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Safety Partners Grant

PRIMA Institute Scholarship

3rd Annual Risk & Insurance Symposium

Updates to Claims Contacts

Online Portal

PE Partner Employee Receives University of Tennessee Honor

Tennessee Trivia

Q. Which popular candy bar traces its origins to Tennessee?

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Message from the President

Dawn Crawford

Hello to all!

What weighs around two tons; can easily cover a distance of more than 80 feet in about a second; can strike with an impact that penetrates walls, fences or other objects; and is sometimes considered to be a "deadly weapon?" Nearly all of us have one — and drive one.

A vehicle, whether it's a city vehicle or a personal automobile, can be a deadly machine in the hands of a careless driver. Operation of a vehicle must be taken seriously, and this powerful device must be used with respect. Driving is not a "right," but a privilege. A good defensive driving attitude is the key to safety on the road.

Here are some tips that may help you be a better "defensive" driver:

  • Always use your seat belt. This includes your lap belt as well as your shoulder belt. Both are necessary for safety. If your vehicle is equipped with an airbag, you must still use seat belts.

  • Adjust all accessories. Ensure that your mirrors are adjusted, as well as your seat.

  • Secure loose objects in the vehicle. If you must make an evasive maneuver in order to avoid an accident, an unsecured object (e.g., tool box, briefcase, etc.) may fly around in the vehicle and injure a passenger. Do not place a hard hat on the rear window shelf.

  • Concentrate on your driving, rather than personal problems or your work. Be attentive to your own actions, the actions of others and the roadway environment.

  • Keep a safe stopping distance behind the vehicle in front of you. You should be able to prepare to stop within two seconds, whatever your speed. Remember, it takes the average person about 3/4 of a second to recognize a hazard after it is first seen, and another 3/4 of a second to switch from the accelerator to the brake pedal. At 55 mph, your vehicle covers a distance of more than 80 feet per second. You will have traveled about 120 feet before you actually begin to brake.

  • Be very cautious about distractions, whether it’s adjusting your radio, using a mobile phone, or handling any other device that will sidetrack you from driving defensively.

  • Never drink alcohol while operating a vehicle. Assign a designated driver after social functions that include alcohol use.

  • Be alert to "blind spots" when changing lanes. Look all ways and always use turn signals.

  • Keep a cool head. Don't drive aggressively or take chances.

  • Know and obey all traffic rules, regulations and laws.

Even if you personally obey all the driving rules, regulations and laws, you are still at risk for a vehicle mishap, serious accident or fatality due to someone else's carelessness. However, if you follow these tips, your chances of "survival" on the highways will be much higher.

Safe Travels,

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Dawn R. Crawford


Safety Partners Grant

Safety Partners Grant applications are now available! All applications are due by 5:30 p.m. Eastern time (4:30 p.m. Central time) on Friday, Aug. 10, and are considered in the order that they are received, so make sure to submit your application as soon as possible.

This popular grant is celebrating its 21st year, and continues to assist members in purchasing safety-related items and training to reduce workers’ compensation injuries. Available to PE Partner members with Workers’ Compensation Coverage as of July 1, 2018, the Safety Partners Grant reimburses eligible members up to 50 percent on expenditures for employee safety devices, equipment and safety training, or employee education/training that is necessary to control an employee safety hazard.

Applications and complete rules for participation can be found here. Applicants will be notified of the status of their grant the week of
Sept. 5.

If you have questions about the grant or your eligibility, please contact:

Tahtia Mitchell

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PRIMA Institute Scholarship

Risk management is not always easy. It can sometimes be difficult to get buy-in from other employees or know where to start.

Many of Tennessee’s cities, towns and governmental entities do not employ an official “Risk Manager.” The absence of a designated risk manager, however, doesn’t mean that safety and risk management should not be a priority. That is why risk management education is important for growing your safety and risk management program.

Public Entity Partners offers many training and education opportunities, one of which is a scholarship to the PRIMA Institute.

This year’s PRIMA Institute is a four-day training program designed for both new risk managers and seasoned risk professionals who seek to learn more about emerging trends and best practices. The PRIMA Institute 2018 is scheduled for Nov. 5 - 9 in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Some of the topics this program covers include:

  • Risk assessment and the loss control process
  • Workers’ compensation basics
  • Risk management for public fleet operations
  • The language of insurance: terms, conditions and policy management
  • Contractual risk transfer
  • Special events and facility use
  • Total cost of risk and cost allocation

Public Entity Partners offers three scholarships that are awarded to qualified individuals for the 2018 PRIMA Institute. Each scholarship provides up to $2,000 in financial assistance.

The deadline for the scholarship applications is Aug. 10, 2018. To complete Public Entity Partners’s grant application or learn more about eligibility, please visit To learn more about this training program, please visit

If you have questions about this program or any of Public Entity Partners’s scholarships and grants, please reach out to Tahtia Mitchell at 800.624.9698 or

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3rd Annual Risk & Insurance Symposium

Public Entity Partners’s 3rd Annual Risk & Insurance Symposium — which is open to all members — is less than a month away. There is still time to register if you have not already done so. We have an exciting program of sessions planned for this year’s symposium, which is scheduled for Aug. 22 - 24. In addition to training opportunities, a member recognition lunch is planned for Thursday, Aug. 23.

