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It could be the start of a plot from a John Grisham novel: a retiring attorney looks to relocate in a small, affordable Southern town, one that enjoys that old-fashioned, small-town way of life complete with Friday night high school football games and barbecue contests. But he needs close proximity to his lawyer friends in Memphis, to stay in touch. Where should he go?

It could be a John Grisham novel, but it isn’t. There’s no drama or mystery here; the easy answer is Southaven, Mississippi. Southaven could have been the inspiration for one of Grisham’s books, however; he was born and practiced law in Southaven for over a decade.

Our retiring attorney will be happy to learn that Southaven is very tax-friendly to retirees, as is all of Mississipe. The state exempts qualified retirement income from state income taxes. Social Security income is not taxed at all, regardless of his total income. In addition, since he’s over 65, our friend is exempt from ad valorem taxes up to $75,000 of the market value of his new Southaven home.

He’ll have plenty to do in Southaven; in April, he’ll join the thousands who participate in Springfest and The Mississippi State Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest in Snowdon Grove Park. Springfest is the city’s premier annual event, attracting over 50,000 visitors during the three-day festival. The carnival midway features rides, vendors, concessions and live musical entertainment.

In May, residents flock to Southaven’s Annual Fishing Rodeo. In December, Southaven’s Central Park is transformed into the Southern Lights, a showcase of more than 40 Christmas and holiday lighting displays with synchronized music.

Of course, living so close to the big city of Memphis allows even more entertainment possibilities just minutes away. Our friend will enjoy the Redbirds baseball games at AutoZone Park, and Memphis’ Orpheum Theatre, known as the “South’s Finest Theatre,” presents a dozen large-scale Broadway shows every year.

No mystery here; the story of a relocation to Southaven can have a very happy ending!

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