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TLC honors Savannah hospitality, leisure industry

Savannah’s Tourism Leadership Council, a local trade organization, presented the 20th Annual Tourism Awards & Scholarship Dinner on Thursday night honoring the best of the best in the tourism community.

Dana Shultz of Club at Savannah Harbor receives the Board of Directors Award at the 20th Annual Tourism Awards and Scholarship Dinner on Thursday night. (Siobhan Egan/For the Savannah Morning News)

Portside: Dredges working overtime to finish outer harbor

With an important environmental window narrowing, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and its dredging contractor have been working around the clock to make sure a major component of the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project is completed on time.

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Livingood’s Appliances breaks ground on Pooler store

Four decades after opening the doors in Savannah, Livingood’s Appliances and Bedding is growing its footprint with a new location in Pooler.

Dale and Phyllis Livingood, founders of Livingood’s Appliances and Bedding, along with their sons Scott and Todd Livingood joined officials from Pooler, Savannah, Dewitt Tilton Group and others to break ground on their new location at 1225 U.S. 80. (Photo special to the Savannah Morning News)

Papy: Innovation unlocks door for Savannah’s future

Innovation is one of those tricky words that has the potential to mean everything and nothing specific at the same time. Google “innovation overused” and you’ll come upon a plethora of think pieces that swear up and down that innovation has become such an interchangeable phrase that according to technologist and writer David O’Dwyer, the word is “literally losing definition, like an out-of-focus photograph that manages to become blurrier every time you look at it.”

Brands work to stem flood of harmful plastics


Volunteer Michael Byrne poses for photographs beside plastic bottles washed up on the foreshore at the site of the ancient and no-longer used Queenhithe dock, a designated scheduled monument which dates back to at least the time of King Alfred the Great who lived from 849 to 899 AD, on the north bank of the River Thames in London, Friday, Feb. 9, 2018. Amid growing evidence of dire amounts of waste in the world’s oceans, conservation is becoming a selling point for firms trying to jump on the bandwagon of concern about the flood of plastic choking sea life. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Sales of U.S. homes fall year over year by most in 3½ years


In this Monday, Jan. 8, 2018 photo a real estate for sale sign hangs in front of an existing home, in Walpole, Mass. On Wednesday, Feb. 21, the National Association of Realtors reports on January sales of existing homes. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

BiS in brief: HealthPac, SCORE seminar, tech showcase, South State makes list

ATDC seeks applicants for showcase

Ramsey: Set goal to be punctual — even in Savannah

Last week when I was racing down the road to get to an appointment on time, I had a sudden revelation. This was not uncommon for me. It has become a regular occurrence. I am never late – well, almost never, but I often arrive at meetings or appointments with only moments to spare. Of course, that means that I have to stop and take three deep breaths to calm my frazzled nerves.

Commission delays Starland zoning request

The Metropolitan Planning Commission on Tuesday delayed a zoning request for a new mixed-use development in the Starland District, voting to continue the petition brought by The Foram Group for a live, work, play development known as Starland Village until Feb. 27.

The Metropolitan Planning Commission delayed a zoning request for a new mixed-use development in the Starland District on Tuesday, voting to continue the petition brought by The Foram Group for a live, work, play development known as Starland Village until Feb. 27. (Will Peebles/Savannah Morning News file photo)

City Talk: First visit to Husk yields look at renovation, creative menu

Husk Restaurant opened in early January, but I just made my first trip last week.

Bastian, Bowers honored as Trustees

The Georgia Historical Society honored Ed Bastian, CEO of Delta Air Lines, and Paul Bowers, chairman, president, and CEO of Georgia Power, as the newest Georgia Trustees at its annual Trustees Gala on Saturday night.

Savannah developer plans Starland live, work, play community

Located in the Thomas Square Streetcar neighborhood, the Starland District is one of the Savannah’s fastest growing areas. Home to local art galleries, technology startups and designers, there’s no shortage of creativity.

The former New Covenant United Methodist Church sits at the intersection of Bull and East 38th streets on Friday. Savannah-based Foram Group plans to develop a $40 million live, work, play community known as Starland Village at Bull and 38th Streets. The development, which will be spread across three lots, includes the former New Covenant United Methodist Church and the lot to the north that was previously owed by the City of Savannah, is expected to cover roughly 130,000 square-feet. (Will Peebles/Savannah Morning News)

City Talk: MPC will consider new developments impacting Thomas Square

Last Tuesday, residents of Thomas Square packed the community room at the Whitaker Street fire station to hear about two large developments that will have broad impacts on the neighborhood.

Duffy Street shoemaker brings traditions to new generation

To Savannah’s bespoke shoemaker, Marcell Mrsan, precision and simplicity are the key ingredients in crafting beautiful shoes that last.

Marcell Mrsan displays a pair of handmade shoes. (Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News)

Owens: Tourism awards honor those who make Savannah shine

For 20 years, the Tourism Leadership Council has honored some of the best and brightest stars in the tourism and hospitality community through the Tourism Awards and Scholarship Dinner. Over the years, we have expanded our awards to grow with our tourism industry, and refined our selection process for our award winners.

Carver State Bank receives new markets tax credit award for $30 million

Savannah-based Carver State Bank, along with partner Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs, has been awarded $30 million in New Markets Tax Credits from the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund through Carver Financial Corporation, Carver State Bank’s holding company and affiliated Community Development Entity.

‘Dangerous’ hitchhikers found in Savannah port shipment

Several possibly dangerous bugs were stopped by U.S. Customs and Border Protection specialists at the Port of Savannah last month.

This tortoise beetle was discovered by CBP agriculture specialist at Port of Savannah. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Customs and Border Protection/Savannah)