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Canal Insurance Adds Hall, Lewis to Leadership Team

Greenville, South Carolina-based Canal Insurance has named Jarrell Hall, assistant vice president for marketing and business development, and Linda Lewis, assistant vice president for casualty claims, to the company’s leadership team. Hall assumes the responsibility for overseeing all marketing activities and …

West Virginia Meatloaf Deaths Lawsuit Goes to Federal Court

A lawsuit blaming a restaurant’s meatloaf for the deaths of a former West Virginia state lawmaker and her husband is moving to federal court. In October, former Delegate Virginia Starcher’s family filed the lawsuit against New Albany, Ohio-based Bob Evans …

IFG Cos. Hires Fann as Excess & Umbrella Division VP in Atlanta

IFG Cos. in Burlington, North Carolina, has hired Tiffany Riggins Fann as vice president in its Excess and Umbrella Division. Fann will be based in IFG’s Atlanta office. Fann brings 15 years of specialty casualty underwriting, marketing and management experience. …

BusinesFirst Enters Workers’ Compensation Market in Georgia

BusinessFirst Insurance Co., a monoline workers’ compensation company, is now offering coverage to employers in Georgia. BusinessFirst and affiliate RetailFirst Insurance Co. comprise the RetailFirst Insurance Group. During 2013, the companies reported more than $108 million in combined direct written …

Florida’s Universal Insurance Raises $19M in Stock Deal

Florida’s largest private insurer has raised $19 million through a privately negotiated stock deal with an investment firm that specializes in natural catastrophe reinsurance and weather risk. Universal Holdings Inc announced the deal that called for the sale of one …

South Carolina Court Blocks Kiawah Island Walls to Slow Erosion

A divided South Carolina Supreme Court has denied developers permission to build a half-mile of coastal walls on Kiawah Island, a ruling that Chief Justice Jean Toal warned undermines checks on state agency decisions involving private property. The developers sought …

FEMA Provides $3.9M Funds for Tornado Debris Removal in Mississippi

The city of Louisville and Winston County in Mississippi are being given $3.9 million in federal funds to assist with removal of debris from an April tornado. The money has been approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The announcement …

Mississippi Commissioner Chaney Offers Holiday Fire Safety Tips

Mississippi Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Mike Chaney recommends that everyone decorate for the holidays with fire safety in mind. “More than any other time of year, this is when people need to be the most fire safety conscious …

Bouknight Joins Hub International Southeast as Sales Executive

Hub International Southeast, a division of Hub International Limited, has hired Kip Bouknight as a sales executive.

AssuredPartners Acquires First Palmetto Insurance in South Carolina

AssuredPartners Inc., through its subsidiary Assured Neace Lukens, has acquired First Palmetto Insurance Agency in South Carolina. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. First Palmetto Insurance Agency offers personal lines insurance, including homeowners and auto, and coverage for businesses …

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