The Stories of the Upstate™ #256: (Morgan Riley) "I took hip hop and belly dancing classes as a teen and got really good at both."

                            Greenville singer- songwriter, Morgan Riley  shares our 256th stories.

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For many singer - songwriters, the realization that music was going to be their life doesn't hit them until later in life.   That's not the case for Greenville singer-songwriter, Morgan Riley, who from the age of 5, was shouting that she was going to be a singer/dancer/actress/model.
When she was 15 and attempting to write her own music as opposed to simply covering other artists, she discovered that she had a talent for creating unique songs.  Morgan tells us that inspiration for a great song can come from anywhere, even the most mundane things like change in own's pocket.

                                                         To learn more about Morgan Riley, click here.

The Stories of the Upstate™ #255" (Perry J. Williams) "I’m a fanatic about beets and love to cook them in multiple different ways."

Our 255th story, a GSA Business Report Q&A, comes from the Chairman of Greer Commission
  of Public Works, Perry J. Williams.

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When we flip on the bedroom light, turn on the kitchen faucet, start the furnace or flush the toilet, we aren't thinking about water pipes, gas lines or waste water treatment, but that's exactly what Perry J. Williams concerns himself with daily as Chairman of Greer Commission of Public Works.  Originally chartered in 1913, Greer Commission of Public Works provides electricity, gas, water and waste water treatment for approx. 80,000 people.  Profit is not what drives the Greer Commission of Public Works.  Perry says that providing reliable and fiscally sound utilities is what drives him and the Commission.  So the next time you flip a switch or turn a faucet in the Greer area, you can rest assured that the power and the water will be there, thanks to Greer Commission of Public Works and it's Chairman, Perry J. Williams.

                                       To learn more about Greer Commission of Public Works, click here
                                                            and follow Perry J. Williams on Facebook.

The Stories of the Upstate™ #254: (Andrea Cooper) "Building forts and ice skating with my friends were a big part of my childhood."

                         Andrea Cooper, Executive Director of Upstate Forever, shares Story #254

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It was her college experiences at the University of Colorado in Boulder where Andrea Cooper, Executive Director of Upstate Forever, first got interested in conservation.  Andrea tells us that she went to one keg party and one football game, just so she could check those things off her list, but her and her friends spent most of their time hiking and backcountry skiing in the Rockies.
Now, Andrea's focus on conservation finds it's outlet with Upstate Forever and their work to help the Upstate manage our growth so the wonderful things that draw visitors and new residents here and that we all love are preserved as we grow.  And with all the beautiful places the Upstate has to offer, she still gets to enjoy biking and hiking.

                                                 To learn more about Upstate Forever, click here
                                                              and follow them on Facebook.

The Downtown Jam™ #25: Charles Hedgepath, Alex Hunnicutt and Daniel Harper

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™ #253: (John Jeter) "For a few years growing up, I had the biggest, best, safest playground and 1, 800 older brothers.

             Story #253 comes from Converse College adjunct professor and freelance writer, John Jeter.

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John Jeter has a passion for telling stories and he's found several ways to tell stories throughout his career.  For several years, John told stories through his work in the newspaper industry. Then, for 20 yrs, it was music that he used to tell stories, not his own music, but the music of the singers and bands that he highlighted at Greenville's Handle Bar. Now, John's storytelling is done through his freelance contributions to local magazines and through his work as an adjunct professor at Converse College teaching music business.  "I'm a storyteller in all my roles," a fitting description for John Jeter and his career.

The Stories of the Upstate™ #252: (Rush Morgan) "I was always getting into mischief as a teen and was good at keeping it secret."

                                  Central singer-songwriter, Rush Morgan shares our 252nd story.

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People voice their opinions in a lot of different ways.  For Central singer-songwriter, Rush Morgan, it's his music that lets him voice his opinions, but his music is more than just how he expresses his opinions.  Rush's music keeps him sane.  Creating music and sharing his feelings through song is often therapeutic.  Rush considers himself a guitarist first and a singer-songwriter second.  He says most of his songs start with just the cords, although sometimes, the right cords and the right feelings hit at the right time and a song quickly follows.

                                                 To learn more about Rush Morgan, click here.

The Stories of the Upstate™ #251: (Taryn Scher) "I danced on the field of Pro Player Stadium during the Orange Bowl when I was in college."

