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South Carolina attorney awarded associate professorship at top Ecuadorian university

By Alex Junes-Ward

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Attorney Tom Mullikin has been named associate professor at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito in Ecuador (the school’s Galápagos Islands campus) where he has served as a regular lecturer since 2015. The new professorship, awarded this month, comes on the heels of his also-new adjunct professorship at the Charleston School of Law where he teaches a course on environmental law.

Mullikin has for years served – and continues to serve – as a research professor at Coastal Carolina University. His new professorship in the Galapagos won’t alter his travel or obligations elsewhere.

“I’ve been teaching at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito for the past four years,” says Mullikin. “That won’t change, nor will my other teaching responsibilities. In fact, my experiences at one institution will only serve to enhance student learning at another.” Continue reading “South Carolina attorney awarded associate professorship at top Ecuadorian university”

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Floodwater Commission to hold statewide meeting and present initial reports

Mullikin (left) and Gov. McMaster

By Alex Junes-Ward

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The South Carolina Floodwater Commission will hold its third quarterly statewide meeting at Cheraw State Park on Mon., Aug. 26, presenting its first set of recommendations – submitted by the Commission’s 10 task forces – on how best to mitigate the impacts of disastrous flooding going forward.

The meeting will begin at 5:00 p.m. with initial findings revealed and recommendations explained, followed by a Q&A session.

“I am proud of the work of the S.C. Floodwater Commission and of its dedication to providing practical, forward-thinking recommendations to protect our people and prosperity,” says S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster, who established the Commission in Oct. 2018. “These recommendations will provide a roadmap for our state to follow as we endeavor to address extreme weather events this year and into the future. Working together, we will show the globe that South Carolina is a world leader in water management.”

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South Carolina’s unique approach to battling disastrous flooding

By Tom Mullikin

COLUMBIA, S.C. – With hurricane season upon us, the entire east coast of the United States is again holding its breath, particularly southeastern states like those of us in S.C., N.C., Georgia and Florida. States with coastlines along the Gulf of Mexico are facing similar angst and anticipation. Here in South Carolina we might expect what we have experienced since 2015: record flooding, displacement, property damage, even loss of life.  It is not a pleasant expectation, but a new reality nonetheless.

But the Palmetto State is not taking it lying down. In Oct. 2018, Gov. Henry McMaster established the S.C. Floodwater Commission, a first-of-its-kind in-state effort bringing together stakeholders from government, academia, the military, and environmental groups and others in the nonprofit sector to analyze and address the flooding issue comprehensively, as a single team. It is a proactive approach aimed at mitigating disasters (like we’ve experienced in recent years) and protecting lives and property. Other states might wish to take note.

No one can’t prevent hurricanes. But we can mitigate their effects in a fashion similar to what the Netherlands did in 1953 when nearly 2,000 people were killed following the North Sea Flood. For the Dutch, it was an inflection point, resulting in construction of the most sweeping flood-defense system in the world. In the 66 years since, the country has not lost a single citizen to flooding.

In the U.S., sadly, we can’t say the same. Each year, hurricanes cost billions in damages and dozens of lives. Last year alone, storm damage cost us $50 billion. If a foreign enemy invaded our country and caused that kind of damage, we would be at war. Instead, we throw money at repairing the problem after the fact rather than preventing it in the first place. Continue reading “South Carolina’s unique approach to battling disastrous flooding”

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South Carolinians named Parents of the Year

By Alex Junes-Ward

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Maj. Gen. (Ret.) and Mrs. Thomas Stowe Mullikin (Virginia Ann) of Camden, S.C. were named CIVIC LEADER PARENTS OF THE YEAR 2019 during National Parents Day ceremonies at the Washington Times building in Washington, D.C., July 24.

The award, presented by Dr. Michael Jenkins, chairman of the Washington Times Holdings, was endorsed by Dr. Ki Hoon Kim, continental chairman of the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification – Universal Peace Federation (UPF) – North America; Rev. Lounne Abram Rouse, national co-chairman of the American Clergy Leadership Conference; Rev. Demian Dunkley, pres. of the Family Federation for World Peace; Angelika Selle, pres. of the Women’s Federation for World Peace; and Larry Moffitt, vice pres. of the Washington Times Foundation.

“This is a tremendous honor for Virginia Ann and myself,” said Mullikin. “Our four children and two grandchildren are indeed the centerpieces of our world, so to be so-recognized with this award on the week that we celebrate National Parents Day is particularly special. And we accept it on behalf of all parents who are quite literally raising up the future of America.” Continue reading “South Carolinians named Parents of the Year”

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Something special happened in a flood-ravaged South Carolina county

By Tom Mullikin and John Cleveland

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Something very special happened in Marion County. S.C., last month. June 15, the day before Father’s Day, hundreds of volunteers descended on the town of Nichols, S.C. – In fact, as many volunteers as the population of the town itself. They were there to do the dirty and unglamorous work of clearing and cleaning ditches along the roadways and culverts in the flood-ravaged community. It was the first full-fledged demonstration of Gov. Henry McMaster’s S.C. Floodwater Commission in action; and it was a remarkable show of support by South Carolinians from across the state for their fellow citizens.

Over the past three years, Nichols had been flooded twice. First during Hurricane Matthew, then again during Hurricane Florence. In Sept. 2018, approximately four-to-six feet of rainwater from the Lumber and Little Pee Dee rivers spilled over into and blanketed the area, devastating residents who had just managed to rebuild from the flooding of 2016.

The problem in Nichols – as in many flood-impacted communities – is deferred maintenance of existing drainage systems. When debris and detritus is present to the extent it was in Nichols, there is no place for the water to go except out and into the town. Continue reading “Something special happened in a flood-ravaged South Carolina county”