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Hurricane Michael, Other Challenges Impacting Georgia’s Timber Industry

 - 03/21/2019
Georgia’s timber industry is facing many headwinds as it seeks to recover from the severe damage wrought by Hurricane Michael late last year. The storm erased three-quarters of a billion dollars in timber, The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reported. Aside from Hurricane …

16 Tornadoes Confirmed in Alabama During Recent Storms

 - 03/21/2019
The National Weather Service has confirmed a 16th tornado from an outbreak that left damage across Alabama last week. Forecasters say a small twister with winds of up to 65 mph (105 kph) was on the ground for a little …

Those Who Name Hurricanes Retire Michael, Florence Names

 - 03/21/2019
Hurricanes Florence and Michael will never ravage the Americas again. The two names have been stricken from the official list of Atlantic storms after killing nearly 100 people in the U.S. South last year, the National Hurricane Center said in …

Main Street American Group Promotes Kusch, Listau in Florida

 - 03/21/2019
The Main Street America Group, a super-regional property/casualty insurance company, has announced the promotions of Jeff Kusch and Chris Listau to president roles of their respective divisions. Kusch, president of field operations, and Listau, president of Main Street America’s insurance …

RSG Affiliate PERse Opens Miami Office, Makes 3 Staff Appointments

 - 03/20/2019
PERse (Power.Energy.Risk), a managing general underwriter specializing in property and casualty insurance products for energy and power production facilities with a specialized focus on renewable energy, has opened a new office in Miami, Fla., and made three key hires to …

City of Charlotte, North Carolina Pays Family $950K in Pedestrian’s Death

 - 03/20/2019
A North Carolina city has paid the family of a man who was hit and killed by a speeding police car in 2017. The Charlotte Observer reports the city of Charlotte paid $950,000 in December to the family of James …

Florida Insurance Agent Arrested in $16K Commission Fraud Scheme

 - 03/20/2019
A licensed insurance agent out of Orlando, Fla., was arrested this month for allegedly submitting fraudulent insurance applications to multiple carriers, according to a statement from Florida CFO Jimmy Patronis. Sheila De Lima Torres Tecchio with Enterprise Insurance Agency, Inc. …

Kentucky Court Overturns $21M Judgement in Helicopter Crash Case

 - 03/20/2019
The Kentucky Court of Appeals has overturned a $21.7 million judgment against a helicopter company regarding a crash that killed three people. Three people died in June 2013 when an air ambulance crashed as it was returning from a trip …

Mississippi Deputy Accused of Cheating Insurer Out of Nearly $13K

 - 03/19/2019
A Mississippi sheriff’s deputy and another man face felony charges after authorities said they cheated an insurance company by falsely claiming an off-road vehicle was stolen. Federal prosecutors said Friday that Wilkinson County Deputy Christopher James and another resident of …

Harmful Dry Cleaning Chemical Detected in W. Virginia Town’s Drinking Water

 - 03/19/2019
Officials say the drinking water in a West Virginia community along the Ohio River contains a harmful chemical widely used by dry cleaners. State Bureau for Public Health spokeswoman Allison Adler said in an email Wednesday tetrachloroethylene has been detected …

Commentary: How Florida AOB Crisis Is Impacting State’s Independent Agents

 - 03/19/2019
Florida’s “one-way attorney fee” statute enacted to protect Florida policyholders from large insurance companies has instead spawned a huge industry of assignment of benefits (AOB) predators who take advantage of policyholders and threaten the livelihood of hundreds of independent insurance …

Cooper Nominates State Rep. Goodman to North Carolina Workers’ Comp Panel

 - 03/19/2019
A sitting North Carolina legislator has been nominated by Gov. Roy Cooper to serve on the state Industrial Commission. Cooper told legislators at the beginning of the month of his choice of fellow Democratic Rep. Ken Goodman of Richmond County …

TriSure Corp. of North Carolina Acquired by Alera Group

 - 03/18/2019
TriSure Corporation has been acquired by Alera Group, a national insurance firm, effective March 1, 2019. Terms of the transaction were not announced. With over 1,500 employees in more than 70 locations across the nation, Alera Group offers employee benefits, …

Blankenship Files $12B Suit Against Media Over Failed W. Virginia Senate Bid

 - 03/18/2019
Former coal baron Don Blankenship is suing several news outlets and media personalities, claiming he was defamed during his failed bid for a U.S. senate seat in West Virginia. Blankenship’s suit was filed Thursday in Mingo County, West Virginia. It …

Alabama Tornadoes Caused Nearly $6M in Timber Losses

 - 03/18/2019
The Alabama Forestry Commission estimates timber losses caused by deadly tornadoes on March 3 at nearly $5.9 million. That’s almost $1,000 per acre of timberland damaged by two or three tornadoes in Macon, Lee and Barbour counties. A report posted …