   Our 251st story, a GSA Business Report Q&A. comes from the Sparkle Boss (CEO) of TK PR.

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"Public relations," a term we've all heard, but probably don't really understand.  Taryn Scher, the CEO of TK PR spells it out for us.  She says public relations is telling the story of a business, often not the obvious story, but the story that gets earned media coverage.  Basically connecting the true story of a business with journalists earnestly seeking true stories.  Need some idea of how TK PR successfully is the bridge between the story and the journalist, check out Euphoria Greenville and VisitGreenvilleSC, you know:  #yeahthatgreenville.

                                                       To learn more about TK PR, click here.

The Stories of the Upstate™ #250: (Jason Elliott) "From my teen years, I've had a fascination with the weather."

                           Greenville attorney and SC State Representative Jason Elliott brings story #250

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Greenville native, Jason Elliott says that if you have a passion to do something, to make a difference, you can't wait around for an invitation or for the perfect opportunity.  He says you need to just take the initiative and go for it.  Jason's life demonstrates that philosophy.  He's been a prosecutor, which he describes as the most fulfilling work he has ever done.  He has his own law practice, Jason Elliot Law Firm.  But he began noticing that while good things were happening for Greenville and our state, little of that was the result of the representation this area had in the South Carolina State House.  He saw a need for better, more active, more effective representation, so he took the initiative, made his own opportunities and ran for SC State House and won.  

                                            To learn more about Jason Elliot, Greenville lawyer, click here
                                   and to learn more about Jason Elliott, SC State Representative, click here.

A Downtown Jam™ Exclusive Single: "Old Melinda"

On the second Wednesday of each month on “Stories Of The Upstate™ we launch a free concert, theDowntown 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 October 11, 2017 Downtown Jam with Charles Hedgepath and the LOZ Band featuring  John Durham, Wes Treadway, Josh Forbus and Dr. LuvBeatz

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Subscribe to “Stories Of The Upstate™ on iTunes.com or the Stitcher app to get free access to all episodes – interviews and free concerts known as “The Downtown Jam™” - from “Stories Of The Upstate™” now.

The Stories of the Upstate™ #249: (Erin Jones) "I found out that I'm related to Pocahontas."

         The Director of The Museum and Gallery at Bob Jones University, Erin Jones brings, our 249th story.

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One of the largest collections of European Old Masters paintings in America, featuring works from such renown artists as Rubens, Tintoretto, van Dyck and Dore' is located on Wade Hampton Blvd in Greenville, SC on the campus of Bob Jones University.  And this collection is under the care of a Normal girl, Normal, Il native, that is.  Erin Jones was a speech and drama professor at Bob Jones University when she was asked by then University President and Chairman of the Museum and Gallery, Dr. Bob Jones to become it's newest director.  She accepted the job and has thrown herself fully into the job, grateful that her skills in speech and drama have helped her promote the Museum and Gallery and pleased that she still gets to do a bit of teaching with guests visiting the Museum and Gallery and in lectures and private events. 

                     To learn more about the Museum and Gallery at Bob Jones University, click here.

The Stories of the Upstate™ #248: (Jamie Hughes) "I love comic books and superheroes."

Our 248th story comes from Jamie Hughes, College Outreach Educator for Spartanburg's SAFE Homes Rape Crisis Coalition, and Founder and Facilitator of Writing for Well-Being, therapeutic writing courses.

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"Difficulties don't have to define you," is something Jamie Hughes tells lots of the people he works with daily.  But that saying is more than just words for the College Outreach Educator for Spartanburg's SAFE Homes Rape Crisis Coalition, that saying personifies Jamie's life.  At the tender age of 8, he lost his mother.  Her loss was devastating and a family court judge compounded the tragedy by refusing his grandparents petition to raise him, deciding instead to send him to live with his father who he had never really known.  Most of his young life was lived with a dad and family who treated him as more of a burden than a part of the family.  Teen years brought risky behavior and bad decisions.  But as his saying goes, he didn't let difficulties define him.  Jamie reaches out to college students to bring awareness of domestic violence and sexual abuse in order to prevent it and to help those who are victims.  In addition, as the Founder and Facilitator for Writing for Well-Being, Jamie uses therapeutic writing to help people overcome the struggles they have in their lives.

                                   To learn more about SAFE Homes Rape Crisis Coalition, click here
                                         and to learn more about Writing for Well-Being, click here.