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Spring back into Social at Tellico Village!

Spring is just around the bend and surely as the sun comes out and the tulips begin to bloom – we find ourselves feeling a little more awake, alive and social. Tellico Village provides a certain lifestyle to all of those who live here, a lifestyle that encourages volunteering, fitness, the outdoors, education, but above all – community.

With all of the social butterflies coming out with the sun, here are a few social opportunities happening right here in Tellico Village!

Karaoke at Tellico Village Yacht Club: Are you interested in singing your favorite tune and enjoying a night out in an elegant venue? Join us at the Yacht Club on Thursday evenings from 6-9pm at the Blue Heron Restaurant! All singing levels are welcome!

Joints in Motion: Beginning this month, JIM will be led in the Warm Water Therapy Pool (yes, we have a fitness center with a wide variety of fitness amenities!) on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1-2pm. JIM is a warm water-based program that assists with balance, flexibility, posture and muscle strength. This social fitness option also decreases joint pain and weakness for those suffering from stiffness and chronic pain or in need of rehabilitation.

April Pickleball: Did you know the month of April is pickleball month? Well we here at Tellico Village are more than excited about it! In celebration, every Wednesday in April the Wellness Center will host drop-in pickleball from 2-4pm! New to the game? That’s okay! Our experienced club members will be there to teach you the rules of pickleball so you can get started on enjoying a fun new sport!

Yacht Club Events: Looking for some live music to liven up your weekends this April? We have just the solution! Stop by the Yacht Club Tiki Bar on Friday evenings to enjoy live music and dancing! Bands such as the Trent James Band, Barry Jolly, DJ Steve, and the Mighty Blue Band will be playing! Did we mention there’s a cash bar, no cover charge and it’s open to the public? Fridays never looked so good!

Tanasi Bar & Grill: We’ve taken care of your social schedule for Fridays (see Yacht Club Events above) and we can take care of your Mondays as well! Join us for Music Mondays at Tanasi Bar & Grill from 5:30-8:30pm for live music by the water! Bands such as JJ Tyson, Kenny Dykes, James Seaton, and 45 RPM will be there – how about you?

Fishing Club: Have you always been a fisherman but never had the community to enjoy it with? Join us at the Tellico Village Fishing Club! With educational gatherings featuring guest speakers and regular monthly meetings – this club is anything but fishy! Want to learn more or get involved? Contact Pete Young at 865-458-1527 or visit TellicoVillageFishingGroup.com.

Tellico Cruising (Boating) Club: Our Tellico Village lifestyle is often associated with lakeside living so it only makes sense that we would have a fun and active boating club! With monthly meetings, social hours and boat topics covering everything from pontoons, bow riders, wake boats, cruisers, and all motorized craft – anyone with any percentage of boat ownership is sure to want to be a part of this club! Find out more information at TellicoCruisingClub.com.

Hiking Club: Are you an avid hiker but don’t want to go solo? Our Hiking Club has various hiking excursions featured every month! This month we are going to Ramsey Cascades, a difficult but beautiful 8-mile hike that boasts a multitude of waterfalls and rapids to view along the way. Not an advanced hiker? No problem! There’s an additional hike to Mouse Creek Falls on the schedule that’s only a little less than 5 miles and an easy hike with a moderate incline! No matter your skill level, we have hikes for everyone!

Feeling social yet? We sure are! Join us at Tellico Village as we create a community that’s more than just clubs and commonalities – but a lifestyle that supports your neighbors while building your social circle! Looking to make Tellico Village your home? Contact one of our Crye Leike realtors today at (865) 458-3000 to find the perfect home for you and your family. We have several homes with marvelous views of Tellico Lake and the Great Smoky Mountains. Want to schedule a tour? CLICK HERE!

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Announcing: Give Us Your Best Shot Photo Contest!

Are you an amateur photographer who is a Tellico Village home or property owner, renter, or full-time POA employee? Have you taken some great pictures in the Village or Tellico Lake in the immediate proximity of the Village? Then, GIVE US YOUR BEST SHOT!

Multiple organizations have come together to create and promote a Tellico Village Amateur Photography Contest entitled: GIVE US YOUR BEST SHOT! This contest is brought to you by: The Tellico Village Property Owners Association, in conjunction with Tellico Village Broadcasting, HomeOwners Association of Tellico Village, and The Connection and News-Herald.

The contest launched on Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019 with all photo entries to be received by August 1, 2019.

Photo Submission Categories:

  • Tellico Village Nature: This can include flora, fauna, and scenic.
  • Tellico Village Lifestyles: This can include Villagers doing things and enjoying the abundant lifestyle diversity in Tellico Village.
  • Each contestant can enter up to four photos in total.

