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Katie Nussbaum

Savannah area housing sales remain strong

For the seventh month in a row, home sales across Bryan, Effingham and Chatham counties have surpassed the Savannah Area Realtors monthly goal of 500 units.

Dulany chief outlines the company's long history

Dulany Industries Inc., one of the oldest privately owned and continually operated industrial corporations in the United States, hasundergone its share of transitions and industry changes, but one thing that has remained the same is the company’s commitment to familyand the community.

Outback won't reopen on Drayton Street

Outback Steakhouse, at 7 Drayton St., will not reopen after sustaining damage during Hurricane Matthew, according to Elizabeth Watts,director of media and community relations for Bloomin Brands.

Job Creators Network makes stop in Savannah

On Friday, the Job Creators Network brought its Bring Small Business Back tour to the Coastal Georgia Center to help educate area small business owners on the many rules and regulations set forth by the government when it comes to small businesses.

Alfredo Ortiz, Job Creators Network’s president and CEO, speaks at the Bring Small Business Back tour Friday at the Coastal Georgia Center. (Katie Nussbaum/Savannah Morning News)

New stores headed for Savannah's Broughton Street

Four new stores are coming to Savannah’s Broughton Street as part of Atlanta developer Ben Carter’s Broughton Street Collection

Insurance claims, FEMA registration continue to rise in Savannah after Hurricane Matthew

Individual assistance from FEMA became available on Tuesday for area residents, and by the end of the first day there had been more than 9,000 registrations from the eligible areas, which are Bryan, Bulloch, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, McIntosh and Wayne counties, according to a FEMA representative.

Area residents wait in line to register for FEMA assistance on Wednesday at the Home Depot on Abercorn Street. More than 9,000 people have registered for assistance across seven Georgia counties since Tuesday morning. (Katie Nussbaum/Savannah Morning News)

New city of Savannah office building planned for Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard

Construction of a new city of Savannah office building was approved by a unanimous vote from the Metropolitan Planning Commission on Tuesday.

This image shows a newly proposed City of Savannah office building at 916 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. The building was approved by the Metropolitan Planning Commission on Tuesday and will be used for staff office and entrepreneurial services for the Community and Economic Development Bureau. (Rendering by Kern & Co., LLC)

Allstate uses drones to survey storm damage

It will likely been a while before Isle of Hope resident Tami Smith is able to sleep in her own bed. A tree slammed through the roof of her second story bedroom during Hurricane Matthew leaving behind a large hole in the roof, pieces of insulation and a large amount of debris.

An image taken with a drone inspecting damages on the roof of a home located in Isle of Hope for Allstate. (Contributed by Allstate/for Savannah Morning News)

Some business owners, residents elect to stay behind, deal with storm

Tybee Island and surrounding areas were quiet on Thursday after a mandatory evacuation in the wake of Hurricane Matthew. Ed Alexander, who owns Dixie Pedaler & Golf Cart Rentals at the corner of Butler Avenue and Campbell Street on Tybee, said it has been a ghost town since the evacuation went into place.

Workers board up McDonough's in preparation for Hurricane Matthew. (Josh Galemore/Savannah Morning News)

Savannah company spreading the love one shirt at a time

It’s an image known the world over, but now the iconic “I Love NY” design has inspired one local clothing company to bring the love a little closer to home with a T-shirt design aimed to spread community togetherness and love in light of the recent increase of crime in Savannah.

Local clothing company, Ink & Bones will be donating 100 percent of the proceeds from their 'I Still Love Savannah' T-shirt to four local charities. The T-shirt was designed in light of the recent spike in crime across the city. (Photo courtesy of Ink & Bones Clothing Co.)

Hotels, density and planning ahead

After 12 years at the helm of the Metropolitan Planning Commission, executive director Tom Thomson served his last day Friday with the organization, which is responsible for development, urban and transportation planning, historic preservation and much more in the Savannah community.

