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TVHRA Monthly Meeting - March 8, 2016

The TN Drug Free Workplace logoMarch program will explain how employers can establish & maintain a drug free workplace. TN Drug Free Workplace offers quality training for substance abuse awareness, as well as, policy development & implementation.

Our speaker, Charity Suttles is the Business Manager & Co-founder of Tennessee Drug Testing which provides on-site drug & alcohol screening to employers, individuals, and TPA's of all sizes.

Strategic Leadership Conference - March 4, 2016

Hilton Knoxville, 501 W. Church Street, Knoxville, TN

Conference Topics

  • Drive Business Success with Workplace Flexibility
  • Building and Sustaining a Culture of Energy
  • The OC Equation: Unleashing Your Employees’ Passion, Potential and Performance Through Organizational Culture 
  • Don’t Apologize For Seeking Greatness
  • Building Trust: The Core Value That Adds Value

This program has been approved for 6.0 Business Credit Hours by HRCI and for 6.0 Professional Development Credits by SHRM.

$150.00 (TVHRA Member)
• $180.00 (SHRM or Knoxville Chamber Member)
• $200.00 (Non-Member)

More Details including schedule and registration form .... Click HERE


TVHRA Past President's Scholarship - Apply NOW!

The TVHRA Board of Directors wanted to honor Jeff Ginsburg, who passed while he was serving as 2014 TVHRA President, as well as all who have served as President of the Chapter. The Board felt that offering one or more scholarship to pay the costs for attending the TN SHRM State Conference would be a thoughtful and fitting way to honor all Past Presidents.

Who is eligible to apply? The Scholarship is available to active TVHRA members who are in good standing and who have been a member for at least one (1) year at the time of application. Current Board Members are not eligible to apply. What does the Scholarship cover? The Scholarship will cover the State Conference registration fee and accommodations at the Conference host hotel. 

How to Apply? Submit your application form and current resume to the e-mail address shown on the application form by the deadline.

What are the key dates for the 2016 Scholarship?

January 2016: Application made available 

March 11, 2016: Application deadline

March 25, 2016: Scholarship winner(s) notified

April 12, 2016: Scholarship winner(s) announced at the monthly TVHRA Membership meeting

What are the criteria used in selecting the Scholarship winners? This scholarship is geared toward TVHRA members whose employer does not provide financial support for them to attend the State Conference. The Scholarship panel will evaluate this need, but will also evaluate the applicants’ contributions to TVHRA, SHRM, or other volunteer organizations.

Who selects the  winners? The Scholarsip panel will be comprised of the five (5) longest tenured Past Presidents willing to serve on the panel. The immediate Past President will serve as the Chair of the panel; however, this will be a non-voting position. The scholarships are funded with the profit from the Annual Strategic Leadership Conference hosted by TVHRA. Each year, the TVHRA Board of Directors will determine how much money is available from the Strategic Leadership Conference and calculate the cost (registration, meals, and lodging) to attend the State Conference to determine the number of scholarship to be awarded. If the Strategic Leadership Conference does not produce a profit, the Past Presidents Scholarship will be suspended until the time there are sufficient funds available to fund the scholarship. A maximum of three (3) Scholarships awarded for 2016.

What happens if a Scholarship winner is unable to attend the Conference? If a Scholarship winner is unable to attend the State Conference, they should notify the Chair of the panel as soon as they are aware that they will not be able to attend. This will allow the Chair of the Scholarship panel to notify the Scholarship runner-up and change the registration with the State Conference host Chapter. When will the awards be announced? The Scholarship winners will be announced during the April TVHRA meeting.

Monthly meeting registration and networking begin 5:00 p.m. followed by a buffet dinner at 5:30pm.  Our program follows and most meetings end by 7:30 pm.


TVHRA is an affiliate of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

TN's New Website!!

Have you heard?  TN’s new web site is now operational!
The TN Department of Labor & Workforce Development section is now at 


Wage & Benefit Survey Results NOW AVAILABLE!

The results from the 2015 - 2016 East Tennessee Salary, Wage & Benefits Survey from, with data reported for this year’s survey as of June 2015, are now available!

If you particpated in  the survey  then you can receive the results FREE of charge.

If you did not participate, you can get a discount on the cost. 
Go to and use referral code 78-347 when ordering.

You can even take advantage of reduced prices on customized survey reports and statewide data. Just remember - Use TVHRA’s referral code of 78-347

The SalarySurveyOnline Team is standing to provide assistance. You can call toll-free at 800-513-7761 or email

We encourage all TVHRA members to take advantage of this valuable opportunity.

We are excited to share that SHRM has awarded TVHRA with the
2015 SHRM Learning System Champion Award!!

This award is granted for our efforts in supporting our members’ professional growth by encouraging you to obtain the SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP professional certification.  

A key element of our support is demonstrated through TVHRAs Chapter Study Group – which is facilitated by the always fabulous and talented Curt Hall!

Thank you to each one of you that have supported our efforts by attending the Study Group and providing your feedback from your experience.

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