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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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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

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

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United Way Campaign


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: 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.


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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Simon Bradbury Elected President of TRPA

This past Saturday our very own Recreation Director Simon Bradbury was named President of the TRPA (Tennessee Recreation and Parks Association). TRPA is a non-pro t professional society that has been servicing Tennessee since 1952 and currently consists of 800 members.

Simon has over 20 years of experience in professional recreation management. He has also collected a CPRE certification along with his bachelor’s degree in Recreation Management, as well as, a master’s degree in Therapeutic Recreation. Simon also graduated from the following institutions; National Director’s School and Graduate Program, Revenue Management School, and Parks Maintenance School.

Simon was instructed, as tradition, to select people who inspire him to induct him. He was sworn in as president by his family as well as Doug Bataille, founder of the Legacy Parks Foundation.

Simon described this honor as, “One of life’s truly rewarding moments. Feeling blessed, humbled, touched, grateful, and incredibly red up,” Simon also said that, “I decided years ago while in the Navy that if I make it out, I will do something fun that gives back to the community as my career.” He found that recreation management was exactly the career for that.

Simon has been with the POA for 2 years and with the TRPA for 20. We are very fortunate to have him as a part of our team and want to congratulate him and wish him the best in his new role.

Source: Tell-e-gram. Download a copy here.

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Adding Value .5 Miles at Time

Recreation has been at the subject of many recent conversations in the last couple of months with the Wellness Center grand reopening. We are extremely pleased with the updates that were made to the facilities, which included new fitness equipment and refinishing the pool. However, these are not the only progressive actions that the Recreation Department has taken to enhance the Tellico Village lifestyle.

Other than the newly redesigned Wellness Center, there are also multiple ways to be active and enjoy the outdoors here in the Village other than the lake or golf course. We take exceptional pride in our hiking trails, which are available due largely in part to the vision of Recreation Director Simon Bradbury, as well as the dedication of the Public Works Department and several Village volunteers affectionately known as the “Chain Gang.”

A special thanks for our volunteers is in order. We would like to thank Ron Hunker, Steve Shuman, Bob Sagan, Curt Mitchell, TL Ratcliff, Brian Johnson, Bob Gregory, and Gary Mulliner. Also, thank you to anyone who has helped and is still helping out with this massive undertaking, and for helping to make the Village a better place.

Tellico Village currently has around 13 miles of hiking trails including those in Kahite, with plans to continue expansion of the trail network. Recreation Director, Simon Bradbury, has plans for over 20 additional miles of trails in the future.

Recent expansion includes a one mile extension onto the current Toqua trail connecting it to 444 where it will go under the bridge and connect to the Powerline trail. This trail will take you all the way to the POA office. At the Wellness Center, the Chain Gang Break Trail was recently completed with the addition of .37 miles.

Although I’ve been to many ribbon cuttings and trail openings, I did not have the opportunity to take advantage of the trails until recently. My wife and I finally got the chance to go out and experience them ourselves. I was thoroughly impressed with the hard work of all those involved in creating these trails. They have created a network with a wide range of trail types, from natural to paved, that will please every level of hiker. To have amenities like these readily available so close is something that we shouldn’t take for granted. As we head into cooler weather and the leaves proceed to change, I encourage you to try one of our many trails and enjoy the natural beauty of Tellico Village.

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Long Range Strategic Plan Update

Long Range Planning Advisory Committee

Over 40% of Tellico Village property owners completed the Long Range Strategic Plan (LRSP) Questionnaire. This level of participation is unprecedented and the Long Range Planning Advisory Committee (LRPAC) wants to thank all you who took the time to help, “Shape Our Future”. This input will be an important element in the committee’s nal recommendations to the POA. The final LRSP will include other sources of information including data analysis and forecasting, benchmarking other active adult communities, focus groups, and much more. We are still analyzing the results which include reviewing over 1,900 comments. As promised, one of the basic tenets of the LRPAC is communication and transparency. Therefore the LRPAC will now share some partial and preliminary results.