Tom Thomson

SCAD's Paula Wallace honored by American Institute of Architects

The American Institute of Architecture has selected Savannah College of Art and Design president and founder, Paula Wallace, as the recipient of the Roger Milliken Honorary AIA Legacy Award.

SCAD president Paula Wallace was the guest speaker at Tourism Leadership Council's monthly luncheon held at the Brice Hotel. (Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News)

Alton Lane brings new level of sophistication to Savannah fashion scene

Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Broughton Street, Alton Lane — an upscale men’s tailored apparel store that offers custom shirts, suits, tuxedos and blazers — is trying to bring a new level of sophistication and refinement to the men’s fashion scene in Savannah.

Founders of Alton Lane, Collin Hunter and Peyton Jenkins, will open the company's Savannah showroom at 223 W. Broughton Lane today. It's the tenth location for the upscale men’s tailored apparel store, which offers custom shirts, suits, tuxedos and blazers. (Katie Nussbaum/Savannah Morning News )

SEC charges Effingham studio CEOs with fraud

The Securities and Exchange Commission has filed a lawsuit against Effingham-based Moon River Studios in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia.


Savannah-area home sales continue upward

Area home sales continued their upward climb in August with 635 homes sold across Bryan, Chatham and Effingham counties, according to data released this week by Savannah Multi-List Corp.

Actress, author Fran Drescher speaks at annual SmartWomen Luncheon and Expo

Actress and author Fran Drescher detailed her inspiring and often laughter-filled journey of creating and starring in the hit CBS show “The Nanny” and then finding out she had uterine cancer — something it took two years and eight doctors to diagnose — at the 14th annual SmartWomen Luncheon and Expo on Wednesday.

Fran Drescher speaks at the 14th annual SmartWomen Luncheon & Expo at the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center. (Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News)

Parking garage approved for Trustees Garden site

Despite a few concerns about overall compatibility, the Savannah Historic Review Board approved the height and mass of a new parking garage and event space for the Trustees’ Garden lot on Wednesday.

This rendering shows the proposed parking garage and event space to be built on the Trustees lot. The Historic Review Board approved the height and mass of the structure on Wednesday. (Rendering by LS3P Dawson Architects)

Savannah16 Motor Coach Lines launch transportation from Savannah to Atlanta

Traveling to and from the Hostess City to Atlanta just became a lot easier. On Friday, Erin King and Michael Mullins of Savannah16 Motor Coach Lines, along with local government and hospitality industry officials, held a ceremonial ribbon-cutting for the new shuttle service that will connect travelers between Savannah and the Atlanta airport.

Erin King, center-left, of Savannah16 Motor Coach Lines joined by alderwoman Carol Bell and others officially launched the new Atlanta to Savannah shuttle service with a ribbon-cutting on Friday at the Hyatt Regency on Bay Street. The hotel will serve as the Savannah departure point for the service. (Katie Nussbaum/Savannah Morning News)

Toward more perfect parking: Mobility director outlines upcoming changes to downtown parking

For some Savannah residents and visitors finding a parking space downtown can be the bright spot in their day. For others, a major source of frustration. But as the city evolves, so does parking.

Sean Brandon, mobility and parking services director for the City of Savannah discusses proposed changes to downtown parking on Thursday at the Tourism Leadership Council's monthly luncheon. (Bunny Ware/

Savannah small business leaders learning to think big

A group of local small-business leaders gathered Wednesday to learn more about thinking big, at the first Big Business Symposium at the Savannah Civic Center. The event — hosted by the Small Business Chamber of Savannah — aimed to bridge the gap between larger businesses, federal and local government entities and small, emerging businesses.

Ammie Dover, president of the Small Business Chamber speaks during a panel presentation with representatives from Gulfstream Aerospace, City of Savannah, Memorial University Medical Center and Georgia Tech on Wednesday during the SBC's Big Business Symposium at the Savannah Civic Center. (Savannah Morning News photo)