Despite a rocky recovery, the Wildcats are showing that football isn't just about wins and losses. The program still unites the community and gives students discipline, drive and skills needed on and off the turf.
Savannah became one of the first police forces in the South to desegregate its police force. It happened in 1947. Among the first nine black officers hired on May first of that year, John White is the last surviving member.
Savannah is celebrating Earth Day today by opening the city's first urban community garden. Taking advantage of a new city ordinance, Windsor Forest High School students are growing food in their own community.
Extreme temperatures and fungal disease destroyed over a third of last year's Vidalia onion crop. But farmers across Georgia's 20 county Vidalia growing region are hopeful about this year's harvest. Vidalias are Georgia's third most profitable agricultural product just behind peanuts and pecans.
U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson was in Savannah Wednesday to update port officials on the progress of federal funding for the Savannah harbor expansion project. Earlier in the week, he attended the Atlanta Braves opening day with Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed. On the prospect of port funding, he was loaded with baseball metaphors.
Georgia's endangered population of loggerhead sea turtles is getting help from federal officials. On Monday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is designating eight areas on Georgia's coast as critical habitat for the species. The designation allows wildlife officials to focus their limited budget on preserving the most vital areas for the turtles.
Effingham County near Savannah could be getting a new film studio. Medient Studios has received approval from local officials to begin building a new $90 million movie production facility next to I-16. Film and Television professor Michael Chaney of the Savannah College of Art and Design says the area already has many ties with the film industry.
Across the state today residents in many counties will be voting on tax policies. Camden County residents are considering a special 1% sales tax that could raise $65 million over the next 6 years for public works projects. And McIntosh County is considering a similar tax increase to expand education programs.
A leader in the state Senate is sponsoring two amendments to the state constitution that would alter Georgia's tax policy. Duluth Senator David Shafer wants to shift Georgia from an income tax to a sales tax. John Hopkins University sociologist Katherine Newman says the regressive sales tax creates lower wage jobs and denies employers skilled labor.
The University System of Georgia is paying more attention to athletic funding at state schools. Under a new policy approved this week all changes to athletic programs and student fee hikes must be approved by the Board of Regents. Board of Regents spokesman John Millsaps says the new directive fills a gap in oversight.