Monday, June 30, 2014

Old Fort Jackson breaks ground on new building

Posted By on Mon, Jun 30, 2014 at 12:14 PM

The Coastal Heritage Society will break ground on the new orientation building for Old Fort Jackson on July 3.

"The new building will enable the fort to relocate modern intrusions from within the existing structure and will also provide additional visitor amenities in a comfortable air-controlled space," said a spokesperson from the Coastal Heritage Society.

A decade in the making, the building's construction was allocated by SPLOST and will enhance the experience at the site.

Old Fort Jackson protected Savannah and Georgia from 1808 through the end of the Civil War. It is the oldest standing brick fortification in the state and one of Georgia's oldest treasures.

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Chatham County green space plan in the works

Posted By on Mon, Jun 30, 2014 at 11:48 AM

The Resource Protection Commission - a division of the Metropolitan Planning Commission - is working on a long-term green space plan for Chatham County and needs residents' feedback.

"The Long-term Green Space Plan will focus on the goals and actions to achieving stated goals over a three, five, or seven year period and will be continually re-evaluated every cycle," says RPC member Katie Reams.

Green space, also known as open space, refers to areas used for parks and other open areas for public use. The plan depends on feedback from Chatham County residents. The RPC needs to understand residents' attitudes towards green space to create an effective plan.

To participate, take the commission's survey, which is also offered in Spanish. Anyone over 18 can participate, and answers will be kept confidential.

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Early voting begins today

Posted By on Mon, Jun 30, 2014 at 11:27 AM

Early absentee voting for the primary runoff election begins June 30.

"Any eligible registered voter desiring to vote in advance during this period may do so in person at the Voter Registration Main Office," says public information officer Peter Nichols.

No reason is required for early voting. Anyone wishing to cast their vote early can either request an absentee by mail ballot or vote in person. Both options end July 18.

Voters must vote for the same party that they did in the primary. For instance, those who voted Democrat in the primary must vote either Democrat or non-partisan in the runoff, if their county offers the non-partisan option.

The runoff election begins July 22 at 7 a.m.

Voters can find their polling location at My Voter Page.

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Friday, June 27, 2014

Hit and run driver surrenders to police

Posted By on Fri, Jun 27, 2014 at 10:13 AM

The driver of a car that sped away after striking and injuring a pre-teen bicyclist on Wednesday, turned herself in to Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police.

Devin Sadler, 24, met SCMPD's Major Accident Investigation Team (MAIT) officers at the Metro traffic office. She has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident and driving without insurance or a driver's license.

The 11-year-old boy was transported to Memorial University Medical Center after the 1:30 p.m. incident in the parking lot of Home Depot on East Victory Drive. He has since been released from the hospital.

City opens two new playgrounds

Posted By on Fri, Jun 27, 2014 at 10:10 AM

City and neighborhood leaders are set to officially open two new parks during separate ceremonies on the west side of Savannah 1 p.m. and 2 p.m., today, Friday, June 27:

1 p.m.: Ribbon cutting for new playground at Liberty City Neighborhood Center, 1401 Mills B. Lane Boulevard.

2 p.m.: Ribbon cutting for Feiler Park, at Medding and Alamo Streets. Park improvements include a new playground, walking trail, benches, picnic area, lighting, parking lot and water fountain.

Both events will be hosted by Alderwoman Dr. Estella Shabazz, who represents the 5th District, where the parks are located.

The City of Savannah maintains 57 different playgrounds throughout the community, in addition to nearly 200 acres of parks and more than a dozen community centers.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Armstrong prof awarded $50,000 grant

Posted By on Mon, Jun 23, 2014 at 10:16 AM

An Armstrong professor just received a $50,000 grant to fund her research on historic Southern plantation culture.

Dr. Amy Potter, assistant professor of geography, received the National Science Foundation grant for the study "Transformation of American Southern Commemorative Landscapes." It will compare three major plantation regions including the area of coastal Georgia and South Carolina, the James River area in Virginia and the River Road District in southern Louisiana.

"The three-year research project will enable Potter and an Armstrong student to travel to various historic sites to participate in fieldwork and data collection," said a university spokesperson.

“In addition to the research itself, I’m particularly excited to be able to provide an Armstrong student with a three-year research assistantship and the opportunity to conduct primary research alongside other faculty and graduate students at these three regional sites,” Potter said.

The grant is part of a larger award of $445,000 for a collaborative research project conducted by a team including professors from University of Southern Mississippi, University of Tennessee, University of Mary Washington, Texas Tech University, and Norfolk State University.

Dr. Amy Potter
  • Dr. Amy Potter

Potter joined Armstrong in 2013 and is an assistant professor in the university’s Department of History. She teaches a variety of geography courses and serves as the secretary of the Study of the American South Specialty Group for the Association of American Geographers. This summer she will conduct fieldwork in the U.K. alongside other NSF grant colleagues, focusing on tourism, slavery and museums.

