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Soddy-Daisy
Sunday, March 31, 2013    |   

Location: Northern Hamilton County, about 18 miles from downtown Chattanooga.

Size: Soddy-Daisy encompasses 18 square miles along Dayton Pike and U.S. 27 .

Population: 12,714.

Date founded: April 1969.

History: The origin of Soddy-Daisy’s name is not certain. Soddy likely comes from the Welsh corruption of William Sodder’s Trading Post to “Soddy,” while Daisy comes from Daisy Parks, daughter of the Tabler-Clendys Coal Co.’s Thomas Parks, who was vice president of the company in the 1930s.

Government: City Commission-manager government: City Manager Hardie Stulce; Mayor Jim Adams; Vice Mayor Janice Cagle; Commissioners Shane Harmon, Rick Nunley and Gene Shipley.

Schools: Soddy-Daisy and Sequoyah high schools, Soddy-Daisy Middle, Allen, Daisy and Soddy elementaries, Daisy Headstart, Ivy Academy.

Median household income: $61,450

Landmarks: Chickamauga Creek natural area.

Unique characteristics: With boating, fishing, swimming and water-skiing, the nearby Chickamauga Lake attracts vacationers from all over.

Unique traditions: Every Fourth of July, Soddy-Daisy hosts a fire muster in which firefighters compete in a series of fire and rescue events before a celebration on the lake.

Best-kept secret: With one of the lowest cost-of-living indexes in America and one of the country’s lowest crime rates, Soddy-Daisy can be an attractive place for those looking for a country lifestyle while living only 15 minutes from downtown Chattanooga.

Fun fact: The first Hamilton County Commission meeting was held in Soddy-Daisy at Poe’s Tavern. The tavern also served as the first county courthouse.

“I think the sense of community here is great. It covers quite a large area, but most of the people here have lived here a good long time, if not all of their lives. And those who have left often come back.”

— Susan Rymill, owner, Lometa’s Flowers