Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Blackberry Smoke announce Johnny Mercer Theatre performance

Posted By on Wed, Jun 26, 2019 at 11:38 AM

BELOVED ATLANTA rockers Blackberry Smoke are set for a fall headlining tour, after spending a year supporting the likes of Tedeschi Trucks Band in support of last year's Find A Light. The run is being billed as the Till The Wheels Fall Off tour.

Blues rockers The Record Company will support Blackberry Smoke on their headlining jaunt, which takes them throughout the Southeast and Midwest before wrapping up here in Savannah at the Johnny Mercer Theatre on October 5.

Doors will open 6:30 p.m., with the show set to start at 7:30.


Tickets go on sale Fri., June 28 at 10 a.m., with presale running from Wed., June 28 at 11 a.m. until Thurs., June 27 at 11 p.m. using the password SMOKEFAN. Prices and info available at

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Georgia Southern's Q1 2019 economic monitor shows growth sustained by tourism, manufacturing

Posted By on Wed, Jun 26, 2019 at 10:08 AM

Georgia Southern University’s latest Economic Monitor, which analyzes Q1 2019 data and identifies trends affecting the regional economy, reports that Savannah's metro economy opened 2019 with notably slower growth compared to previous quarters.

Tourism activity lifted the index while electricity sales and port activity slowed during the quarter, which in turn, constrained economic expansion in the region.

“Despite mixed signals among leading economic indicators, the overall direction of the economy is favorable, albeit at a moderately slower pace of growth through the remainder of 2019,” said Michael Toma, Ph.D., Fuller E. Callaway professor of economics and director of the Center for Business Analytics and Economic Research (CBAER).

During the first quarter, the Savannah metro economy expanded at a rate of 0.4%, or 1.8% annualized, which is about half the pace of expansion in the previous quarter. Tourism was key in lifting the index, offsetting a modest decline in electricity sales to residential, commercial and industrial users. In addition to tourism, consumer spending and overall employment growth raised the index, while port activity remained stable amid growing tension over trade policy with several major U.S. trade partners.

Overall, the Savannah metro economy appears to have weakened during the first quarter of 2019. While most of the eight key indicators of economic activity in the Savannah metro region improved, gains were modest. Slowing employment growth, primarily in business and profession services employment, along with the second consecutive uptick in the unemployment rate warrant continued close monitoring of the regional economy. Although economic expansion is expected to continue, a modest reduction in the growth rate is likely on tap for the remainder of 2019.

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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Union Mission fundraiser tops $250,000

Posted By on Tue, Jun 25, 2019 at 4:00 AM

Union Mission says it raised more than $250,000 at the 4th Annual Raising Hope, the organization’s largest fundraising event of the year, May 9 at the Hyatt Regency Savannah.

The event, presented by Nine Line Apparel and Oliver Maner LLP, was emceed by Rabbi Robert Haas, leader of Congregation Mickve Israel and featured a video highlighting the impact Union Mission has had on homeless members of our community.

“Raising Hope is a significant source for the $860,000 raised annually within the community to support the local, state and federal programs administered by Union Mission” said Michael Traynor, Chairman of the Union Mission Board of Directors.

Union Mission recognized two long-time community advocates, Don and Kaye Kole, as the 2019 Honorees. The Koles involvement with Union Mission spans nearly three decades. In 2007, the Don & Kaye Kole Center was established to provide those experiencing homelessness with a place of refuge. The center (now serving as the Magdalene Project) currently provides emergency accommodations to homeless women and their children.

“Their continued involvement with our organization allows us to serve our clients year after year” said Executive Director Patricia Youngquist. “The Magdalene Project serves about 150 women and their children annually.”

The event also featured Richard Berry, former Mayor of Albuquerque, NM, for the keynote address. Berry has years of experience and success implementing innovative strategies to reduce homelessness. As a two-term Mayor, Berry advanced initiatives to provide daily work and housing for the homeless.

Union Mission estimates that on any given night there are between 750 and 1,000 individuals experiencing homelessness in the local community.

In 2018, Union Mission says it was able to make the following local community impact:

95,733 client meals  provided
286 clients utilized Emergency Services Program
277 clients were served in Permanent Supportive Housing
257 clients were placed in safe/stable housing
140 clients with HIV/AIDS were provided Permanent Supportive Housing
133 clients received Mental Health Services from licensed clinicians

Friday, June 14, 2019

Jerry Seinfeld set for September date in Savannah

Posted By on Fri, Jun 14, 2019 at 7:05 PM

Jerry Seinfeld will return to the Johnny Mercer Theatre stage on September 5, 2019 at 7 pm. Tix go on sale to the general public on Friday, June 21 at 10 a.m.
at, by phone at 1(800) 514-3849 or in person at the Savannah Civic Center Box Office.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Identities of Monday night shooting victims released

Posted By on Thu, Jun 13, 2019 at 10:53 AM

Chatham County Police Department detectives have released the identities of the victims in Monday night’s shooting incident on Fort Argyle Road.

