The belief in the paranormal is belief in the afterlife, ghosts and hauntings. There have been a few places in Monroe County, Tennessee that have had some sort of paranormal activity, according to personal accounts on the website Ghost Sightings. The cities of Madisonville, Tellico Plains, Sweetwater and Vonore all have had reports of some form of hauntings or ghost sightings.
A small cafe across the street from Madisonville's courthouse named Donna's Old Town Cafe is said to be frequented by the paranormal. This cafe used to be a bank and there have been reports of loud crashes and voices on the second floor when no one is present. There has also been electronic voice phenomena (EVP) evidence of paranormal activity under the cafe. An abandoned tunnel under the building leads to the courthouse basement, a site that also has strange occurrences.
The head of The Creek Residence in Sweetwater is reported to have seen a little girl that resides in it. The girl is around the age of eight or nine and will appear in front of a person before then disappearing. According to witnesses, she turns on lights, runs up and down stairs and slams doors. Another haunted area of Sweetwater is Sweetwater Elementary. Stories have circulated that a young girl hung herself in a bathroom at the school. It has been reported that faucets will turn on and stall doors will open randomly.
There is a house on J.D. Farm Road that has been abandoned by the homeowner due to the amount of paranormal activity. The owner claims that lights randomly go on and off, footsteps are heard on the stairs, and batteries will die within hours of replacing them. It is believed that batteries are a source of energy that entities drain in order to communicate with people. No one currently lives in the house and it's for sale.
The McGhee/Carson Unite in Vonore is an abandoned piece of farmland that as of 2011 hadn't been occupied in 40 years. The dairy barn in the McGhee mansion is claimed to have an evil entity that resides in it. The air becomes heavy and still, and there are reports of someone walking throughout the barn. People have also been warned not to come back to the barn again and have been told by an unknown entity, "Goodbye."
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