Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

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June 25, 2014

Tansi welcomes Medley as recreation director

CROSSVILLE — 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 recreation management at Fairfield Glade. Due to unforeseen health issues, Gates stepped down after a few short weeks as Lake Tansi recreations director. Dillon was hard pressed to find a replacement. Not only did the newly hired Recreations Department team hired by Gates have no leader, but Lake Tansi was on the brink of the open vacation season. Gates’ Memorial Day Celebration would go on as planned, but the Recreations Department was in dire need of a director. Dillon referred back to the applicants he’d interviewed before he hired Gates and contacted Ethan Medley, of Fayettville, NC.

Ethan Medley holds a bachelor degree in recreations management from Huntington University in Indiana. After graduating in May 2013, he lived with his parents and worked at a restaurant while actively looking for his dream job.

“This is it. This is the big one,” said Medley about his new job. “I was really excited to interview for the recreations director position here and couldn’t have been happier to receive Gary’s call.”

It didn’t take a lot for Medley to start packing. “I took about a day to think about it, but this is what I wanted to do. And I get to do it here in Tansi,” Medley stated.

His favorite part about the job is the people. “There are people from everywhere here. They are so helpful and very interesting,” Medley continued, “and everyone has a story.”

Medley’s entire extended family lives in Nashville so he doesn’t feel too far from home. His parents, sister and two nieces (and one on the way) still reside in Fayetteville, but take any and every excuse to come visit.

He has big ideas to implement new programs and bring new amenities for Tansi residents, guests and visitors. One of his concerns is for the visitors and vacationers, like the cabin renters, who don’t have a lot to do other than the beach, the pool and mini golf. So, Medley is taking these matters very seriously. For starters, he is talking to TWRA to see what can be done to start a youth fishing program. He is also trying to reinstate the kids’ crafting and activity program and gather the support and volunteers needed to begin yoga and Zumba classes by the water.

“We have a lot of good programs here, we just need to build on them and motivate people to come,” said Medley.

Medley is an outdoors junkie with deeply rooted passions for hiking, biking, camping, fishing, hunting, as well as an exercise buff and sports nut. He ran track and cross country in college and is fanatic about the Tennessee Titans, Atlanta Braves, Duke, and US Soccer.

Medley arrived the week before Memorial Day, which is when the rush of the busy season starts with vacationers and activities. He is doing his best to take action and take advantage of the season. He is also thinking about the fall to begin fundraising for next year and try to establish programs and interests to entice the 20 to 40 year age group.

“That’s also a group that I’d like to reach,” said Medley. “It’s a retirement community, but it’s also a vacation resort and that’s what we’d like to emphasize.”

Medley has an incredible Independence Day Weekend Celebration planned for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. He also wants everyone to be on the lookout for “FitFest,” to encourage Lake Tansi to be active daily and be rewarded.

Medley knows that it will be a challenge and will take time, but as he put it, “I intend to be here for the long haul.”

When asked about his favorite part about Lake Tansi, Medley responded, “It’s gorgeous. You walk down to the lake and see mountains in the background. The lake is beautiful. Fayetteville is sand and pine trees, so this is a wonderful change.”

Medley looks forward to better weather and said, “Anyone who knows how to make more sunshine, let me know.”

He is working on rainy day activities for a well-rounded program no matter what the weather brings. He also plans to renew Lake Tansi merchandise to make for better souvenirs for vacationers and visitors. He certainly has his work cut out for him, but with his recreations team and the people of Tansi helping out, he is more than reassured.

“Everyone I’ve met has been very supportive,” said Medley. “They come in and introduce themselves and tell me if I need anything to let them know. I really didn’t expect that.”

Assistant Director Darlene King has been a huge asset to the Recreations Department and a big help to Medley. She has even offered to teach him how to cook, because as Medley said, “I don’t cook. Luckily, though, the great people of Tansi have shown a lot of Southern hospitality and keep bringing me plates of food. So, I am not starving.”

Medley is very grateful to be a part of the Lake Tansi family. He commented that he has a great team at the pool and the beach and keeps getting compliments.

“On some things, we are flying blind because I came one week before Memorial Day. Then we hired everyone in less than a week,” said Medley. “I’ve had people say that the crew at the beach is so helpful and involved. How can you argue with that? It’s a challenge and I knew it, but I’m really enjoying it.”

For more information about activities and events call the Lake Tansi Recreations Department at the Thunderbird Recreation Center at 788-6282. 

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