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2 Johnson City funeral homes fined by state board

Johnson City Press • Updated Oct 17, 2017 at 6:30 PM

Two Johnson City funeral homes were fined in September by the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance, according to a report released Tuesday.

The Disciplinary Action Report states Appalachian Funeral Home & Cremation Services failed to itemize the type of casket being provided on the statements of four decedents, failed to list the reason for the embalming for one decedent, and failed to state that the crematory fee charged was higher than the price paid by the funeral home for providing the service. The Board of Funeral Directors & Embalmers imposed a $500 civil penalty on Appalachian on Sept. 5.

Tribute Funeral and Cremation Services in Gray was assessed a $1,000 civil penalty on Sept. 18 for unlicensed activity, according to the report.

Also in the report was the Sept. 29 suspension of Johnson City resident Leigh Wiggins-Hatfield in the motor vehicle section. The report states that Wiggins-Hatfield failed to comply with Tennessee Code Annotated 56-1-109 (license of person in default on student loans), TCA 56-1-312 (default on student loans by members of regulated professions) or TCA 36-5-707 (effect of compliance by obligors who have been served notice).

The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance’s Division of Regulatory Boards released the report, which compiles the actions taken by its boards and commissions during the month of September. The division’s boards include the Motor Vehicle Commission, the Real Estate Commission, the Board of Funeral Directors & Embalmers and the Cosmetology & Barber Examiners Board, among others.

These boards, commissions and programs are empowered to take disciplinary action — including revocation of licenses and assessment of civil penalties — against license holders found guilty of violating laws governing their professions.

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