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Family of 4 Indicted for $550K Insurance Fraud Scheme in West Virginia

A man, his ex-wife and two sons are accused of burning down two West Virginia homes and pocketing over $550,000 in insurance claims. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports 66-year-old Windel Lester, his ex-wife, 41-year-old Georgetta Lester, and his sons, 40-year-old Gregory …

Florida Nursing Home to Congress: Patient Deaths After Hurricane Irma Not Staff’s Fault

A Florida nursing home under investigation for the deaths of 13 patients after Hurricane Irma says in a letter to Congress that staff members did everything possible but couldn’t overcome a lack of power to the central air conditioner. In …

Two Injured, Buildings Damaged by Tornadoes in Kentucky

The National Weather Service says two people were hurt in two moderate tornados in Kentucky. The weather service says both tornados touched down Saturday and were rated EF-1. The first happened shortly before 3:30 p.m. CST in Beaver Dam, Ohio …

Best Agencies to Work For Southeast: Jones Insurance Agency – Bronze

Employees of Jones Insurance Agency in Garner, N.C., understand they aren’t just selling an insurance policy, they are carrying on a mission put in place when the company was founded in 1956. Jerry Jones, the company’s current CEO and chairman, …

Florida Puts Workers’ Comp Carrier Guarantee Insurance In Receivership

Florida insurance regulators have placed workers’ compensation carrier Guarantee Insurance Co. in receivership due to inadequate reserves. According to documents from the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation (OIR), the company was materially under-reserved at year end 2016 and consented to …

North Carolina Rate Bureau Requests 18.7% Increase for Homeowners Insurance

The North Carolina Rate Bureau has filed notice with the N.C. Department of Insurance request a statewide average increase in homeowners insurance rates of 18.7 percent for 2018, according to Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey. The NC Rate Bureau represents the …

Best Agencies to Work For Southeast: Frank H. Furman – Silver

As a Florida-based agency, employees at Frank H. Furman understand the value of insurance and the important role they play as advisors. And they say the company’s team-focused and supportive environment motivates them to go above and beyond for their …

Best Agencies to Work For Southeast: LassiterWare – Gold

LassiterWare employee praise of the agency they say is the Best to Work for in the Southeast increased so much this year, the company was selected as Insurance Journal’s 2017 Best Agency to Work For Gold Award winner in the …

Family Claims Safety Hazard Killed 5-Year-Old at Atlanta Rotating Restaurant

The family of a 5-year-old boy killed when he became caught in a rotating Atlanta restaurant is suing the company, saying it failed to prevent a “longstanding safety hazard.” The lawsuit comes after Charlie Holt died in the Sun Dial, …

Fire Caused by Ventilation Fan Destroys Mississippi Factory

An electrical fire inside a ventilation fan is believed to have fed a Thursday fire that destroyed a northeast Mississippi factory. Alcorn County Deputy Fire Coordinator Jackie Farr tells The Daily Cornithian that Palmer-Handrail Custom Millwork employees tried to put …

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