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Soddy-Daisy, Tennessee
City of Soddy-Daisy
Soddy-Daisy City Hall
Soddy-Daisy City Hall
Location of Soddy-Daisy in Hamilton County, Tennessee
Location of Soddy-Daisy in Hamilton County, Tennessee
Country United States
State Tennessee
County Hamilton
Incorporated 1969
Area
 • Total 24.01 sq mi (62.19 km2)
 • Land 23.15 sq mi (59.95 km2)
 • Water 0.86 sq mi (2.24 km2)
Elevation
699 ft (213 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 12,714
 • Estimate 
(2019)
13,619
 • Density 588.37/sq mi (227.17/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
37379, 37384
Area code(s) 423
FIPS code 47-69560
GNIS feature ID 1270798

Soddy-Daisy is a city in Hamilton County, Tennessee, United States. The population was 12,714 at the 2010 census and estimated to be 13,619 in 2019. 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 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.

History

Soddy-Daisy is an incorporated city, comprising the Tennessee cities Soddy and Daisy. It has frequently been noted on lists of unusual place names.

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 was home to Hamilton County's first courthouse and government seat, Poe's Tavern. Poe's Tavern, built in 1819, was the home of Soddy-Daisy resident, Hasten Poe.

In 1838, Poe's Tavern also served as a way station for 1,900 Cherokees that were on the Trail of Tears. Along with this Poe's tavern also served as a hospital for different Union and Confederate troops throughout the Civil War.

Though the original Poe's Tavern was torn down in 1911, the City of Soddy Daisy is reconstructing a new Poe's Tavern only a block away from the original site that will be as accurate as possible.

Geography

Soddy-Daisy is located at 35°15′31″N 85°10′37″W / 35.25861°N 85.17694°W / 35.25861; -85.17694 (35.258538, -85.176996). 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.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1970 7,569
1980 8,388 10.8%
1990 8,240 −1.8%
2000 11,530 39.9%
2010 12,714 10.3%
2019 (est.) 13,619 7.1%
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2020 census

Soddy-Daisy racial composition
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 11,867 90.8%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 137 1.05%
Native American 27 0.21%
Asian 44 0.34%
Pacific Islander 3 0.02%
Other/Mixed 596 4.56%
Hispanic or Latino 396 3.03%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 13,070 people, 5,628 households, and 3,378 families residing in the city.

Education

Schools

Soddy-Daisy has six schools:

  • Allen Elementary
  • Daisy Elementary
  • Soddy Elementary
  • Ivy Academy
  • Soddy-Daisy Middle
  • Soddy-Daisy High School

Library

Soddy-Daisy has a privately-operated community library, which opened in 2018 with the support from local residents, businesses and organizations following years without a public library within the Soddy-Daisy city limits or in the Sale Creek area.

Museum

Soddy-Daisy has one museum, which was opened in 2017 and remains operated by the city's historical association. The museum, currently housed in the 100 year old former bank building in Soddy has exhibits that showcase and teach the history of Soddy-Daisy area. The historical association also hosts an annual history fair at Soddy-Daisy High School every January.

Notable people

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