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Japanese delegates, city officials highlight importance of trade pact

As the United States and other countries work to negotiate a Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, Japanese delegates, Consul General Takashi Shinozuka of the Consulate General in Atlanta and Counselor Ryuichi Funatsu of the Embassy of Japan in Washington, D.C. along with Savannah officials and business leaders gathered Thursday to highlight the importance of the city and Georgia Ports in the TPP agreement during a panel discussion at the World Trade Center Savannah.

Consul General Takashi Shinozuka of the Consulate General in Atlanta, left, walks with U.S. Representative Buddy Carter from a private meeting to a meeting with local business and community leaders at the World Trade Center Savannah. (Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News)

Ampersand to close its doors

Downtown watering hole Ampersand will close its doors this weekend after nearly three years in business.

People celebrate a night out in downtown Savannah at Ampersand. The bar will close its doors this weekend after nearly three years in business.

TSA sees increase in firearms, other weapons in baggage

“We’re seeing an increase of prohibited items come through the checkpoints, a lot of knives, tools and another things we’re seeing an increase in is the number of firearms coming through checkpoints across the United States,” said TSA regional spokesperson Mark Howell, who was at Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport on Tuesday.

Knives, ammunition and tools that were recently surrendered at Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport were on display Tuesday as a reminder to passengers to double check baggage for prohibited items. About 50 pounds of these items are collected each month at the airport.

Area home sales hit record high in June

Home sales in Bryan, Chatham and Effingham counties reached a record high last month with 717 homes sold within the three-county area, according to data released by Savannah Multi List Corp. 

Paula Wallace: From teacher to SCAD founder

Paula Wallace’s vision and drive to found the Savannah College of Art and Design involved a lot of help from her family and two simple words: yes, and.

SCAD president Paula Wallace talks about her parents helping to start the college during a speech at the Tourism Leadership Council's monthly luncheon held at the Brice Hotel. (Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News)

Demolition permit filed for Johnny Harris Restaurant

A demolition permit for Johnny Harris Restaurant has been applied for through the city of Savannah, according to records obtained through the city’s permit tracking website.

A line builds outside of Johnny Harris on its last day open after 92 years of business in Savannah. A permit to demolish the building was applied for earlier this week. (Josh Galemore/Savannah Morning News file photo)

Board OKs 5-story hotel near Forsyth Park

The Savannah Historic District review board on Wednesday approved construction of a new hotel at 607 Drayton St. across from Forsyth Park and the Savannah Law School.

This rendering shows a newly planned hotel, which will be located across from Forsyth Park at 607 Drayton St. The Historic Review Board approved the height and mass of the five-story building on Wednesday. (Rendering by Gunn Meyerhoff Shay Architects)

Ben Carter Enterprises: Progress in Pooler

Ben Carter Enterprises continues its 50/50 stake in the Tanger Outlets Savannah in Pooler, recently completing Phase II, which added H&M and Forever 21. 

Josh Galemore/Savannah Morning News file photo - Phase II of the Tanger Outlets Savannah was recently completed, adding clothing retailers H&M and Forever 21.

Renovations continue on Ben Carter's $92M Savannah investment; more Pooler growth coming

Business on Broughton Street continues to boom as Ben Carter Enterprises gets closer to completing its $92 million plan to revitalize the historic corridor.

Josh Galemore/Savannah Morning News - A man walks by window advertisements for H&M opening soon on West Broughton Street.

Architects going 3D for clients, builders

In architecture and building projects, visualization is one of the most important aspects of the project. One Savannah firm is taking it to the next level by using building information modeling (BIM) to create three-dimensional renderings of building projects.

A three-dimensional rendering of One West Park, created by building information modeling. The building, which will be located just south of Forsyth Park, will house the law firm of Bouhan Falligant LLP. (Photo courtesy of Felder & Associates)

Savannah area home sales heat up in May

Area home sales for May hit a six-year high with 661 homes sold in Bryan, Effingham and Chatham counties, according to data released by Savannah Multi-list Corp.

Pooler's Tanger Outlets to add 3 restaurants, car dealership

Development in Pooler continues to grow with the addition of three new restaurants and a car dealership near the Tanger Outlets Savannah.

A woman walks outside of Tanger Outlets in Pooler. The outlet will add 3 new restaurants and a car dealership.

Savannah visitors spending more money, staying in town longer

“We see a trend of more people coming out of Florida to activities happening here in town...”

Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News file photo - A horse carriage tour goes around Madison Square earlier this year. About 13.7 million people visited the Savannah area in 2015, spending more than $2.6 billion, a new record for the city.

TEDx returns to Savannah with fresh ideas, powerful stories

Edminster was among 15 speakers at the 2016 TEDx Savannah event Friday at the Jepson Center who shared powerful stories of triumph, courage and impact on the theme of “Challenging What Is. Person. Local. Universal.”

Clinton Edminster, founder of ArtRise Savannah and Starlandia Creative Supply, talks about the importance of truly embracing life as he shares his experience of being diagnosed with HIV, during TEDx Savannah at the Jepson Center. Edminster closed his session saying, “I live because of the world now and I am very much tied to its success.” (Photos by Josh Galemore/Savannah Morning News)

Savannah inventor is no stick in the mud

Inspired by a crisis and designed to help ATVs and their riders out of muddy situations, Mudder — a self-contained winching system developed by Savannah native Larry Carswell — recently received international attention after being named Inventor and Invention of the Year by InventHelp.

Photo special to the Savannah Morning News - Savannah native, Larry Carswell (center) was recently awarded the Grand Prix award at InventHelp's INPEX invention show for his one-of-a-kind, cable free winch system, Mudder.

Parker's introduces mobile pay at pump

If you’re looking to save a few seconds next time you fill up your tank and get your Chewy Ice, the new mobile pay feature on Parker’s app has you covered.

Earlier this month, Parker's introduced a new mobile pay option for its app users. The new quick method can be used on fuel and in-store purchases and saves customers about 14 seconds per transaction. (Photo courtesy of Parker's)

Learn about Savannah — six degrees at a time

Ivey Cananoglu, founder and lead tour guide of The Great Takeover, is using the six degrees of separation theory to tell some of Savannah’s most quirky historic stories — from Low’s rumored bad driving skills to Ford’s influence in the Lowcountry and Presley’s love of classic automobiles, she intertwines history and interactive games to give people a new way to learn about the Hostess City. 

Josh Galemore/Savannah Morning News - Ivey Cananoglu, founder and lead tour guide of the Great Takeover tour company, gives a brief description of her new tour "Six Degrees of Savannah" in Madison Square which she currently has been beta testing but plans will begin opening to the public in July.

Height questions, zoning quash potential for Savannah hotel near Forsyth

A zoning and height conflict stalled the Savannah Historic District review board meeting on Wednesday for more than an hour — and also halted the construction of a proposed hotel at 607 Drayton St.

Ridesharing company Lyft starts Savannah service Thursday

Need a lift? You’re in luck. Ridesharing company Lyft begins service in Savannah Thursday at noon.

Photo courtesy of Lyft - Ridesharing company, Lyft will begin service in Savannah Thursday at noon.

Student suggestions boost business

A few small businesses in Savannah received some extra advice on marketing, budgeting and company exposure recently thanks to a newly formed partnership between Armstrong State University and the Small Business Institute.
Josh Galemore/Savannah Morning News - Ashley Robbins owner of Flirt with Dessert Bakery, put the final touches on a cake in her store off Johnny Mercer Blvd.