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January 29, 2018

Author Kevin Slimp is coming to Walters State’s Mildred Haun Conference – and he’s bringing some of East Tennessee’s most riveting ghost stories with him. 
Slimp is the author of “Ghostly Places: Chilling Stories About Haunted Places in Tennessee.” The book, based on accounts published in newspapers, will make your spine tingle.  

“East Tennessee is full of haunted places. More of the stories in the book are from this part of the state than any other,” Slimp said. One supposedly haunted house that immediately comes to mind is the Bakers Peters House in Knoxville. The house most recently served as a jazz club, but has housed a number of restaurants and bars through the years. 

“The house served as a doctor’s office in the Civil War. Knoxville was considered Union territory and word got out that the owner, Dr. James Baker, was treating confederate soldiers. Union troops shot through the door and killed him.  

“The doctor used a hidden staircase to get patients in and out of his clinic. 

Ghosts have been seen walking through the wall that would have been the door 
to that staircase. Numerous accounts from people who worked there, musicians who played there and people who frequented establishments report seeing ghosts coming from the wall and hear noises coming from that wall. Many believe that those are likely the ghosts of civil war soldiers,” Slimp said. 

Slimp received assistance in writing his book from J. Adam Smith, a paranormal historian and the operator of Haunted Knoxville Ghost Tours. Many newspaper editors also lent their expertise to the work.  
When he speaks at Walters State on Saturday, he’ll be share some stories that are very close to home.  

“Rogersville is full of ghosts and the newspaper there reported about many of them through the years. Hancock County has reports of several ghosts centered around some houses,” Slimp said.  

Slimp is eager to share some new information Saturday concerning hauntings that surrounding the tragic 1904 New Market Train Wreck, which killed 64 people. This is information gathered since his book was published. 

“Most ghosts stories that I’ve dealt with do involve violence. Either a murder or a tragic accident like the train wreck,” Slimp said.  

The conference’s namesake, Hamblen County native and acclaimed Appalachian author Mildred Haun, told a few good stories about the spirits of this area in her work, “The Hawk’s Done Gone.”  

"Ghosts and spirits and tales about them have always existed," Slimp said. 
Slimp will speak at 1:15 p.m. on Saturday in the theatre of the Judge William H. Inman Humanities Complex on the Morristown Campus.  

The conference begins on Friday with writing workshops and an appearance by author Marie Manilla. The ETSU Old Time Band and the Walters State High Lonesome Senate bluegrass band will both perform.  

All events are free and open to the public.