Police say 20-year-old Johnathan Harmon was killed and 39-year-old Jeffrey Moore was wounded. Moore was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

"This is an active investigation, with detectives continuing to gather evidence, information and leads," police report.

Chatham County Police are seeking a person of interest, 23-year-old Arkeem Brown.

This incident was followed less than 24 hours later by a double homicide on Damascus Road. Police are still investigating if the shootings are linked.

In the 48-hour period including these two incidents, a total of ten people were shot across Chatham County. 

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Let’s Talk Community Discussion Series Continues with Mental Illness and the LGBT Community Event on June 27

Posted By on Wed, Jun 12, 2019 at 12:15 PM

Let’s Talk Community Discussion Series: Mental Illness and the LGBT Community.

The fifth event in The ELLA Foundation’s Let’s Talk Community Discussion Series will feature a panel of local experts and will be moderated by The ELLA Foundation’s founder and Executive Director Charity Lee. The interactive Let’s Talk series was created in the aftermath of the Parkland School shooting and is designed to encourage audience participation. This event is open to the public; a $10 donation is suggested.

Thursday, June 27, 2019 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. At the Asbury United Methodist Church, 1008 E. Henry Street Savannah, Ga.

Chatham County Police Identify Person of Interest in Fatal Shooting Incident

Posted By on Wed, Jun 12, 2019 at 12:05 PM

Chatham County Police have identified a person of interest in connection with a fatal shooting that happened the night of June 10th.

Police are looking for 23-year-old Arkeem Brown, who they want to question about the shooting that left one man dead and another injured. Anyone with information about Brown’s whereabouts is asked to call Chatham County Police at 912-652-6920 or Crime Stoppers at 912-234-2020. Tipsters are anonymous and may qualify for a cash reward.

Beach Institute Film Series "The Central Park Five"

Posted By on Wed, Jun 12, 2019 at 12:02 PM

The Beach Institute Film Series Presents Ken Burns': "Central Park Five" on Thursday June 20 at 6 PM.

The Beach Institute African-American Cultural Center presents “The Central Park Five,” a documentary by award-winning filmmaker Ken Burns. This 2012 documentary examines the story five African-American and Latino teenagers from Harlem who were wrongly convicted of raping a white woman in New York City’s Central Park in 1989. A precursor to the current Netflix Series, “When They See Us”, the Burns film chronicles the Central Park Jogger case for the first time from the perspective of the five teenagers whose lives were upended by this miscarriage of justice. The film is approximately 2 hours in length, followed by audience discussion.

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Two killed, two others injured in Eastside shooting

Posted By on Wed, Jun 12, 2019 at 11:31 AM

The Savannah Police Department’s Violent Crimes Unit is investigating a shooting Tuesday evening that resulted in two deaths and two injuries.

"Around 9:40 p.m. officers responded to the 6900 block of Damascus Street and discovered multiple men suffering from gunshot wounds. Devonte Henneghan, 27, and an unidentified black male died as a result of their injuries. Two others – Michael McDaniel, 28 and Deonte Jones, 27 – were transported to a hospital with injuries," police report.

"Detectives are actively investigating the incident to determine the circumstances surrounding the shooting. The incident does not appear to be the result of a random shooting," police say.

The killing bring the total of shootings in Chatham County over that 24 hour period to six, with one other being fatal.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact the Violent Crimes Tip Line at (912) 525-3124. Tipsters can also contact CrimeStoppers at (912) 234-2020. Tipsters remain anonymous and may qualify for a cash reward.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Second victim located in fatal Southside shooting

Posted By on Tue, Jun 11, 2019 at 10:27 AM

Chatham County Police have located a second victim who was injured during a shooting incident that left one man dead last night.

"Police were called to the 2500 block of Ft. Argyle road on a report of a shooting just after 10:30 p.m. on Monday, June 10, 2019. When they arrived, they found one man dead from an apparent gunshot wound lying behind the Country Convenience Store," police report.

A man who was with the victim says "the two were confronted by two other men, and after a brief altercation, the two suspects began firing at the victim and the witness." The witness was not injured.

Approximately four hours after the initial call, Chatham County Police detectives located a second gunshot victim inside a residence. He was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Detectives are not releasing the names of the victims at this time.

Police do not believe the shooting incident was random.

"Last night, K-9 units from the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office and Effingham County Sheriff’s Office, and Georgia State Patrol were called out to assist in the search for the suspects. They were unable to track the suspects, and detectives do not currently have a complete description of the suspects," police say.

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