9 Disaster Action Teams (DAT). Each team is on call 24/7 for a month and is paged by 911 Dispatch for any fire, flood, etc. DAT teams have been able to provide immediate food, new clothing, new prescription glasses/medications as well as other services.
Volunteers trained to open and manage a shelter, provide mass care and family service to victims of any community-wide disaster.
Networking with other Union County groups and agencies
2023 - $463 (5% increase) for vacant lots and completed homes. Voted on by board at special board meeting September 10, 2022.
2022, 2021 - $441 (5% increase) for vacant lots and completed homes.
2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010 - $420 for vacant lots and completed homes.
2009 - No changes to annual assessments. However, the BOD voted to eliminate the discount for completed homes beginning in January of 2010.
2008 - Sunset Bay Homeowners Association Annual Assessment - $315 for completed house; $420 for vacant lots. The BOD voted at its December 17 meeting NOT to raise dues for 2008.
2007 - Sunset Bay Homeowners Association Annual Assessment - $315 for completed house; $420 for vacant lots; Special Assessment $50 (One-time Special Assessment voted on and passed by a majority of the votes cast at the Association Meeting in October 2006).
The following steps, at a minimum, will be taken when a lot owner's annual assessment becomes 30 days delinquent:
Privileges to use the clubhouse, pool, tennis court and boat launch will be suspended.
Voting rights will be suspended.
A late charge of 15% of the unpaid annual assessment will be accrued on all assessments that are 30 days past due. In addition, a 10% finance charge will accrue until the annual assessment is paid.
A lien for the delinquent dues, penalty, and interest WILL be filed after the 30-day delinquency period.
Sharps Chapel Book Station, 412 Oak Grove Rd (in the old Oak Grove School building near the Convenience Center/dump), Sharps Chapel TN, 37866. Book Stations hours are currently Monday, Wednesday & Friday 9 a.m. -2 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. Closed Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. MWF hours will change when school is out of session for the summer to 1 – 6pm. Library card holders may check out and return books from both Sharps Chapel Book Station and the Maynardville Library. Free Wi-Fi is offered during library hours and computers are available, or you can bring your own. For more information see their Facebook page or call the Maynardville Public Library 865-992-7106.
May 26, 2007, the Sharps Chapel Book Station opened and was located next to the Sharps Chapel Senior/Community Center on Sharps Chapel Road. As of October 31, 2010, there were 319 registered borrowers. The term “book station” is sometimes misunderstood. It cannot be called a ‘library” because it does not meet the standards set by the State for a library. It does have books and they may be checked out. The book station does not swap or sell books. Sherry Medina is the attendant and has been since the facility first opened. The books on the shelves come from donations. The book station can always use newer fiction and any children’s books. Since space is limited, only one copy of a title is kept. Duplicates are traded at McKay’s for other titles that can be used. Up to 10 books or videos at a time may be checked out for 3 weeks and may be renewed for 3 more weeks. There is a charge of 5 cents per day for each overdue book up to a maximum of 1 dollar per book. Overdue charges on videos are 25 cents per day with no limit on maximum amount. Internet access was available to the public on the book station computer.
There have been two recent changes at the Sharps Chapel Book Station: The book station is now issuing cards to borrowers using numbers rather than names to checkout books. Because the Clinch-Powell Regional Library is no longer supplying books to book stations and Head Start centers, the book station is now receiving this service from the Maynardville Library. Sherry Medina, the book station attendant, is able to select the books to be brought to the book station on a rotating basis. If you have particular authors or genres you would like her to obtain, stop in and let her know. The book station was located next to the Sharps Chapel Senior/Community Center in Sharps Chapel, TN.
March 10, 2018 - 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Grand Opening of the New Sharps Chapel Book Station, 412 Oak Grove Rd, Sharps Chapel TN, 37866. Sherry Medina is the Manager of the Book Station.
The Board would like to remind everyone that Burn Permits are usually required from October 15-May 15th, and to be extra cautious when burning due to all of our grassy fields, just a little wind can pick up embers and start another fire elsewhere. You may call the Division of Forestry for a permit. The Sharps Chapel division phone number is 865-278-3348.
When there is high fire danger, you will need a permit for an open fire. Permits are free of charge and may be obtained by calling Sharps Chapel Division of Forestry at 865-278-3348 or visiting https://burnsafetn.org/. If you are unable to contact the TN Forestry Office, you have another option, call 865-278-3348! Burning permits are available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except on holidays. Permits may be obtained in advance for weekends and holidays. You may apply online for a burn permit! https://agriculture.tn.gov/OnlineBurnPermitPublic/default.aspx. Go to https://www.burnsafetn.org/ to check the current conditions. You need a burn permit for a fire pit. Grills do not need a burn permit; however, it is requested that you remain near them and have water readily available.
