 golf courses in and around the city. Families and individuals can plan fun weekends going to Jackson’s 29 unique museums and attractions, over 300 restaurants, hundreds of fun events and festivals, three historic cultural districts, innumerable visual and performing arts events, and exciting nightlife. With excellent private and public schools and a bustling organized sports community, Jackson is the perfect place to raise a family.
Jacksonians are passionate people, with a triumphant spirit. Their innate sense of warm hospitality will make you feel right at home.
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Along the famed Natchez Trace Parkway at mile marker 160, in the heart of Mississippi, you’ll find the welcoming town of Kosciusko. Named after Tadeusz Kościuszko, a Polish American General who fought in the American Revolutionary War, Kosciusko combines Southern charm and pro-active civic spirit with a gorgeous downtown, vibrant business landscape, and proud history. Kosciusko has thrived as a diverse community that boasts a top-notch education system, lively atmosphere, and pervasive entrepreneurial spirit.
With a beautiful City Hall, excellent public amenities, an outstanding school system, quality medical care and the numerous recreational programs, it is easy to understand why more and more people are proud to call Kosciusko home. It boasts four public parks that include baseball and softball complexes, water parks, playgrounds, walking paths and tennis courts. The historic court square boasts a unique variety of antique and specialty shops, restaurants and financial institutions. Kosciusko provides a close-knit community and small town living that you will be sure to fall in love with.
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NEW ALBANY, MS
NEW ALBANY, MS
New Albany is a bustling small-town community that boasts modern factories, robust neighborhoods and vibrant shopping centers, and a preserved historic downtown core that includes an active retail center. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the downtown New Albany is known for its unique and varied shopping and upscale dining. Quiet, shady streets of vintage houses and storefronts offer a serene escape amid a modern mentality that makes New Albany a destination for professionals and families.
For recreational pursuits, New Albany offers a variety of venues. For those whose interests involve the fun and excitement of organized sports, there is the 70-acre New Albany Sportsplex, a premier complex which includes 12 fields and a USTA award-winning tennis facility. Or if scenic beauty is what you’re looking for, New Albany is home to the Park Along the River, a designated Mississippi Statewide Arboretum that offers nature trails, picnic tables and a pavilion against the backdrop of the beautiful Tallahatchie River. You can also trek the Tallahatchie Trails, a 2.7 mile easy walking and biking path that links the downtown retail district to the Sportsplex through scenic forest land, gorgeous river views and accessible picnic areas.
Thriving with the lifeblood of a quaint small town, New Albany is the heart of the Mississippi Hills region. Ample natural beauty, attractive neighborhoods, family-friendly amenities and affordable utilities make New Albany a desirable place live.
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Oxford is located in the north central portion of Mississippi, approximately 90 miles from Memphis in the softly rolling hills of Lafayette County. The city is the home of the University of Mississippi and boasts a rich literary tradition, important Civil War history, and ties to the civil rights movement. The laureate novelist William Faulkner is among the city’s most famous historical residents, -residing in Oxford from 1930 to 1962 in his home called Rowan Oak, which is today a popular tourist attraction.
Oxford is perhaps one of the most picturesque college towns you’ll ever see. Its eclectic mix of shops, excellent restaurants, SEC sporting events and Broadway caliber musical productions provide a wide range of entertainment options. The town square is host to a number of annual events, including the Double Decker Arts Festival and the Oxford Conference for the Book. The Annual Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference hosted by the University of Mississippi brings in scholars and enthusiasts alike to explore the fictional world of one of America’s greatest writers.
Visitors and residents alike participate in the Oxford Film Festival; Yoknapatawpha Summer Writers’ Workshop; the Lafayette-Oxford-University Summer Sunset Music Series; the University of Mississippi’s Artist Series, Lecture Series, and Brown Bag Luncheons. Another popular event is the Thacker Mountain Radio Show held weekly during its seasons at Off Square Books.
Oxford is surrounded by natural beauty, and outdoors enthusiasts have many options to indulge their interests, including the nearby Holly Spring National Forest with three stocked lakes and non-motorized trails, Sardis Lake in the John Kyle State Park, and the Cossar State Park with Lake Enid.
Oxford boasts a very low cost of living, low crime rate, bicycle-friendly streets, excellent golf courses, a regional airport and excellent schools.
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The only thing that separates Southaven, Mississippi, from Memphis is an invisible state line that for all practical purposes many Southavenites simply ignore. While it is the third largest city in Mississippi, it is the second most populous suburb of Memphis with many amenities that make it one of the most desirable, and fastest growing, places to live in the Mid-South.
