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Feb 13, 2018

Support ETHRA Programs & Services Through Amazon Smiles

When you shop through, Amazon will donate .5% of your elibible purchase to ETHRA if you designate ETHRA as your preferred charity. The donation is straight from Amazon and does not cost you anything extra! Your help in receiving Amazon donations will help provide a meal or a homemaker service to a senior citizen in East Tennessee. . . and we thank you so very much!

Jan 22, 2018

ETHRA Seeking Proposals for 2018 Financial Audit

The East Tennessee Human Resource Agency (ETHRA) located in Knoxville, Tennessee has issued a request for proposals from interested auditors, who are qualified under state law and regulations, for the performance of a financial and compliance audit of ETHRA in accordance with the requirements of the laws and/or requirements of the State of Tennessee.  This audit shall be for the period…

Dec 18, 2017

Commodity Food Recertification & March Distributions

The information below provides the dates for the next commodity food distribution in Campbell, Claiborne, Morgan, Scott and Union Counties, which will be in March 2018. To recertify for USDA Commodities, clients only need to come to the county office of their residence.  Everything is self-declared so no proof is needed for qualifying information.  CSBG staff will be out of their…

Dec 18, 2017

Tennessee Federation for the Aging Annual Awards Luncheon

The Tennessee Federation for the Aging held their Annual Awards Luncheon on November 29, 2017 in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, during the 2017 Aging Conference.  East Tennessee was well represented with three award winners. Pictured above are Jeana Mills (TFA Conference Co-Chair), Aaron Bradley (ETAAAD Director), Denise West (East TN Elderwatch Chair), John Bender (ETAAAD Special Projects…

Dec 1, 2017

ETHRA/ETDD Hosts Legislative Breakfast

A Legislative breakfast was held December 1, 2017, at ETHRA Knoxville Conference room. The group was welcomed by Gary Holiway, ETHRA Executive Director, and Terry Bobrowski, ETDD Executive Director. A short video highlighting ETHRA programs was presented. Speakers were Aaron Bradley, ETAAAD Director, and Mike Patterson, Transportation Director, as well as, Jim Tracy, USDA Rural Development State…

Nov 30, 2017

Alcohol & Drug Education

Alcohol & Drug Classes (DUI School) use the Prime for Life curriculum, the ONLY DUI curriculum accepted by the State of Tennessee to reinstate a driver's license that was revoked by a DUI offense. The course is a mandated 12-hour course.  All instructors are certified in the Prime for Life and ETHRA is a state-approved licensed provider. Classes are held on Saturdays from 8:00 am to…

Nov 5, 2017

November is National Family Caregiver Month

  To Family Caregivers Everywhere... Thank you!

Oct 23, 2017

ETHRA Represents at the 2017 TPTA Annual Conference & Expo / 2017 State Roadeo Competition

This year Tennessee Public Transportation Association, (TPTA) co-hosted the 2017 TPTA Annual Conference & Expo with the Nashville Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) and the Regional Transportation Authority of Middle Tennessee (RTA).  The event was held October 16-19 at the Music City Center. This year’s event included general sessions and workshops focused on current issues…

Sep 18, 2017

Community Forum: Public Guardianship for the Elderly

You are cordially invited to attend a community forum to discuss Public Guardianship Services in Tennessee and to provide input to a Study Committee that was appointed by the Tennessee General Assembly. The forum will be hosted by the Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability, in conjunction with the East Tennessee Area Agency on Aging and Disability. Or by Conference Call by dialing…

Sep 18, 2017

Blount County Stay Active and Independent for Life (SAIL) Program wins 3rd place in the NCOA Falls Free Photo Contest

Congratulations to the Blount County Office on Aging and Stay Active and Independent for Life (SAIL) program for winning 3rd Place in the National Council on Aging's 2017 Falls Free Photo Contest.  We extend congratulations to Terri Stewart, Stay Active and Independent for Life (SAIL) Master Trainer and Maryville class instructor who submitted the photo to the NCOA for the Annual Fall…

Sep 18, 2017

Evidence-Based Classes Help Older Adults with Strength and Balance to Cut Risk of Falling

They’re the primary cause of hospital visits for Knox County adults 65 and older.  And, public health officials believe, many of them are completely preventable. Seniors can learn ways they might avoid falls at a free National Falls Prevention Awareness Day event, 8:30-11:30 a.m. Sept. 22 at O’Connor Senior Center, 611 Winona St.  “Falls continue to be a major…

Sep 12, 2017

Policy Council Meeting

ETHRA's Policy Council of the Board will meet at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, September 12 at ETHRA's Administrative Offices on 9111 Cross Park Drive, Knoxville.

