I hope all of you had a very Merry Christmas! Stacey and I were very blessed this Christmas.. Not as much from gifts, but instead , from having the most stress free, loving, and fun Christmas with every side of our family that we can ever remember. This past year has been one of change. From everything concerning the beyond paranormal team and haunted south all the way to, and more importantly, personal matters in my life for the better. I will honestly always look back on 2010 with a smile and there are not many years I can remember that I would say that about.
With the approaching New Year we would like to reflect on this past year and some of the more exciting moments. So, the following words are from the team itself. After you read what the rest of the team took out of 2010, I will give my thoughts on this life changing year and give some information on a few of the very exciting plans we have for 2011!
Tim Clark: Connie Clark: Our Family expanded, began Beyond Paranormal, did several really cool investigations, had our team represented at Scarefest this year, brought a lot of new friends into our paranormal community and team, and started our Haunted South TV show and Podcast. In short it has been an exciting year. Can’t wait to see what is in store for us in 2011.
Ashleigh Clark: This year has been the most eventful and fast paced year of my paranormal career. Our team has been extremely active from filming episodes of Haunted South TV and the podcasts to working on new gadgets and apps. We’ve been to some awesome places and come out with amazing evidence. We’ve gone through a few changes in the team, but we’ve got a great group now. Each one of us brings a unique talent to the team, and we work together as a family. 2010 has been very exciting, and I can’t wait to see what 2011 has in store for us!
Frannie Miller: I don’t believe in sheer coincidence– and so the unlikely chain of events that brought my path and the path of what would become the “Beyond Paranormal” team is remarkable. Since I teach a Senior research class at ETSU and other courses which involve choosing topics, I had always hoped that one of my students would decide to research the paranormal because of an experience I had in 1985. After tossing out the idea to hundreds of students, I finally had one agree, and this student contacted John Edwards about investigating a building on the ETSU campus. It took almost an “Act of Congress” to finally gain permission to investigate Gilbreath Hall, and that is where I met John, Stacey, Tim, Connie and Ashleigh for the first time. I was so impressed with the professionalism, equipment, and knowledge that they had, and that night of investigation was a highlight of my life experiences. I heard, saw and felt things that night, and then heard remarkable EVP evidence to solidify our impressions. I learned so much that night about investigative techniques, and the unique combination of personalities that create a successful investigative team.
A few weeks later, I had the honor of investigating an old theatre with the Beyond Paranormal team, and what we uncovered in that and a follow-up investigation was enough to blow me away!! I also went with them to investigate The Bank and Bennett and Edwards in Kingsport, and all I can say is that seeing (and hearing) is believing!! Since then, I have been in several other buildings with the Haunted South team, and not all of these places are “friendly”! While there are times when I could feel that presence, I have never been afraid when I’m with this remarkable group of people. Its not like what is shown on TV! We are in complete darkness, (not what it looks like on night vision cameras!) but I have complete confidence in the skills and knowledge of the Haunted South team, that I have been able to learn and grow as an investigative “trainee”. The Team’s journey to where they are now is not at all surprising to me, because they have what it takes– the focus, the determination and the drive and the ability to operate on no sleep!!!! If you have never been a part of a paranormal investigation, you need to know it takes enormous energy, planning, technical skill, and excellent communication in all forms between the team members. Combine that with filming and promoting, the hours of evidence review required after and investigation, and doing a weekly podcast, maintaining the website, and, oh yes, working other jobs– the Haunted South team are superheroes in my book, and I feel privileged and honored to not just know them, but to have had the chance to work with them. 2010 was a fantastic year as I watched my new friends begin to soar! Here’s to 2011– full of promise, hard work and flying high!!!!
Stacey Edwards: Looking back at 2010 I notice that I experienced many “firsts”. The first time I investigated Waverly Hills, the first time I co-founded my own paranormal team, the first time I was on a television show, the first time I went to Scare fest, and the first time I co-hosted a radio show. It is amazing to think back to all of the new friends I have made this year. It is probably more appropriate to say that 2010 was not only a year of “firsts”, but also of new beginnings, and lasting memories. I am lucky enough to have shared all of these memories with my wonderful, loving husband, John, who is truly the creative force behind the scenes, and our close friends Tim, Connie, and Ashleigh without whom, this ride would not be nearly as much fun.
It would be impossible for me to write down all of my thoughts about the events of 2010. I really enjoyed reading the thoughts of the Clarks. Without them, Beyond Paranormal, would never have come to be. I had been on teams and even led teams before but they managed the team prior to BPT and it was very successful. I had a vision of bigger things and knew I already had a knack for investigating with them and gaining some of the best evidence that had ever been captured, or at the very least, that I have ever seen. We have never had any issues or any talking behind each other’s backs. Many of the things that had destroyed other “teams” I had been on. As I have stated before…They are our (mine and Stacey’s) family and we also kick major ass together!
I can’t say this has been a year of as many “firsts” as my beautiful wife, but, it has been incredible. Through the years I have travelled the east coast in a corporate position opening stores, being a sales manager, selling cars, kicking thieves butt’s in loss prevention, being a local and regional television personality in pro wrestling, writing my own songs and having the opportunity to be the lead singer of my own band, and for years being a paranormal investigator. But, my first of 2010 was quitting being all about myself and instead taking the steps necessary to be a better husband, father, and man. The entire “Beyond Paranormal Team” was an idea of Stacey and I together. Every idea and event has been shared with Stacey and my friends on this team.
I asked Frannie Miller to give me her thoughts because she was a driving force behind much of our success this past year. She has determination and know how that it takes to get things done. I would like to think that in 2011 that she will be a permanent fixture within our team. Serena Gordon is another new friend who also has helped us out an incredible amount the past few months. I would look for Serena to be included on as much as I can get her on in the upcoming year. Her psychic gifts are amazing and have really helped me with coping and understanding some of my own “sensitivity” issues. There is another “driving force” and that would be Wes Leonard. He is another whose drive is a major factor behind all you see and hear from the Haunted South TV team. Wes and I have forged a great working relationship and friendship. My idea and his ideas seem to eventually meet somewhere and wind up looking pretty darn spectacular.
2011 will be the year of Haunted South TV. With the podcasts, new episodes, marquee investigations, iphone APP, and live events… We plan on working many all nighters in order to bring you guys some of the most exciting paranormal entertainment that we possibly can. Thank you guys from the bottom of my heart for the support and for spreading the word. Happy New Year from the Haunted South!