Beer sales will be allowed 24 hours and day, seven days a week, in Soddy Daisy if an amendment to the city’s ordinance regulating hours passes on a second vote at the next commission meeting.
The state of Tennessee regulates the sale of wine and liquor and changes have been made that allow the sale of both to begin at 10 a.m. on Sundays. Currently the city allows beer sales to start at 1 p.m.
on Sunday. City Manager Janice Cagle started the conversation saying that the timing poses a hardship on retailers that sell both. Mayor Gene Shipley said it was confusing and that the commissioners have given a lot of thought about it. He said he has polled citizens over the last two weeks.
Allowing the sales to take place 24/7 is the most logical, said the city manager, because she anticipates that most other municipalities in Hamilton County will go this way. The commissioners realized that people would just go outside the city into the county to buy beer when they want it, and tax dollars would be lost if a change was not made. A public meeting on this amendment will take place before the final vote on May 2. Retailers that sell beer will be notified of the change if the second vote is in favor.
The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office presented the Soddy Daisy Police Department with a trophy for having the most representation in the Guns & Hoses boxing competition sponsored by the Sheriff’s Office in December. The Sheriff’s Office Chief of Staff Geno Bennett and Chief Deputy Austin Garrett gave the trophy to the city to keep until next December. The three officers who participated from Soddy Daisy are Jeremy Wright, Jeff Rahn and Rick Cook.
The event in 2018 raised $25,000. The proceeds were split evenly between the Forgotten Child Fund and the YMCA Y-Cap Boxing program for at risk, underprivileged youth to teach them discipline. Through the Forgotten Child Fund, the money provided 10,000 children with a Christmas.
Police Officer Hunter Abbott was introduced by Police Chief Jeff Gann as the newest member of the Soddy Daisy Police Department. He has lived in the city all his life and came from the Chattanooga Police Department.
The city has recently made improvements, including lighting the sports fields at the park know as Kid’s Club. The work is paying off with around 450 children now participating in multiple sports in the park. “The number of kids is an indication of how Soddy Daisy is growing,” said Mayor Shipley.
Vice Mayor Robert Cothran announced that starting at 10 a.m. on May 4, new names will be added to the Wall of Honor at Veterans Park. He told members of the fire and police department that they are eligible to be on the wall that would be there for many generations to see.
Kim Poe Gray, a seventh-generation descendant of Hasten Poe, told the commissioners that Poe’s Tavern will be open to the public on Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. beginning on May 4, the first Saturday in the month. Steve Smith from the historical society will stage the building with time-appropriate furnishings. A volunteer host each day will give tours and tell the history of Poe‘s Tavern, which served as the first Hamilton County Courthouse. The building is located in the park next door to city hall and is an exact replica of the original building. It was completely built by hand.