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As many know who visit my blogs and websites – Red Ash Coal Towers & Cemetery hosts many paranormal legends. I would contend that most of the legends are urban sprawl and very little truth remains intact from earlier days. When I first started researching the paranormal there was very little info on Red Ash. I like to think my first video and blogs added to the notoriety of the place. Back then we could research the area with little traffic to impede our progress, now there is so much traffic with curious people dropping in that the past 4 investigations have been interrupted multiple times. The one thing that worries me is that since Halloween night someone broke one of the oldest headstones – the one belonging to Robert Jones – the one in the gated grave. This was one of the best parts of the legends; his grave site has a wonderful tale attached. Who would be so disrespectful? We were there Halloween night with a large number of people and the headstone was okay. We returned November 6th and it was broken. But each time we were there rowdy groups of people came along and just barged in upon our research, and once we saw teenagers climb inside the wrought iron surrounding this grave to challenge the legend of protective guardians. Obviously, there weren’t any guardians there to protect the grave site. Sometimes we have to use common sense. Ghosts and spirits are not humanly or earthly, if they exist at all. They can NOT harm the living. If they exist. They barely can let us know they’re here. If they exist. And even though I believe in spirits, and research paranormal phenomena I never do buy into the farfetched stories of some of these locations, I simply enjoy them for what they are. They are stories. Even if something did happen to someone, or even to myself, (and things have happened) I wouldn’t damage or destroy the site I was visiting. I would never intentionally bring harm to any place, and that is what I am concerned about. Have I unknowingly contributed to the defacing and destruction of this cemetery by sharing our research of reputed haunted places with the public? Should we paranormal investigators NOT disclose the locations of the sites we research? Actually, we shouldn’t share the blame for their ignorance and lack of respect- those who knowingly damage and destroy property -Those people, whomever and wherever they are, must stand responsible for their own actions & behavior & should face the consequences of their actions when caught. And hopefully, like The Bell Witch Cave and the legend that if someone takes a rock from there bad luck with be bestowed upon them, hopefully at Red Ash and other sacred sites (sacred meaning any place from our past which will offer historic promise & value to our future & current generations) any place where human beings are buried, as far as that goes any place that you don’t own and have no rights to even disturb, hopefully those who do bad things on these sites will have a heaping dose of bad luck. Ever heard of the word Karma? Thank goodness for it, as I am constantly reminded that without it, fools would go on being thorns in the side of life, embedding deeper and deeper until it festers and discharges the runny remains of what once was a thorn. There is a parable in that sentence. I apologize for the soap box rant, but I am seriously upset as I see more and more disturbance of other’s property. I have seen where people have destroyed and stolen from churches, even. I wonder about these morons. I also pity them. And for the people who may say rude things about what I do, as a writer and researcher of ghostly stories & legends- it is fine by me that you have your opinion, but I do NOT and will NOT ever bring harm to any place I visit and I stand by what I do proudly. I am not asking anyone else to believe in what I believe. I have an open mind but I keep this in perspective. Most local ghost stories are pure entertainment, and it is those that lose focus who think otherwise.
Spirits are like spirituality – unique to the person experiencing it. I enjoy searching for spirits… but I do NOT enjoy seeing the devastation left behind by those who do not care.


Meeting New Ghost Hunters in TN

My husband and I have thoroughly enjoyed researching the paranormal. We have made many friends who have the same passion for wanting to know more about what happens after death; what if anything can spirits do – providing you believe that spirits do exist. Though we are paranormal researchers I am unsure if we are Ghost Hunters, (using the term generically, not as in the tv series) but we have met many interesting people and I guess the best way to describe the groups are active “ghost hunters”! We all have the same goal, to find out if there are spirits here, or if every mysterious encounter with a possible “ghost” can be rationally explained. Everyone I speak with in this field of research plainly states, “We’ve seen things we just can’t explain.”
Hmmmm. Even with the gadgets and tools that “science” accepts as instruments that may verify a paranormal happening, we still can’t explain some of the phenomena.
Join me and my husband and friends as we research Knoxville, TN and the surrounding counties to see if indeed ghosts do exist. Our website is http://www.paranormalspectrum.com
You may find yourself wondering if that bump in the night is your own little Casper.

Just a quick note, I am working on many different things. Researching local haunted locations & legends. Promoting my book. Jazzing up my website http://www.paranormalspectrum.com. I am getting more and more hits on that site and many people have contacted me to share their experience. I am also dedicating a wordpress page to each haunted site we’ve checked out – except private residents who want to stay anonymous.

Bell Witch Cave – Adams TN

I waited for months to finally see the legendary Bell Witch Cave. Was it worth the wait? The cave itself is worth the wait, and the drive, it took us 4 hours to get there. The story is great, if you want to check it here at this link,The Bell Witch: An American Haunting and yes I did buy the book. Back to our visit. Did I experience anything supernatural? Possibly. I put a video up on Youtube, so you can see the “mist”, and the faces that seem to come right out of the rock formations. We heard deep voices from within the cave at the beginning of the tour, I thought it might be from another tour, but they only run one through at a time. The cave is rather small, so there was no way anyone could have been at the back and get by our group to exit without us knowing. Also, my daughter looked up in one of the crevices  that lead to a second level, and thought she saw an old woman’s face. As for me, at the very end of the tour, as we came back to the room with the indian’s grave, I saw a hovering, spiraling mist, that wasn’t white, almost a muddy shade, and I watched as it swirled approx  1 1/2 ft off the ground, and was approx 3-4 ft tall. I thought at first it was a dust plume, but then realized this is a very wet cave, there was no dust, and furthermore it hovered and irrigated as I stared. As I reached out to tap my son and show him, it remained there for more than a solid 45 seconds, and he saw it, too. In my confidence that it was something indeed worthy of attention I announced, “What is that? Is it a mist?” And then called for the remaining group, as I averted my eyes to motion for  our group to look in that direction, I glanced back and it was rapidly dissipating, so  no one other than my 8  yr old son and myself saw what I believed was something trying to manifest. Wishful thinking? Possibly. I did stare at it long enough to know this was not a trick of the eye. Certaintly it could have a logical explanation. I just don’t have an answer as to what it was.

