News and Events
Mar 5, 2019
MARCH COMMODITY DISTRIBUTION HAS BEEN INDEFINITELY POSTPONED. For updates on the situation, please visit our official notice. USDA Commodity and Food Distribution has been scheduled between March 5-15th, 2019 in the following counties: Campbell, Claiborne, Morgan, Scott and Union. To recertify for USDA Commodities, clients only need to come to the county office of their residence. …
Mar 1, 2019
The official theme for Social Work Month in March 2019 is "Social Workers: Elevate Social Work.” Celebrated each March, National Professional Social Work Month is an opportunity for social workers across the country to turn the spotlight on the profession and highlight the important contributions they make to society. Our nation’s more than 680,000 social…
Feb 27, 2019
The ETHRA Sr. Nutrition Program has been granted one of several 2018 Meals on Wheels Loves Pets Grants. A limited amount of available funds has been received to help with pet care needs of seniors who are enrolled in the Meals on Wheels America program. Nearly 60% of Meals on Wheels clients live alone and the positive impact pets have on seniors’ health and quality of life…
Feb 25, 2019
Due to intense flooding in the East Tennessee area, we regretfully announce that our March Commodity Distribution will be postponed indefinitely. The warehouse where most of our items are stored has been flooded. It is currently under several feet of water. This affects USDA Commodity and Food Distribution scheduled between March 5-15th, 2019 in the following counties: Campbell, Claiborne,…
Jan 28, 2019
On January 17th, 2019, ETHRA hosted the Senior Luncheon in Roane County. This senior-focused event is held the third Thursday of every month at the Kingston Community Center. Typically anywhere from 25-40 people attend each luncheon which generally involves a presentation and information session about relevant healthcare, legal, finance, and general wellness topics followed…
Jan 24, 2019
ETHRA is pleased to announce that the East Tennessee Foundation has awarded ETHRA with a grant (Grant #22283) of $1,750.00 from the Blount County Community Fund. This grant will be used to exclusively to update technology for local job seekers in Blount County. Current plans include updating computer hardware in the Alcoa American Job Center. Upgrading the hardware will allow for a faster, more…
Jan 14, 2019
Public Law 113-128 As required by Public Law 113-128, the plans for the East Tennessee Local Workforce Development Area and the East Tennessee Regional Planning Council are posted for public comment. Please direct all comments to Kristy Jansen by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Copies of the plans may be secured in person at: 728 Emory Valley Road Ste. EOak Ridge, TN 37830 between the hours of…
Jan 14, 2019
Important Information Regarding SNAP Benefits and the Federal Government Shutdown The Tennessee Department of Human Services has received guidance from the USDA Food and Nutrition Service that February SNAP benefits will be made available to current SNAP recipients. What this means: February benefits are expected to be delivered to the EBT cards of current SNAP recipients on or before January…
Dec 5, 2018
USDA Commodity and Food Distribution has been scheduled between December 5-7th, 2018 in the following counties: Campbell, Claiborne, Morgan, Scott and Union. 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 offices the days…
Nov 26, 2018
ETHRA Transportation Department would like to congratulate Charlotte Parrott for receiving the TPTA Rural Driver of the Year 2018. The Tennessee Public Transportation Association (TPTA) is a non-profit statewide organization dedicated to improving public transportation in all Tennessee communities. Charlotte has been a Blount County driver since 1986! She is appreciated by her co-workers, clients…
Oct 25, 2018
Medicare can be confusing, especially when you don’t always know where to look for answers. With Medicare Open Enrollment running from October until December 7, 2018, it can be even more difficult to find accurate, reliable information. During this period, there’s often an increase in scammers trying to take advantage of misinformation and vulnerable individuals. To help,…
Oct 3, 2018
The ETAAAD at ETHRA hosted the Tennessee Elder Justice conference this year at the Park Vista Hotel in Gatlinburg on September the 18th and 19th. We had over 360 people in attendance from at least 4 states, including Tennessee, Texas, Louisiana, and South Carolina. The conference highlighted the vulnerability of older adults in Tennessee and focused on solutions aimed at minimizing exploitation…
Oct 2, 2018
Transportation annual training was held this year from August 20, 2018 till August 24, 2018. Scott Russell and Rubie Moser, ETHRA Transportation Safety Department, put together the training classes which consisted of an aver-age of 20 drivers per day through the week. Training was provided by Megan Gatterdam, RLS & Associates. We were able to have almost all 100+ drivers in for…
Sep 10, 2018
USDA Commodity and Food Distribution has been scheduled between September 11-14th 2018 in the following counties: Campbell, Claiborne, Morgan, Scott and Union. 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 offices the…
Aug 28, 2018
East Tennessee Local Workforce Development Area Serving 16 counties: Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Claiborne, Cocke, Grainger, Hamblen, Jefferson, Knox, Loudon, Monroe, Morgan, Roane, Scott, Sevier, and Union REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL FOR WORKFORCE INNOVATION & OPPORTUNITY ACT: American Job Center – One-Stop Operator And/or Title I Service Provider Release Date: 24 August…
Jun 20, 2018
For more information about the conference as it becomes available, you can visit The Tennessee Elder Care Conference Website. https://tnelderjusticeconference.weebly.com/ https://tnelderjusticeconference.weebly.com
Jun 15, 2018
From National Council on Aging: June 15 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day — an important annual event that spotlights a devastating daily occurrence for millions of older adults. According to the World Health Organization, about 1 in 6 older people experienced some form of abuse in the past year. Too often, elder abuse goes unreported and untreated. One study estimated that only 1 in 14…
Jun 12, 2018
Summer Food Program Each year, ETHRA joins with the USDA for The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). Our goal is simple – that no child goes hungry over the summer months. The SFSP was established to ensure that children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session. When school is out, the SFSP provides free meals to kids and teens in low-income areas. For Summer…
