Yes sir, Georgia is a great state as is Alabama, but if I had my choice of any state to live it would be Texas. Number one is the humidity is much much lower, and the humidity can really be a killer here in Alabama. Makes it not so great to be outside some days in the summer. The taxes are low, low as well compared to most states and it is probably the one state that is truly growing economically (and socially) despite the poor economy. Austin is coming up as a huge player in the food scene and Houston is great too.
Great place and I wish I could move out there now. But no matter where you pick to live in the South will be a great choice. Every state has its history that is unique and great people everywhere. Nothing like a little Southern charm to make your day a little better!
BTW, I guess you already know that Texas seems to be the best state to live if you love barbecue and smoking. Another good reason to love it there.