Area snake-handling preachers get reality TV show

Area snake-handling preachers get reality TV show

Tabernacle Church of God in LaFollette uses snakes as part of their services. Tabernacle Church of God in LaFollette uses snakes as part of their services.
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NASHVILLE (AP/WATE) - Serpent-handling preachers in Tennessee and Kentucky are getting a television reality show.

The Tennessean reported National Geographic Channel will carry "Snake Salvation," which debuts Sept. 10 at 8 p.m. CDT.

The preachers are Andrew Hamblin of Tabernacle Church of God in LaFollette, Tenn., and Gregory Jamie Coots of the Full Gospel Tabernacle in Jesus Name church of Middlesboro, Ky.

Coots said the TV show will feature scenes from worship services where snakes are handled as well as church members' efforts to live out their faith daily.

6 News has also done stories on the pastors in the past.

Executive producer Matthew Testa said 16 episodes are planned.

Coots was caught in February transporting three rattlesnakes and two copperheads through Knoxville. Tennessee wildlife officials confiscated them.

Information from: The Tennessean, http://www.tennessean.com

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