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BIS in brief: Manufacturing training, purse donations, BankSouth

Manufacturing training to be offered

Memorial’s medical school affiliation an attractive perk for HCA

As Hospital Corporation of America settles in to its 60-day due diligence period before formalizing the purchase of Memorial University Medical Center and all its assets, it’s clear what the $710 million deal brings to the Savannah-based hospital that serves a 35-county area in southeast Georgia and southern South Carolina.

Parker’s donates $20,000 to public schools through fueling community program

Parker’s donated $20,000 to Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools as part of the company’s Fueling the Community charitable initiative Thursday. Godley Station School Principal John K. King accepted the donation on behalf of Board of Education at a ceremony at the 48th Parker’s location, which recently opened on Benton Boulevard.

Parker’s President and CEO Greg Parker, right, recently presented a $20,000 Fueling the Community check to Godley Station School Principal John K. King, who accepted the donation on behalf of the Board of Education. The check donation ceremony took place at the new Parker’s location on Benton Boulevard in Savannah and featured Godley Station School students and Chewy, the official Parker’s mascot. (Submitted Photo)

OWENS: Tourism brings gains for individuals, teams, communities

Tourism is sometimes seen as a monolith. As someone who has been in hospitality and tourism my whole life, I can assure you it’s not. It’s made up of people, small business owners, entrepreneurs and a host of other characters.

Deal welcomes record-setting container ship to GPA

With the stern of the massive COSCO Development as a backdrop Friday, Gov. Nathan Deal welcomed the largest container ship ever to sail to the East Coast, calling the big ship’s visit the beginning of a new chapter of growth for Georgia’s ports.

Six container cranes work in the background as Gov. Nathan Deal welcomes the COSCO Development to Savannah in a ceremony at the Georgia Ports Authority’s Garden City dock. The cranes will handle 5,500 containers, a record for Georgia’s Ports. (Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News)

More Savannah tourists spent more money in 2016

Last year, the Hostess City welcomed more visitors than ever and those guests spent more money while they were here.

A tour group walks in front of the Hamilton-Turner House earlier this year. According to an annual study compiled by Longwoods International for Visit Savannah, 13.9 million people visited Savannah and spent about $2.8 billion in 2016. (Robert Cooper/ Savannah Morning News file photo)

Fiat Chrysler recalls 1 million pickups for faulty software

Fiat Chrysler is recalling approximately 1 million trucks in North America due to a software glitch that could prevent side air bags and seatbelts from deploying during a rollover.

FILE - In this Feb. 14, 2013 photo, the Dodge Ram truck logo appears on a sign at the 2013 Pittsburgh Auto Show in Pittsburgh. Fiat Chrysler’s U.S. division is recalling approximately 1 million trucks because of a potential software glitch that could be experienced during a vehicle rollover. The recall includes certain 2013-16 Ram 1500 and 2500 pickups and 2014-2016 Ram 3500 pickups in the U.S. It also affects about 216,007 vehicles in Canada, 21,668 in Mexico and 21,530 outside the NAFTA region. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society honors its 2017 Champions

The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society recognized five outstanding individuals and their employers during the organization’s eighth Annual Night of Champions gala on Thursday night at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Savannah.

(Left to right) Jamie Deen, emcee and board member of Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society; Dennis Pickett, champion; Brenton Scott, champion; George Gates, champion; Mackenzie Hancock, champion; Nicholas Brown, champion; and Allyson Harvin, Event Co-Chair from Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society. (Courtesy Carriage Trade Public Relations)

Portside: Maritime village brings massive container ship in, out of port

If you think bringing in a big container ship — especially one the size of the 1,200-foot-long COSCO Development, which sailed into port Thursday morning — is just a matter of coming in, docking, moving containers off and on and then sailing out, you’d be right, in a sense.

The COSCO Development, the largest container ship ever to call on the U.S. East Coast, sails down the Savannah River to the Georgia Ports Authority’s container port in Garden City. (Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News)

VIDEO: Massive ship successfully docks at Savannah port

The COSCO Development, the largest container ship ever to call on the U.S. East Coast, arrived at Georgia Ports Authority’s Garden City Terminal on Thursday morning, ushering in a new era of big ships that are expected to become the norm for the country’s fourth-largest container port.

