SPD Capt. Wayne Smith Promoted to Asst. Chief by SPD Chief Henry Whitehorn 4-4-08

Captain Wayne E. Smith was promoted to Assistant Chief of Police during a Promotions Ceremony Thursday, April 3rd, 2008, in front of a packed Assembly Room in the Shreveport Police Building.

SPD Chief Henry Whitehorn recognized Smith’s accomplishments, and commended him on being promoted to Assistant Chief of Police.  Smith was invited to speak to audience of friends, family, and colleagues.  “Talk of The Town with Tom Pace” was there when new Asst. Chief Wayne Smith spoke these heartfelt words. 

Rev. Dennis Everett on Purchase of the Allendale Y by LAke Bethlehem Baptist Church 4-3-08

 The Rev. Dennis Everett of Lake Bethlehem Baptist Church held a news conference today, saying his congregation is very excited about the purchase of the Allendale YWCA building on Pierre Avenue in Shreveport, Louisiana.  Everett said, he truly believes this was, “…inspired by God.” 

The “Talk of the Town” attended the news conference, and you can listen to Rev. Everett as he tells how the idea of buying the “Y” came to him.

Rev. Everett said there is a signed contract for the purchase of the Allendale YWCA, and it’s his hope that will be completed if not before the closing date of May 9th, 2008.  It was announced earlier that Lake Bethlehem Baptist Church had bought the Allendale “Y” for $600 thousand dollars. 

Dr. Jody Meek, Clinical Service Dir., Office of Mental Health Interview with Tom Pace

 “Suicide is preventable.”  That’s the message from Dr. Jody Meek, a licensed psychiatrist, and Director of Clinical Services for the Office of Mental Health Region VII, in Shreveport.

Dr. Meek told “The Talk of the Town with Tom Pace” that the 2nd Annual Suicide Awareness Conference has received a large number of attendees registering for the Friday, April 4th, event at the LSU-S University Center from 9a-6p. The public is invited- and registration is only $5 at the door.  Listen, as Dr. Meek talks in-depth, One-on-One with Tom Pace about “Suicide” better known as the “Silent Epidemic”.

According to Meek, “Nationwide there were 32,439 reported suicides in 2004, that meant one person took their own life every 16 minutes…and, here in Louisiana, some 500 per year commit suicide – that’s more than one per day in our state.” 

Caddo DA Paul Carmouche & Bossier Marshal Johnny Wyatt at ICAC Press Conference 3-31-08

In an afternoon news conference Monday, March 31st, 2008, Caddo District Attorney Paul Carmouche announced a number of local arrests during a recent Northwest Louisiana Internet Crimes Against Children (NWLA-ICAC) task-force operation over the weekend targeting sexual predators. 

Carmouche said the problem of internet predators soliciting teen-age girls for sex is …”A crime that is now, truly world-wide.”  These recent arrests are a result of the work of a multi-jurisdictional task force comprised of the FBI, Sheriffs Departments, Police Departments, and District Attorneys across Northwest Louisiana.

Bossier Marshal Johnny Wyatt also commented on the elements of the growing Internet Sex Crimes across Northwest Louisiana, and the world.

Caddo Sheriff Steve Prator on ALPR System 4-1-08

Caddo Parish Sheriff Steve Prator has more eyes watching you, literally.  Four more eyes, specifically, of infra-red cameras, mounted on the light bar of a parish patrol car.  The Sheriff held a news conference this Tuesday morning, April 1st, 2008, unveiling this latest $30 thousand dollar crime fighting tool, donated by the Kennedy Family at Red Ball Oxygen of Shreveport, Louisiana. 

Listen as Sheriff Prator talks to reports about how “The Silent Partner” “automatic license plate recognition” system (ALPR) works, how it’s initial purpose is to capture thousands of license-plate images during each patrol shift, helping to  identify and recover stolen vehicles.

The ALPR System is already working, said Caddo Parish Steve Prator, and besides stolen cars, it can also be checked against other databases, including those that hold felony warrantes, sex offender registration, or Amber Alerts.  

Gov. Bobby Jindal with Tom Pace One-on-One 3-25-08

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal spoke with Tom Pace, Executive Editor of “Talk of the Town” following the Governor’s Press Conference at Bossier Parish Community College on Tuesday, March 25th, 2008.

In a One-on-One interview for the “Talk of the Town”,  Jindal told Pace about his Workforce Development Plan for the State of Louisiana.

Gov. Bobby Jindal Press Conference at BPCC 3-25-08

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal spoke at Bossier Parish Community College March 25, 2008.

BPCC Chancellor Tom Carleton introduced Gov. Jindal, interrupting a live television broadcast from the Campus TV station. 

Jindal addressed the media, along with a group of local business leaders, goverment officials, and members of the NW Louisiana delegation to Baton Rouge.

The topic of Jindal’s Press Conference: His Comprehensive Workforce Redesign Package to be introduced during the Regular Session of the Legislature, beginning Monday, March 31st.

Jindal Says Reforming the present Workforce System is Key to a New Louisiana. 

Tom Pace from the Talk of the Town was present, and here is Jindal’s speech in its entirity.

Dr. Todd Thoma Interview with Tom Pace on Becoming New Caddo Coroner 3-24-08

Dr. Todd Thoma was sworn-in today at noon (Monday, March 24th, 2008) as the new Caddo Parish Coroner.  In an interview with Tom Pace from The Talk of the Town.

Thoma spoke candidly with Pace about making good on all his campaign promises – Number 1 being that autopsies will be conducted here in Shreveport at LSU Med Center, instead of being shipped to Little Rock, Arkansas, as were previously done by former Coroner Dr. Marius McFarland. 

Thomas also listed the other accomplishments going into effect on his first day on the job.

Charles Scott Announces Candidacy for Caddo D.A. 3-20-08

“Talk of the Town with Tom Pace” attended the press conference today in Shreveport, Louisiana as Charles Scott formally announced he’s a candidate for Caddo District Attorney.

“I’ve done a good job for you as a district judge, I’ll do a good job for you as a district attorney,” so said former chief judge Charles Rex Scott today as he announced his candidacy for Caddo D.A.  Standing on the steps of the south side of the Caddo Courthouse, under a beautiful blue sky, Scott made his run for the D.A.’s office official at 1pm, this Wednesday, March 20th.

He was accompanied by his wife Alexis, Caddo Sheriff Steve Prator, and introduced by longtime friend Ben Politz.  Scott is seeking to replace current Caddo D.A. Paul Carmouche who is stepping down at the end of 2008.

In his speech today, Scott emphasized his experience, serving the past 27 years as a judge in the First Juduicial District, with the past five years as Caddo’s Chief District Judge.

Gov. Bobby Jindal interview with Media & Talk of the Town at BPCC on March 20th, 2008

Gov. Bobby Jindal spoke with reporters including Tom Pace from “The Talk of the Town” Wednesday morning, March 20th, 2008 following his “open press conference” at Bossier Parish Community College. 

Jindal applauded the legislators on their victories in the second special session of the legislature that recently ended last Friday, March 14th.