You may or may not be surprised who is the highest paid employee in Tennessee, Mississippi, and Arkansas but you may be surprised that most states have the same answer.
Tennessee: Football coach
Arkansas: Football coach
Mississippi: Football coach
Based on data drawn from media reports and state salary databases, the ranks of the highest-paid active public employees include 27 football coaches, 13 basketball coaches, one hockey coach, and 10 dorks who aren't even in charge of a team per deadspin.com.