Dennis Sabo and Lynn Carter are the distinguished judges with Steve Meadows, Editor/Publisher of The Connection and Herald-News, serving as a tie breaking judge. Judging will take place August 2nd through August 31st. Winners will be announced early Fall 2019.

Where can you find all the contest information?

• Applications and instructions for photo submissions along with complete contest details, rules, technical requirements for photos, and a listing of all the awards and recognition can be found on the HomeOwners Association website www.hoatv.org.

Tellico Villagers: Get your cameras out – get snapping – and – GIVE US YOUR BEST SHOT!

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Events for the Whole Family

Don’t let the cold weather keep you from having fun! There’s so much going on in Tellico Village and the surrounding East Tennessee area. From concerts and festivals to monster trucks, there’s something fun for the whole family!

 

Check out some highlights of events happening below:

Concerts

  • Art Garfunkel, 8 pm, January 18, Bijou Theatre
  • The Devil Makes Three, 9 pm, January 19, The Mill & Mine
  • Tedeschi Trucks Band, 8 pm, January 22, Tennessee Theatre
  • Blue Highway, 8 pm, January 25, Open Chord
  • Knoxville Jazz Orchestra and Danfis Prieto, 8 pm, January 29, Bijou Theatre
  • Nile Rodgers and CHIC, 7:30 pm, January 30, Tennessee Theatre
  • Waynestock Festival 2019, February 1 and 2, Relix Valley Theatre
  • Young the Giant, 7:30 pm, February 6, Tennessee Theatre
  • James Taylor, 7:30 pm, February 7, Thompson-Boling Arena
  • Drew Holcomb & the Neighbors and Ellie Holcomb, 7 pm, February 9, Bijou Theatre
  • Bethel Music, 7 pm, February 10, Knoxville Civic Center
  • Walk the Moon and Bear Hands, 8 pm, February 14, Asheville, NC
  • Luke Combs, LANCO, and Jameson Rodgers, 7 pm, February 15, Thompson Boling Arena
  • Lauren Daigle, March 14, Knoxville Civic Center

 

Other Special Events

  • PBR Velocity Tour, 7 pm, February 2, Thompson Boling Arena
  • Knoxville Winter Warm-up Beer Festival, 1 pm, March 2, Emporium Center
  • Bassmaster Classic, March 15-17, Thompson Boling Arena

 

Ready to see all of these exciting events? It’s time to make Tellico Village home! We have several beautiful homes for sale right here in East Tennessee! Contact one of our Crye Leike realtors today to find the perfect home for you and your family. We have several homes with marvelous views of Tellico Lake and the Great Smoky Mountains. Don’t let the sun set on this opportunity, contact us today here or at (865) 458-3000!

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Ho Ho Holiday Lights!

In December, the temperatures get colder and outdoor activities become harder to find. This holiday season, grab the family and enjoy all the holiday lights East Tennessee has to offer. Here a a few places you and your family can go to see all the beautiful holiday lights:

 

Sevier County’s Winterfest

Sevier County has over 15 million lights throughout the county, and you can view these either on your own or by riding the Gatlinburg Winter Magic Trolley Ride of Lights. This is a fun experience for the whole family and is open through February 28, so you have plenty of time to see the magic.

 

Rock City’s Garden of Lights

Right on the Georgia-Tennessee line, not only will you “see Rock City” but you will also see all the lights Chattanooga has to offer! In Rock City’s Enchanted Garden of Lights you will have the chance to see over 1 million lights. You can also visit Ruby Falls Christmas Underground. Both are only a short drive from Tellico Village.

 

Bristol Speedway

Travel a 5-mile route to see over 2 million lights throughout Bristol’s pinnacle speedway. The speedway also offers an ice skating rink and has several Christmas shops which will be fun for the whole family.

 

Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas

Dollywood features over 4 million lights throughout the park. Whether they’re on buildings, gardens, signs, or throughout the Parade of Many Colors, Dollywood is guaranteed to put you in the holiday spirit. The park is open through January 3, 2018.

 

Knox County’s Holiday Festival of Lights

December 15-30 at the Cove in Knoxville, you can see the annual Holiday Festival of Lights. This 3-mile trail has several different light displays synchronized to music for a twist from your typical light display.

 

Make sure to get outside this holiday season and see all that Tellico Village has to offer! Looking to make Tellico Village your home? Contact one of our Crye Leike realtors today at (865) 458-3000 to find the perfect home for you and your family. We have several homes with marvelous views of Tellico Lake and the Great Smoky Mountains. Want to schedule a tour? CLICK HERE!

