911 call hinted at prison’s dysfunction after inmate’s hanging

11:45 am Feb. 20, 2017

Confusion reigned inside the isolation-segregation unit at Smith State Prison when inmate Richard Tavera hanged himself in his cell, and it didn’t end when guards finally summoned paramedics.

For more than a minute,  a prison official — a woman who didn’t identify herself by name — struggled to tell the Tattnall County dispatcher why EMS was needed at the Glennville facility, according to the recording of the 911 call.


Black residents in coastal Georgia area feel targeted by local sheriff

11:09 am Nov. 1, 2016

Nearly every black resident I spoke with in McIntosh County last month for our front page story that ran Sunday had an experience getting stopped by local law enforcement for a minor infraction or they knew someone who’d been stopped.

Here’s a video of John Littles, a local community organizer, describing how he was stopped one morning by a local deputy and how the deputy’s reasoning for stopping him seemed