I don’t know too much about caverns, but at one area near the back room of the cave, there was a strong sulphuric smell that my husband brought to my awareness. This was also the area where our pictures caught “mist” in one out of a dozen pictures taken back there. I know under ordinary conditions what that smell implies. But this was inside a cave, maybe that is very normal with all the minerals and elements.

There are 3 places inside the cave that “faces” actually seem to form from the rock shapes, and one outside on the cliff. In addition, there is a strange, anomaly on one light in one of our photo’s, that is 1 picture out of 4 taken of the same corridor of the cave with this odd transparent “blob”. We took video, but we didn’t have the right equipment, so 95% of it was so dark, we couldn’t use much in the youtube vid, but it is worth checking out.   

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YVS_AArAAXI for our experience.

All I can say is I enjoyed my visit there.

A great story is the Bell Witch Legend. Please feel free to share any story you may have experienced there.

My Story Follows this brief history:

Excerpt From Showcave.com “Cherokee Caverns is the most beautiful and historical cavern in Knox County, Tennessee. That is why it is generally called Historic Cherokee Caverns. All in all it also has a long history of name changes and as a show cave.”

1947 sold,  leased and renamed Atomic Caverns.

1950’s redeveloped and renamed Palace Caverns.

1960s Restaurant built above the cave, trail and lighting improved, cave renamed Caverns Of The Ridge.
1970 cave renamed Cherokee Firesite Ceremonial Caverns.
1970s name shortened to Cherokee Caverns.
OCT-1980  fire destroys the restaurant built over the entrance to the caverns, cave closed.

“It was in 1984 that I first visited this cave as a teenager. My boyfriend and I enjoyed visiting caves; not that we were “spelunkers”, by a far stretch of the imagination. I always have enjoyed the unknown, or anything mysterious, (and what is more mysterious than an underground world, having developed for millions of years?), and he liked caves, yet he did not “explore” them as a sport.

We had visited a few caves by the time we discovered Cherokee Caverns. At this point, a few years after the fire that destroyed the restaurant over the cave, the entry to the cave was open and not protected. Little did we know that the cave was a meeting place for a known motorcycle group during unspecified years in the 80’s, and also a meeting place for curious teenagers, (like us), but many who carelessly vandalized the place, or at the minimum, disturbed the activity in the cave. During the mid eighties, there was also quiet a bit of occult activity in Knox County, I am certain there is plenty of that today, as well.

On this Summer day, we hoped to check out the cavern, and cool down, as Summer in Knoxville, TN can be quiet humid.

There wasn’t another vehicle around, and we assumed we were the only ones there.

My boyfriend got out and started toward the entrance, and I lingered in the car, probably putting my purse in a concealed spot, can’t really recall what caused the minute delay between my exit from the car and his. But when I got out, he was at the mouth of the cave, and I heard a “rustling” noise behind me. Which would have came from some trees and bushes. I glanced over my shoulder and didn’t see anyone, but I heard a buzzing noise, and looked toward that sound, to my right, and was shocked to see a bloody, checkered, discarded shirt with flies swarming it. This was alarming, but not nearly as alarming as my next discovery. I looked around me, and there was a large pile of intestines, (animal guts) dead center in front of me, maybe 15 feet from my person, also covered with flies.  Then, to my left, and on the other side of the car, there was the carcass. Skinned, so I haven’t a clue what it had been. Large enough for a deer. No head, no hooves, and gutted, split right down the center. And fresh… no smell or odor of decay, though flies were having a field day on all of these remains.

The rustling in the trees and bushes prompted me to literally scream for my boyfriend, especially after seeing these remains of a large animal. I startled him so badly, he wasn’t sure what to expect, but he ran back to me and was just as alarmed.

Needless to say, I did not want to hang around, or go inside the cave, all interest was lost.

I am unsure what happened at the cave that day; if we were in fact the only ones there; or if it had anything to do with an occult activity; or if a hunter had left the remains of his kill there for whatever reason. All I can say is, the very next week, the driveway off of  Oak Ridge Hwy was  barred off from further trespassing, and it has pretty much remained that way since, except for public events which are held in interest of preserving the cave.

Interestingly enough, our guide for the tour we recently took, explained that the cave had been used for wild parties, and “worse”, in the 1980’s and was heavily vandalized; there is a 30 caliber bullet hole, shown in my youtube video, plus damage to some “mud volcano” from motorcycle rides in the cave.  

I don’t think my particular experience had anything to do with the motorcycle gang. I do feel it had to do with some mischief, and I have a greater feeling it was more occult than dressing a deer, but my reasoning for that is because my boyfriend confided in me that he thought he saw a “skull” or “animal head” mounted just inside the cave. Just as his flashlight picked up something,  I screamed and he turned out of the entrance of the cave.

Too bad I waited 25 years to return to the cave. It is a very active cave, with so many interesting formations. I took a lot of pictures, and they turned out nice, Not only that, I was surprised again, in 2009, with some of the photo’s showing “orbs” and an unexplainable “image” that you’ll have to see the video to understand it. I know, “orbs” in moist or dirty environments aren’t so great. But what if you saw it before the photo was taken and so I took several of the same subject to see….”

I encourage you to visit Cherokee Caverns any time the cave is open to the public, or if you have a large group for a private tour. Google Cherokee Caverns TN for the direct website.

Hope you enjoy my youtube slideshow.