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Sparse Suburban Feel
Smyrna is a suburb of Nashville with a population of 48,361. Smyrna is in Rutherford County and is one of the best places to live in Tennessee. Living in Smyrna offers residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents own their homes. Many families and young professionals live in Smyrna and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Smyrna are highly rated. The Town of Smyrna finds its roots in the mid 1800’s as an agrarian community with many large farms and plantations flourishing in the area. One of the more significant plantations, the Sam Davis Home, is Smyrna’s most historic landmark and is designated as a state historical site. The 200-acre estate is governed by a Board of Regents, a group of concerned citizens dedicated to the preservation of a nineteenth century working plantation.
The railway has also played an important role in the history of Smyrna. Serving as a refueling station for the railroad, tracts of land surrounding the depot were offered for public purchase. The town of Smyrna first incorporated in 1869, however its original charter was rescinded by the state a few years later. In 1915, the town incorporated, adopting a mayor and a commission form of government and continued to operate under a private act charter. On March 14, 2000, the mayor and board of commissioners adopted a new charter and now operate under the city manager form of government. The legislative body consists of 6 council persons and one mayor.
Another significant mark in the history of Smyrna was the impoundment of Percy Priest Lake in the 1960’s. After Congressional approval, the Corp of Engineers began acquiring land for the lake. Land clearing began in 1966 and the lake was impounded in 1969. The lake not only serves as a tremendous supply of quality water to the area, but also is home to a variety of recreational opportunities.
The economic slowdown that resulted from closure of the Sewart AFB was only temporary. The economy of Smyrna prospered during the 1970’s and promised to improve in the 80’s following the announcement of Nissan, the first Japanese automobile manufacturer to build a plant in the United States, to make its home in Smyrna. The announcement and construction came at an ideal time as the national economy was experiencing a slowdown. The Nissan plant, the largest automobile manufacturing plant under one roof, was built on approximately 800 acres in record time with over 2,000 construction laborers working seven days a week. The first vehicle was produced in 1983. Nissan has been a good corporate citizen over the years providing steady employment to approximately 6,000 workers.
The economic future of Smyrna appears bright given its strategic geographic location. The availability of ample utilities and supporting major transportation facilities (air, road and rail) makes Smyrna an attractive location for business and industry.
Every two years, residents of Rutherford County take their gaze to the sky, when the Smyrna/Rutherford County Airport hosts the Great Tennessee Air Show. The next show, scheduled for June 5-6, 2021, will feature the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds precision aerobatic flight team as well as organizations like the Civil Air Patrol, Navy and Coast Guard. A popular attraction will be a two-seater plane cockpit that kids can explore.
Another annual event held in Smyrna is the Simply Smyrna Celebration, which kicks off summer in the region with live music, food trucks, vendors, kid-friendly activities and wine tastings, among other things.
Rutherford County continues to receive and National recognition
Creating A Better Quality Of Life
Smyrna, TN is a family-friendly town with many amenities including great outdoor activities and historic sites. Smyrna was named one the top ten cities to retire by US News & World Report. A great greenway system, golf course, a low property tax rate and access to Percy Priest make Smyrna a draw for those seeking an active lifestyle. This vibrant, growing community of more than 40,000 residents is home to a Nissan factory, the city’s largest private employer. Motlow State Community College offers secondary education opportunities and TriStar Stone Crest Medical Center provides top notch health care. Smyrna is the 15th largest city in Tennessee, but its property taxes are the third lowest in the state.
Thurman Francis Arts Academy in Smyrna is a K-8 magnet school program. The school ranked better than 95 percent of elementary schools in TN and ranked 3rd among 23 ranked elementary schools in Rutherford County.
Rutherford County continues to receive and National recognition for the quality of life it offers. Forbes Magazine recently ranked in Nashville / Davidson County Murfreesboro – Franklin Area 4th on its list of best cities for jobs and in 2015 Murfreesboro ranked 11th on Wallet Hub’s list of fastest-growing cities. Murfreesboro, the county’s largest city, is the geographic center of the State. Higher Education is easily accessible at Middle Tennessee State University and the Tennessee Technology Center at Murfreesboro, and there are a host of historic, cultural and educational sites here, including the Discovery Center at murfree Spring, Stones River National Battlefield under the sand Davis home.
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Murfreesboro, Smyrna working to lure corporate headquarters, bring jobs closer to home
Since 2011 the city has added more than 19,000 residents, according to last year’s special census, which had a final tally of 128,225. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city’s population grew by 25 percent from 2010 to April 2017.
Current population estimates place the county closer to 136,000.