(NASHVILLE) – State Senator Ken Yager (R-Kingston) announced today he is pleased Morgan County will receive a $75,000 Tourism Enhancement Grant from the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development. The grant will be used to upgrade electrical at the historic Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary, which was first opened in 1896 and operated until 2009.

The Tourism Enhancement Grants are funded through the Rural Economic Opportunity Act, co-sponsored by Yager, which is designed to improve the economic indicators in rural communities across Tennessee. 

“The Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary has a long and unique history in Morgan County, and I am glad this grant will be available to help with renovations to make it tourist ready,” said Yager. “People will come from across the country to visit this historic site. I look forward to seeing the completed tourist site, which will bring tremendous economic opportunity and value to Morgan County.”

“I appreciate the work of local officials in Morgan County for their successful application and was happy to co-sponsor the legislation to create these grants,” added Yager.

For more information on the Tourism Enhancement Grant, see the Tennessee Department of Tourism release linked here