Laurie Ott interviews Ashley Smith one year later

It's been one year since Brian Nichols went on a shooting rampage in Atlanta, killing 4 people, and taking a local woman hostage.

Tuesday, Laurie Ott sat down with Ashley Smith, who is now looking forward to a future with more children in it...and helping even more.

It's been a whirlwind year for Ashley Smith---from awards from the governor of Georgia to appearances on all the national TV shows, including Oprah, Ashley Smith is also focusing on helping those close to home.

Thursday she'll talk to girls at the Smart Girls Club, a local book club.

"When my little girl gets that age, I hope there are people who give their time to her as well, just try to keep the girls from making the same mistakes I've made and it's very important to me."

Smith says she spent the one-year anniversary of the Atlanta courthouse shootings in Augusta---and got a call from the wife of victim Judge Rowland Barnes.

"I was headed to church and Claudia Barnes called and said, 'I'm proud of you and hope the best for you and for Page'."

And Ashley's focus is on studying at ASU in the fall, and family.

"Looking forward to going to school and having more kids, and family is what I'm really looking forward to."

And something else coming up for Ashley--her husband's murder trial.

Mack Smith was stabbed to death in 2001...and Monday, his accused killers go on trial.

We'll be following that here on News 12.

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