County receives safety grant for fifth consecutive year

Published 3:53 pm Wednesday, March 30, 2022

FROM STAFF REPORTS
Carter County received an employee safety grant in the amount of $1,810 from Tennessee Risk Management Trust on Wednesday marking the fifth year in a row the county has been given a grant.
TNRMT is a member-owned Trust founded in 1987 to provide insurance and liability services to public entities.
“This is the fifth year we have given these grants, and Carter County has received one every year we have done it,” said Jason Baggett, a loss control specialist with TNRMT. “We are proud to work with Carter County to improve employee safety.”
Elizabethton/Carter County Emergency Management Agency Director Billy Harrell said the received funds will help purchase new road safety signs for use by the Carter County Highway Department and hallway runners for use at the Emergency Operations Center to prevent slips and falls at the facility.
“Jason and Tennessee Risk Management Trust have been great to work with and we appreciate all they do for our county employees,” said Harrell. “These new signs will help improve safety and visibility for the crews that are working along the road plus the signs are lighter making them safer for the employees to utilize.”
When TNRMT first launched their employee safety grant program, the organization awarded $60,000 in grants to member organizations. Each year the program has grown, and Baggett said this year’s grant allocations totaled around $250,000.
Carter County Mayor Patty Woodby praised Harrell for his work in securing this safety grant for the five years in a row and his continued work to improve employee safety.
“Director Harrell does an amazing job seeking out these funding opportunities and working to improve employee safety,” Mayor Woodby said. “Providing a safe working environment for our employees is one of our top priorities.”
Mayor Woodby also thanked Baggett and the Tennessee Risk Management Trust for their continued support of Carter County. “I am pleased we have been able to partner with Tennessee Risk Management Trust in the past to improve safety and I look forward to continuing that partnership in the future,” Mayor Woodby said.

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