Brushy Mountain Penitentiary could become distillery

Jul 15, 2013 Full story: WBIR-TV Knoxville 163

At one time, the prison housed such famous convicts as James Earl Ray. It closed in 2009, when inmates were transferred to the Morgan County Correctional Complex in nearby Wartburg.

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#1 Jul 21, 2013
I worked at Brushy and I would love to see it preserved. I like the ideas that are proposed and hope is followed throuh. I am really pleased if it all comes to be.

Oneida, TN

#2 Jul 21, 2013
It would provide over 385 jobs and starting salary will be 35,000

Winfield, TN

#3 Jul 21, 2013
plenty of taste tester's in the area.
Dan Shipley

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#4 Jul 22, 2013
Yeah! Hire me! I'll drink to that! Hiccup!
just saying

Nashville, TN

#5 Jul 22, 2013
i do hope all this goes according to planned, be a good thing for petros! and not to mention it would creat good jobs for the few that arent on drugs!!!!

Knoxville, TN

#6 Jul 22, 2013
Can anyone explain the logistics of how you turn a prison into a distillery? It seems to me that a distillery would need a fair amount of open space for vats, piping, boilers, condensers, etc. I don't recall seeing any pictures of Brushy over the years that evidenced much open space.

What's the real angle here?

Strunk, KY

#7 Jul 22, 2013
This is not a Petros project, it is a Morgan County Project.

Wartburg, TN

#8 Jul 22, 2013
There's supposed to be petitions to sign out there to bring it in where are they? And brushy has a lot of room to make a distillery with its own fresh water supply I say come on and bring the jobs to those who wanna work instead of sittin on their behinds drawing obamas handouts

Concord, NC

#9 Jul 22, 2013
Don Edwards sure did a good job helping getting the bawl started on this project. Hopefully he gest reelected.

Concord, NC

#10 Jul 22, 2013
I meant getting the ball rolling on this project hopefully he gets re-elected.

Salisbury, NC

#11 Jul 22, 2013
We are all aware it is a Morgan county project. But Old Brushy is exclusive to Petros..... That will never change WeGotThat.... no one else
Joe Jackson

Lancing, TN

#12 Jul 22, 2013
hoghash wrote:
Don Edwards sure did a good job helping getting the bawl started on this project. Hopefully he gest reelected.
. hogwash, Don Edwards has next to nothing to do with getting this project , The Morgan county industrial board is the people who did all the work, This is the board that Edwards, Smiths and the Crouchs have fought for 3yrs, Ridgeview mental health have people who are more qualified to run the county then Edwards.
NewRiver Naughty

Pelham, TN

#13 Jul 22, 2013
It might give the community something to be proud of again. I remember being excited about being mentioned in Silence of the Lambs and the October Skies filming. Petros needs to be known by something other than The Devil 's Triangle and the "widespot ". Jobs sound great many of us need a steady paycheck and hope for the future.

Jonesville, SC

#14 Jul 26, 2013
Edwards said in the paper that he prayed about the budget and decided not to veto the budget wonder if he prayed about supporting the moonshine making before he announced he supported it

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#15 Jul 28, 2013
I think this will be a wonderful thing for petros and morgan county! There are petitions going around because I've signed it. It will create over 300 jobs! They are keeping the prison the way it is and making a sort I museum out of it and having tours. They are also keeping to the history of the prison and some of the names for the liquor are things like end of the line. They will have fairgrounds for events like concerts, a restaurant with organic locally grown food, walking trails and camping areas. They are also planning on having a town meeting at some point for the people in charge of his project to come speak about everything and I've the residents of petros and Morgan county to have any questions they may have answered
why not?

Lexington, NC

#16 Jul 28, 2013

Winfield, TN

#17 Jul 28, 2013
the only people who would be against it would be the people of Wartburg, because it's not being built there. Greedy ass's want it all in Wartburg.

Wartburg, TN

#18 Jul 29, 2013
Good idea!

Wartburg, TN

#19 Jul 29, 2013
Group from Chattanooga came up w idea. Talking RV park too w horseback riding as well

Wartburg, TN

#20 Jul 30, 2013
Not sure if RV park would last

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