The privately produced and publicly funded Tri City Documentary project
is dedicated to creating a time capsule of archival digital videos, and
delivering for public access an online kiosk of 200 short documentaries.

Video production is
focused on capturing the human-interest stories
emerging from the Tri City region of Northeast Tennessee
, an area of
robust and under-appreciated character currently undergoing
unprecedented and irreversible cultural, social, and economic change.

There is great need to document with empathy, historical perspective, and
humane insight the quickly evolving ways of life that are unique to our
region, as well as explore and capture the full spectrum of this area’s vast
rich story...
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"Capturing Today
for All of Tomorrow"
Julia Thie L.Ac.:
Acupuncturist
Ms. Thie introduces us to the art of
acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine.
She demonstrates modern needle and cupping
techniques, discusses the concept of the
body's energy meridians, and introduces us to
her marvelous in-house apothecary.
52:45
The Bonnie Kate Theater
The Bonnie Kate Theater is the oldest
continuously running movie theater in
Tennessee.  It is now owned by the Higgs
family and rejuvenated by their entrepreneurial
vision of fun, food, and community.  Brian Higgs
– chef and proprietor - hosts a tour of the
movie theatre, restaurant, and ice cream /
cake shop.  

Midway through the video, projectionist Justin
Hertzog shows us the workings of a pre-digital
projection booth.
41:50
Jerry Harper:

Master Coffee Roaster
for
The Coffee Company
Jerry Harper is the master roaster for The
Coffee Company of Elizabethton.  Mr. Harper
moved to the area in the 1960s after college to
work for the North American Rayon plant and
other such companies for decades before
retiring and finding this new career as a coffee
aficionado.  He shows us the process of
roasting, and discusses the finer points of
coffee and its history.

The Coffee Company is a mainstay business in
historic downtown Elizabethton, a wonderful
restaurant and a rare treasure… a coffee
house that fresh roasts it own coffee.  You can
order their products online, or better yet –
shop in person with fortunate locals and enjoy
the homemade foods and genuinely friendly
staff of The Coffee Company.
37:49
The Bley House
Rudolph S. Bley was the Vice President of
Patents for the Beaunit Corporation – parent
company to both the Bemberg and North
American Rayon plants in Elizabethton.  
Though he was from Germany, he found the
love of his life and a lifetime of community in
the Elizabethton area.  

The Bley family was a bright and enlightened
boon to the region throughout much of the
20th century.  By 2011 the family home was
vacated, the land sold to Milligan College and
slated for demolition.  Here we capture the
home in the last days.

The Bley house held wonderful childhood
memories for our host Anne Bishop, who often
stayed with the Bley family growing up in the
Milligan community.  Anne takes us on a tour of
the house and grounds with her dear friend,
storyteller Marjerie Shaefer.
52:57
Dr William Kennedy:
Historic Preservation and
Adaptive Reuse,
Jonesborough, TN

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Introduction

1.Demolition by Neglect

2.Adaptive Reuse

3.Color Analysis

Historic Eureka Inn

Sabin House
Dr William Kennedy is a prominent member of
the medical community, and is also one of the
leading forces in Jonesborough’s forty-year
historic preservation movement.

This series introduces the doctor and his
passion for historic Jonesborough.  He recalls
the roles the town and Historic Zoning
Commission have played in preserving the
historic downtown since interests arose in the
1970s.

The series begins with a montage of 'before
and after' photographs – many from the Paul
Fink collection and other priceless image
collections graciously provided by the Heritage
Alliance of Jonesborough.  

The contribution of rare images by the Heritage
Alliance proved essential to these productions,
and without their generosity our films would be
conspicuously empty of their current visual
richness.  (We all thank the Heritage Alliance,
and in fact, all heritage institutions for their
essential services: Please help them to
continue their good works in any way you find
possible.)  

A short biographical segment follows the
introductory montage that explores Dr
Kennedy’s long relationship with both the town
of Jonesborough and its preservation
movement.  He describes the Historic Zoning
Commission and its role in Jonesborough’s
effort to redefine itself as it builds its future on
its past.  