In Southaven, you’ll find the largest selection of restaurants and most extensive shopping areas in North Mississippi. At the end of each summer, Southaven plays host to the Mid-South Fair, a weeklong celebration full of shows, games, music, delicious food and fun contests. The Landers Center arena is home to many sporting events, and the BankPlus Amphitheater is the region’s largest outdoor music venue that attracts top touring bands and performers. And every summer more than 1,600 youth baseball teams come to Snowden Grove Park for tournament season, including the Dizzy Dean World Series.
Best of all, it’s only a short drive to the entertainment and attractions in Memphis, Tennessee, and a 10 minute drive to the Memphis International Airport. Southaven is at the gateway to the Mississippi Delta and the famous Hwy 61 Blues Trail, and a short drive to the brightly lit excitement of the casinos in Tunica, Mississippi.
And the food. Whether you are in the mood for world championship caliber barbecue, true Southern delicacies like hot tamales and cheese grits, a good ol’ meat-and-three, or some of the area’s finest dining, there are not many places like Southaven to entertain or simply opt out of cooking for the night. Southaven is the perfect place to settle down in the suburbs without giving up all the luxuries of city living.
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YAZOO CITY, MS
YAZOO CITY, MS
It’s the town with a most memorable name, and an unforgettable sense of home. Yazoo City is one of Mississippi’s gems, an idyllic small town with a heart. From its historic architecture and rich Southern heritage, to its warm people and overwhelming sense of inclusivity and progress, Yazoo City is the perfect example of a modern day small town.
Yazoo City, and the surrounding Yazoo County, is a unique place, where stately homes share space with colorful downtown buildings and City-commissioned art. Enjoy the delicious cuisine offered by any of the locally-owned restaurants and eateries. Learn about its Civil War history and take in the sights of the rich African-American history and heritage. Listen to some original delta blues from the oldest juke joint in Mississippi. Enjoy unique shopping and one-of-a-kind pieces of Mississippi-made art, or take advantage of great hunting or fishing and other outdoor activities.
The Yazoo City Municipal School District is well-known for its quality and dedication to excellence. With a vision to work tirelessly to help the school system achieve its highest possible level as an educational institution, they pair innovation with a focus on learning, so all students can meet their future challenges.
With a population of around 12,000 and less than an hour’s drive to Jackson, Yazoo City offers the perfect combination of small-town tranquility and big-city accessibility. Make Yazoo City your home and you won’t regret it.
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Just outside of Memphis and along the eastern edge of Shelby County, Tennessee, you will find one of the fastest growing towns in the state and in the country. Collierville offers a lot of what people look for in a place to live – quality residential living with a variety of housing options, an award-winning school system, numerous organized sports programs and leagues, a state-of-the-art community theatre, recreational centers, a nationally accredited police department, beautiful open spaces and city parks, and an extensive greenbelt.
Just a ten-minute drive from the Memphis city limit, Collierville has maintained the "small town atmosphere" that residents love. The heart of the town is the Historic Town Square, which has been a magnet for citizens from all over the area. Quaint shops, fine restaurants, an ice cream parlor, a lovely park and a train museum draw residents and visitors year round, especially during holidays when the Square is beautifully decorated.
Money Magazine recently named Collierville as one of the best Eastern US communities in which to live. Its planners and leaders work diligently to maintain its sense of history with a vision of the future, attracting major industries and employers including FedEx. Collierville is the perfect place to call home for those who want a quaint life with all the amenities of a city.
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It has been said that if you live in Memphis and you want to get to heaven, you have to go through Tipton County. And that’s where you will find the lovely town of Covington, approximately one hour north of Memphis and one of the fastest growing communities in the state.
Covington is but one of many communities that comprise Tipton County, along with other small town hamlets Munford, Atoka, Brighton and others, giving people who work in Covington many options for a quiet, quaint place to live with a low cost of living. In fact, Tipton County has been voted the number three safest rural community in America by The Progressive Farmer, an agricultural and country living magazine which has been in publication since 1886.
Covington has one of the strongest educational systems in the state with public, private, and alternative school options. The city boasts a number of public parks, including Patriot Park, Frazier Park, Shelton Park and Cobb-Parr Memorial Park, the area’s largest park with multiple sports fields and amenities. It is also home of the annual Tipton County Barbecue Festival. The Tipton County Museum, Veteran's Memorial and Nature Center includes a twenty-acre wildlife sanctuary, a half-mile nature trail through a woodland forest, and a wetland study area.
