Emily Jones

GPB Savannah Morning Edition Host/Reporter

Emily Jones locally hosts "Morning Edition" and reports on all things coastal Georgia for GPB’s Savannah bureau. Before coming to GPB, she studied broadcast journalism at the Columbia Journalism School and urban history at Brown University. She’s worked for the Wall Street Journal Radio Network, WHYY in Philadelphia, and WBRU and RIPR in Providence.

In addition to anchoring and reporting news at WBRU, Emily hosted the alt-rock station’s Retro Lunch as her DJ alter-ego, Domino.

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It's another busy weekend in Savannah, including several weekend-long festival. Claire Sandow of the Tourism Leadership Council and Heather Henley of Do Savannah have your guide.

Heather's picks:

Savannah Children's Museum on Facebook

It's another busy weekend in Savannah. Shannon Lowery of Visit Savannah and Mahogany Bowers of Blessings in a Bookbag have your guide to fun in the Hostess City.

Mahogany's picks:

John Alexander / Savannah Book Festival on Facebook

It's that time of year: several of Savannah's big annual festivals return this weekend. Marianne Ganem Poppell of Savannah Master Calendar and Marcia Banes of Old Savannah Tours have some tips for the festivals and more.

Marcia's picks:

Mardi Gras Tybee on Facebook

Enjoy your Savannah with some help from Connect Savannah's Anna Chandler and Paprika Southern's Siobhan Egan.

Siobhan's picks:

-Pick up some unique art at the Page Rippers Silent Art Auction. The art up for auction is all based on scenarios you might encounter in a library - and each then inspired a writer's poem, story or essay. Friday, 5-8 p.m.

Dayton Contemporary Dance Company on Facebook

Start your February right with some tips from Tanya Milton, Vice President of the Savannah Tribune, and Joshua Peacock, freelance writer and Do Savannah columnist.

Joshua's picks:

-Start the weekend a little early with a punk show at the Jinx. Athens band Shehehe will join Savannah's own Jeff Two-Names and the Born Agains and Ramages. Thursday, 10 p.m.; $8.

Grant Blankenship

Soldiers from the 3rd Infantry Division - based at Fort Stewart in Coastal Georgia - received their ceremonial send-off Tuesday before returning to Korea for the first time since the Korean War.

They are scheduled to spend a nine-month rotation on the Korean peninsula.

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The Chatham County Sheriff’s Office will help patrol unincorporated areas around Savannah starting Feb. 1, the county announced Friday.

 

That is when the joint Savannah-Chatham police department will split into two separate forces after working together since 2005.

 

The new Chatham County Police Department does not have enough officers to do the job on its own. Chief Jeff Hadley said that’s in part because hiring officers takes time.

 

Ghost Coast Distillery on Facebook

There's plenty to do this weekend - especially to eat and drink. Claire Sandow of the Tourism Leadership Council and Lauren Cleland of Visit Savannah have some tips.

Lauren's picks:

Adriana Iris Boatwright for Do Savannah

The weekend is almost here, and there's plenty to do in Savannah. Heather Henley of Do Savannah and Bill Dawers of hissing lawns have some suggestions.

Bill's picks:

Blessings in a Bookbag on Facebook

Looking to have a fun weekend in Savannah? Mahogany Bowers of Blessings in a Bookbag and Marianne Ganem Poppell of Savannah Master Calendar have some ideas.

Marianne's picks:

-You can shop for a cause at Whole Foods Thursday, when five percent of sales will benefit the Forsyth Farmers' Market. Thursday, 7 a.m.-10 p.m.

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A brutal winter storm smacked the coastal Southeast with a rare blast of snow and ice Wednesday, hitting parts of Florida, Georgia and South Carolina with their heaviest snowfall in nearly three decades.

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Savannah-Chatham Police Chief Jack Lumpkin said Thursday the department is poised to move forward as he leaves for Dekalb County.

He said violent crime rates have gone down during his three-year tenure, and that more citizens are working with police to solve crimes. He also touted the department's increased focus on intelligence-led policing.

Lumpkin's departure comes as the joint police department prepares to split, with separate forces set to serve the city of Savannah and unincorporated Chatham County beginning Feb. 1.

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On February 1, Savannah and Chatham County will no longer share a police force. Local leaders voted earlier this year to end the merger, and create a separate Chatham County Police Department for the unincorporated areas. Jeff Hadley was sworn in as chief of that department last week.

A spokesman for Savannah Chief Jack Lumpkin deferred any questions on the demerger to elected officials.

