I would hope that the generalizations of people from Florida causing problems when moving to Tennessee would not be the general attitude of people who have lived here all of their lives. I was born and raised in Florida, but my family ancestors come from Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee. I'm moving to Tennessee in the next couple of weeks as I enjoy a change of seasons, friendly people, and a lower cost of living. The home my wife and I bought in Dunlap would cost over $250,000 in Florida. In Tennessee, it's slightly more than half that cost. We're retired folks, just wanting to live our lives in peace with our neighbors. We hope we will be welcomed, and not looked upon as "damned Floridians". I spend a career in the military, so I've never really had the opportunity to put down roots. I hope to do so here.
So what ever became of Tennessee calling this stretch of highway I-124? Calling the road I-124 from Chattanooga and following it to Dunlap on TN 111 makes a lot of sense to me.
My wife and I used to own a mobile pet grooming business in Florida which we sold because of the BP oil spill killing tourism which is the lifeblood of the local community. We always took special care of elderly pets, and pets and their clients were generally happy with our work. One of the safeguards we insisted on with elderly pets was a veterinary checkup, assuring us that the pet could handle grooming. Many veterinarians recommended giving the elderly pet a clip that would be low maintenance and less susceptible to matting. If the pet was matted, it would suggest to me an owner who was less than fastidious regarding the proper care of her pet. Brushing a coat on a long haired breed is a DAILY requirement. Many owners don't bother, hand the groomer a matted mess, and then complain when the groomer has to literally shave the pet bald to allow the pet to be comfortable. Sorry, I'm not buying the notion that the groomer killed the dog. Reputable groomers attend classes in grooming, go to trade shows and seminars for continuing education, and spend thousands of dollars on equipment. I can tell you from personal experience a mobile pet groomer will easily spend nearly $100,000 on a vehicle, conversion, and equipment. And reputable groomers often have to compete with the bozos who grab a comb and scissors, and then call themselves a pet groomer. Know your groomer. Ask about certifications and training. Organizations such as the National Dog Groomers Association of America certify pet groomers. If in doubt about your groomer, ask questions.
People posting that Tennessee is a "right to work" state are only partially correct. To be more correct, Tennessee is an "employment at will" state, which means that an employer can terminate an employee at any time for any reason. The employer does not have to provide cause. On the other hand, the terminated employee can then file for unemployment benefits if he or she has earned enough credits. Employer's unemployment tax rates are directly affected by the number of people they terminate that are placed on the unemployment rolls, in other words it indirectly costs an employer to terminate an employee, whether there is cause or not. This is why employers, both large and small, are hesitant to hire new employees. They want to be very sure that new hires will have enough work to be retained over the long haul.