40 for 40: Strong work ethic the foundation of Akaiah Highsmith’s success

Posted by J. Matthew Bolton on May 18th, 2022

Akiah Highsmith has a sharp legal mind, a heart for serving others and a set of hands that are not afraid to dig in and do some hard work.

“My parents really raised me to have a strong work ethic,” Highsmith said. “I grew up on a farm, and nothing really got done sitting around. That’s something I’ve been able to maintain.”

Highsmith made his mark in Tennessee’s 3rd Judicial District. As a state prosecutor, he showed the ability to effectively prosecute criminal cases in a manner that delivered justice in a fair manner. He also worked tirelessly to go the extra mile to project vulnerable citizens by serving on the Vulnerable Adult Protection Investigation Team, and he became deeply involved with the Hawkins County recovery court to help those battling addiction.

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