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Despite Pandemic, North Carolina Traffic Deaths Climb to 1,500 in 2020

 - 01/15/2021
Traffic deaths in North Carolina last year surpassed 1,500 for the first time in 13 years despite a pandemic during which motorists logged fewer miles statewide, statistics show. N.C. Department of Transportation data shows the number of miles driven dropped …

2 W. Virginia Bus Drivers Who Attended Trump Rally Sue Over Suspension

 - 01/15/2021
Two West Virginia school bus drivers who were suspended for attending a rally for President Donald Trump in the nation’s capital have been cleared of wrongdoing following hearings, an attorney said Wednesday. Attorney John Bryan, who is representing the employees …

World Insurance Associates Acquires J.W. Edens & Company, Inc.

 - 01/15/2021
Insurance brokerage World Insurance Associates LLC (WIA) has acquired J.W. Edens & Co., Inc. (JWE) of Titusville, Fla. on Dec. 31, 2020. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Founded in 1997, J.W. Edens & Company is a retail insurance …

North Carolina Retaining Wall Collapse Injures Construction Workers, Kills 1

 - 01/15/2021
One person was killed and at least four people were injured after a retaining wall fell on construction workers in a North Carolina city, officials said Wednesday. The City of Hendersonville said in a news release that the accident occurred …

Florida’s Citizens Ends Moratorium on Cancellations, Nonrenewals

 - 01/14/2021
After extending the moratorium on cancellations and nonrenewals put into place at the start of the pandemic, Citizens Property Insurance Corp. has announced it will resume processing these as of Feb. 1, 2021. The Florida insurer of last resort said …

Berkshire Hathaway GUARD Expands Homeowners Coverage Into Georgia, Utah

 - 01/14/2021
Berkshire Hathaway GUARD Insurance Companies has added Georgia and Utah to the list of states where the insurer offers its homeowners product. With these additions, the company now offers its personal lines products in 22 states with plans for further …

The Hilb Group Acquires Dwayne Wilson Insurance of North Carolina

 - 01/14/2021
The Hilb Group, LLC (THG) has acquired North Carolina-based Dwayne Wilson Insurance & Financial Services, Inc. (DWI). The transaction became effective on Dec. 31, 2020. DWI is a full-service life and health (L&H) agency, providing a range of insurance products …

Delivery Driver Killed in Drywall Accident at Florida Home Depot

 - 01/13/2021
A delivery driver was killed Sunday night when a load of construction materials fell on him at a Home Depot store in Florida, police said. News outlets report that a load of drywall struck 47-year-old Cyrenus Leroy Amon around 7:30 …

‘Zombie Law’ Cited in Court Fight Over Mississippi Marijuana

 - 01/13/2021
Attorneys trying to block a Mississippi medical marijuana program say the state is using a “zombie law” about old congressional districts to defend how an initiative landed on the ballot. Voters in November approved Initiative 65, which requires the state …

Fitch: Florida Homeowners’ Insurers Performance Deterioration Continues

 - 01/13/2021
Florida homeowners’ insurance specialists are reporting continued performance deterioration and a decline in capitalization levels, despite the most severe losses from the record 2020 hurricane season occurring outside of the Florida market, Fitch Ratings said in a recent report. According …

Exceptional Risk Advisors Acquires International Specialty of North Carolina

 - 01/13/2021
Exceptional Risk Advisors, a Lloyd’s of London coverholder, has acquired assets of International Specialty Insurance Services. Headquartered in Winston-Salem, N.C., International Specialty Insurance designs insurance programs for entrepreneurs, executives, entertainers and athletes, including people in professional sports, entertainment and corporate …

Ebner Retires from North Carolina-Based McGriff

 - 01/13/2021
McGriff’s Tommy Ebner, leader of the company’s oil and gas practice, and former president and CEO of McGriff, Seibels & Williams, Inc., will retire after 28 years. The retirement will take place during the first quarter, although exact dates are …

North Carolina College Restores Women’s Sports After Lawsuit Threat

 - 01/12/2021
East Carolina University is restoring two of its women’s teams cut last spring for budget problems compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic, and paying more than $189,000 to avoid a gender discrimination lawsuit. The announcement on Thursday followed word that athletes …

Rhodes Risk Advisors Acquires Atlanta-Based McEver & Tribble

 - 01/12/2021
Rhodes Risk Advisors, an independent insurance firm, has acquired McEver & Tribble, an independent insurance agency also based in Atlanta. Combining the professional teams, risk management capabilities and insurance offerings of Rhodes and McEver & Tribble immediately expands the firm’s …

Reliance Partners of Tennessee Promotes Shelton

 - 01/12/2021
Reliance Partners, a privately-held commercial insurance agency for the transportation and logistics industry, has promoted Missi Shelton to vice president of Customer Service, National Accounts. Shelton will lead Reliance’s National Accounts customer service division, focusing on the agency’s largest transportation …