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City Profile: East Ridge
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Sunday, March 27, 2011    |   
East Ridge is 90 years old this year. It’s among the few area towns with its own municipal flag.
East Ridge is 90 years old this year. It’s among the few area towns with its own municipal flag.
Photo by John Rawlston /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

* Population: 20,640.

* Geographic area: Bordered by Chattanooga to the west, north and east, East Ridge is the first Hamilton County municipality motorists encounter as they travel Interstate 75 north from Georgia to Tennessee.

* Date founded: 1921.

* Landmarks or geographic features: Used for recreation, conventions and sports, Camp Jordan has been dubbed “the pride of East Ridge.” It’s located near 1,500 hotel rooms, and many restaurants are within a mile of the facility.

* Median income: $36,347.

* Most famous native: Former U.S. Rep. Zach Wamp.

* History: Old photographs and historic information are available at the East Ridge History Center on Tombras Avenue.

* Unique traditions: Last year, East Ridge held a contest to create the city flag. Vice Mayor Tom Card had the winner — an orange-and-white banner featuring the city’s emblematic pioneer mixed with elements of Tennessee’s state flag.

* Schools: East Ridge Elementary, Spring Creek Elementary, East Ridge Middle School, East Ridge High School.

* Best-kept secret: Judging from its packed parking lot, it’s not a secret in East Ridge, but Wally’s has a Southern-style buffet for anyone in need of a quick, filling lunch.

* Fun fact: East Ridge will celebrate its 90th birthday soon. Dot Guinn, a resident who also will turn 90 this year, has been lobbying the council to hold a parade and throw a birthday party for both her and the city.