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Halloween special: Owners of Midstate hotel claim they're living with ghosts

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Tennessee Ghost Hunters claims they have a recording featuring the voice of a little girl's ghost. Tennessee Ghost Hunters claims they have a recording featuring the voice of a little girl's ghost.

In a few days, everyone will pack all their scary stuff into boxes and stack them away for next Halloween. The Cole family of Red Boiling Springs said that's not an option for them.

They claim their home and business, the Thomas House, is a year-round haven for ghosts, and they're ready to share a few stories to get everyone in the Halloween spirit.

"I didn't believe in ghosts, but I certainly do now," said Evelyn Cole. "You have hairs stand up on your arm or feel something's to your back."

"You hear a bump in the night or a disembodied voice," added David Cole.

"If you're in the hotel at night, you can follow my progress because I'm flipping on the lights as I go," laughed Cherry Cole.

A Saturday started in Red Boiling Springs with dew drops and wind chimes. Like every morning, the Cole Family was doing check-ins and check-outs, keys on their nooks, making the beds and placing biscuits on the table. Despite it all looking and sounding like any other old hotel, the Coles said they've decided to embrace the house's macabre history.

"The Thomas House has withstood four generations of triumph and tragedy, but more so the latter than the former," said author Pat Fitzhugh. "Between 1890 and the mid-1930s, a lot of people came here to benefit from the perceived healing properties of the spring water."

"They advertised this place as where the healing water flows," said David Cole.

"People came here for the baths," Evelyn Cole continued. "They drank the water."

Fitzhugh said with so many sick and ailing coming to the hotel hoping for a miracle spring water cure, the area saw some pass away.

"They left behind a spiritual residue, and that residue is what lingers today," he said.

The Coles said the resident most often seen is the ghost of a little girl named Sarah. They said she's often seen in a corner or at the foot of a bed in room 37.

"We would hear giggling and running up and down the halls," said Darrell Cole.

"A lot of our guests like to bring toys to Sarah," added David Cole, referring to a crib full of toys in room 37.

"Sarah's room abounds in paranormal activity," said Fitzhugh. "Flashlights turn on and off at command. Children's play balls roll on the floor. Shadows and voices are picked up on recorders."

A recording by Tennessee Ghost Hunters features a voice saying, "I'm mad at you. I'm a princess." The Tennessee Ghost Hunters group claims the voice picked up is Sarah.

"They're here, and they're part of our lives," said Cherry Cole, referencing the other "guests" to the hotel.

"It's very strange, but they're almost like family," said Darrell Cole. "We talk about them so much, it's like family members."

As such, the front desk is always there ready to hear stories about that extended family and about Sarah.

"I used to throw balls, and she would throw them back to me," said one guest relaying a story to the front desk.

The Coles said the pictures on the wall proudly display all the residents at the hotel, the living and the dead.

"I just think they're lost souls," said Evelyn Cole. "It's home. It's home."

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