BLOUNTVILLE, Tenn. — The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office will return to the small screen next week when “Southern Justice” airs on the National Geographic Channel.

The second season of the TV series follows the SCSO and the Ashe County Sheriff’s Office in North Carolina. It will air at 10 p.m. Wednesday.

Sheriff Wayne Anderson said the first season’s ratings were good and he received praise from local residents and individuals in other states.

“I’ve only had one or two people in Sullivan County that just didn’t like it,” he said.

Anderson and Ashe County Sheriff James Williams share a philosophy of enforcing the law with a little “southern hospitality” as they are tasked with protecting close-knit communities, said a written statement from the producers.

The show is produced by Electus and the Weinstein Co.

“Southern Justice utilizes the unpredictability and authenticity of unscripted television to deliver an exciting ride that has proven to be a viewer favorite,” said Electus CEO Chris Grant. “We’re honored to continue to work so closely with the law enforcement groups that allowed unprecedented access to their agencies and jails.”

In season two, Anderson and Williams continue to face the challenges of controlling the use and distribution of drugs and alcohol, producers said.

Using helicopters, on-ground camera crews and body-mount cameras, the series documents the raw reality of burglaries, assaults, methamphetamine production, domestic abuse and suicide attempts that keep deputies busy as they patrol the 400 square-mile counties on 12-hour shifts day and night, with one officer per vehicle, producers said.

The new season was filmed during the spring.

“I think one of the big things it’s going to help us on more than anything is probably recruitment of officers,” Anderson said. “I think it gives us a good name with people, especially with locals that want to work at the Sheriff’s Office.” | 276-645-2531 | Twitter: @RSorrellBHC |

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