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Jan 8

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…

Feb 7

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…

Feb 15

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…

Mar 9

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…

Apr 3

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…

Apr 24

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.

May 1

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,…

May 8

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 15

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 24

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…

Jun 1

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.

Jun 5

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…

Jul 15

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…

Jul 24


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,…

Oct 24

Smoky Mountain Criminal Justice Conference Will Feature Dr. Bass Book Signing

The Smoky Mountain Criminal Justice 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. The conference is open to the public and will be at the Edgewater Hotel in Gatlinburg the week of October 24 through 28.

May 12

Older Americans Month

Honor Older Americans during May

Jun 6

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.

Jun 15

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

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

Jun 20

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.

Aug 17

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

Oct 17

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.