Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

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March 20, 2007

A delightful visit with Mrs. Charles O'Brien

Soon after moving to Lake Tansi Village, I discovered that being retired doesn't necessarily mean having nothing to do. When I called Mrs. O'Brien to schedule an interview, we finally found a mutually agreeable day in our busy schedules. As to the time, after remarking that I am an early morning person she suggested 8:30 a.m. on the following Saturday. After breakfast I drove the short distance to her home. If this had been several years ago I would have taken a notebook, pencil and probably a 35mm camera. Ah, what memories. Now I use a laptop and a digital camera. When the door opened, she greeted me with a big smile and said, "Good morning, Mr. Bridges." She was wearing a beautiful blue velour outfit with an American flag on one side of the top. She looked like she had just left the salon — there was not a hair out of place. She suggested we sit in the bright, cheery porch.

If you haven't guessed by now, this interview was with Miss Anna Belle (Clement O'Brien). Many articles have been written about her career in politics, so I decided to do something different — talk about her early life and some interesting and humorous experiences she has had.

She was born in Scottsville, KY, a daughter of the late Robert and Maybelle Clement. Other children were Frank, now deceased, and Emma Gene Clement Peery, a widow who lives in Franklin, TN. The family moved to Bowling Green while she was a little girl. One day she was helping her mother peel potatoes when a neighbor child came to the door. They needed another child to play and asked her to come out even though it was getting dark. She ran outside, but fell into a hedge. As a result, she lost the sight in her right eye. She still remembers her father saying, "Honey, you can't let one accident, any one incident or one person ruin your life. Things happen for a reason." Anna Belle was eight years old. Her father's words and actions had a lot to do with the close relationship they developed. He helped shape her life and prepare her for all the things she might face in the future.

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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.

    March 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • 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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