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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

USC School of Medicine in Greenville, I-85 and I-385 Reconfiguration, IMAX in Simpsonville, Jones Gap State Park

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USC School Of Medicine In Greenville

FishingThe Greenville Hospital System is working on a plan to expand their current medical training facility and call it the University of South Carolina School of Medicine – Greenville. They plan to train first and second year medical students in the USC system as well as third and fourth year students that they have been working with for the past 20 years. A fully ramped up program should be complete in 2016, with 400 medical students studying in Greenville. The plan will help supply more physician training in an era where the nation expects to see a shortage of doctors over the next 10 years. By leading the pack in this type of training, GHS expects to establish more research facilities in the area, which will attract downstream businesses such as device manufacturers and software developers.

Reconfiguration Of I-85 And I-385 Interchange

The SC Department of Transportation's announced some of their options regarding the reconfiguration of the I-85 and I-385 interchange last week, which got a lot of businesses speaking their mind. The scenario generating the most debate centers on an option to build another road south of the current interchange that would provide access to the busy Woodruff Road commercial area. That would dramatically affect the flow of traffic past vendors such as Cracker Barrel and Drury Inn, who position themselves for easy access for the consumer. The proposal would however give engineers more land to work with and provide a boost for The Point and the Verdae development. The planning for this project is in the initial stages and ground breaking is not scheduled until 2013, so there will be plenty of time for all parties to voice their concerns.

IMAX In Simpsonville

Great Escape 14, the long awaited IMAX theater in Simpsonville is about ready to open their doors this month after construction delays over the winter. There will be 14 movie screens utilizing digital projection, with three of those able to feature 3-D movies. The IMAX auditorium will seat 400 and feature a high-tech sound system that allows every seat to pinpoint where the sound came from on the screen. It will also be able to project 3-D films, as will three other screens. In addition to the typical refreshment area, there will also be a bar serving wine, beer and finger food snacks. The nearest IMAX theaters are Atlanta, Charlotte, and Charleston, SC.

Jones Gap State Park Tries To Gain More Ground

The Nature Conservancy is trying to add to Jones Gap State Park with the purchase of 301 acres to the east called the White tract. The purchase will conform to their long range goal to protect the Blue Ridge escarpment from Table Rock to the North Saluda with a wilderness bridge of land. The White tract will add to the Jones Gap trail system and provide some overflow parking for the park, which often has limited parking for visitor during busy days. The Nature Conservancy has a long history in the Upstate, where in 1976, they purchased 2,000 acres to establish Jones Gap State Park.

Greenville SC WeatherCurrent Weather

Nice spring weather is here this week and continues from last weekend. The trees are leafing out, flowers are doing their thing, and the grass suddenly need cutting. Expect clear weather this week with highs in the 70s and lows in the 50s.