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Risk & Insurance Symposium

TOSHA's Most-Cited

Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS)

Tennessee Trivia

Q. What is the oldest railroad depot still standing in Tennessee?

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Message from the President

Dawn Hello to all!

Have you signed up for Public Entity Partners’s First Annual Risk & Insurance Symposium? If not, we encourage you to do so. The symposium will be held Aug. 15-16 at the Cool Springs Embassy Suites in Franklin. Information on the symposium’s agenda, registration and hotel accommodations can be found here.

In addition to a variety of topics relevant to your organization, we will also host a plated dinner and awards banquet. Our Excellence in Risk Management Award honors members who exemplify excellence, innovation, creativity and commitment to providing quality safety and risk management programs within their entities. It is our belief that risk management is everyone’s responsibility and we want to recognize those efforts. We invite you to nominate an individual, a program, a department ― or even yourself — for activities and innovations that should be considered for recognition. Nominations are due by July 18!

You may have recently received a Survey Monkey survey from Public Entity Partners on use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (drones) within your entity. As we begin offering coverage for UAS, we are looking for information that will allow Public Entity Partners to best assist the needs of the membership. The survey will not take long as it consists of only four questions, so please reply ASAP. Responders will be entered into a drawing for a $25 gift card.

Finally, Public Entity Partners just concluded statewide training workshops for agents. We had a great turnout and appreciate all who attended. The information, interaction and networking were of tremendous benefit.

Topics covered included:

  • Eligibility for Governmental Pools
  • Specialized Coverages Outside of Standard ISO Forms
  • Alternative Program Structures for Governmental Entities
  • Loss Control
  • Services Offered through Public Entity Partners

Again, thanks to all who took time out of your busy schedules to attend the workshops. We appreciate all you do for local government.

Best Regards,
Dawn R. Crawford

Public Entity Partners’s First Annual Risk & Insurance Symposium

and the Excellence in Risk Management Award

Many PE Partner members have already registered for our first annual Risk & Insurance Symposium, to be held Aug. 15-16 at the Cool Springs Embassy Suites in Franklin. For the current agenda and registration information, please visit our event website.

We are excited to offer a diverse program, including sessions on the municipal use of drones, privacy and network liability, understanding litigation filed against your entity, and defensive driving, to name just a few. This two-day symposium will bring in industry experts to speak with PE Partner members about current and emerging exposures.

We are also pleased to offer the Excellence in Risk Management Award, which will be presented at the Excellence in Risk Management Banquet on Aug. 15 during the symposium. This award is designed to honor PE Partner members from the past fiscal year who exemplify excellence, innovation, creativity and commitment while providing quality safety and risk management programs within their entity.

Because risk management is more than just a checklist or inspection, this award recognizes members of all sizes that use the resources available to them to creatively implement safety programs. From utilizing technology for more seamless documentation and repair orders to jump-starting a safety committee, examples of risk management can be found in all operations. Risk management is everyone’s responsibility and must come from every department.

To nominate a project or program, please complete the nominating form found here. Nominees can be a person, department, program or entity. Nominations may be submitted by individuals familiar with the program or may be submitted directly by the nominee. All submissions should be received by Monday, July 18.

If you have questions about the Symposium or the Excellence in Risk Management Award, please contact Halie Gallik at or 800.624.9698.

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TOSHA’s Top 20 Most-Cited Standard Violations for 2015

TOSHA recently released its top 20 most cited standard violations for 2015. To view the entire listing, click here.

The most-cited standard for public sector employers for 2015 is hazard communication. TOSHA offers a free video explaining how to handle and identify hazardous chemicals in its TOSHA Resource Center, along with a “What-To-Do-Booklet: A Template for Compliance with Hazard Communication Standard and The Tennessee Hazardous Chemical Right-To-Know Law.”

Additional training and resources can be found in Public Entity Partners’s DVD Library. In addition, seven titles concerning hazardous communication and training courses are available via Public Entity Partners’s Local Government Risk Academy. To view our entire DVD library or sign into Local Government Risk Academy, visit our website.

Protecting employees from job hazards is a critical element to an effective safety program. We encourage you to utilize the available resources to implement these important TOSHA standards. If you have questions about the training resources available to you, please contact your member services representative or your regional loss control consultant.




Judy Housley

Chester Darden

Paul Chambliss

Wayne Anderson

Callie Westerfield

Celeste Taylor

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Unmanned Aerial Systems and Drones: New Coverage Offered by Public Entity Partners

The possibilities for the use of drones and unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) are endless, and have the ability to revolutionize some of the common tasks shared by governmental entities. Whether they’re used in search and rescue operations, in the detection of hot spots in a building that has experienced a fire event, or in locating water line breaks and leaks, there is more to drones than simply taking pictures. Because drones provide cost-effective, accurate and detailed information, they not only have the potential to protect public employees and assets, but can also help your entity provide better services to your citizens.

Public Entity Partners is making unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), or drone coverage, available to members beginning July 1, 2016. We have updated our coverage requirements for drone programs since our preliminary announcement of this additional coverage. In order to qualify for PE Partner UAV or drone coverage, members must be in compliance with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and must submit a PE Partner UAS Supplemental Application and a Certificate of Waiver or Authorization (COA) issued by the FAA.

All UAV/Drone applications for coverage will be considered based on the specifics of the programs and your COA. Depending on the nature of your drone program and COA, programs that operate at night or in proximity to an airport or restricted airspace may be considered.

Drones and Unmanned Aircraft fall under the jurisdiction of the FAA for regulation. The FAA draws its authority to regulate UAS from the 2012 FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012. Under this act, governmental uses of drones fall under Section 334.

The FAA has a section on its website devoted to UAS and drones. There is also a section specific to Public Operations (Governmental) of UAS. The Certificate of Waiver or Authorization (COA) application process is a fairly detailed and in-depth procedure. The Frequently Asked Questions about UAS offered by the FAA may provide some insight to those considering starting a drone or UAV program. The FAA also offers some resources and guidance to law enforcement agencies for UAS if they suspect a UAS operation is unsafe or unauthorized. A PDF of the FAA’s guidance for law enforcement organizations can be found here.

It is Public Entity Partners’s understanding that, in order to legally operate a drone or UAV, your entity must have authorization from the FAA. The FAA is working on an updated rule that is expected to be released in June 2016. It has the potential to impact the regulations for use of drones and may make the authorization process a little easier. Public Entity Partners encourages you to discuss this topic with your city attorney.

Drones and UAS are an emerging area, and we will continue to research potential uses and the evolving regulatory framework that governs this area. If you have questions about the UAV/Drone coverage offered by Public Entity Partners, please contact the Underwriting Department at 800.624.9698 or email

If you have developed an innovative program utilizing drones or UAS, we would appreciate the opportunity to highlight your program in our newsletter. Please contact Halie Gallik at or 800.624.9698 to share information about your program.

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Tennessee Trivia

Q. What is the oldest railroad depot still standing in Tennessee?

A. The Niota Depot