Tara Holley's first on-air experience was at age 3 on a jingle in Temple, Texas. Radio has been a part of her life ever since. She received a BA in Theatre and Communication in 2004 from McMurry University. Her professional journey includes theatre, Neilsen media research, advertising and marketing, creative writing and scripting, and more. However, radio has always been her first professional love. Tara writes about all things East Texas -- including fantastic food, Texas legends and lore, and lifestyle topics. She loves conversation, comedy, coffee, animals, philosophy, and the arts. Her basic life philosophy can be summed up in the words of the great Bill and Ted: “Be Excellent to Each Other.” Tara received the Mayor's ROSE (Recognition of Service and Excellence) Award in 2021 and the President's Club Award for Townsquare Media Tyler in 2021 for Contributor of the Year. She served on the Heart of Tyler Board of Directors from 2017-2022, was a 2-year Chair for the Downtown Tyler Film Festival, and served on the Tyler Civic Theatre Board for several years, as well. She is currently on the Tyler Music Friendly Advisory Board.'
Money Experts Say You Need This Much to Retire in Texas
Also, it makes a difference WHERE you plan to retire when it comes to making sure you'll have enough to retire comfortably. Author Jake Arky gives information on all of the U.S. States in his story, which is fascinating to see. But of course, we wanted to zero in on Texas.
Boom! See 7 of the Best Landmarks in Texas in Just One Long Weekend
It won't come as a surprise to any native Texan, but the Lone Star State is chock-full of iconic places to visit. This road trip will show you SEVEN of them.
Here are 10 Fascinating Facts You May Not Know About Texas Gun Laws
Even the most avid and conscientious gun owners may find there are laws, policies, and considerations when it comes to gun ownership in Texas they didn't know.
Ultra-Rich: The 3 Texas Cities that are Among the Wealthiest in America
It's hard to pick just one 'boomtown' in Texas. Different sources seem to say different things. Honestly, with the influx of both businesses and people in the Lone Star State, it feels that all of Texas is a bit of a 'boomtown' right now.
Which East Texas City is Home to the ONLY Natural Lake in Texas?
Even though I'm a native Texan and have lived in East Texas since I was a tween, I wasn't aware of that. I found it particularly interesting given that we live in such a lake-centric area. I love getting out on one of our East Texas lakes and feeling the daily stresses just start to slide off my psyche that butter on a hot roll.
10 ‘Secret Spots’ Burglars Check First When Invading Texas Homes
Unfortunately, some burglars may check online to research the places people think may offer an added level of security for their valuables, so they know where to look. After all, the World Wide Web is available to a large portion of the population.
HURRY: Visit the Oldest Bridge in Texas Before it’s Destroyed
We know Texas has lots of old bridges. However, we didn't know that the oldest bridge in Texas was THAT old--though perhaps it's not surprising.
New Study Claims These are the 6 Friendliest Neighborhoods in Texas
How helpful would this info be to real estate agents in these areas? But also, in a state that tends to be known for its friendliness, it's fascinating to hear which neighborhoods rank the highest in that regard. It makes me wonder what it is about those neighborhoods that make them so, too.
They Say This Hotel is One of the Most Haunted Places in Texas [VIDEO]
To be honest, I can't wait for this project to be completed. Their new website is downright compelling--take a look. I can't wait to see what it looks like when they're done. Now whether or not I'll get up the nerve to spend the night there...well, that remains to be seen.
15 Forbidden Foods that are Banned in the State of Texas
As for me, I appreciate the fact that some of these 'foods' aren't available or are out-and-out banned. In my opinion, some foods are potentially too dangerous and not worth the risk. Others are created or harvested in ways that seem so unethical, that consuming them seems beneath the dignity of otherwise caring, good-hearted people. Again, that's just my opinion.