Blog: Take Five, Headlines from Jesse Blanco

1. X may mark the spot in the Coastal Empire. X-Men movie looking to shoot in or around Savannah.

The buzz has been buzzing for quite some time about the latest “X-Men” Motion picture shooting in our area. Locations have been scouted, researched, offers have been made, negotiations and rumors swirl like Kristi Yamaguchi after drinking five Red Bulls, but nothing is official yet. Why? Well, apparently there are a lot of details and planning that go into a mega-motion picture (who’da thunk it?). Define mega? The X-Men series to date has generated a box office revenue of a billion (yes B) and a half dollars. That’s a lot of popcorn. Well, maybe not that much considering what they charge for popcorn at the movies now days. Regardless, the players involved locally are hopeful we land this tuna and add it to our motion picture resume. One doesn’t exactly think of Coastal Georgia being a prime place for a sci-fi flick, but what do I know? I’m still afraid to put my digital camera through the X-ray machine at the airport for fear it will spoil my pictures.


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1. “Not in My Neighborhood You Don’t!”

Southside residents fit to be tied after a 3rd homicide this summer.

Think people don’t care about protecting their neighborhoods and keeping them safe?  Try telling that to the standing room only crowd at the Armstrong Center that came out to a Town Hall Meeting to voice their concerns after only 2 homicides in the month of July.  The day that meeting was held, a third person was found dead that was also ruled a homicide.  Lets not pretend that the Windsor Forest area is a sleepy suburbia, but murder north of Victory Drive may get you a raised eyebrow.  In an area that is usually quiet and free of these types of problems (especially when the buzz is pointing to drugs), residents will get mad, they will turn out and they will try to make a difference.  The next town hall meeting was moved to a venue with a capacity of 975.


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1 –Smoke ‘em if you’ve got em –City of Savannah has its first discussion over whether or not smoking will be banned in public places.

Have a drink, light up a stogie.  For a lot of people its like Corn Flakes and Milk, hot dogs and ketchup or Peanut Butter and Tuna fish (ok maybe not).  Point being, Mayor Otis Johnson has made it pretty clear: He wants bars to be smoke free in his city.  There are some things to consider like….where will the smokers go?  For example, Whitaker Street.  One of my favorite spots downtown: Circa 1875, near Congress.  If too many smokers gather on the sidewalk on Whitaker, chances are someone is going to wind up standing off the curb on the street.  The flip side is there are people, and I know plenty, who don’t like to hang downtown because there is too much smoke.  Bar owners say they will lose business because smokers will go elsewhere.  Well, give the non-smokers a shot.  Their money is just as green.  A town hall meeting is in on the docket for public input.  But if you smoke, expect some form of restriction to pass.  If you don’t?  Get your beer money ready and prepare to breathe the fresh air.  Change is upon us, soon.

2- Shirley Sherrod –USDA’s Choice leaving them with a black eye.


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1)     Tattoo You –Metro Police Officers are told “its time to cover up”

Savannah Metro Police Chief Willie Lovett has issued a new order “You can have a tattoo, but I don’t want to see it.”  For the first time in the  departments history, Savannah Metro Police are beginning a ‘no tattoo’ policy.  Doesn’t matter the size, shape, message or anything.  If you have one, cover it up.  Some officers may use band aids to cover small ones, others may need to wear long sleeves year round to cover up larger ones.  No matter the method, the message is clear according to the chief “Tattoos are body art.  But I don’t want to see it”  Enforcement will be gradual.  But eventually they will be gone.  I just can’t help but wonder how Mike Tyson would get around a policy like that.

2)     Tax Free Weekend is on Holiday – ‘Tax free back to school weekend’ is on the shelf.

It’s become an annual event for parents gearing up to get their kids back in school.  One weekend a year, typically in late July or early August the state waves sales taxes on back to school supplies. They can save on pencils, pens, computers, backpacks, all kinds of back to school related purchases.  Even clothing. Saves parents, especially with multiple children, a good chunk of change.   Problem is, according to the State of Georgia, it costs THEM about $12 million in lost revenue.  That’s a pill lawmakers aren’t willing to swallow this year.  They say they will bring it back next year.  Hmmmmmmm, right.  Just like the airlines added baggage fees ONLY because gas was over $4.00 a gallon, right?  Not to worry, if you live in Georgia and want to take a ride, South Carolina will still have theirs the weekend of August 6th.  Sounds like a fine time to hit the outlet malls along 278.


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1. Damon Evans “Resigns” at University of Georgia. –The ultimate case of “Do as I say, not as I do”

University of Georgia Athletic Director Damon Evans was forced to resign over the holiday weekend, just days after he was arrested in Atlanta for driving under the influence. Not the first to get caught having tossed back a few too many before heading home. That isn’t what got Mr. Evans shown the door. He was traveling with a 29 year old Georgia Southern graduate, Courntney Fuhrmann. Ms. Fuhrmann is not married to Mr. Evans. Still not enough? According to the police report he had a pair of red ladies underwear in his lap in the car. When asked what they were doing there he said “She took them off and I held them because I was trying to get her home.” This coming from a man who appears weekly at UGA football games on video screens begging students not to drink and drive. Uhh, yeah, not so much.


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by: bh26 on July 8, 2010, 6:08 pm
These are great headlines. Thanks for posting

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