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Johnson County Senior Center earns National Accreditation

Staff from the First Tennessee Development District and the First Tennessee Area Agency on Aging and Disability joined James Dunn from the Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability in Mountain City last week to celebrate the accreditation of the Johnson County Senior Center.

After a rigorous two-year application process that included a peer review through the National Institute of Senior Centers, emphasizing Nine Standards of Excellence, the center was informed in May that they were accredited for five years, through 2028.

The Johnson County Senior Center joins only 109 other senior centers across the country that are accredited, including seven in Tennessee. Of these, five centers are found in Northeast Tennessee, which reflects the quality of the region’s senior center network. These include Johnson County Senior Center, Jonesborough Senior Center, Kingsport Senior Center and Lynn View Community Center and Johnson City Senior Center.

“I am honored by today’s celebration, but this accreditation has nothing to do with me ”, shared Kathy Motsinger, Johnson County Senior Center director, “this is the result of the dedication and efforts of the advisory committee, staff, and this community which have always supported us.” Motsinger hopes that this accreditation will enable the center to bring in more resources and funding, as well as recognition for their hard work and dedication to excellence. During the course of the celebration, Mayor Larry Potter presented the senior center with a plaque on behalf of Johnson County honoring this achievement.

For more information about the Johnson County Senior Center, visit

For questions about this or other Development District news, please contact Mark Stevans,

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