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Tourism Leadership Awards honors hospitality stars

The Tourism Leadership Council, a leading trade organization, presented its 17th annual Tourism Awards on Thursday evening.

Photots by Randy Thompson Photography/for The Savannah Morning News-Curtis and Taylor Washington, center and right, were co-recipients of scholarship awards at the 17th annual Savannah Tourism Awards & Scholarship Dinner. Michael Owens, CEO and president of the Savannah TLC, made the presentation.

BiS in brief: SCORE offers sessions on business startups

Beginning March 18, Savannah SCORE will present a series of business lectures titled “Simple Steps for Starting Your Own Business.” This will be the third offering of the series of workshoplectures.

PortSide: New software streamlines shipments

Georgia Ports Authority has installed a new system that helps process breakbulk cargo more quickly and provides real-time freight tracking for the port and its customers.

Stephen B. Morton/GPA - Workers move breakbulk cargo at Ocean Terminal in Savannah. Georgia Ports Authority has debuted a new software program that helps track and process breakbulk faster and more efficiently.

A hotel needed for Hutchinson?

Hutchinson Island will need another 300 hotel rooms if the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center is to grow its business, a consultant told the trade center authority Thursday, adding that the best way to achieve that would be through an expansion of the already existing Westin hotel property.

Georgia's unemployment rate drops to 6.4 percent

State labor officials say Georgia's unemployment rate has dropped to 6.4 percent, its lowest level since July 2008.

Corps awards $134M dredging contract for harbor deepening

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Wednesday awarded a dredging contract — the first step to deepening the entire 40-mile Savannah shipping channel and harbor — to Great Lakes Dredge and Dock of Oak Brook, Ill.

Corps awards $134M dredging contract for harbor deepening

Justices sharply divided over health care law subsidies

Sharply divided along familiar lines, the Supreme Court took up a politically charged new challenge to President Barack Obama’s health overhaul Wednesday in a dispute over the tax subsidies that make insurance affordable for millions of Americans.

BiS in brief: Tybee wine festival scheduled for April

The Friends of the Tybee Theater have announced the seventh Annual Tybee Wine Festival will be April 22-26 and will feature a celebration of wine and coastal cuisine.

5 stunners from the Geneva car show

Forget driverless cars, electric power or even green technology. There is no doubt what visitors are coming to see at the glamorous Geneva motor show: supercars.

The new Ferrari 488 GTB is presented on the first press day of the Geneva International Motor Show Tuesday, March 3, 2015 in Geneva, Switzerland. The show opens its doors to the public March 5 through March 15. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)

First Chatham caps off turnaround year amid regional consolidation

First Chatham Bank ended 2014 with positive earnings, reflecting overall gains made by other Georgia-based financial institutions, according to year-end financial reports.

Paula Deen reaches book distribution deal with Hachette

Paula Deen has found a new publishing home.

In this Feb. 13, 2015 file photo, TV personality Paula Deen attends the EVINE Live launch event in New York. Hachette Book Group announced Monday, March 2, 2015, that it had reached a distribution deal with the celebrity chef’s Paula Deen Ventures. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP, File)

Traffic rises but key revenue figure falls at Delta

Delta Air Lines Inc. said Tuesday that a key revenue measure fell 1.5 percent in February mostly because the strong dollar reduced the value of international ticket sales.

Traffic rises but key revenue figure falls at Delta

High-stakes clash at high court over health law subsidies

Insurance coverage for millions of people is riding on the latest politically charged Supreme Court clash over President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul.

Associated Press file photo-The HealthCare. gov website, where people can buy health insurance, on a laptop screen, is seen in Portland, Ore.

Visa, MasterCard moving into mobile pay in Africa

Americans may just be getting used to mobile pay, but consumers in many African countries have been paying with their phones for years. Now payment processors Visa and MasterCard want to get a slice of that market, and are launching card services aimed at Africa’s growing mobile payment industry.

Visa, MasterCard moving into mobile pay in Africa

BiS in brief: Cooking classes will benefit Park Place Outreach

Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter has teamed up with the Olde Pink House to offer monthly cooking classes.

ABLE: Positive change and a fighting chance

Just before Christmas of last year, President Barack Obama signed the Achieving a Better Life Experience Act, or ABLE, allowing people with disabilities to open tax-free accounts where they can save money without fear of losing government benefits.

Photos by Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News- Brian Hussey with the Low Country Down Syndrome Society speaks at the monthly SMART Luncheon at the Savannah Morning News Auditorium.

Daimler disappoints again

Once again spurning the state of Georgia’s Pooler megasite, Daimler AG is set to announce a major expansion of its North Charleston van assembly plant that will bring at least 1,200 new jobs to the region, according to The Charleston Post and Courier.

Daimler disappoints again

Herty Center selected to national research institute

Savannah’s Herty Advanced Materials Development Center, an applied research center of Georgia Southern University, has been named by the U.S. Department of Energy to be a founding member of the newly created Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation.

Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News file photo - The Herty Advancement Materials Development Center celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2013. It has been named by the U.S. Department of Energy to be a member of the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation.

CITY TALK: New/old 18+ policy will help city's music scene

Over the years, I’ve written regularly about the issue of allowing 18- to 20-year-olds into live music establishments that derive most of their income from alcohol.

I.e., should legal adults over the age of 18 be allowed into bars that have live entertainment?

The Train Wrecks, a Savannah band, take to the stage in 2013 at The Jinx. Joseph Jacob/Savannah Morning News

Gates repeats at top of Forbes' list of billionaires

The world’s richest person got even richer this year. And a basketball superstar-turned-owner made the list for the first time.

Associated Press file photo - Microsoft co-founder and Berkshire Hathaway board member Bill Gates speaks in 2014. Forbes on Monday said that Gates’s net worth rose to $79.2 billion in 2015 from $76 billion last year.