Selecting an attorney to represent you any legal matter can be a stressful proposition. If your legal issues involve family or criminal law, choosing an attorney to represent your interests and guide you through the legal system can be an even more difficult task given what is likely at stake. At the Smyrna, Tennessee law firm of Bennett & Michael we understand how hard it can be to try and find the right attorney, particularly when you are already under a considerable amount of stress. Our goal at Bennett & Michael is to make your choice as easy as possible and get started protected your rights and working on a strategy for your representation.
The History of Smyrna, Tennessee
The town of Smyrna began as an agrarian community with many large farms and plantations flourishing in the area. During the Civil War the town of Smyrna gained importance because of its railroad station located between the larger cities of Nashville and Chattanooga. One of the major events of the war for the town involved the Confederate hero Sam Davis who was captured November 20, 1863, and was hanged by Union forces a week later after being charged with spying and refusing to give up information to the Union Army. The town of Smyrna continued to grow after the War and was eventually incorporated in 1915. During World War II, Sewart Air Force Base was established in Smyrna in 1941. During the 1950’s and 1960’s, the base was a major economic boost to the city; however, by 1971 the base was scheduled for closure. Community leaders were concerned about the economic impact the closure would have on the city. Determined to overcome the loss of the base, community leaders began recruiting new industry and developed the land as the Smyrna/Rutherford County Airport Authority in 1990. During the same revival period, many new industries moved to the area. The city began a period of growth stimulated by such companies as Better Built Aluminum, and Vi-Jon, Inc. In the early 1980s, building began for a Nissan Motors manufacturing plant, marking the first Japanese automobile manufacturer to build a plant in the U.S. In 1983, the first vehicle was produced. The Nissan plant now employs around 7,000 workers, and produces 500,000 vehicles annually, including the new Hybrid, the Nissan Leaf.
Smyrna, Tennessee Today
Located in the geographical center of the state and about twenty minutes south-east of the nearest big city of Nashville, Smyrna is a vibrant growing community with just over 40,000 year around residents as of the 2013 census. U.S. News and World Report listed Smyrna as one of the best places in the United States to retire in 2007. The city offers residents a small town atmosphere within a short commute to the “big city.” Smyrna residents can count on annual town activities including Halloween at the park, July Fourth fireworks and a Christmas parade. In addition, residents are able to enjoy a number of recreational activities including, a 27-hole public golf course, 7 miles of greenway trails and an outdoor water park along with 10 public parks scattered throughout the city. The public fitness center located in Town Center also includes an Olympic-sized swimming pool. For a night on the town, catch a movie at Malco Theatre, thebrand new town movie theatre recently opened in Smyrna. For a lesson in the town’s history, take a guided tour through the Sam Davis home and museum located on a well-maintained 200-acre farm, this historical site is the childhood home of the confederate war hero, Sam Davis.
Bennett & Michael in the Community
The attorneys and staff at Bennett & Michael are proud to be part of the Smyrna, Tennessee community. Both of the firm’s founding partners, Stan Bennett and Dinah Michael, are native Tennesseans. Attorney Bennett was born and raised in Murfreesboro while attorney Michael was born and raised in nearby Nashville. Being native to the area, both attorneys are committed to serving the community they call home and the people who they call neighbors with their legal needs.
If you are involved in a family law legal matter, such a divorce, child custody, adoption, paternity, or child support, it is imperative that you have an attorney who understands the issues and can represent your best interests. The decisions made your family law matter will likely affect you, and your family, for many years to come which is why you need an experienced family law attorney on your side now.
If it is a criminal law matter for which you need representation, it means your freedom and your future (or that of a loved one) are at stake, making your choice of legal representation even more important. As a defendant in a criminal prosecution you have a number of important Constitutional rights; however, in order for those rights to protect you it is essential that you know what they are as well as when and how to assert them. Having an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side is the key to protecting you and your rights throughout the prosecution of your case.
We understand that the legal system can be intimidating and difficult to navigate, particularly during times of stress, as is often the case when a lawsuit or prosecution is threatened or underway. Contact the Smyrna, Tennessee team at Bennett & Michael today by calling 615-410-2454 to schedule your free consultation and find out how we can help you.