JEFFERSON-Ashe County’s time in the national spotlight isn’t over just yet.
Earlier this month, producers with the popular Nat Geo television show, “Southern Justice,” confirmed the show would return for a third season.
It’ll premier Wednesday, April 20 at 9.m. on the National Geographic Channel.
“Southern Justice” explores the work of law enforcement agencies in Sullivan County, Tenn. and Ashe County, according to a press release. The new season features new deputies in both counties coming face-to-face with the realities of law enforcement in Appalachia.
Much of the show focused on various aspects of rural law enforcement including month-long manhunts, drug busts and controlling potentially volatile domestic disputes.
“The new season of ‘Southern Justice’ was filmed during the fall of 2015 when the Blue Ridge Mountains provide some of the most beautiful scenery in the country, but crime is on the rise,” said Executive Producer Jim Lindsay in a prepared statement. “We’re honored to continue to work so closely with the law enforcement groups that allowed unprecedented transparency, and viewers will enjoy being closer to the action than ever before.”
But television viewers across the country aren’t the only ones who’ve benefited from the show’s run.
Last week, Ashe County Sheriff James Williams told county commissioners that his department recently received a check for $40,000 from Nat Geo for the county’s participation in the show.
Altogether, the department has received a total of $120,000 since the show’s premiere. The sheriff’s office has since used the proceeds to help purchase police equipment for patrol units.
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