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Nov. 11 - Chatham County Police Department Holding Toy Drive For Local Pediatric Patients

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

November 11, 2019 - The Chatham County Police Department is holding a toy drive to benefit pediatric patients who will be in the hospital instead of home for the holidays. 

Anyone who would like to donate a new, unwrapped toy may drop it off at any of the three Chatham County Police Department precincts by December 16th. The toys will be delivered to the Children’s Place at Candler Hospital to brighten the holidays of children too sick to be at home. This is a great opportunity for individuals, families, civic groups, clubs, and church groups to help spread some holiday cheer.

The new, unwrapped toys may be dropped off weekdays from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. at any of the Chatham County Police Department precincts. They are located at: 

  • 295 Police Memorial Drive
  • 9306 Whitefield Avenue
  • 54 Johnny Mercer Boulevard

Donation boxes are in the lobby of each precinct. Lobbies will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 28 and Friday, Nov. 29 for Thanksgiving.

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Nov. 5 - Byrd’s Famous Cookies Opens New Store at The Island in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

November 5, 2019 - Byrd’s Famous Cookies, one of America’s leading cookie and snack companies, recently opened a new retail store at The Island, located at 131 The Island Dr. in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. The family-owned company’s first Tennessee store is open 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily, complementing eight successful retail locations in Savannah, Ga. and Charleston, S.C. 

“Pigeon Forge is a very exciting place to be,” said Geoff Repella, President of Byrd’s Famous Cookies. “We were looking for a location that has the same family-friendly environment as Savannah and Charleston and were extremely impressed by what we saw in Pigeon Forge.”

The newest Byrd store features a Cookie Bar with free samples as well as a wide range of bakery bags, gift items and collectible Tennessee-themed cookie tins. Customers can also take selfies with Crumbles, the official Byrd mascot, as well as a seven-foot wooden black bear carved with a chainsaw by a local artist. 

Popular cookie flavors include Key Lime Coolers, Georgia Peach, Maple Wafers, Chocolate Chip, Scotch Oatmeal, Benne Wafers and Salted Caramel. Gluten-free cookies are also available, in addition to signature savory items like Cheddar Crisps, Jalapeno Cheddar Biscuits, Benne Bits and Cheddar Pecan Biscuits.

“We encourage everyone in East Tennessee to try our award-winning, bite-sized cookies and savory treats,” said Repella. “We offer an authentic Smoky Mountain experience and are delighted to share our uniquely Southern sweets in another great Southern town.”

Byrd’s Famous Cookies is also planning to open additional retail stores in Gatlinburg, Tenn. and on River Street in Savannah, Ga. in 2020.

Byrd Cookie Company was originally founded in Savannah, Ga. in 1924, when Benjamin Tillman “Pop” Byrd, Sr. opened a small bakery and traveled to local markets in his Model T Ford. Today, the family-owned company – now in its fourth and fifth generation – bakes more than one billion cookies each year, providing award-winning items to major retailers, airlines and customers around the world. Benny and Kay’s daughter, Stephanie Lindley, currently serves as the company’s fourth-generation owner and CEO. 

One of the largest and fastest-growing independent cookie and snack companies in the United States, Byrd bakes delicious bite-sized flavors and operates retail stores in Savannah, Ga.; Charleston, S.C.; and Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

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Oct. 30 - Harris Lowry Manton LLP Hosts 6th Annual First Responder Appreciation Luncheon

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

October 30, 2019 -  Harris Lowry Manton LLP recently hosted the 6th Annual First Responder Appreciation Luncheon at Daffin Park in Savannah, Ga. The free event attracted more than 250 first responders from across the area and featured a picnic-style lunch catered by Chef Kirk Blaine, live music by Junkyard Angel, free giveaways and a memorial tribute to fallen first responders. 

“This event started six years ago as a way to express our gratitude to local first responders, who work hard to keep everyone in our community safe,” said Harris Lowry Manton LLP partner Steve Lowry. “It’s also a way to celebrate National First Responders Day, which takes place on October 28, and to honor the brave men and women who put their lives on the line in emergency situations, each and every day.”

