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Moving East: Tiny House Movement in SC

From: Palmetto Scene

Tabitha Safdi

Tiny House

The average home in the United States is 2,600 square feet. Now imagine living in a house one-eighth that size. That’s what one family has decided to do. The Singletary family wanted to downsize, in order to have life experiences, instead of being forced to keep up with a mortgage.

According to The Tiny Life , a “tiny house is between 100 and 400 square feet.” Other reasons folks around the U.S. are joining...

President's Corner Monthly Newsletter, April 2016


Jackie Robinson

Dear Viewers and Listeners:

This month, SCETV programming highlights the creativity of the master documentarian Ken Burns. Burns focuses his lens on the legendary baseball player Jackie Robinson, telling the story not only of his amazing talents as an athlete, but also as a humanitarian who spoke out against injustice and racism. Burns’ other series this month include Jazz, a six-part look at the beginning and ongoing legacy of this truly American music, and...

Earn Renewal Credit by June 30th with “Perfect Fit” Courses!

From: Education

Bette Jamison

Teacher and elementary students in classroom with hands raised

S.C. Teachers … earn your renewal credit around YOUR schedule in the comfort of YOUR own “digs” with ETV Teacher Recertification ! All 55 courses offered for upcoming session are approved by SDE for 20 renewal credits, facilitated online/self-paced, and cost $75 each.

The SPRING II session , which starts April 25 and ends June 13 (deadline to complete), will provide renewal credit by the June 30 th renewal cycle deadline - REGISTER beginning...

South Carolina Economist Expects Flat Growth Through 2017

From: Palmetto Scene

Tabitha Safdi


Unemployment is low and the economy is growing both nationally and locally, although according to Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen , readings on the U.S. economy since the turn of the year have been somewhat mixed. The national economy is limping along at a fairly slow pace, and that’s why the Federal Reserve is keeping interest rates low. So, what does this mean for South Carolina’s outlook?

In a podcast interview on South Carolina...

HEMI Food Truck Court is Up and Running in West Columbia

From: Carolina Money

Marina Ziehe

Food Truck Court in Columbia, SC

Many small to medium-sized cities are growing, or at least have the opportunity to grow tremendously, because of the innovative solutions that small business owners develop.

Here in Columbia, South Carolina, the business owner Christina Survana decided to embrace the booming food truck trend by bringing a new food truck court into existence. “I would always pass by and see a vacant lot here, so I thought, why not have a food truck court?,”...

Q&A | A Conversation with Kiran Ravindra, Founder of Carbon Trim Solutions

From: Carolina Money

Krishna Thakker

Kiran Ravindra sitting in the car

Young Entreprenuer, Kiran Ravindra, founded Carbon Trim Solutions in 2012, and since has been featured on Business Insider , Yahoo! Finance , DuPont Registry , and DailyTekk .

Born in Boston in 1996, Kiran lived most of his life in Columbia, S.C. He graduated from Spring Valley High School in 2014, and is currently a part-time student at the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina. After being involved with...

EOC Reports - Resources for Schools and Districts on Testing

From: Education

Bette Jamison

SC Education oversight Committee logo

Are you looking for resources for students and parents on testing? The Education Oversight Committee (EOC) has developed a print resource to help students and families understand the purposes of assessment and what the different types of assessment are. Tips for student testing success are included in the document.

The EOC has also updated the print resource on WorkKeys. This year will be the second year that all South Carolina 11 th graders will...

ETV Highlights for April 2016

From: Education

Bette Jamison

Picture of Ready Jet Go! characters

Profile: SC Cities: Each week in April, ETV will air these classic portraits of different regions in the state of South Carolina.

- April 3 at 3:30 p.m. on ETV and 4:30 p.m. on SCC : Allendale Barnwell (1967)

- April 10 at 3:00 p.m. on ETV and 4:00 p.m. on SCC: Face of Columbia (1966)

- April 17 at 3:00 p.m. on ETV and 4:00 p.m. on SCC: Charleston and...

