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Thank You to Board Member Gina Holt

Johnson City Earns Improved ISO Rating

Local Government Risk Academy

RMPE Achievers 

Safety Partners Grant

National Do Not Call Registry
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Tennessee Trivia

Q. Who was born in Memphis, Tennessee, on Feb. 5, 1967, was a Saturday Night Live cast member from 1998 to 2006, and is known for his impersonations of Tom Brokaw, Newt Gingrich, Tom Hanks and Eminem?

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Message from the President 
 
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Hello to all.
 
Most of us who live in Tennessee go about our daily lives with little concern for potential acts of terrorism in our communities. On July 16, in Chattanooga, however, the reassurance of that perception was taken from us all. Beyond that, the loss of five U.S. service members is devastating and heartbreaking.
 
When the news of the shootings broke, 17-year-old songwriter Hunter Wolkonowski, who was on lockdown at a retail store located less than a mile away from the recruitment center where the first shooting occurred, began writing a song. "After someone turned on the television, I kept seeing ‘Pray for Chattanooga, Pray for Chattanooga,’ and that's how I came up with the song," Wolkonowski said. "I wanted to give something to the troops because they fight for us every single day just so I can get up in the morning, because they are risking their lives."
 
Let us all pray for those who were injured, and for the families and friends of those who lost their lives on July 16. Let us pray for the City of Chattanooga, our great state of Tennessee, and for our wonderful nation.
 
With Sincere Regards,
 


Dawn R. Crawford, President
 


Thank You to Board Member Gina Holt 

The board of directors for Public Entity Partners consists of elected officials and city managers from across the state of Tennessee. Without the service and dedication of our board members, Public Entity Partners would not be able to provide the absolute best in risk management products and services to municipal entities in Tennessee.

Gina Holt, assistant city manager for the City of Springfield, has served on Public Entity Partners’s board of directors since 2006. She has been able to bring insight and knowledge of her municipal experience to help Public Entity Partners’s board guide the direction of PE Partner activities.

"As a representative of a member city for many years, I knew Public Entity Partners was always there for us to answer questions, help find ways to reduce our premiums, resolve claims and litigation issues, and provide training. I was used to dealing with Public Entity Partners on a weekly basis and knew the staff members fairly well.As a representative of a member city for many years, I knew Public Entity Partners was always there for us to answer questions, help find ways to reduce our premiums, resolve claims and litigation issues, and provide training. I was used to dealing with Public Entity Partners on a weekly basis and knew the staff members fairly well.
 

“However, as a member of the board of directors, I got to see things from the ‘other side.’ It gave me a new appreciation of how committed Public Entity Partners staff is to safety, loss prevention and best practices for its members. I saw firsthand just how dedicated and professional the staff is. It helped me to learn about all aspects of the insurance market, and to understand premium structures and rates more clearly.
 

“I have served on quite a few boards over the years, and my term on Public Entity Partners’s board of directors was definitely the best. Public Entity Partners is very well run, with a great staff and a commitment to its members. We are so fortunate in Tennessee to have an insurance company that is comprised of members who actually live in Tennessee and deal with local issues.”


We would like to thank Gina for her service on our board of directors over the past nine years!

 

 

 
 
By Olivia Caridi, Olivia Caridi, ocaridi@wcyb.com
 
POSTED: 4:54 PM Jul 13 2015   UPDATED: 5:00 PM Jul 13 2015 Johnson City earns improved ISO rating
 
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. -
Johnson City has announced it has a new ― and better — Insurance Service Office rating that's put its fire department in elite company in Tennessee.
 
The Insurance Service Office, or ISO, evaluates the capacity of a fire department to respond to and fight structure fires for property insurance purposes. On the scale, ten is the worst and one is the best.
 
After 33 years as a three, Johnson City is now a two ‒ and it took improvements in training, response times and staffing. "A lot of those had to do with documentation and validation of our efforts, especially in the area of leadership development," says Captain Jason Powell of the training division.
 
It's good news for the fire department and for property owners, considering insurance companies use the rating as a guideline for premiums. Rachel Baker of Comer Insurance hopes business and homeowners will see a decrease. "The average is about $1,300 for the year. Hopefully we would look at maybe $800 to $900, that would be wonderful," she says.
 
Powell says the upgrade puts Johnson City in an elite group. "There are less than 100 in the state and less than 1,000 across the country that carry an ISO 2," he says.
 
If you look at the numbers, Johnson City, with a population of just 65,000, is a two. Knoxville and Chattanooga, much larger cities with populations well over 150,000, are both threes. "It's just a source of pride for our department," Powell says.
 
