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For all of you that live in the Tri-Cities area of Tennessee, here is a twisted haunting/urban legend for you.
Even though this story is mostly unheard of in mainstream media, it still brings chills to the residents of this quiet community and the students of this school. The legend has it that in the mid-1980s, a girl decided to hide in the janitors closet to skip class. However the janitor (who was known to be a very strange person), came into the closet and proceeded to rape and murder her. He then hid her body below the salad bar in the cafeteria. Her body was found days later after complaints of a foul smell.
Today, cafeteria workers claim to here the girl screaming every time they assemble the salads at the bar. Seems a little far fetched but what do you think about this urban legend?
If you grew up near the surrounding areas of Oak Ridge, TN then you have surely heard the urban legend surrounding this church. The area is closed off to the public (people may only use the road for cemetery visits during the day). However, some people have trespassed at night in order to see if the stories surrounding the church are true.
The Wheat community was founded in the mid-1800s as a farming community. Including the George Jones Church, there was also a small college, several stores and a gas station. The area was a thriving little town for almost 100 years until the government seized the land in 1942 to use in the Manhattan Project. Residents relocated and the buildings remained isolated.
There have been many legends from locals that started in the late 1960’s. One includes a man that is still angry about the government taking his land. He apparently roams the area at night scaring off anyone who trespasses. The second legend is one a preacher that hung himself in the bell tower. People have claimed to see his bloody body at night. And lastly, there is the Wheat Community African Burial Ground. Many people have claimed to see spirits roaming the cemetery while singing old slavery songs.
I am one of the people that have personally visited this site as a teenager and I can honestly say that I did leave a little spooked. While all legends surrounding the area may not be true, it is most definitely an eerie desolate place that all East Tennesseans must visit once in their life.
I thought I would start off with a local ghost story in the very town I currently reside in. Johnson City,TN is a quiet little town nestled near the foothills of the Appalachian mountains. It is the home of my university, East Tennessee State. If you have or currently attend ETSU then you have heard many stories through the grapevine about the many ghosts that supposedly haunt the university. The school is known to be one of the most haunted college campuses in the Southeast. Even though there are many that can be discussed, the most infamous one is that of Uncle Sid.
Sidney Gilbreath was the founding President at ETSU. He put a lot of time and effort into building the university. He was known as a very strict person who expected the best out of each and every student. Even after his death almost 50 years ago, his school spirit continues to show. Legend has it that Uncle Sid haunts the building on campus that has his namestake, Gilbreath Hall. It is one of the most popular buildings on campus, housing many classrooms, labs, offices and as well as the Bud Frank Theater.
Gilbreath Hall circa 1911
Many students and faculty have claimed to have seen Uncle Sid roaming through the hallways of the building.Uncle Sid is more active when a storm is approaching. He is known to close all open doors and windows before it starts to rain. Many people have also claimed to see his figure walking past the windows at night. If you are a student or a local ghost lover, I urge you to visit this building. You won’t regret it. And if you see Uncle Sid, don’t forget to say hi.