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February 25, 2020
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February 27, 8:30 a.m. LRPAC, POA Conference Room
March 2, 10 a.m. PSAC, POA Conference Room
March 4, 1:30 p.m. Board Meeting, Yacht Club
The Board held its second monthly meeting on Wednesday, February 19th. Please click here to view the PowerPoint presentation.

Loudon County’s 150th birthday event will be held on June 20, 2020. 


  • Memberships are increasing and well above budget  
  • Deep cleaning of facilities was done at Christmas time 
  • Collecting data and checking usage  
  • Monthly averages by hour of the day  
  • Capacities help determine if more classes are needed or switch them around 
  • New higher intensity classes being offered  
  • Boost fitness education  
  • Athletic trainer is onsite 5 days a week from 7am-11am for advice, education, and assessments  
  • Has seen 5-12 people each day in the past 6-7 weeks 

Public Works 

  • Water tank storage- reviewing preliminary site layout 
  • Wave attenuator- barge onsite on 2/17; currently making evaluations for recommendations   


Financial update: January 2020  

  • 95 full time headcount; budget 107 
  • Open positions in HR, Rec CS, and about 9 in PW 
  • Productive month in Public Works with 58 budget property transfers v. a budget of 25 
  • New home permits beat budget as well  
  • Food service had a strong month 
  • Budget books are available for sale at the POA office for $20 & will also be on the POA website  

Capital projects: 

  • Ford F-350 truck for PW, request amount $69,365; approved 
  • Ford F-350 truck for Building Maintenance, request amount $69,365; approved  
  • Ford F-150 truck for the Water Department, request amount $38,908; approved to fund from Water & Sewer Reserve fund 
  • High Flow Skid Steer Loader for Public Works, request amount $81,575; approved  
  • Walk-in Freezer at Tanasi, request amount $14,342, approved 

Maintenance projects:  

  • HA5 Pavement Preservation in Coyatee, Chatuga, and Mialaquo, Projected start date in April, end in June, Request amount $830,222, approved  

Golf Transition  

  • Pro Shop inventory is nearly halfway stocked
  • New golf technology- YamaTrack, Track Man device 
  • Golf discovery retreat in March with emphasis on enhancing and improving golf experience with technology 
  • Pro Shops will stock non-traditional merchandise outside of golf-related items-- t-shirts, blankets, tumblers, gift shop 
  • Mini golf series for Winter Wednesday through March 18th - 5-7pm 

Asian Carp Committee Workplan  

Click here to view the update that was presented by the Board's Asian Carp committee.

Structural/Organizational Development Objectives:
  • Conduct and publish a municipality study that answers unresolved differences between TVPOA and the Loudon County government relative to incorporation.
  • Examine and optimize TVPOA purchasing and supplier development structures/programs to assure that they are what is needed for the future.
  • Develop a new Mission, Values and Guiding Principles statement that supports the Vision adopted by the Board in 2019.
  • Develop an action plan for the eventual replacement of the TVPOA CEO.
Asian Carp:
  • Research and develop a Board position/strategy relative to the Asian Carp issue by establishing a Committee of the Board charged with:
    • Researching the nature and extent of the problem,
    • Determining what actions are being taken by other agencies and communities, and
    • Setting forth a plan for Board/TVPOA actions and involvement.
  • Study and develop a plan for reserve funding: (1) determine the minimum reserves needed to repair, renovate and/or replace our assets given our ability to generate revenue and/or borrow funds and (2) develop a plan to fully fund reserve accounts to the desired minimum balances by 2026.
  • Develop a debt reduction strategy.
  • Design and implement a public relations strategy to build awareness, increase community exposure, increase property owner satisfaction, cultivate a positive community culture and enhance the image of Tellico Village.
  • Enhance and expand communications strategies, including communications platforms and distribution as well as live-streaming TVPOA Board and other meetings.
  • Expand internal marketing to include Village events, products and services, facilitate synergistic marketing campaigns, and celebrate staff, volunteer, department and community achievements.
It's almost the day so many Villagers have been waiting for! Toqua Sports Bar & Grill will begin serving breakfast on Monday, March 2nd.

Their breakfast hours will be:
Monday-Saturday: 7:30 am-10:30 am 
Sunday: 7:30 am-2:00 pm
Come try our 2-2-2 combo, a granola, fruit, & yogurt platter, a breakfast sandwich, or our Cowboy Omelet!

Click here to view the full menu. As with any new endeavor, please exercise patience while the staff grows accustomed to cooking and serving a new menu and as always, please let your server know if you have any questions or recommendations. 

