Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Medient is now Moon River Studios

Posted By on Wed, Aug 27, 2014 at 10:30 AM

The financially troubled Medient Studios, Inc., hailed not long ago as a  game-changing economic engine for Effingham County and the Savannah area film community, announces not only a "1 for 1,000 reverse stock split of the Company’s issued and outstanding common and preferred stock," but a name change to “Moon River Studios, Inc.”

In 2013, the company entered into a lease agreement with the Effingham County Industrial Development Authority with ownership of 1560 acres of land in Effingham County. The company still plans to construct motion picture studios and facilities including "sound stages, production and post production offices, editing suites, warehouses, mills and set fabrication facilities," which they collectively call a Studioplex. 

In July, former Medient CEO Manu Kumaran, filed a lawsuit seeking to dissolve the firm he founded after he was fired by the company's board.

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Armstrong fraternities and sororities to take Ice Bucket Challenge

Posted By on Mon, Aug 25, 2014 at 10:05 AM

Members of Armstrong's fraternities and sororities will take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on Wednesday, August 27, to raise awareness for the disease. The challenge will take place in the Compass Plaza at 2 p.m. 

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is a degenerative neurological disease that affects more than 30,000 Americans. The Ice Bucket Challenge, where participants dump buckets of icy water on their heads for charity, has been extremely popular on social media lately and seeks to raise both awareness and money for the ALS Association. 

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Art Rise Savannah mixes art and beer

Posted By on Mon, Aug 25, 2014 at 9:55 AM

In celebration of Craft Brew Week, Art Rise Savannah will host a closing reception for artist Leah Mayer at Ampersand on August 26 at 6:30 p.m.

Mayer's exhibit Worlds Collide features eighteen mixed media works exploring new material combinations including beeswax, paper, and clay. Her work, created in a studio here in Savannah, can be found in collections around the world both public and private.

Art Rise Savannah will also provide information about joining their organization as well as activities like coloring books and making your own coozie. 


Friday, August 22, 2014

In wake of Ferguson, SSU presents dialogue on police & social injustice

Posted By on Fri, Aug 22, 2014 at 10:48 AM

Savannah State University’s (SSU) College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences will present a student-centered conversation titled “Michael Brown, Police Brutality and Changing the Image of Black Men in America” 5-8 p.m., Monday, Aug. 25, in room 115 of the Social Sciences Building on the SSU campus.

The dialogue will include presentations by Daai’yah Salaam, founder and CEO of Community Works, Inc., a cultural consulting firm that focuses on human development for organizational effectiveness; Francys Johnson, Esq., president of the Georgia NAACP; and Calvert Smith Jr., a 2014 graduate of SSU who earned his bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in business.

Following the presentations, panelists will respond to questions from three SSU students who organized the dialogue: Maurice Nelson, president of the SSU NAACP student chapter; Ayana Tiller, Miss Black and Gold, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.; and Ja’Andra Wheeler, who has organized other events in response to the Ferguson, Mo., shooting incident. Kameelah Martin, Ph.D., assistant professor of English, Language and Cultures at SSU, will moderate the discussions.

The event is free and open to the public.

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Neighborhood Ass'ns take action against crime

Posted By on Fri, Aug 22, 2014 at 10:41 AM

Members of two west Savannah neighborhood associations rallied against crime in a median on West 57th Street.

Betty Jones, president of the Feiler Park Neighborhood Association, Inc., organized the rally with the support of the Tatemville Neighborhood Improvement Association. She was joined by Mable Hudson, president of the Tatemville group, and others from both neighborhoods as well as City Alderwoman Estella Shabazz in the park area behind the Madison Apartments.

"The apartment complex has been the scene of multiple incidents lately and Feiler Park residents are concerned that portions of a brick block fence the city has erected around the apartments have been dismantled by residents," police says. "They see the damage as an indication of the criminal element in the area."

"I was raised in this neighborhood and we had people looking out for each other," Jones said. "We are going to return to that kind of neighborhood." Doing so, she said, will take the efforts of all members of the community.

From her prepared text, she read:

"Thirty-seven part one crimes in a 90-day period is just not acceptable in the Feiler Park Neighborhood. The Feiler Park Neighborhood Association Inc. called this press conference to let it be known that we stand against the shooting, vandalism, thefts and all illegal activity in our neighborhood. We want a neighborhood that is safe for all residents. We want a neighborhood that is clean and beautiful. We want a neighborhood that is working toward a higher quality residential experience for all residents. We do not want and will not stand for crime as usual in this neighborhood. We plan to take a bit out of crime! We have planned several neighborhood watch trainings. The first is Saturday, Aug. 23, from 9-11 a.m."

