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March 20 - Eastern Wharf Fire Cause Remains Undetermined; Power Tools Cannot be Ruled Out

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

March 20, 2020 - The exact cause of the Eastern Wharf Fire remains undetermined, according to Savannah Fire Investigators. However, the use of power tools cannot be ruled out as a source of the Feb. 27 fire.

After assessing witness reports and evidence found in and around the collapse zone where the fire originated, investigators quickly ruled out criminal activity as the cause. However, due to conflicting witness accounts, the lack of definitive physical evidence and the dangers involved in accessing the collapse zone, they were unable to rule out all probable causes, including power tools that were being used to cut metal threaded rod on the 6th floor.

Savannah Fire Department Investigators worked with representatives from the ATF, the State Fire Commissioners Office, and insurance company investigators. They searched the remains of the multi-story Eastern Wharf construction site, which burned for three days.

The fire began somewhere between the 5th and 6th floors of the construction site on Feb. 27, 2020. Strong winds quickly drove the flames to the east, causing burning construction materials to collapse in layers. No one was physically injured.

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March 30 - Containment vessel top placed for Vogtle Unit 4

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

March 30, 2020 - The final major lifts inside the containment vessels for Georgia Power’s Vogtle 3 & 4 project are now complete following the placement of the Unit 4 containment vessel top head earlier today.

The containment vessel is a high-integrity steel structure that houses critical plant components. The top head is 130 feet in diameter, 37 feet tall, and weighs nearly 1.5 million pounds, more than two fully-loaded jumbo jets. It’s comprised of 58 large plates, welded together, each more than an inch and a half thick.

The milestone comes approximately a year after the Unit 3 containment vessel top was lifted into place. 

“Placement of the Unit 4 top head is a culmination of the hard work and dedication of the Vogtle 3 & 4 team as we continue on the path to operation,” said Vogtle 3 & 4 Construction Executive Vice President Glen Chick. 

Prior to lifting the containment vessel top head, workers successfully completed the placement of the 300-ton polar crane inside the Unit 4 containment vessel. Once the unit is in operation, the polar crane will be used during refueling outages to disassemble the reactor vessel and remove the reactor vessel’s integrated head package, which weighs approximately 475,000 pounds and contains more than three miles of specialty electrical cables. 

The crane has been turned over to the project’s Initial Test Program, and the team will run the crane through various tests over the course of the next month to help ensure design requirements have been met and that all crane functions are operational. After testing, the crane will be used to assist in construction activities to place components inside the reactor vessel. 

Vogtle 3 & 4 is currently the largest jobs-producing construction project in the state of Georgia, with more than 9,000 workers currently on site, and more than 800 permanent jobs available once the units begin operating. 

Significant progress continues to be made at the construction site, with the project now approximately 84% complete. 

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March 18 - YMCA of Coastal Georgia Operational Updates

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

March 18, 2020 - The following operational changes will be in effect from March 17, though they are closely monitoring the situation and making decisions based on the health and safety of members, community and staff.

Bryan County:

The Richmond Hill YMCA will operate on an adjusted schedule, opening and closing one hour earlier to provide staff time to clean and sanitize the facility fully each day. At this time, all group exercise classes, youth and adult programs including child watch and youth sports have been cancelled. The wellness center will remain open to members.

Y Before & After School Enrichment will be closed beginning March 17 until further notice.

Bulloch County:

The Statesboro Family YMCA will operate on an adjusted schedule, opening and closing one hour earlier to provide staff time to clean and sanitize the facility fully each day. At this time, all group exercise classes, youth and adult programs including child watch, holiday camp and youth sports have been cancelled until further notice. The wellness center will remain open to members.

Chatham County:

The Habersham YMCA, Islands Family YMCA, Tybee Island YMCA and West Chatham YMCA will operate on an adjusted schedule, opening and closing one hour earlier to provide staff time to clean and sanitize the facility fully each day. Open pools will remain open with limited lap swim hours and all steam rooms and saunas will be closed until further notice.

At this time, all group exercise classes, youth and adult programs including child watch, adult and youth sports, and gymnastics have been cancelled. The wellness center will remain open to members.

The Habersham YMCA, Islands Family YMCA, Tybee Island YMCA and West Chatham YMCA will operate Holiday camp from March 18 –March 20, capping attendance at 50 participants.

The Habersham YMCA and West Chatham YMCA Child Learning Centers will operate as normal March 18 –March 20. These operations are subject to change based on recommendations from the CDC and Georgia State Department of Health, as information is available.