  • 61% of respondents chose the following vision statement: Maintain what we have, adding amenities only when needed and justified. Assessments and fees will be raised only enough to pay for infrastructure maintenance and justified amenities.
  • 33% of respondents chose the following vision statement: Tellico Village will set the standard for active adult communities by continuously improving our community and by adapting to our property owners’ changing needs. Assessments and fees will be increased to achieve a best in class community with a high-quality lifestyle but remain competitive and fiscally stable.
  • 5% of respondents chose the following vision statement: Maintain the Village as it is without adding additional amenities or expanding existing facilities. Assessments and fees will only be increased for existing infrastructure maintenance and inflation.
  • The “Vision” results were similar across age and residency bands.
  • 51% of respondents want to keep TV primarily as a retirement community and 38% supported encouraging working adults and families to move into TV.


  • 85% of respondents were 60-79 years of age; 9% were younger than 59; 6% were older than 80.
  • 38% of households had lived in the Village less than 5 years; 21% 5-10; 33% 11-20; 9% 20+ years.

Top Priorities

  • Village finances, aesthetics and environment, growth, recreational amenities, and property owners’ vision for the future of the Village were chosen as the 5 top priorities.
  • Finance was the number 1 priority issue.
  • 84% of respondents are satis ed with TV’s aesthetics but many comments suggested concern for the future. Concerns included maintaining our natural environment and enforcement of Village rules.
  • Our restaurants, recreational facilities, waterfront, and golf were all chosen as enhancing the value of TV. Commercial businesses had the lowest percentage of responses to this question.
  • Overwhelmingly, our recreational facilities (golf, wellness center, etc.) met or exceeded expectations.


  • 67% of respondents were very satisfied or satisfied with our current and projected growth, 13% were very dissatisfied or dissatisfied.
  • When asked how the POA should approach growth 53% of respondents chose “encourage growth and plan for it” while 38% chose “allow growth to occur passively”

The next step in the development of the Long Range Strategic Plan will be conducting focus groups. Over 600 Villagers volunteered to participate in the focus groups. These will occur in November so stay tuned.

If you have any questions for the LRPAC about the Long Range Strategic Plan you may submit your questions or comments at:

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Tellico Community Foundation: Funding Focus Areas Announced

Seeking to meet unique and currently unmet needs in the community, the Tellico Community Foundation (TCF) has established four focus areas. The TCF’s nine-member Advisory Board has determined the four areas will be its grantmaking emphasis for the next 2-3 years.

One area of attention will be Early Childhood Literacy and addressing the literacy needs of the surrounding Loudon and Monroe County communities, including both English and Spanish-speaking populations. Nearly two- thirds of Tennessee’s 3rd grade public school children aren’t proficient in reading and math. The TCF will explore opportunities to underwrite activities which will contribute to improve proficiencies in these disciplines.

The TCF’s second area of focus is the Opioid Crisis. This epidemic of prescription painkillers and illegal drugs touches nearby communities as well as Tellico Village. More people die from drug overdoses than are killed in traffic accidents in Tennessee, and the number is growing. TCF efforts in this focus area will be on providing education as well as support for collaborative interventions.

Support for Seniors is the third focus area. Aging populations are not only found in Tellico Village but throughout Loudon and Monroe Counties. While there are many excellent resources supporting senior needs, including STAYinTV, the TCF is considering a services referral program among other approaches in coordination with other senior support groups to achieve maximum impact.

The final of the four focus areas is Community Enrichment. The foundation will identify opportunities to channel support for funds targeted at community-focused projects either initiated by the TCF or others. This is the least developed of the four focus areas, but one believed to be important in fulfilling the foundation’s mission.

Further information about the Tellico Community Foundation and its activities can be found here, on the organization’s TellicoLife page, or in the new TCF brochure available at the Tellico Village Welcome Center.

In addition, a new Tellico Village Broadcasting series entitled “FOUNDATION Matters” provides information and updates on the TCF. The initial episode can be found under “Videos” , and then “Vimeo” here.

Donations to TCF can be made online here or by contacting Trudy Hughes of the East Tennessee Foundation at or at (877) 524-1223.

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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.

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