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Shark with Twitter account detected off New Jersey coast

SMN Headlines - 23 min 16 sec ago

CAPE MAY, N.J. — A great white shark with its own Twitter account has been detected off the coast of southern New Jersey — and she’s not alone.

To many Americans, Memorial Day has lost its meaning

SMN Headlines - 1 hour 23 min ago

ANNVILLE, Pa. — Allison Jaslow heard it more than once as the long holiday weekend approached — a cheerful “Happy Memorial Day!” from oblivious well-wishers.

TRAFFIC ALERT: Lane closed on Bull River Bridge

SMN Headlines - 2 hours 7 min ago

According to the Chatham Emergency Management Agency, the eastbound lane on the Bull River Bridge (Hwy 80 going to Tybee) is closed down due to a vehicle crash.

Savannah attorney Paul Painter Jr. dies; recalled as humble gentleman, professional and mentor

SMN Headlines - 2 hours 23 min ago

Savannah attorney Paul W. Painter Jr. on Saturday was remembered as a gentleman, professional and mentor who won accolades from his fellow lawyers but remained humble throughout his more than 40-year career.

Manchester attack transforms Britain’s election campaign

SMN Headlines - 2 hours 23 min ago

LONDON — Until a week ago, two things were widely agreed about Britain’s upcoming general election: it was producing the dullest campaign in recent memory and the result was a foregone conclusion. It would be a coronation march for Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May.

UPDATE: Police say 8 dead in Mississippi shooting

SMN Headlines - 4 hours 33 min ago

BROOKHAVEN, Miss. — Authorities in Mississippi said Sunday that a suspect is in custody after eight people were killed in a shooting, including a sheriff’s deputy.

UK: Manchester attack investigation still at ‘full tilt’

SMN Headlines - 6 hours 23 min ago

LONDON — The hunt is still on for suspects in the Manchester bombing, and members of attacker Salman Abedi’s network may still be at large, Britain’s interior minister said Sunday.

Obituary List for Sunday, May 28, 2017

SMN Headlines - 7 hours 23 min ago

Today’s obituaries in the Savannah Morning News.

Long-awaited display of restored Memphis Belle set for 2018

SMN Headlines - 7 hours 58 min ago

DAYTON, Ohio — The fabled World War II bomber Memphis Belle will finally go on public display next spring at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force alongside John F. Kennedy’s presidential plane, an early Wright Brothers flyer and other national treasures.

Tributes pour in for ex-national security adviser Brzezinski

SMN Headlines - 8 hours 23 min ago

WASHINGTON — Well before he won the presidency in 1997, Jimmy Carter was impressed by the views of foreign policy expert Zbigniew Brzezinski. That Carter immediately liked the Polish-born academic advising his campaign was a plus.

LPNs AND CNAs

Savannah Now Hiring - 13 hours 23 min ago
BRYAN COUNTY HEALTH REHAB - LPNS & CNA's ( new pay scale for CNA's) Positions avail. for all shifts for 100-bed nursing home facility. Exp req, must be relia...

FRONT DESK RECEPTIONIST

Savannah Now Hiring - 13 hours 23 min ago
ELITE PHYSICAL THERAPY - FRONT DESK RECEPTIONIST Elite Physical Therapy has an immediate opening for the front desk. Experience in an active medical provider office is pre...

COMMUNITY CALENDAR

SMN Headlines - Sat, 05/27/2017 - 11:46pm

vaEmail your event at least two weeks in advance to calendar@savannahnow.com. You can also mail to Community Calendar, P.O. Box 1088, Savannah, GA 31402. Announcements are printed daily in the Accent section in chronological order as space allows. For information, call 912-652-0365. See a complete list of events online at savannahnow.com.

GALLERY LISTINGS

SMN Headlines - Sat, 05/27/2017 - 11:39pm

GALLERY LISTINGS

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

SMN Headlines - Sat, 05/27/2017 - 11:17pm

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Logistics summit puts Savannah in spotlight

SMN Headlines - Sat, 05/27/2017 - 10:56pm

David “Fish” Mihuta has been involved in logistics most of his life, long enough to remember when it was just known as transportation.

CITY TALK: Local jobs estimates suggest continued growth

City Talk - Sat, 05/27/2017 - 10:56pm

The latest estimates from the Georgia Department of Labor suggest that Savannah’s employment boom is continuing.

