Lions help project

Tellico Village Lions Club successfully executed a campaign to support the construction and initial operation of Our PLACE.

The effort had two parts — one funded internally by the club and the other by the club and residents of the community. Together these efforts raised $51,000. In its initial service budget for the year, the club budgeted $10,000 as a donation to Our PLACE. Members were asked to make donations to match the amount provided by the club, which raised $8,000. An anonymous donor matched the $8,000. The club board decided in August to ask the community to match its $10,000. The effort had 180 Villagers respond with donations of $25,000. That amount, with the $10,000 from the club and the previous $16,000 raised by Lion members, means the club has raised $51,000 in support of Our PLACE.

More than $300,000 has been raised for the project, which is well on its way to a goal of $620,000.

Book sale

The Public Library at Tellico Village will host its fourth and final miniature book sale of the year 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at the library’s tented courtyard.

The sale will include children’s books and games, children’s DVDs and CDs, cooking and baking books, books for art, music and photography aficionados, puzzles, romance novels, classics, 2019 fiction books, Christmas books, CDs and more. Items largely range $1-$3 and can be bought with cash or check only. Social distancing and face masks are required.

For more information, call 865-458-5199 or visit www.tvlibrary.org.

Tree lighting

The Tellico Village Christmas tree lighting in Village Square is 7 p.m. Tuesday. The Rev. Charlie Barnard, pastor of First Baptist Church in Tellico Village, and fellow Village ministers will lead the celebration with stories and carol singing. A canned good donation for Good Samaritan Center of Loudon County is encouraged. Face masks and social distancing are strongly encouraged.

Holiday Extravaganza

Tickets for the Tellico Community Players’ special Holiday Extravaganza production are on sale. The production, which is 1 p.m. Dec. 15, 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Dec. 16 and 1 p.m. Dec. 17, is an outdoor event that will feature food and a cash bar, a Tellico Tappers performance and six humorous skits by the Players coordinated by Len Willis, artistic director.

Tickets are limited to 100 per performance. Patrons can purchase all eight seats to a table or individual seats. Tickets are $21. COVID-19 protocols will be in place. For more information, visit www.tellicocommunityplayhouse.org.

Kahite fundraiser successful

Unlike many communities, the Kahite United Way campaign runs only in October. Halfway through the campaign, committee members host an appreciation night for Kahite residents that features a free Benton’s hot dog dinner.

The committee’s goal each year has been participation, aiming to receive donations from at least half of the homeowners in Kahite. The goal was again exceeded in 2020 and achieved more than 110%. The nearly $32,000 collected will be used to benefit the 18 agencies Monroe County United Way supports.