Please note: Tanasi Bar & Grill will no longer serve daily breakfast after March 2nd, but will continue serving brunch every Sunday from 8 am - 1 pm and every Thursday from 8 am - 11 am.
Weather continues to hinder progress. Crews are working today, but more showers are expected tomorrow. We are hopeful to get out Thursday and continue. 
Our inspector is onsite every day they are working, and hasn't found any major problems. There is less than a week of work remaining to complete the roof but we just can’t get a break on the rain. Cleanup of the job site will take place after the roof is completed and inspected. This will probably be slower than we’d like because of weather.
Clayton Taylor has worn many hats during his employment within the Tellico Village POA. In his early years, Clayton held positions in the maintenance department that allowed him the opportunity to run heavy equipment and gain experience to secure the title of Equipment Operator Leadman. As years passed, Clayton proved that no job was too big or small; he helped building maintenance with POA facilities, assisted the Golf Department on many projects, and worked with the Water and Sewer Department with sewer tank installation, installing water meters, running equipment, and repairing leaks. While serving with the Street Department, Clayton mowed roadsides, cut trees, installed mailboxes, and plowed snow, among many other jobs.
He continued to grow within the company and transitioned into the ACC Department in Code Enforcement until being named ACC Manager—all while maintaining some piece of oversight of the Street Department. Since Clayton took leadership of the ACC Department, the POA has seen tremendous growth and success. Clayton was promoted once again to Public Works Manager, where he implemented many positive changes, including bringing brush and leaf pickup in house.

Since he was hired with TVPOA in 1996, Clayton has dedicated himself to serving Tellico Village. Recently, CEO Winston Blazer named Clayton Taylor the Assistant Director of Public Works. Clayton will work with Director Jeff Gagley as a part of the overall Public Works restructuring program that was put into motion in 2017.
The POA would like to thank Clayton for the hard work, dedication, and leadership he has brought to the Public Works Department. He has been a wonderful asset for our community, and we look forward to many great things to come!
From left to right: Board Vice President Carla Johnson, Board President Rick Blough, Congressman Tim Burchett, Governmental Affairs Committee Chair Susan Kirk, Loudon County Mayor Buddy Bradshaw, and Former Board President Bruce Johnson.

Governmental Affairs Committee recently hosted Congressman Tim Burchett, POA board members, committee members and POA management, and Mayor of Loudon County. The purpose of the meeting was to allow the Congressman to give a District #2 update and address the status of Asian Carp in the waterways. He identified the state and federal agencies studying and addressing this problem. Congressman Burchett intends to either sponsor legislation regarding action toward a solution or will co-sponsor a bill if one is being considered by another Representative. He gave the attendees present advice for how to proceed for the best impact with our efforts. The Governmental Affairs Committee will stand as the contact link with his office for continual updates on the issue.
Our Winter Wednesday Mini Golf series continues tomorrow! Sign your team up today and come join in on the Mini Golf fun! We have 5 more weeks until we crown our champion team, along with our weekly winners. The event starts at 5 pm at the Toqua Pavilion. Space heaters and the fireplace will keep you warm, so don't let the forecast cause you to miss out!
  • $10 entry per player, includes a drink ticket for a domestic draft beer, house wine or soft drink from the Toqua Grill (must be used same day)
  • 2-person teams (if you do not have a partner, we can find one for you!)
  • Best ball format, will play 18 holes, same 9 twice and record best score for your total
  • Weekly winners 1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams (depending on total entries)
  • Overall winning team for 6 week-long points race
  • Points awarded to top 5 teams each week
  • Awards will be paid out in gift certificates to any Tellico Village Pro Shop
Sign up today by calling the Toqua Pro Shop at 865-458-6546 or email
The Golf Department now offers a FREE GPS app for all of our three golf clubs! Our partners at Yamaha have created YamaTrack, an app that provides accurate distances from tee to green and all points in between. Simply touch any point on the course map and this app will tell you the distance to that point from your current location, as well as the distance from that point to the hole. The YamaTrack app also provides each restaurant’s menu and phone number for convenient ordering from the turn.   
Don't miss out! Head to the App Store or Google Play to download YamaTrack today.
Save the date! Registration for 2020 Camp Tellico will begin on April 1st at 8 am at Chota Recreation Center. Payments are expected at the time of registration. The cost is $155 for guests of property owners and $125 for children who live in Tellico Village. Don’t forget, we accept a limited number of children for each week and spots fill up fast!

