Soddy-Daisy City Hall
Location of Soddy-Daisy in Hamilton County, Tennessee.
|• Total||23.8 sq mi (61.7 km2)|
|• Land||23.0 sq mi (59.7 km2)|
|• Water||0.8 sq mi (2.0 km2)|
|Elevation||699 ft (213 m)|
|• Estimate (2016)||13,217|
|• Density||562.2/sq mi (213.0/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|ZIP codes||37379, 37384|
|GNIS feature ID||1270798|
|Website||City of Soddy-Daisy|
Soddy-Daisy is a city in Hamilton County, Tennessee, United States. The population was 11,530 at the 2000 census and 12,714 at the 2010 census. The city was formed in 1969 when the communities of Soddy (to the north) and Daisy (to the south), along with nearby developed areas along U.S. Highway 27, merged to form Soddy-Daisy. It is rapidly becoming a bedroom community of nearby Chattanooga and is part of the Chattanooga Metropolitan Statistical Area. Sequoyah Nuclear Generating Station is located in Soddy-Daisy.
Soddy-Daisy was home to Hamilton County's first courthouse and government seat, Poe's Tavern. The tavern, built in 1819, was the home of Soddy-Daisy resident, Hasten Poe. In 1838, the tavern served as a way station for 1,900 Cherokees that were on the Trail of Tears. During the Civil War, Poe's Tavern served as a hospital for both Union and Confederate troops. Though the original Poe's Tavern was torn down in 1911, the City of Soddy Daisy has reconstructing a replica of the building a block away from the original site.
There are two popular stories about how the city of Soddy got its name. The first is that the word "Soddy" is an anglicization of "Tsati," a shorter Cherokee form of the Cherokee word ᎠᏂ ᎫᏌᏘ Ᏹ (Ani-Kusati-yi), referring to the Muskogean Koasati people who lived there in the 18th century prior to Cherokee migration to the area after 1776. The second theory is that Soddy was named for William Sodder, who ran a trading post in the city. Others claim that Soddy's name is a reference to "Soddy Creek," which is believed to have originated from the word Cherokee word "Sauta," which is derived from "Echota." Soddy was a very small town until the Soddy Coal Company began mining in 1867.
Daisy is rumored to have taken its name from Daisy Parks, the daughter of Thomas Parks. Thomas Parks was Vice-President of the Tabler-Cleudup Coal & Coke Company, and founded the Daisy Coal Company in April 1881.
The two cities incorporated in April 1969 along a 9-mile stretch of U.S. 27.
Soddy-Daisy is located at  According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 23.8 square miles (62 km2), of which 23.0 square miles (60 km2) is land and 0.8 square miles (2.1 km2) (3.32%) is water. The city is situated at the base of the Cumberland Plateau in northwestern Hamilton County. An inlet of Chickamauga Lake (consisting of the lower part of Soddy Creek) lies to the east. U.S. Route 27 is the city's main highway, connecting it with Chattanooga to the south and Dayton to the northeast. State Route 111, which crosses the Cumberland Plateau, intersects US-27 in the northern part of the city.(35.258538, -85.176996).
As of the census of 2000, there were 11,530 people, 4,511 households, and 3,392 families residing in the city. The population density was 500.6 people per square mile (193.3/km²). There were 4,809 housing units at an average density of 208.8 per square mile (80.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.15% White, 0.60% African American, 0.24% American Indian, 0.19% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.17% from other races, and 0.63% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.80% of the population.
There were 4,511 households out of which 31.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.9% were married couples living together, 11.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.8% were non-families. 21.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 2.93.
In the city, the population was spread out with 23.0% under the age of 18, 8.7% from 18 to 24, 29.3% from 25 to 44, 25.5% from 45 to 64, and 13.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 93.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.3 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $37,163, and the median income for a family was $41,394. Males had a median income of $32,073 versus $23,147 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,889. About 6.5% of families and 8.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.6% of those under age 18 and 13.4% of those age 65 or over.
The city commissioners are currently Gene Shipley, Patti Skates, Robert Couthran, Jim Adams, and Rick Nunley. The City Manager is currently Janice Cagle and the Finance Director and Recorder is currently Burt Johnson. The Public Works Director is currently Steve Grant.
The Fire Chief is currently Mike Guffey and the Police Chief is Phillip Hamrick.
The city judge is currently Marty Lasley.
Soddy-Daisy has six schools:
- Allen Elementary
- Daisy Elementary
- Soddy Elementary
- Soddy-Daisy Middle
- Sequoyah High School
- Soddy-Daisy High School
In 2009, Soddy-Daisy became the home of Tennessee's first, and currently only, outdoor charter school, Ivy Academy.
- Soddy-Daisy has one local radio station licensed to its community, WGOW-FM.
- Bryan Harvey, former Major League Baseball relief pitcher
- Ralph McGill, journalist
- Ron Cox, current ARCA Racing Series driver/crew member
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