Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN


October 25, 2012

AROUND THE TOWN: Ghoulish good times ahead

CROSSVILLE — It is the last weekend before Halloween, and there are lots of fun, safe activities locals can participate in this weekend and up until the big dress-up day itself. I have listed 10 events that readers may want to participate in, beginning this weekend and lasting through Halloween evening. At least two attractions are within a day’s drive. The other eight are occurring right here in our county.

1. Zoo Ghouls at Grassmere is a “ghostly gala of giving and spooktacular family fun,” according to organizers who say it features a monster lab, gypsy mystery maze, haunted hayride, trick or treat trail and a “scary go round.” This event is held at the Nashville Zoo. More information about this Halloween event is available by visiting their website at

2. Ruby Falls, less than 100 miles away, is featuring its annual Haunted Caverns again this Halloween. There is a 26 floor “Helevator” which opens up into a ghostly, bottom, cavern with “paranormal cave dwellers” who don’t appreciate visitors in their domain…260 feet below the earth’s surface. Check out their website at for ticket prices and hours.

3. Autumn Acres, just off I-40 on Baier Rd. in Cumberland County, is one of the area’s must see places for families. Featuring corn mazes, pirate’s playgrounds, chicken coops, a straw crawl and a host of other activities as well as concessions and souvenirs, this is a great place for the entire family to have some fall fun. The website address is if you need more information.

4. Also, this weekend, the Stone Memorial High School’s Panther Players will perform “GhostCashers,” a spoof of the film Ghostbusters. Panther Players will present their 2012 show at 7 p.m. this Friday and Saturday nights in the SMHS auditorium. Ticket costs are $5 per person.

6. The Art Circle Public Library will be showing Murder by Death, a vintage 1976 movie featuring Peter Sellers and Peter Falk. The comedic mystery is centered on an isolated mansion and a $1 million dollar payoff. The movie will be shown Tuesday, Oct. 30, at 10 am.

7. The TAD Center’s annual Say Boo to Drugs party is slated for Tuesday, Oct. 30, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the center. This free event features a 4:30 p.m. costume contest with a $100 cash prize to the first place winner, $75 to second, $50 to third place and $25 to the fourth place winner. Say Boo to Drugs will also include bobbing for apples, free treat bags for all participants and other games and contests. There is no admission fee, and costumes are not required to participate. Call the TAD Center at 456-2859 for more information. Say Boo to Drugs is held each year in conjunction with the annual Red Ribbon Week Celebration, which began on Sunday. Red Ribbon Week is designed to encourage communities to show their support for drug-free neighborhoods.

Halloween Night, which falls on a Wednesday this year, will find several church sponsored events:

8. Central Baptist Church, off 127 South, will host its annual trunk or treat. Kids may walk through the parking lot of the church and show off their costumes as they “trick or treat” at vehicles. Trunk or treat begins at 5:15 and lasts until 7:30 p.m. at Central Baptist.

9. Cumberland Fellowship’s annual Family Fall Festival, which attracted thousands upon thousands of people from the area, will begin at 6 p.m. Halloween night at the Cumberland County Community Complex. It will last until 9 and will feature games, food, music and fun. This is a free event also.

10. First United Methodist Church will host SpiritFest 2012 from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday night. This event will be held at the church on Braun St. and will include trunk or treat, costume contest, food and games.

Reminder: If you are going door to door this Halloween, please follow these safety tips:

• Make sure costumes are illuminated with something so children are easily seen.

• Check all candy before eating it.

• Knock only at lighted houses.

• Watch for trick or treaters on the roads and report any suspicious activities to law enforcement.


Cumberland County High School and Stone Memorial High School will play their last games of the 2012 season Friday night. The CCHS Jets are home for Senior Night 2012. They will host White County. Kickoff will be at 7 p.m. The Panthers will travel to Scott County. That game is scheduled to kick off at 6:30 p.m.

Text Only
  • 8-8 counseling center-play with dolls.jpg Christian Counseling Center celebrating 12 years

    Help the Christian Counseling Center of Cumberland County (C5) celebrate 12 years of community service. Dine at Ruby Tuesday of Crossville Aug. 8, 9 or 10. Print the flyer from the center’s website,, and give it to the server.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • A Time 4 Paws collecting shoes to help Soles4Souls in fight against global poverty

    Attention anyone with a closet! Those shoes no longer wanted are desperately needed to fight the human tragedy of global poverty.

    July 24, 2014

  • Parkinson’s therapies help patients live big and loud

    Parkinson’s disease has famously affected the lives of celebrities like Michael J. Fox and Muhammad Ali. But whether a person with Parkinson’s is world famous or a next-door neighbor, new therapies are offering hope for a better quality of life.

    July 22, 2014

  • 8-5 CATS in Palace-Carole Jarboe Cullen - waterfall.jpg Local art event planned at CATS

    Plans are being made for an event sponsored by the CATS Gallery at the Palace Theatre, 72 South Main St., Crossville, Tuesday, Aug. 5, beginning at 6 p.m. There will be refreshments, music and an opportunity to view a performance painting by artist Chuck Jensen. A live auction of donated art pieces will begin at 7:30 p.m. with the opportunity to "Be a Cool Cat — Buy Local Art." There is free admission, but it is advisable to get a free ticket at the CATS Gallery in the middle section of the Crossville Mall, at the Palace Theatre or from any participating member of CATS. During the event, original art items including paintings, photographs, and jewelry will be offered for auction, such as this expressive waterfall painting by Carole Cullen.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Marriage licenses (Published July 23, 2014)

    July 22, 2014

  • fair park.jpg Heritage demonstrators welcome

    Most of Americans today never stop to think how different our lives would have been several hundred years ago. How many times a day do we wash our hands, and do we ever realize when we take those hot showers and lather up, the long all-day process our ancestors had to go through just to make a bar of soap? Not to mention packing water to the house and heating it up over a wood fire just to have a bath and wash clothes. Times are changing faster than ever.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • pleasant hill ramblings.jpg Mathes restores a bit of Pleasant Hill's history

    Miss Alice Adshead, RN, created a “wilderness trail” through the woods just down the hill from Uplands Sanatorium, the first hospital in Cumberland County once located on Main St. in Pleasant Hill.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • plateau gardening-hydrangeas5117.jpg Prune flowering shrubs: now or wait until February?

    Experts say, “Don’t prune woody-stemmed plants (shrubs, trees and some types of vines) after mid-August.” Do pay close attention to that advice. The purpose of this late-season pruning prohibition is to keep plants healthy.

    July 21, 2014 2 Photos

  • IMG_1850.jpg Burgess Falls offers a big payoff for a short hike

    At Burgess Falls, you can be out of your car and taking in the breathtaking view of the Falling Water River as it falls 136 feet in the third and final drop of the river with just a short walk through the woods.
    But even though the state park is close to civilization, this natural wonder retains its wild and scenic reputation.

    July 17, 2014 1 Photo 19 Links

  • 8-2 colonial dames.jpg Colonial Dames honors members with luncheon

    The John McKnitt Chapter Colonial Dames 17th Century held its May meeting at the home of Joyce Ernst. Those present were Sherry Sneed, Jessie Watts, Dot Brodhag, Kandy B. Smith, Lynn Constan, Donna Hamilton, Margaret Markum, Lana Davis, Sara Tripiciano, Jane Tavernier, Joyce Ernst, Kathy Wilson, Charlotte Reynolds, and Cheryl Chrobot. President Lana Davis welcomed the ladies and followed with the opening ritual.

    July 17, 2014 1 Photo