"He's going to do well, and we'll be partners," Lumpkin told GPB at Hadley's swearing in.

Some interview highlights:

Wormsloe State Historic Site on Facebook

The holidays are upon us, and Clinton Edminster of Starlandia Supply and Spacecat Books and Molly Swagler of SCAD have a few ways to celebrate this weekend.

Georgia State Railroad Museum on Facebook

There are plenty of ways to get into the holiday spirit this weekend. Jessica Leigh Lebos of Connect Savannah and Claire Sandow of the Tourism Leadership Council have a few suggestions.

Claire's picks:

Lewis Levine / AP Photo

A five-year-old girl has died and 21 other children were injured after a bus carrying elementary school students crashed in Liberty County Tuesday morning. The deceased is Cambria Shuman, age 5, from Hinesville, Georgia.

Bus driver Evelyn Rodriguez, 62, was injured as well and transported to Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah. 

Authorities have not released the names of any of the other injured students. 

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Chatham County's new police chief took his oath of office Monday. Chief Jeffrey Hadley will oversee a major change in policing the Savannah area.

Hadley will lead the county police department as it separates from the City of Savannah. After years of disputes over funding and jurisdictions, local leaders voted earlier this year to end the merged police force.

Tybee for the Holidays on Facebook

Have some fun - and get in the holiday spirit - this weekend, with the help of Do Savannah's Heather Henley and Visit Savannah's Summer Bozeman.

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Thirty Savannah residents face federal charges following an investigation of two rival gangs, prosecutors announced Wednesday.

 

The gangs operate in a small neighborhood southwest of downtown, known as Cuyler-Brownsville.

 

US Attorney Bobby Christine said since January, there have been more than 600 reports of shots fired in that neighborhood - and residents have said they’re scared.

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As Chatham County and the City of Savannah get ready to separate their joint police department, some community groups are pushing to keep the force together.

 

Several groups spoke out against the separation Monday, including the Young Democrats and Republicans, and the National Action Network.

 

Antwan Lang of the Savannah Jaycees said his group has met with city and county leaders, some of whom he said are not putting public safety first.

 

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Georgia Congressman Buddy Carter said Friday that he continues to push for more federal funding to deepen the Savannah harbor. The state has already paid its share to get the project underway. But federal dollars have been slower.

 

The price of the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project keeps rising. It now stands at $973 million.

 

That’s one reason Carter said he hopes to get things moving more quickly.

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The whole family - and fans of all sorts of music - can find something fun to do in Savannah this weekend. Marcia Banes of Old Savannah Tours and Joshua Peacock of Do Savannah have some tips.

Joshua's picks:

Psychotronic Film Society on Facebook

Looking for something to do this weekend? Bill Dawers of the Savannah Morning News and hissing lawns and Bevin Valentine Jalbert of Paprika Southern have you covered.

Panhandle Slim / Sulfur Studios on Facebook

There's plenty to do in Savannah this first weekend of November. Mahogany Bowers of Blessings in a Bookbag and Mia Mance of G-100 have some suggestions.

Bay Street Theatre on Facebook

As we head toward Halloween, there's plenty to do in Savannah. Connect Savannah's Jessica Leigh Lebos and Savannah Master Calendar's Marianne Ganem Poppell have some suggestions.

Marianne's picks:

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As debate flares over Confederate monuments around the country, one church in coastal South Carolina is building a memorial to Harriet Tubman. A model was unveiled Tuesday.

Savannah Food Truck Festival on Facebook

With another busy weekend on the way, Clinton Edminster of Starlandia Supply and Space Cat Books and Molly Swagler of the Tourism Leadership Council offer up some ways to have fun.

Picnic in the Park on Facebook

Fall has arrived in Savannah, bringing plenty of favorite local events. Heather Henley of Do Savannah and Larissa Allen of Visit Savannah have some tips on this busy weekend.

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As the world comes to grips with the unprecedented damage of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, millions of Americans in the southeastern United States are working to rebuild their lives. Irma crossed into Georgia in the early morning hours of Monday, September 11, 2017. Over the next 24 hours, water inundated island and beach communities over 100 miles of coastline. Winds topping 69 miles per hour toppled trees and power lines. 1.1 million Georgians lost power and three lost their lives.

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Hurricane Irma has made landfall, and is working its way up our state. The remnants of Irma were downgraded to a tropical storm, but that storm remains a major threat. We checked in with National Weather Service meteorologist Dave Nadler and GPB reporter Emily Jones.

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