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JCB adds two track loaders to their line-up

JCB debuted its new compact track loaders on Thursday at a trade show in Louisville, KY.

JCB has introduced two new compact track loaders, models 210T and 215T. Company officials said the loaders provide the performance of large-platform compact track loaders in small-platform. (Photo courtesy of JCB North America/Guy Dixon)

Irma causes rise in Georgia unemployment claims

State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said this week that Hurricane Irma caused Georgia’s job numbers to fall and unemployment claims to rise in September.

Butler

Anne Burrell, SmartWomen’s luncheon help raise money for St. Joseph’s/Candler’s Mary Telfair Women’s Hospital

The 15th annual SmartWomen Luncheon & Expo featured celebrity chef Anne Burrell on Wednesday at the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center.

Celebrity Chef Anne Burrell speaks at the 15th Annual SmartWomen Luncheon and Expo held Wednesday at the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center. (Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News)

Three named to Savannah Business Hall of Fame

Richard A. Estus, John R. Paddison and David E. Paddison will be the honored laureates at the organization’s 18th annual Savannah Business Hall of Fame, sponsored by Junior Achievement of Georgia-Coastal Region, along with Colonial Group, Inc.

John R. Paddison

Savannah-area jobs spike in August, unemployment falls

Metro Savannah set a record in August for total jobs, reaching 181,500 for the first time, according to State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler.

SBAC offers loans to small businesses impacted by Irma

Savannah’s Small Business Assistance Corporation announced Friday it has loans of up to $30,000 available to assist businesses trying to recover from the effects of Hurricane Irma.

Daniel Defense receives Presidents Award

Bryan County-based Daniel Defense, manufacturer of firearms and accessories, recently received the 2017 Presidents Award for Overall EHS Performance by the Georgia Department of Labor and American Society of Safety Engineers.

Daniel Defense Manufacturing Floor Employees taken at the Black Creek. facility. (Courtesy of Layne Newman)

Coast Guard re-opens Port of Savannah

As of 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, the Coast Guard Captain of the Port has reopened the Port of Savannah with no restrictions.

Broughton to get new biscuit shop

Jacksonville-based Maple Street Biscuit Company will open at 220 Broughton St. this winter.

A dish from Maple Street Biscuit Company, which will open a location on Broughton Street later this year. (Photo courtesy of Maple Street Biscuit Company)

Layoffs for Jet Aviation mean new service center for Gulfstream

General Dynamics Corps, owner of both Gulfstream Aerospace and Jet Aviation, is discontinuing its Jet Aviation finishing center in St. Louis and moving a Gulfstream service center into the spot Jet Aviation now occupies at the St. Louis Downtown Airport in Cahokia, according to a report published in the Belleville News-Democrat.

Comcast announces fiber network buildout in Savannah

Comcast Business announced its multimillion dollar fiber optic network designed to deliver 10-gigabit speeds to Savannah’s downtown business community. It will also be extended to serve businesses on nearby Skidaway Island.

Morris Publishing sells Savannah Morning News to GateHouse Media

AUGUSTA – As part of a strategic restructuring to focus its business on lifestyle publications, property development and new business, Morris Communications Co. announced today that it has signed an agreement to sell the assets of Morris Publishing Group, including the Savannah Morning News, to GateHouse Media.

WGSA files Chapter 11, could go to auction

Savannah-based Southern TV Corporation, which does business as WGSA TV network, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The network reaches Savannah and surrounding areas including Metter, Darien and Hinesville.

Area jobless rate rose in June

Metro Savannah’s unemployment rate rose in June to 4.8 percent, up four-tenths of a percentage point from 4.4 percent in May, according to numbers released today by the Georgia Department of Labor. In June 2016, the rate was 5.5 percent.

Xfinity brings mobile service to Savannah, Hinesville

Comcast has announced that Xfinity Mobile, a new wireless service, is available in Savannah and Hinesville.

EnviroVac gets new owner, looks to grow

Investment group Audax Private Equity along with founder and CEO of Savannah-based EnviroVac have acquired EnviroVac from RLJ Equity, according to a press release distributed on Monday.

Parker’s awards six scholarships

Parker’s convenience stores recently hosted the 2017 Outstanding Students Award Ceremony, where Parker’s President and CEO Greg Parker presented scholarship checks and gifts to six exceptional area high school students. Dr. Paul Pressly, the director emeritus of the Ossabaw Island Educational Alliance, served as the featured speaker for the event, which took place June 21 at the Parker’s corporate office in Savannah.

Parker’s President and CEO Greg Parker, center, recently honored graduating high schools seniors, from left, Alex LeFavi, Madeline Prince, Collins Sherrill, Mac Orie, Haley Fowler and Brianna Hayes at the 2017 Outstanding Students Award Ceremony.

Savannah jobless rate lifts for May, remains low for year

Metro Savannah’s unemployment rate raised slightly in May to 4.4 percent, up one-tenth of a percentage point from 4.3 percent in April, according to new statistics released today from the Georgia Department of Labor. In May 2016, the rate was 4.7 percent.

Memorial, Mercer graduate first doctors from ‘fast track’ program

Memorial University Medical Center and Mercer University School of Medicine honored the two physicians who are the first graduates of an innovative medical “fast track” designed to address Georgia’s critical shortage of primary care physicians and also to salute an influential legislative leader who has championed the program.

Dr. Daniel Gordon, left, and Dr. Mary Keith, right, were honored recently as the first two graduates of the Primary Care Acceplerated Track Program. Georgia Rep. Butch Parrish, center, chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Health, attended the ceremony. (Special to the Morning News)

‘Facts of Life’ star Kim Fields joins Savannah, Richmond Hill cast of ‘Living the Dream’

Savannah will be getting some screen time across the pond later this year thanks to a new British comedy drama filming in the Hostess City.

Kim Fields (Bravo TV photo)