Tabitha Safdi

Bridges to a Brighter Future | ETV Shorts

By Tabitha Safdi

Bridges to a Brighter FutureBridges to a Brighter Future is a college access program for Greenville County high school students whose potential outweighs their circumstances. The three year program starts after ninth grade and includes a four-week, summer residential experience on the Furman campus and year-round support and encouragement through Bridges Saturday College. A diverse mix of about seventy-five students participate annually.

SC Philharmonic Music Director and Conductor Talks about the Piece of Music that Inspired Him

By Tabitha Safdi

SC PhilharmonicMorihiko Nakahara has served as music director of the South Carolina Philharmonic since 2008. He's known for his charismatic presence on and off the podium. In this clip, he talks about the piece of music that captured his attention as a young boy in Japan. To learn more about Morihiko Nakahara and the South Carolina Philharmonic, watch Palmetto Scene on Thursday May 19 at 7:30 p.m.

Education: Is South Carolina Failing Its Students?

By Tabitha Safdi

Empty ClassroomAccording to a recent analysis done by South Carolina Appleseed Legal Justice Center , “South Carolina’s regular public school districts received less financial support per student on an inflation- adjusted basis in 2013-2014 than they did five years earlier.” It was also found that support declined most severely in districts with the highest poverty rate. Official state estimates show South Carolina is continuing to fail the 35,000 students in the 15 poorest districts, based on the fiscal year 2014-2015. South Carolina is not alone in reducing state funding for education. According to the...

Cooper's Country Store | ETV Shorts

By Tabitha Safdi

Cooper Country StoreWhen you walk into Cooper's Country Store it's like walking back in time. The store was built in 1937 and not much has changed since then. It's located in Salters right off of highway 521 and has just about anything you could possibly need.

Moving East: Tiny House Movement in SC

By Tabitha Safdi

Tiny HouseThe 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 the movement are to have a smaller carbon footprint, and the desire to have more time and freedom. CNN writes that, “76% of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck.” According to WPDE ,...

South Carolina Economist Expects Flat Growth Through 2017

By Tabitha Safdi

economyUnemployment 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 Business Review , Bruce Yandle, Clemson’s Strom Thurmond Institute Senior Fellow, Clemson Alumni Distinguished Professor of Economics Emeritus and Dean Emeritus...

Download SCETV App

By Tabitha Safdi

SCETV AppThe SCETV App for your mobile device features local and national content, giving viewers and listeners content at their fingertips. On the television front, viewers are able to access on-demand videos for some of their most beloved local and national programming. The broadcast schedule is available with the option of push notifications to be sent as a reminder for watching programs live. Radio enthusiasts have access to South Carolina Public Radio’s live news and classical stations. Everything from content to cue sheets will be represented. If you prefer to wake up to NPR, the alarm clock...

“Life Pod” Offers Options for Affordable Housing

By Tabitha Safdi

Life PodMichael Weekes lives at the intersection of engineering and art. At those crossroads, he created the Life Pod, a 115 square foot tiny home of the future. In today’s mentality of doing less with more, Weekes has grown a greater sense of the earth. “In the last six months since I brought Life Pod to Columbia, I’ve studied and become an enthusiast in renewable energy and solar power, etc.,” said Weekes. The project started July 9, 2015 and took 12 weeks to complete. The total cost to build the Life Pod was $7,000. Weekes has identified four major customer groups for the Life Pod. First, the...

Branchville Railroad Shrine and Museum | ETV Shorts

By Tabitha Safdi

BranchvilleThe Branchville Railroad Shrine and Museum is the site of the world's first railroad junction. The museum features lots of antiques that were once used by the railway, such as a velocipede, old lanterns, maps and telegraph machinery.

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