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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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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