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Morgan County Economic Development Board Executive Lisa Rutherford (front, center) receives the deed to the Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary in Petros from Warden David Sexton. The economic development board will work with developers to turn the old prison into a tourist destination.
Sealing the Deal

Morgan County’s Economic Development Board is now the owner of Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary and its surrounding 288 acres.

“(It’s) big, big, big for us,” said Lisa Rutherford,

The deed was registered in Sandy Leach’s office around 9 a.m. on Friday morning before Morgan County Correctional Complex Warden David Sexton handed the paperwork to Rutherford.

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