Harris Lowry Manton LLP partners Jeff Harris, Steve Lowry and Jed Manton also presented a $2,000 check donation to the Two Hundred Club of the Coastal Empire, a 501(c)3 nonprofit that provides financial support to the families of local first responders killed or injured in the line of duty.

“The Two Hundred Club of the Coastal Empire is dedicated to supporting the families of first responders in need right here in our community,” said 200 Club President Mark Dana. “Businesses like Harris Lowry Manton understand the vital role first responders play in our community and graciously take the time to demonstrate their support.”

This annual event brought together police officers, firefighters and paramedics from Chatham County, Bryan and Effingham County to enjoy a free lunch at tables set beneath a canopy of live oak trees at Daffin Park.

“This is a wonderful event that Savannah’s first responders look forward to each year,” said Savannah Fire Chief Derik Minard. “The laid-back atmosphere and sense of camaraderie is truly special for everyone in attendance.”

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Nov. 4 - “Inspire Your Community” Podcast Supports The Bra Project

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

November 4, 2019 - “Inspire Your Community,” a philanthropic podcast series launched by Chris Tilton of the Dewitt Tilton Group, turned its spotlight and its $1,000 donation to The Bra Project this October in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The Bra Project is sponsored by the Pinnacle Medical Group to benefit DragonBoat Beaufort and its mission to support area cancer survivors. This marks the fifth year in which The Bra Project has invited high school students to custom-design bras for submission in a travelling art show as part of a competition for best-designed bra. Art classes from Hilton Head, May River and Bluffton high schools participated in this year’s Project.

The student-designed bras have been featured in a tour of Beaufort County stores and healthcare facilities, including Pinnacle Plastic Surgery in Bluffton, throughout the month of October collecting votes from the public. The winner was announced at “Bras & Bubbly,” a finale event that also featured a silent auction of pieces donated by local artists with a breast cancer story of their own to share.

Tilton, one of two principals at the Dewitt Tilton Group commercial construction firm, launched his monthly “Inspire Your Community” podcast earlier this year to share true and inspiring stories of local efforts to improve the community. His hope is that such stories will inspire others to perform random acts of kindness or to be proactive about problem solving in the face of adversity. The Dewitt Tilton Group’s donations to help grow each featured cause have been a part of the podcast since its inception.

“The Bra Project operates on so many immensely beneficial levels,” said Tilton. “It raises money to support local cancer survivors and it gets young people involved in an important issue, all the while tackling a serious subject in a lighthearted and life-affirming way, which is just what we’re looking for with ‘Inspire Your Community.’”

The “Inspire Your Community” podcast continues to look for uplifting and inspiring stories from our local community. To nominate a cause of your choice to be featured on the podcast and receive a donation from the Dewitt Tilton Group, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

This video podcast can be accessed on YouTube, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play, Stitcher, and everywhere else podcasts can be found. For further information, contact the Dewitt Tilton Group team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Oct. 29 - Forsyth Farmers’ Market to host Pop Up market in Thunderbolt

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

October 29, 2019 - On Friday, Nov. 1, Forsyth Farmers’ Market will host a pop up market at its office at 2603 Mechanics Ave, on the Wesley Oaks Church campus. The market will last from 3-6 p.m. Fifteen of Forsyth Farmers’ Market regular vendors will be in attendance. This will represent vendors who sell produce, meat, eggs, cheese and baked goods. In addition, Wesley Oaks Methodist Church will be offering tours of its historic sanctuary. 

Generally, Forsyth Farmers’ Market closes for Rock N Roll Marathon weekend, as the race takes over the entire south end of Forsyth Park. Two weeks ago, the market closed when Tropical Storm Nestor came across our area. Forsyth Farmers’ Market decides that in an effort to reduce the economic impact on farmers for having not having two markets in three weeks, to host a pop up market away from downtown.  

Executive Director Jeb Bush stated, “The end of October/early November is one the best growing seasons in our area. Summer produce is still available and winter items such as greens and root vegetables are also being harvested. We are excited to offer this opportunity to local farmers to have a market to help offset the loss of the tropical storm and Rock N Roll Marathon. I definitely encourage everyone to come out and support the local farmers and small local businesses.”  

The market will resume its normal hours and location on Nov. 9.


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