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Review board OKs Liberty Street hotel design

A proposed five- and six-story hotel at Tattnall and Liberty streets was given the green light by the Historic Review Board on Wednesday. The board voted 3 to 2 — with Chairman Stephen Merriman voting to break the 2 to 2 tie — to approve the height and mass of the Liberty Hotel at 301 Tattnall St.

The Historic Review Board on Wednesday voted to approve the height and mass of the Liberty Hotel at 301 Tattnall St. The decision follows months of discord between the historic board and the City of Savannah Zoning Board of Appeals after a nearby resident filed an appeal challenging the hotel’s proposed height. ((Rendering courtesy of Lynch Associates Architects)

Papy: Want to be a social entrepreneur? Throw a party

“The most innovative and radical thing you can do sometimes is throw a damn good party.” Those wise words come from DeAmon Harges, aka “The Roving Listener,” an Indianapolis community organizer who has spent some quality time in Savannah working with groups like Mixed Greens and Emergent Savannah building on the idea of what innovative community mapping looks like.

Trade center kicks off FY 2018 with strong numbers

The Savannah International Trade &Convention Center is off to a good start in fiscal 2018, coming in $50,000 ahead of budget for August and a total of $71,000 better than budgeted for the year’s first two months.

The Savannah International Trade & Convention Center, across the river from City Hall, has posted record numbers for the first few months of FY 2018, underscoring the need for expansion of its convention facilities. (Savannah Morning News file photo)

BiS in brief: SCORE seminar, Pooler OKs re-zoning and overlay district

Pooler Council creates Main Street overlay district

Ramsey: Don’t be the office kitchen menace

An office kitchen can be one of the biggest workplace problems when people don’t observe basic etiquette guidelines. If you are among the lucky ones who happen to work for a company that offers kitchen facilities for its employees, you know what the challenges are. You go to put your sandwich in the refrigerator and someone else has already taken up the last bit of space with their five-course lunch. Perhaps you were desperate for your morning coffee, but when you tried to pour a cup, the pot was empty. You may have a pretty good idea who the thoughtless person was so now that co-worker is on your eternal blacklist.

Facebook may be facing an ‘era of accountability’

By Barbara Ortutay

FILE - In this April 12, 2016, file photo, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks during the keynote address at the F8 Facebook Developer Conference in San Francisco. Facebook has unwittingly allowed groups backed by the Russian government to target users with ads. That’s after it took months to acknowledge its outsized role in influencing the U.S. election by allowing for the spread of fake news. Now it is under siege, facing questions from lawmakers and others seeking to rein in its enormous power and demand more transparency. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

IP, Rayonier plants in Georgia gearing back up after Irma disruption

International Paper’s local mills are back in business after shutting down operations Sept. 8 in anticipation of Hurricane Irma’s arrival.

Ports of Brunswick, Savannah post August gains

Both containers and wheeled cargo volumes grew at Georgia Ports Authority’s deepwater terminals last month, making it the ports’ busiest August on record and its second-busiest month ever for container volumes.

City Talk: Storm aftermath shows demand for better bicycling infrastructure

When I was out walking on Sept. 12 — the day after the storm moved through the area — I ran into one downtown business owner on his bicycle near Forsyth Park. We noted how empty and oddly pleasant the city was.

Event targets homeless, veterans in crisis at job fair

Today and Wednesday, various organizations will sponsor a job and resource fair at the Savannah Civic Center, 301 W. Oglethorpe Ave.



Newsmakers: Senior Citizens names new board members, executive officers

Senior Citizens names new board members, executive officers

Businesses put community first during stormy days

As Hurricane Irma brought high winds and flooding to Savannah last week, numerous businesses from Hutchinson to Tybee islands brought a sense of community and normalcy with hot meals for first responders and those who sheltered in place during the storm.

Nickie’s on Tybee set up to feed stranded residents and others after the storm surge flooded the road to the mainland. (Photo by Malcolm Tully)

City Talk: Irma raises long-term questions for economy, development, safety

On Wednesday afternoon, city crews were working hard in Forsyth Park to clear debris. As a result, the park looked great less than 48 hours after Irma moved entirely out of the Savannah area.

Different ways to zap your debt: Which is for you?

By Sean Pyles

FILE - This Wednesday, June 10, 2015, file photo shows a credit card in Philadelphia. Carrying credit card balances from month to month is costly and can derail goals such as saving for a home or building a retirement fund. Knowing how to manage debt can be a challenge. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

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.

Doubts arise on whether corporate tax cut would boost growth

By Josh Boak

FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump talks with reporters after landing on Air Force One, in Fort Myers, Fla. Trump has taken a hard stand that slashing the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to as low as 15 percent would free up cash at these companies. The money would seep into worker paychecks and hiring would accelerate. “We’re going to have magnificent growth,” Trump declared aboard Air Force One on Thursday. “We’re going to go like a rocket ship.” But several economists, tax experts and even some business owners say that’s unlikely. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Owens: Starting in tourism earns you more money

A dear friend of mine in the medical field always knew he wanted to practice medicine. His first job was in hospitality. Then, all through college and medical school, he worked in restaurants.

J. Reid Williamson remembered for protecting Savannah’s historic treasures

Reid Williamson was a man of many talents and accomplishments. The Connecticut native and Yale University graduate was a sportsman, a businessman and a veteran — serving his active duty at the Marine Corps Air Station in Beaufort, S.C., before joining the U.S. Air Force Reserves, the move that brought him to Savannah.

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)