Nov. 30, 2012 Greenville Journal
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Christmas trees harvested per year in South Carolina, as estimated by the National Christmas Tree Association. 30,000 Quote of the week “The UFC is a worldwide thing, but for my first fight, FX’s best ratings weren’t some big city. The best ratings were in Greenville, S.C. It motivates me to train harder.” Simpsonville karate instructor Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson, an Ultimate Fighting Competition welterweight, on the community support he receives in the Upstate. 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Place your order today, call 864.233.3996 J111 This Week’s Feature: NOVEMBER 30, 2012 | the Journal 3 JOURNAL NEWS NCAA DiviSioN ii 2nd 3rd CouNCil of ChriStiAN CollegeS & uNiverSitieS South CAroliNA 4th From our perspective, who you become is as important as what you learn. At Erskine College, weâ€™re committed to thoughtful liberal arts scholarship and individual attention. Our close-knit academic community provides an educational experience as distinctive as the students and faculty that create it. Get to know Erskine. And get to know the big advantages of a small college. 4 THE JOURNAL | NOVEMBER 30, 2012 OPINION Community food drive idea spreading During the entire month of October, Augusta Court residents held their First Annual Food Drive to bene t food banks in the Greenville community. It was organized by a couple of neighborhood moms who not only spread the word, but also enlisted their young children to help collect the donated items. A letter was sent to each household on the street, giving details of the drive and asking for everyone’s involvement. With 62 homes on Augusta Court, 500 items was deemed an achievable goal. All types of canned food were requested, with an emphasis on collecting high-quality protein, such as tuna, peanut butter and canned meats. Residents were encouraged to place their food items on their porches each Saturday morning for neighborhood children to collect at noon. Additionally, one of the organizers placed a basket on her porch to serve as an “anytime during the week” drop-o receptacle. Small yard signs were displayed each weekend, reminding everyone of the Saturday collections and showing the running total of donated items. e grand total was announced at a block party on Halloween. Augusta Court residents had collected 576 canned food items in just one month. e idea was shared among friends on neighboring streets in the Augusta Road area. As a result, the Melville/Aberdeen/Brookwood Drive neighborhood is conducting their First Annual Food Drive during the month of November. During these economically challenging times, this is an inspirational example of how neighbors, working together, can make a di erence in the lives of the less fortunate. If every community would do this, the food banks would be over owing! – Bill Turner, Greenville VOICES FROM YOUR COMMUNITY, HEARD HERE JOURNAL NEWS ® November 30 PH YSICIAN UPDATE Midwifery Bethany Duncan Smith, CNM Greenville Midwifery Care 890 W. Faris Road, Ste. 470 Greenville, 455-1600 GHS welcomes these new doctors and sites! Dermatology Ashley Mason, M.D. Carolina Dermatology 920 Woodruff Rd. Greenville, 233-6338 Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Kasia Kocol, D.O. Steadman Hawkins Clinic of the Carolinas 200 Patewood Dr., Ste. C100 Greenville, 454-SHCC (7422) Office Sites on the Move General Surgery 890 W. Faris Road, Ste. 310 Greenville, 455-8300 Pediatric Neurosurgery 48 Cross Park Ct. Greenville, 797-7440 Pediatric Surgery 48 Cross Park Ct. Greenville, 797-7400 Ophthalmology Catherine Baston, M.D. Carolina’s Eye Care 51A W. Butler Rd. Mauldin, 236-9888 Family Medicine Adrienne Labotka, M.D. Mountain View FP–Memorial Dr. 406 Memorial Dr. Ext. Greer, 877-9066 Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Heritage Internal Medicine & Pediatrics–Wren Primary Care Sports Medicine Neha Chowdhary, M.D. Steadman Hawkins Clinic of the Carolinas 200 Patewood Dr., Ste. C100 Greenville, 454-SHCC (7422) Matthew Close, D.O. Steadman Hawkins Clinic of the Carolinas 727 S.E. Main St., Ste. 220 Simpsonville, 454-SHCC (7422) Pediatrics S. Douglas Egge, M.D. Pediatric Associates–Spartanburg 1686 Skylyn Dr., Ste. 201 Spartanburg, 582-8135 T. Matthew Eison, M.D. Pediatric Nephrology 200 Patewood Dr., Ste. A115 Greenville, 454-5105 ghs.org New Office Drew Goldsmith, M.D. Gregg Johnson, M.D. 1115 Wren School Rd. Piedmont, 859-0740 (in collaboration with Baptist Easley) 120849 NOVEMBER 30, 2012 | THE JOURNAL 5 JOURNAL NEWS OPINION VOICES FROM YOUR COMMUNITY, HEARD HERE FROM THE EDITORIAL DESK Kitchen table poker If there is one message the ve justices of the state Supreme Court have delivered repeatedly in 2012, it’s that South Carolina legislators will have to clean up their own messes. With this spring’s two rulings on election ling laws and last week’s long-awaited decision on “kitchen table” poker, the high