To report illegal burning, call 1-888-891-8332. Improper burning can lead to fines of up to $25,000. You are responsible for your fire.
Current registration and title are required to get your Tennessee registration. They can be obtained at: Union County County Clerk's Office 825 Main Street Maynardville, TN 37807 Phone: 865-992-8043 See https://www.unioncountyclerktn.com/?page_id=71 for more information.
Mailing address: PO Box 35, Sharps Chapel, TN 37866
Sunday worship is at 10:30 a.m. and is approximately one hour in length. Holy Communion is celebrated in all worship services. Meet and greet coffee fellowship follows the services. Neighborhood Bible Study is Tuesdays 10-11:30 a.m. The church is served by the Rev. Paul Kritsch, Pastor.
If you are interested in a big city church with a small church feel, try Fountain City United Methodist Church. Travel time to FCUMC is about 45 minutes. There is an early service on Sunday morning at 8:30 a.m., later church at 11:00 a.m., and Sunday School at 9:45 a.m. The dynamics of the pastors offer a wonderful experience on Sunday morning, as well as the music program which is very inspirational. -----------------------------------
Take Big Valley Rd to Old Valley (next to Sunset Bay Realty) turn left, take the left fork in the road and the church is on the left about a quarter mile down the road.
Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly. And leave the rest to God.
Members: Ralph & Sue Shick, Jeff & Ellen Ashwood, Ken & Sally McFetridge ----------------------------------- New Tazewell United Methodist Church P.O. Box 36 965 Old Knoxville Road New Tazewell, TN 37824 Phone: 423-419-5028 Web: ntumc.com/ Dr. Laurence Hester, Pastor
Members: Jen Rugg, David McIntosh ----------------------------------- St. Teresa of Kolkata Parish (formerly Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Catholic Mission) 3445 Maynardville Hwy (Highway 33), across from Food City and sits way back off road. Maynardville, TN 37807 Phone: 865-992-7222 Web: http://stkchurch.org/
Sunday Mass in English is at 9 a.m., and the Wednesday bilingual service (followed by faith formation) is at 6:30 p.m. For the daily Mass Schedule or other information on the Blessed Teresa community, mail P.O. Box 1076, Maynardville, TN 37807 or call 865-992-7222.
Members: Bill & MayPo Kramer, Bob & Rena Scott, Pat & Penny Westrick, Rich & Emily Lemming
A few homeowners have experienced water getting into their circuit breaker panel when the electric meter is installed at a lower level than the feed coming from the box at the road. If the electric box is placed on the outside wall and installed high enough, it seems to correct the problem.
The Union County Farmers Market provides a seasonal marketplace featuring vegetables, fruits, herbs, meat, eggs, nursery plants, hand-made crafts and more.
A Union County Farmers Market is typically open May to October on Saturday mornings 10 a.m. -1 p.m. at the Farmers Market Pavilion in Heritage Park (115 Durham Drive, Maynardville) next to Union County High School, where the community meets. Get to know producers and buy local produce, meats, baked goods, honey, and handcrafted items! Make the market a regular part of your weekly shopping. Close by Wilson Park has a large playground for the kids, a walking trail and picnic tables for you to enjoy the day. Visit this Facebook page for information on weekly special events.
Other Farmers Markets:
North side of Tazewell on 25E 7 am - ?, Weekends May - Thanksgiving
Harrogate - parking lot between FSG Bank & Hardees on 25E 7 am - 5 pm, Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday, May - Thanksgiving
Both have fresh vegetables, fruits, plants, etc. The Tazewell market is more of a 'flea market' with some items that a farmer would grow. :-}
Sharps Chapel Volunteer Fire Department is within 5 miles of the entrance to Sunset Bay. Many insurance companies give discounts to homeowners who are close to a fire department. Make sure that you let your company know our proximity to SCVFD so that you can benefit from these discounts.
Chris Upton – Chief H: 865-278-3606 P: 865-748-3662
Kevin Brantley – Assistant Chief H: 865-278-3558 C: 865-924-7909
Household Waste: The nearest place to deposit garbage is the Sharps Chapel Convenience Center (dump), 410 Brantley Rd., Sharps Chapel. This is located on the road past the Sharps Chapel Post Office. The dump is open: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., and Saturday 8 a.m. - 12 noon.