And compared to Tennessee cities with similar populations, Johnson City's upgrade is impressive, Powell says. Jackson, with a population of 68,000, is a three. Franklin, with a population of 67,000, is a four.
 
In Powell's eyes, it's proof of an efficient system between fire, water and 911 services. "We have an amazing water system, and 911 has really made a lot of improvements to help us be able to get notified quickly, get us on the road and rolling toward that emergency," he says.
 
Powell told News 5 he feels confident that the City of Johnson City will receive the highest possible rating, a one, in the coming years with more improvements.
 

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Have you taken advantage of the free online training library offered to PE Partner members? The Local Government Risk Academy offers training classes on topics including:
 
 Human Resources
          • Diversity in the Workplace 
          • Ethical Behavior for Elected Officials 
          • Ethical Behavior for Local Government 
          • Sexual Harassment Training — Harassment Awareness 
          • Sexual Harassment Training for Managers 
          • Workplace Harassment 
 
 Law Enforcement
          • Law Enforcement Liability 
          • Risk Management for Law Enforcement 
 
 Management
          • Performance Management 
          • Supervisor Skills 101 
          • Supervisor Skills 201 
 
 Safety & Environmental
          • Defensive Driving Basics 
          • Preventing Accidents in the Workplace 
          • Back Injury Prevention for Public Entities 
          • Work Zone Safety for Local Governments
 
Additional courses/topics are routinely being reviewed and added. Employees will be assigned an individual username and password. Courses can be taken at any time from any computer with Internet access.
 
After a course is completed, a short exam is administered. Each entity’s learning administrator will be able to track who has successfully completed the various courses and print certificates of completion for each employee.
 
To sign up as your entity’s learning administrator, please visit:
 
In the 2014-2015 training year, PE Partner members took more than 1,100 online classes through the Local Government Risk Academy. If you have questions about this program or would like additional information, please contact Tahtia Mitchell, Loss Control executive assistant, at 800.624.9698 or TMitchell@PEpartners.org.



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RMPE Achievers

The group of participants in our Risk Management for Public Entity course has wrapped up the intensive 12-week program. Topics covered included the steps of the risk management process, liability exposures for public entities, the legal status of public entities, and disaster and emergency planning, among many others. The course culminated in a multiple-choice exam that was administered at our central office.
 
Bob Lynch, safety coordinator for the City of Cookeville, shared the following:

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 “This educational opportunity was challenging and extremely informative. The course content helped me to improve my knowledge and understanding of risk management, and enhance my ability to perform my job with the City of Cookeville.

“The course content was exactly what I needed to expand my knowledge in risk management and begin my journey toward the Associate in Risk Management for Public Entities (ARM-P) designation. I can directly apply what I learned about exposure identification and analysis, and claim and litigation management to my role with the City of Cookeville.

“It was extremely beneficial to me that Public Entity Partners offered this in a classroom setting with online tutorials, since I am a ‘group learner.’ We had the opportunity to view the materials beforehand, watch the presentations in the classroom, and then have discussion with PE Partner staff members."

Congratulations to those who completed the program. We appreciate the time that was invested in this program by the participants and hope that they are able to bring positive information back to their respective entities. 
If you are interested in continuing education opportunities like the Risk Management for Public Entities course, or in completing the Associate in Risk Management for Public Entities course, please contact Halie Gallik at hgallik@PEpartners.org or 800.624.9698.

 

 
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Safety Partners Grant

 

Applications for the 2015/2016 Safety Partners Matching Grant are currently being accepted. Visit www.PEpartners.org/safetygrant to download instructions and submit your grant application.
 
The grant is designed to help PE Partner members purchase employee safety items, equipment and safety education/training. In the past, members have utilized the Safety Partners grant to purchase personal protective equipment, traffic cones, body armor, and to send employees to safety-related training, as well as many other items.
 
Public Entity Partners will reimburse up to 50 percent of the cost of the approved safety items or training up to your eligibility limit. Review the grant instructions or contact Tahtia Mitchell to determine the amount for which your entity qualifies. Tahtia can be reached at 800.624.9698 or TMitchell@PEpartners.org. Applications are due by Aug. 15.
 
Don’t delay in submitting your application. Funds are awarded on a first-come, first-awarded basis!

 

National Do Not Call Registry

Did you know you can stop unwanted solicitations to your home phone or your cell phone? You can call the National-Do-Not-Call Registry at 1-888-382-1222 to register your phone. You must call from the phone you want to register.

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Tennessee Trivia

 

 Q. Who was born in Memphis, Tennessee, on Feb. 5, 1967, was a Saturday Night Live cast member from 1998 to 2006, and is known for his impersonations of Tom Brokaw, Newt Gingrich, Tom Hanks and Eminem?

 

A. Chris Parnell