Tri-County Observer (Monroe Co. TN) October 12, 1977, Page 8B:
“Pushy Ground Hog Removes Tenant From Sweetwater Coffin---A ground hog has moved into a coffin in the old Sweetwater Cemetery and he is bringing the original tenant out, piece by piece.
So far, the varmint has pulled a part of a skull; assorted bones, including a femur; the sole of a shoe and four handles from a casket outside the hole which leads to the grave of either Mr. or Mrs. N. Pope Hight.
Hight was born in 1827 and died in 1889. His wife, Eliza A. Hight, was born in 1829 and died in 1901. There is no way to determine if the grave is that of Mr. or Mrs. Hight. However, the femur measures about the same as that of a person six feet tall.
Discovery of the gruesome artifacts was by Aaron Kirkland of Madisonville, Route 5, who fires a boiler at the Langdale Co. plant whose pole yard surrounds the old burying ground.
The cemetery is historical because it contains the graves of many of Sweetwater’s settlers.
Located south of the depot adjacent to the Southern Railway, the graveyard contains about two acres and is literally filled with graves.
It contains some exotic looking plants as well as three or more family plots which are surrounded by iron fences. There are several very impressive markers and many open graves apparently left when bodies were moved to other locations, along with the tombstones.” ---Dan Hicks, Jr.
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