Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

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November 20, 2013

GM Report: Rain impacts our community

CROSSVILLE — My comments for this issue will focus more on all of 2013 and 2014 instead of just September or October activities. I’ve thought about this past year, which was my first full year as your General Manager. I can summarize the major impact on Tansi in one word - rain. Remember July 4th when we got a record 1.95 inches of rain? In fact, right now we are seven inches above normal for the year and partially, as a result of the wet year, cabin rentals and golf course usage were down versus last year. But, on the other hand, our marina usage was up, our lakes were full, fishing was excellent and we didn’t have to water the golf course as much as last year. So, although we had lots of rain clouds, we also had some silver linings to those clouds.

This year we had community festivals on Memorial Day weekend and again in October with Cruise Ins, inflatables for the kids, a band, crafts and treasure sales and lots of good food. Unfortunately, our July 4th community event was rained out. Also, new this past year was the Quack Shack. What a great asset, with movie nights on the beach, and other new activities for everyone to enjoy. Next year will be bigger and better yet.

The Cannons are leasing our 19th Hole Restaurant and the Killeens are now leasing the Country Club. Jerry Turner took over as the Security Department Chief, replacing Henry Hunnicutt, and Carl Flanagan has been filling in for Roberta Reese as the Marina manager. And although we didn’t do any major upgrades to any our of amenities, we did maintain what we own and made some improvements, such as painting the interior of the POA Office and redoing several Tansi and golf course signs. And we were able to do these things while significantly reducing our debt.

The County Road Department has spent some time in Tansi recently, resurfacing some roads with chip and tar and paved two roads. There is a list of these roads available at the POA Office. All things considered 2013 was a good year.

As I look ahead to 2014, I plan to continue things we started this year, like community festival days and Quack Shack activities, and I will work with our Recreation Department to add some new activities as well. I am hopeful that our sewer issues and lawsuits will be resolved. And although I am disappointed that our request for assessment monies for much needed upgrades was rejected, I am confident that we will be able to use monies we receive to either maintain or improve our existing amenities and at the same time continue to reduce our bank debt.

I would like to thank my office staff, supervisors and all of our employees for the hard work and dedication that makes Lake Tansi a great place to call home and to visit. I am looking forward to another great year for Lake Tansi in 2014.

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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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