A quick tour of Traverse City — and a few thoughts on the National Cherry Festival (photos)

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I was in Traverse City, Michigan, recently for a family reunion. Some of my cousins have long ties to the area, and one of them moved back to that crisp and beautiful part of the country fairly recently. I had…

Black Tusk – The Jinx – 08/09/13

Charleston op-ed: “Facts steer Savannah away from cruise folly”

Kent Harrington, co-founder of Be Smart Savannah, has a provocative and well-written op-ed in today’s Charleston Post & Courier: Facts steer Savannah away from cruise folly. Harrington notes a variety of reasons why smaller markets like Savannah should beware of…

Wildfires and the cost of sprawl

I don’t have anything to add to an excellent op-ed today by Crystal A. Kolden — former firefighter, fire ecologist, and geography professor — in the Washington Post: Arizona fire deaths prove no one should die for a house. From…

Late press releases could ruin chances for publicizing your events

Since Friday afternoon, I’ve gotten over half a dozen press releases or Facebook invitations for interesting events happening next weekend — July 10th through 12th. Seriously, these are all interesting things — potentially good live music gigs, openings of art…

Per capita income in Georgia now 40th in nation, down from 25th in 2001

Some ugly but unsurprising data today. From Georgia down to 40th in per capita income at the Athens Banner-Herald: Federal data shows Georgia is now 40th among the states. Georgia has been declining since measuring 25th in 2001. The Atlanta…

What’s the latest on the chances for new low power FM nonprofit radio in Savannah?

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Last December, I blogged about the Prometheus Radio Project and an upcoming meeting in Savannah to explore the possibility of various community groups starting low power FM (LPFM) nonprofit radio stations that could serve a variety of community needs. In…

More on the employment recovery and the labor force participation rate

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An earlier post noted a few details from today’s relatively solid employment situation summary from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Calculated Risk has obviously posted several updated graphs, which give a good, if very general, sense of just what’s been…

U.S. economy adds 195,000 jobs in June; unemployment rate unchanged at 7.6%

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From the Bureau of Labor Statistics: Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 195,000 in June, and the unemployment rate was unchanged at 7.6 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Employment rose in leisure and hospitality, professional and…

4th of July fireworks from River Street in Savannah (photos)

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A friend and I met up at about 8:30 in the beer garden at Moon River Brewing Company tonight for a drink and a sandwich. Then we headed to River Street just before 9:30 when the fireworks were set to…

A few thoughts on the latest Paula Deen news and Bubba Hiers’ deposition

In my original post about the Paula Deen controversy, I wrote: Even though we could find plenty of 66-year old Southerners who never used the N-word and many of Deen’s age who joined civil rights protests as early as the…

Come on Delta, really?

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I typically fly U.S. Airways on trips out of Savannah. And I’ve been making a fair number of trips over the past year — so many that the woman at Starbucks at Savannah/Hilton Head International remembered me on Thursday as…