According to the data, the Savannah metropolitan statistical area (Chatham, Effingham and Bryan counties) had 179,700 payroll jobs in April. That’s 3,900 more jobs than in April 2016, a 2.2 percent increase.

The year-over-year increase was about twice the likely rate of population growth.

Let me add, as readers have recommended after previous columns about the area job market, that self-employed workers do not show up in the payroll job estimates. It’s also worth adding that some workers might have more than one payroll position.

So the numbers alone don’t give us a full picture of the significant contingent of freelancers and independent contractors, but the numbers do give us clear benchmarks for comparisons with previous months and years.

Not surprisingly, the leisure and hospitality sector added about one-third (1,200) of the new jobs over the past year. Many of those positions probably pay less than a living wage, but it’s also true that many service sector workers get good tips, live fulfilled lives and have opportunities for advancement.

I hope we’ll continue to see public concern about wages in tourism-related businesses, but we need to avoid sweeping generalizations.

The leisure and hospitality sector accounts for about 15.5 percent of payroll positions in the Savannah metro area, while leisure and hospitality accounts for about 10.8 percent of payroll jobs statewide. That’s a significant gap, but the numbers aren’t surprising given Savannah’s attractiveness as a destination.

The Georgia Department of Labor’s most recent estimates also suggest solid growth over the past year in government employment, in professional services and in education and health services.

According to the estimates, employment in several sectors stagnated or declined slightly over the past year, but that could be statistical noise. Trends should become clearer in future releases.

A decade ago, we were also seeing robust employment growth. The Savannah metro-area job market seemed robust in spring 2007 before stagnating and then deteriorating through the housing bust, financial crisis and deep recession.

In April 2007, the Savannah metro area had 162,200 payroll jobs. So, yes, we have been seeing rapid job growth in the past couple of years, but the current estimate of 179,700 represents an increase of less than 11 percent over the last decade.

In other words, we are close to where we might have been if the economy had maintained a slow, steady pace instead of jumping on a roller coaster.

Should we be bracing for the kind of steep economic decline that began in late 2007?

In 2007, the local housing bubble was continuing to inflate. Today’s real estate market might be a little overheated in some areas, but the inventory numbers are in line with long-term trends, and we have not been adding new housing units at an unsustainable pace as we were early in this century.

Historical patterns of economic expansions suggest that the United States will likely fall into recession within the next few years, but that eventual recession probably won’t crush dreams and bankrupt businesses like the last one did.

If I’m right in these predictions — and that’s a big “if” — then Savannah-area residents might have to adjust to an extended run of economic and population growth, with all of its attendant benefits and challenges.

What’s next for Savannah Serves?

On Thursday, Savannah City Council indefinitely tabled the proposed funding mechanism for the ambassadorial program Savannah Serves. The plan would have added a 25-cent fee to most sales tax-eligible transactions in the busiest portions of the Historic District.

As Eric Curl reported in this newspaper on Friday, the funding scheme was dropped after “opposition from businesses and questions about the legality of the proposal” following inquiries to the Georgia Attorney General’s office.

In 2014, after I began raising questions about the economic implications and even the legality of the proposed fee, I got a lot of blowback from Savannah Serves supporters who focused their arguments on the need for the program rather than on the substance of my arguments about funding.

Now that the deeply problematic and probably illegal fee is off the table, we can debate the merits of Savannah Serves and decide as a community how, or if, to fund it.

In last Tuesday’s column, I encouraged readers to attend upcoming public meetings about Savannah Serves, but those meetings have been canceled.

City Talk appears every Tuesday and Sunday. Bill Dawers can be reached via billdawers@comcast.net. Send mail to 10 E. 32nd St., Savannah, Ga. 31401.

By: Bill DawersSection: BiS
Topic: City Talk

City Talk: Local jobs estimates suggest continued growth

SMN Headlines - Sat, 05/27/2017 - 10:56pm

The latest estimates from the Georgia Department of Labor suggest that Savannah’s employment boom is continuing.

Historic Savannah honors work on Vic’s, Atlantic

SMN Headlines - Sat, 05/27/2017 - 10:55pm

Savannah architecture firm Felder &Associates recently received two Historic Savannah Foundation 2017 Preservation Awards for its rehabilitation work for two restaurants, the Atlantic and Vic’s on the River.

Effingham County High School Graduation

SMN Headlines - Sat, 05/27/2017 - 10:17pm

Effingham County High School Graduation