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Tellico Village
Census-designated place
Country United States
State Tennessee
County Loudon
Established 1986
Area
 • Total 7.752 sq mi (20.08 km2)
 • Land 7.448 sq mi (19.29 km2)
 • Water 0.304 sq mi (0.79 km2)
Elevation 981 ft (299 m)
Population (2010 census)
 • Total 5,791
 • Density 747.03/sq mi (288.43/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 37774 and 37885
Area code(s) 865 and 423
GNIS feature ID 2584594

Tellico Village is an unincorporated community and census-designated place on the western shore of Tellico Reservoir in Loudon County, Tennessee, United States, about 30 miles (48 km) southwest of Knoxville. Its population was 5,791 as of the 2010 census.

Tellico Village is a planned community. Governmental functions are managed by the Tellico Village Property Owners Association.

History

Tellico Village exists because of the actions of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), which decided to dam up the Little Tennessee River at its confluence with the Tennessee River. Tellico Dam was completed in November 1979 after a long battle, which involved the Endangered Species Act of 1973 and a fish called the snail darter. As part of the project, the TVA acquired additional land above the high water line of the reservoir (Tellico Lake), much of it taken by eminent domain. Part of this additional land was later sold to Cooper Communities, Inc., which established Tellico Village in 1986.

Amenities

The community has three golf courses and a yacht and country club. The names of the golf courses, like the names of the streets and neighborhoods (each neighborhood within Tellico Village has its own name) are derived from American Indian words and names, mostly Cherokee. These include Toqua, meaning "fish," and Tanasi, which was the name of a town that was the capital of the Cherokee Nation between 1721 and 1730. "Tanasi" is also the word from which the name "Tennessee" was derived.

Postal Service

The postal addresses for the community are Loudon (37774) and Vonore (37885), Tennessee.

Tellico Village did have a branch post office through a More Than Mail! store but the store's Postal service contract was terminated in November 2013. It operated for 15 years.

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