The old state prison, from the air, from the inside

The Tennessee Department of Corrections (TDOC) put out a new video showing some infrequently-seen angles of the Tennessee State Prison.  Located just north of The Nations, this prison operated from 1898 (it was overcrowded from the very day that it opened) to 1992, when a settlement in federal court prohibited TDOC from ever using the facility as a prison again.  It was replaced by the nearby Riverbend Maximum Security Institution.

The video was made “due to the abundance of interest in this property,” TDOC wrote in the video’s description.  “This film was done … in partnership with Those Drones, LLC to share the beautiful architecture with the citizens of Tennessee.”  The video, which is about 17 minutes long, doesn’t get to the inside until about the 7-minute mark.

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The Old Gas Station to open in old gas station

A new craft beer bar is set to open in The Nations next month.  The Old Gas Station, as it’s called, will have a fenced-in area underneath the awning which used to cover the gas pumps, and an additional building with “a rustic feel” will offer indoor seating with at least 12 beers on tap (in addition to bottles and cans).  He’s still working on getting some permits relating to health standards, though, which kind of makes sense for a place in a disused gas station.

The Nashville Post has more.

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