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Click Here to View Tell-EventsFebruary 4, 2020
                       · Important POA Updates
                       · Upcoming Events & Meetings
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February 5, 1:30 p.m. Board Meeting, Yacht Club
February 6, 9 a.m. ACC, POA Conference Room
February 7, 9 a.m. CAC, POA Conference Room
February 12, 2 p.m., Having Your Say*, POA Conference Room
February 13, 10 a.m., RAC, Wellness Center
February 14, 9 a.m., FAC, POA Conference Room
The Board will hold its first monthly meeting under the new structure tomorrow, February 5th at 1:30 on the top floor of the Yacht Club. Click here to view the agenda.

In January, the Board decided to re-structure the Board meeting schedule to eliminate the monthly workshop and instead conduct two monthly Board meetings. Both Board meetings will take place at the Yacht Club to accommodate greater community involvement.

To establish continuity, the Board meetings will be held on the first and third Wednesday of each month at 1:30 pm.

Please note: this schedule may be adjusted as needed. For example, the meetings in April and July will occur a week later due to holidays and scheduling conflicts.
As part of this project, the contractor was required to install conduit at the intersection of US-321 and State Route 2 which was completed in late Spring 2019. Upon completion of the installed conduit, AT&T placed a new fiber optic line necessary to retire/abandon the current facility. The placement of these fiber optic lines was completed on December 20, 2019, and the contractor has resumed construction operations at the intersection of US-321/US-11. 

While certain aspects of the intersection were on hold, the grading and paving along the widened section of US-321 has been completed and opened to final configuration (three lanes in each direction). During these last months, the contractor has also placed concrete curb, sidewalk, and landscaping features along the northern portion of the intersection. 

Over the upcoming weeks, the contractor will be working diligently to remove portions of the retired communications ductwork and place the remaining storm drainage and waterline. Once the storm drain has been placed, the contractor will perform the remaining grade work to allow placement of base stone for the new designated right turn lanes. Curb, gutter, sidewalk and landscaping features will be installed once grading is completed. It is expected that paving operations could begin as early as March with an anticipated project completion of late Spring 2020. 

Should you have further questions or comments regarding state or federal routes, please contact District 19 Operations Manager, Mr. Todd Sexton, at (865)717-1521 or at 
•Weather is delaying the project. We are at 24 rain days and counting; rain is expected for the next several days.
•The contractor is working with us to get the job completed and the pool reopened. They worked last weekend to make up schedule time.
•While the roof replacement contract has a fixed scope, we are doing other maintenance items at the same time to provide a better experience to the villagers who have been patiently waiting for the pool to reopen:
          •Painting the entire ceiling and interior walls of the pool.
          •Reflashing/fixing leaks on the other portions of the roof.
•Rain and Ice shield has been installed over 100% of the roof being replaced.  Some repairs are ongoing as it is damaged from other operations.
•New ridge vent installed, still needs painting.
•East wall had some water damage, it is being repaired and repainted.
•Trim and flashing work ongoing.
•Expect the roof itself to be installed starting this week.
•Contractor has asked for schedule extension due to rain delays.
All future GAC meetings have been moved back to the POA Conference Room. The GAC will no longer meet at the Wellness Center. The next GAC meeting is Monday, February 17th at 3:30 p.m.
Another Amazing Lady of Tellico Village
Join host Joan Dorsey in this second episode spotlighting Ladies of Tellico Village. Meet Mary Cushman, a fascinating and passionate world traveler who has climbed down into an Egyptian pyramid, fed huge and nearly extinct reptiles on a remote island, swam in a piranha-infested river in South America, and held furry baby seals on her lap in the Galapagos Islands. With many tales to share, she is still out there gathering more from some of the most exotic and unusual places she can find, and even includes advice on traveling alone!  You're sure to enjoy Mary's tales of visiting some of the most well-known and rarely seen sights of our world!
Tellico Community Players Presents The Tin Woman
Join Sauni Rinehart and Len Willis, two of the characters from the upcoming production of The Tin Woman, as they preview their February show highlighting the tragedy of one family losing a member, only to be lifted by the joyful gift of donating a heart so someone from another family might live.

Share the experience of these two families as they wrestle with their feelings revolving around this situation. The show opens on February 13th, so get your tickets before it is sold out.

The open land between the Food Lion complex and the Tellico Parkway (Rt. 444) at the southern end of Tellico Village now belongs to the Tellico Community Foundation (TCF), an affiliate fund of East Tennessee Foundation (ETF).

Acquisition of the 4.7-acre parcel was announced by TCF Board Chair, Joe Beyel, in a recent letter to foundation donors. The land is commercially zoned and attractive for future profit and non-profit opportunities. Beyel characterized the property gift as “transformative” for the organization. The acreage is valued at $920,000. The land donors are the Tillman, Floyd, and Owens families, all who were instrumental in building the Food Lion shopping complex.

