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Changes coming to fire fees for unincorporated Chatham Co. residents

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) – Chatham County leaders will be meeting this week to figure out the logistics of fully funding Chatham Emergency Services. A new resolution says it will no longer be optional for people in unincorporated Chatham County to pay a fire fee. Chuck Kearns, the CEO of Chatham Emergency Services calls this decision… Keep Reading

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Coastal Georgia county to tax residents for fire service

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Leaders of coastal Georgia’s largest county will tax residents in unincorporated areas to provide fire service, abandoning a plan to try to force people to pay what have been voluntary subscriptions. The Savannah Morning News reports that Chatham County commissioners voted Friday to cover $11.5 million in costs of Chatham Fire,… Keep Reading

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TSPLOST, health care, education: Business community lists priorities for Georgia Legislature

Savannah’s statehouse delegation members laid out their plans for the coming legislative session on Wednesday, with nods toward Medicaid and health care coverage expansion and another penny sales tax initiative, this one to assist with transit. The “Eggs and Issues” event, hosted by the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce, is an annual forum involving Chatham County’s two state… Keep Reading

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Need heating bill help? EOA opening appointments to Chatham County residents

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – The Economic Opportunity Authority (EOA) will open up phone lines Wednesday night to schedule appointments for this year’s heating assistance program. Qualifying seniors had a few opportunities to sign up for appointments in recent weeks, and now non-senior residents in Chatham County will have the chance. Continue Reading on Keep Reading

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Georgia police agencies struggle to fill their ranks

As communities across Georgia try to contain a surge in violent crime, law enforcement agencies are also struggling on another front: attracting and retaining enough officers to carry out their public safety mission. The high stakes of the shortages were made clear in a harrowing episode this month in Pulaski County. Continue Reading on The… Keep Reading

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Pooler tries to mitigate tree canopy loss in the face of progress

In a fast-developing city like Pooler, it’s easy to see the gains. People, cars and businesses have multiplied in the past few decades, leading residents to applaud the conveniences and lament the traffic. However, as the population and buildings continue to grow, one thing isn’t — trees. A developing urban landscape hardly prioritizes the life… Keep Reading

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Georgia angles for elusive automotive factory win with Rivian

After years of near-misses and stinging defeats, Georgia is on the cusp of winning an automobile factory for the first time since Kia Motors announced in 2006 it would build a plant in West Point near the Alabama border. Electric vehicle startup Rivian and state leaders are in deep negotiations for a site east of… Keep Reading

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Chatham Climate Change Advisory Committee issues 10 recommendations

The self-described purpose of the Committee has been to make recommendations to the Board of Commissioners and others regarding likely climate change impacts in Chatham County and ways to adapt to and mitigate these impacts, including: (a) reducing emissions of greenhouse gases (primarily CO2) with related improvements in air quality, (b) promoting the use of… Keep Reading

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