court has underscored that most basic tenet of Civics 101: the role of the judicial branch to review laws, not make them. However outdated the statute in question may be, the justices will not legislate from the bench to untangle it. is is the core message behind the court’s split decision last week to reinstate guilty verdicts against ve poker players charged with illegal gambling a er an April 2006 police raid on a private poker game in a Mount Pleasant home. e case centered on the state’s convoluted 1816 anti-gambling law, which essentially outlaws any betting games played with cards or dice. e ve players appealed and had their convictions tossed by a circuit judge who declared the law “unconstitutionally overbroad” because it criminalized all card-and-dice games “regardless of whether the dominant factor in a particular game is skill or chance.” He declared Texas Hold ’em a game of skill, not chance, ruling “it is not unlawful to gamble on a game of skill in a residence.” e Supreme Court said skill or chance is not the issue; what matters is whether money is wagered on the outcome. State law allows a casual game of poker in a private residence, but not in “a house used as a place of gaming” – which the justices ruled the Mt. Pleasant residence in question to be. With good reason. Police said the 2006 raid uncovered two poker tables running a “for-pro t gambling operation” with a $20 buy-in advertised on the Internet, the Charleston Post & Courier reported. e private home was used twice a week for such games and the host was pocketing some of the cash – making it organized gambling and therefore illegal, the justices ruled. e one clarifying takeaway from all this is that casual, kitchen table card games are no longer criminalized under South Carolina law. Poker players (as well as lovers of Monopoly and Crazy Eights) may enjoy an occasional, casual game around the kitchen table without fear of arrest. Make it a regular event with advertising and a cover charge, however, and you’ve broken the law – wherever you play. at said, the ruling o ers little relief to law enforcement, which must still decide on a case-by-case basis if future kitchen table card games are legally casual or illegally organized. is is the very vagueness the circuit judge (and two dissenting justices) called unconstitutionally overbroad, as it gives police “too much discretion in every case,” wrote Justice Kay Hearn in dissent. e majority disagreed, noting police regularly “determine just where a statutory line is drawn.” e newly guilty defendants are outraged, one going so far as to accuse the justices of cowardice for lacking “the guts to bring the law into the 21st century.” He has chosen the wrong target. Cleaning up outdated laws is the job of the General Assembly, which has so far proved incapable of cleaning up this one. e challenge, as Chief Justice Jean Toal noted, is to modernize the overreaching portions without cracking the rewall that has kept professional gambling from slithering back into this state. e more complicated the law, the easier it is to sabotage, as past history well proves. Proceed by all means, legislators – but with caution. Data breach shows need for consolidation If it can happen to computer systems maintained by the U.S. Department of Defense, it can happen to anyone’s computer system. at’s not an excuse. But it’s a disturbing fact in today’s increasingly networked cyber world as organizations constantly combat hackers determined to breach any safeguard to steal sensitive information. I’m not minimizing the seriousness of the recently announced S.C. Department of Revenue data breach, in which foreign hackers apparently got their hands on the tax records of 3.8 million South Carolinians and more than 650,000 businesses. However, the reality is that virtually no system is immune to this kind of threat. For example, hackers have broken into Pentagon computer systems on at least three occasions since 2008, according to published reports. Having said that, we as a state and as individual South Carolinians should do everything we can to protect ourselves against cybercrimes like identity the . oughtful minds are asking what else state government should be doing to protect data. One answer is pretty clear, yet achieving it will be complicated if territorial concerns ght against what’s in the more pressing interests of taxpayers. We need to consolidate the stand-alone computer systems of all state entities so that our expertise, energies and resources are pooled rather than fragmented. e recent implementation of the S.C. Enterprise Information System (SCEIS) was a signi cant step toward this goal. It brought the core accounting, payroll, procurement and human resource operations of most state agencies into one system. But state-supported colleges and universities, and various programs at some state agencies, are not part of any uni ed system. It makes little sense for any state entity to proceed on its own rather than using all