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Good Grief: Dollywood Sued by Copyright Owners of Charlie Brown Christmas Song

 - 10/15/2019
The copyright owners of the “Charlie Brown Christmas” theme song have sued Dollywood in federal court for copyright infringement. News outlets report the complaint says the East Tennessee theme park named for country star Dolly Parton has used the song …

University of Alabama Researchers to Study How People React to Severe Weather

 - 10/15/2019
A new research project getting under way around Tuscaloosa aims to document how people react to severe weather. The University of Alabama says research sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Severe Storms Laboratory is meant …

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. Acquires Florida-Based Direct To PolicyHolder (DTPH)

 - 10/15/2019
Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. has acquired Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida-based The Doyle Group, Inc. and its affiliates, collectively doing business as Direct To PolicyHolder (DTPH). Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Founded in 2010, DTPH is an e-commerce …

Insurance Office of America Adds Moser to Southwest Florida Team

 - 10/15/2019
Insurance Office of America (IOA) is has added Charity A. Moser to its growing team in Southwest Florida. She joins the new Bonita Springs branch location as a risk management consultant. Moser is a licensed Florida property and casualty and …

CRC Group Hires Watson to Open CRC Office in Charlotte, North Carolina

 - 10/14/2019
CRC Group has hired Greg Watson as Office President for a new CRC office opening in Charlotte, North Carolina. Watson comes to CRC with more than 10 years of industry experience, where he began his career as a personal lines …

North Carolina Confirms Second Death from Legionnaires’ Disease

 - 10/14/2019
North Carolina health officials have confirmed a second death from Legionnaires’ disease linked to a hot tub display at a fair. The Division of Public Health in the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services says that as of Wednesday, …

Alabama Hospitals Back Online 10 Days After Malware Attack

 - 10/14/2019
An Alabama hospital chain that quit accepting new patients after a malware attack crippled computer systems said it has resumed normal operations after paying a ransom demand. The DCH Health System said its hospitals in the west Alabama cities of …

70-Year-Old Pipe Break in South Carolina Causes 30M Gallon Water Spill

 - 10/14/2019
Much of one of South Carolina’s largest counties was left without water after a 70-year-old pipe broke, sending a torrent of water over a main highway and closing schools, businesses and county offices. A 20-inch (51-centimeter) iron pipe that carries …

Federal Officials Investigate 6th Church Fire in Tennessee

 - 10/11/2019
Federal authorities are investigating a fire that was intentionally set at a vacant church in Memphis, Tennessee. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives spokesman Michael Knight says the blaze at First Church of Christ is the sixth church fire …

Florida Panhandle Facing Uphill Battle in Recovery One Year after Michael

 - 10/11/2019
A year after Hurricane Michael, the Florida county hardest hit by the Category 5 storm is still in crisis: Thousands in Bay County are homeless, medical care and housing are at a premium, domestic violence has become a problem and …

Rivard Appointed Chair of Board of Governors for Florida’s Citizens Property Insurance

 - 10/11/2019
Florida Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis has appointed Bo Rivard as the chair of the Citizens Board of Governors, effective immediately. Rivard has served on the Citizens Property Insurance Corporation Board of Governors since April 29, 2019. He is …

Hurricane Michael: One Year Later, Federal Aid for Recovery Totals Nearly $2B

 - 10/10/2019
Since Hurricane Michael made landfall Oct. 10, 2018, federal assistance for recovery in the 18 affected counties is nearly $1.9 billion, including FEMA grants, National Flood Insurance Program payments and U.S. Small Business Administration loans, according to a statement from …

CRU GROUP Adds Lalaian to Executive Team in the Southeast

 - 10/10/2019
CRU Group has hired Tim Lalaian to the company as vice president of its Southeast Region. In this role, Lalaian is responsible for CRU Group’s operational service delivery and client relationships across this multi-state territory Lalaian’s background includes a mix …

Kentucky Launches ‘Buckle Up Phone Down’ Highway Safety Campaign

 - 10/10/2019
Highway safety officials in Kentucky have launched a campaign aimed at preventing traffic crashes by encouraging motorists to buckle up and put down their phones. The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety launched the “Buckle Up Phone Down” campaign Monday. It …

NTSB Report: Firm Tied to Collapsed Miami Bridge Wasn’t Qualified

 - 10/10/2019
Federal transportation officials say the firm charged with reviewing the design of a Miami university bridge that collapsed last year and killed six people was not properly qualified by the state. The National Transportation Safety Board released nearly 6,300 pages …