Rhodes’ Crossroads Fellows and Lake County’s Team4Success Produce Documentary About History of Lake County Tennessee
Publication Date: 7/29/2014
(l-r) Bill Michaelcheck, Jerry Reese, Blaire Smith, Conard Hurt, Cedrick Kimble, Shane Watson
Crossroads to Freedom fellows from Rhodes, Lake County High School seniors and Team4Success partnered this summer to produce the documentary “Lake County: A Look Through Time.” The documentary is part of a project to explore the county’s assets and mobilize the residents to strengthen their community.
A non-profit organization, Team4Success is made up of current and former Lake County residents including Rhodes Board Chair Bill Michaelcheck ’69. Its goal is to create change in the county so that younger citizens will have better opportunities for success and want to return to Lake County after college.
Crossroads is a full-time, nine-week fellowship program in which students are engaged in preserving and documenting history. It includes archival research, processing documents for online preservation and working directly in the community to collect and preserve oral histories. Information is stored on the Crossroads digital archive established at Rhodes in 2006.
Crossroads students Shane Watson ’14 and Blaire Smith ’17 travelled to Lake County (74 miles north of Memphis) to interview community members, including the mayors of Lake County and Tiptonville, about the various aspects of their lives and the assets of the county. Lake County High School seniors Conard Hurt and Cedrick Kimble received video and interviewing training along with their Rhodes mentors and also participated in the interviews. In addition, the group attended a Team4Success board meeting.
Says Watson, “Crossroads to Freedom uses the Assets-Based Community Development model (ABCD) to concentrate on what communities do have instead of what they don’t. Assets can be people, buildings, organizations, or anything else that brings value to the community.”
The documentary below was shown July 10 at Ellington Assembly Hall on Reelfoot Lake in an event open to the public.