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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  • 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

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