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Swint’s to be featured in documentary

By Kay S. Pedrotti One of a handful of businesses still in existence since Old Dixie Highway was a major route to Florida, Swint’s Pecans and Candies in Milner will be part of a public television documentary on the famed road. Swint’s owner Jessica Watson helped a film crew from Georgia Public Broadcasting find people who knew the history of the candy company, including Frances Cato. The crew is working with the Georgia Department of Transportation, which commissioned the film. A broadcast date has not yet been determined. ’GDOT has done the historical archaeology to find and map the Old Dixie Highway,’ said videographer Carey Harrison. ‘It’s doing this as an outreach to travelers to drive traffic back onto old highways ‘“ encouraging people to see the state and help communities needing economic development.’ Senior producer Amy Cooper said the documentary filming crew has worked in Folkston/Waycross, Darien, Camilla/ Radium Springs/ Albany and Dalton and Rock City. The crew has worked together on many video and film projects but describes this one as one of the most fun. ’Just think, we’re going back to the teens, 1920s and ‘˜30s with this road. We’re preserving for history some old monuments and buildings as well as businesses with a long life. It has been educational and a lot of fun for us,’ Harrison said. Watson said she is excited to be a part of the project: ‘People who see the documentary will be like most of our customers ‘“ amazed to see the renovations, how nice it is in here.’

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