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Tellico Lake: More than just a Lake

When you see Tellico Lake homes for sale, most think – that’s nice….. IF you have a boat. But, without a boat, what’s the point of lakeside living?

Tellico Lake is more than just a lake that provides lakeside living, it’s a part of our East Tennessee history – not to mention a bonus feature to any home! Stretching 33 miles along the Little Tennessee River, this body of water provides locals with over 350 miles of shoreline and over 15,000 acres of water for recreational activities.

Tellico Lake provides lake activities such as fishing areas, campgrounds, day-use areas, and boat ramps. Whether you are looking for a quiet place to fish or a public dock for a weekend on the water – Tellico Lake has it all. In addition to providing locals with recreation water activities and a constant source of entertainment – Tellico Lake also provides a little piece of our East Tennessee history!

A lake is just a lake right? Wrong! Every place has a story, and Tellico Lake is no different. Much of Tellico Lake’s history comes from local attraction Fort Loudoun State Historic Park. This unique park is found on an island on the lake and boasts views of the Appalachian mountains.

Originally lying adjacent to Fort Loudoun Lake, it wasn’t until 1979 that the construction of the Tellico Dam allowed these two bodies of water (Fort Loudoun and Tellico Lake) to join forces to provide flood control, navigation, and power production. With cooler water than most lakes, this body of water gets its inflow of cold water from both the Chilhowee and Tellico Rivers.

In regards to fishing, Tellico Lake has been deemed a relatively infertile body of water and does not support a high density of fish. However, some of the most common game fish include largemouth and smallmouth bass, white crappie, bluegill, rainbow trout, and walleye.

Now when you see a Tellico Lake home for sale, you’ll think – what a place to live! We here at Explore Tellico Village are here to help you see the bigger picture! Want to learn more about Tellico Lake homes for sale or the Tellico Village area? Contact us today!

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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

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

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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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:


  • 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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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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WATeR, Watershed Association of the Tellico Reservior

WATeR needs your support!

Thank you, Tellico Villagers, for your support of the Watershed Association of the Tellico Reservoir (WATeR). Your donations of time and funds have been instrumental in the success of the Association for the past 15 years. As the Tellico Reservoir watershed transitions from an agricultural to a more residential region, the effort needed to maintain the water quality, outdoor recreational opportunities, and the natural beauty we enjoy is increasing. WATeR needs volunteers to continue its work to monitor, protect, and improve the environment in and around the Tellico Reservoir.

Their programs include: lakeshore cleanup; maintenance/improvement of the East Lakeshore National Recreation Trail; water quality improvement in Tellico Reservoir and its watershed; education; publicity; and communication with local and governmental organizations. New people and ideas are welcome in all programs, to resolve challenges that will arise as uses of the Tellico Reservoir and its watershed increase in the future. Volunteers are sought for the WATeR Board, its committees, and its outdoor activities:

WATeR Board Members

Board Members establish policy, approve projects and budgets, provide scal oversight, assist with grant applications, and communicate via meetings, mailings, and print and electronic media to members and local/ state organizations for WATeR. The Board meets monthly.

WATeR Committee Members

WATeR has committees for water quality, lakeshore/watershed cleanup, trails, education, publicity, and membership. Volunteers are needed for all WATeR committees, and for assistance with an annual meeting, a website, and other tasks where a specialist is needed. Water quality sampling, watershed cleanup, and trail maintenance/improvement are outdoor activities.


There is currently a critical need for Adopt-A-Site volunteers. The Adopt-A-Site program volunteers maintain nine speci c sites that need attention more than once a year on the annual cleanup. Some sites are on the East Lakeshore Trail and others are along the Tellico Reservoir.

For more information about these opportunities, please visit our website, and select the “How to Help” or “About Us” tabs. To our members, thank you for your past support. We look forward to your continued contributions to improving the Tellico Reservoir watershed.

Source: Tell-e-Gram. Download here.