Friday, March 28, 2014

Driver, 3 children escape serious injury on Truman

Posted By on Fri, Mar 28, 2014 at 3:29 PM

A woman and her three small children "escaped serious injury this morning when their stalled car was struck by an SUV on the Truman Expressway," a police spokesman says.

Tamela Royal, 26, and her children were transported to Memorial University Medical Center after the 7:48 a.m. crash just north of Eisenhower Drive. They were treated for minor injuries.

"She was driving a Honda sedan that has run out of gas on the expressway in the northbound entrance lane from Eisenhower Drive," police says. "The Honda was rear-ended by a Lincoln Navigator that was merging onto the highway, driven by a 42-year-old Savannah woman."

Public invited to carts/low speed vehicle meeting

Posted By on Fri, Mar 28, 2014 at 3:27 PM

The City of Savannah invites residents and business owners to attend a public meeting to "discuss the use of motorized carts and low speed vehicles on Savannah streets," a spokesperson says.

The meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 1 at 6 p.m. at the Southwest Chatham County Library located at 14097 Abercorn Street.

"This comprehensive process will result in a recommendation to City officials on the use of these types of vehicles on Savannah’s public streets," the spokesperson says.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Suspect in St. Patrick's Day double shooting arrested

Posted By on Wed, Mar 26, 2014 at 12:42 PM

Detectives for the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department are awaiting extradition of a man arrested in Bluffton for two Savannah shootings on St. Patrick's Day that left one man dead and another injured.

At about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, members of the U.S. Marshals with assistance of the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office and Bluffton Police Department arrested 28-year-old James Harris, Jr. of Savannah on the 2000 block of Simmonsville Road in Bluffton.

He is charged with murder and aggravated assault. Harris is awaiting extradition at the Beaufort County Jail.

Harris is charged for a double shooting on the 2000 block of Mississippi Avenue that killed 24-year-old Barry Trevon Williams, of the 1900 block of Skidaway Road, and wounded Dominique Ellison, 25, of a Mississippi Avenue address.

Harris’s extradition date has not yet been scheduled.

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Jordan's Cosmos Mariner racks up awards

Posted By on Tue, Mar 25, 2014 at 11:26 AM

The Telly Awards has named Savannah’s Cosmos Mariner Productions the winner of one Silver and four Bronze awards in the 35th Annual Telly Awards, featuring nearly 12,000 entries from all 50 states and numerous countries.

The awards were:

· The Silver Telly (the highest level of Telly Award) in the category TV Programs, Segments, or Promotional Pieces—Documentary, was captured by “Isaiah Davenport: Portrait of a Master Builder,” a half-hour documentary Cosmos Mariner Productions created for the Isaiah Davenport House Museum. Nate Nauert was director of photography, video editor, and associate producer on this film.

· A Bronze Telly, in the category Non-Broadcast Productions—Education (for academic use) goes to “A Deadly Pestilence: Yellow Fever in Savannah,” another production for the Isaiah Davenport House Museum. Nate Nauert was director of photography, video editor, and associate producer on this film.

· A Bronze Telly, in the category Internet/Online Commercial—Not-for-profit, goes to “Capt. Matthew Freeman: The Mission Continues,” a short video created for the website of the Matthew Freeman Project: Pens and Paper for Peace.

· Two Bronze Tellys, in the categories TV Programs, Segments, or Promotional Pieces—Documentary and TV Programs, Segments, or Promotional Pieces—Copywriting, go to “Savannah in the Civil War,” a feature-length documentary produced in 2012.

The silver Telly
  • The silver Telly

The Telly Awards was founded in 1979 and is the premier award honoring outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs, the finest video and film productions, and online commercials, video and films.

“It’s a great honor for our work to be recognized by the prestigious Telly Awards," says Cosmos Mariner Productions President Michael Jordan. "Each of the productions honored represents just one example of the high-quality work we strive to produce for all of our clients, as well as the accurate and enjoyable historical documentaries for which we’re known in the community.”

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Shelter animals transported to ATL

Posted By on Tue, Mar 25, 2014 at 11:13 AM

Twenty-five dogs and 11 cats and kittens were transferred today from the Savannah-Chatham Animal Control Shelter to the Atlanta Humane Society to facilitate adoptions.

The Atlanta organization also picked up four cats and nine dogs from the Hilton Head Humane Society.

The Atlanta organization "had learned that the census at the Savannah facility was nearing capacity and launched the humanitarian effort to help avoid euthanizing the animals and find homes for them in the Atlanta area," a spokesperson says.

The transfers eliminated about half of the dogs in the shelter, making room for more animals.

The Atlanta Society "will absorb the cost of transferring the animals where new owners are expected to be found. Metro will be reimbursed for the cost of testing and vaccination."

The Atlanta Society has partnered with Metro in the past and officials there heard that the Savannah shelter had a large number of animals.