of the available resources of state government to protect against computer-savvy hackers. e S.C. Division of State Information Technology (DSIT) already manages and provides information technology services for a large swath of state government. ose services even include monitoring and testIN MY OWN WORDS by RICHARD ECKSTROM ing for data breaches – at no charge. e Department of Revenue was not among the state agencies covered by DSIT prior to this data breach, although it is now. is is not to say that the breach absolutely would have been prevented if the Department of Revenue had been part of the state’s consolidated system. It certainly wouldn’t have hurt, though. Centralizing our computer systems wouldn’t just bolster security. It also would allow the state to weigh and prioritize its options for how to capture information needed for making better decisions and holding agencies more accountable for performance. Unfortunately, my o ce sees the shortcomings of the state’s fragmented, decentralized computing and accounting systems every year in gathering nancial data to produce the state’s monthly and yearly nancial reports. is fragmented structure is o en ine cient. To put it bluntly, some state-supported colleges and other agencies operate like independent nations rather than as partners on a team, resulting in duplicative systems. Duplicative systems penalize taxpayers with ine ciency and with avoidable costs. In taking stock of this recent hacking case, it’s important that we don’t politicize it or use it to push other agendas. Instead, let’s use it as a learning experience to help state government better serve its ultimate constituents – the taxpayers. It would be a double loss, indeed, if government returned to business as usual by accepting the unnecessary costs and risks of allowing many state entities to operate their own computer systems rather than safely consolidating them under the watchful eyes of dedicated experts. Richard Eckstrom is S.C. Comptroller General. IN MY OWN WORDS FEATURES ESSAYS BY RESIDENTS WITH PARTICULAR EXPERTISE WHO WANT TO TELL READERS ABOUT ISSUES IMPORTANT TO THEM. THE JOURNAL ALSO WELCOMES LETTERS TO THE EDITOR (MAXIMUM LENGTH OF 200 WORDS). PLEASE INCLUDE ADDRESS AND DAYTIME PHONE NUMBER. ALL LETTERS WILL BE CONFIRMED BEFORE PUBLICATION. WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO EDIT ALL LETTERS FOR LENGTH. PLEASE CONTACT EXECUTIVE EDITOR SUSAN SIMMONS AT SSIMMONS@COMMUNITYJOURNALS.COM. 6 THE JOURNAL | NOVEMBER 30, 2012 JOURNAL NEWS Liberty Square towers go on the market By APRIL A. MORRIS | staff Nearly a year a er taking over the Liberty Square buildings on Beattie Place in downtown Greenville in a foreclosure, Lehman Brothers Holdings have put the two towers up on the market. Lehman Brothers was previously the lender on One and Two Liberty Square and foreclosed in January 2012. Craig Stipes, vice president with CBRE Capital Markets Private Capital Group, which managed and leased the buildings a er the foreclosure, said Lehman Brothers’ aim was to stabilize the asset. e company put in substantial capital investment, installing new elevator components and renovating the Commerce Club, located on the top oor of One Liberty Square. e two “Class A” o ce buildings total approximately 436,000 square feet with a parking garage between them. Stipes reports that there has been keen interest in the property that was listed last week. “We’re very encouraged by investor activity,” he said. Stipes said he anticipates the sale of the buildings to happen within the next four months. Both buildings will be sold at the same time. In addition to the Commerce Club, tenants in the towers include Gallivan White & Boyd, Willis, Ernst & Young, Robert Half Technology, Azalea Capital and the Jackson Lewis law rm. In other activity at the site, the Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd law rm is moving out of Liberty Square, Stipes said. However, Resurgent Capital Services will be moving from Wells Fargo Center on South Main Street into 86,000 square feet of the space in early 2013. ere are also additional parties interested in moving into the space vacated by the law rm, he said. e activity is a sign of the improving ofce market in Greenville, Stipes said. Contact April A. Morris at firstname.lastname@example.org. One and Two Liberty Square in downtown Greenville. GREG BECKNER / STAFF November 30 New Impact N E W S T H AT Y O U C A N U S E Membership Special Join the GHS Life Center® or PATH (Life Center and five YMCA locations) in December and get a reduced initiation fee. Find out more at ghs.org/path. New Impact is an eight-week comprehensive weight management program for children ages 6 to 21. Program includes a YMCA family membership, exercise and cooking classes, and more. To learn more, call 675-3488. InQuickER Holds Your Spot for ER & Urgent Care Save a place in line at any GHS MD360® or ER. Just register online at ghs.org/inquicker, wait in the comfort of your home (or