A Mother's Voice

By Aimee Crouch

readingThere are almost 1,400 women incarcerated in South Carolina prisons, and 80 percent of those women are mothers—mothers who are missing integral parts of their children’s developmental years. Through a program developed at The Riley Institute at Furman University's Diversity Leadership Initiative, along with S.C.'s Department of Correction, A Mother's Voice, has become a reality and is now helping to connect those mothers to their children. For more on the program, visit The Riley Institute .

"Raging Water" explores SC 1,000-Year Flood

By Glenn Rawls

National Guardsmen in helicoper observe flooded riverETV’s new film Raging Water explores the effects of the historic “1,000-year flood” on South Carolina. As a potential rain event turned into a catastrophe, South Carolina is faced with overwhelming rainfall, 19 deaths, the breach of manmade structures, the failure of water systems, and floodwaters that swept into an already engorged river system. The water traveled downstream through nearly half the state, where floodwaters caused agricultural devastation and the destruction of neighborhoods in Clarendon, Berkeley, Charleston, Georgetown and Horry counties. Boat and helicopter rescues,...

Behind the Scenes of "Raging Water"

By Tabitha Safdi

Raging WaterRaging Water takes a look back at the historic floods that devastated the state last October. Mark Adams, the producer/director of the documentary shares a behind-the-scenes look into the making of the film. Raging Water includes photos and footage that illustrate the damage of the hardest-hit areas, including Columbia, Clarendon County, Berkeley County, Georgetown County and Charleston. Interviews are with Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin, former Charleston Mayor Joe Riley, S.C. Army National Guard Leader General Livingston, S.C. Department of Agriculture Commissioner Hugh Weathers, and many...

SC Campaigns Gear Up After Labor Day

By Aimee Crouch

vote buttonThis week, the country celebrated Labor Day, which for many is the official end to summer, but it’s also when campaigns across the country kick into high gear. Candidates running for office have two months to sway voters to their side. While Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are on the minds of many, there are several state seats up for grabs, including U.S. Senate and all Congressional seats. Here are the candidates running for those seats. U.S. Senate 2 Bill Bledsoe (Constitution/Libertarian) Thomas Dixon (Democrat) Rebel Michael Scarborough (American) Tim Scott (Republican) U.S. House of...

What is Human Trafficking? Understanding this Crime in South Carolina

By Kaitlyn Park

blurred image of child behind a fence“Human trafficking does present a threat in South Carolina,” says Marie Sazehn. Sazehn serves as an Assistant Attorney General who understands the crime and its implications. “A lot of times when people think of human trafficking, it is something they associate with big Hollywood movies, like “Taken,” or something that only happens overseas, to people that live abroad, or that are smuggled into the country. However, I assure you that South Carolina citizens are trafficking South Carolina-born victims in our state.” Sazhen was part of the team responsible for securing the first human...

Engineering VP Honored

By Glenn Rawls

John Crockett, ETV's Vice-President of Engineering, receives awardJohn Crockett, South Carolina ETV's Vice President of Engineering, has been awarded the Meritorious Service Medal by Major General Robert E. Livingston, Jr., the Adjutant General of South Carolina. The Medal and Citation were presented by Kim Stenson, Director of the South Carolina Emergency Management Division on August 18, 2016. Crockett has been an advocate of emergency communications in the state and has served at SCETV for twenty six years. As head of SCETV’s statewide transmitter and microwave network, his advocacy for emergency communications has lead to enhanced partnerships with the...

SC's Aerospace Industry Continues to Rise

By Aimee Crouch

airplaneA new study was released this week at S.C.’s Aerospace Conference and Expo that showed the industry continues to grow and has a $19 billion impact on the state. The South Carolina Council on Competiveness released an economic impact study that shows a $2 billion increase in the aerospace industry since 2014. Dr. Joey Von Nessen, author of the report and research economist at USC’s Moore School of Business, said, “This year’s research shows a clear indication that the industry is diversifying and trending towards sustainable growth. We see that the majority of firms continue to be small...

South Carolina Helps Flood Soaked Louisiana

By Aimee Crouch

food donationsJust as South Carolina was hit by historic flooding last year, the state of Louisiana has been hit with 6.9 trillion gallons of rain that has caused extensive damage; 4,000 residents remain in Red Cross and community shelters after being impacted by the flood, and thousands remain without power. Several S.C. organizations have been lending a hand, including the University of South Carolina, who sent two trucks full of supplies. The American Red Cross has more than 60 people helping with the relief effort in Louisiana. One of those volunteers is Dennis James of Myrtle Beach, who will be...

Chimera, Part II by P.A. Bennett

By P.A. Bennett

3 scientists in a lab, one looking through a microscopeLast week I wrote about chimeras, part animal, part human organisms created by scientists. A news story on National Public Radio (NPR) brought it to my attention. Seems the National Institutes of Health (the NIH) is ready to lift a ban on funding chimeric research. With the ban lifted, our government could bankroll scientists who are injecting human stem cells into animals to see what happens. Most animals could be included in this experimentation, except for “nonhuman primates like chimps and monkeys.” Scientists tell us this is really nothing new. Carrie Wolinetz, Associate Director for...

Columbia Ranked Number 3 in New List

By Aimee Crouch

SC State HouseFor the second year in a row, Columbia was named one of the 10 Best College Towns by . The number 3 ranking was because of the numerous government jobs, healthcare industry, and Fort Jackson. It notes that not only does the University of South Carolina bring a youthful feel to the city, but the other private colleges and universties do so, as well. They also point to all the activities the city has to offer. "From outdoor activities like hunting, fishing or camping, to a surprisingly active art and music scene, residents and students have plenty of culture at their fingertips...