Andrew Hamblin, 21, pastor of Tabernacle Church of God in La Follette, Tenn., holds up two rattlesnakes during church service. For more than a 100 years, small Pentecostal churches in East Tennessee and other parts of Appalachia have handled poisonous snakes and drunk strychnine during their services. The snake handlers say that the Bible tells them to do so, but it’s illegal and has mostly died out.
(RNS) A grand jury decided not to indict the Rev. Andrew Hamblin, star of the National Geographic television series “Snake Salvation," on charges of violating a state ban on possessing venomous snakes.