Covington itself has a population of approximately 62,000 and enjoys one of the lowest costs of living in the nation. It’s 40 minutes away from Memphis International Airport, and only 20 minutes away from Shelby Forest State Park. It’s not a mystery why more and more people are relocating to Tipton County to enjoy the quieter, less expensive lifestyle while still being close to the nearby metropolitan area.
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Huntingdon, Tennessee, is the county seat of Carroll County, located just off Interstate 40 halfway between Nashville and Memphis, and a 40-minute drive to nearby Jackson. Huntingdon is home to the Dixie Carter Performing Arts Center, named for the award-winning actor and star of “Designing Women” and one of Huntingdon’s most famous daughters. A small town with big heart, Huntingdon hosts a number of festivals and events that celebrate its history as well as its citizens, with an eye to the future.
Downton Huntingdon is a colorful blend of locally-owned stores and restaurants that offer a wide range of unique wares and dining options. Outdoor sports enthusiasts can enjoy long weekends at the Tennessee River and Kentucky Lake and seven state parks all within an hour's drive. If golf is your game, you’ll find five beautiful, well-managed golf courses within a 10-20 mile radius. There are five excellent school districts in Huntingdon and Carroll County, noted not only for their high performing scholastics, but also for their state championships in football, baseball, track and tennis. Additionally, there are a number of colleges and universities within an hour's drive, including the University of Tennessee-Martin and Bethel University, located in Carroll County.
Beauty, charm, and unsurpassed recreation and outdoors opportunities can be found in every corner in Huntingdon. You may find Huntingdon to be the place you always wanted to call “home”.
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While on his first extended concert tour, a young Elvis Presley was asked what he missed most about his hometown, Memphis, Tennessee. He simply replied, “Everything.” Ask any Memphian the same question today, you’ll likely get the same answer because this city has way of capturing your soul. Named one of 2021’s World’s Greatest Places by Time Magazine, Memphis is actually the best of both worlds; it has small town charm with big city amenities. Nowhere else can you spend a day exploring Shelby Farms Park, an urban park five times the size of New York’s Central Park, and then dance and dine the night away on world famous Beale Street.
Catch a professional baseball or soccer game at one of the most beautiful, family-friendly stadiums in the nation, AutoZone Park, home to the Memphis Redbirds and Memphis 901FC. Or, watch the NBA all-stars on the Memphis Grizzlies play in the FedEx Forum just steps away from the blues clubs on Beale Street. Stroll along one the most beautiful riverfronts you’ll ever see and then drive ten minutes to visit Elvis Presley’s Graceland. It’s all here for the taking.
Oh, and the food. Memphis is home to the annual World Championship Barbecue Festival that brings in hundreds of teams from around the world. So, yeah, good food is a thing here. From James Beard chefs and numerous ethnic cuisines to some of the best fine dining experiences you can imagine, Memphis is a foodie’s paradise.
One of the most attractive features of life in Memphis is a remarkably low cost of living. From the price of dinner to the cost to heat and cool your home, the price of daily life in Memphis makes a lesser dent in your disposable income than it would in other cities. The Memphis metro area has 18 public school districts and over 100 private schools that attract national recognition and honors every year for the innovative programs and academic excellence provided to students of all ages.
There is a truism that permeates Memphis – the longer you’re here, the more you fall in love in with it. Until the only thing you can say you love about Memphis is “everything.”
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UNION CITY TN
UNION CITY, TN
Nestled in the corner of northwestern Tennessee, Union City is a thriving and vivacious community where living is easy and southern hospitality is the norm. It’s where you can find recreation of all kinds – first-class fishing and hunting, a dense population of nesting bald eagles, acres of beautiful forest land, enough history to fill several books, sumptuous southern cuisine, quaint antique shops and top-flight golf. Nearby Reelfoot Lake is one of the most beautiful and historic lakes this side of the Mason-Dixon Line.
The University of Tennessee at Martin, only a twelve-mile drive away, is listed as a top-tier university among southern, master's level institutions in the 2009 edition of America’s Best Colleges compiled by U.S. News & World Report. The public schools in Obion County are consistently identified as some of the best in the state through quality metrics and over $80 Million has been injected into the area schools over the last two decades to improve facilities and information technology infrastructure.
Recognized as one of "The Best Places to Live in Rural America" by a national publication, Union City is a proud community that has much to offer and is a great place to raise a family.
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