Jul 24, 2017


The change is more than a look. It's an expression of our care for our community. Real Services. Real Heart. Real Impact. We have a new logo and tagline that better represents our mission, our people, and our services.  ETHRA's programs provide multiple services that enable us to meet many of the needs of the people in the communities we serve.  Employment training, housing,…

Jul 15, 2017

AAAD Educational Series - Opioid Safety: A Team Approach - July 20 2017

You’re Invited to the next ETHRA / East Tennessee Area Agency on Aging and Disability Educational Series Session - In Partnership with the South College School of Pharmacy Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm South College—Parkside Campus Auditorium 400 Goody’s Lane, Knoxville, TN 37922   Register Here:   About the…

Jun 5, 2017

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day - June 15th

June 15th is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD)   The theme of the 2017 World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) to be observed at the United Nations Headquarters is “Understand and End Financial Abuse of Older People: A Human Rights Issue.” Virtually all countries are expected to see substantial growth in the number of older persons between 2015 and 2030, and that growth…

Jun 1, 2017

SHIP Participates at Healthy Living Expo

Kim Ward and staff worked a booth at the Healthy Living Expo earlier this month! They distributed information and answered questions about Medicare assistance. The event was held at the Knoxville Convention Center. If you have questions about Medicare you can talk to Kim or her staff by calling 844-887-7447.

May 24, 2017

RFP Invitation: One Stop Operator and Career Services Provider in LWDA 4

ETHRA is seeking requests for proposals (RFP) for the Local Workforce Development Board Area 4 (LWDA4) One Stop Operator and Career Services Provider for the American Job Centers in Local Workforce Development Area 4.  The purpose of this RFP is to identify and fund an entity to manage and coordinate service delivery in the American Job Center One Stop in a functional arrangement where all…

May 15, 2017

Notice: Special Meeting of the Local Elected Officials of LWDA-4

NOTICE The Local Elected Officials for Local Workforce Development Area 4 will hold a Special Called Meeting on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 beginning at 2:30 p.m. eastern time for the purpose of discussing WIOA Structure including Fiscal Entity and Staff to the Board. This meeting will be held by conference call.

May 8, 2017

ETHRA Transit 2017 Roadeo

ETHRA recently held its annual Van Roadeo in the parking lot of the agency's home office in Knoxville. If you were in the Cedar Bluff area that Saturday morning you may have witnessed the buzz of anticipation as the procession of 75 vans arrived for the four-hour training. The ETHRA Van Roadeo is a great opportunity to provide some well­ deserved operator’s recognition while promoting…

May 1, 2017

May is Older Americans Month

Each May, the Administration for Community Living (ACL) leads our nation’s celebration of Older Americans Month (OAM). ACL designed the 2017 OAM theme, Age Out Loud, to give aging a new voice—one that reflects what today’s older adults have to say. This theme shines a light on many important trends. More than ever before, older Americans are working longer, trying new things,…

Apr 24, 2017

ETHRA Nutrition Program Inviting Bids for Food and Consumable Supplies

THRA's Senior Nutrtion Program is accepting bids for food and supplies for the 2017-2018 program year.  If you are interested in bidding please contact Kay Norton, Procurement Director, for a bid packet.  Email to The closing is May 8 at 4:00pm.

Apr 3, 2017

AAAD Educational Session - QPR: Question, Persuade, Refer - April 20, 2017 2:00pm

ETHRA – East Tennessee Area Agency on Aging and Disability, in Partnership with the John T. O’Connor Senior Center, would like to invite you to the next Educational Series Session.   QPR: Question, Persuade, Refer Speaker: Amy Dolinky, Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network Thursday, April 20, 2017 from 2:00pm – 3:30pm John T. O'Connor Senior Citizen's Center 611 Winona…

Mar 9, 2017

Joan Bolden Honored as Jefferson Countian of Year

ETHRA Policy Council Member, Joan Bolden, Honored as Jefferson Countian of Year Jefferson Countian of the Year Joan Bolden receives congratulations from Bob Jarnagin (left) and Rosemary Wiggington, Regional President of First Tennessee Bank, sponsor of the award. A longtime advocate for the community’s elderly and less fortunate was honored Friday night as Jefferson Countian of the Year…

Feb 15, 2017

ETHRA Senior Nutrition Receives Grant from East Tennessee Foundation

East Tennessee Foundation and Consolidated Nuclear Security (CNS Y-12) Announce Grants for 2017 ETHRA's Senior Nutrition Program was one of 29 recipients of grants from the East Tennessee Foundation CNS Y-12 Community Investment Fund, a corporate donor advised fund of East Tennessee Foundation.  Twenty-nine (29) grants totaling $125,000 were awarded to nonprofit organizations in 12 East…

Feb 7, 2017

Chrissy Calhoun Honored Today on World AIDS Day!