Additional Funds to Retain SC Teachers

From: Palmetto Scene

Aimee Crouch

SC State House

The S.C. House unanimously passed an amendment to the state budget that would allocate over $9 million to teachers in high-poverty areas. The school districts included in the plan have at least 80 percent of students living in poverty. The one-year funding is to help retain good teachers in poorer districts that can’t pay the same salaries as some of the richer districts in the state. Some of the areas include Allendale, Clarendon, Hampton, Lee,...

SC Graduate Schools Rank High Among Country's Best by US News and World Report

From: Carolina Money

Marina Ziehe

Picture of a podium in the sky

Graduate schools at three S.C. universities - USC, Clemson, and MUSC - were ranked among the country’s best by U.S. News and World Report.

The Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina tied for the No. 71 spot on the overall Best Business Schools list. USC’s International MBA program ranked No. 1 in that subcategory, while its part-time MBA program tied for 24th in that specialty.

On the master’s...

Carolina Classrooms: Summer Camps for Students March 30 on ETV

From: Education

Bette Jamison

Teenagers at camp

Carolina Classrooms is ETV’s monthly educational series for teachers, parents and all citizens invested in the education of our children. Watch ETV March 30 at 7:00 p.m. for a special edition that will focus on summer camps that engage students and help them remain education-focused while school is out.

Learn about unique summer camp programs offered for South Carolina students! We'll visit camps at Converse College, Ripley's Aquarium in Myrtle Beach, and the...

Thirsty for Some Homegrown SC Goodness? There's an App for That

From: Palmetto Scene

K. Blackwell

Milk from S.C. farms is featured on the new list of places to drink around S.C.

With summer right around the corner, the S.C. Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism wants to get people out, tasting the best drinks the state has to offer. The new campaign is sporting the slogan “Satisfy Your Thirst” and is costing the agency about $65,000. The hope is that it will cause people to go out and taste products from “fresh milk to the hard stuff,” according to an article in the Post and Courier...

Teacher Advisor Opportunity! Assist WGBH with a NASA-Funded Science Education Project

From: Education

Bette Jamison

WGBH / STEM graphic

Bringing the Universe to America's Classrooms - A WGBH Initiative to Design Digital Learning Resources for STEM Learning

Applications for teacher advisors due April 11, 2016

WGBH, America's premier producer of science content for public media, has been awarded a NASA cooperative agreement* to develop new instructional models and digital media tools for STEM classrooms. Produced by WGBH in collaboration with NASA, these resources will be distributed free of charge through...

Roads Get Additional $400 Million in Funding

From: Palmetto Scene

Aimee Crouch

pothole in road

The S.C. House approved the state’s $7.5 billion dollar budget this week, and much of the debate surrounded the state’s failing infrastructure system. The approved budget allotted an extra $400 million dollars in road repairs. A gas increase, supported by Democrats, failed to pass.

The State reported that of the $400 million, “$50 million would go to counties for less-trafficked road repairs. Another $316 million in added money would go to the Transportation...

Women’s History Month Collection - Now on Knowitall Media!

From: Education

Mimi Brown

Silhouette of woman's head

This month, Knowitall Media features women who have made a difference throughout our history! Visit our Women’s History Month Collection to learn about abolitionists Sarah and Angelina Grimké; heroes from the American Revolution Dicey Langston, Dorcas Richardson, Emily Geiger, and Grace and Rachel Martin; Civil War diarist Mary Boykin Chesnut; the first woman elected to the S.C. Legislature, Mary Gordon Ellis; the first female obstetrician/gynecologist in S.C., Dr. Anne Austin Young; advocate for literacy and...

Sparkle City Mini Putt

From: Student Multimedia Program

C. Lowe and B. Simmons

Sparkle City Mini Putt

HUB BUB is a group located in Spartanburg, known for creating fun and exciting things for the people of Spartanburg to do. Through their Artists-in-Residence (AiRs) program, they were able bring a mini-putt course to downtown Spartanburg called Sparkle City Mini Putt.

Robin Schwartzman, a 2015 AiR, is the creator behind the mini-putt course. She created this nine-hole course as the final product in her stay with the AiRs program. Each hole incorporates a...

Native Americans Make Land Gains

From: Palmetto Scene

K. Blackwell

Native Americans make land gains.

