The Stories of the Upstate™ #308: (Eli Harrison) "I started my first company when I was 12, selling duct tape wallets."

                  Story #308 comes from Next High School student and CEO of All Pro, Eli Harrison


The CEO of All Pro Learning is a student.  No, I don't mean a "student of life," or anything like that.  No, Eli Harrison, All Pro Learning is a high school student at Greenville's Next High School.  Next High School encourages entrepreneurial learning and Eli has a passion for improving education, esp. how students learn and teachers teach best.  It was only natural that Eli would start a company dedicated to finding ways to teach a skill AND how to apply it.

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The Stories of the Upstate™ #307: (Tim Waller) "I was a wild teenager with long, bushy hair and a solid brass Styx belt buckle"

                                            WYFF News 4 reporter, Tim Waller brings us story #307


"Waller, you look like a guy who can walk, talk and chew gum at the same time, and that's exactly what I'm looking for," was how Tim Waller was recruited to be a reporter for WYFF News 4.  For Tim, his job is a pursuit for excellence and information.  He told us that a two minute on air news story might be the result of months of work.  Ultimately, Tim said his goal is to to get a story on the air that he believes in, that is journalistically balanced, a story he is ready to defend if necessary.

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The Stories of the Upstate™ #306: (Lesley Diane) "When I was a child, I fell in love with British ghost stories."

                  Our 306th story comes from Greenville singer-songwriter and guitar teacher, Lesley Diane


Greenville singer-songwriter, Lesley Diane told us that she is inspired by people whose gifts seem to line up with values that reach out to people.  Lesley said Bono is an favorite of hers, not only because his song writing is brilliant and his voice magnificent, but because it all is in service to things that matter.  We asked Lesley her advice to people who want to play music and her advice was, "If you want to do it, do it,: don’t sit around and wish you had done it."

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The Stories of the Upstate™ #305: (Brent Manley) "I was once a casino dealer."

                        The triathlon coach with Greenville's Without Limits, Brent Manley brings Story #305.


"My primary job is to make athletes more efficient at what they do," is how the triathlon coach for Greenville's Without Limits, Brent Manley describes his work.  This multi-sport endurance coach was prepared for his job by a childhood full of different sports from swimming to rock climbing and by the U.S. Navy.  Brent tells us that form is everything for triathletes; their form dictates how much energy they will use and the more energy used, the less efficient they are. 

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The Downtown Jam™ #31: Charles Hedgepath, Mark Web Jr, Adam Carter, Taylor McCall, Jeff Holland and Jeremy Brewer

Once a month, 3 to 6 local singer songwriters walk into a secret location in downtown Greenville.  They only bring their guitars, their stories and their original songs.  They play an entire free concert.  We record it and play it back for you on-demand 24/7 beginning the second Wednesday every month.  We call it "The Downtown Jam™" and it's another way to thank you for listening and subscribing to "The Stories of the Upstate™  #gvlmusic


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The Stories of the Upstate™ #304: (Blair Knobel) "I will travel for food!"

                    Story #304 comes from the editor-in-chief of Town magazine, Blair Knobel


"It's a wonderful brain exercise every day," is the way the editor-in-chief of Town Magazine, Blair Knoble describes her job.  The Furman University art graduate told us that creating each issue of Town is like cooking a fine meal.  You have different complex dishes that have to be finished on time, making certain that the seasoning is right, having all the right ingredients and making sure none of it burns.  What is served each month is the culture of Greenville and beyond beautifully expressed in word and images. 

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The Stories of the Upstate ™ #303: (Andrew Oliver) "I was always up to no good as a kid."

               Andrew Oliver, singer-songwriter and one half of the band, Brother Oliver brings Story #302.


"I get inspired by other musicians concerts and shows," Andrew Oliver, one half of Brother Oliver told us when we asked for what inspires him.  The music of the first song he plays on this episode was partially inspired from a Primus concert. The Greenville singer-songwriter also said that he likes innovation, music that combines two elements in a new way and music that strives to sell an atmosphere or an idea more than just a sound.

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The Stories of the Upstate™ #302: (Rebecca Hammond Yager) "Growing up, I was either reading or wandering."

                               Our 302nd story comes from Greenville writer, Rebecca Hammond Yager.


 The author of Winds Cove, Rebecca Hammond Yager, has been telling stories her whole life.  As a young child, when she was playing with her dolls, the dolls were characters in the stories in her head.  By first grade, Rebecca was drawing as a way to get those stories out.  Poetry came next in third grade and finally, in sixth grade, she started sharing her stories through novels.  People who want to be writers often get to caught up in the process of writing, getting the right chair; taking the right class, etc.  When we asked Rebecca how to become a writer, she said,"What makes you a writer is siting your butt in the chair and writing something from start to finish.  If you want to write, then just write."

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The Stories of the Upstate™ #301: (Pressley Stutts) "As a teen, I ran away from home 3 times and the third time, at 16, it stuck."

                                        The CEO of, Pressley Stutts shares our 301st story.

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A chaotic childhood, 30 years serving our country as a Navy chaplain and years spent as a serial entrepreneur have spurred Pressley Stutts to help non-profits find a different approach to fund raising with, a venture philanthropy company.  As CEO, he works with non-profits to provide a current and consistent revenue stream and the idea came about from an encounter with a Girl Scout selling, successfully (he bought 4 boxes) her cookies.

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A Downtown Jam™ Exclusive Single: "Louis Collins"

On the second Wednesday of each month on Stories Of The Upstate™ we launch a free concert, the Downtown Jam, for your smartphone, computer or tablet with local singer-songwriters and their original songs.  #gvlmusic

Here’s a JAM Extra™ Bonus Exclusive from the April 11, 2018 Downtown Jam™ with Charles Hedgepath and Neil Brooks

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The Stories of the Upstate™ #300: (Alinthea Carter) "I learned to read when I was two. If I didn't have a book, I'd read the boxes and cans in the kitchen."

Story #300 comes from Clemson academic adviser and Alchemy Comedy Theater executive producer, Alrinthea Carter.


"My desire is to create things that are beautiful, useful and things that people enjoy." Alrinthea Carter told us in describing her goal for her life.  She lives this goal as the executive producer of and performer with Greenville's Alchemy Comedy Theater.  Her photography of old and abandoned buildings across South Carolina, which can be found on her website, are another example of living her goals.  Even in her work as an academic adviser at Clemson University, Alrinthea lives her goal through the students she aids.

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