Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

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June 26, 2013

Getting to know Lake Tansi

CROSSVILLE — Lake Tansi: it’s a really good place to live, play, retire, meet new neighbors and enjoy old friends. But how much do you really know about our community and Property Owner’s Association? Over the next three months I will submit articles which will focus on our organizational structure and finances, the next on our amenities and activities, and the final article will cover challenges and opportunities for Lake Tansi in the future.

Lake Tansi started in 1961, when Cosby Harrison and others envisioned a resort in this area (Cumberland Plateau Resorts). They built a dam forming Lake Tansi, (at 2,400 feet it’s the second largest earthen dam in the state of Tennessee), an airstrip and cabins. From those beginnings in 1961, our community has progressed to the current 5,500 acre residential community with four lakes, a golf course, 10,000 residential lots and 92 miles of roads. Approximately 3,000 people live in Lake Tansi.

The Property Owner’s Association was formed in 1977 and POA members currently own about 70 percent of the residential lots at Lake Tansi. The POA is led by a nine member board of directors who are elected and serve three year terms. One of the board members represents the timeshare condos located in Lake Tansi and one represents the Holiday Out RV Park. The general manager has overall responsibility for six departments (golf; security; lakes and marina; recreation; maintenance; and general and administrative).

The POA has an administrative office which is staffed from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday. Board meetings, which are open to all POA members, are held most months of the year. Overall, the Lake Tansi POA has 19 fulltime and 53 seasonal employees with an annual payroll (wages and benefits) of $1,083,500.

The POA has two primary governing documents: by-laws, most recently revised in October 2008 with some amendments added later, and Architectural Control Building Rules and Regulations, updated 2010 that also has a couple of amendments to it also. Those documents, as well as board minutes, financial reports, a listing of current board members, key operating personnel and much more information can be found by going to the POA website: In addition, restrictive covenants for each lot in Lake Tansi can be found at the Cumberland County Register of Deeds office.

Lake Tansi’s 2013 income budget is $2,466,900, with 59 percent of income coming from member dues; 22 percent from golf; 10 percent from cabin rentals; four percent from the marina and the remaining five percent from recreation, restaurants and miscellaneous. Budgeted expenses, before depreciation, total $2,344,900 with 29 percent going for general and administrative; 26 percent golf; 11 percent security; 10 percent facilities and grounds maintenance; eight percent recreation; six percent cabins; four percent lakes and marina; two percent debt principal and the remaining four percent capital improvements and miscellaneous. Most of the projected $122,000 net income will go toward reducing our current $2.2 million bank debt. Our five year financial plan can be found on our website.

In a nutshell, that’s Lake Tansi’s organizational structure and finances. In July, I will write about our amenities and activities, and in August, challenges and opportunities. I welcome any questions or input you have on these articles, and can be reached at the POA Office at 788-6721, or e-mail at

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  • Welcome 1.jpg Lake Tansi welcomes new recreation director

    A lot of people have visited Cumberland County, liked what they saw and eventually bought a house. Can Betty Gates be included in that group? Well, yes and no.  She came to Cumberland County to visit her brother who had retired from the United States Air Force. He took her on a tour of the area, including a drive through Tansi on Dunbar Rd. One of his neighbors, a real estate agent, also took her on a tour where he showed her a number of houses, one of which she bought. It was just two days after she arrived at her brother’s house. Here’s how she described the moment: “I have landed on my mountain.”  That was near the end of 2008.

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  • Gratitude 1.jpg A letter of gratitude for Ken Soncrant

    Lake Tansi members were flabbergasted by the recent resignation of Recreation Department Director Ken Soncrant after 10 years of service and dedication to the community. After his resignation was accepted by the Tansi POA board, he was recognized for his commitment to Lake Tansi.

    March 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • Membership shows support for amenity improvements

    After the failed request in 2013 for approval of a one-time $100 assessment, some Lake Tansi members are showing their resilience and determination.

    March 26, 2014

  • Get ready for a season of fun!

    I am so happy to be your new Recreation Director and what a perfect time to spring into action for a fresh new season of fun, activities and events. Watch for all our new events in the Smoke 
Signals and pick up our calendar and bulletin so you can spring into action with us.

    March 26, 2014

  • Lake Tansi members give of time, talents and dollars for community

    Many Lake Tansi Village members continue to volunteer their time, effort, and dollars to help our community retain the image it has achieved through the years.

    March 26, 2014

  • navy nurse 4.jpg Duty Station: The heart of a Navy nurse

    Joann Kelso’s nursing career began when she went to nursing school on a grant in Cleveland, Ohio. The grant allowed her to acquire her degree but, in return, she was obligated to work in Cleveland for two years. By this time her friends were settling down, getting married, and having babies. Kelso decided that wasn’t what she wanted at that time and enlisted in the Navy.

    March 26, 2014 3 Photos

  • Quack Shack preparing for second summer

    The Quack Shack is looking forward to the second summer at the Lake Tansi Beach, keeping the same great menu, and continuing the Thursday night Dinner on the Deck with live music and great new foods. This summer, the Quack Shack will still offer our stress free party packages. The beach activities have been expanded with more bonfires and movies nights. Please come out and enjoy all the actives planned for this summer.

    March 26, 2014

  • Lake Tansi getting ready for spring activities

    Spring is here. It is time to start looking forward to a new and exciting year here at Lake Tansi. As you are aware, we have a new Recreation Director, Betty Gates. Betty has some outstanding new ideas and programs she is going to introduce that are going to be a great asset to our community and our guests who visit this year. Be watching the Smoke Signals and email blasts for new upcoming events.

    March 26, 2014

  • Community Association to meet April 15

    The Lake Tansi Community Association is pleased to present the Plateau Old-time German band for your entertainment on April 15. This local German oompah band is made up of members of the Cumberland County Community Band.

    March 26, 2014

  • Ladies Golf kicks off season with luncheon

    The Lake Tansi Ladies Golf Association will be holding their spring luncheon at Killeen's on the Green on Thursday, April 3. Registration begins at 11 a.m. and lunch will be served at noon. Killeen's needs a head count, so please sign up in the ladies locker room at the Pro Shop before March 26.

    March 26, 2014

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