Today is World AIDS Day.  Kristi L Nelson reports on "Lives are still being lost to HIV.  But hope is on the horizon. At a community-wide commemoration of World AIDS Day Dec. 1, Dr. John Law of Summit Medical Group will talk about a drug regimen that can prevent HIV infection in people who are HIV-negative. PrEP, or Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, has been available about…

Jan 8, 2017

Help Feed Seniors in East Tennessee!

Visit Our Campaign and Donate Today! Not every senior in East Tennessee will have enough to eat today.  Please help us provide meals for those who are on a waiting list for meals in Anderson, Campbell, Claiborne, Morgan, Scott and Union Counties.  Our seniors need your help!  Meals on Wheels is a nationally recognized organization with one mission: to help support one of our…

Apr 4, 2018

Become a Powerful Tools for Caregivers Class Leader

April 4 & 5, 2018 - Become a Powerful Tools for Caregivers Class Leader Training. This 2-day Training prepares Leaders to teach a 6-week evidence-based class.

Feb 26, 2018

Sudden Violence – Surviving at Active Shooter

Throughout the United States, acts of sudden and unexpected violence in schools, shopping malls, office buildings, and other public locations have been on the rise. Events like the shootings in Virginia, Colorado, Oregon, and Connecticut raise awareness of this continuing national problem. On Monday, February 26, 2018 at 10:00am, Brice Allen, Supervisory Agent for the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security, Office of Homeland Security’s Bureau of Preparedness will be presenting: “Sudden Violence – Surviving at Active Shooter”.

Feb 15, 2018

AAAD Education Series - Dying in America - February 15, 2018

“Dying in America” Presented by Dr. David Wooten, Covenant HomeCare and Hospice Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm South College Parkside Campus Auditorium 400 Goody’s Lane, Knoxville, TN 37922

Jan 18, 2018

Addressing Medication Adherence Across the Lifespan: An Interdisciplinary Approach

Presented by: South College School of Pharmacy South College School of Nursing University of Tennessee College of Social Work Join a panel of experts from the South College School of Pharmacy, South College School of Nursing and University of Tennessee College of Social Work as they discuss an interdisciplinary approach to addressing medication adherence.

Nov 16, 2017

ETAAAD Educational Series: The Emotional Complexities of Giving Care

You’re Invited to the next ETHRA / ETAAAD Educational Series Session - In Partnership with the South College School of Pharmacy

Oct 23, 2017

Smoky Mountain Criminal Justice Conference

The Smoky Mountain Criminal Justice Conference will be holding the Twenty Second Annual Criminal Justice Conference for Tennessee October 23 - October 27th, 2017.

Oct 17, 2017

Tennessee Elder Justice Conference - October 17, 2017

You are invited to join us for the first statewide Tennessee Elder Justice Conference, October 17, 2017 at the Marriott Hotel in Downtown Knoxville.

Sep 21, 2017

Tennessee’s Response to Abuse of Vulnerable Adults

Join us for this month's ETAAAD Educational Training Series Session as we learn about what Tennessee is doing in response to the increasing incidence of abuse of vulnerable adults.

Aug 17, 2017

ETAAAD Educational Series: "A Person-Centered Approach Using Montessori Methods"

You’re Invited to the next ETHRA / ETAAAD Educational Series Session - In Partnership with the South College School of Pharmacy

Jun 20, 2017

Medic Blood Drive

Join us at our Knoxville Regional Office to donate blood for Medic. One blood donor can help as many as four individuals. Help us keep the supply of blood in our region at sustainable levels.

Jun 15, 2017

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Wear purple to call attention to World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.

Jun 6, 2017

Open Interviews for Transportation Van Operators

Open interviews will be held by ETHRAs HR department for transportation drivers. The location is the Hamblen County Library. Please apply online prior to the event at For more information contact 865-691-2551 x4325.

May 12, 2017

Older Americans Month

Honor Older Americans during May