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Auto club predicts record travel over July 4 weekend

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Perdue chooses Savannah as backdrop for preliminary NAFTA talks

By all accounts, former Georgia governor Sonny Perdue hit one out of the park when the now-U.S. Secretary of Agriculture played host to the agriculture ministers of Canada and Mexico in Savannah this week.

From left, Georgia Ports Authority Board Chair Jimmy Allgood and GPA executive director Griff Lynch welcome U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, Canadian Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay and Mexican Secretary of Agriculture José Calzada to Garden City Container Terminal, as the 11,300-TEU containership CMA CGM Lyra works in the background. (Georgia Ports Authority/Stephen B. Morton)

Fed: Biggest banks strong enough to withstand recession


Savannah jobless rate lifts for May, remains low for year

Metro Savannah’s unemployment rate raised slightly in May to 4.4 percent, up one-tenth of a percentage point from 4.3 percent in April, according to new statistics released today from the Georgia Department of Labor. In May 2016, the rate was 4.7 percent.

La-Z-Boy donates furniture for Ronald McDonald House

La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries in Pooler recently donated new furniture to Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Coastal Empire.

Kia tops new car quality survey for second straight year


529s make it easier to ask family, friends for college funding


Optim finds last-minute buyer for Millen hospital

Savannah-based Optim Health System has sold its medical facility in Millen to GA Medical Holdings Corp., just days before the 25-bed “critical access” hospital was slated to close, Georgia Health News reported this week.

Film roles mean big bucks for Savannah business

In movie plots, small entreprenuers often realize big dreams through hard work and timing. It’s a true story for many local businesses as the film industry discovers Savannah.

Northup: Brownfield program encourages redevelopment of contaminated properties

Sometimes you’ve got to take the good with the bad.

Martin: Consider difference in estate plan vs. legacy plan

If you’ve got a will, simple trust and life insurance policies with named beneficiaries, you may think that you’re done with all your end-of-life planning. But really, all you’ve handled is your estate plan. Creating and protecting your legacy, on the other hand, takes a bit more effort.

Moore: Two years in Savannah show success, promise

We’re living in a time when bank mergers and consolidation efforts among financial institutions are more or less the norm. It happens all the time, and consumers and industry leaders have come to expect it. In saying that, I feel so incredibly proud to be a part of a multigenerational, family-owned community bank, which just surpassed its 71st anniversary and was named a “Top Community Bank in the Nation” by Independent Community Bankers of America for the fifth consecutive year.

Krapf: Loved ones deserve your attention to nursing home care

In World War II, they flew the great air missions, landed on the beaches and fought through six countries to free Europe from the clutches of an evil dictator. They fought in battle and worked in factories to build tanks, airplanes and ships and rationed their food, fuel and clothes for four long years. We know them better as our parents and grandparents.

Lowry: Elder-care abuse suspicious must be reported

CNN recently reported about a dark trend occurring in nursing homes and assisted living facilities across the country: sexual abuse of elderly residents, who are often helpless to defend themselves against unwanted advances.

Summerell: Older facilities may bring lead-based paint hazards

For many years, lead pigment was used in paint as a drying and durability agent. However, lead has been proved a dangerous material if ingested. It can cause nervous system damage, stunted growth, kidney damage and delayed development. Lead is particularly dangerous to children because it tastes sweet:Years of lead-poisoning evidence suggests that children put lead-based paint (LBP) chips and toys with lead dust in their mouths. Further, lead paint is dangerous to adults and can cause reproductive problems, is considered a possible and likely carcinogen, and in elevated levels can result in death.

McRae, Harmon: Logistics lunch focuses on tech, transport

The third annual Savannah Logistics Lunch will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 19, at the Savannah International Trade &Convention Center on Hutchinson Island. Co-presented by the Center of Innovation for Logistics and HunterMaclean, the 2017 Logistics Lunch will explore “Industry Disruptors.” The program is tailored to Savannah-area logistics companies and the support services, vendors and professional services firms that work with them.

Brownlee: Make sure you build your customer profile

There is not a business out there that sells its products or services to everyone. While I find this shocking, some people really don’t like chocolate. So, if you aren’t selling chocolate to everyone, who exactly are you selling it to? The 80/20 rule suggests that 80 percent of your sales are coming from 20 percent of your customers. In my experience, that is a pretty good estimate, although in some cases it looks more like a 90/10 rule.

Zapp: Let’s take another view of short-term rentals

As a seven-year resident of the Historic District, a three-year licensed short-term vacation rental, or STVR, owner, a retired economist, and a new Downtown Neighborhood Association Board member, I wish to offer an alternative method to achieve the goal of limiting (and reducing) the proliferation of STVRs which will be less divisive and more legally sound than one concept I have heard is being proposed. Full disclosure: we sold our STVR June 20.

Memorial, Mercer graduate first doctors from ‘fast track’ program

Memorial University Medical Center and Mercer University School of Medicine honored the two physicians who are the first graduates of an innovative medical “fast track” designed to address Georgia’s critical shortage of primary care physicians and also to salute an influential legislative leader who has championed the program.

Dr. Daniel Gordon, left, and Dr. Mary Keith, right, were honored recently as the first two graduates of the Primary Care Acceplerated Track Program. Georgia Rep. Butch Parrish, center, chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Health, attended the ceremony. (Special to the Morning News)