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United Way Campaign

UNITED WAY CAMPAIGN – PROGRESSING ALL TOO SLOWLY

We are well along in the campaign, but progress seems to be slowing. We thus far have donations of $65,812, which is 65% of the $100,000 goal. What is signi cant is that this amount has been donated by only 284 donors; this represents only 7% of the total families in the village. And of these donors many have given well over the $250 threshold; this means a small cohort of your neighbors are doing the bulk of the heavy lifting. The need in Loudon County is great inasmuch as many of our neighbors in the county need help in living satisfactory lives. So please, in this season of giving, if you have not already done so, please make your donation now. Your check can be mailed to Judy Gibbons, 216 Talah Way, Loudon, TN 37774.

Every dollar counts so please DONATE NOW! Want to learn more about events in the East Tennessee and Tellico Village community? Click here!

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Accounting Reminder

2018 is coming to an end soon and many of us are beginning to prepare for the new year ahead. Don’t forget though if you haven’t already paid for the month of December to get that taken care of before the new year rolls around. Also keep an eye out for your 2019 assessment coupons and auto draft letters in the mail as they will be mailed out soon!

Boat Dock Shortage

The community docks in the Loudon County portion of Tellico Village are all full and only a handful of slips are open in the Kahite neighborhood.

Building a new dock takes 5-6 months from the time that the POA Board gives project approval to the date when slips are ready to be occupied. So, if you want a slip in May/June, now is the time to act.

POA Board will not move forward with the project without first securing a sufficient number of commitments. Therefore, if this project is to happen, you need to act now.

If you don’t already lease a slip from the POA, but you will need one in 2019, we ask you to contact Karen Davis at the POA offices (865-458-5408 extension 4117, email: kdavis@tvpoa.org) and submit your application together with a $250.00 deposit as soon as possible. She will then place you on the wait list for a slip in the community docks either at the Yacht Club or in the Tanasi Basin. If there are sufficient number of applications then we’ll take the project request to the Board, otherwise it could be another year before building additional docks could be considered. Don’t delay, act now!

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Tellico Village Reserve Funds

One of the strengths of Tellico Village is our financial stability. We have operated for over 30 years with an enviable track record of financial strength that many property owners’ associations would love to have. Through good times and bad, TVPOA has built and maintained infrastructure and amenities that are attractive and affordable, while planning for the future and for the unexpected. Each year’s budget is subjected to rigorous reviews by staff, the Finance Advisory Committee and the Board of Directors to ensure that we obtain good value for our resources and that we can fund our operations and capital plan within the assessments and user fees that are approved.

One element of the budget that receives extensive review is our plan for reserves funds. There are six reserve funds that are used to accumulate funds for future projects, to provide a financial cushion to absorb the bumps in the road that inevitably occur, and to accumulate funds for the annual TRDA lease payment. Following is a description of each fund, their sources of funding and some of the planned uses in 2019 and beyond.

Repairs and Maintenance Reserve Fund

The R&M Reserve is one of the three largest reserves, along with the Amenity Reserve, and the Water and Sewer Reserve. R&M is funded from the monthly assessment, and in 2018 received 13% of net collectable assessments. This level

of funding had been adequate for several years, but long-term estimates for road work indicated that this funding level needed to be increased. In 2019 R&M will be funded at 17.25% of net collectable assessments and at 20.75% thereafter. The R&M Reserve had a $1.15 million balance at the beginning of December. Significant amounts for road work (about $1 million) and a new dehumidifier and repairs to the Wellness Center ($570K) will reduce this reserve to about $262K by year-end 2019 before rebuilding with the increased funding level.

Amenity Reserve Fund

The Amenity Reserve has been funded at a rate of 4.5% of net collectable assessments for several years, and it is used to save up for major new amenities to be added during the Budget and Five-Year Plan. The last major new amenities were completed in 2014, those being the Pickleball courts at the Wellness Center and the Pavilion at Toqua Golf Club. Both of those projects were funded in their entirety from the Amenity Reserve. That reduced the Amenity Reserve temporarily, but we then began building the reserve for future amenity expansions. At the beginning of December, the Amenity Reserve had over $1.4M and another $400K will be added over the rest of 2018 and during 2019. We plan to use about $1.8M of this fund to help pay for the Kahite and Toqua clubhouse expansions. Yes, this will use most of the available Amenity Reserve funds, but we will begin saving again to meet future needs.

