Tennessee News

Truck Driver: Distraction a Factor in Fatal Oklahoma Crash

The driver of a tractor-trailer that crashed into a bus and killed four college students on Interstate 35 in southern Oklahoma told investigators he was distracted. Russell Staley, 53, of Saginaw, Texas, was traveling northbound on Sept. 26 before crossing …

California-Based Palomar Specialty Insurance Expands Into More States

La Jolla, Calif.-based Palomar Specialty Insurance Co., established in February 2014 as a specialty catastrophe insurer, announced it is now licensed to write residential and commercial insurance in 14 states. Palomar Specialty initially focused on writing residential earthquake insurance, commercial …

IRC: Uninsured Motorists a Perplexing, Pervasive Concern

A new report shows there hasn’t been much ground gained in the battle to reduce the number of uninsured motorists on the road, and there’s nowhere experts can point their fingers as an explanation of the pervasive problem. From a …

Trucking Company Owner Pleads Guilty in Missouri to Cargo Theft Scheme

A Memphis, Tenn., business owner pleaded guilty in federal court to his role in a cargo theft scheme that included a theft in West Plains, Mo. Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that Earl …

Horner Insurance Services and South & Western Join Forces

Dallas, Texas-based South & Western General Agency Inc. has merged with Horner Insurance Services Inc. of Memphis, Tenn. As an MGA specializing in commercial transportation, Horner Insurance Services brings additional markets and expertise to the existing commercial transportation facilities at …

Tennessee Conference Focuses on Workers’ Compensation Changes

Changes to the state’s workers’ compensation system is the focus of the Tennessee Workers’ Compensation Educational Conference this week. The three-day conference began on Wednesday at the Nashville Airport Marriot. The conference includes specific sessions on getting ahead of the …

FirstComp Launches BOP Policy in Nebraska, Tennessee, More States to Come

FirstComp, a division of Markel Service, Inc., has launched a new small business owner policy, FirstComp EssentialBOP, for FirstComp-appointed independent agents writing business in Nebraska and Tennessee. Availability in additional states is forthcoming. FirstComp EssentialBOP provides coverage for typical risks …

Tennessee Regulator Urges Caution With Home Medical Oxygen

The presence of portable, medical oxygen in the home has grown over the past decade — and so has the need for education about the fire hazards associated with its use, according to Tennessee’s insurance commissioner. Medical oxygen adds a …

Tennessee Regulators Say Insurers Weighing Shift in Roofing Policies

Tennessee regulators observed that in recent months, some property/casualty insurers in the state have filed to expand or shift their roofing policy terms to include actual cash value policies. As a result, Tennessee’s Department of Commerce and Insurance is reaching …

Tenn. Promotes Identity Theft Awareness, Plans ‘Free Shredding Event’

Tennessee’s Department of Commerce and Insurance and the Davidson County Sheriff’s office are teaming up to promote identity theft awareness. The two agencies will host a free shredding event from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at Lot …