Insurance Journal » Southeast News http://www.insurancejournal.com Insurance Journal delivers the latest business news for the Property/Casualty insurance industry Fri, 03 Jul 2015 15:21:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 Siegel Elected as President of the Independent Insurance Agents of Georgia http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/07/02/373944.htm Thu, 02 Jul 2015 05:11:34 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=373944 Andy N. Siegel, president of Siegel Insurance, Inc., a Trusted Choice insurance agency in Atlanta, was installed as president of the Independent Insurance Agents of Georgia, Inc. (IIAG) on June 13, during the association’s 118th Annual Meeting and Convention in …

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Truck Driver in Deadly Tennessee Crash Cited in Florida Previous Day http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/07/02/373942.htm Thu, 02 Jul 2015 04:54:43 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=373942 Authorities say a truck driver who slammed into numerous stopped cars outside of Chattanooga, Tenn., last week, killing six, had been cited for careless driving in Florida the previous day. According to a Florida Highway Patrol crash report, 39-year-old truck …

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Bill Allowing Uber to Stay in South Carolina is Officially Law http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/07/02/373593.htm Thu, 02 Jul 2015 04:09:46 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=373593 Uber is staying in South Carolina. After the transportation network company (TNC) was halted by the state’s Public Service Commission in January and then granted a temporary license through June 30, South Carolina lawmakers introduced legislation allowing TNCs to operate …

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West Virginia Lottery to Charities: Casino Night Fundraisers Are Illegal http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/07/02/373937.htm Thu, 02 Jul 2015 04:00:26 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=373937 West Virginia Lottery officials say “casino night” fundraisers conducted by charitable organizations are illegal but the Lottery does not have authority to crack down on such events. County prosecutors have shown little interest in pursuing charges against members of local …

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Insight Risk Management Adds 3 Staff Members to Nashville Office http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/07/01/373603.htm Wed, 01 Jul 2015 05:42:58 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=373603 Insight Risk Management’s Nashville branch, WC Dillon Co./Insight, has hired three new staff members –Raleigh Harwell, Kaitlyn Russell, and Vickie Owens – increasing its local staff to 10. The company said the move is part of its strategy to take advantage …

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National Hurricane Center, Florida University to Launch Hurricane Site in Spanish http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/07/01/373599.htm Wed, 01 Jul 2015 05:23:59 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=373599 The National Hurricane Center and Florida International University are launching a new Spanish-language website for hurricane preparation. The website will include information on hurricane science, residential mitigation strategies, preparedness, and announcements, including tropical cyclone advisories. The six-month Atlantic hurricane season …

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Census Data Breaks Down Florida Metro Area Housing Traits http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/07/01/373596.htm Wed, 01 Jul 2015 05:10:46 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=373596 New data released by federal authorities show the housing characteristics of Florida’s four major metro areas – Jacksonville, South Florida, Orlando and Tampa. According to the report, Jacksonville residents are more likely to have fireplaces in their homes than in …

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Judge Won’t Recuse Prosecutors on West Virginia Chemical Spill Trial http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/06/30/373414.htm Tue, 30 Jun 2015 05:53:03 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=373414 A judge will let federal prosecutors keep working on a criminal case over a chemical spill last year in West Virginia, shooting down arguments that prosecutors should be recused from the case because they were among the 300,000 people without …

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Disney Bans Selfie Sticks, Cites Safety Concerns http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/06/30/373412.htm Tue, 30 Jun 2015 05:47:35 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=373412 Don’t bring your selfie stick to Disney World. Officials announced Friday that a ban takes effect today at all four Disney theme parks in Orlando as well as at Disney’s water parks and Disney Quest, a gaming attraction at Downtown …

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Florida PIP Clinic Owner Charged with More Than $100K in Insurance Fraud http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/06/30/373409.htm Tue, 30 Jun 2015 05:41:20 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=373409 The Florida Division of Insurance Fraud announced the arrest of Dr. Troy Godsey and Renata Berriel Deazevedo for their roles in a scheme to defraud multiple insurance companies of more than $100,000. Troy Godsey, a licensed chiropractor, established Spine Health …

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Study: North Carolina’s Outer Banks Risk Losing $2B to Rising Seas http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/06/30/373407.htm Tue, 30 Jun 2015 05:21:05 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=373407 With scientists expecting the seas to rise about 3 feet over the next 100 to 150 years, a new study from the National Park Service says the two national seashores on North Carolina’s Outer Banks risk losing buildings and other …

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Integro Acquires Atlanta-Based Clearview Group http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/06/29/373263.htm Mon, 29 Jun 2015 05:33:29 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=373263 International insurance broker and risk management firm Integro Ltd. has further expanded its benefits practice with the acquisition of Clearview Group, an Atlanta-based national health benefits consultant with a subspecialty serving the private equity industry. Financial details of the transaction …

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Jury Awards $24M to Widower of Woman Killed in Florida Hotel Cabana http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/06/29/373260.htm Mon, 29 Jun 2015 05:24:10 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=373260 A South Florida jury awarded $24 million to a man whose pregnant wife was killed when a drunken driver slammed into a cabana at a Fort Lauderdale hotel. The decision came more than three years after a car crossed a …

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Lawsuits Filed Against Alabama Day Care Over Child Illnesses http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/06/29/373258.htm Mon, 29 Jun 2015 05:08:44 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=373258 Parents have filed two lawsuits against a Montgomery, Alabama day care where health officials say nearly 90 children suffered suspected food poisoning this week. Court documents show the suits were filed last week within minutes of each other against Sunnyside …

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New Booster Seat Requirements Take Effect in Kentucky http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/06/29/373256.htm Mon, 29 Jun 2015 04:59:05 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=373256 Kentucky’s new booster seat law is going into effect, and officials are reminding motorists to make sure young passengers meet the new requirements. The old law required children younger than 7 years and 40 to 50 inches tall to ride …

