Morgan County Correctional Complex

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Morgan County Correctional Complex
Location541 Wayne Cotton Morgan Drive
Wartburg, Tennessee
Security classMaximum
Managed byTennessee Department of Corrections

Morgan County Correctional Complex (MCCX) is a maximum security prison in unincorporated Morgan County, near Wartburg, Tennessee, operated by the Tennessee Department of Correction. It opened in 1980. An expansion completed in 2009 increased its capacity to 2,500 prisoners. The prison is accredited by the American Correctional Association. The current warden is Mike Parris.[1]

When the Brushy Mountain Correctional Complex closed in June 2009, its functions and most inmates and staff were transferred to the Morgan County Correctional Complex.[2][3]

Notable prisoners[edit]

Inmate Name Register Number Status Details
Zachary Adams 00426285 / 1210691 Serving a life sentence without parole. One of the convicted perpetrators of the 2011 disappearance and Murder of Holly Bobo.[4][5][6]
Travis Reinking 00637563 / 04568013 Serving a life sentence without parole. Perpetrator of the 2018 Nashville Waffle House shooting in which he murdered four people before being disarmed by James Shaw Jr.[7][8] Ran away from the crime scene, and was later captured.[9][10][11]
  • Byron Looper - murderer and former politician; was held at Morgan County at the time of his death in 2013.
  • Perry March - former Nashville lawyer convicted in 2006 of killing his wife ten years earlier; currently incarcerated at Morgan County.[12]
  • Brandon Vandenburg - rapist in Vanderbilt rape case
  • Steven Hugueley was sentenced to death in 2003 for stabbing a prison counselor at Hardeman County Correctional Center. He used a homemade knife, stabbing the counselor 36 times until the knife broke. Hugueley had killed before: his mother in 1986 and a prison inmate in 1992. He tried to take the life of another prisoner in 1998. He was found dead in 2021, days after the state requested an execution date for him.[13]


  1. ^ [1], Tennessee Department of Correction.
  2. ^ Brushy Mountain Closing Ceremony Archived 2009-07-24 at the Wayback Machine, Tennessee Department of Correction press release, June 2009
  3. ^ Todd South, Bars closing on Brushy Mountain after 113 years, Chattanooga Times Free Press, April 5, 2009
  4. ^ "Suspect in Holly Bobo Case Has History of Violence, Drugs". NBC News. 2014-03-07. Retrieved 2024-01-22.
  5. ^ Faris, Maranda. "Holly Bobo trial: Zach Adams sentenced to life without parole". USA TODAY. Retrieved 2024-01-22.
  6. ^ "Holly Bobo verdict: Zachary Adams sentenced to life in prison for 2011 slaying - CBS News". 2017-09-23. Retrieved 2024-01-22.
  7. ^ "4 dead in Waffle House shooting in Tennessee; suspect sought". AP News. 2018-04-23. Retrieved 2024-01-22.
  8. ^ Wong, Herman (2021-10-26). "James Shaw Jr. on why he rushed the Waffle House shooter: 'He was going to have to work to kill me'". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2024-01-22.
  9. ^ "Waffle House shooting: Suspect in killing of four taken into custody after manhunt". NBC News. 2018-04-23. Retrieved 2024-01-22.
  10. ^ "Tennessee Waffle House shooting: Neighbors on alert amid intense manhunt for Travis Reinking - CBS News". 2018-04-23. Retrieved 2024-01-22.
  11. ^ "Waffle House Shooter Sentenced to Life in Prison Without Possibility of Parole". Peoplemag. Retrieved 2024-01-22.
  12. ^ "Perry A. March". Tennessee Department of Correction. Retrieved August 15, 2016.
  13. ^ Timms, Mariah. "Tennessee death row inmate found dead days after state requests execution date". The Tennessean. Retrieved 2022-04-21.

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