explores the work of law enforcement agencies in Sullivan County, TN and Ashe County, NC, headed up by Sheriff Wayne Anderson and Sheriff James Williams, respectively. These sheriffs share a philosophy best described as “Andy Griffith in the 21st century,” and are tasked with protecting these unique, close-knit communities, which often requires a mix of action and compassion. And if a peaceful solution proves impossible, both agencies are ready with SWAT teams to handle the most violent situations. (Source:
National Geographic Channel)
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Sullivan County, Tennessee, deputies and detectives conduct a nonstop manhunt after a man in his 20s is accused of raping a woman in her 70s. Accused of other crimes, including kidnapping and burglary, the man is finally caught in a forest, but appears to be unconscious. In Ashe County, North Carolina, a depressed economy and lack of jobs has only added to the problem of alcoholism. When a fight breaks out in a bar, Deputy Josh Hoppy Hopkins finds himself caught in the middle.
Sullivan County, Tenn., known as the birthplace of country music, and Ashe County, N.C., are two counties located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Appalachia. With a combined population of fewer than 200,000, both small counties have their local charm, but also their share of hardships. Methamphetamine and prescription drug addiction account for a large portion of local crime. In order to keep the peace, local law enforcement takes a tough love approach to their work.