Effingham County:

The Effingham YMCA will operate on an adjusted schedule, opening and closing one hour earlier to provide staff time to clean and sanitize the facility fully each day. At this time, all group exercise classes, youth and adult programs including child watch, holiday camp and youth sports have been cancelled. The wellness center will remain open to members.

Full time Childcare, YMCA Before & After School Enrichment and Holiday Camp will remain closed until further notice.

Glynn County:

The Golden Isles YMCA will operate on an adjusted schedule, opening and closing one hour earlier to provide staff time to clean and sanitize the facility fully each day. At this time, all group exercise classes, youth and adult programs cluding child watch, holiday camp and youth sports have been cancelled. The wellness center will remain open to members.

Full time Childcare, YMCA Before & After School Enrichment and Holiday Camp will be closed until further notice.

Liberty County:

The Liberty County/ASYMCA will operate on an adjusted schedule, opening and closing one hour earlier to provide staff time to clean and sanitize the facility fully each day. At this time, all group exercise classes, youth and adult programs including child watch and youth sports have been cancelled. The wellness center will remain open to members.

YMCA Before & After School Enrichment and Holiday camp will operate on March 17 only and will be closed until further notice.

McIntosh County:

The McIntosh County YMCA will operate on an adjusted schedule, opening and closing one hour earlier to provide staff time to clean and sanitize the facility fully each day. At this time, all group exercise classes, youth and adult programs including child watch and youth sports have been cancelled. The wellness center will remain open to members.

YMCA Before & After School Enrichment will be closed until further notice.

 

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March 19 - Zunzi's Partners with America's Second Harvest For "Families Feeding Families"

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

March 19, 2020 - In response to the global COVID-19 crisis, Zunzi’s, a favorite spot for South African-inspired fare, is partnering with America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia for its “Families Feeding Families” initiative.

Starting Wednesday, March 18, Zunzi’s in Savannah will donate one family meal to a family in need for each family meal purchased. Orders may be placed online or in-store for takeout or delivery via GrubhubUberEatsPostmates and DoorDash.

Family dinner choices include:

  • Small Oliver’s Dinner (serving three to five) with one base, one fill and one side plus French bread and a bottle each of Zunzi’s Dressing and Zunzi’s Sauce ($35.99).
  • Large Oliver’s Dinner (serving four to six) with one base, two fills and two sides plus French bread and a bottle each of Zunzi’s Dressing and Zunzi’s Sauce ($45.99).

“During this global crisis, the last thing a family needs to worry about is where their next meal is coming from,” said Chris Smith, owner of Zunzi’s. “People and businesses are struggling throughout our community, and we’re motivated to help in any way we can.”

Zunzi’s is located at 108 E. York Street in Savannah. Call 912-443-9555 or visit zunzis.com.         

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March 17 - Dollar General Announces First Open Hour Dedicated to Seniors, Will Close Early

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

March 17, 2020 - Dollar General Corporation announced plans to dedicate the first hour of each shopping day to senior shoppers, as well as amend store operating hours beginning today, March 17, 2020.

Beginning today, Dollar General is strongly encouraging that the first hour of operations each day be dedicated solely for the shopping needs of senior customers, who are one of the groups most vulnerable to the COVID-19 coronavirus. In keeping with the Company’s mission of Serving Others, Dollar General wants to provide these at-risk customers with the ability to purchase the items they need and want at the beginning of each day to avoid busier and more crowded shopping periods.

Other customers are encouraged to plan their shopping trips around this window of time to allow the most susceptible customers in our communities the ability to shop during the first hour that stores are open. 

Additionally, all stores plan to close one hour earlier than current close times to allow employees to clean and re-stock store shelves, as well as for their health and wellbeing.  Stores will continue to maintain current opening hours. Normal operating hours by individual store locations are available here.

Dollar General remains committed to providing customers and employees with a safe, clean and pleasant shopping environment at all stores and seeks for customers to feel confident when shopping its stores.

“In keeping with our mission and our ongoing commitment to serve our communities, we are dedicating the first hour of each day to seniors. We appreciate our customers’ understanding of our decision and request they visit our stores later in the morning to allow at-risk populations the ability to purchase the items they need at affordable prices,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s CEO. “During these unprecedented times, Dollar General is diligently working to meet the ongoing needs of our customers and communities. We are proud to live our mission and provide customers with everyday low prices on the household essentials that are used and replenished most often.”

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