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City Talk: Police merger debate reveals deeper tensions

When Mayor Eddie DeLoach and three new members of City Council took office 18 months ago, many Savannahians assumed that we were on a slow hike toward consolidation of the city and county governments.

Georgia Ports caps record year with 17 percent container growth in June

Georgia Ports Authority continues to push the envelope at its Garden City container terminal, setting – and then breaking – records for containers moved.

DeSoto Hotel moves to new era, brand

On a recent rainy Monday morning, telephones buzzed, elevators dinged and dozens of guests mulled about under the warm glow of the antique crystal chandeliers in the lobby of the Hilton Savannah DeSoto.

The lobby of the Hilton Savannah DeSoto has been re-imagined as an art gallery and the former Lion’s Den bar, now Edgar’s Proof & Provision, also has been renovated as part of the hotel’s rebranding as it ends its affiliation with the Hilton brand and becomes the DeSoto once again. (Photo special to the Savannah Morning News ). TOP RIGHT: John W. Carswell, right, president of DeSoto Inc. was the first guest to register in 1968 at the opening of the new DeSoto Hilton Hotel. Watching are William L. McDonald, executive vice president of DeSoto Inc., his 9-year-old granddaughter, Bernice Morris, and Mrs. Carswell.

BiS in brief: Bloomingdale zoning, Savannah candy company donates, SJ/C hospitals recognized

Bloomingdale expands zoning ordinance




J.T. Turner bankruptcy discharged, but criminal charges still possible

More than two years after he filed for bankruptcy protection, longtime Savannah construction company owner James T. “Jim” Turner has been granted a discharge of his debts by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Georgia.

Jim Turner, right, is the founder and president of JT Turner Construction Company while his son Tripp is the Chief Operating Officer. Tripp Turner is not included in the bankruptcy filings. (Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News)

City Talk: Rise Biscuits Donuts brightens mornings on Broughton

The first location of Rise Biscuits Donuts opened in Durham, N.C., in 2012, and the regional chain now has 14 locations and two more set to open soon.

Ga. Tech-Savannah graduates its first Coding Boot Camp

The internet is the best, and sometimes only, link to fundamental information and networks, but code is the power to unlock it all.

The inaugural class of Georgia-Tech Savannah’s Coding Boot Camp. The six-month program teaches the fundamentals of coding and web development, while offering one-on-one time to students. (Photo courtesy of Back River Photography/Wayne C. Moore)

Owens: Local tourism education programs could keep talent here

The Tourism Leadership Council supports the pursuit of education with annual scholarships to those who are studying hospitality and tourism.

Jobless rates fall below 4 percent in nearly half of states

By Christopher S. Rugaber

Portside: Ships get bigger, but moves become number to track

The Port of Savannah is handling much bigger ships these days, some with capacities of 13,000 TEUs or more. But the size of these vessels is only part of the story. Container exchanges — the number of boxes moved on and off a vessel — are experiencing exponential growth, even on what is now considered “mid-sized” vessels in the 8,000- and 9,000-TEU range.

The NYK Czech, a 9,000-TEU ship, called on Savannah Wednesday, delivering and taking on more than 5,200 containers, or roughly 9,300 TEUs. (Each TEU is the equivalent of a 20-foot container, so a 40-foot container would be two TEUs.) That means the Czech delivered roughly half its cargo to Savannah and took on the same amount. (Photo courtesy GPA)

Savannah tourism leaders talk crime, hospitality at annual luncheon

The Savannah hospitality industry employs more than 27,000 people who work year round to serve millions of visitors and residents. On Thursday, some of those industry leaders had the chance to voice their comments and concerns on a wide range of topics, including hotel development, health of the industry, parking and crime, during the Tourism Leadership Council’s annual State of Tourism Conversation luncheon.

Michael Owens, president/CEO of the Tourism Leadership Council

Veterans to get tax-free online shopping


In this May 24, 2017, photo, members of the military and civilians with shopping privileges walk among stores at the Exchange, at Offutt Air Force Base, Neb. Starting in fall 2017, all honorably discharged veterans will be eligible to shop tax-free online at the Exchange with the same discounts they enjoyed at stores on base while they were in the military. It’s the latest way in which the Army & Air Force Exchange Service is trying to keep its customers as the armed forces shrink and airmen and soldiers buy more for delivery. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

FILE - In this May 17, 2017 file photo, an Amazon Alexa device is switched on for a demonstration of its use in a ballpark suite before a Seattle Mariners baseball game in Seattle. Struggling retailer Sears is looking to get a hand from Amazon, announcing that it will start offering its Kenmore products on the online powerhouse’s website. Sears, which runs Kmart and its namesake stores, said that Kenmore Smart appliances will also be fully integrated with Amazon’s Alexa. This will allow consumers to control products, like Kenmore Smart air conditioners, by making a request to Alexa. Shares of Sears Holdings, based in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, surged more than 8 percent in Thursday, July 20, premarket trading. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

FILE - In this Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, file photo, a couple walks down the Bacon Gallery at the Erie Art Museum, in Erie, Pa. Most retirement accounts are for one purpose: The money goes in and stays in until retirement. Understandably, that lengthy lockdown doesn’t always sit well with younger investors. The Roth IRA has extra flexibility: Contributions are made with after-tax dollars, so the IRS lets you take them out at any time without additional taxes or penalties. (Jarid A. Barringer/Erie Times-News via AP, File)

Amazon isn’t really dominant, it just feels that way right now


In this Tuesday, July 11, 2017, photo, pedestrians walk past a Whole Foods Market, just down the street from the headquarters of Amazon, in Seattle. Amazon, already a powerhouse in books, shoes, streaming video, electronics and just about everything else, will bind its customers even more closely once it completes its $13.7 billion bid for the organic grocer Whole Foods. Although antitrust lawyers believe the deal will get approved, many customers and experts alike worry about two big companies combining into a bigger one. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Financial ignorance can take toll at work, home

It’s July, and for many business owners, mid-year is an opportune time for a financial reset to keep the year’s goal in focus to alleviate headaches later. It’s the same for individuals, and growing financial stresses may create workplace and productivity problems for them and their employer.

Libby Miller, left, and Gay Fortson, owners of the Friendship Coffee Company. (Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News)

Williams: Make sure to use power of LinkedIn

LinkedIn is unique among the elite pillars of today’s social media landscape.