Savannah Morning News Front Page, June 10, 2013


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Savannah Morning News Front Page, June 10, 2013

  1. 1. By Dash Coleman912-652-0360dash.coleman@savannahnow.comA day before Ben Tucker wasto be memorialized in a funeralandconcert,Savannahianspaidtheir respects to the late jazzmusician at a viewing Sunday.Throughouttheafternoon,peo-ple filed in to the upstairs chapelatEvangelicalLutheranChurchoftheAscensiononWrightSquare,whereTuckerlayinanAmericanflag-draped casket.The 82-year-old musician,communityleaderandbusiness-man died Tuesday after the golfcart he was driving was struckbyaspeedingcaronHutchinsonIsland.Charlie Miller, who knewTucker for about 15 years andserved on the church’s coun-cil with him, was serving as anusher Sunday at the chapel. Hesaid the flow of people had beenslow and steady.Tucker, he said, was welldeserving of the turnout.“He was such a great, com-munity-minded person,” Millersaid. “We were so glad to havehim here.”Tucker, a Tennessee nativeand former New York resident,moved to Savannah with hiswife,Gloria,morethan40yearsago.Inadditiontomanymusicalaccomplishments,healsoservedintheAirForcein1952,accord-ing to an obituary.Tucker served on severalboards and committees locally,and once owned the formerHard-Hearted Hannah’s jazzclub and the WSOK radio sta-tion.“He was a humanitarian andan entrepreneur and really anambassadorforSavannah,”saidAlderman and Mayor Pro TemVanJohnsonoutsidethechurch.“... Savannah is synonymouswith Ben Tucker.”Van Johnson had knownTucker for about 25 years, andonce took over and eventuallyco-hosted a WSOK radio pro-gram with him.SEE TUCKER, PAGE 4AState legislators say their expenses are more than they’re reimbursed for$1.00©LIGHT OF THE COASTAL EMPIREMONDAY, JUNE 10, 2013ACCENT, 8ANun raisingexpectationsat school™H 88 L 72Scattered thunderstorms. 2ADrawing by Dominic Combs, 10Pulaski Elementary Schooltoday 164TH YEAR, ISSUE 147CONTACT USCORRECTIONS:If you spot an error offact, call Susan Catron,executive editor, at912-652-0327.indexAccent........................... 8AClassifieds.................9-12BComics ..........................7BCrossword .............8B, 10BHelp Wanted..................9BHoroscope......................8BLotteries........................2AMorning Break ........... 7-8BNation/World...2A, 4-7A, 9AObituaries .....................7AOpinion....................10-11ASports.........................1-5BVox Populi..................... 8AFOR DELIVERY OR BILLINGPROBLEMS: 912-236-0271LIKEUSCheck us outon Facebook balance expendituresBy Walter C. JonesMorris News ServiceATLANTA — When it comesto politics, Regina Quick and RonStephens are on the same end ofthe spectrum, but when it comes toclaiming expenses from taxpayers,they part ways.Both are Republican membersof the House of Representatives,Quick from Athens and Stephensfrom Savannah. They often votealike on major bills.Regardingexpenses,Quickhasn’tclaimed any and doesn’t intend towhile Stephens’ claims are amongthe legislature’s top.“Ithinkfiscalconservativesshouldlead by example, so I have tried thetreat the taxpayer’s money as if itwas my own,” she said, adding thatshe plans to stick to the practiceof absorbing legislative expensesthroughout her political career,which just began in January.On the other hand, Stephensentered office in 1997 and chairsthe House Economic Development& Tourism Committee. Last year,he collected $15,312 in mileage anddaily compensation for working onlegislativebusinesswhentheGeneralAssemblywasn’tinsession,knownas“perdiem.”Healsoreceived$5,498inreimbursement for expenses, $5,391of it for transportation.Stephens sponsors three timesthe legislation as the average law-maker, mostly tax incentives forvarious industries. That requiresmany meetings in Atlanta yearround and conferences with tradeassociations.“The bulk of the things that passthroughtheWaysandMeansCom-mitteearebillsI’vebeenworkingonSEE EXPENSES, PAGE 5ABarricades justaren’t enough onHutchinson roadTake the road least traveled … and dig itup.Don’t put up barriers or barricades, gatesor card readers on Grand Prize of AmericaAvenue, the desolate Hutchinson Island roadon which Savannah icon Ben Tucker waskilled a week ago. Break outthe jackhammers, go out onthe backside of the two-mileloop, and pulverize somepavement every few hundredyards.Start just north of where theTucker accident occurred andwork clockwise to where theaccess road for the marine ser-vices businesses branches off.Then take those demo toolsand destroy the shoulders ofthe remaining thoroughfare to narrow it.Because for Grand Prize of AmericaAvenue to truly be what government officialsclaim it to be — “just a road” — its ancillaryuses must be rendered impossible.No more antique car races.No more bicycling or running events.No more Christmas lights festival.No more exotic car conventions or newmodel rollout functions.No more remote parking for events fromthe Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf to St.Patrick’s Day.If a “road is a road is a road,” as the refrainwent last week, then make it a road. Make ita stretch of pavement for the tugboat crewsat Moran Towing and U.S. Army Corps ofEngineers personnel to use to get to worksafely.The Grand Prize of America Avenue isso dangerous right now that more than onecommuter advocates doing to the loop whatcrews did to the Hardeeville Speedway alongU.S. 17 a decade ago: Dig it all up.Route a new access path to connect to theroad that services the marine companies andthe east end of the island. Grand Prize’s onlyother connection is the rear entrance to TheReserve housing development, and the own-ers aren’t opposed to its closure, according tothe city.The road/racetrack/Christmas lightsSEE ROAD, PAGE 4AADAMVANBRIMMERSavannah pays its respects to Jazz LegendPhotos by Carl Elmore/For the Savannah Morning NewsVisitors, paying respects to the late Ben Tucker, walked quietly through the Lutheran Church of the Ascension Sunday afternoon.Funeral today for Ben TuckerVisitors view Ben Tucker’s body, flanked by pictures of him playingbass, Sunday at the Lutheran Church of the Ascension.On the WebGo to to view scenes fromBen Tucker’s public viewingat the Evangelical LutheranChurch of the Ascension.Page 7ASee Ben Tucker’s obituary.