wherever), arrive at your projected time and see a nurse within 15 minutes! This optional service is for non-life threatening and minor emergencies. Give the Gift of Health Purchase a gift certificate for a one-hour massage or nutrition consultation at the GHS Life Center and get $5 off. Three one-hour or five half-hour personal training sessions are just $99. Offer good Dec. 1-31. Struggling With Infertility? Nearly 25% of couples struggling with infertility already are parents, so secondary infertility is not uncommon. For help, contact GHS Fertility Center of the Carolinas at 455-1600 or visit fertilitycenterofthecarolinas.org. ghs.org Special Delivery With Greenville Midwifery Care Bring your baby into the world in the way that’s right for you and safe for your baby. At Greenville Midwifery Care, our certified nurse-midwives will give you hands-on support throughout labor and a healthy delivery. Call 455-1600 or visit greenvillemidwiferycare.com. 120849 NOVEMBER 30, 2012 | THE JOURNAL 7 journal news Coffee With Artists… Every Thursday morning, Carolina Foothill Artisan Center in Chesnee hosts “Coffee with Artists,” a social networking opportunity to meet local artists. The public is invited for free coffee, to meet artists, and to tour the Center at 10 a.m. Call: 461-3050. Dioramas… Local historian James Buchanan created a series of dioramas—handmade miniature 3-D scenes—depicting the classic ’Twas the Night Before Christmas story. For decades, citizens enjoyed seeing them in downtown store windows. Through the efforts of Spartanburg Art Museum and Spartanburg Regional History Museum, you can once again see these enchanting scenes. Exhibited in the History Museum, Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Ends Jan. 5. Art Exhibit… Spartanburg Art Museum presents Tarleton Blackwell, a living South Carolina artist, known for his large and colorful collages of rural South images, especially pigs. Runs through Feb. 16, Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Art Exhibit… Spartanburg Art Museum presents Jim Harrison, a living South Carolina artist, known for his nostalgic old-barn paintings and coastal Carolina landscapes. Runs through Dec. 29, Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Live Theatre… Spartanburg Youth Theatre presents Madeline’s Christmas, a delightful musical based on the popular children’s book series about the adventurous French girl Madeline. Shows in the David W. Reid Theatre at Chapman Cultural Center, Friday, Nov. 30, at 4:30 and 7 p.m.; and Saturday, Dec. 1, at 2 and 4:30 p.m. Audition Workshop… Spartanburg Youth Theatre will conduct a workshop to help students prepare for their auditions for Harold and the Purple Crayon. The workshop is open to students in grades 3-12. It will be held Saturday, Dec. 1, 9 a.m.-noon in the Black Box Theatre at Chapman Cultural Center. $25, and pre-registration is required by calling 585-8278. Christmas Concert… The First Presbyterian Chamber Singers present Tidings of Comfort and Joy, a Christmas concert benefiting Mobile Meals of Spartanburg. The singers are regionally well known for their exceptional quality, performing both well known songs such as Silent Night and classical pieces such as Wexford Carol No. 3. In the David W. Reid Theatre at Chapman Cultural Center. Starts at 7 p.m. $15. Call 573-7684 or 583-4531. Auditions… Spartanburg Youth Theatre will hold auditions for Harold and the Purple Crayon on Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 3 and 4, 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Theatre Classroom at Chapman Cultural Center. It is open to students in grades 3-12. Bring a headshot photo, come 15 minutes early to complete paperwork, and be prepared to give a one-minute monologue. Xmas Shopping… Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg will host “Holiday Art Spree” Dec. 3-22, Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Sale items will all be made by local Guild members and will include paintings, note cards, jewelry, and ornaments. Music Sandwiched In… The Music Foundation of Spartanburg presents Arbor Wind Trio for a free mini-concert on Wednesday, Dec. 5, at 12:15 p.m. at the main library downtown Spartanburg. Featuring clarinets and a bassoon, the musicians will play Christmas music. Bring your lunch or buy one there. City of Greenville police officer Jim Plonk goes through the first aid kit in his patrol vehicle while on patrol on the Swamp Rabbit Trail at Cleveland Park. Many of the calls officers get on the trail are medically related. The kit includes a portable defibrillator, which needs to be started periodically to be sure it is in working order. Safe on the Swamp Rabbit Trail By april a. morris | staff 542-ARTS ChapmanCulturalCenter.org 200 E. Saint John St. Spartanburg 8 THE Journal | NOVEMBER 30, 2012 Since the Swamp Rabbit Trail opened in the spring of 2009, thousands of cyclists and walkers have taken advantage of the converted rail bed that stretches along the Reedy