Columbus native fills supporting role in new mini-series

Looking back now, the Columbus native was hardly acting at all.

Charlotte Battin found herself cast this summer as a main character’s grandmother caring for a disabled family member for an upcoming national TV mini-series “Smoketown,” scheduled to air sometime next year on the Trinity Broadcasting Network, according to a network spokesman.

She appears in one of eight episodes.

“This was right up my alley,” Battin said. “It was such a natural fit.”

For example, from 1992 to 2000 she served as executive director of the local Just Friends Adult Day Services, nurturing the lives of the mostly frail senior population. Plus, she cared for her own live-in mother for a year. And her grandmother lived with her family for 12 years.

“Even the lines (for me) were perfect,” Battin said.

For more on this story, see Saturday’s Republic.

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Brian Blair is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at or 812-379-5672.