Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Tale of Two 'Villes Besides Their Links as Southern Boom Towns That Received NFL Franchises in the 1990s, Jacksonville and Nashville Have a Host of Common --- and Surprising --- Bonds

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Tale of Two 'Villes Besides Their Links as Southern Boom Towns That Received NFL Franchises in the 1990s, Jacksonville and Nashville Have a Host of Common --- and Surprising --- Bonds

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METRO AREA POPULATION

Jacksonville: 1.1 million

Nashville: 1.2 million

GROWTH RATE DURING THE 1990s

Jacksonville: 18 %

Nashville: 18 %

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME

Jacksonville: $36,516

Nashville: $38,224

JOB GROWTH, 1999

Jacksonville: 3.3 %

Nashville: 3.1%

UNEMPLOYMENT RATE

Jacksonville: 3.1 %

Nashville: 2.7 %

SQUARE MILES

Jacksonvile: 840

Nashvile: 553

URBAN PARKS

Jacksonville: Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve: 43,000 acres

Nashville: Percy Warner and Edwin Warner Parks: 2,681 acres

AMUSEMENT PARKS

Jacksonville: Rumors that Six Flags will locate here.

Nashville: Rumors that Six Flags will locate here.

POPULAR NEWS ANCHOR, GREEK HERITAGE

Jacksonville: Deborah Gianoulis, WJXT TV-4

Nashville: Demetria Kalodimos, WSMV TV-4

FAMOUS LYRICS

Jacksonville: James Weldon Johnson's Lift Every Voice and Sing (1900), known as the Negro National Anthem:

Lift every voice and sing/Till earth and heaven ring/ ...Facing the rising sun of our new day begun/ Let us march on till victory is won.

Nashville: Johnny Paycheck's Take This Job and Shove It (1977), could be known as working person's anthem:

You better not try to stand in my way/ When I'm walking out the door/ Take this job and shove it/ I ain't working here no more.

FAST RUNNERS

Jacksonville: Bob Hayes, 100-meter and 4x100 meter relay gold medalist at 1964 Olympics

Nashville: Wilma Rudolph, 100-meter and 4x100 meter relay gold medalist at 1960 Olympics

FAST SWIMMERS

Jacksonville: Nancy Hogshead, 3 Olympic gold medals, 1984

Nashville: Tracy Caulkins, 3 Olympic gold medals, 1984

FAMOUS GOLFERS

Jacksonville: David Duval: 11 PGA tour wins, #2 world ranking

Nashville: Vince Gill: Okay, he's a country music singer, but who's not in that town. Hosts a charity tournament, The Vinny.

FAMOUS AUTHORS LIVED HERE

Jacksonville: Harriett Beecher Stowe: Uncle Tom's Cabin, arguably most influential political novel of all time. …

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