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Florida Puts Workers’ Comp Carrier Guarantee Insurance In Receivership

 - 11/21/2017
Florida insurance regulators have placed workers’ compensation carrier Guarantee Insurance Co. in receivership due to inadequate reserves. According to documents from the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation (OIR), the company was materially under-reserved at year end 2016 and consented to …

North Carolina Rate Bureau Requests 18.7% Increase for Homeowners Insurance

 - 11/21/2017
The North Carolina Rate Bureau has filed notice with the N.C. Department of Insurance request a statewide average increase in homeowners insurance rates of 18.7 percent for 2018, according to Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey. The NC Rate Bureau represents the …

Best Agencies to Work For Southeast: Frank H. Furman – Silver

 - 11/21/2017
As a Florida-based agency, employees at Frank H. Furman understand the value of insurance and the important role they play as advisors. And they say the company’s team-focused and supportive environment motivates them to go above and beyond for their …

Best Agencies to Work For Southeast: LassiterWare – Gold

 - 11/20/2017
LassiterWare employee praise of the agency they say is the Best to Work for in the Southeast increased so much this year, the company was selected as Insurance Journal’s 2017 Best Agency to Work For Gold Award winner in the …

Family Claims Safety Hazard Killed 5-Year-Old at Atlanta Rotating Restaurant

 - 11/20/2017
The family of a 5-year-old boy killed when he became caught in a rotating Atlanta restaurant is suing the company, saying it failed to prevent a “longstanding safety hazard.” The lawsuit comes after Charlie Holt died in the Sun Dial, …

Fire Caused by Ventilation Fan Destroys Mississippi Factory

 - 11/20/2017
An electrical fire inside a ventilation fan is believed to have fed a Thursday fire that destroyed a northeast Mississippi factory. Alcorn County Deputy Fire Coordinator Jackie Farr tells The Daily Cornithian that Palmer-Handrail Custom Millwork employees tried to put …

Gresham to Lead Expansion of Pinnacle Actuarial Resources into Carolinas

 - 11/20/2017
Consulting Actuary Legaré W. Gresham has established Pinnacle Actuarial Resources Inc.’s presence the Carolinas with the opening of an office in Charleston, South Carolina, as the firm continues to grow both domestically and internationally. Gresham has more than 10 years …

Chicken Processor Settles Florida Water Pollution Suit for $1.4M

 - 11/17/2017
A major chicken processing plant that has been cited for polluting the Suwannee River settled a lawsuit on Wednesday that was brought by environmental groups in Florida. Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. settled the suit with Environment Florida and the Sierra Club, …

Alabama Department of Insurance Launches Online Help Chat for Agents, Consumers

 - 11/17/2017
The Alabama Department of Insurance has launched a new online chat to offer consumers another avenue to have their insurance questions answered quickly. Representatives are now available at www.aldoi.gov to help with common insurance-related questions. The chat box is located …

The Hilb Group Acquires David Hill and Associates of North Carolina

 - 11/17/2017
The Hilb Group, LLC (THG) has acquired David Hill & Associates, Inc. (DHA) of Wilmington, N.C. DHA will be joining the existing Hilb Group office in Wilmington to build an expanded benefits practice. DHA represents THG’s 41st acquisition since 2009 …

Large Mississippi Auction Company Building Destroyed by Fire

 - 11/16/2017
An early Monday morning fire in Mississippi has destroyed a 15,000-square-foot (1,394-sq. meter) auction company. Corinth Fire Department Training Officer Jerry Whirley told news outlets that five units responded to the blaze at Scotty Little and Associates Auction Company just …

Georgia CPA Arrested for Falsifying Insurance Apps, Taking $11K in Benefits

 - 11/16/2017
A certified public accountant (CPA) in Georgia has been arrested and charged with insurance fraud by Special Fraud Investigators from the Georgia Department of Insurance (GADOI), according to a statement from Georgia Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens. Earle Turner, Sr., 67, …

Florida’s Everglades City Pushes Toward Recovery After Irma’s Hard Hit

 - 11/16/2017
Two months after Hurricane Irma’s storm surge slammed through tiny Everglades City, the mountains of debris that lined the streets have been reduced to scattered piles and the occasional abandoned stove or refrigerator. The community church held its first indoor …

Georgia College Expanding Commercial Truck Driver Training Program

 - 11/16/2017
A Georgia college is expanding its training program for commercial truck drivers as the U.S. faces a national trucker shortage. WALB-TV reports Albany Technical College plans to increase the number of seats in its commercial driving program by a third …

Alliant Adds Grassi to Financial Sector Team

 - 11/15/2017
Financial institutions specialist Paul Grassi has joined Alliant’s Alliant Americas division as senior vice president where he will work to provide a full range of insurance and risk management products to clients in the financial sector. Grassi will focus on …