Articles by: Gary Thompson

A LOOK AT ALTERNATIVE REFRIGERANTS TO R-134A

A LOOK AT ALTERNATIVE REFRIGERANTS TO R-134A

on May 22, 2018, 10:49 AM / in National News

By: Tracy Martin There are big changes underway with more coming to air conditioning for automobiles and light trucks made in or imported to the United States. New EPA regulations will require new vehicles offered for sale starting in the 2021 MY to use a refrigerant other than R134a. OEMs have also been incentivized to use these alternatives before the phase-out […]

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Help Needed

on May 16, 2018, 7:17 AM / in Announcements

Help Needed   This family’s 5-bedroom house burned last week in Milan and they lost everything, including 3 family pets. They do not have insurance. They are pretty much in need of everything. Their children’s teachers have helped provide school uniforms to finish out the school year. Below are sizes for each family member. If you have things in these […]

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Shoot Pass Drive: Girls Youth Basketball Camp

on May 4, 2018, 7:01 AM / in Local News
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WILL JUSTICES GIVE BRICK AND MORTAR RETAILERS A LEVEL PLAYING FIELD?

on April 6, 2018, 6:50 AM / in Opinion

By Aaron Lowe  |   Search Auto Parts.com It is doubtful anyone could have foreseen the growth in e-commerce that has occurred since 1992 when access to the Internet was still pretty limited. Certainly not the Supreme Court Justices who ruled that year on a case, Quill Corporation vs. North Dakota, that is currently having a major impact on the auto […]

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State Farm Closes Offices, Hundreds Face Layoffs

on March 13, 2018, 8:41 AM / in National News

State Farm will close offices in multiple states, according to The News Tribune and The Chicago Tribune. The insurer’s Tacoma operation—call centers that handle claims—is split between offices at the Frank Russell Building, 909 A. St., and at the Columbia Bank Center at 1301 A. St. About 1,400 people in total work at the two sites. Of those, 600 jobs will be relocated […]

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West Virginia Bill Would Require New OEM Crash Parts on Newer Vehicles

West Virginia Bill Would Require New OEM Crash Parts on Newer Vehicles

on February 17, 2018, 6:44 AM / in State News

Josh Cable, SENIOR EDITOR  |    Body Shop Business The West Virginia Senate is considering a bill that would forbid body shops and insurance carriers from specifying aftermarket crash parts and recycled OEM parts for three-year-old and newer vehicles. Currently, the Automotive Crash Parts Act, under Chapter 46A of the West Virginia Consumer Credit and Protection Act, requires body shops to use […]

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Did State Farm Buy a Judge? Racketeering Lawsuit Heading to Trial After Federal Court Refuses to Dismiss Case

Did State Farm Buy a Judge? Racketeering Lawsuit Heading to Trial After Federal Court Refuses to Dismiss Case

on February 14, 2018, 6:34 AM / in National News

By Josh Cable, SENIOR EDITOR  |   Body Shop Business A federal judge has denied State Farm’s motion to toss a class-action lawsuit claiming that the insurance carrier secretly bankrolled the 2004 election campaign of Illinois Supreme Court Justice Lloyd Karmeier in hopes that he would overturn the $1.05 billion Avery vs. State Farm judgment. Nine months after Karmeier was elected, he cast the […]

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Indiana Senate Unanimously Passes Anti-Steering Bill, Minus Several Insurer Restrictions

Indiana Senate Unanimously Passes Anti-Steering Bill, Minus Several Insurer Restrictions

on February 4, 2018, 6:55 AM / in State News

By Josh Cable, SENIOR EDITOR  |   Body Shop Business The Indiana Senate unanimously approved a bill that would prohibit insurer steering and would place other restrictions on insurance carriers and body shops. In a 49-0 vote, the Senate passed a watered-down version of the bill, omitting several paragraphs pertaining to insurance carriers. Doug Martin, president of the Indiana Auto Body Association, asserted […]

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HARWELL REPORTS MORE THAN $5 MILLION IN CASH-ON- HAND AND SHOWS STATEWIDE SUPPORT IN FUNDRAISING

on February 1, 2018, 7:39 AM / in State News

In a press release from Rachel Barrett  rachel@rachelbarrettco.com In her first gubernatorial finance report, Speaker of the House Beth Harwell will show more than $5 million cash-on- hand, with more than 1,000 individual Tennesseans contributing to her bid for governor since July, the campaign announced today. “I am grateful to all of the Tennesseans across the state who have contributed to my […]

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SUPREME COURT TO HEAR CASE SEEKING TO OVERTURN PROHIBITION ON SALES TAX COLLECTION FOR ONLINE PURCHASES

SUPREME COURT TO HEAR CASE SEEKING TO OVERTURN PROHIBITION ON SALES TAX COLLECTION FOR ONLINE PURCHASES

on January 27, 2018, 9:15 AM / in National News

And Theft Becomes More Organised In an important development, the United States Supreme Court today decided to hear a case brought by the state of South Dakota seeking to overturn the 1992 Quill v. North Dakota decision that has prevented states from collecting sales tax on purchases made over the Internet. The petition, filed by the attorney general for South Dakota, had […]

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Farmers to Trump: No NAFTA, No Re-Election

on January 27, 2018, 6:43 AM / in National News, Opinion

As expected, trade was a hot topic during AgriTalk’s “Farmer Forum” hosted by Chip Flory and recorded live Wednesday at the 2018 Top Producer Seminar. When it comes to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), farmers on the show warned President Trump that if he pulls out of the trade deal, he might not see re-election. On Tuesday, President […]

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A short history lesson…..

