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Our members know their states! Hear more about the land of Country music (and so much more!) from our Tennessee member, Ann.

Name:  Ann Cranford

City, State: Nashville, Tennessee

Organization: State Office of Rural Health

How long have you lived in Tennessee? Why do you choose to live there?
I have lived in Tennessee all of my life. I have had the opportunity to live in another state, but I love Tennessee and there is no place like it.

How is 3RNet impacting Tennessee? 
3RNet provides my State the opportunity to post much needed healthcare practitioner vacancies for all of our underserved communities. They continue to be a great resource for all recruitment needs. They are just a phone call or an email away. 

What are the best cultural events that happen in Tennessee? 
Tennessee has several cultural events across the State and it's hard to pick just one! The County Music Association (CMA) Fest typically happens every year and is held in Nashville during June, providing a four-day event to listen to Country Music. People from all over the world attend CMA Fest. Memphis in May is another cultural event held annually during the whole month of May with a different focus each weekend such as music or barbecue. 

Why should a health professional choose Tennessee over surrounding states? 
Tennessee is a major part of health care with five of the major healthcare companies based right here in Tennessee.

What loan repayment program does Tennessee have?
Health care providers looking for loan repayment in Tennessee have a couple potential options (depending on their profession and other eligibility requirements): the Tennessee State Loan Repayment Program (TSLRP) and the National Health Services Corp (NHSC).

How is the J-1 Visa Waiver program utilized in Tennessee?
The State of Tennessee supports J1 Visa Waiver placements through the following programs: the Conrad 30 Program, the Appalachian Regional Commission J1 Visa Program, and the Delta J1 Visa Program. Tennessee welcomes J1 Visa Waiver physicians!

What sports teams does Tennessee have?
Tennessee has professional sports teams in football: the Tennessee Titans; basketball: the Memphis Grizzlies; and soccer: Nashville Soccer, as well as minor league baseball: the Nashville Sounds.

What is your favorite local food?
The best local food is the Nashville Hot Chicken which originiated in Nashville, Tennessee and can now be found around the world!

What is Tennessee best known for?
The capital of the state, Nashville, is known as "Music City" the country music capital of the world. Tennessee is also known for having great hot chicken, whiskey, and barbecue. 

What is the biggest misconception about Tennessee? 
Not everyone lives in barns or has that deep southern drawl. Like any other state, our land and people are diverse. 

What are the biggest industries in Tennessee?
Health care is the biggest industry in Tennessee.

How is the weather/climate in Tennessee?
Tennessee experiences all four seasons.

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