Jun 1, 2018
The information below provides the dates for the next commodity food distribution in Campbell, Claiborne, Morgan, Scott and Union Counties, which will be in June 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…
May 1, 2018
May is Announced as Older Tennesseeans Month The State of Tennessee recognizes Older Tennesseans Month in May in correlation with Older Americans Month. We are pleased to share this Proclamation issued by Governor Haslam regarding Older Tennesseans Month – May 2018. Please join us in observing Older Tennesseans Month! Every May, the Administration on…
Apr 13, 2018
Ombudsman Volunteer Program 2018 Training Schedule
Mar 7, 2018
On February 27, 2018, several ETHRA employees, as well as local service providers, joined others across the state for the 2018 Tennessee Federation for the Aging Day on the Hill at Cordell Hull in Nashville. They worked together to advocate for programs and services for Older Tennesseans, including home and community based services, elder abuse and exploitation prevention, senior…
Mar 1, 2018
March is National Social Work Month The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is helping lead this year’s Social Work Month celebration in March with a campaign centered around the theme “Social Workers: Leaders. Advocates. Champions.” Since 1965, March has been designated as Social Work Month to celebrate the profession and be a voice for all social workers,…
Feb 13, 2018
When you shop through smile.amazon.com, 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
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
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
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
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 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
To Family Caregivers Everywhere... Thank you!
Oct 23, 2017
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
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
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
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
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: https://etaaadscsop.eventbrite.com About the…
Jun 5, 2017
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
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
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 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 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
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
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 email@example.com. The closing is May 8 at 4:00pm.
Apr 3, 2017
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
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
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
Today is World AIDS Day. Kristi L Nelson reports on KnoxNews.com: "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
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…
Feb 21, 2019
Please join us for the next ETHRA / East TN Area Agency on Aging and Disability Educational Series Session: “Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About CBD Oil, But Were Afraid to Ask” Presented by Joseph M. Nowell, Jr., Pharm.D., Fresh Pharmacy
Nov 5, 2018
The Smoky Mountain Criminal Justice Conference is held from November 5-9, 2018. The conference brings together speakers who are experts in their fields to discuss and educate about topics that are of high interest to those in law enforcement and criminal justice.
Sep 18, 2018
The Tennessee Elder Justice Conference is held every year, and is focused on elder abuse awareness and prevention. The next Tennessee Elder Justice Conference is being held on September 18 & 19, 2018 at the Park Vista Hotel in Gatlinburg, TN.
Sep 11, 2018
Central Baptist Church in Bearden, will be hosting a Diabetes Self- Management Series beginning Tuesday, Sept. 11 from 6:00 - 8:30 in the Core at Central Baptist Bearden.
Jul 26, 2018
The City of Morristown and East Tennessee Human Resource Agency (ETHRA) is seeking input on a fixed-route public transit study. We want to hear from YOU! Join us to discuss the community needs and wants for such a venture and to outline the future of this project.
Jul 24, 2018
Join Denise West as she discusses all programs and services for aged individuals offered by ETHRA / ETTAAAD. She will also be available to consult for SNAP and Medicare questions, benefits, and applications.
Jul 19, 2018
AAAD Educational Series - Tennessee Bureau of Investigation-Medicaid Fraud Control Unit: Investigating Cases of Fraud and Abuse - July 19, 2018
ETHRA / East Tennessee Area Agency on Aging and Disability and South College School of Pharmacy Presents: "Tennessee Bureau of Investigation-Medicaid Fraud Control Unit: Investigating Cases of Fraud and Abuse" Presented by: Andy Corbitt, Special Agent and Gregg McNamara - Special Agent with Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Medicaid Fraud Control Unit
May 31, 2018
Spring is here! The ETHRA Homemaker program helps disabled or elderly individuals maintain and stabilize living in their own homes. Right now, they could use your help!
Apr 19, 2018
AAAD Educational Series - Self - “Care” Isn’t Self - “ish”: Practical Tips for the Alzheimer's Caregiver
You’re Invited to the next Educational Series Session –“Self - “Care” Isn’t Self - “ish”: Practical Tips for the Alzheimer's Caregiver” Presented by Cheryl Blanchard, LMSW, CPLC
Apr 4, 2018
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
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
“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
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
You’re Invited to the next ETHRA / ETAAAD Educational Series Session - In Partnership with the South College School of Pharmacy
Oct 23, 2017
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
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
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
You’re Invited to the next ETHRA / ETAAAD Educational Series Session - In Partnership with the South College School of Pharmacy
Jun 20, 2017
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
Wear purple to call attention to World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.
Jun 6, 2017
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 https://www.e3applicants.com/etn. For more information contact 865-691-2551 x4325.
May 24, 2017
May 12, 2017
Honor Older Americans during May