- Associated Press - Sunday, February 23, 2014

BLOUNTVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - An East Tennessee sheriff says his department will be featured in a National Geographic Channel documentary.

Sullivan County Sheriff Wayne Anderson told the Kingsport Times News (https://bit.ly/1jN1TbW) that filming for the show began in December and wrapped up this month.

Anderson says he is “tickled to death” about his department being chosen from 3,500 departments across the nation to participate in the series.

“They wanted to come in and do a documentary on our sheriff’s department,” Anderson said. “They had done about a year’s work on deciding who they were going to pick. We didn’t know they were doing any research on us until they called us and told us about it.”

He says he thinks the show will help improve the county’s economy and feature the area’s natural beauty.

“I’ve been assured over and over that it will put a positive spotlight on Sullivan County,” Anderson said. “I’m very excited about it.”

He said the show will also give people a better understanding of how the department operates.

“It will give the community a chance to see how our officers work, and how good they really do,” Anderson said. “It shows that we have a lot of passion about our programs. It will show the world the advantages and opportunities of Sullivan County. I am proud of it. I think it’s going to be good for our county.”

He said a confidentiality agreement prevents him from going into too much detail about what the series will be about. It doesn’t have a title yet, and the air date hasn’t been announced.

Anderson said no one in his department was personally compensated for participating in the filming, but a contract calls for the county to receive $5,000 per episode that is aired.


Information from: Kingsport Times-News, https://www.timesnews.net

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