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Safavieh’s $60 million Savannah expansion to create 200 new jobs

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 10:58am

Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that Safavieh, a manufacturer and distributor of international home furnishings, will create 200 jobs and invest more than $60 million in a new Chatham County distribution facility.

Commissioners of Agriculture, Labor tour Savannah’s CCDS

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 10:00pm

Savannah’s Coastal Center for Developmental Services had an opportunity Tuesday to show off its award-winning employment programs for citizens with disabilities to two of the state’s top job providers.

HOS Management breaks ground on Pooler retail center

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 9:38pm

A few shovels full of dirt made history for HOS Management on Tuesday as they broke ground for the company’s first retail development, the Commons in The Village at Savannah Quarters.

HOS Management team members along with City of Pooler and Savannah Quarters officials break ground on HOS’s first retail development, the Commons in the Village at Savannah Quarters, on Tuesday. (Katie Nussbaum/Savannah Morning News)

Rhetoric over: 3-nation efforts to revise NAFTA begin

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 9:37pm

By Paul Wiseman

FILE - In this July 31, 2017, file photo, U.S. President Donald Trump speaks in the Oval Office in Washington. Of all the trade deals he lambasted on the campaign trail as threats to American workers, Trump reserved particular scorn for one: The North American Free Trade Agreement. Five days of talks aimed at overhauling NAFTA begin Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, in Washington, with negotiations to follow in Mexico and Canada. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Savannah, Pooler Applebee’s franchises off the chopping block

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 1:41pm

Earlier this month, the company that owns Applebee’s announced it would be shuttering more than 100 of the restaurants this year. They blamed declining profits, and millenials not wanting to eat there.

Savannah native Suzanne Shank honored at BET Black Girls Rock! awards

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 9:36pm

Growing up in Savannah, Suzanne Shank was your typical overachiever — a cheerleader and homecoming queen, editor of the school newspaper and valedictorian of the Sol C. Johnson High School Class of 1979.

Suzanne Shank accepts the 2017 Shot Caller award during Black Girls Rock! the annual BET television network celebration of top African-American women in the fields of entertainment, finance, politics and more. The awards show, held Aug. 5, will be broadcast Aug. 22. (Getty Images 2017 by Dia Dipasupil for BET)

Lots of questions still hang over Trump’s tax plan

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 9:34pm

By Josh Boak

FILE - In this Wednesday, May 3, 2017, file photo, U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during an event in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. Trump wants to close a frustrating 2017 with the first overhaul of the tax code in more than three decades. Yet after seven months of work, Trump’s plan remains little more than a rough sketch. Despite the haziness of the blueprint, administration officials have held to their pledges that lowering tax rates would spur the creation of millions of jobs and faster economic growth. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

City Talk: Council to vote again on controversial Bolton Street project

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 9:24pm

On the day after the most recent Savannah City Council meeting, Alderman Tony Thomas announced on his official Facebook page that he planned to call a “vote for reconsideration” of the approval of a 114-unit apartment complex on East Bolton Street between Drayton and Abercorn streets.

Savannah couple find career in elopement

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 9:21pm

Husband and wife team Bryan and Phyllis Fulton discovered the idea for their business, Savannah Simple Elopement, four years ago when they got married in Savannah and found people aren’t allowed to be married in the courthouse.

A Savannah Simple Elopement wedding. (Photo courtesy Bryan Fulton)

Robertson: Make sure your business media-ready

Sat, 08/12/2017 - 9:01pm

Whether large or small, every business has an announcement that needs media coverage. Rather than waiting until the last minute, you should have a few key elements in place so you are more prepared when it is time to share the news.

Shoppers have many high-end card options, but for how long?

Sat, 08/12/2017 - 8:24pm

By Ken Sweet

FILE - This file photo provided by JPMorgan Chase shows a likeness of the Chase Sapphire Reserve Card. Shoppers who want a lot of high-end rewards on their credit cards currently have plenty of options. Ever since JPMorgan Chase launched its $450-a-year Sapphire Reserve Card in 2016, there’s been a proliferation of cards joining it and the American Express Platinum Card in offering big perks for a big annual fee. But whether enough people are willing to hold many of these cards may determine how sustainable the expansion is. (JPMorgan Chase via AP, File)

Study says Trump moves trigger health premium jumps for 2018

Sat, 08/12/2017 - 8:22pm

By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar

FILE - In this July 24, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump, accompanied by Vice President Mike Pence, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, and others, speaks about healthcare, in the Blue Room of the White House in Washington. A study by a nonpartisan group says the Trump administration’s own actions are triggering double-digit premium increases on individual health insurance policies purchased by millions of consumers. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

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Sat, 08/12/2017 - 8:12pm

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Savannah’s Rousakis Riverfront Plaza celebrates 40 years

Sat, 08/12/2017 - 7:24pm

For many visitors and residents alike, it’s hard to image River Street without Rousakis Riverfront Plaza.

Robert Seay/Savannah Morning News Savannah River Street in May 1976.

City Talk: Should more 20th century Savannah buildings be considered historic?

Sat, 08/12/2017 - 6:25pm

In Tuesday’s column, I argued that the planned apartment building next to Forsyth Park along East Bolton Street would be too massive for the neighborhood context.

LongHorn restaurant donates to Savannah shelter

Fri, 08/11/2017 - 8:56pm

For many people, a wholesome, hot meal is something that isn’t always guaranteed, but Savannah’s LongHorn Steakhouse and its parent company Darden Restaurants are helping to change that with their Harvest program.

LongHorn Steakhouse culinary manager Kenneth Johnson, center, helps Inner City Night Shelter volunteers load their weekly food donation Wednesday. The restaurant has donated 72,900 pounds of food to nonprofits in the area since 2003. (Katie Nussbaum/Savannah Morning News)

For electric cars to take off, they’ll need place to charge

Fri, 08/11/2017 - 8:16pm

By Dee-Ann Durbin

In this photo provided by Nils Henningstad, Henningstad poses next to his Tesla Model X while charging the electric car at a public charging station, Thursday, July 13, 2017, in Lillestrom, just outside Oslo, Norway. Electric cars are seeing growing support around the world. France and the United Kingdom want to ban sales of gas and diesel cars by 2040. But there’s a problem: There aren’t enough places to plug those cars in. (Lene Marie Brynildsen/Courtesy of Nils Henningstad via AP)

Papy: How do you pave a new path? Help light the way

Fri, 08/11/2017 - 7:40pm

“People, actual persons like you and me, are viable when they can stand on their own feet,” says E. F. Schumacher, author of Small is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered. This book, despite being published in 1973 when the world looked very different, still sits on my desk as a consistent problem solving reference and a reminder to figure out ways to create accessibility to viability.