“This truly was a humane effort by the Atlanta Society and we certainly appreciate their thoughts and efforts,” said Lt. Cary Hill who oversees the Animal Control Unit. “Our partners have helped us save untold numbers of animals.”

Blessings in a Book Bag event is Saturday

Posted By on Tue, Mar 25, 2014 at 11:10 AM

Blessings In A Book Bag Inc. presents The 2nd Annual Healthy Body Healthy Minds Extravaganza March 29 from 12-3pm at the West Broad Street YMCA.

"This is a community wide event which is free and open to the public that will include: family friendly activities for all ages, local media specialist and talents, exhibits and activities provided by local organizations, businesses, the BIBB staff and board members," an organization spokesman says.

The mission for Healthy Body Healthy Minds is "to register as many people in the community for affordable health care and to raise consciousness amongst the inner city community on the importance of creating and maintaining a healthy life style."

The informational health fair and field day will include assistance in registering for affordable health care, free food, health screenings, line dance classes, Zumba lessons, Salsa lessons, a tug of war competition; an Uno tournament, prizes, live entertainment by Infallible Funk, natural hair seminars and a runway show by natural hair specialist Alia.

To get more information and to find out how to volunteer go to

Friday, March 21, 2014

'Saturdays' with Alderwoman Shabazz' starts tomorrow

Posted By on Fri, Mar 21, 2014 at 1:45 PM

Residents in Savannah’s 5th District are invited "to meet with their Alderwoman every 4th Saturday of the month, beginning Saturday, March 22," a City spokesman says.

“Saturdays with Alderwoman Shabazz” will be held from 2-4 p.m. at Shabazz Seafood Restaurant, 502 W. Victory Drive, at the corner of Victory and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

"Residents may come with specific issues and concerns, or just to meet their representative on Savannah City Council," the City says.

Dr. Estella Shabazz represents District 5, which runs west of Bull Street and north of 36th Streets.


WSAV owner to acquire WJCL, WTGS

Posted By on Fri, Mar 21, 2014 at 12:19 PM

Reports confirm that Media General, owner of WSAV, Savannah's NBC affiliate, announced it is buying LIN Media, owner of local stations WJCL and WTGS, and will merge local operations.

As of now there have been no announcements about any impact on local operations or personnel.

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Cyclists converge on City Hall Thursday

Posted By on Wed, Mar 19, 2014 at 2:21 PM

Local cyclists will converge on Savannah City Hall at noon Thursday, March 20, "to thank City leaders for helping to make Savannah better for bicycles, and encourage them to do more to make the city safer, friendlier and more convenient for people who ride bikes," says a spokesman for the Savannah Bicycle Campaign.

“Over the last six years we’ve worked cooperatively with the City of Savannah to expand our bicycle infrastructure network, organize cycling events, and earn Bicycle Friendly Community status from the League of American Bicyclists,” said John Bennett, executive director of the Savannah Bicycle Campaign, who also pens Connect Savannah's biweekly "The News Cycle" column.

“The Ride to City Hall is designed to celebrate the progress we’ve made as a community and urge our leaders to do more.”

A group ride organized by the Bicycle Campaign will depart from Ellis Square, arriving at City Hall just after noon. Those who do not have bicycles can rent a CAT Bike from the Ellis Square bike share station, subject to availability. Following remarks, lunch will be served.

This event is being held during the same week as the annual Ride to the Capitol in Atlanta and in conjunction with other rides to city halls in Athens, Griffin, Milledgeville and Rome.

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Arts Ashore hits $100k milestone

Posted By on Wed, Mar 19, 2014 at 2:19 PM

The Arts Ashore Legacy Fund of The Savannah Community Foundation, Inc. this year reached the $100,000 milestone in charitable distributions.

"Its annual gifts are in furtherance of Arts Ashore’s purpose to foster the legacy of synergistic relationships among Savannah’s cultural resources that arose from Arts Ashore’s sponsorship of the 100 day, 100 event Arts Ashore Festival that celebrated the 1996 Olympic Sailing Event in Savannah," an organization spokesperson says.

The AALF also announces the following grants for 2014:

1. to the Music Medicine Institute and Live Oak Public Libraries - $1,500.00 for their program, “Celebrating the Month of the Military Child!” ;

2. to West Broad Street YMCA, The Wesley Community Centers of Savannah, Inc., and Hands On Savannah of the United Way of the Coastal Empire - $1,500.00 for “The Beloved Community Quilt Project”;

3. to Horizons Savannah and Savannah Country Day School - $1,500.00 for the Horizons Summer Music Program; and

4. to Savannah State University and Savannah Black Heritage Festival - $500 for “Three Diverse Brother Turners” — a pottery exhibition by three African-American male potters.

AALF issues requests for proposals to local charities in the Fall of each year to be evaluated the following January. Supported projects must be related to arts and education and must be jointly submitted and carried out by two or more non-profit organizations and/or governmental entities in the Savannah area. The Arts Ashore grants annually total about $5,000.

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