River nearly 18 miles from Conestee to North Greenville Hospital just beyond Travelers Rest. An estimated 359,000 people use the trail each year, according to the firstyear impact study conducted by Julian A. Reed, Furman University health sciences professor. So with thousands thronging to the trail on the weekends with their bicycles and walking gear, do users occasionally bring their less-than-desirable behavior? Earlier this month, business owner Dick Hills entreated Greenville County Council to help him address the issue of metal theft at his property near Blue Ridge Road and Pete Hollis Boulevard, which is intersected by the trail. He said the thieves were using the trail as a highway and had driven a truck along it, making off with fencing multiple times, in addition to wiring and lighting. Hills called for 24-hour law enforcement coverage of the trail to prevent crime. Council requested additional attention from the sheriff ’s department, while Councilman Joe Dill said the Public Safety and Human Services Committee would address the issue. “We’ve got to stop them from getting in there,” Dill said. However, a Journal investigation indicates Hill’s experiences are the exception to the rule. Law enforcement jurisdiction along the Swamp Rabbit is shared between the Greenville County Sheriff ’s Department, the Greenville City Police and the Travelers Rest Police. Law enforcement officials told the Journal they see average to below average levels of criminal activity both along the trail and at addresses adjacent to it. In the city of Greenville, one of the officers assigned to the central business district is tapped each shift to patrol the trail on an ATV, said police spokesperson Johnathan Bragg. The downtown officers often ride bicycles on city streets, but use the motorized vehicle on the trail for a faster response time. Bragg said he knows of very little property crime in the area, primarily because few buildings are located along the trail within the city limits. Master Deputy Laura Campbell of the Greenville County Sheriff ’s Department said crimes reported in those areas where the Swamp Rabbit Trail is listed as a cross street range from lower than average to average. She knew of one recent incidence of repeated break-ins at a nearby home that was not secure, but no property crime concentrated along the trail. Along the approximately 10-mile Greenville County portion of the trail, the sheriff ’s department has two deputies dedicated to patrolling on motorcycles. The deputies typically are on the trail seven days a week, Campbell said, sometimes several hours into the evening, though they see little trail activity after dark. According to the City of Greenville, the trail hours are dawn to dusk, as many areas are not lit, except near Riverwalk and the Liberty Bridge. Sheriff ’s department’s statistics reveal that the majority of calls coming from areas around the trail are citizens reporting suspicious people or vehicles. The trail does not have an address, so the department must reference it as a cross street. JOURNAL NEWS Since 2010, the sheri ’s o ce logged 56 reports of suspicious persons and 23 suspicious vehicles. Total calls to date listing the trail name are 165, according to the sheri ’s department. Calls that referenced where the trail crossed Bleachery Road and Pinsley Circle since 2010 totaled 168. Campbell said that the number of suspicious-persons calls is an indication that the public is keeping watch. “We want them to be proactive,” she said. “ e public is our best asset. If something doesn’t seem right, call us.” Johnathan Bain, who works at the Swamp Rabbit Cafe, said the cafe hasn’t experienced any safety issues, despite being a trail access, which requires them to leave their gate open. “It seems safe to us. I ride the trail every other day,” he said. e cafe sta knows the o cers who patrol the trail and workers are there o en well into the evenings, Bain said. “Because we have decent road access, we could be a target, but we haven’t had a problem.” Furman University experienced several incidents of vehicle breakins when the trail rst opened, but there haven’t been any more since a suspect was apprehended, said Furman spokesperson Vince within 24 hours. Moore. He added that For user safety along campus police do not the trail, community partpatrol on the trail itself, ners – o en churches, gas but do watch over a busy stations and restaurants parking lot frequented by – o er parking lots and trail users. restroom stops. is colIn Travelers Rest, Police laboration allows users to Chief Lance Crowe said patronize local businesses there were a handful of car The letters and numbers painted on the Swamp Rabbit Trail at regular intervals and the businesses share break-ins when the trail should be used when calling for help to guide responders to the exact location their trail knowledge. rst opened, but the latest of the caller. Houck said the district activity has been limited is working with Hills