The subsequent three films explore major
themes in detail; the Sabin House and Eureka
Inn videos are case in point examples of
modern preservationist efforts.







23:38

08:17

11:53

13:51

58:34

16:33
Georgia Ball
Georgia Ball is an unsung treasure, who here
relates stories of her life and childhood
growing up in rural Hawkins County during the
early and mid 20th Century.

Her candor and understated confidence has
afforded her the strength throughout her life
to get done whatever job is at hand…  Quite a
gal!
58:46

Soleus Massage

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Briana Gulcynski

Fritz Coontz

Rob McNitt
Pt.1
Pt.2
Soleus Massage is a premier establishment for
massage therapy in the Tri Cities. Their
combination of casual elegance and affordable
prices for genuinely therapeutic massage has
made them quite popular throughout the
region.

It is fascinating to watch these people at
work... And watching them makes one want to
invest at least the occasional hour of one's life
to having a professional massage.  








05:23

11:54

07:20
12:35
Paul Kennedy:
Photographer, and
Author -
The end of the day
Paul Kennedy is professional photographer
currently residing in New York who lived most
of his childhood years in historic Jonesborough.
The son of Dr Kennedy, he was visiting during
the principle shooting of his father’s series on
historical preservation and adaptive reuse.

Paul had recently constructed a fabulous book
entitled
The end of the day that documented
the de-construction of the historic Wells/Smith
home and the subsequent reuse of its
materials in the construction of the Sabin
House.

We used this narration in Dr Kennedy’s Sabin
House video; however, Paul stole the show,
and deserved freestanding recognition for his
own story - here is the excerpted Paul
Kennedy narration in its entirety as a tribute to
Paul and his work.
15:13
Maria Bledsoe: Innkeeper /
The Historic Eureka Inn
Maria is the vivacious and irrepressible 21-
Century innkeeper of the Historic Eureka Inn
located in downtown Jonesborough.  Without
doubt, she is the perfect fit for the Inn in this
phase of its resurrection.

The Eureka Inn is one of the oldest buildings in
Jonesborough (the oldest town in Tennessee)
and has been painstakingly restored and
adaptively reused as a fully modern,
environmentally ‘green’ hotel of the highest
grade.

A Jonesborough native for most of her life,
Maria embodies both an inherent association
to the historic preservation movement of her
hometown, and a proactive appreciation for
the universal issues of the modern world.  Her
stewardship is a strong example of acting
locally with intelligence and humanity, whilst
remaining conscientious of global concerns.
58:34
Pal Barger: Pal's
Sudden Service <Act 1
Pal Barger: Pal's
Sudden Service <Act 2
Pal Barger is a pioneer of the ‘fast food’
industry.  He earned his success by applying:
business practices based on trust, honesty,
and fairness; lean production systems
designed to maximize quality, effectiveness,
and efficiency; and a philosophy of maintaining
one's humanity with an element of fun whilst in
the course of doing day-to-day business.  He is
a prime example of modern entrepreneurism,
and personifies his company's mission
statement: Delight customers in a way that
creates loyalty.  

Act 1 concentrates on Pal’s formative
influences from his childhood in the 1930s, and
time in the military, through his early
experiences in restaurant management during
the years prior to the Pal's Sudden Service
expansion of 1986.

Act 2 concentrates on the Pal’s Way: a unique
business model, underlying philosophy,
training system, and ongoing community
outreach.
Act 1
1:15:46



Act 2
1:05:26
Dr. Ava Carter:
Chiropractor
Dr. Ava Carter tells of her family’s history,
guides us through a tour of her chiropractic
clinic, and demonstrates a chiropractic
adjustment.
13:24
Alice J: Jeweler
A master jeweler creates an original piece of
art via the lost wax process of casting.
43:14
Bruce Shine:
Honorary
Maltese Consul
D. Bruce Shine, the Honorary Maltese Consul,
introduces himself and discusses his duties,
then leads us on a tour of the Honorary
Maltese Consulate.
20:42
Radm McNitt
BONUS (from our Annapolis project)

Rear Admiral R.W. McNitt recounts his life's
story graciously and with humor.
1:52:34
Dick Nelson:
Nelson Fine Art
Mr. Nelson introduces his gallery and frame
shop, and demonstrates the process of
framing.
19:36
Tom Bettini: Bassist
A semi retired rock star speaks of his childhood
and musical influences, then demonstrates a
highly dangerous and fascinating process for
cleaning and extending the life of his bass
guitar strings.

