Tabitha Safdi

“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.

Facial Hair Club Raises Money for a Good Cause

By Tabitha Safdi

Midlands Whisker SocietyIt’s not just a monthly fad of “no-shave November” anymore. According to Jerimi Miller, President of the Midlands Whisker Society, the acceptability of facial hair in society today is here, and it’s here to stay for a while. The Midlands Whisker Society is a social club located in Columbia that celebrates the growth and development of facial hair. They recently hosted a facial hair competition for a good cause. Proceeds collected at the event went to Camp Wonderhands , a service for deaf and hearing-impaired children provided by Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital . “Often just at a first...

Bee City, USA | ETV Shorts

By Tabitha Safdi

Bee CityLocated between Summerville and Walterboro, Bee City is a honeybee farm and petting zoo. Bee City's focus is to educate the public on the imprtance of honeybees. The petting zoo is a main attraction with animals from monkeys and lemurs to wallabies and llamas.

The Growing Trend of Facial Recognition Technology: It’s Not Just for Law Enforcement

By Tabitha Safdi

Customer ServiceMany of us have watched those TV dramas where the investigators use facial recognition to catch the bad guys. It’s something that actually happens and it’s not just used in law enforcement. Many private businesses are using this technology to garner more business and to create a more personalized shopping experience. In a recent article in Consumer Reports , many businesses across Europe are currently using facial recognition technology as a means for improving customer service. Vendors are now marketing this technology to retailers in the United States. So, how does it all work? According to...

South Carolina Maritime Museum | ETV Shorts

By Tabitha Safdi

Maritime MuseumLocated on the waterfront in Georgetown, the South Carolina Maritime Museum celebrates the rich history of seaports in the state. The museum features wooden boat replicas of some of the major ships of the 17th and 18th centuries and also a photography exhibit. For more information, visit the South Carolina Maritime Museum website .

Little Red Barn Pottery and Art Gallery | ETV Shorts

By Tabitha Safdi

Little Red BarnIf you are looking for something handmade and unique, the Little Red Barn is the place to check out. From one-of-a-kind pottery to hand-woven rag rugs, the Little Red Barn tells South Carolina's story through art. You can even meet the feline resident, Miss Kitty.

Charleston Tea Plantation | ETV Shorts

By Tabitha Safdi

Tea PlantationTeeming with originality and history, the Charleston Tea Plantation on Wadmalaw Island in South Carolina is busy with not only workers cultivating crop but also visitors from around the world. The tea plantation sets South Carolina apart because it the only tea plantation in North America. Upon visiting here guests can learn about history and health benefits of the second most popular drink in all the world.

Inside the Meaning of Dreams: An Interview with a Dream Teacher

By Tabitha Safdi

Dream TeacherJustina Lasley is trying to wake up the world. She is an author and founder of the Institute for Dream Studies. Her mission: to tell everyone in the world of the transformative power of his or her nightly dreams. So far, she's making good on her mission by writing multiple books on the subject of dreams and also by creating the Institute for Dream Studies, the certification program for those interested in leading dream groups and spreading the message of the power of the dream. All of this from her home in Charleston, which she touts as her creative inspiration. According to Lasley, many of...

Fort Mill High School Student Featured on a National TV Series

By Tabitha Safdi

FootballSince seventh grade, Lexi Dressing has been tackling gender stereotypes as the only girl on her school football team. Now a junior, Lexi is the kicker for Nation Ford High School’s varsity team. Lexi’s story was featured on the PBS series, Outside the Box . PBS Student Reporting Labs across the country were challenged to profile young people breaking down stereotypes. The story was produced by Sydney Miller, a junior at Fort Mill High School in Fort Mill. View Lexi’s story on Outside the Box . ABOUT THE SERIES From new military combat roles for women to Hollywood pay equity, gender politics...

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