Author: bill dawers

Interesting developments regarding harbor deepening

In my column this past Sunday, I noted that the strong opposition to harbor deepening by some key South Carolinians suggested that supporters had not done enough to reach out to Georgia’s neighbors. Well, today there have been two interesting…

Proposed tax changes will hurt lower and middle class Georgians, help upper class

A relatively quick post this morning to point out the 1/22 release of “ALMOST THERE… Tax Council’s Recommendations Improve Finances, but Shift Taxes onto Vulnerable and Working Georgians” by the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute. The GBPI is one of…

City manager saga continues

The saga continues. Lesley Conn at the Savannah Morning News has been doing some great work covering the ins and outs of the city’s flawed search for a city manager. Her latest piece, Savannah city manager deliberations near, is required…

River Street — is it really a street?

Recently on Facebook, a friend of mine asked about places to eat breakfast downtown. A mutual friend suggested Huey’s, but then added the qualification that Huey’s is on River Street so might not be considered “downtown.” How did this happen…

Georgia Department of Labor updates unemployment numbers

I track a lot of economic data each month, some of which I write about in my column in the Savannah Morning News. Usually, though, I’m just checking so that I can keep track of broader trends and don’t make…

First Savannah Stopover Festival scheduled for March 9-12

UPDATE 3/21: For all my posts about the Stopover, go here. Savannah folks are going to be reading and hearing A LOT more in the next two months about the ambitious plans for the Savannah Stopover Festival, which is actively…

An ugly new wrinkle in Georgia’s banking crisis

An article in today’s AJC, Feds’ suit targets state senator, other officials of failed bank, almost reads like something from The Onion. As the state’s banking crisis has deepened — Georgia leads the nation in bank failures since the recession…

Spreading the inspirational story of Waddie Welcome

A reader of Waddie Welcome and the Beloved Community is first struck by the bold, strange cover. The photo depicts a hand-crafted collage of a phonebook, compiled over decades by Addie Reeves. Ms. Reeves was a lifelong friend of Mr.…

“The Swimmer” kicks off the 8th Psychotronic Film Festival

I just love the fact that the Psychotronic Film Society of Savannah’s 8th Annual Film Fest kicks off with “The Swimmer,” a dark and beautiful 1968 adaptation of a John Cheever story. As Ned, Burt Lancaster is at first virile,…

Savannah Morning News reports distrust, possible leak investigation in city manager search

A couple of important articles by Lesley Conn about Savannah’s city manager search in today’s Savannah Morning News: Public has doubts on city manager search and Alderman wants GBI investigation in Savannah acting city manager leak. A couple of quick…

Savannah city manager candidate Alfred Lott: media questions and firm responses

I’ve already written blurbs about two of Savannah’s finalists for the city manager position. I think both Wayne Cauthen and Pat DiGiovanni have impressive resumes. I write about Cauthen here and about DiGiovanni here. I strongly encourage you to take…

Georgia’s budget under Nathan Deal

The first half of my Sunday column was devoted to the Wright Square Antique Mall, a great new entry on the downtown retail scene, but the second half was on an issue of much broader impact: the Georgia state budget.…

Savannah city manager candidate Pat DiGiovanni: a variety of experience makes him an intriguing possibility

This is the second post dealing with some of my initial impressions of the finalists for the city manager position in Savannah. I have already written about Wayne Cauthen, who seems an extremely viable candidate to me. You can read…

Savannah city manager candidate Wayne Cauthen: lots of big city experience

This is the first of several posts with some initial thoughts on the finalists for Savannah’s city manager post. While a Savannah alderman has already publicly called the search firm a “joke,” I think there is considerable merit to be…