Friday, September 22, 2017

City Council to vote to rename Talmadge Bridge as "The Savannah Bridge"

Posted By on Fri, Sep 22, 2017 at 6:04 PM

Next Thursday, Sept. 28, City Council will vote at its regular meeting to adopt a resolution to rename the Talmadge Bridge. Savannah Mayor Eddie DeLoach is recommending renaming it “The Savannah Bridge”.

If the resolution is approved by Council, a spokesperson says, the City of Savannah will then send the resolution to the Governor, the Georgia Department of Transportation, and the Chatham County delegation encouraging them to follow through with the name change to make the name change legally binding.

"In addition to renaming the bridge, Mayor DeLoach will create a task force of Savannah historians, led by City staff, to took a different options to honor all those who served during the Civil War, while following state laws," the spokesperson concludes.

FEMA Disaster Recovery Center set to open on Tybee

Posted By on Fri, Sep 22, 2017 at 4:01 PM

Beginning Saturday, Sept. 23, the Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) on Tybee Island will be open to assist Hurricane Irma survivors. The center is open daily and staffed by representatives of the State of Georgia, FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Hours of operation are:
Mon-Fri: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The location is at the Tybee Island YMCA Gym, 202 5th St. on Tybee Island.

"Survivors can talk with disaster recovery center personnel about their challenges recovering from hurricane damage, get started on applying for SBA low-interest disaster loans, receive helpful recovery information and discuss other issues of concern. However, it is not necessary to visit a DRC to receive FEMA assistance," a FEMA spokesperson says.

"Survivors are encouraged to register with FEMA before visiting a disaster recovery center if possible. Homeowners, renters and business owners in Chatham County who sustained damage or losses as a result of Hurricane Irma are eligible to register."

The quickest way to apply for federal assistance is online at or through the FEMA mobile app.

Survivors may also apply by phone at 800-621-3362 (voice, 711 or VRS) or 800-462-7585 (TTY). The toll-free numbers are open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. ET, seven days a week.

Survivors can locate the nearest disaster recovery center by using the FEMA mobile app or by visiting

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Wanted suspect arrested for Sept. 13 murder at East 31st and Bee

Posted By on Thu, Sep 21, 2017 at 10:01 PM

Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department "worked in conjunction with the United States Marshals Service to arrest a 17-year-old man for murder," an SCMPD spokesperson says.

Through investigative efforts, SCMPD detectives "located Tanaiveon Johnson, 17, at Edgewater Trace Apartments in the 10700 block of Abercorn Street. SCMPD’s SWAT team arrived around 4:00 p.m. and later took Johnson into custody without incident. Johnson was wanted for felony murder, in connection with the September 13 death of Arraffi Williams, 18," police say.

Around 12:00 p.m. on September 13, "officers responded to a shooting call in the area of East 31st Street and Bee Road. Upon arrival, they found Williams suffering from life-threatening injuries. He succumbed to his injuries at the scene."

Investigators determined that Williams was in the area with Johnson at the time of the shooting. Johnson and Williams were involved in an exchange of gunfire with another group of subjects in the area. At least one party from each group fired shots.

Williams was struck during the exchange.

Investigators say they found that Johnson’s felonious actions during the incident led to Williams’s death. He was charged with one count of felony murder and three counts of aggravated assault.

Revival Fest full schedule & vendors released

Posted By on Thu, Sep 21, 2017 at 10:51 AM


MusicFile Productions has released the full schedule of bands for the 4th annual Revival Fest, which happens on Saturday, Sept. 30, at the Georgia State Railroad Museum.

Music runs from 2 p.m. -11 p.m. on two stages, the Connect "Paint Shop" stage inside and the GPB "Bridgeview" stage.outdoors. Headliners Blitzen Trapper hit the Connect stage about 10 p.m.

There will be a Midnight Ramble after-party at The Jinx on Congress Street.

