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Cedar Grove Graveyard and Church Vandalized

By Natalie Potts
By npotts@wbbjtv.com

CARROLL COUNTY, Tenn.- Carroll County deputies are investigating after one West Tennessee church and cemetery were the target of vicious vandals.

Cedar Grove residents said told WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News that the Old Palestine Church, a Christian place of worship has recently become a playground for vandals.

Deputies said there is rumor that the church and cemetery are haunted, making it a target for trespassers who are drawn into investigate possible paranormal activity.

Gail Carr who has several family members laid to rest in the cemetery, said almost every time she visits her loved ones she finds evidence of vandalism.

"It's just unbelievable how could somebody come and destroy a cemetery it's just unbelievable," resident Gail Carr said.

Jim Thompson, the Old Palestine Cemetery groundskeeper, said he's recently had trouble with people knocking over and breaking marked graves. Thompson said some of the headstones in the cemetery date back to the early 1800s. He said the sacred area has been attacked at least three times, destroying nearly 24 headstones. Some graves reportedly had marks stolen off of the property.

"We found some dolls burned well part of the doll was left. It looked like there was some type of ceremony around it," Thompson said. "I just don't understand why, it makes you want to cry then you get angry."

Residents said the cemetery isn't the only target, the property's church also has received satanic drawings, hateful messages and symbols written across the church walls and podium.

"They set the flowers on fire, took the foam and did a hexagon or whatever they do in a cult for devil worshiping and they've got all that inside of the church," Carr said. "You can see where they danced around with their bare feet, you can actually see their foot prints."

If you would like to help the church maintenance, a fund as been set up for Old Palestine Church and Cemetery at any First Bank Branch.

So far no arrests have been made. Sheriff Andy Dickson tells us the vandalism at Old Palestine church warrants felony charges. If you have any information about this case call The Carroll County Sheriff's Department at (731) 986- 8947.