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Chatham County, Georgia, Faces Possible Whistleblower Retaliation Lawsuit

SAVANNAH, Ga. – A former Chatham County, Ga., employee has taken legal measures preceding a possible whistleblower retaliation lawsuit against the county, alleging she was fired for calling out multiple, longstanding problems in the agency’s management of permits and funds. The Savannah Morning News reports that Shaundra Smith-McKeithen, who managed business licenses and permits for the Occupational Tax Office, was terminated on Aug. 27, 2014. Ms. Smith-McKeithen alleges she uncovered “serious financial deficiencies” in her department that stretching back for years. Ms. Smith-McKeithen had been hired to the county position the preceding March and was still in probationary status when she ... Read More

Savannah controversy: who would pay for hazmat trucking disaster?

The potential for a “catastrophic event” and the costs associated with it are at the center of a debate in Savannah, Georgia after a liquid natural gas (LNG) processor nearby petitioned federal regulators to allow overland shipping of volatile gas. Southern LNG, which operates a massive LNG import terminal 5 miles downstream from Savannah, currently receives liquid methane by ship and pipes it out as a gas. The company is seeking approval to ship the gas in liquid form by truck through populated areas, including practically through the heart of Savannah. According to the Savannah Morning News, if the federal ... Read More

Police reduce commercial vehicle crashes around Savannah ports

Police in Garden City, Georgia are ramping up efforts to make sure commercial truck drivers drive safely and follow the rules, and their efforts are paying off for everyone. As home to a major port facility, Garden City and the larger Savannah area are transected by heavily traveled roads and interstates. Every day, thousands of commercial tractor trailers head toward the port and back again, hauling cargo to distribution centers around the country. With so much activity on the highways to and through Garden City, safe driving is absolutely critical. Police officer Larry Middleton parks his cruiser near a busy ... Read More