Native Americans have been making land gains since 2009, totaling to about 400,000 acres, according to the Department of Interior’s Bureau of Indian Affairs.

President Obama pledged to place a total of 500,000 acres into trust for Native American tribes before his term as President ends. An article from the Associated Press points out, “that’s more than double the roughly 233,000 acres placed into trust, during the prior tenure of President George W. Bush.”...

VIDEO | A Story of Resilience: Family Starts Gardening Business to Recover from the Flood

From: Carolina Money

Marina Ziehe

Rosemary plants

Shawntel Green and her children were displaced by the flood that hit South Carolina in October 2015. After relocating to a new house in Hopkins, the children fell in love with the rosemary plants in their backyard. They decided to create a store to sell products from the herbs, so they could replace belongings lost to the flood and give back to the community. Taking entrepreneurial cues from their mother, the children set up an...

Calhoun County Museum and Cultural Center

From: ETV Shorts

Tabitha Safdi

Calhoun County Museum and Cultural Center

The Calhoun County Museum and Cultural Center is a 20,000 square foot facility full of archives, memoribillia and the personal histories of the people of Calhoun County. Admission to the museum is free.

US INPUT Producer Fellowships Awarded and US Programs at INPUT


Amy Shumaker

delegates in screening session

A limited number of US INPUT Producer Fellowships were awarded on a competitive basis to US based pubilc media producers to attend INPUT 2016 in Calgary on May 8 - 12th. Congratulations to the following producers:


Alexis Aggrey Independent Producer – Washington, DC

Tracy DuFlo Station Producer - WPBS, Watertown, NY

Ellen Barnard Independent Producer, Atlanta, GA

Lisa Mills Independent Producer/Professor – Univ. of Central Florida...

1 Million Cups Columbia S.C. Aims to Connect Entrepreneurial Community

From: Carolina Money

Interviewee looking at the camera

A couple of years ago, a group of entrepreneurs in the community had a sense that the entrepreneurial ecosystem was missing some regular connectivity. After hearing about a program developed by the Kauffman Foundation, 1 Million Cups, the group decided to bring 1 Million Cups to Columbia in 2014, launching 1 Million Cups Columbia S.C .

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Columbia's Riverfront Park Reopens

From: Carolina Money

Andrea Esselman

Welcome Back Sign at Park

Columbia’s Riverfront Park is more than just a path by the river. It is a place that brings people together. After the canal was breached during the historic flood, the Columbia Riverfront Park was closed. However, portions of the park finally reopened this past Tuesday. Already, the stories of how it is drawing people from all over are flooding in.

George and Pat Flammer are from New York. They own a home here in...

House Passes Tucker Hipps Transparency Bill and Senate Works to Help Farmers

From: Palmetto Scene

Senate looks to help farmers.

This week at the South Carolina State House, senators hoped to provide funding for state farmers who were crippled by last year’s historic flooding. The Senate Finance Committee met this week to discuss the current bill that would allow $40 million to be appropriated to help farms that suffered damage from the flood waters. Sen. President Pro Temper Hugh Leatherman said in a statement that the matter is urgent. “There are a lot of factors...

Four South Carolina Schools Named Palmetto’s Finest Award Winners - View Online!

From: Education

Mimi Brown

Students watch anouncement of Palmetto's Finest schools

Two elementary schools, a middle school and a high school were named Palmetto's Finest in an announcment that aired live on ETV statewide on Tuesday, March 15. The awards are given annually by the South Carolina Association of School Administrators. Learn more about the awards on the SCASA website .

Each year, South Carolina schools are given the opportunity to participate in an intensive application process, consisting of self-evaluation, peer review and on-site examinations....

New Domestic Violence Committee Bill Signed Into Law

From: Palmetto Scene

Aimee Crouch

Governor Nikki Haley

On Tuesday, Governor Nikki Haley signed into law a bill that establishes a Domestic Violence Fatality Review Committee. The committees, one in each of the 16 Solicitor Circuits, will identify and review all domestic violence deaths. The recommendations from these reviews will then be sent to the State Domestic Violence Advisory Committee.

Haley said, "This is the beginning of what is going to be South Carolina reforming herself to say that survivors matter, victims...