Regional author Charles Edwin Price (1941 – 2007) seems to be the only publicized source for stories of the “Witch of the Nolichucky” River, a creature that he equated with the chthonic monster Medusa and sirens from Greek mythology because she is supposed to lure people with her voice only to drive them insane. This happenstance, however, is more characteristic of a North American Cherokee Indian spirit called Ewah.
In Price’s 1992 book Demon in the Woods: Tall Tales and True from East Tennessee he describes the lair of the so-called witch:
Along the banks of the Nolichucky River lies a cave, hidden deep in a patch of thick underbrush. The cave, small in comparison
to large commercial caves, runs about 500-feet back into the mountain and contains small caverns that branch off from the
main corridor. Although small, the cave is filled with deep holes and ravines and is a dangerous trap for an unskilled
spelunker. (Price, p. 35)
In I'd Rather Have a Talking Frog: Tales from Johnson City published the next year, he gives the location of the cave as across the Nolichucky River from 3937 Hwy 81 South, Jonesborough, Tennessee.
In Native North American Cherokee Indian mythology the “ugly demon” Ewah (AYE-wah-HUH) drives people insane unless chased away by its only enemy, the mountain lion.
The tale of the Nolichucky Witch seems to be yet another example of remnant North American Cherokee Indian mythology in Northeast Tennessee.
Price, Charles Edwin. I'd Rather Have a Talking Frog: Tales from Johnson City. Johnson City, TN.: Overmountain Press, 1993.
Price, Charles Edwin, and David Dixon. Demon in the Woods: Tall Tales and True from East Tennessee. Johnson City, TN: Overmountain Press, 1992.