Chuck Smith

News Producer

Chuck Smith brings more than 30 years'  experience to Red River Radio  having started out as a radio news reporter and moving into television journalism as a newsmagazine producer / host,  talk-show moderator, programming director and managing producer and news director / anchor  for commercial, public broadcasting and educational television.  He has more recently worked in advertising, marketing and public relations as a writer, video producer and media consultant.   In pursuit of higher learning,  Chuck studied Mass Communications at Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia and motion picture / television production at the University of California at Los Angeles.   He has also taught writing for television at York Technical College in Rock Hill, South Carolina and video / film production at Centenary College of Louisiana, Shreveport.

Kate Archer Kent

A Nashville, Tenn.-based health care company that operates treatment centers for airway diseases like allergies and asthma has opened a location in Shreveport. It’s the sixth BreatheAmerica location in the U.S.  The physician-led practice will consist of allergists, pulmonologists, and ear nose and throat surgeons connected with LSU Health Shreveport, Willis-Knighton Health System, and private practice, according to BreatheAmerica's executive vice president of operations Ron Charpentier.

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More than a dozen people in Shreveport have started a job training program this week made possible through a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. It could lead to a full-time job next month. Southern University at Shreveport is administering the grant that provides environmental health and safety training certifications.

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Employees from Shreveport Home Depot stores completed a number of building projects for veterans. They've built a bus shelter adjacent to the Volunteers of America Veterans Transitional Housing Program facility. The employees used their day off Friday to to serve veterans. Jack Parker, a store manager, has worked for Home Depot 21 years. He said he’s been a part of Team Depot volunteerism since he started with the company.

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Two Shreveport digital artists open their first fine art show tonight at artspace in downtown Shreveport. The exhibit, “Object,” features mostly acrylic paintings by Joe Bluhm and Adam Volker. By day, the two are co-workers at Moonbot Studios. But outside of work, they’re finding an outlet on the canvas. Bluhm finds painting moves him in a different creative direction – that’s tangible.

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People with Parkinson’s disease have a new outlet in Shreveport for coping with the degenerative disorder of the central nervous system. The Dancing with Parkinson’s class is a partnership between Centenary College and LSU Health Shreveport’s Parkinson’s Disease Resource.

Centenary students in the neurological disorders class take to the dance floor alongside a person with Parkinson’s. The students are able to put a face to the disorder, according to Greg Butcher, an associate professor of neuroscience.

LSU Shreveport says it will take its MBA program entirely online beginning in January. Students pursuing the master of business administration degree may complete it in 12 months, depending on their undergraduate degree credentials. The school’s MBA program director Bill Bigler said courses will be offered in shorter formats and there will be six starting points during the year, instead of the traditional three.

“If you look at the Harvards, Stanfords and Whartons of the world, I don’t think you’ll see the seven-week sessions just yet. But I think it’s a new trend," Bigler said.

Cajun Advanced Picosatellite Experiment

It’s been six years in the making and now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette's cube satellite is hitching a ride into space this month on a NASA rocket. Dozens of undergraduate students have had a hand in CAPE-2. It stands for Cajun Advanced Picosatellite Experiment. Assistant project manager Rizwan Merchant is a senior computer science major from Lafayette. He says his work on CAPE-2 will be his calling card for prospective employers.

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Centenary College’s Christian Leadership Center kicks off a 12-day series today to celebrate the life of C.S. Lewis, an iconic writer in 20th century Christianity. The center is commemorating the 50th anniversary of his death by hosting a documentary film, panel discussion, book groups and a prayer retreat, according to Maegan Daigle, assistant director of Centenary’s Christian Leadership Center.

Cane River Creole National Historical Park

Last month’s 16-day partial government shutdown is a fading memory for park rangers at Cane River Creole National Historical Park in Natchitoches. They’ve resumed their 90-minute walking tours in downtown Natchitoches. In all, 15 rangers at the park were furloughed during the shutdown, including Nathan Hatfield. He’s the park’s chief of interpretation. He said it didn’t take long to get the park humming again. The walking tours are being expanded during the holidays.

The city of Shreveport has signed on to a nationwide initiative to encourage residents to open checking accounts and use them to their full advantage, even if they’ve had banking problems in the past. Bank On Shreveport aims to help local residents move toward financial stability and reduce the reliance on high-cost check cashers and payday lenders, according to Ebony Mapp, the city’s economic development special projects manager.

“It’s a real loss for our community. It’s those types of services -- some of them are predatory -- that can dilute the wealth of a city," Mapp said.

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