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Paula Deen, family plan new restaurant

Get your forks ready, y’all. There’s a new Paula Deen restaurant coming to Whitemarsh Island.

A sign for the opening of Paula Deen’s new restaurant, Paula Deen’s Creek House Seafood & Grill. (from Jamie Deen’s twitter/Savannah Morning News)

CITY TALK: Proposals could better balance downtown residents, tourists

The need for greater residential density in Savannah’s downtown area has been a recurring theme of this column for 17 years, so I’m thrilled that the current city administration seems prepared to take substantive action on this long-standing problem.

AP Explains: What the death of broadband privacy rules means

Now that both houses of Congress have voted to block Obama-era broadband privacy rules , what does that mean for you?

House sends bill to Trump blocking online privacy regulation

Congress has sent President Donald Trump legislation that would kill an online privacy regulation, a move that could eventually allow internet providers such as Comcast, AT&T and Verizon to sell the browsing habits of their customers.

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Julie Routhier

BIS in brief: Groups receive grants from Fox & Weeks

Last month, Fox &Weeks Funeral Directors presented $1,000 Matthews Children’s Foundation grants to Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter, Matthew Reardon Center for Autism and Girls on the Run of Coastal Georgia in February.

Abercorn antiques shop closing after two decades

37th @ Abercorn Antiques, a landmark retail shop in Savannah’s historic Thomas Square Streetcar District, has announced plans to close its doors on June 30.

Georgia truckers, GBI work to cut cargo theft

Cargo theft is a growing problem that’s costing businesses billions of dollars every year, especially in Georgia, which has the dubious distinction of ranking sixth in the nation for such losses.

Dingus: How to create strong passwords

The internet is literally at our fingertips day in and day out. With all of our information, from bills to banking to medical records, being available through apps on our smartphones and online portals, keeping your accounts secure should be one of our biggest concerns.

Bill to cap tax on yacht repairs passes on last day

Colonial Groups’s plans to convert the old Intermarine boatbuilding facility on Lathrop Avenue into a state-of-the-art mega-yacht repair and refit facility appear to be back on track after the Georgia General Assembly passed an 11th-hour bill that will allow the state to compete with Florida for the business.

Hotel offers day stays for Savannah travelers

The Hilton Garden Inn Savannah Airport is changing the way you view a hotel stay.

Veteran St. Joseph’s nurse named McAuley Award winner

A veteran nurse at St. Joseph’s/Candler Health System today was named the 24th annual Catherine McAuley Award winner for her 29-year dedication to her patients and the system’s mission.

Portside: New ship-to-shore cranes coming online at GPA’s Garden City Terminal

The first of four new Neo-Panamax cranes came online last week at Georgia Ports Authority’s Garden City Terminal, bringing its operating fleet of massive ship-to-shore cranes to 23- more cranes than any other U.S. terminal.

NLaws Produce launches home delivery service

If you can’t make it to the farmer’s market but still need fresh fruits and vegetables, NLaws Produce has you covered with its new NLaws Produce@Home service, which brings fresh produce and other local products straight to your door.

Joey Rosen, center, general manager of NLaws Produce@Home gets ready to cut the ribbon on the company’s new facility inside their warehouse on Highway 80 on Thursday. (Photo special to the Savannah Morning News)

Jobless rate drops in February across southeast Georgia

Metro Savannah’s unemployment rate in February was 4.7 percent, down five-tenths of a percentage point from 5.2 percent in January. In February 2016, the rate was also 5.2 percent, according to the The Georgia Department of Labor.

Trade Center governance bill a no-go for this year

A bill that would have changed the governance of the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center from a local entity to a state authority appears to be dead for this year.

Birthing center midwives celebrate ‘catching’ babies for 30 years

In the parlance used by midwives, these highly trained nursing specialists merely “catch” babies. It is the mother who “delivers” the baby.

New baby boy – Charles Roger Blitch – born at 11:08 a.m., March 24, 2017, mere hours before was born in the very same birth room as his two siblings at The Midwife Group and Birth Center to Carmen and Jeremiah Blitch of Statesboro. Jill Whitfield, one of the Birth Center’s most experienced Certified Nurse Midwifes “caught” the baby, her second for the family. (Photo by T. Wayne Waters)

Savannah restaurant named one of the South’s essential eateries

Add another accolade to this Savannah restaurant’s mantle.

Chef Mashama Bailey at The Grey

Rail car manufacturer to open Beaufort facility

A French rail car manufacturer is opening its North American headquarters in Beaufort, S.C.