Dumpster Use: Builder's dumpsters are NOT for the use of our residents or their guests. This obnoxious behavior will not be tolerated and any offending party will be fined and required to remove their trash from the dumpster. The small trash dumpster in the pool parking lot at the top of the walkway to the pool/marina is meant only for disposal of trash accumulated during our members' daily use of their boats and the pool. In addition, clubhouse trash is also placed in this dumpster for weekly pickup. Owners/guests should never use this dumpster for disposal of their household trash. Violators will be fined and required to remove their trash from the dumpster.
Waste Away Sanitation: Beginning March 2014 they finally agreed to service portions of Sunset Bay! The cost is $24 a month for 1 can that they provide, and pick up will be on Thursdays. If interested in this service, please contact them directly at 423-869-9937 to determine if you live on a street within their service area. Last updated 5/7/2020.
Trash Pick Up is a Personal Responsibility We all need to watch for violators and suspicious vehicles when they enter communities especially ones with a truck bed full of "stuff." If you see anyone dumping or littering, write down their license plate immediately and call law enforcement.
CITIZENS CAN HELP --- HERE'S HOW When you see suspicious activity, you can help law enforcement by getting as much information as possible about the subject; whether you see someone throwing litter from their motor vehicle or dumping, it is all illegal activity. Write down license plate and tag number. Write down a good description of the vehicle (model, make, year, color). Write down the location of offense and the time and date offense occurred. Contact Union County Dispatch at 865-992-4062. If you see litter on a State Road, fill out the TDOT Maintenance Request Form (found at https://www.tn.gov/tdot/maintenance/maintenance-request.html).
For you golf enthusiasts, don't despair! While it may take some time to get there, there are a number of golf courses in the area and quite a few Sunset Bay residents that golf as well. You needn't worry about finding other residents here with whom to play and carpool. This past year, golf was available nearly year round due to our mild winter.
The closest course is Woodlake Golf Club in Tazewell, TN (423-626-6010). This is the course Sunset Bay residents play most frequently and is about 30 to 40 minutes from Sunset Bay. Woodlake has a driving range, putting green and a chip shot and bunker practice area. It sports a 25 room hotel, condos for rent, a small swimming pool, a steakhouse type of restaurant, and a grille open daily for burgers, hoagies, hot dogs and sandwiches.
Other courses further away include Clinchview Golf Course in Bean Station, TN (865-993-2892) and Willow Creek Golf Club in Knoxville (865-675-0100) to name just a few. These two are just over an hour's drive from Sunset Bay.
Key Fobs / Key Cards are available to property owners only. Up to 4 key fobs per lot owner are available through the office. The key fobs will gain you access to the clubhouse (after hours), the lower level women's restroom, the lower level gym and the marina parking lot gate. The cost is $20 per key fob or key card.
There is a growing library of donated books at the clubhouse for the use of the residents. Books are downstairs in bookcase in the conference room. There are hundreds of books. Authors include: Robert James Waller, Danielle Steele, Nora Roberts, Stephen King, Dean Koontz, James Patterson, John Grisham, Patricia Cornwell, and many more. There are also some biographies and non-fiction works.
Please feel free to come in and take the book of your choosing, but please return it in the box on the bottom shelf for refilling before taking another. If you have any books to contribute, please bring them to the clubhouse and place in the return box. Volunteer Librarians stamp new books with a Sunset Bay stamp and file. Periodically, duplicates or older books will be donated to the Sharps Chapel Book Station, Maynardville Public Library, etc.
Sharps Chapel Book Station 412 Oak Grove Rd (in the old Oak Grove School building near the Convenience Center/dump), Sharps Chapel, TN 37866.
Sunset Bay is in Union County and Knoxville is in Knox County. If you are not a Knox County resident or property owner (Sharps Chapel is in Union County), you and your household members may obtain a Knox County Library card for an annual fee of $40. See Knox County Library Hours & Locations.
Knox County Library branches periodically have used books sales. Contact the library for details.
A notary is a lawyer or person with legal training who is licensed by the government to perform acts in legal affairs, in particular witnessing signatures on documents. In Union County, Tennessee, to become a new notary or to renew a notary, go to the Union County Clerk's Office in Maynardville, TN, complete the forms and pay the fee. Most local banks have several notaries. Our Office Administrator is a licensed notary.
(Please contact Security if you are leaving your home for an extended period of time.)
The clubhouse has a security card entry system. The card access will allow property owners to enter the lower level of the clubhouse from 7 a.m. - 10 p.m. to use the exercise equipment and the restrooms. The lock on the front door is programmable to allow a specific individual access on a specified date for a specified time period to facilitate access for reserved functions.