General Admission ($34.50) and VIP Tickets ($94.50) are on sale now at The festival serves as the annual fundraiser for the Savannah Children’s Museum which is on the festival grounds.

Revival Fest announced that Brown-Foreman returns as the festival Spirits sponsor with a focus on whiskey brands Jack Daniels, Old Forester and Woodford Reserve as well as Finlandia Vodka and Herradura Tequila.

Savannah’s (soon to open) Lone Wolf Lounge will curate specialty cocktails inspired by Revival Fest. Atlanta’s Old Fourth Gin and local Savannah Spirits Rum will also be on hand.

The beer menu will showcase beers from Savannah brewers Coastal Empire Beer Co., Moon River Brewing Company, Service Brewing and Southbound Brewing Company, as well as SweetWater Brewing Company and Scofflaw Brewing Company from Atlanta.

Food will feature a food truck court with southern inspired dishes from The Big Cheese, The Squeaky Beaver and Molly Macpherson’s along with King Of Pops popsicles.

Vendors include Mamie Ruth’s festival attire pop up shop, 13 Bricks on-site T-shirt and poster printing, Face-painting from Anna Cusack and Culture-Cross global wares.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Ga. residents affected by Hurricane Irma may register for FEMA assistance

Posted By on Mon, Sep 18, 2017 at 2:07 PM

Survivors with losses due to Hurricane Irma in Camden, Chatham and Glynn counties may now register for disaster assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, according to state and federal officials.

Individuals can register online at or through the FEMA App.

Applicants will need the following to apply: a Social Security Number, daytime telephone number, current mailing address, the address and zip code of the damaged property, and private insurance information, if available.

By registering for federal assistance on, you can look up your address to find out if it is in a disaster area declared for Individual Assistance. You can also check the status of your application, get updates by text or email, and upload documents to support your application.

Another option for individuals, including those who use 711 relay or VRS, is to call 800-621-FEMA (3362) while those who use TTY can call 800-462-7585. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. ET seven days a week until further notice.

When an applicant registers, each receives a unique registration number. The registration number is important and should be written down and kept handy. Anyone who does not have a registration number is not yet registered.

16-year-old shot, killed

Posted By on Mon, Sep 18, 2017 at 12:20 PM

Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department’s Violent Crimes detectives are investigating a shooting that was reported on September 17.

At about 1:20 a.m., officers responded to a local hospital in reference to a shooting victim.

Jaheim Morris, 16, succumbed to his injuries after arriving at the hospital by private vehicle.
The circumstances leading up to the shooting are still under investigation. Investigators do not believe this to be a random shooting.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Mary J. Blige show to be postponed (UPDATE: It's back on)

Posted By on Fri, Sep 15, 2017 at 4:27 PM

Though originally postponed due to logistical and safety concerns after Hurricane Irma, the Sept. 22 appearance in Savannah by Mary J. Blige will NOT have to be rescheduled and is going on as planned after all.

City of Savannah outlines Hurricane Irma debris removal plans

Posted By on Fri, Sep 15, 2017 at 10:58 AM

The City of Savannah reports that the Sanitation Bureau has resumed normal operations. Today crews "are back on their regular service routes, picking up residential refuse, yard waste and recycling materials," a spokesperson says.

"On Wednesday sanitation crews focused on debris removal on City streets and sidewalks. They will begin debris removal at homes and businesses on Friday," the spokesperson says.

"Debris collection is projected to be five percent or less than what was collected post-Hurricane Matthew. Debris collection from Hurricane Irma should be completed in 4-6 weeks," the City reports.

Residents can also drop off their debris at the City’s two Convenience Centers, the Dean Forest Road Landfill and Bacon Park Transfer Station.

Storm Debris should be handled as follows:

· Clean vegetative material should be placed at the regular point of yard waste collection if possible.

· Follow regular set-out guidelines to the extent practical (cut branches to 4 feet and stack them; loose leaves in brown paper yard waste bags or container; no plastic bags).

