In This Issue​​


Grant Update

Survey and Public Hearings

National Preparedness Month

Electronic Policy Delivery 

City of White House Health and Safety Fair


Tennessee Trivia

Q. Samuel Powhatan Carter is the only person in American history to serve as both an admiral in the Navy and a general in the Army. Where in Tennessee was he born?

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Message from the President 
 
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Hello to all.
 
As we head into the final couple of months of our 35th Anniversary year, I would like to share one of our most enjoyable practices ― the practice of returning dividends to our members.
 
The dividends are a return of monies based upon premium and loss activity valued on a historical basis.
 
Premiums charged are based on exposures and projected losses on a future basis.
 
As such, these two financial elements are different and separate in how they should be accounted for.
 
The combined cooperation of more than 500 municipal entities representing more than 90 percent of the municipalities in Tennessee has accomplished the following:
 
  •  The partnership has created a stable and viable municipal insurance market in Tennessee for three and one-half decades.
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  •  The partnership has created a professional risk management and loss control philosophy that not only saves insurance dollars, but helps each member better protect the safety and welfare of its employees and taxpaying citizens.
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  •  The partnership has created an Annual Dividend Program that has returned nearly $100 million over the last 20 years (an average of $4,884,500 per year).
 
The Annual Dividend Program is all due to the members of this partnership managing their risk, and performing better than actuarial and underwriting expectations.
 
It is because of your continued support of this successful and productive partnership that our citizens get the very best for their tax dollars.
 
Congratulations!
 
Regards,
 


Dawn R. Crawford, President


Grant Update 

Safety Partners Grant
Safety Partners Grant applications were due Aug. 14. Grant recipients will be notified of awards the week of Sept. 14. Thank you for submitting your applications!

Driver Safety Grant
Applications for our Driver Safety Grant are now being accepted through Oct. 1. Members with Automobile Liability coverage through Public Entity Partners are eligible to apply for this 50/50 matching grant.
 
This grant program offers financial assistance to PE Partner members to address training needs and safety concerns for employees who operate city or agency vehicles.
 
Examples of items that qualify to be purchased through this grant include:
       • Instructor-led training
       • DVD training
       • Backup cameras and alarms
       • GPS tracking systems
       • Alert systems to administrators (such as vehicle black box technology)
       • Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) checks
 
Please click here to review the grant instructions and application.
 
Please note that MVR checks will be reimbursed at 100 percent, up to your entity’s eligibility amount.
 
If you have questions about our grant programs, please contact Tahtia Mitchell at TMitchell@PEpartners.org or 615.371.0049.
 
 

 

 

 
 
Legislation was introduced in the 2015 Session of the 109th General Assembly that would permit charges for inspection of public records under the Tennessee Public Records Act (TPRA). The Office of Open Records Counsel (OORC) agreed to undertake a review of the issues surrounding the inspection of public records. OORC has distributed surveys to citizens and governmental entities.
 
Now is your opportunity to provide valuable feedback and advocate for changes in the law governing public records requests.   
 
To help gather input, the OORC has prepared a brief online survey. The responses from the survey will help in the preparation of the final report. 
 
WHAT SHOULD YOU DO?
 
Cities should complete and submit a survey by clicking here.
 
Also, the OORC will hold three public hearings, in conjunction with the Advisory Committee on Open Government, to gather additional feedback from Tennessee citizens, government entities and advocacy group representatives on five specific questions related to these issues.
 
Public hearings will be held:
 
       Tuesday, Sept. 15 – Knoxville (4 – 6 p.m.)
       12 Oaks Executive Park
       5401 Kingston Pike, Building 2, Suite 350
 
       Wednesday, Sept. 16 – Nashville (10 a.m. – Noon)
       James K. Polk State Office Building
       505 Deaderick St., 16th Floor, Video Conference Room
 
       Thursday, Sept. 17 – Jackson (3 – 5 p.m.)
       Lowell Thomas State Office Building
       225 Martin Luther King Drive, Tower B, Conference Room 1
 
OORC will use information from the public hearings, as well as from e-mailed comments and the responses to the surveys, to prepare a report with recommendations to be delivered to the General Assembly by Jan. 15, 2016.

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September is National Preparedness Month and this year’s theme is “Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today.”
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Do you have a recovery plan in place if a disaster hits your community? More resources are available at www.ready.gov/september.
 
If you are part of Public Entity Partners’s property program, then you are already one step ahead! Public Entity Partners provides membership with Agility Disaster Recovery to all property members.
 
Members have access to an online planning portal and can receive assistance with four major areas of disaster recovery: power, computer systems, space and communications.
 
If you would like more information about the Agility membership that is provided as part of PE Partner property membership, click here or contact your member services representative today.



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Electronic Policy Delivery

Members who renewed in July may have noticed that our workers’ compensation policies are now delivered to them electronically. We are excited to offer electronic policy delivery to our members, and are planning on implementing electronic policy delivery of liability and property policies in the coming months.
 
The policies come to you in a password-protected PDF that provides more security in delivering your policy to you, and significantly reduces printing and mailing costs. Paper invoices will continue to be mailed to you separately.
 
If you have questions about your electronic workers’ compensation policy, please do not hesitate to contact your underwriter or member services representative.

 

 

 
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City of White House 4th Annual Health and Safety Fair

 

The City of White House recently conducted its 4th annual Health and Safety Fair. Public Entity Partners was happy to support the city during this event. At one of the event’s numerous booths, the fire department offered training to employees and their family members on the proper techniques for using a fire extinguisher.

 
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Captain Rob Brewer teaches Lisa Majors, library circulation clerk, the proper techniques for using a fire extenguisher. 

  
 
 

 

 

 

Tennessee Trivia

 

 Q. Samuel Powhatan Carter is the only person in American history to serve as both an admiral in the Navy and a general in the Army. Where in Tennessee was he born?

 

 

A. Elizabethton