When we moved to Tennessee, the first town we started house hunting in was Bartlett. Bartlett, TN is northeast of Memphis, but much quieter. It's not fancy, but it's comfortable. Bartlett is a town of green parks and good people. For four years running, the Arbor Day Foundation has named Bartlett "Tree City USA."
Bartlett is close enough to Memphis for easy access to big city amenities, but separate enough to have a far lower crime rate. Bartlett has plenty of good restaurants. My kids may think Dairy Queen is the best eatery in town, but the grown-ups in the family prefer Sweetpea's Table (friendly service, home style cooking, decent sized portions). Firebirds Wood Fired Grill, LongHorn Steakhouse, and Texas Roadhouse are great for those who like steak (all have excellent food, but the service is a hair better at Texas Roadhouse). Our favorite Italian place is Milano's Pizza (casual, comfortable, and very tasty). It's next to the discount theater, so it's easy to get a filling meal before or after the movies.
Memphis attractions are close enough to get to easily, but Bartlett has attractions of its own. For those who like history, there are Davies Manor Plantation and the Nicholas Gotten House, home to the Bartlett Museum. The Bartlett Performing Arts & Conference Center (BPACC) hosts entertainers like Art Garfunkel, Kenny Loggins, Amy Grant, and Charlie Daniels, as well as local artists like the Dukes of Dixieland and the Bartlett Repertory Company. The BPACC also has art shows and conferences, as well as plays and concerts. The Bartlett Recreation Center has a swimming pool, basketball and racquetball courts, workout rooms, and a running track. Our family's favorite place is Municipal Park with its Japanese garden.