· Separate piles should be made for vegetative materials, building material debris, bulk items such as furniture, and empty appliances.

· Following regular guidelines allows more material to be carried per truckload and speeds up the overall collection effort.

The City urges that citizens do the following:

· Limit materials set out to storm-related items only. "Now is not the time to clean out the closet or garage," a spokesperson says.

· Do not mix and mingle different debris types.

· Only place plastic bags in City-issued refuse containers. Do not use plastic bags for yard debris.

· Do not place debris in the roadway.

· Do not blow leaves or other vegetation into the street. This will block storm drains and make us vulnerable to street flooding.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Rumors, outages part of discussion at City Council post-Irma meeting

Posted By on Thu, Sep 14, 2017 at 12:03 PM

At a post-storm debriefing today at City Hall, the Mayor and Council all had high praise for City Manager Rob Hernandez and all CEMA and City staff involved with Hurricane Irma first response. But there were a few criticisms and concerns.

Alderman Tony Thomas, while having general praise for Georgia Power workers, had issues with how the company is handling area outages.

Thomas said his Southside district still has 800 homes without power.

"I reached out to Georgia Power yesterday because I'm getting so many calls about power still being out. The explanation I got didn't set well with me," Thomas said, stating that Georgia Power isn't responding to the areas with the most total power outages as he was assured.

Alderman Durrence said, "Things went much more smoothly this year than last year" but still has concerns about the medical registry not being maintained and considered for the benefit of those with evacuation assistance needs.

"All this stuff needs to be done long before we have a storm," Durrence said.

Council members were informed that only an estimated 15-20 percent of City of Savannah residents evacuated.

Alderman Van Johnson said, "The issue of poverty becomes more potent" when you see people leaving with everything they own in a plastic bag. "They left with nothing, and they came back with nothing."

Johnson also said  "We complain about the media all the time, but the fact is they really helped get the word out" about evacuation and storm preparedness.

Savannah-Chatham Metro Police Chief Lumpkin said "we did have some burglaries" during the evacuation period but the rate was "much lower" than during Hurricane Matthew, approximately 70 percent lower.

City Manager Hernandez said one of the big problems he and CEMA faced were rumors, spread mostly on social media.

One of the rumors from Hurricane Irma was that first responders weren't being fed, he said, and another was that water was required to be boiled due to contamination.

"At no time" was either of those things true, Hernandez said, adding that "I don't know how those rumors get started but they get started."

Hernandez urged citizens and businesses to utilize the 311 system of calling in reports of storm damage and questions about City services.

Hernandez also said he'd like to reward critical work force personnel with an additional day off.

Suspect sought in killing of 18-year-old at 31st and Bee

Posted By on Thu, Sep 14, 2017 at 10:46 AM

Tanaiveon Johnson, 17, is wanted in association with the death of Arraffi Williams, 18
  • Tanaiveon Johnson, 17, is wanted in association with the death of Arraffi Williams, 18
Less than 12 hours after the shooting, Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department’s Investigators "identified a subject involved in the circumstances leading up to the shooting death of a 18-year-old man," police reported early this morning.

Around 12 p.m. on September 13, officers responded to a shooting call in the area of East 31st Street and Bee Road. Upon arrival, they found Arraffi Williams, 18, suffering from life-threatening injuries. Williams succumbed to his injuries at the scene.

"Investigators determined that Williams was in the area with Tanaiveon Johnson, 17, at the time of the shooting. Johnson and Williams were involved in an exchange of gunfire with another group of subjects in the area. At least one party from each group fired shots," police say.

Williams was struck during the exchange.

"Investigators found that Johnson’s felonious actions during the incident led to Williams’s death. Accordingly, he is wanted for one count of felony murder and three counts of aggravated assault," police say.

Anyone with information on Johnson’s location is asked to call 911. A confidential tip line is also open directly to investigators at (912) 525-3124.

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