Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

Tansi Smoke Signals

December 19, 2013

Lake Tansi Golf course maintenance is top notch

CROSSVILLE — The Lake Tansi golf course staff has been providing top notch playing conditions despite having to deal with significant reductions in its operating budget over the last four years. Many aspects of course maintenance have been affected. Labor costs have decreased through a reduction in hours, wage freezes and schedule adjustments. Material usage such as fertilize, pesticides, lime, mulch and sand have been reduced. Equipment parts such as mowing blades, bedknives and aerifying tines have been cut back. The budget cuts have been painful, but the maintenance staff has shone through these tough financial times.

The maintenance staff at Lake Tansi golf course is comprised of some very dedicated, hard working and conscientious employees. Their goal has always been to provide the best possible playing conditions for the members and guests. The budget cuts will not dampen this goal. The staff will continue provide a well groomed golf course, even though the budget cuts have raised the difficulty level. Members and guests have appreciated the quality of the golf course for many years, and it is the intention of the maintenance staff to continue that tradition.

The crew recently lost one of its long term members. Bill Irvin left us on Dec. 2, only a few weeks after beginning his winter break from maintenance. He started working at the golf course shortly after he retired to Tansi in 1990. His main job was taking care of the tees and he did a superb job at it right up to the end. He will be deeply missed.

Other crew members include:

• J.L. Kirby- J.L. came to work at Lake Tansi in 1967, before the new course was constructed. He was born and resides in Van Buren county. He is primarily in charge of mowing the fairways. He has seen many changes at Lake Tansi in his 46 years.

• Dave Walker- Dave was born in upstate New York and joined the Army in 1957. He worked in the aerospace industry in Florida for 34 years. Dave retired to Tansi in 1997 and began working on the golf course. He is my assistant and right hand man. Dave keeps our roughs mowed among numerous other duties. He continues to be a valuable asset to this golf course.

• Larry Heslep- Larry was born in Royal Oak, Mich. and worked in the auto industry before moving to Tansi in 1990. He came to work at the golf course in 1996. Larry is in charge of setting the course up for play on a daily basis. He also takes care of trimming, edging and sod work.

• Lloyd Miller- Lloyd was born in Nebraska and joined the Army in 1951. He moved to Illinois in 1965 and worked for a John Deere distributer. Lloyd moved to Tansi in 1995 and immediately went to work mowing greens on the golf course. He also handles some mechanical work and is a great asset during aerification.

• Marvin Lowe- Marvin was born in Rinnie, Tenn. and joined the Army in 1956. He moved to Ohio in 1952 to work in the roofing business. He retired in 1996 and moved back to Cumberland County. Marvin came to work at Tansi in that same year. He excels at bunker work, trimming, weed spraying and leaf blowing.

• John Withers- John was born in Michigan and went to work for GM in 1968. He retired to Lake Tansi in 2001 and went to work on the golf course in 2003. John has several duties on the course – there’s nothing he can’t do.

• Charles Pepper- Chuck was born in Michigan and joined the Marines in 1965. He then went to work for the USPS. He retired to Tansi in 2001 and went to work at the golf course in 2002. Chuck is responsible for many day-to-day tasks and is a very hard worker.

• Darrell Sweet- Darrell was born in Michigan and joined the Navy in 1956. He retired from Magic Chef and moved to Tansi in 2001. Darrell worked at Heatherhurst golf course before coming to work at Tansi. He handles our rough mowing around the greens and tees among many other tasks.

• Jim Smallwood- Jim was born in Ohio and joined the Marines in 1955. He was a member of the Marine golf team. Jim retired from Sky Valley Resort in Georgia and moved to Tansi in 2004. He is in charge of cleaning the course up and getting it ready for play each day.

• Colin Kerns- Colin was born in Rockwood, Tenn. and joined the Navy in 1960. He retired to Tansi in 2011 and began working at the golf course. He has worked at courses in Minnesota and California in the past.

• Junior Isham- Junior was born in Illinois and worked for Caterpillar for 42 years. He retired to Rinnie in 2009 and came to work at Tansi in 2013. Junior is a top class mechanic and also takes care of numerous tasks on the course. 

