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Windows 10 launches today as free upgrade

The start menu is back with a modern twist. That's perhaps the most talked about feature of Windows 10, which blends the best of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1.

Effingham approves Moon River master plan

Effingham County commissioners unanimously approved Moon River's master plan for movie studios, paving the way for construction to begin soon on a road and water line.
Effingham County commissioners have approved a master plan for Moon River studios, which expects to break ground soon on a road and water line. (Courtesy Moon River).

State inks deal to develop second network of inland ports

Promising to remove 50,000 truckloads from Georgia highways, state officials signed an agreement Tuesday to develop a rail-truck terminal to serve shippers in North Georgia and neighboring states with a more convenient route to the port of Savannah 350 miles away.

Officials gather to sign a Memorandum of Agreement establishing the Appalachian Regional Port, Tuesday, July 28, 2015, in Chatsworth, Ga. From left, CSX Executive Vice President Clarence Gooden, Georgia Speaker of the House David Ralston, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, Murray County Commissioner Brittany Pittman, and Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Curtis Foltz. The inland port, due to open in 2018, will serve as a direct link from the Port of Savannah to North Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee and parts of Kentucky. (Georgia Ports Authority/Stephen B. Morton)

WRAY: Taking a project from passion to life

I recently wrote about passion and its important role in affecting practice and discipline.

Since then, a speaker at 1 Million Cups, a weekly presentation and discussion forum we host at the Creators’ Foundry at 415 W. Boundary St., gave an excellent example about how passion changed the direction of his life.

Photo by Adam Messer

BiS in brief: Pooler planners delay site plan OK

The Pooler Planning Commission this week deferred for a second time a request to clear and grade two lots in the Pooler Development Park on U.S. 80.

Ford surprises in 2Q with record North American profit

Ford Motor Co.’s net income jumped 44 percent to $1.9 billion in the second quarter as global sales rose and customers paid more for new trucks and SUVs with premium features.

In this March 13, 2015 photo, workers inspect new 2015 aluminum-alloy body Ford F-150 trucks at the company's Kansas City Assembly Plant in Claycomo, Mo. Ford reports quarterly financial results on Tuesday, July 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Americans start to feel price hikes

Apartment rents are up. So are prices for restaurant meals, haircuts, gym memberships and a cup of coffee. For American consumers who have become used to flat or even falling prices for several years, an unfamiliar sight has emerged in many corners of the economy: Inflation is ticking up.

Mark Lennihan/AP Starbucks is among the many businesses where consumers are paying more for goods and services.

Study outlines impact of Tybee's tourism

Between October 2013 and September 2014, more than 1 million people visited Tybee Island, where they generated $93 million for local businesses, according to a recent study by researchers at Armstrong State University.
Photos by Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News Visiting the island from Virginia, Chris Croon with son Ryan, 6, along with Katharine, left, and Brenda Kennedy walk around Tybee Island Light Station and Museum.

Georgia's ports see another record year

Another year, another record recorded by the Georgia Ports Authority. On Monday, Georgia Ports officials reported they moved 31.7 million tons of cargo in the fiscal year 2015 — a 7.8 percent increase from the previous year — and the first time they have handled more than 30 million tons in a single year.

GPA Photo/Stephen B. Morton - The Georgia Ports Authority set an all-time record in the Fiscal Year 2015 moving more than 31.7 million tons of cargo and 3.66 million twenty-foot equivalent container units.

SSU secures more than $1M in research grants

Savannah State University has been approved for three grants worth $1,041,153 that will include student researchers and focus on STEM-related fields.

Jekyll delays long-planned hotel for convention hub

After nearly eight years of planning and failed deals with two developers, Jekyll Island has put off until next year finding a new partner to build a second hotel for its busy convention hub.

CITY TALK: Can Savannah learn something from Macon?

There are beautiful buildings and interesting sites throughout Macon’s historic neighborhoods and the city sits along two interstate highways, but Macon still seems a long way from being the type of destination that Savannah has become.

In a sense, the perceived lack of tourism potential might pay off for Macon in the long run.

BiS in brief: Gas prices down 5.1 cents in metro Savannah

Average retail gasoline prices in Savannah have fallen 5.1 cents a gallon in the past week to $2.53 a gallon on Sunday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 262 gas outlets in Savannah.

SEARCH: Property transfers in Chatham, Bryan and Effingham counties

New proeprty transfers in Chatham, Bryan and Effingham counties have been added to our database. 

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Aaron McCarthy

CITY TALK: A summer of construction on Broughton Street and beyond

Every six months or so, I try to look at Broughton Street with fresh eyes. I’ve been writing about changes on Broughton for 15 years, so it’s sometimes hard to see the street as a first-time visitor or new resident would.

CITY TALK: A summer of construction on Broughton Street and beyond

Initiative aims to make Savannah a better city for businesses

Starting a business in Savannah? The city wants to help you. For the last two years local business leaders, Mayor Edna Jackson and other city of Savannah staff have been working on a public-private initiative to make Savannah the best city in the state for conducting business.

Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News - Ruel Joyner of 24e Furniture

Warehouse space becomes scarce

Industrial vacancy rates in the five-county Savannah area are the lowest they have been in 14 years, reflecting a national trend and sending a clear signal that the recent recession is well behind us, according to a report by Colliers International.

Photos by Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News- These two warehouses off Jimmy DeLoach Parkway are in the final stages of completion for developer Jack Reese of Reese & Co. Inc.

BiS in brief: Thomas & Hutton named to list of best firms

Zweig Group has named Thomas & Hutton to its 2015 Best Firms to Work For List, which honors outstanding workplaces in architecture, engineering and environmental consulting industries based on workplace practices, employee benefits, employee retention rates, professional development and more.