Tellico Village, Tennessee
|• Type||Property Owners Association|
|• 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)|
|• Density||750/sq mi (290/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 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.
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.
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.
- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14.
- "Tellico Village Census Designated Place". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
- "Tellico Village Property Owners Association". Archived from the original on January 12, 2010.
- Street name translations provided by Cooper Land Development and an undated letter from Dr. Duane King, Assistant Director of the National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution.
- Hilary Magacs, "Contract Post Office Shutting Down in Tellico Village," Local8now.com (WVLT), 22 November 2013.
- William Bruce Wheeler and Michael J. McDonald, TVA and the Tellico Dam 1936-1979: A Bureaucratic Crisis in Post-Industrial America (Knoxville: The University of Tennessee Press, 1986),
- Margaret Lynn Brown, The Wild East: A Biography of the Great Smoky Mountains (Gainesville: The University Press of Florida, 2000).