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JARED FIELDS • PICAYUNE STAFF

JOHNSON CITY — Rochelle Carnes approaches raising her four boys the same way she approaches life.

With humor.

Her Johnson City brood is starring in a new A&E reality show called “Lone Star Lady.” The first two episodes premiered July 13.

The show focuses on the family after it recently struck oil.

“What I hope people get from the show is that a family unit can stay grounded,” Carnes said, “that you can live life with humor and respect for one another.”

The show’s first two episodes ran back to back at 9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. July 13.

Carnes is outspoken and stands out in a family of characters. While the family has enjoyed the perks of its newfound wealth, Carnes works to maintain humble roots while raising four boys.

“Rochelle is hilarious and unapologetic. I like that about her,” said Laurie Sharpe, executive producer of the show. “She says she wants to get her sons out of high school without (them) being fathers or felons. That’s one of my favorite quotes from her.”

Carnes is going to be herself, cameras or not.

“Honey, that is how I’ve always been,” Carnes said. “I couldn’t take that away, even if I tried. And my mother is the same way.”

Carnes and husband, Trenton, live near her parents in a ranch house next to land that Carnes’ family has owned for more than a century. Sons Jake, 17, Luke, 13, Dade, 9, and Tate, 8, have enjoyed the process of filming the show, she said.

“Anytime something comes in and is invasive, there’s an adjustment period, but it did not last long,” she said. “All my children are extroverts, and it did not take long to embrace it. We’re truly blessed by that.”

Sharpe said the first season has nine episodes. What attracted the network to the Carnes was how relatable they are and their family values.

That, added with their humor, make for good TV.

On the show, Carnes solves a problem with a lack of bathrooms for her boys by placing portable toilets in the backyard and sells her son’s vehicle to teach a lesson.

“You can’t make that stuff up. It’s stranger than fiction,” Sharpe said.

The show’s main thread, within the family dynamic, is how they stay grounded with their newfound wealth.

“They’re trying to stay true to who they are, and I think they are still trying to figure out who they are,” Sharpe said.

Carnes said she hopes other families watch the show together.

“I encourage anybody to watch it. People will be greatly surprised,” Carnes said. “It has positive family influence and values and is what I would want to watch.”

Go to www.aetv.com/lone-star-lady for more information and the show’s schedule.

jared@thepicayune.com