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Health Officials Investigating Tennessee Zipline Sickness Outbreak

 - 07/17/2018
The Tennessee Department of Health says its investigation continues into gastrointestinal illness that affected more than 500 people who visited a zipline attraction. Officials have said E. coli bacteria caused the sickness, but the Health Department said Thursday that some …

5 Southeast States Participate in Speed Enforcement Operation

 - 07/17/2018
Georgia joins Alabama and three other states in a week-long speed enforcement operation beginning Monday. “Operation Southern Shield” will run through Sunday, July 22. Law enforcement in Georgia and Alabama will join Florida, Tennessee and South Carolina in pulling over …

J.M. Wilson Adds Silverman as Assistant Transportation Underwriter in South Carolina

 - 07/17/2018
J.M. Wilson has added Cassandra Silverman as assistant transportation underwriter to its North Charleston, S.C., office. Silverman is responsible for quoting new and renewal business, corresponding with carrier underwriters, and assisting independent agents in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and …

Judge Rules Airbnb Can’t Dodge Aimco’s Illegal Sublease Claims in Miami

 - 07/16/2018
Airbnb Inc., having escaped a major U.S. landlord’s lawsuit over partying tourists at high-end Los Angeles apartments, will have to defend itself against the same allegations by the same landlord in Miami. A Florida state court judge on Wednesday denied …

New Agency Meddix Insurance Launches in Southeast

 - 07/16/2018
Rocky Mount, N.C.-based MSH Insurance Agency has launched a new retail insurance agency to service clients in the hospice, home health and durable medical equipment industries. The new agency will be called Meddix Insurance, and will offer general liability, property, …

Family of Tennessee Waffle House Shooting Victim Files $100M Lawsuit

 - 07/16/2018
A woman whose son was one of four people killed at a Waffle House in Tennessee has filed a $100 million wrongful death lawsuit against the suspect and his father. The Tennessean reports Shaundelle Brooks filed the suit Wednesday on …

Kentucky Coal Mine Supervisors Face Charges Over Rigged Dust Monitoring

 - 07/16/2018
Eight former supervisors and safety officers at a Kentucky coal company were indicted on federal charges that they rigged dust monitoring in underground mines, forcing miners to work in the kind of dirty conditions that can lead to black lung …

Best Revises Outlook for National Independent Truckers Insurance of South Carolina

 - 07/13/2018
A.M. Best has revised the outlook to positive from stable for the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating (Long-Term ICR) and affirmed the financial strength rating (FSR) of B++ (Good) and the Long-Term ICR of “bbb” of National Independent Truckers Insurance Co., …

NTSB Questions CSX Safety Procedures After Deadly South Carolina Train Crash

 - 07/13/2018
Federal investigators on Tuesday grilled train company executives about a deadly South Carolina crash that happened earlier this year, asking officials with the company that owns the tracks about changes within the company in the months leading up to the …

E. Coli Outbreak Sickens More Than 500 at Tennessee Zipline Center

 - 07/13/2018
Tennessee authorities say E. coli bacteria caused the sickness that affected more than 500 people at a zipline attraction. Gail Harmon is the assistant director of the East Tennessee Region Health Department. Harmon tells news outlets well water samples from …

10 North Carolina Volunteer Firefighters Arrested Over Arson Fires

 - 07/12/2018
Authorities have arrested 10 North Carolina volunteer firefighters and accused them of setting fire to abandoned buildings and woods over a year and a half. News outlets report Robeson County Sheriff Ken Sealey said in a statement Tuesday the firefighters …

A.M. Best Upgrades Credit Rating of Discovery Insurance of North Carolina

 - 07/12/2018
A.M. Best has upgraded the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating to “bb+” from “bb” and affirmed the Financial Strength Rating of B (Fair) of Discovery Insurance Co. of Kinston, N.C. The outlook for these Credit Ratings (ratings) remains stable. A.M. Best …

Investigators: Excessive Speed Caused Florida Roller Coaster Derailment

 - 07/12/2018
Excessive speed caused a roller coaster to derail at a Florida boardwalk, according to a preliminary investigative summary released Tuesday. Two riders fell 34 feet (10 meters) when the front car of the Sand Blaster Roller Coaster was left dangling …

Former Mississippi Agent Gets 6 Months for Role in Tax Evasion Scheme

 - 07/12/2018
A federal judge on Tuesday sentenced a former insurance broker to six months in prison for helping former Mississippi Corrections Commissioner Christopher Epps evade taxes. In handing down the sentence, U.S. District Judge Henry T. Wingate ignored recommendations that could …

Walt Disney World Worker Killed in Industrial Accident

 - 07/11/2018
Authorities say they’re investigating the death of a worker at Walt Disney World Resort. An Orange County Sheriff’s Office news release says deputies found an unconscious and unresponsive man Monday morning after responding to a 911 call near Disney’s Pop …