After the two clubhouse projects, there are no major new amenities included in the Five-Year Plan. Two smaller projects in 2021 and 2022 can be funded from future additions to the Amenity Reserve. During the 2019 budget process, we recognized that there is an expected shift in our longer-term needs away from more amenities toward repairs and maintenance, especially for road work. So, the sta recommended, and the Board approved, redirecting 3.5% of net collectable assessments away from the Amenity Reserve toward the R&M Reserve. This takes R&M funding from 17.25% up to 20.75%, and the Amenity funding from 4.5% to 1.0% of net collectable assessments beginning in 2020.

Water and Sewer Reserve Fund

The Water and Sewer Reserve is funded from water and sewer connection fees charged on new home construction plus approximately 5% of water and sewer revenues. Funds are used in large part to maintain our water distribution and sewer collection systems and to provide funds for expansion of those systems as the Village grows. There
is currently just over $1 million in the Water and Sewer Reserve. In addition to routine equipment replacements and maintenance projects, there is a new water tank scheduled in the Five-Year Plan for 2020 that will use a significant portion of this reserve before rebuilding over the next several years. One significant difference of the Water and Sewer Reserve is that 100% of the funding comes from water and sewer user fees, not from the monthly assessment. This is only fair in that water and sewer customers pay for the system that they use, while non-resident lot owners do not. If a lot owner decides to build a house on their lot, then the connection fees they pay at that time are deposited to the Water and Sewer Reserve. Our philosophy over the years has been that water and sewer capital and operating costs are paid for by water and sewer customers through their user fees.

Dock Reserve Fund

The Dock Reserve is funded from dock and PWC rental fees. Currently 16.25% of dock rentals fees and 8.25% of PWC rentals are contributed to the Docks Reserve. The funds are used for capital and major maintenance projects. There is currently about $110K in the Dock Reserve.

Safety Reserve Fund

The Safety Reserve is a carryover from our past practice of building up funds to pay for major capital projects of the Tellico Village Volunteer Fire Department. The expansion of the Fire Hall in 2012 was the last major project funded from this reserve. TVVFD is now responsible for funding their own capital projects out of their service contract with TVPOA and from their own fundraising programs. The Safety Reserve has a current balance of about $76K but no new funding is being added. It is available for funding any safety related project within Tellico Village.

TRDA Reserve Fund

Each year TVPOA makes a lease payment to the Tellico Reservoir Development Agency for the common property land and some of the buildings within Tellico Village. This lease was renegotiated in 2016 and changed from an operating lease (rent) to a capital lease (purchase) at a fixed rate of $400K per year through 2043. Each month we deposit one twelfth of the annual lease payment so that we have built up the full amount when it is due in December.

Conclusion

In summary, we manage our reserves funding and uses as an integral part of the overall budgeting and planning process. We make changes to the funding levels as our current and anticipated needs require. We are conservative
in our expansion plans and attempt to pay a large portion of the cost of new amenities from saved up reserves,
using debt only for those long-lived projects that are too big to fund entirely from cash. That was our practice when the Wellness Center was built in 2006 and continues to this day as we will pay about 62% of the capital cost of the two clubhouses from cash and finance about 38% with bank financing. While we will be using most of our Amenity Reserves in 2019, the remaining reserve accounts will remain robust enough to meet current projected requirements.

 

 

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The children of Loudon County need your help!

This marks the twenty-second year for the Loudon County Sheriff’s Department and Tellico Village Woodworkers Club’s “Toys-for-Tots” program. The program helps put toys under Christmas trees for many disadvantaged children in our local communities.

In 2017, the Woodworkers Club had 14 teams and 70 individuals build over 500 wooden toys and collected an additional 600+ new toys generously donated by Tellico Village residents.

The Woodworkers Club and Loudon County Sheriff’s Office is asking Villagers and County residents to help the children of Loudon County by donating new, store-bought toys.

Drop-off boxes are available at:

  • Tellico Village Wellness Center Library
  • Chota Recreation Center Welcome Center
  • Mashburn Builders Office by Sloans

Pre-addressed envelopes are available at each drop-off location for residents who would like to help older children by mailing a check directly to the Loudon County’s Sheriff’s Office. Cash donations to “Toys-for-Tots” help the Sheriff’s office meet special gift needs, particularly for older children. Our residents came through generously last year with donations of over $2,000.

Toy distribution is managed by the Loudon County Sheriff’s office, led by Sheriff Tim Guider. Debbie Hines, his assistant, is the Toys-for-Tots Program Coordinator.