Discussions about the possibility of TCF obtaining the property have been ongoing for months. The land donors and the foundation agreed to formulate a three-year strategic plan to monetize the property for endowment and enhanced grantmaking as well as to accept property for potential future use as the home of Our Place, an adult day care facility to serve residents of Tellico Village and surrounding communities who have early to moderate Alzheimer’s/Dementia and to provide respite for their caregivers. TCF, via its relationship with East Tennessee Foundation (ETF) was best suited to accept this gift and is so honored to be working and serving with the donors, Our Place, and the community in support and benefit to all.  Beyel characterized the real estate agreement, “As an extraordinary example of a thriving community benefiting from a thoughtful gift.”

TCF currently emphasizes four areas of grantmaking: childhood literacy; addressing the opioid crisis, support for seniors and furthering community enrichment. Beyel believes the land gift “will truly advance the foundation’s ability to impact lives in Loudon and Monroe counties.” 

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

Donations to TCF can be made online at or by contacting Trudy Hughes of the East Tennessee Foundation at  or at (865) 368-8886.

Reserved seats at $21 for the Tellico Community Players production of Sean Grennan’s The Tin Woman are on sale on the Tellico Community Players website (Click on tickets to purchase.) 
Play dates for this first Players performance of 2020 are Thursday-Saturday, February 13-15 and Thursday-Sunday, February 20-23 at the Tellico Community Playhouse, 304 Lakeview Plaza (off Ritchie Road), Loudon. All shows begin at 7:30 p.m., except for the matinee Sunday, February 23, which begins at 1:30 p.m. 
Based on a true story, The Tin Woman is the tale of a female heart transplant recipient who decides to meet the family of the late organ donor. James Fisher is directing, Dennis Loy is producing, and the sponsor is Warren Jackson, CPA, PLLC.
Called a “smartly-crafted blend of family drama, humor and hope,” the play will feature an interesting twist. Following two of the performances, (Saturday, February 15 and Saturday, February 22) an actual heart transplant recipient will be on hand to discuss heart donations with the interested members of the audience. The cast and the director also will be on hand to in these “talk-back” sessions, which will focus on audience questions, and observations. Patrons who attend the play on other dates can come to the theater after the performances on the “talk-back” nights to participate in the discussions. The Players plan to contact organ donor organizations to provide pamphlets and applications for anyone interested in becoming an organ donor.
The story:
Instead of relishing life after her heart transplant, Joy (Sauni Rinehart) enters a downward spiral, unsure whether she truly deserves a second chance. Meanwhile, Alice (Freddi Birdwell) and Hank (Len Willis) mourn the loss of their son, Jack, (Jordon Phillips) whose heart was used to save Joy. At a friend’s urging, Joy tracks down Jack’s family to find closure. But are Alice, Hank, and their daughter Sammy (Zoe Flennilun) ready to accept Jack’s death? When they meet with Joy, the awkwardness becomes funny and heartfelt. All the players come to terms with what it really means to truly give one’s heart. This work honestly demonstrates the power of the human spirit to manifest hope.
The New Villagers Club will hold their next social on Thursday, February 6th at 4:30pm at the Yacht Club. New members should arrive at 4pm.  Please make every effort to register online before the meeting. Visit the New Villagers Club website ( for more information. Please note: the new VP Communications is Linda Rasmussen: | 708-314-3750. The New Villagers Club meets on the first Thursday of each month.

The Tellico Village Woodworkers Club will hold their monthly General Meeting on Thursday, February 6th at 7:15 pm at the Yacht Club. This month's program will feature Lou Mansur who is a member of the East Tennessee Woodworkers Guild. He will discuss the making of sculptured chairs. The public is welcome to attend. For more information, visit

