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Katie Nussbaum

MLK block to get new life for local business

Home to several businesses since the early 1900s, including a nickel and dime store owned by the Tenenbaum family and most recently, Thrifty Supply Center, the 300 block of Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. is getting a facelift and a new life.

America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia opens new volunteer center

America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia provided more than 12 million pounds of food to those in need last year, and that number is set to rise thanks to a new volunteer center.

Trip Tollison, center, past board president of America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia, speaks to the crowd before cutting the ribbon at the organization’s new volunteer center on Thursday. (Katie Nussbaum/Savannah Morning News)

Review board OKs Liberty Street hotel design

The Savannah Historic Review Board on Wednesday approved the design details for the Liberty Hotel, which is slated to be built across from the Savannah Civic Center at the corner of Tattnall and Liberty Streets.
A rendering of a new hotel proposed for Liberty and Tattnall Street. The Historic Review Board approved the design details of the development on Wednesday. (Rendering courtesy of Lynch Associates Architects)

Preciball USA opens distribution center in Pooler

Preciball USA, the world leader in the manufacturing and supply of industrial ball bearings, became the newest Pooler resident on Tuesday as officials cut the ribbon to the company’s new North American distribution center in the Westside Business Park on Highway 80.

Don Peak, general manager for Preciball USA prepares to cut the ribbon on the company's new North American distribution center in Pooler on Tuesday. (Katie Nussbaum/Savannah Morning News)

Paula Deen, family plan new restaurant

Get your forks ready, y’all. There’s a new Paula Deen restaurant coming to Whitemarsh Island.

A sign for the opening of Paula Deen’s new restaurant, Paula Deen’s Creek House Seafood & Grill. (from Jamie Deen’s twitter/Savannah Morning News)

Hotel offers day stays for Savannah travelers

The Hilton Garden Inn Savannah Airport is changing the way you view a hotel stay.

NLaws Produce launches home delivery service

If you can’t make it to the farmer’s market but still need fresh fruits and vegetables, NLaws Produce has you covered with its new NLaws Produce@Home service, which brings fresh produce and other local products straight to your door.

Joey Rosen, center, general manager of NLaws Produce@Home gets ready to cut the ribbon on the company’s new facility inside their warehouse on Highway 80 on Thursday. (Photo special to the Savannah Morning News)

Group starts work on city’s tourism management plan

With an annual economic impact of $2.5 billion, Savannah’s tourism industry provides many positives for the city, but finding the perfect balance between millions of visitors and the quality of life for residents has been a longtime debate without a lot of answers.

A tour group walks in front of the Hamilton Turner Inn recently. The City of Savannah recently hired a consulting firm to develop a tourism management plan that will balance the needs of the industry along with the needs of downtown residents. The plan is expected to be delivered in August. (Savannah Morning News file photo)

Citi Trends CEO resigns from fashion retailer

Jason Mazzola of Savannah-based urban fashion retailer Citi Trends has resigned as the chief executive officer and director of the company effective immediately.

You asked, our tax experts answered

It’s that time of year where we question every dollar we make and spend. And, as tax day approaches most of us find ourselves with at least one question that leaves us puzzled.

Savannah-area home sales stay strong

Home sales in Chatham, Bryan and Effingham counties continued to climb in February with the sale of 465 homes across the three-county area.

Short month sets tonnage record for port

The month with the fewest days was another record-setting month for the Georgia Ports Authority.

Miss Georgia enjoys her first St. Patrick’s Day parade from Savannah Morning News float

Miss Georgia Patricia Ford is fluent in Mandarin, climbed the Great Wall of China four times, traveled to six different countries — and now she can add appearing in the Savannah St. Patrick’s Day parade to that list.

Miss Georgia Patricia Ford

New devices will allow St. Patrick’s wristband sales without cash

New technology will be making things easier for St. Patrick’s Day festivalgoers if they run out of green over the holiday weekend.

Jimmy Carter’s grandson to oversee famed plaque’s return to Pinkie Master’s on Friday

Former President Jimmy Carter is making a homecoming to Savannah’s famed watering hole Pinkie Master’s this St. Patrick’s Day, sort of.

President Jimmy Carter stands on the bar at Pinkie Master’s in 1978. On Friday morning Carter’s grandson, Jason Carter, will reinstall a plaque that commemorates the event at the Drayton Street dive. Savannah Morning News file photo

MPC approves Savannah River Landing request, sends it to council

The Savannah River Landing development inched closer to reality on Tuesday after the Metropolitan Planning Commission voted to approve the rezoning of the 56-acre site.

A new Savannah River Landing site plan includes 60-to-180-foot building heights, mixed-use zoning for residential and commercial uses and the existing street pattern, while increasing lot and block sizes compared to the previous plan. (Graphic courtesy of Thomas & Hutton)

Gulfstream to deliver G550 to Beijing Red Cross

Gulfstream Aerospace on Monday announced a new partnership with the Beijing Red Cross Emergency Medical Center to deliver a Gulfstream G550 aircraft for medical evacuation services in Beijing.

Photo courtesy of Gulfstream Aerospace - Mark Burns, president of Gulfstream Aerospace (R) shakes hands with Beijing Red Cross Emergency Medical Center director Li Libing on Monday. Gulfstream will deliver a G550 medevac aircraft to the organization to be used for disaster relief and air rescue services. Photo courtesy of Gulfstream Aerospace - Mark Burns, president of Gulfstream Aerospace (R) shakes hands with Beijing Red Cross Emergency Medical Center director Li Libing on Monday. Gulfstream will deliver a G550 medevac aircraft to the organization to be used for disaster relief and air rescue services.

New welcome center helps visitors get in Savannah spirit

Oak trees with Spanish moss, a replica of the St. Simons Island Lighthouse and Forrest Gump are just a few of the unique displays that greet travelers at Georgia’s newest Welcome Center on Interstate 95 south, which officially opened its doors on Friday morning.

North Georgia boutique finds a home on Broughton Street

On Saturday the doors will open to the chain’s newest store at 218 West Broughton St. It’s the 17th location for the company in just eight years. The racks fill quickly, too; the boutique receives 65 new styles each week.

Savannah designer launches collection with Belk

Emily Bargeron will be taking her own Savannah style to the masses this spring when her curated collection with Belk department stores launches Thursday. Bargeron, a local clothing designer, owns Mamie Ruth boutique.

Savannah clothing designer Emily Bargeron will launch a 15-piece collection with Belk department stores on Thursday. Bargeron owns Mamie Ruth boutique at 107 West Liberty St. (Katie Nussbaum/Savannah Morning News)