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Friday, June 20, 2014

Guns and drugs seized on Waters Ave. after chase

Posted By on Fri, Jun 20, 2014 at 12:59 PM

Three men were arrested and "an assortment of drugs, drug paraphernalia and weapons were seized after Islands Precinct officers stopped a vehicle moving through an intensive patrol operation Wednesday afternoon," a police spokesperson says.

John James Monahan Jr., 20, of Dallas, GA, was charged with possession of drug-related objects for use and having illegally tinted windows on his car. Kenneth Michael Robinson, 23, of the 1100 block of East 53rd Street, was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Both of them and Napoleon Ramon Graham, 24, of an Eagle Street address, were charged with obstruction. Graham was transported to Memorial University Medical Center for a bite from a police canine officer "stemming from his resistance."

The three men and a female were in a car "with illegal degrees of window tinting driving slowly through a heavy patrol of the Edgemore-Sackville neighborhoods about 4 p.m. Crime Suppression Unit officers on bicycles and in cars pursued it to Waters and 66th Street where they performed a traffic stop," police say.

Each of the men initially refused to cooperate with police officers. The investigation into the assortment of drugs and weapons found in the vehicle is continuing.

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Great Race brings classic cars to River Street next Saturday

Posted By on Fri, Jun 20, 2014 at 12:56 PM

River Street Savannah will be one of the stops for this year’s Hemmings Motor News Great Race, a time, speed, endurance rally making an Atlantic Coast run from Maine to Florida on June 21-29.

The vintage (pre-1972) cars will arrive on Saturday, June 28 (one car every minute) on River Street starting about 11:25am.

Each year the route touches a different part of the United States, and Savannah was chosen as one the last stops this year. Each of the racers will be stopping for a lunch break before they hop back in their cars to continue on the timed race!

The classic cars will all be parked in the east parking lot on River Street for the vehicles to be displayed for one hour, until the drivers leave again for the next leg of the race.

The Great Race offers a $150,000 purse to the winners. More than one hundred classic cars from ranging 1915 to 1972 are registered, one of which is a replica of the “General Lee” 1969 Dodge Charger.

Also on display this year will be the “Leslie Special” one of the most famous automobiles in the world. It was the star of the 1965 movie “The Great Race.”

Other notable cars include a 1915 Hudson, 1916 Studebacker Racer, 1930 Rolland Palain; 1935 Auburn Cabriolet, 1936 Bentley Saloon, 1931 Auburn Boattail Speedster, 1932 Auburn Special Speedster, 1957 Jaguar, and many restored muscle cars.

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Telfair project receives national award

Posted By on Fri, Jun 20, 2014 at 12:23 PM

Slavery and Freedom in Savannah, a "multi-year project encompassing a major publication, a museum exhibition, a three-day city symposium, and multiple community partnerships," according to a spokesperson, has received the Award of Merit from the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH).

The Leadership in History Awards, now in its 69th year, is the most prestigious recognition for achievement in the preservation and interpretation of state and local history. In making the announcement about this Telfair Museums-operated project, AASLH said, “the winners represent the best in the field and provide leadership for the future of state and local history.”

Slavery and Freedom in Savannah, a book published earlier this year, provides insight into urban life across 300 years of Georgia history. Published by the University of Georgia Press, the book was edited by Leslie Harris, associate professor of history and African American studies and Winship Distinguished Research Professor at Emory University in Atlanta, and Daina Ramey Berry, associate professor of history and African and African diaspora studies and George W. Littlefield Fellow in American History at the University of Texas at Austin.

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“Our goal was to build on scholarship across fields of history, literature, anthropology, and art to provide insight into a rarely explored aspect of our collective American past,” saysTelfair Museums Director and CEO Lisa Grove. “But the critical part of this project has always been to share the information with the community—through the book, exhibit and two historic sites—and present it in such a way that it inspires interest and enthusiasm to know the larger story.”

The Slavery and Freedom in Savannah project is part of Telfair Museums’ ongoing efforts to document the lives and labors of the African Americans—enslaved and free—who built and worked at the original Telfair historic homes, the Owens-Thomas House and Telfair mansion.

The corresponding Slavery and Freedom in Savannah exhibition, on display at the Jepson Center through August 31, uses a collection of historic objects and stories to illustrate the themes in the book.

“Although rural and plantation-based slavery are somewhat familiar to visitors to the south, urban slavery is rarely interpreted,” said Tania Sammons, Telfair Museums’ senior curator of decorative arts and historic sites and director of the project. “But as the book and exhibit point out, urban slavery was instrumental to the slave-based economy in Savannah and throughout North America. This part of the story has national significance and fills an important gap in our understanding of our collective American past.”

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Phillip Phillips to play for Rock 'n' Roll Marathon

Posted on Wed, Jun 18, 2014 at 7:31 PM

Georgia native Phillip Phillips, who took First Place on Season 11 of TV's American Idol, has been announced as the musical headliner for Savannah's third Rock 'n' Roll Marathon, Nov. 8.

Best known for the hit 2012 singles "Home" and "Gone Gone Gone," Phillips is a native of Albany.

He'll perform at the post-race concert in Forsyth Park.

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