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City Profile: Soddy-Daisy
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Sunday, March 27, 2011    |   
Soddy-Daisy’s peaceful atmosphere and low cost of living are helping it become one of the county’s fastest-growing communities.
Soddy-Daisy’s peaceful atmosphere and low cost of living are helping it become one of the county’s fastest-growing communities.
Photo by Jake Daniels /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

* Population: 12,000.

* Geographic area: Soddy-Daisy encompasses 18 square miles along Dayton Pike and U.S. 27 in northern Hamilton County.

* Date founded: April 1969.

* Landmarks or geographic features: Chickamauga Creek natural area.

* Median income: $55,000.

* Unique characteristics: With boating, fishing, swimming and water skiing, Soddy-Daisy’s Chickamauga Lake attracts vacationers from all over.

* Historic info: 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.

* Odd/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.

* Schools: Soddy-Daisy High School, Sequoyah High School, Allen Elementary School, Soddy-Daisy Middle School, Daisy Elementary School, Soddy Elementary School, Daisy Headstart, Ivy Academy.

* 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.