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Guilford County Sheriff's Office

Guilford Sheriff TV Show Producer Retires

“Guilford Sheriff 911,” a thirty-minute community affairs program that examines everything positive in Guilford County, airs Saturday Dec 3 on Cable Access Channel 8 at 7:30 PM.  Host and Sheriff BJ Barnes welcomes our own Sgt. Tim Mabe, who retired from the Sheriff’s Office two days ago, Nov 30, after 29 years of service.  Tim co-created with Sheriff Barnes and produced the first episode of the Sheriff’s TV show in March 1998, and has produced over 325 episodes.  Sheriff Barnes talks with Tim about how the show came to be, and some of the accomplishments over the last thirteen-plus years.

  • Cameras and editing equipment bought, used for training purposes.
  • Drug forfeiture and grant monies alone were used for equipment purchase.
  • First episode was shot with guest DA Jim Kimmel using borrowed furniture.
  • A humorous look back at early missteps and lessons learned.
  • Along with community happenings the show brought to light serious issues.
  • The episode on dog euthanasia in July 1998 brought national attention.
  • Sheriff Barnes was awarded by several national animal organizations.
  • Animal Nation named Sheriff Barnes “Man of the Year.”
  • The show was awarded the prestigious George Stoney Award.
  • The show grew into a vehicle for community involvement and outreach.
  • Begun as a monthly show, production increased to weekly in Jan 2010.
  • In a few months, Tim will return as a part time helper with the show.
  • Producing, editing responsibilities now move to Arch Embler.

Jailhouse Jelly and Jailhouse Honey are brand names of two new products now produced by inmates at the Guilford County Sheriff’s Prison Farm.  About a year and a half ago, a vineyard was planted and bee hives were established, providing job training for inmates in these skills at the farm.  Viewers will enjoy a few minutes at the farm in a feature piece on these two products here on this episode of Guilford Sheriff 911. 

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