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Arlington is known for a lot of things. Six Flags Over Texas. The Texas Rangers. And we can’t forget Cowboys Stadium.

But being a redneck capital?

According to a California real estate brokerage firm, Arlington ranks No. 7 on its top 10 list of the most redneck cities in America. It trails Atlanta and Fort Worth.

The company, Movoto, which has a blog that presents the “lighter side of real estate” said that it used as criteria things like the number of NASCAR racetracks, Wal-Marts, gun and ammo stores, taxidermists and stores selling cowboy boots.

Also included was the number of people who haven’t completed high school.

Atlanta came in first, then Kansas City, Mo.; Oklahoma City; Nashville; Tulsa; Fort Worth; Arlington; Sacramento; Cleveland; and Mesa, Ariz.

The blog item was written by Natalie Grigson, who says she is from Austin, the “land of live music, beautiful parks, active, healthy people, art theater, and open-mindedness. It is the little blue dot in a red state. But the further I get from home, the more specific I find I have to be.”

She says she doesn’t use the term redneck negatively, at all.

“Add it all up and Atlanta just beat out Kansas City, Mo., for tops on the list,” Movoto spokesman Nick Johnson told the United Press International. “So, if I were to try and quantify everything, I’d say that Atlanta didn’t stand out too much, but it was right about in the middle, overall, for everything, while other cities were up and down enough that middle of the road won out.”

The blog post has generated some interesting tweets. Not everyone agrees with the methodology or the findings.

“The ‘10 most redneck cities’ list doesn’t include any cities from NC, SC, Alabama or Mississippi. Umm?” wrote Derek Medlin in Raleigh, N.C.

“Can you believe that KC made it to the #2 spot of the 10 Most Redneck Cities in the US? This is not right!” wrote Freelance Exchange-KC, a marketing outsource resource.

“I apparently live in the 4th most redneck city in America .... AND I CAN’T WAIT TO GET BACK TO IT!” said Julie Moe, a media manager in Nashville.

What a wild ride

Get ready to scream!

Six Flags Over Texas will open to the general public on Saturday along with what is touted as the world’s largest swing ride, the Texas Sky Screamer.

The ride, which is 400 feet tall and will spin 24 riders in open-air swings, took the place of the 200-foot Texas Chute Out, a park landmark. It will go at speeds of up to 35 mph in a 124-foot circle and bring them back down.

It is the park’s first new ride since 2008 and is expected to become its new icon. It is as tall as the biggest skyscrapers in downtown Fort Worth.

On the move

Maggie Campbell, the former president of Downtown Arlington Management Corp., is on the move again.

Campbell, who left Arlington to run a similar organization in St. Louis, the Partnership for Downtown St. Louis, to pursue new opportunities “that are being presented nationally in the economic development arena.”

“It was a privilege to represent the interests of downtown St. Louis and help to further develop it into a regional and national destination,” Campbell said in a statement printed by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “The best days for downtown St. Louis are still ahead.”

Book carnival

First United Methodist Church of Arlington expects hundreds of people to attend its book carnival June 8 beginning at 10 a.m. This will be the third year for this event, which has continued to grow in attendance.

The carnival is part of the One Mile Mission, a churchwide initiative to positively and effectively reach out to the community. Church members spearheading this event have collected thousands of books over the past several months, in both English and Spanish, to give to local children.

This event will offer each child a tote bag to fill with books, while each family will receive a “supper kit” with enough food for a family meal.

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