A Cumberland County man who was sentenced to serve time at Brushy Mountain Prison in Morgan County is now a tour guide for the famous site.
Georgie Wyatt graduated from Cumberland County High School back in the late 1970’s. He went on to be a security guard at Hiawatha Country Club in Lake Tansi and that is when things took a turn for the worst for Wyatt. He was convicted of using several sticks of dynamite to blow up a kitchen at the country club to cover up a robbery. Wyatt was sentenced to 10 years in prison at Brushy Mountain for the act. Wyatt served two and a half years before being released for good behavior.
Brushy Mountain Prison closed in 2009 after being in existence for 113 years. It recently opened as a historic tourist attraction. Wyatt returned to the place he served his time but as a tour guide.
During the tour, Wyatt goes into detail about his experiences while being an inmate at the prison. Wyatt shows groups his old cell and he explains the things he used to do to pass the time.
After he was released, Wyatt said he never wanted to go back to that place. That is when he turned his life around and began helping others. Wyatt says he loves his job as a tour guide and if he can keep one person from ending up in prison by telling them of his experience, it means the world to him.
Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary is currently closed for the winter and will open back up March 31, 2020. Wyatt will continue giving tours when the attraction re-opens.
(Photo courtesy of RoadSideAmerica.com/story/64687)