A short history lesson…..

on January 22, 2018, 6:00 AM / in History, National News

A short history lesson: In 732 AD the Muslim Army which was moving on Paris was defeated and turned back at Tours, France, by Charles Martell. …in 1571 AD the Muslim Army/ Navy was defeated by the Italians and Austrians as they tried to cross the Mediterranean to attack southern Europe in the Battle of Lepanto. …in 1683 AD the […]

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Trump Signs Rural Broadband Executive Orders at FB Convention

Trump Signs Rural Broadband Executive Orders at FB Convention

on January 10, 2018, 6:46 AM / in National News, State News

Bad News for small business… good news for AT&T and other muni’s. By John Herath   |   AG Web President Donald Trump played through the greatest hits of his first year in office before a receptive audience at the 99th Annual American Farm Bureau Federation Convention in Nashville: tax reform including the estate tax, regulatory reform including the Waters of the U.S. rule. […]

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DELPHI TECHNOLOGIES COMPLETES SPINOFF INTO POWERTRAIN, AFTERMARKET FOCUSED STAND-ALONE COMPANY

DELPHI TECHNOLOGIES COMPLETES SPINOFF INTO POWERTRAIN, AFTERMARKET FOCUSED STAND-ALONE COMPANY

on December 12, 2017, 7:28 AM / in International News, National News

By  Aftermarket Business World Wire Reports Today, Delphi Technologies became a $4.5-billion independent company trading on the New York Stock Exchange. The new company, a spinoff from Delphi Automotive, builds upon the strength of its heritage of providing advanced vehicle propulsion solutions through combustion systems, electrification products and software and controls for global automotive, commercial vehicle and aftermarket customers. “We are […]

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Introducing the Problem Resolution Office

Introducing the Problem Resolution Office

on November 28, 2017, 9:32 AM / in State News

Got a Beef with Tennessee Department of Revenue, here is where to go New Office Offers Additional Assistance to Taxpayers Who Haven’t Resolved Issues through Department’s Traditional Processes The Department of Revenue has recently launched the Problem Resolution Office to provide support to Tennessee taxpayers who have not been able to resolve their tax issues through the Department’s normal problem resolution channels. […]

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A Little Truck Race History; Talladega 2006

A Little Truck Race History; Talladega 2006

on October 8, 2017, 6:02 AM / in History, NASCAR

The 2006 UAW-Ford 500 was an American stock car racing competition. Held on October 8 at Talladega Superspeedway, the 188-lap race was the 30th in the 2006 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series and the fourth in the ten-race, season-ending Chase for the Nextel Cup. Brian Vickers (pictured) of Hendrick Motorsports won the first race of his career; Kasey Kahnefinished second, and […]

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John Eagle Collision Center Must Pay $31.5 Million in Damages to Dallas Couple for Negligent Repair

John Eagle Collision Center Must Pay $31.5 Million in Damages to Dallas Couple for Negligent Repair

on October 6, 2017, 8:32 AM / in National News, State News

In 2013, Matthew Seebachan of Dallas suffered fourth-degree burns when he and his wife, Marcia, were involved in a horrific car accident. Ever since then, Matthew Seebachan has been living in so much pain that burn doctors compare it to the feeling of giving birth – every second of the day. “When you get fourth-degree burns, it totally destroys your […]

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AMAZON CAUSES ANGST IN THE AFTERMARKET PARTS INDUSTRY

AMAZON CAUSES ANGST IN THE AFTERMARKET PARTS INDUSTRY

on September 16, 2017, 7:40 AM / in National News, Opinion

By Bill Wade CNBC recently noted the 20th anniversary of Amazon going public. Had we invested $10,000 in the company’s initial public offering, we would enjoy a holding worth more than $5 million today. On this anniversary, Amazon has twice the market cap of Walmart and represents more than 1 percent of retail sales in the U.S. It is just finding […]

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WHAT TO CONSIDER WHEN USING PHOTOS FOR PROCESSING CLAIMS

WHAT TO CONSIDER WHEN USING PHOTOS FOR PROCESSING CLAIMS

on September 13, 2017, 7:02 AM / in National News

After a vehicle has been involved in a collision, there may be hidden damage to the vehicle’s electronic systems. Although the vehicle is drivable and appears to be operating normally, without diagnostic testing, it is impossible to tell if everything is working properly behind the scenes. The technology controlling the safety systems on today’s vehicles is complex and sophisticated. Even […]

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

on August 13, 2017, 6:00 AM / in History

 “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” Gary Thompson

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