These guys are enjoying their winter break at this time and are looking forward to coming back to work this spring. This is an outstanding crew and it shows in their work and the condition of the course. Tansi is lucky to have such a great group of employees!

1
Text Only
Tansi Smoke Signals
  • humvee 2a.JPG Tansi Security Police attains new equipment and new officer

    The Lake Tansi Security Police has acquired a trainee, new vehicle from the 1033 Program and body armor due to the generosity of the Rotary Club and VEC.

    June 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • Rec direc.JPG Tansi welcomes Medley as recreation director

    Lake Tansi has experienced a whirlwind of ups and downs in regards to retaining a recreations director. When Ken Soncrant resigned, POA Director Gary Dillon hired Betty Gates who had worked in recreations management at Fairfield Glade.

    June 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Epic Independence Day celebration set at Lake Tansi

    The Lake Tansi Recreations Department has planned an epic Independence Day celebration that will brighten the stars on your flags. The celebration will start Friday, July 4th and continue through the weekend with family friendly activities and entertainment that is inspired by classic Americana fun.

    June 25, 2014

  • toodle 2.JPG Tansi bids a bittersweet farewell to Brenda Toodle

    Brenda Toodle has made quite an impact on Lake Tansi in her nearly two decades of being a resident. Before her move back to Michigan, her many friends held a farewell reception on May 28 at the Thunderbird to send their best wishes with her.

    June 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Tansi launches Operation Safe Community

    You may have heard that a neighborhood watch group is being established again in Tansi. After a recent break-in in our neighborhood, my wife, Paula, talked with Lt. Gary Howard of the Sheriff’s Department to see what we, as a neighborhood, could do to minimize crime in Tansi.

    June 25, 2014

  • Lake Tansi Golf Club honored for support of veterans

    Naval Master Chief Dennis Sassenger II, stationed in Hawaii, visited his father, our own Dennis Sassenger, in Lake Tansi. He was so impressed with the way he was treated as a guest and veteran at the golf course that he returned home and started the process of thanking us for the welcome and support he received.

    June 25, 2014

  • Lake Tansi celebrates Memorial Day in a big way

    Memorial Day is a time to reflect upon those of our fallen troops who gave their lives to preserve America’s values and freedoms. To those soldiers and their families we give our greatest admirations and deepest appreciation. Knowing what Memorial Day is about gives reason to pause, to pray and to share in those hard won freedoms with family and friends.

    June 25, 2014

  • Swim 1.JPG Never too soon to start water safety lessons

    Lake Tansi would like to encourage everyone who enjoys the water to play safely. Lake Tansi has such wonderful amenities, including the lake and pools, but playing it safe is better than not playing at all.

    June 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Pan 1.JPG On the Hook with the Pan Fish Club

    Hook, line and sinker, the Lake Tansi Pan Fish Anglers Club has enjoyed the first half of its fishing season.

    June 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • The Mike Steinmann/Salvation Army Golf Tournament set for July 26

    The seventh annual Mike Steinmann/Salvation Army Golf Tournament is set for this year on Saturday, July 26 at the Lake Tansi Golf Course.

    June 25, 2014

Marketplace Marquee
Parade
Must Read
Section Teases
Seasonal Content
AP Video
Raw: Japanese Soldiers Storm Beach in Exercises Raw: Weapons Fire Hits UN School in Gaza Raw: Rocket Launches Into Space With Cargo Ship Broken Water Main Floods UCLA Two Women Narrowly Avoid Being Hit by Train In Virginia, the Rise of a New Space Coast New Sanctions on Key Sectors of Russian Economy Crayola Announces Family Attraction in Orlando US Ready to Slap New Sanctions on Russia Kerry: Not Worried About Israeli Criticism Boater Rescued From Edge of Kentucky Dam Girl Struck by Plane on Florida Beach Dies Rodents Rampant in Gardens Around Louvre House to Vote on Slimmed-down Bill for Border Looming Demand Could Undercut Flight Safety Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Weather Radar
2014 Readers' Choice
Graduation 2014