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North Carolina Investigators Say Church Fire Was Arson, $250K in Damage http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/06/26/373136.htm Fri, 26 Jun 2015 05:28:35 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=373136 Investigators with the Charlotte, N.C., Fire Department say a fire at a predominantly black church is a case of arson. A statement from the fire department said it took about an hour to get June 24 fire at Briar Creek …

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Alabama Officials: Food Poisoning at Day Care Likely Cause of 86 Sick Kids http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/06/26/373132.htm Fri, 26 Jun 2015 05:13:03 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=373132 Alabama state health officials say food poisoning is the suspected culprit after 86 children became ill at a Montgomery day care. State Health Officer Don Williamson said Wednesday that health officials have ordered Sunny Side Child Care Center’s two locations …

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Kentucky Sewer District Approves $1M for Flood Buyouts http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/06/26/372924.htm Fri, 26 Jun 2015 04:52:05 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=372924 The Louisville, Ky., Metropolitan Sewer District board has approved $1 million of a proposed $3 million settlement in an effort to buy out a group of repeated flood victims, while Metro Council leadership and Mayor Greg Fischer were making no …

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MarketScout Adds Staff to Private Client Division in Florida http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/06/26/373129.htm Fri, 26 Jun 2015 04:15:14 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=373129 MarketScout, the national electronic insurance exchange and specialty MGA headquartered in Dallas, has expanded its Private Client Solutions (PCS) E&S division with new hires in its Fort Lauderdale, Fla., office. Jordan Ballou will serve as an underwriting assistant for the …

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Citizens Approves Rate Changes for Florida Insureds http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/06/25/372937.htm Thu, 25 Jun 2015 05:58:50 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=372937 Citizens Property Insurance Corporation’s Board of Governors has approved a 2016 rate package that lowers rates for nearly half of Citizens’ personal lines policyholders while responding to increased water loss claims and continued inadequate rates for its remaining policyholders along …

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Georgia Chiropractor Indicted On 12 Counts of Insurance Fraud http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/06/25/372934.htm Thu, 25 Jun 2015 05:21:53 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=372934 Georgia Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens announced that a Bibb County Grand Jury indicted Roswell chiropractor Victor L. Dees for 12 counts of insurance fraud based off an investigation conducted by the Department of Insurance’s Fraud division. Subsequent to the indictment, …

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Mississippi Mayor Wants Residents to Clean Up Left Over Katrina Debris http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/06/25/372931.htm Thu, 25 Jun 2015 05:12:35 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=372931 Gulfport Mayor Billy Hewes wants slabs and pilings left behind when Hurricane Katrina tore the businesses and homes removed. Hewes said the debris is “unsightly” and a “blight.” The Sun Herald reports the city council will consider an ordinance July …

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Alabama Investigates Day Care After 38 Children Hospitalized With Illness http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/06/25/372927.htm Thu, 25 Jun 2015 05:03:52 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=372927 Alabama State health officials are evaluating food that was served at a Montgomery day care after dozens of children were hospitalized with an undisclosed illness. Merrill South of Baptist Health told local media that 38 children were being treated after …

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North Carolina Lawmakers Approve Insurance Requirement for Mopeds http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/06/25/372920.htm Thu, 25 Jun 2015 04:31:56 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=372920 Moped owners could have a new item on their to-do lists in 2016 after getting their small-engine bikes registered with the state starting next month. The General Assembly gave its final approval Tuesday to legislation requiring mopeds have liability insurance …

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Main Street America Appoints Root as VP in Florida Headquarters http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/06/24/372788.htm Wed, 24 Jun 2015 06:22:37 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=372788 The Main Street America Group announced Janet Root has been appointed vice president of internal audit at the super-regional property/casualty insurance company. She replaces former internal audit vice president Dave Medvidofsky, who was recently appointed as the organization’s vice president …

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Florida High Court Removes Judge Over Misconduct in Progressive Injury Cases http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/06/24/372784.htm Wed, 24 Jun 2015 06:16:11 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=372784 A Broward County judge will be removed from the bench for misconduct committed eight years before she was elected to the post. The Florida Supreme Court ruled June 18 that Judge Laura Watson isn’t fit to serve as a judge …

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Fire Destroys Alabama Apartment Complex http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/06/24/372782.htm Wed, 24 Jun 2015 06:03:05 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=372782 Four people have been injured in a fire that destroyed a Bessemer, Ala., apartment complex. Multiple news outlets report the fire broke out Sunday evening at the General Clay Apartments. According to Battalion Chief Kenny Ray, the fire may have …

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North Carolina Approves Amendments to Captive Insurance Law http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/06/24/372779.htm Wed, 24 Jun 2015 05:58:26 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=372779 Amendments proposed to the North Carolina Captive Insurance Act by the North Carolina Department of Insurance were met with unanimous support from the N.C. General Assembly and signed into law on June 19, 2015. Some of the amendments include: Clarifying …

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Dogs Assist Investigators in Sniffing out Georgia Arson Cases http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/06/23/372717.htm Tue, 23 Jun 2015 16:47:39 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=372717 Iggie is one of the most important tools in Columbus, Ga.’s fight against arson, and he’s only two years old. Iggie is a yellow lab trained to detect fire accelerants such as gasoline and other materials favored by arsonists. He’s …

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Willis Makes Leadership Appointments in Southeast http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2015/06/23/372709.htm Tue, 23 Jun 2015 16:38:29 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=372709 Willis North America, a unit of Willis Group Holdings plc, has made a series of senior appointments to its southeast business operations. Hiram Marrero has been appointed national partner of Willis’s South Region. He will be responsible for the firm’s …

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