Every time an access card is used in ANY door, the time of entry, and the specific identity of the card holder, will be logged on the clubhouse computer. Initial cards are free and can be picked up at the clubhouse office. Additional cards can be purchased for a nominal fee.
There is also an infrared camera system for the inside of the clubhouse and the pool area. There is continuous monitoring in all area of the clubhouse (except restrooms). Moves are logged into the clubhouse computers. In addition, certain members of the Board of Directors have access to live pictures on their home computers.
Please note that Sunset Bay is not a gated community. The general public has access to our community by way of the fourteen miles of Union County roadways within the confines of our community. However, our facilities are meant for use by resident members, visiting members, guests of members, and visitors. Controlling access and use of association buildings and grounds requires active policing by us all. If you see someone you don't know, ask if they are a property owner and what lot they own. If they cannot answer these questions, suggest they leave the area.
Just the Stats Presented by Phil Morley, August 21, 2010.
Sunset Bay home sites (lots) 262 Lake front lots (33%) 521 View lots (lake view & interior) (67%) 783 Total lots
42 Lake front lots with TVA deed modification – construct to elevation 1036 220 Lake front lots restricted to construction above elevation 1044 262 Total lake front lots
324 Lots permitting log home construction (41%) 458 Lots restricted to conventional construction (59%) 1 Lot permitting commercial use (lot 900A1) 783
262 Lake front (waterfront) lots with minimum home size 2,000 square feet (33%) ~321 Lakeview Lots – above or on lakeside of Russell Brothers Rd. minimum 1,800 sf. (41%) ~200 Interior lots with minimum home size 1,600 square feet (26%) 783
250 Lake front (waterfront) lots with dock permitted by TVA 12 Lake front lots – non dockable [due to conflict with SSB Marina + lot 565] 262
73 Lots with homes completed (4-2010) (9%) 18 Lots with homes under construction (4-2010) (2%) 692 Lots undeveloped (4-2010) (89%) 783
165 Lots on private roads (21%) 618 Lots on county roads (79%) 783
Norris Lake water levels (elevation) 1018 ~Water level (7-2010) 1020 Normal Summer water level 1000 Normal Winter water level [Summer – Winter: change = 20 feet) 1020 TVA owns property below this elevation 1034 Norris Dam crest (top of gates)
1000 2009 low water 1023 2009 high water 1021 2010 high water 1032 100 year flood elevation 1035 500 year flood elevation
Just the Stats, presented by Phil Morley, August 21, 2010.
Several residents have experienced lightning power surges in the month of July that have caused damage to computers, televisions, DVRs, satellite receivers, phones, thermostats, ceiling fans, garage door openers, etc.
Powell Valley Electric Coop has a lightning arrestor that they can install on your electrical feed line. The cost is $25. There are local electricians who can install other similar devices. After thoroughly researching this problem on the Internet, the following can be used as a guideline: Whole house surge protection should be for a minimum of a 40,000 amp surge and include thermal fuses, lights and/or alarms.
Plug-in surge protectors (power strips) should be UL approved, should have clamping voltage capability of less than 400 volts and be able to protect to a minimum 600 joules.
Cable/satellite connections and telephone line protection should also be added.
(This information was compiled with the help of Patrick Westrick. Last updated October 26, 2020)
1. Telephone Service
CenturyLink is the local Telephone, Internet (DSL) and TV provider (DIRECTV).
Telephone landline service is available with options for free long distance offered with some packages, for products, service and billing call 1-800-201-4099 or visit http://www.centurylink.com/.
Another option for telephone service is Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP). This is a telephone service utilizing the Internet.
Providers of VOIP:
Ring Central 1-833-579-1376
These companies provide telephone service with all the calling features of a landline provider at a lower cost.
2. Internet service is available from 2 providers at present:
CenturyLink provides Digital Subscriber Line (DSL). 1-800-201-4099
Viasat is an Internet Service Provider via Satellite. 1-855-732-5710
3. TV Service
Satellite service - there are two that provide TV service in Sunset Bay:
DIRECTV Customer Service 1-844-292-3216
DISH Network Customer Service 1-800-333-3474
Check with your neighbors to determine quality of service as geographical features affect satellite reception.
4. Cellular Service
There is a Verizon tower on the lake west of Sunset Bay. Some residents have good connections in the community, but not on Sharps Chapel road and the immediate surrounding area. Since geographical features affect service it is best to ask your neighbor about their experiences.
U. S. Cellular
U. S. Cellular has improved their service. The reception is good in the whole community as well as Sharps Chapel Road all the way to Knoxville and Middlesboro, KY. U S Cellular has two towers, one located near Big Ridge State Park and a second located at Waterside Marina.