Betty Jones, Feiler Park Neighborhood Association President, reads from her text at Thursday afternoon rally
  • Betty Jones, Feiler Park Neighborhood Association President, reads from her text at Thursday afternoon rally

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Man charged in puppy's death

Posted By on Thu, Aug 21, 2014 at 11:06 AM

Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police arrested and charged a man with animal cruelty for "bludgeoning a 9-month-old puppy to death last July," according to a department spokesperson.

On Monday, July 14, 20-year-old Briceson Moore "took a wire haired fox terrier puppy to a Savannah veterinary office where it was pronounced dead on arrival," police say. "Due to the nature of the injuries SCMPD Animal Control was notified and the dog’s remains were sent to UGA for a necropsy."

It was determined that the dog died of blunt force trauma.

Eventually, "Moore confessed to Downtown Precinct investigators that he had beaten the dog with a canine toy in a residence on the 300 block of Abercorn Street." A warrant was issued and Moore was arrested.

'When Artists Call Savannah Home' panel tonight

Posted By on Thu, Aug 21, 2014 at 11:04 AM

Sponsored by Indigo Sky Community Arts Gallery and ARC Savannah announce the next in their series on arts in Savannah: A panel discussion on "When Artists Call Savannah Home."

Savannah is a visually stunning, intellectually stimulating, and comfortable living Southern city," says a gallery spokesperson. "It has drawn in all sorts of creative energy from all over the world. Join us for a discussion with some of Savannah's artists who will be opening up about living as an artist and among so many artists in Savannah, Georgia in this forum."

Free and open to the public at 5 p.m. the Telfair Museums' Jepson Center for the Arts, Neises Auditorium (stay after for Art on Tap)

Panel Moderator: Jody Jenkins, SGTV Producer

Panelists are Suzanne Jackson, artist, faculty at Savannah State University; Daniel E. Smith, artist; Christina Edwards, artist; Lester Sloan, photojournalist, visiting professor at Savannah State University; and Elizabeth Winnel, artist

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Residents asked for stadium feedback

Posted By on Tue, Aug 19, 2014 at 11:12 AM

Area esidents can provide input on Grayson Stadium, the Savannah Sand Gnats and the prospect of a new multi-purpose stadium downtown as part of an online survey. The survey was created by C.H. Johnson Consulting as part of a study the company has been contracted to complete exploring the feasibility of a new multi-purpose stadium downtown.

The survey can be accessed at

Historic Grayson Stadium was constructed in 1926, "and has undergone a series of renovations and improvements over the years, the most recent in 2007," a City spokesperson says. "The Savannah Sand Gnats owners would like to pursue the construction of a modern stadium in the downtown area. City Council approved the feasibility study to investigate the cost and impact of a new stadium, as well as the option of upgrading the current location."

The study is expected to be complete around the end of September.

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Weave A Dream seeks applications

Posted By on Tue, Aug 19, 2014 at 11:10 AM

The City of Savannah’s Weave-A-Dream (WAD) Panel has issued a call for proposals for its 2014 Weave-A-Dream—Cultural & Arts Projects initiative.

Applications will be accepted through the calendar year, while funds are available. Programs are to be completed prior to December 31 and the application must be submitted at least eight weeks prior to the start date of the project.

In 2014, Weave-A-Dream funding has made it possible for the following arts programs: Savannah Nutcracker School Matinee, First Friday Art March, and the Synchronized Robot Dance Team. Project funding is available up to $2,500 for specific and innovative arts, cultural, or heritage projects or presentations that have "a measurable, quantifiable benefit to Savannah’s diverse populations."

The Weave-A-Dream committee seeks proposals that actively involve youth, seniors, and those who have limited access to arts based programs in Savannah. Program disciplines such as performing, visual, media, theater, folk, design (architecture), or literary arts are encouraged to apply.

To be eligible, an organization must be a non-profit, 501c3, head-quartered in Savannah’s corporate limits. Proposed programs must also be produced within the City’s corporate limits. No individual artist applications will be accepted. Applications are available on the Department of Cultural Affairs website (\arts). They can also be requested by contacting Eileen Baker at 912-651-6417 or

Applications are reviewed by the WAD Panel and funding is awarded by a competitive funding process.

Teen, 17, dead after shooting

Posted By on Tue, Aug 19, 2014 at 11:08 AM

Police are investigating the fatal shooting of a 17-year-old Savannah youth in Carver Heights area of west Saturday night. Wayne Edwards was transported to Memorial University Medical Center after the 9:53 p.m. shooting on the 1200 block of Elliott Avenue. He later died from his injuries.

Detectives investigate the shooting. Anyone with info is asked to call Crimestoppers at (912) 234-2020 or text CRIMES (274637) using the keyword CSTOP2020. Tipsters remain anonymous and may qualify for a cash reward. A confidential Tip Line also is open directly to investigators at (912) 525-3124.

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