Tut Underwood

Chimney Sweeping an Old Profession Still Relevant in the 21st Century

February 13, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Tut Underwood
Modern chimney sweeps use high-tech equipment to keep chimneys and homes safe and clean.

Where the old image of the chimney sweep is a skinny guy with a big brush covered with grime and soot, the modern chimney sweep is much cleaner and uses high tech equipment in the 21st century, according to two Columbia sweeps. There are about 30 chimney sweeps in the state...

Blue Cheese and Indian Legend Mark Two S.C. Mountain Attractions

February 7, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Tut Underwood
Issaqueena Falls.

The Blue Ridge Mountains of South Carolina are full of stories, both historic and legendary. The history of Clemson Blue Cheese began in Stumphouse Tunnel. The tunnel is near another popular tourist destination in Oconee County, Issaqueena Falls, named after a legendary...

Columbia Native Recalls His Time as NASA Astronaut and Agency Head

January 31, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Tut Underwood
Bolden as astronaut.

Columbia native Charles Bolden has had a remarkable career: Marine fighter pilot, commanding general in Operation Desert Thunder in Kuwait, deputy commandant of midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy. Those distinctions are impressive enough, but he is best known for his work...

Dockless Bike Sharing System Looks to Improve Transportation at Furman, Spread Through Region

January 29, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Tut Underwood
The orange Spin bicycle has become a familiar sight on the Furman campus.

Bicycle sharing systems have popped up in cities – especially tourism cities - in the past few years, but a new innovation being tested at Furman University may take transportation at the Upstate college to the next level. It’s called dockless bike sharing, and according to...

South Carolina Olympian Strives for Perfection

January 22, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Tut Underwood
Sandi Morris, a native of Greenville, won the women's pole vaulting silver medal at the Rio summer Olympics in 2016.

Greenville native Sandi Morris has been a natural athlete all her life. At age seven, playing around at her older sister’s soccer game, she offered a boy a quarter to race her, and beat him handily. The boy’s mother, who was sitting near Sandi’s parents, told them of a...

Children's Home Hopes to Help Children's Causes with Ice Cream

January 11, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Tut Underwood
Epworth Children's Home in Columbia makes peanut butter ice cream

For decades, Epworth Children's Home in Columbia has been well known in Methodist circles for two things: caring for children, and the unique dessert it has produced since the Great Depression: peanut butter ice cream. The government sent the home large quantities of peanut...

Experts Make Predictions for South Carolina's 2018 Economy

January 2, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Tut Underwood
File: An information packet from last year's Economic Outlook Conference at USC.

Like the stock market, which has reached all-time highs in recent weeks, consumer confidence is high. And that same optimism is fueling the economic outlook for South Carolina for 2018. Economists Joey Von Nessen and Doug Woodward participated in a recent conference in...

South Carolina Prepares to Issue Real I.D.s

January 1, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Tut Underwood
A regular, or non-compliant, drivers license.  It has no gold star and bears the phrase, "not for federal identification."

The Real I.D. Act of 2005 was passed by Congress in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks to standardize government-issued identifications, like drivers' licenses, for security purposes. Beginning in 2018, South Carolinians will be able to get a Real I.D., which they must have...

West Columbia Man Brings the Spirit of Christmas Alive as Santa Claus

December 18, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Tut Underwood
Arthur Erskine of West Columbia and friend.

Most men don’t frequent beauty parlors, but Arthur “Cotton” Erskine of West Columbia visits his every day from Thanksgiving to Christmas to prepare his hair and long beard for a role he’s portrayed for years: Santa Claus. “Santa Cotton,” as he is known, becomes the Jolly...

Holiday Shopping Season Looks to be Best in a Decade

December 12, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Tut Underwood
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USC Retail Department Chair Mark Rosenbaum is excited by this year’s holiday shopping season. A decade after the great recession that started in 2008, he said retail sales in the state and nation are back to 2007 levels. The stock market’s record highs are just in time for...

Clemson Partners with Other Universities to Preserve Wild Tiger Populations

December 12, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Tut Underwood
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Tigers are rapidly disappearing in nature because of poaching and habitat destruction, according to Dr. Brett Wright, dean of Clemson University’s College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences. In 2010 there were an estimated 3200 tigers still roaming India and other...

Christmas Tree Farmers Work Throughout the Year to Make December Green

December 5, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Tut Underwood
Christmas tree farmer Mike McCartha  shakes the debris from a tree before wrapping it up for the trip to his customer's home.

Mike McCartha and Bryan Price are tow two men who essentially make their entire year's livings in one month. They're Christmas tree farmers. It takes year-round to grow Christmas trees and successfully market them. Growers like McCartha and Price say they like seeing...

Holiday Depression is Real for Some South Carolinians

November 28, 2017 - Posted in SCETV Health by Tut Underwood
illustration of a male figure in a Santa who is holding a battery that is "low" on power

Cries of “Merry Christmas,” “Happy Hanukkah” or “Happy New Year” can ring hollow for those afflicted with the phenomenon known as holiday depression. Psychologist Fred Medway says holidays are so charged with memories that if one experiences, for example, a loss or other...

Tattoos Are a Growing Trend in South Carolina

November 27, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Tut Underwood
Tattoos are a growing trend among people from many walks of life in South Carolina.

Since tattoo parlors became legal in South Carolina in 2006, they have ridden a growing wave of popularity. No longer the province of sailors or convicts, tattoos are being worn by doctors, ministers, even grandmothers. Tattoo artist Scot “Spyder” Kudo says the range of...

Chocolatiers Make South Carolina Life Sweeter

November 8, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Tut Underwood
Christina Miles cools chocolate in a mold from her vat of liquid chocolate.

Chocolate is one of life's great treats for most folks. Traditional, mass-produced chocolate candies have been enjoyed for generations, but lately, specialists have been making chocolates in South Carolina. Columbia chocolatiers Christina Miles and Joseph Vernon have...

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