JoAnn Merrigan, WSAV News 3

JoAnn Merrigan

WSAV News 3

Cheyenne, WY, United States

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Recent articles by JoAnn:

Weeping Time Coalition to ask local governments to buy some land part of historic slave auction site

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) — The Weeping Time Coalition says it will appeal to the city of Savannah and Chatham County to buy a piece of property that all sides seem to agree was indeed part of the site of the largest slave auction in the South. In 1859, more than 400 slaves were sold at […] → Read More

Chatham County Veterans Council chair: Pass bill on burn pits now

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – Joe Higgins served in Iraq in 2003 and was part of the invasion. He might not have imagined that if he lived through a war, he would fight another enemy, i.e. illness from being exposed to burn pits overseas. “There was nowhere to throw out your trash, human waste or anything […] → Read More

Rep. Buddy Carter: Burn pit legislation moving closer to passage

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) — Veterans throughout the nation, including Georgia and Chatham County are suffering from respiratory illnesses related to burn pits. The pits were set up in Afghanistan and Iraq, often very close to military installations and garbage was burned along with other hazardous materials. “Well, it was my understanding that this was essentially […] → Read More

Will Roe v. Wade be overturned? Local political science professor weighs in on precedent

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) — Word this week of a leaked draft that the U.S. Supreme Court may overturn Roe v. Wade — the landmark decision that granted abortion rights — is still sinking in for many. Abortion rights activists say that precedent is on their side as Roe has been the law of the land […] → Read More

Lawsuit: New Georgia rules on requesting absentee ballots are a burden

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – A lawsuit filed this week claims Georgia voters are being burdened with additional, new steps to request an absentee ballot. “This is creating another barrier for voters to jump over,” said Andrea Hailey from, along with two other organizations, Georgia Alliance for Retired Americans and Priorities USA, argue a […] → Read More

More people overdosing on Fentanyl going to emergency rooms to save their lives

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) — More people in Georgia are overdosing on Fentanyl laced drugs and going to emergency rooms to save their lives. One area seeing an uptick is Savannah. “They don’t realize what they’re getting until all of a sudden they stop breathing and need to be resuscitated,” says Dr. Jay Goldstein who the […] → Read More

Is it allergies or COVID-19?

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) — If you have allergies, no one needs to tell you that this time of year is just uncomfortable but are you sure that’s what you really have? That seems to be the key question these days as many recognize that newer COVID-19 variants now display cold-like symptoms that can be similar […] → Read More

Savannah man serving Ukraine refugees overseas comes home to raise money

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – Matthew Adams has spent the past several months in Poland assisting refugees pouring across the border from Ukraine. “These people are leaving their country with nothing, absolutely nothing,” he said. Adams is a Middle Eastern history professor who knows a lot about Ukraine, and some of that is probably because his […] → Read More

Inflation forces some to rely more on credit cards for necessities

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – More local families are feeling the pinch these days of high prices. Inflation is up 8 percent since last year and consumer prices are up even more. “Prices are high, everything is high,” said Elizabeth Jenkins, who was shopping with her husband Monday. Ruthie Thompson was coming out of a store […] → Read More

On Your Side: Pooler woman has difficulty disputing water bill

POOLER, Ga. (WSAV) — A Pooler woman says she’s learning the hard way, it can be tough to dispute a water bill you believe is wrong. She recently paid that high bill in protest to keep her water on. Now she wants to try to get some of her money back. “Give some type of understanding […] → Read More

Rep. Carter advocates for Savannah area military training center

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) — Rep. Buddy Carter said the new proposed federal budget would make a move that is bad for the Savannah economy, and national defense. Carter was in the Hostess City Tuesday to talk about the importance of the Savannah Combat Readiness Training Center (CRTC). “Representative Carter says it’s just a bad idea […] → Read More

‘It’s hard on us’: Residents file insurance claims to begin recovery following Bryan Count tornado

PEMBROKE, Ga. (WSAV) — The Georgia Insurance Commissioner’s Office organized a ‘Claims Village’ for tornado victims in Bryan County on Monday. Preliminary damages from Bryan County indicate 10 to 20 homes were destroyed and 50 to 60 sustained substantial damage. The point of the Claims Village was to make things as easy as possible for […] → Read More

Insurance Commissioner promises help for Bryan County Tornado victims at Monday claims village

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – Georgia Insurance Commissioner John King says a ‘Claims Village’ is being organized by his office to support the tornado victims that suffered losses in Tuesday’s tornado in Pembroke. “The key message to people who’ve lost homes or who have damaged homes is they’re not alone,” said King. “We’re here and it’s […] → Read More

Consumers who owe medical bills will receive help as of July in terms of their credit report

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) — Up to 19% of people in Georgia have a medical bill that’s in collections. “And it’s even higher among people of color, up to 21%,” says Liz Coyle from Georgia Watch.“Sometimes those debts remain on consumers’ credit reports for years even if they’ve been paid off.” Starting in July, the three […] → Read More

Local merchant scammed out of more than $2,000, now warning others

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) — Tyler Roe owns Idlewild Guitars and Teaching Studios on Whitemarsh Island and the small business owner says he’s $2,200 in the hole. That’s because about two weeks ago he was scammed after someone came in and bought an expensive guitar. But as it turns out the payment method was fraudulent. Roe […] → Read More

Second booster shot approved but how many in Chatham County are fully vaccinated now?

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) — This week the FDA made it clear the fight against COVID-19 is not over as it approved a second booster shot for many Americans. Those over 50 are eligible along with immunocompromised individuals over the age of 12. The second booster shots can be given four months after a person received […] → Read More

Rep. Buddy Carter angry about proposed closure of combat training center

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) — Representative Buddy Carter is sounding the alarm on the potential future of the Combat Readiness Training Center (CRTC). He says he’s received word that the 2023 proposed federal budget would close the facility. “You’ve got your most utilized, your most efficient combat readiness training center and you’re going to close it. […] → Read More

Savannah woman says please don’t forget her family in Ukraine

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) — Vira Salzburn has spent every minute of every day in the last month worrying about her parents who are still in western Ukraine. “It’s one minute at a time, one hour at a time and no one is safe,” she said. Her parents remain in the city of Lutsk which is […] → Read More

AAA says gas prices are beginning to trend down

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) — As many have noticed it’s costing more to fill up their gas tanks, due in part to the Russia-Ukraine conflict. But according to AAA, gas is trending down now but it’s hard to say how long it can last. When you look at these prices, believe it or not, they’re less […] → Read More

Gov. Kemp says Harbor dredging is a monumental accomplishment

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) — It was officially known as SHEP, the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project and Governor Brian Kemp says now that it is completed, it is a once-in-a-lifetime accomplishment for the state. “To say that today was a long time coming is an understatement,” said Kemp on Friday as he attended a completion ceremony […] → Read More