Nearly 200 participants have already registered for the symposium. The hotel block at the conference hotel is now closed. If you have difficulty reserving a room, please reach out to Halie Gallik at 615.371.6005 or

Session topics include:

  • Managing the Media after a Mass Casualty Crisis – The Sandy Hook Tragedy
  • Setting Up Road Courses and Driver Training
  • Contractual Risk Transfer for Local Governments
  • Distracted Driving
  • Family Impact of Work Injuries
  • Opioid Use in Tennessee
  • Dangerous Crossroads Ahead: The Intersection of the First and Fourth Amendments
  • Riots, Protests and Public Gatherings
  • And many more!

When: Aug. 22 - 24, 2018

Where: Franklin Marriott Cool Springs, 700 Cool Springs Blvd., Franklin, TN 37067

Who should attend:

  • Anyone with safety responsibilities, interests or concerns
  • Supervisors with safety responsibilities
  • Safety, risk and HR managers
  • Mayors and elected officials
  • City managers/administrators
  • Finance directors
  • Human resource employees
  • Fleet managers
  • Training officers
  • City attorneys

To view the agenda and to register, visit

All sessions have been submitted to the Comptroller’s Office for CMFO credit consideration and are marked on the agenda with any applicable credits. If you have questions about the symposium or issues with registration, please contact Halie Gallik at 615.371.6005

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Updates to Claims Contacts

You may have recently seen a claims contact mailing update from Public Entity Partners, sent out at the beginning of July to all PE Partner members. Getting the right information to the right person at your organization is important to us, and we are working to update and designate all claims contacts with each of our members.

In the event of litigation, most updates will come from defense counsel. We strive to share privileged information from defense council to your city attorney to preserve attorney-client privilege.

As you work to designate claims contacts within your organization, take a few minutes to think about the individual at your entity who should be informed, by line of coverage, and who is able to share any information with us or direct us to others about a particular event. It is also important for each claims contact to understand how they should share that information internally within your organization.

If you have questions about the claims contact update process or the different types of claims contacts, please reach out to our member services department.

East Tennessee
Wayne Anderson

Middle Tennessee
Callie Westerfield

West Tennessee
Celeste Taylor


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Online Portal

Did you know that Public Entity Partners offers an online portal to our members? The online portal enables members to file claims for all lines of coverage, review claims data, download Loss Control guidelines and resources, view symposium presentations, and look at several safety or toolbox talks that can be shared with your employees.

When our team updates or launches a new Loss Control guideline, it is posted in our portal. Recently, the Loss Control guideline titled “Municipal Use of Inmates, Probationers & Offenders for Public Service Work Projects” was revised. If you have not looked at this guideline, we suggest you take a few moments to review it. You can download nearly 45 different Loss Control guidelines and resources from the portal.

Some of the topics include:

  • Accident Investigation
  • Charity Road Blocks
  • Financial Controls
  • Cell Phone Use — Sample Police
  • Play Structures
  • Major U.S. Supreme Court Cases on Stops and Searches of Persons

You can log into our portal by visiting our website. If you do not have an online portal account with Public Entity Partners, you can easily create one by
clicking here.

If you have questions about our online portal or any of the resources that are available on the portal, please reach out to our member
services department.

East Tennessee
Wayne Anderson

Middle Tennessee
Callie Westerfield

West Tennessee
Celeste Taylor

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PE Partner Employee Receives University of Tennessee Honor

Halie Gallik, Public Entity Partners’s director of communications and research, has been named a Master of Public Administration and Public Policy (MPPA) Fellow in Professional Practice, an honor conferred by the faculty of the MPPA degree program offered by the University of Tennessee - Knoxville’s political science department. She received the honor at the department’s May graduate hooding and awards ceremony at the Howard Baker Center for Public Policy, located on the university’s campus.

Each MPPA fellow is recognized for the numerous hours they dedicate to serving as guest lecturers for the master of public policy and administration program. According to the department, “Recipients are committed to help advance the professional training and development of graduate students in public administration, public policy and public affairs at the University of Tennessee . . . This honorary title represents the faculty’s recognition of and appreciation for the enduring value contributed by a distinguished practitioner to the MPPA program’s
educational mission.”

“I am honored to receive this recognition, and look forward to continuing to work with the MPPA program and encourage more students to enter public administration,”Gallik said. “I am proud to be a graduate of this program, which provides a strong foundation for graduate students looking to enter state or local government.”

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Tennessee Trivia

Q: Which popular candy bar traces its origins to Tennessee?

A. Frank and Ethel Mars, founders of Mars, Inc., released the company’s second candy bar brand in 1930. It was named for Ethel’s favorite horse, Snickers. The couple’s Milky Way Farm in Giles County produced Thoroughbred horses that regularly won on the racetrack,
including 1940 Kentucky Derby winner Gallahadion.