Soddy-Daisy

Soddy-Daisy

March 28th, 2014 in Fyi2014

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 Janice Cagle; Vice Mayor Rick Nunley; Commissioners Patti Skates, Gene Shipley and Jim Adams

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, 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.

"It's convenient to everywhere. We have the lake for recreation. If you want to shop you can shop. It's just a nice city -- a good place to live in and raise your children in."

-- Kaye Taylor, lifelong resident