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Franklin County Soul Seekers is a team of Christian paranormal investigators who help people who suspect they are living with hauntings deal with their fears and experiences.
Since forming in 2010, the team has helped a number of local families deal with paranormal activity in their homes. Soul Seekers is a non-pro? t group whose primary goal is to document and scientifically prove the existence of ghosts.
The team never charges a fee for their services. They strive to educate the public about suspected paranormal activity and help those in need.
The team is composed of four members — Courtney Ann Gilliam, Bradley Gilliam, Leni Seth Walden and Jarred Garrison.
Each member says they’ve encountered paranormal experiences at one point and had an interest in the field prior to joining the team.
Garrison explained his First paranormal experience.
“When I was young I always saw a lady in a white dress walking across my back yard,” he said. “It has stuck with me ever since.”
Group founder Courtney Gilliam also explained her personal experience.
“I lived with my grandmother, and I would always get woken up in the middle of the night with loud bangs on my bedroom door,” she said.
The group uses a variety of professional tools in their investigations, including digital cameras, day and night vision cameras, motion detection devices and EMF readers, used to detect electromagnetic ? eld energy.
The team goes into each investigation with an open mind, looking for every possible explanation for any unusual activity.
Gilliam summed up the approach.
“We are a serious group of professional-minded adults who believe that skepticism is healthy, and that all reasonable explanations should be ruled out prior to declaring an experience to be paranormal in nature,” she said.
The team says it has encountered a variety of phenomena over the last several years, including disembodied voices and apparitions.
If paranormal activity is deemed to be present, the team then determines its next course of action, which may include a cleansing of the home.
“We investigate the home, look for evidence and determine what kind of haunting is taking place,” Gilliam said. “Depending on the type of haunting, we will cleanse the home.”
The team of investigators says it has helped a number of Franklin County residents with their paranormal concerns.
Estill Springs resident Michelle Cagle used Soul Seekers services, which she says led to a successful outcome.
“The Franklin County Soul Seekers group did a cleansing on our home and gave us useful advice on how we should prevent further hauntings,” Cagle said. “Our home is peaceful, and we have no more paranormal activity since the investigation.”
One of the team’s most recent cases involved a family whose pets were being negatively impacted by suspected paranormal activity in their home.
“We are all animal lovers, so it hit close to home,” Gilliam said. “Pets have higher senses than humans giving them the ability to see, hear and feel things that humans can’t, which can cause a great amount of stress on the animals.
“This can sometimes cause pets to get sick or die depending on the type of spirit effecting them.”
One of the group’s favorite cases was investigating Polly Crockett’s grave site, because of its historical significance and connection to early Tennessee pioneer Davy Crockett.
Although Polly Crockett’s grave site was a special opportunity for the team, they say their most incredible experience to date was their investigation of Owl Hollow cemetery.
“There was so much paranormal activity there,” the group said in an email to The Chronicle. “We saw shadow people, heard eerie voices, the fences were rattling loudly as if someone was actually shaking them, and we experienced glowing orbs around the tombstones.
“It was just a crazy night for sure.”
Despite their expertise and equipment, team members said even they get spooked from time to time.
“There have been several cases where we were scared and just wanted to leave because we felt a negative presence,” Gilliam said. “Some examples include disembodied growling, banging or slamming doors, physical injuries due to the negative entity and objects being thrown.”
The group plans to continue its investigations and their efforts to educate the public about paranormal activity through their Facebook page and other avenues.
“We keep our Facebook updated,” Gilliam said. “When we are in the client’s home, we educate them about the paranormal activity they are experiencing, the types of entities that exist, and teach them how to deal with the hauntings.”
Soul Seekers investigates public locations, commercial property and private residences.
It is based in Winchester and primarily serves Middle Tennessee. However, the members also enjoy traveling to investigate suspected haunted sites in other areas.
The team says that it is not working in conjunction with any local churches or clergy. But as a Christian group, they say they are open to the possibility.
The team can be reached by phone at 931-327-0071 or by email at Sweetdixiesugar_17@yahoo.com.
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