The boiling of alcohol is highly dangerous, and
TCD does not recommend its viewers to do so!

... This is so regardless of how fascinating the
possibility of a fireball is to even the most
cautious of citizens.
35:54
R.McNitt: Studio Artist
A graphic artist demonstrates the process of
creating his art on paper using ink and colored
lead pencils.
21:52
Lynn Light: Chickens
A hard-working welder enjoys time caring for
his pet chickens...

The chickens enjoy his company as well.
12:09
Rachel Light:
Whimsy's Doggy Dudz
The proprietress of her own cottage industry, a
seamstress designs a line of high quality
fashions for pets.
23:03
Mrs. Rutherford
A woman with family roots reaching back
through both colonial Christianity and the
Cherokee nation sings hymns with great
passion.
07:03
Kelly Webb:
AAA1
Heating & Cooling
A heating and cooling repair man talks about
his work and philosophy, then demonstrates
the basics of how a heating and cooling
system works.
42:15
R.McNitt:
One Actor Prepares
Playing three separate roles, an actor creates
a film about the process of preparing for an
opening night.
33:26
Lynn Light: Welder
A master welder speaks of his childhood and
then demonstrates how to build large copper
kettles.
1:15:42
Rene Bille: Artist
A young artist creates fantastic monsters to
scare away mischievous raccoons.
06:01
R.McNitt: Chef
Cooking Show Prototypes

Empanadas:

Mushroom & Leek

Bell Pepper & Onion

Torte:

Chile Relleno
These are guilty pleasures...  Bon Appetit!







09:51

05:12



04:27
Half Empty
Half Fool
This is a fine bit of animation, if I say so myself.
A group project that took weeks to create and
render, this piece proved animation too time
consuming to be practical as a primary source
of content...  After this experience we switched
to producing digital video documentaries.
01:12
Haunted Jonesborough
R.McNitt's first true film.  A group project that
took a year and a half to edit, and an
experience that taught him the bulk of what he
knows to be true about film production.
26:01
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Hello, and so good to meet you!  

Both a gift and a treasure, the privately produced and publicly funded Tri City
Documentary project is dedicated to creating a time capsule of archival digital
videos, and delivering for public access an online kiosk of 200 short
documentaries.  Video production is focused on capturing the human-interest
stories emerging from the Tri Cities region of Northeast Tennessee, an area
of robust and under-appreciated character currently undergoing
unprecedented and irreversible cultural, social, and economic change.

There is great need for us to document with empathy, historical perspective,
and humane insight the quickly evolving ways of life that are unique to our
region, as well as explore and capture the full spectrum of this area’s vast
rich story.  The TCD project does this primarily by preserving oral histories
and the life stories of individuals who have mastered their craft and still find
joy in their work; by filming them at work, we simultaneously capture both
unique biographical portraits and anthropological records of the processes
they have mastered.  Thus, this online collection promotes the Tri Cities
region to a global market by highlighting our greatest assets: our community,
our skills, and our preservationist eye on the future.  Our video collection also
increases in value as generations pass away and the everyday processes we
are recording become otherwise forgotten.
                           
We believe our endeavor is important as a public good – and therefore
afforded to the public at cost.  We hope you can find it in your heart to assist
us with your interest and financial support; we will be eternally grateful, and
delighted to add you to our website’s sponsor listing.  

Thank you so very much.  Robert McNitt - founder of the Tri City Documentary.