This year’s theme is Where in the World is Camp Tellico? Camp Tellico will travel around the world to exotic places. Camp dates are as follows: June 22-26, July 6-10 and July 20-24. Waiting lists will be maintained if necessary.
Did you know? You can visit other yacht clubs around the country with a Yachting Club of America card. Cardholders may show this card at other yacht clubs to gain access to their dining facilities and boat docks. If you are a traveler and would like to take advantage of using other yacht clubs, purchasing this card may be beneficial for you. If purchased through Tellico Village, cards are only $20 per year, per couple. However, we need at least 25 memberships to be able to issue these cards. If you're interested in purchasing a reciprocal Yacht Club card from Yachting Club of America, please reach out to Shannon Jambon at (865) 804-0318. 
Tellico Lake began as and still is the Little Tennessee River. It begins in northern Georgia and flows into the Unicoi Mountains near the Cherokee County/Graham County line in North Carolina’s Nantahala National Forest. It ends where it joins the Tennessee River at Tellico Dam in Lenoir City. 
The lake is also the reservoir for Tellico Dam. It was the last dam completed by TVA in 1979. TVA manages the dam, raises and lowers the lake’s water levels, and does some testing and water sampling. The Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation (TDEC) is responsible to ensure that the quality of water in the lake, the fish, and the sources of pollution flowing into the lake meet acceptable standards but has limited resources and little enforcement. 
Tellico Lake is part of a watershed. A watershed is a land area that channels rainfall and snowmelt to creeks, streams and rivers. The Tellico Watershed are the hills and valleys surrounding the 33 miles of Tellico Lake from Chilhowee Dam to Tellico Dam in Lenoir City. 
In 1985, at a competitive auction, Cooper Communities, Inc. (CCI) bought TVA’s land known as Tellico Village in Loudon County. In 1996, CCI bought Kahite in Monroe County. TVA owns the land from the water’s edge to the 820 line which is the elevation point where TVA land changes to the lake front home owner’s property.  TVA governs the removal of plants and vegetation on its lake front shoreline and property. Many lake front home owners in Tellico Village and other watershed neighborhoods have put grass, walls and walkways on their property and extended it beyond the 820 line and onto TVA’s land to the shoreline. Lately, lakEfront residents have reported to WATeR that along the shoreline, lake water is losing clarity, that strange plants are beginning to grow and that at times, the water is “greening” and can be slimy.
TVA does not manage Tellico Lake’s water quality or sources of pollution flowing into the lake. TDEC’s enforcement of rules and regulations is limited. Therefore, a group of area residents with expertise in water quality and wastewater treatment founded WATeR in 2000 to actively preserve the quality of water in the lake. WATeR stands for Watershed Association of Tellico Reservoir. Go to to read more in-depth articles on these and other topics related to WATeR and it’s work to preserve the water quality of the lake.
The Friends of the Vonore Public Library are planning their Annual Book and Rummage Sale for April 9-11.  In preparation, they are asking for donations of books, small appliances, sports equipment, household items, etc. Please no clothes or computer items. Items may be dropped off at the Vonore Public Library Monday thru Saturday. Contact Karen Rische at 423-436-1334 for details.
Adopt-a-Class is now expanding our services to Vonore Elementary School (VES), located near our KAHITE neighborhood on Hwy 411 in Monroe County. With the endorsement of Principal John Parham and VES teachers, we are ready to proceed. Support will include classroom volunteers, donations of supplies, and support of school projects.  This school educates about 400 children in PreK through Grade 4. School demographics show that the majority of VES students are economically disadvantaged, similar to our other two “adopted schools.” This is a great opportunity for enriching volunteer work!   For more information, email Karen Hamerslag at or text 352-219-1046.

Adopt-a-Class TN is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt charitable organization and registered in Tennessee. 
Monroe County churches have united to assist the Good Shepherd Center during Lent. If you're interested in learning more about the soup and sandwich lunches provided by area churches, please click here.

Date: Wednesday, February 26
Location: Honey Creek Loop at Big South Fork
Depart: Lakeside Real Estate at 8 a.m.
Distance: 5.6 miles
Elevation Gain: 500 feet
Rating: Difficult
Driving Time: 2 hours
Leader: Ken Van Swearingen | 815-245-0247 |

On paper it is only a 5.6-mile trail. On the hike, it is an adventure, not the typical “path through the woods” or big elevation gain – yet everything about Honey Creek Loop hike reeks cool fun, including the names of the landmarks along the way. Around a corner there’s Echo Rock, or boulder House Falls, or Ice Castle Falls and an enormous rock house called the Great Room. Large boulders to go over, and some to go through. A “Lookout Tower” to climb, and creeks to cross.  Located at the south end of Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, Honey Creek Loop trail is one of the parks’ most rugged and challenging trails. This trail offers a little something for everyone. Although it is only 5.6 miles, hiking time will approach 5 hours due to the beautiful scenery, creek crossings and boulder climbs. At the end of the hike, it is hard to believe all that was only such a short traill--5 miles of scrambling fun and beauty. Come along for some great memories.