At the present, Verizon and U. S. Cellular have a reciprocity agreement to provide service on shared networks, but keep in mind calls are prioritized. This agreement can be terminated at any time.
5. Wireless Internet Connection
The Association provides wireless Internet access at the clubhouse to property owners as a convenience to the Sunset Bay community. The wireless networks are Sunset Bay Clubhouse and Sunset Bay Pool. The Association expects that users to make no effort to interfere with the operations and integrity of its systems and may develop appropriate procedures to ensure their ongoing efficiency, reliability, and security.
The Association does not filter the content of wireless Internet access. Internet sites and other graphic material that could be defined as harmful to minors, or inappropriate for viewing in a public setting should not be accessed while using the wireless connection. If such sites are accessed, users may be asked to terminate their Internet session. If accessing inappropriate sites is seen as an ongoing problem, users may be banned from using the wireless Internet connection on the property.
The wireless network is not secure. Wireless users transmit credit card information, passwords, or any other sensitive personal information at their own risk. Anti-virus and security protection are the responsibility of the user. Users observed attempting to hack into another user’s computer or using their computer in a manner deemed inappropriate may be asked to terminate their Internet session. If such inappropriate use is seen as an ongoing problem, users may be banned from using the wireless Internet connection on the property.
The Association is not responsible for any loss of data, identity theft, or for theft or damage to personal equipment or software.
Printing is not available over the wireless network.
The Association cannot provide technical assistance to users using the wireless network.
6. Email on Broadband Internet for Sunset Bay
Tuesday, October 13, 2020
To: Sunset Bay Property Owners
From: Sunset Bay Owners Association
Subject: Broadband Internet for Sunset Bay
Dear Property Owner,
As you may know, we have been trying to get high speed internet to Sunset Bay for some time. Powell Valley Electric Coop and Scott County Telephone Coop have a partnership to provide broadband to Union County. In recent conversations with Bo Goodin, from Powell Valley Electric, he has requested that we provide him with information as to who is interested in receiving the service. He will then put us on the list to receive services when it becomes available. You can do one of two things. Either call Bo with your contact information or provide Jenny at our office with your name, phone, and 911 address and we will send Bo a list.
From former resident J. Erlbacher: Here are some services that I have found useful in the area: Tow Pro is a 24-hour service for towing and recovery for vehicles. The owner is Chad Faulkner, phone 865-922-5221. They were the most reasonable price by far.
When ready to install the Advantex sewer system, go to the HPUD Office and pay for the unit and sewer tap fee. They will give you a packet of information that contains details about the system and how to operate the system. 2022 Sunset Bay HPUD Welcome Packet Note: The homeowner service agreement and all bill requirements (minimum bill) transfers with the deed when a home is sold.
Once your system is installed, contact HPUD for an inspection before discharging sewage into the unit. HPUD will not warranty or cover the Advantex unit if it is not inspected. HPUD only takes responsibility for the Advantex unit. All gravity sewer piping to the unit and discharge piping away from the unit are the Homeowner’s responsibility.
When you are ready to have a water meter installed, contact Hallsdale Powell to request service. HPUD will invoice Sunset Bay which will have it paid by the original developer. Please allow 10-15 business days for this transaction to take place.
One of our homeowners recently discovered the water pressure coming from the street to their home was extremely high (200 psi) greater than the lines running from the meter to our home (as is used for most residential service) was rated for (160 psi).
A local Hallsdale Powell crew suggested they call and request HP install a Pressure Reducing Valve (PRV) at no cost to them. Fortunately, HP did just that and the crew has since tested quite a few other homes in SSB and have scheduled installs for them as well.
At some point in the last several years all new service included installation of these PRVs but older service most likely does not have them.
If you have an older home, it may be wise to contact Hallsdale Powell and make this request.
Water Only Meter
If you currently have a water account with HPUD, you can have a water-only meter (irrigation meter) installed for $400 (price quoted May 2020). This meter will allow you to use water outside your home and not be billed for sewer.
If you have a sewer back up in your home, call HPUD at 865-922-7547. All calls are investigated promptly and HPUD will determine whether the problem is the responsibility of the homeowner or HPUD.
If you hear an Advantex alarm, please contact HPUD as soon as possible. The number is 865-922-7547. After hours, this will roll to an answering service; they will contact a technician for you.
*Sunset Bay asks that you attempt to contact the homeowner before reporting an alarm; please do not contact the Sunset Bay office to report an alarm, the delay could possibly cause problems for the homeowner.*