The Tellico Village Garden Club February meeting: Thursday, February 6 at 12:30 p.m. at The Yacht Club
Dr. Sue Hamilton, former director of the U.T.K. Gardens, will share her recommendations for choosing, planting, and
Care of Viburnum shrubs.  The many varieties offer interesting foliage, attractive flowers, showy berries, and there are both evergreen and deciduous varieties.  They can be used for borders, screens and as specimen plants.  Birds welcome their tasty fruit and dense cover.
New members are welcome. Dues are $15. Visit for more information.
Our second hike of the new year is a trail close to our hearts and very close to Tellico Village. If you haven’t experienced the East Lakeshore trail system—across the lake from our village—you are in for a treat. We may have a few trivia questions for you after the hike as well as lunch at the new Toqua Sports Bar.
Date: Monday February 10, 2020
Destination: East Lakeshore-Glendale Branch
Length of Hike:3 miles
Elevation Gain: 298 feet
Rating: Easy, loop
Time: Leaving the parking lot at 9:00 AM
Location: Near Lenoir City/Greenback TN, Loudon County
Hike Leaders: Shari & Chuck Haller
Hike Description: The February hike for the Muddy Boots Hiking Group will be the Glendale Branch of the East Lakeshore Trail System. This trail is located about 12 miles away (20 min drive time) near Greenback off of Hwy 95.  It is an easy three mile loop which is a part of the larger East Lakeshore Trail System at Tellico Lake. This will be a great introduction to the larger trail system which is located on the east shore of Tellico Lake, and was recently designated a National Recreation Trail by the Dept. of the Interior. The Trail system is 26 miles with 8 branches accessible from 5 trail heads. We will plan on a group lunch afterwards at a local eatery.
Directions: Go north on Hwy 444 & take 321 North towards Maryville for approx. 3.7 miles to Hwy 95 on right. Follow signs to trailheads
Lunch: Toqua Sports Bar & Grill
Be Prepared: Bring water and a trail snack. Hiking poles and hiking boots are always recommended. Hat & gloves recommended in colder weather. We suggest you bring an extra pair of shoes and place hiking boots, if dirty, in a trash bag to try to keep the driver’s car floor clean.
Hiking involves some exertion and often walking on uneven surfaces. While we do our best to describe any trail challenges and conditions, you are hiking at your own risk. In the event of a situation requiring medical intervention during a hike, we suggest that each participant wear their Name Tag and bring a Photo ID (generally driver’s license) and Medical Information cards (Health Insurance Card or Medicare + supplemental Health Insurance Cards)
The Tellico Village Ladies 9-Hole Golf League has scheduled its Welcome Coffee, Rule Orientation, and Opening Day Scramble and Luncheon for 2020. The Welcome Coffee will be held at the Yacht Club on Tuesday, February 11th from 10am to 12 noon. Current and new members, as well as anyone interested in more information about the league, are encouraged to attend!

Other upcoming dates:
The 2020 League Rule Orientation will be held at the Yacht Club on Tuesday, March 10th at 10am. Golf pro Casey Flenniken will discuss golf rules and the schedule of events for the upcoming season. The 2020 Opening Scramble will be held on Tuesday, March 31st at Tanasi Golf Club at 9:30am, followed by the Opening Day Luncheon at the Yacht Club. 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.
The Tellico Village Fishing Club monthly meeting will be on Wednesday, February 12th from 7:00 P.M. to 8:45 P.M. at the Yacht Club. 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
On Thursday February 13th, the Tellico Riders will conduct their monthly meeting at the Yacht Club. The club social starts at 5 pm in the Yacht Club bar, followed by a meeting on the 3rd floor at 6 pm. If you own a motorcycle, ride in East Tennessee, or would like to meet those who do, come join us.  At 7 pm after the meeting, it’s optional to join many of the Tellico Riders for dinner at the Blue Heron. If you desire to have dinner, we recommend you place your dinner meal order during the social hour. Tell them you are with the Tellico Riders. For additional information, please contact Carl Bye at

Friday, February 14, 2020
Depart at 8:00 a.m. from Lakeside Real Estate

Lilly Bluff Trails - Obed Scenic River Area
Distance:  6 miles
Elevation Gain:  500 feet
Rating:   Moderate
Driving Time:   1.25 hours
Leader: Bev Hawkins | | 865-406-0297
John Winn | | 865-824-6200

Lilly Bluff Trails along the Obed Scenic River offers a start off climb on the Bridge Trail up to the Overlook Trail where there is a great view of the river, cliffs and bluffs.  The Boulder Trail offers a hike through the lush forest to a boulder field where giant boulders rest below the cliffs.  Finally, we will hike the Point Trail where we pass a natural arch and view from the bluff, with Clear Creek meeting the Obed River at the point.

Thursday, Feb 20, 2020 | 9:30am to 12:30pm | Yacht Club

The Art Guild of Tellico Village will have the privilege of presenting Wendy Leedy from Bean Station Tn, where she owns and operates The Frame House on her farm. Wendy was born in Chattanooga having an interest in art and horses. She graduated with a degree in commercial art from Brainered U. T.  She has 60+ published calendars and has had her drawings published in East Tennessee Life, The American Horse Woman and East Tennessee Women’s Magazines. Over the past few years Wendy has illustrated two books: Santa’s Journey and I’ll Always be a Cowboy. She also illustrated the cover for The Valley of the Winds.  In 2010, Wendy was juried into the Booth Western Art Museum with her pastel drawing Bit by Bit. She has served as Executive Director of the Arts Council Hamblen County, TN and is past President of the Morristown Art Association.  Wendy is currently a member of ARTs (Artisans of Rural Tennessee) as well as Morristown Art Association, Booth Western Art Museum and Booth Artists Guild. She also served as art director for The Voice of the Tennessee Walking Horse magazine. You can learn more about Wendy on her website
Light refreshments and beverages will be served before the speaker presents.
In just a few weeks, you will be able to join your friends and neighbors for a great meal and support a club that does great work serving the community. The Lion's Club Annual Chili/Soup dinner will take place on Thursday, February 27th at the Christian Life Center of the CCTV from 4-7pm. 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. Stay tuned for more details in upcoming issues of the Tell-E-Gram. 
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