Since the programs’ inception, club members have delivered to the County Sheriff’s Office over 10,000 toys. These toys have ranged from wooden trucks, cars and airplanes, to elaborate jewelry boxes, wooden puzzles, doll cribs, music boxes, children’s furniture, and circus trains, toddler pull toys, rocking horses, artist boxes, easels and many more hand crafted wooden toys.

Woodworker Club members have transformed their basements and garages into Santa workshops, creating wooden toys to make this a special Christmas for disadvantaged children in our area. Please help by donating a new, store-bought toy, or making a cash donation.

Presentation of all the wooden and donated toys to the Sheriff’s Office will be made Thursday, December 6th at 7:00 PM at the Tellico Village Community Church. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to come and see the wide variety of toys that the Tellico Village Woodworkers have made. Toys will be on display starting at 5:00 PM.

Source: Tell-e-gram

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Meet United Way

Unfortunately, many of our fellow citizens, primarily women and children, are subjected to physical, sexual and mental abuse at the hands of coworkers, spouses and family members. Fortunately, for the victims of this abuse there are four agencies in Loudon County that are partnered with United Way that help mitigate the e ects this abuse has on the victims. The four agencies are Iva’s Place, the Kids First Child Advocacy Center (CAC), The Sexual Assault Center of East Tennessee, and Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of the Ninth Circuit Court. Each of these o ers support to the victims in unique ways.

Iva’s Place o ers a safe-haven physical shelter for women and children who are subjected to abuse by a partner or family member. These shelters, either apartments or rooms, o er a safe, secure haven where victims can, without fear of further abuse, get their lives back together and eventually move back into the community. While sheltered, they are provided instruction in life skills such as budgeting, nutrition, and job searching.

The Kids First Child Advocacy Center (CAC) provides a multidisciplinary advocacy team to serve severely abused children in the 9th Judicial District. It provides school resource libraries used by teachers, counselors and social workers as they work with students and their caregivers to mitigate the e ect of various forms of abuse on the learning process.

The Sexual Assault Center of east Tennessee, a subsidiary activity of the Helen Ross McNabb Center, provides sexual assault nurse examiners to assist victims in the immediate aftermath of rape; they also provide advocacy services, therapy to victims and education and outreach in the community.

Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) provides volunteers that are appointed by the Juvenile Judge to serve the best interest of children who, by virtue of their home environments, are at risk for or have been subjected to abuse and neglect and are being dealt with in the Juvenile Court system family courts. The CASA volunteer investigates and monitors the case providing judiciary reports and speaking at court hearings on behalf of the child, as necessary. A number of Tellico Village residents are trained CASA volunteers.

United Way provides funding to each of these agencies that permits them to o er a full-range of necessary services, some of which would be curtailed were it not for the funds provided by YOU and distributed through the United Way.

It is a fact that the support that is provided by United Way to agencies such as these four is so essential to the quality of life of our fellow citizens who are dealing with life threatening problems on an every-day basis. Your support goes directly toward helping these victims.

Source: Tell-e-gram

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TVB Corner

Learn about upcoming Town Hall meetings on Tellico Village Broadcasting’s POA update! Learn about the important upcoming Town Hall meetings and more about what your POA is doing. Just click this link https://vimeo.com/298234724 and watch it anytime, anywhere, online. Tellico Village Charter/Spectrum subscriber can also watch it on channel 193 on their Televisions.

Top pick from one year ago. This program showcasing what there is to do in Tellico Village for New Villagers was a hit. Many Villagers emailed this link https://vimeo.com/233009741 to neighbors from back home, friends and relatives back home when asked what is there to do in and around Tellico Village?

Creative power is always appreciated at TVB. TVB runs on volunteer power. The roles our volunteers play is varied depending on their skills, and frankly what it is they want to do. People with organizational, writing, computer, marketing, communication, technical, camera, on -camera talent interests are all welcome. Some of our sta joined us because they enjoy recording home videos and saw TVB as an opportunity to learn how to record better videos. Others had program ideas and now produce. Some are active with other organizations such as HOA and work as liaisons to share highlights and happenings of their groups. Yet others believe TVB is a unique asset of Tellico Village that is the only broadcasting facility that is dedicated to providing Tellico Villagers news and information.

Act now and see TVB Volunteers in action! https://vimeo.com/271752052 Put TVB on your bucket list of things to do in 2019. Questions? Contact Station Manager Keith Sanderson at keith@maxapooch.com or call him at 847-452- 1891.

TVB is Tellico Village Broadcasting has dedicated more than 25 years in bringing Tellico Villagers news and more. Tellico Village Charter/Spectrum subscribers can watch us on their televisions on channel 193.

Source: Tell-e-gram