to to gra ti on signs – along with black foil metal thieves at his business, insaid that the Swamp Rabbit Trail has bear sightings. cluding reestablishing drainage ditches some built-in safety features like tenthBecause the trail runs parallel to that may hinder vehicles from using mile markers that can be referenced Travelers Rest’s Main Street, police the trail for access. Houck said to his to 911 in an emergency. Using these o cers can see it from their vehicles knowledge, Hills is the only person to markers, emergency responders can while they are on patrol, Crowe said. date who has reported crime as a problocate callers quickly. In addition, Crowe has an o cer lem because of a property’s proximity With a non-emergency 911 call, who regularly patrols on bicycle and to the Swamp Rabbit Trail. users can also report speeding cyclists, another who walks or cycles the trail. and o cers will issue them a citation Fine-tuning trail operations as more “Chances of a person seeing an o for exceeding the 20 mile-per-hour and more people take advantage of cer on the trail are pretty high,” he said. limit, Houck said. the Swamp Rabbit is a never-ending Travelers Rest o cers, like those e recreation district also subprocess, he said. However, throughout who patrol in the city of Greenville, are scribes to crime prevention through nearly two decades of experience and deputized and can patrol and respond environmental design, such as thinresearch on trails and greenways, “I to calls the full length of the trail, ning vegetation so people cannot hide have yet to nd statistics that trails have Crowe said. in it and installing see-through infora negative impact on the community.” Ty Houck, director of greenways, mation kiosks for the same reason, Contact April A. Morris at natural and historic resources for he said. Removable panels on kiosks email@example.com. Greenville County Recreation District, allow the sta to clear away any gra ti November 30 360 º H e a lt H e d u c at i o n Rheumatoid Arthritis Answers Wed., Dec. 12 • 10:30-11:30 a.m. • GHS Life Center GHS rheumatologist Gulzar Merchant, M.D., will discuss symptoms and challenges of rheumatoid arthritis and what you can do about them. Lunch to follow. Free; registration required. Guyology: Just the Facts Sun., Dec. 2 • 2:30-4:30 p.m. • Patewood Medical Campus This program for boys in 4th and 5th grade helps ease the transition into puberty through open discussion. Session fee: $50 for father/son. To register, visit the events page at girlology.com. Lymphedema Information Session Thurs., Dec. 6 • 4:15-5 p.m. • GHS Life Center Cancer survivors and their caregivers are invited to a free information session on how to prevent and control lymphedema. For more information, call 455-6233. Meet the Midwives Thurs., Dec. 13 • 6-8 p.m. • Greenville Memorial Hospital Learn about GHS’ nurse-midwifery program and how a midwife can enhance the birthing process. Light refreshments provided. A tour of The Family Birthplace will follow. Free; registration required. To register, for more information or to see a full schedule of events, visit ghs.org/360healthed or call 1-877-GHS-INFO (447-4636). Nutrition: Key to a Successful Workout Thurs., Dec. 6 • 6:30 p.m. • Burdette Library Branch/Taylors A GHS registered dietitian will discuss how nutrition can affect your workout. Free; registration required. Look Good … Feel Better Mon., Dec. 10 • 1-3 p.m. • GHS Cancer Center Women with cancer are invited to learn how to look and feel better using a variety of beauty techniques. Free; registration required: Call 627-1903 or 1-866-227-4395. 120849 NOVEMBER 30, 2012 | THE JOURNAL 9 journal news Martha Franks Baptist Retirement Community Laurens, South Carolina Tupelo Honey Cafe is newest ONE tenant By Cindy Landrum | staff HOLIDAY AT "I'm Glad SALES My Mom MARTHA FRANKS! Is Secure!" on a 2 Bedroom Cottage or Patio Home (one Lakeside cottage available) Save $20,000-$30,000 Move into a Garden Apartment by December 31, 2012 and get January FREE! 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The award-winning restaurant is the newest announced tenant of the $100 million mixed-use development and the nextdoor neighbor to Anthropologie, the national retailer that specializes in women’s clothing, accessories and home decor. “Downtown Greenville is vibrant, dynamic, beautiful and thriving,” said Steve Frabitore, owner of Tupelo Honey Cafe, “and when the Hughes project management team approached us about having a location at the ONE project, we knew the site would be ideal. We’re incredibly excited to be a part of downtown Greenville.” The original Tupelo Honey Cafe on College Street in Asheville opened in 2000. A second Asheville location opened in 2010. The chain’s third loca- tion opened in Knoxville, Tenn., in October and a restaurant is also planned for a historic train depot in downtown Johnson City, Tenn. “We are incredibly excited for Tupelo Honey to open its first South Carolina location at ONE. THC fit