I live in Mississippi, not too far away from you.
Move back up northwest as soon as possible. The south is not a prosperous or happy place. It's where old people who've failed in life go to die. It's where the military recruits warmbodies to take bullets in some dusty hellhole; and that's one of the best outcomes for the average southerner. If you search, you will find the prosperous and beautiful places, but do not be deceived, for just outside the bounds of these little oasis' lies poverty and depression; wasted potential, wasted lives, and loads of literal waste.
Mississippi, western Tennessee, and Arkansas are some of the worst places in the US; pretty much any southern state with a part of the Delta. Mississippi is Detroit, spread out over a state, with less violence and slightly more white people. It could be the worst place to live in the United States. I would be ashamed at having my children grow up here. I live here only because I was born here. I was, like almost all others, born to near poverty, of parents that hated each other with debt they could not afford. I am only just now able to leave because Mississippi it is like a trap. There are no jobs good enough to raise the money needed to leave quickly, and the landscape outside of the occasional, extremely rare oasis is dreary and depressing to the max, so it takes great willpower to keep on acquiring enough money to leave. Most fail, and die here alone from divorce and full of regret.
I plan on leaving for Coeur d'Alene or Spokane. If I fail there, at least I live in a pretty place.
There is nothing worth coming to in any southern state over any other state. Please, leave as soon as possible. You have no future here.