Caney Creek documentary wins historical project award
by JOYANNA WEBER Banner Staff Writer
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DOC GERMAN, center, was born at Caney Creek. The steps in the background are from his former home. With German are son-in-law John Karnes and daughter, Kathy German Karnes.
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The documentary “Going Home” and book seeking to capture the history of the Caney Creek community has received the East Tennessee Historical Society's “2013 Award of Distinction for an outstanding historical project.”

Local historian Debbie Moore, who worked on the project, said the award will be officially presented Tuesday at a local showing of the documentary.

The award will be presented by Cherle Henderson, director of the East Tennessee Historical Society, to producer Will Moore

“We are so excited,” Debbie Moore said. “We are very honored to receive the award.”

Will Moore, Debbie’s son, is a student at Chattanooga State Community College.

“The Award of Distinction is awarded to the most prestigious history projects in East Tennessee,” according to Henderson.

To apply for the award, the documentary team sent a copy of the DVD and book, along with publicity from newspapers and radio promoting the project to the historical society.

A viewing of the documentary will be held Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Museum Center at Five Points. (Standard admission fees are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and students with free admission for children under 5.)

The project began with an interview Will Moore did with Doc German, a former resident of Caney Creek, during an internship.

Debbie Moore said she was interested in the project because she knew some of the Caney Creek story and was interested in recording the memories of those who were still living.

They found out there were others from the town still living

“It was obvious to us there was a story there,” Moore said.

Caney Creek was a town from 1912-1943 south of Powerhouse No. 2 on the Ocoee River in Polk County. The village was home to those who worked at the powerhouse and their families.

Moore said there are about 15 residents of the town still living.

“When people lived there, their families just spread out in this area,” Moore said.

Some later moved to Texas and Florida, according to Moore.

The project interviewed six of the former residents including: Anna Ruth Lillard Green of Benton, Troye Moore Linginfelter of Alcoa, Margaret Poe Trotter of Blue Ridge, Ga., and Marilyn Lowe Kirkland, Geraldine Lowe King and John E. "Doc" German of Cleveland.

Debbie Moore said Margaret Poe Trotter died 20 days after the interview.

“The history is slowly fading and I hope we were able to save some of those stories from a few people,” Moore said.

Debbie Moore’s husband Ron edited the project. The Moores were joined by John Cook, who developed original music for the project, and John Disney, who helped as a sound assistant.

The family presented their idea for a documentary to the Bradley County Historical Society and received a donation for more equipment and editing software.

Showings of “Going Home” are also being scheduled for Athens, Ducktown, Etowah and Benton, as well as Ringgold and Dalton, Ga.

A viewing, sponsored by the Polk County Historical Society, will be held Sunday, May 19, at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Benton. The documentary and book are available at The Museum Center at 5ive Points, The Ducktown Museum and on line at