Saturday, February 23, 2013
The community was originally called "Mouse Creek," but was renamed in 1897 to avoid confusion with a railroad stop in Jefferson City that was named "Mossy Creek." The name "Niota" was based on the name of a fictional character in a dime novel, a Native American chief named "Nee-o-tah."
Harry T. Burn, member of the Tennessee General Assembly, was born in Niota and lived in the community. He is best remembered as the state legislator whose vote secured the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, giving U.S. women the right to vote.
Robert C. Snyder, English professor at Louisiana Tech University, was born in Niota in 1919.
Jim Matheny, Why do they call it that? Niota in McMinn County, WBIR-TV website, September 10, 2010
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