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Rickett Joins Worldwide Facilities as VP – Chicago/Atlanta Transportation Team

 - 12/09/2019
National wholesale insurance broker, managing general agent and program underwriter, Worldwide Facilities, has added Nicole Rickett to the Chicago/Atlanta Transportation Team as a vice president. Rickett has been in the insurance business for nearly 20 years and brings transportation expertise …

11M Pounds of Peanuts Lost in Georgia Peanut Warehouse Fire

 - 12/09/2019
Firefighters battled hot spots at a south Georgia peanut warehouse on Thursday, more than a day after the blaze began. Coffee County Fire Chief Steve Carver told The Associated Press that firefighters arrived at the warehouse in Douglas to find …

Scientists Forecast Faster Rising Seas in South Florida

 - 12/09/2019
New scientific projections released Wednesday predict that ocean levels will rise even faster than previously forecast over the next four decades in low-lying southeastern Florida, which is already prone to frequent flooding even on sunny days. Compared with estimates made …

Former Georgia Mayor Pleads Guilty to 30 Counts of Insurance Fraud

 - 12/06/2019
A former Georgia mayor pleaded guilty Tuesday to 30 counts of insurance fraud after stealing over $11,000 from victims who believed they were paying for insurance policies. Former Franklin Mayor Brad Yates, in a negotiated plea deal, was sentenced to …

Woman Sues North Carolina Nursing School for Harassment in ‘Time’s Up’ Case

 - 12/06/2019
A woman who says she was kicked out of a North Carolina nursing school a month before graduation in retaliation for accusing a supervisor of sexual harassment is suing in a case supported by the Time’s Up movement legal fund. …

Worldwide Facilities Acquires Risk Management Advisory Group of Florida

 - 12/06/2019
Worldwide Facilities, LLC, a national wholesale insurance brokerage, managing general agency and program manager, has acquired Risk Management Advisory Group (RMAG), a managing wholesale broker based in Miami Lakes, Fla., that provides specialty personal and commercial line products to retail …

Atlanta-Based Builders Insurance Group Names Smith SVP, CFO, Treasurer

 - 12/06/2019
Builders Insurance Group has appointed Ellen G. Smith to the role of senior vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer. The company is headquartered in Atlanta. Smith was serving as director of Financial Planning and Analysis with Builders and in …

Companies Face Class Action Suit Over Sugar Field Burns Plaguing Poor Florida Towns

 - 12/05/2019
For residents of the Glades, a string of poor, predominantly African American rural towns dotting the southern shore of Florida’s Lake Okeechobee, the beginning of the annual sugar cane harvest in October means the arrival of “black snow.” “You’d hate …

Mississippi Real Estate Firm Sued by 9 HOAs Over Missing Funds

 - 12/05/2019
A ninth homeowner’s association is suing a Mississippi real estate company over missing funds. The Clarion Ledger reports the lawsuits filed against Ridgway Lane & Associates allege the company stole more than $1.6 million from Jackson-area HOA bank accounts. The …

Sitte Appointed Government Affairs Director for Florida Office of Insurance Regulation

 - 12/05/2019
Florida Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier has appointed Allison Hess Sitte as Government Affairs director for the Office of Insurance Regulation (OIR), effective Monday, Dec. 2, 2019. Sitte most recently served as the director of Legislative and Cabinet Affairs at the …

EPIC Completes Acquisition of Atlanta-Based Prime Risk Partners

 - 12/05/2019
EPIC Insurance Brokers & Consultants and Prime Risk Partners Inc. have officially joined forces. The transaction previously announced on October 15 has closed. Prime Risk Partners will bring insurance professionals dedicated to providing tailored coverage to help their clients manage …

New Higher-Speed Florida Train has Highest U.S. Death Rate

 - 12/04/2019
After Richard Branson announced his Virgin Group would partner with Brightline, Florida’s new higher-speed passenger rail service, a train whisked the British billionaire, VIPs and journalists from Miami to West Palm Beach in just over an hour and then back, …

Florida-Based JAG Insurance Group Hires Portes as Chief Insurance Officer

 - 12/04/2019
JAG Insurance Group – a South Florida-based commercial insurance agency with offices in Coral Gables, Delray Beach and Charlotte, N.C. – has added Leo Portes to the firm as chief insurance officer. Portes joins JAG with experience in claims, litigation …

FedNat Completes Acquisition of 1347 Property Insurance Homeowners Operations

 - 12/04/2019
FedNat Holding Company (FNHC), an insurance holding company, has completed its acquisition of the homeowners insurance operations of 1347 Property Insurance Holdings, Inc. (PIH), consisting of Maison Insurance Co., Maison Managers, Inc., and ClaimCor LLC (collectively, Maison), in a cash …

Georgia Agent Indicted on 23 Counts, Accused of Stealing $1.3M from Customers

 - 12/04/2019
A Georgia man was indicted last month on 23 counts, including insurance fraud and trafficking an elder person by financial exploitation, after an investigation earlier this year by the Georgia Department of Insurance Fraud Unit led to his arrest. According …