The COSCO Development, the largest container ship ever to call on the U.S. East Coast, sails under the Talmadge Bridge on its way to the Georgia Ports Authority’s container port in Garden City. (Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News)

Snapchat’s growth stalls in Facebook’s shadow in 1Q report

Facebook has been bent on copying Snapchat ever since the social media giant tried unsuccessfully in 2013 to buy what was then an ephemeral photo-messaging app.

FILE - In this Thursday, March 2, 2017, file photo, Snapchat co-founders Bobby Murphy, left, and CEO Evan Spiegel ring the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange as the company celebrates its IPO. Since it couldn’t buy its smaller rival, Facebook is bent on copying Snap to death. Snap Inc., the company behind Snapchat, meanwhile, is intent on forging ahead against its much bigger rival, courting older users, keeping young ones and along with them, advertisers. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Hotel plan gets sent back again to appeals board

On Wednesday, several members of the Historic District Review Board clarified that they were not confused when they voted to approve a contested bonus story of a hotel at Tattnall and Liberty Streets in February. It was just the latest move for a proposal that’s been volleyed back and forth for weeks.

A rendering of a new hotel proposed for Liberty and Tattnall Street. An appeal challenging the proposed bonus story will once again go back before the City of Savannah Zoning Board of Appeals. (Rendering courtesy of Lynch Associates Architects)

Safety group says truck guard rails could prevent deaths

Tractor-trailers with side guard rails mounted between their tires are less likely to be involved in fatal crashes, an auto safety group says.

Restaurants use technology to nudge us into spending more

Restaurant chains are making it easier to order food with a few taps of the screen — so much so that you may lose sight of how much you’re spending.

Robertson: Make sure your branding stays consistent, on point

Is your company’s branding consistent and relevant?

Habitat, Lowe’s team up for National Women Build Week in Savannah

Lowe’s Heroes is among more than 75 volunteers to join Coastal Empire Habitat for Humanity to build decent and affordable housing as part of Habitat for Humanity’s 10th annual National Women Build Week in Savannah.

From left: Harold Tessendorf, executive director of the Coastal Empire Habitat for Humanity, local Lowes representatives Ed Durham and Tondra Thomas and Savannah Alderwoman Carolyn Bell take part in Tuesday’s media event highlighting National Women Build week in Savannah. (Photo special to the Savannah Morning News)

BiS in brief: Homebuilders awards, Queensborough adds mortgages

Pooler planning board OKs subdivisions for car wash, land conveyance

Largest container ship ever to call on the East Coast arrives in Savannah on Thursday

The COSCO Development, the largest container ship ever to call on the U.S. East Coast, is on its way to Savannah, ushering in an era of big ships that is expected to become more the norm than the exception for the country’s fourth-largest container port.

The COSCO Development sailed through the expanded locks of the Panama Canal with little room to spare last week. (Photo courtesy Panama Canal Authority)

Colonial Group updates SEDA board on progress of Savannah Yacht Center

With the passage of legislation earlier this year giving yacht owners the same tax incentives for repair and service work in Georgia that they already get in Florida, Colonial Group’s Savannah Yacht Center on Lathrop Avenue is beginning to take shape

Sinclair to buy Tribune Media, expanding its local TV reach

Sinclair Broadcast Group, already the nation’s largest local TV station operator, wants to be even bigger. The company announced Monday that it will pay about $3.9 billion for Tribune Media and its 42 stations.

In this Monday, May 1, 2017, file photo, the WGN Radio sign appears on the side of Tribune Tower, in downtown Chicago. Sinclair Broadcast Group, one of the nation’s largest local TV station operators, announced Monday, May 8, 2017, that it will pay about $3.9 billion for Tribune Media, adding more than 40 stations including KTLA in Los Angeles, WPIX in New York and WGN in Chicago. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato, File)