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Sat, 07/22/2017 - 11:53pm

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J.T. Turner bankruptcy discharged, but criminal charges still possible

Sat, 07/22/2017 - 10:47pm

More than two years after he filed for bankruptcy protection, longtime Savannah construction company owner James T. “Jim” Turner has been granted a discharge of his debts by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Georgia.

Jim Turner, right, is the founder and president of JT Turner Construction Company while his son Tripp is the Chief Operating Officer. Tripp Turner is not included in the bankruptcy filings. (Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News)

City Talk: Rise Biscuits Donuts brightens mornings on Broughton

Sat, 07/22/2017 - 7:53pm

The first location of Rise Biscuits Donuts opened in Durham, N.C., in 2012, and the regional chain now has 14 locations and two more set to open soon.

Ga. Tech-Savannah graduates its first Coding Boot Camp

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 8:36pm

The internet is the best, and sometimes only, link to fundamental information and networks, but code is the power to unlock it all.

The inaugural class of Georgia-Tech Savannah’s Coding Boot Camp. The six-month program teaches the fundamentals of coding and web development, while offering one-on-one time to students. (Photo courtesy of Back River Photography/Wayne C. Moore)

Owens: Local tourism education programs could keep talent here

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 8:34pm

The Tourism Leadership Council supports the pursuit of education with annual scholarships to those who are studying hospitality and tourism.

Portside: Ships get bigger, but moves become number to track

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 11:33pm

The Port of Savannah is handling much bigger ships these days, some with capacities of 13,000 TEUs or more. But the size of these vessels is only part of the story. Container exchanges — the number of boxes moved on and off a vessel — are experiencing exponential growth, even on what is now considered “mid-sized” vessels in the 8,000- and 9,000-TEU range.

The NYK Czech, a 9,000-TEU ship, called on Savannah Wednesday, delivering and taking on more than 5,200 containers, or roughly 9,300 TEUs. (Each TEU is the equivalent of a 20-foot container, so a 40-foot container would be two TEUs.) That means the Czech delivered roughly half its cargo to Savannah and took on the same amount. (Photo courtesy GPA)

Savannah tourism leaders talk crime, hospitality at annual luncheon

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 10:49pm

The Savannah hospitality industry employs more than 27,000 people who work year round to serve millions of visitors and residents. On Thursday, some of those industry leaders had the chance to voice their comments and concerns on a wide range of topics, including hotel development, health of the industry, parking and crime, during the Tourism Leadership Council’s annual State of Tourism Conversation luncheon.

Michael Owens, president/CEO of the Tourism Leadership Council

Veterans to get tax-free online shopping

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 8:45pm

By JOSH FUNK

In this May 24, 2017, photo, members of the military and civilians with shopping privileges walk among stores at the Exchange, at Offutt Air Force Base, Neb. Starting in fall 2017, all honorably discharged veterans will be eligible to shop tax-free online at the Exchange with the same discounts they enjoyed at stores on base while they were in the military. It’s the latest way in which the Army & Air Force Exchange Service is trying to keep its customers as the armed forces shrink and airmen and soldiers buy more for delivery. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Sears cuts a deal to sell appliances on Amazon that sync with Alexa

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 8:43pm

Associated Press

FILE - In this May 17, 2017 file photo, an Amazon Alexa device is switched on for a demonstration of its use in a ballpark suite before a Seattle Mariners baseball game in Seattle. Struggling retailer Sears is looking to get a hand from Amazon, announcing that it will start offering its Kenmore products on the online powerhouse’s website. Sears, which runs Kmart and its namesake stores, said that Kenmore Smart appliances will also be fully integrated with Amazon’s Alexa. This will allow consumers to control products, like Kenmore Smart air conditioners, by making a request to Alexa. Shares of Sears Holdings, based in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, surged more than 8 percent in Thursday, July 20, premarket trading. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Some factors in deciding when you should, and shouldn’t, tap your Roth IRA early

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 9:06pm

By ARIELLE O’SHEA

FILE - In this Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, file photo, a couple walks down the Bacon Gallery at the Erie Art Museum, in Erie, Pa. Most retirement accounts are for one purpose: The money goes in and stays in until retirement. Understandably, that lengthy lockdown doesn’t always sit well with younger investors. The Roth IRA has extra flexibility: Contributions are made with after-tax dollars, so the IRS lets you take them out at any time without additional taxes or penalties. (Jarid A. Barringer/Erie Times-News via AP, File)

Amazon isn’t really dominant, it just feels that way right now

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 9:05pm

By ANICK JESDANUN

In this Tuesday, July 11, 2017, photo, pedestrians walk past a Whole Foods Market, just down the street from the headquarters of Amazon, in Seattle. Amazon, already a powerhouse in books, shoes, streaming video, electronics and just about everything else, will bind its customers even more closely once it completes its $13.7 billion bid for the organic grocer Whole Foods. Although antitrust lawyers believe the deal will get approved, many customers and experts alike worry about two big companies combining into a bigger one. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Financial ignorance can take toll at work, home

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 8:47pm

It’s July, and for many business owners, mid-year is an opportune time for a financial reset to keep the year’s goal in focus to alleviate headaches later. It’s the same for individuals, and growing financial stresses may create workplace and productivity problems for them and their employer.

EXECUTIVE PROFILE: Libby Miller and Gay Fortson

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 8:45pm

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Libby Miller, left, and Gay Fortson, owners of the Friendship Coffee Company. (Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News)

Williams: Make sure to use power of LinkedIn

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 8:44pm

LinkedIn is unique among the elite pillars of today’s social media landscape.

Dingus: Simple tips make your website successful

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 8:43pm

Whenever I talk to someone about his or her business website, the conversation inevitably goes to Search Engine Optimization. Business owners receive countless emails from individuals claiming they cannot find their websites. What follows is usually a list of services, including a guarantee for first page Google rankings. This sets up an unrealistic expectation of how internet search and SEO works.

Jeffers: New SBA 504, rates lure commercial borrowers

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 8:43pm

After the sour economy of the last nine years, small businesses are finally starting to find some sweet deals in the lending market.