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Florida Insurer American Integrity Appoints Dowd as EVP

 - 08/21/2019
American Integrity has appointed industry veteran Dick Dowd as executive vice president. Dowd will report to Bob Ritchie, president and CEO, and be responsible for all sales and marketing staff and initiatives. He will spearhead initiatives that further augment the …

South Carolina Joins Growing List of States to Sue Opioid Distributors

 - 08/21/2019
The South Carolina Attorney General’s office has filed a lawsuit against major opioid distribution companies, claiming the businesses are partially responsible for the opioid crisis. News outlets report Attorney General Alan Wilson filed the lawsuit last week against Cardinal, McKesson …

Georgia-Based Colonial Pipeline Sues Contractor Over Alabama Spill

 - 08/21/2019
Georgia-based Colonial Pipeline Co. has sued an Alabama contractor over a spill that threatened gasoline supplies along the East Coast three years ago. The pipeline operator contends faulty work by the Birmingham-based Ceco Pipeline Services caused a crack that spilled …

Florida’s BKS-Partners Appoints Thompson to Managing Advisor

 - 08/20/2019
Baldwin Krystyn Sherman Partners (BKS-Partners), an insurance brokerage and risk management firm headquartered in Tampa, Fla., has appointed Rich Thompson to managing advisor. Thompson joined BKS-Partners in 2015 as an Employee Benefits advisor. He is focused on partnering with clients …

Alabama Woman Sentenced for Embezzling More Than $600K from Fire Departments

 - 08/20/2019
A federal judge has sentenced an Opelika, Alabama, woman to prison for embezzling more than $600,000 from volunteer fire departments in Alabama. U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town said Wednesday that a judge sentenced 63-year-old Andrea Payne to 42 months for …

The Hilb Group Acquires Tennessee’s Mackie Financial Group

 - 08/20/2019
The Hilb Group LLC (THG) has acquired Tennessee-based Mackie Financial Group LLC (MFG). The transaction became effective August 1, 2019. MFG is a full-service agency primarily providing insurance for employee benefits, Medicare Supplemental/Advantage, individual life and annuities. As part of …

The MEMIC Group Appoints Wilson as Senior Production Underwriter in Georgia

 - 08/20/2019
Workers’ compensation specialist The MEMIC Group has appointed Kim Wilson to the role of senior production underwriter to support continued growth in the Georgia market. Wilson has more than 15 years of experience in the insurance industry working for carriers …

Alabama High School Closed After Students Sickened

 - 08/19/2019
Eight students from a south Alabama high school are suffering elevated levels of carbon monoxide, and officials are trying to determine why. News outlets report that New Brockton High School canceled classes Friday after the students became ill on Thursday. …

At Least 17 Injured in Kentucky Crash Between Truck and Greyhound Bus

 - 08/19/2019
A fire department in Kentucky says a collision between a commercial truck and a Greyhound bus has left at least 17 people injured. WKYT-TV reports Greyhound bus 1104 traveling from Atlanta to Cincinnati when it crashed Thursday afternoon around 4:30 …

North Carolina Caretaker Gets Prison for Embezzling $330K

 - 08/19/2019
A North Carolina woman has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for embezzling more than $330,000 from a man in her care. News outlets report 52-year-old Teresa Denise Schneider also was sentenced Thursday to five years’ supervised release and …

Fort Lauderdale Paid for Neglect After Leaving Water System Vulnerable

 - 08/19/2019
Eight years after shrinking its staff, Fort Lauderdale still doesn’t have the workers it needs to be sure a water line failure doesn’t leave the city dry the way it did last month. A contractor’s mistake July 18 ruptured a …

Hundreds of North Carolina Transportation Workers to be Laid Off

 - 08/16/2019
North Carolina’s Transportation Department says it’ll lay off hundreds of workers to help cover the ballooning cost of storm damage repairs and legal expenses. News outlets report that layoffs will include contractual and temporary laborers such as those who patch …

Brightway Insurance to Open Four Stores in Florida, South Carolina, Colorado

 - 08/16/2019
Brightway Insurance will open four new stores in Florida, South Carolina and Colorado on Monday, August 19. Alex McGregor opened Brightway, The McGregor Agency in Deerfield Beach, Fla., Lisa Jewell opened Brightway, The Lisa Jewell Agency in St. Petersburg, Fla., …

Two Florida Independent Agencies Join Renaissance Alliance Insurance Services

 - 08/16/2019
Renaissance Alliance Insurance Services, a membership alliance for independent insurance agencies, has announced that two Miami, Fla.-based independent insurance agencies have recently joined the Alliance. Gil & Associates Insurance Consultants Inc., a family-owned and operated independent agency established in 2004, …

Olive Branch Residents Still Recovering Two Months After Flood

 - 08/16/2019
Frances Ivonne Brensdal woke up June 7 to find her Olive Branch home flooded after a night of record rainfall, which left her family and others displaced. She didn’t even know it was raining. “My neighbor called me at 2:30 …