Thursday, February 27, 2020, 11 - 12p.m., From the obscure to the sublime: Forgotten Civil War Battles and Their Impact on the Outcome of the Conflict, will be presented at The Tellico Village Public Library by Tim Vane of the Civil War Roundtable. Please call the library at 865-458-5199 to sign up.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020, 9:30-10:30 a.m., “BLUEBIRDS, Learn how to Attract, Feed and House our East TN Bluebirds” with Chuck Cruickshank from the Tennessee Bluebird Society. This workshop will be presented at The Public Library at Tellico Village at no charge. Please call the library at 865-458-5199 to sign up.
Join the Thyme for Herbs club this month featuring Kathy Dooley in casual conversation about growing beautiful roses in your own gardens. Prior to coming to East TN, Kathy was actively involved with the San Francisco Rose Society, growing & exhibiting roses, and for a period of 4 years served as the Society’s President. She is excited about sharing helpful tips for selecting, planting, growing & maintaining healthy rose plants, as well as enjoying your cut roses.

This meeting takes place on Thursday February 27th at 9:00 am in Chota Recreation Center room D. It is open to the public with an admission fee of $5 (cash) for non-members. Additionally, Time for Herbs representatives will be available before and after the meeting to converse about membership in our organization for those who might be interested. 
The Madisonville Kiwanis Club will have its annual Chili Supper/ Cook-off on Thursday February 27th from 4:30 until 6:30 in the fellowship hall of First United Methodist Church, Madisonville, located at 143 College Street.  Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children age 10 and under.  Club members will have tickets or they may be purchased at the door.  Proceeds will benefit the children and youth of Monroe County.  For information contact Sara Spiva, 423-261-5167.          
The Lion's Club Annual Chili/Soup dinner will take place on Thursday, February 27th at the Christian Life Center of the CCTV from 4-7 pm. Tickets are limited so get yours now for $11/person or $13 at the door. Tickets are available from any Lion member, Sloans, United Bank, and the Village Salon.
The New Villagers Club holds a Social on the first Thursday of every month at the Tellico Village Yacht Club. The next Social will be on Thursday, March 5th at 4:30 pm. New members should arrive at 4:00 pm. Please make every effort to register on line before the meeting.  Visit the New Villagers Club website for more information at
The 2020 TVLGA-9 League Rule Orientation will be held at the Yacht Club on Tuesday, March 10 from 10am-12 noon. Golf pro Casey Flenniken will discuss golf rules and the schedule of events for the upcoming season. The 2020 TVLGA-9 Opening Scramble will be held on Tuesday, March 31, at Tanasi Golf Course at 9:30am, followed by the Opening Day Luncheon at the Yacht Club. TVLGA-9 2020 Applications are available on our website at or at the desk in each clubhouse. If you would like additional information on the league including requirements for joining, please contact Lisa Dawn Maleske at or 937-902-3963.
There will be an orientation meeting for Lady Linksters Golf on Wednesday March 11th from 10 am -12 pm on the 3rd floor meeting room of the Yacht Club. Registration will take place, as well as an overview of golf etiquette, how to use Chelsea, and much more. A $20 check to Lady Linksters is required along with a registration form. Forms can be found at any of the Pro Shops. Both current members and those interested in joining are welcome.
The Cruising Club will meet on Wednesday, March 11th on the lower level of the Tellico Village Yacht Club. Social hour starts at 5 pm with the meeting following immediately at 6 pm.The club includes all types of boats: pontoons, bow riders, wake boats, cruisers, all motorized craft. Anyone with any percent of boat ownership is eligible for membership. Come check us out and learn about all the fun we have while boating! Questions contact Commander Wayne Geoffrey on 734-812-0858    
The Tellico Village Fishing Club monthly meeting will be on Wednesday, March 11th from 7 - 8:45 pm at the Tellico Village Yacht Club. Meetings feature fishing related guest speakers and discussions about various Club fishing activities and events. Visitors are welcome. For additional information, contact Club President David Berger at 832-623-1452 or visit
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