You'll be able to get green beer at bars in Savannah this Sunday, under a bill signed into law by Gov. Nathan Deal on Thursday afternoon. The new law allows bars to sell alcohol on Sunday during the St. Patrick’s Day holiday weekend, defined as March 16-18. State law previously banned alcohol sales in bars on Sundays across Georgia. The Savannah City Council voted in early February to permit bars to operate during the festival.
The Coastal Bank, based in Savannah, is merging with Ameris Bancorp. That’s the parent company of Ameris Bank. In a news release, the company says it will become largest community bank on the Georgia coast after the merger is complete.
Memorial services will be held Wednesday for 27-year-old Sarah Jones, who died last Thursday during a movie shoot outside Savannah. Jones was a second camera assistant on the film “Midnight Rider,” a biopic about Gregg Allman of the Allman Brothers Band.
Fighting poverty, finding new leadership for the police force, and providing job opportunities for Savannah's youth were the key themes of Mayor Edna Jackson's "State of the City" address Tuesday. Speaking in a nearly-full ballroom at Savannah's Civic Center, Jackson said the local economy is recovering. She touted expansions by several local businesses and the city's record-breaking tourism rate last year.