A new project on the City of Savannah's website is shedding light on a little-known corner of slavery's history here: the work slaves did for the city itself. The city's Research Library and Municipal Archives today will unveil the Municipal Slavery Research Project. It's an online tool chronicling the City of Savannah's use of enslaved labor from 1790 through the end of the Civil War.
Georgia’s Board of Regents voted Tuesday afternoon to raise tuition at the state’s public colleges. Starting in the fall, students at most schools will pay 2.5 percent more each semester. That’s between $32 and $85, depending on the school. Students say it will be tough to pay more. Armstrong Atlantic State University freshman Adrian Wyatt says to afford higher tuition, he might have to cut back the 16 credits he’s taking this semester.
The time is drawing near for Georgia 8th graders to choose a career path. They have to make a decision by the end of the school year under the state's new Career Pathways mandate. But in many districts like Savannah-Chatham, deadlines are arriving even sooner.
The Board of Regents is considering a 100% smoke-free policy for all public colleges and universities in Georgia. Right now, schools decide their own tobacco policies. If the Regents approve the ban next month, it would go into effect in July. A total ban means no smoking, even at sporting events and in dorms and cars.
The labor and housing markets should continue their steady rise in the coming year. That's the economic forecast for a three-county Savannah region. Armstrong Atlantic State University economist Michael Toma is scheduled to give are business leaders their economic outlook later in January.
Twelve organizations are uniting their efforts to restore longleaf pine forests in Georgia. The forests are seen as critical for wildlife. They also benefit timber production. The effort is part of a multi-state coming together of public and private groups aimed at longleaf restoration.
A new study suggests University System of Georgia officials will be taking a closer look at funding requests for new buildings. The study highlights how much time classrooms are sitting empty at the state's 31 public college and universities. Campuses are using the study to consider alternatives to new construction.
Savannah Tech and Armstrong Atlantic State University are working to form an alliance allowing students who receive associates degrees at Savannah Tech to apply all of their coursework to a bachelor of science in criminal justice at Armstrong. The Georgia Board of Regents and the Board of Technical Colleges must now vote on whether to approve the proposed partnership.
An Armstrong Atlantic State University economics professor says he thinks next year will be the first since the 2007 recession in which construction employment inches up in the Savannah area. Michael Toma says local companies poised for growth include business and professional services like marketing and web design.