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Collegedale
Friday, March 28, 2014    |   

Location: Right off Interstate 75's Exit 9, Collegedale is located in Hamilton County's southeastern quadrant.

Size: About 10 square miles

Founded: 1968

Population: 9,139

Government: Governed by five commissioners, including the mayor. The commission appoints a city manager.

Attraction: Home to McKee Foods, producer of Little Debbie snack cakes. McKee is one of Hamilton County's largest employers. The town also is home to Southern Adventist University, with about 3,000 students.

Schools: A.W. Spalding Elementary School, Ooltewah Elementary, Wolftever Creek Elementary, Collegedale Adventist Middle School, Ooltewah Middle School, Collegedale Academy, Southern Adventist University

Fun fact: The top-selling Little Debbie products are Swiss Cake Rolls, Nutty Buddies and Oatmeal Creme Pies. In May 2010, McKee Foods celebrated its fifth decade of using the Little Debbie name by preparing a 75-pound Oatmeal Creme Pie, which hundreds helped devour.

Landmark: Veterans Memorial Park, located along the Wolftever Creek Greenway, features flags, sculptures, plaques and other military material as a memorial to U.S. war veterans.

"Collegedale is a wonderful place to locate due to our lower taxes, low crime rate, ... our suburban lifestyle, quick access to recreation, and several educational institutions. Plus, our location near Enterprise South Industrial Park containing VW, Amazon and McKee Foods, located inside our city, provide family-wage jobs within our region." -- City manager Ted Rogers