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.'
Why Does Slicing Through Wrapping Paper Make Us Feel Good?
Next time you feel a little crazy for finding that random moment when those scissors glide-cut through that bright green, snowman-covered paper, just enjoy the moment.
The BEST Blizzard I’ve Ever Had Was Today at THIS Tyler, TX Area DQ
But this young man went next level. Not only was it PACKED with those delectable morsels of almost unreasonable deliciousness, but there were extra swirls of cinnamon all throughout that made it insanely good.
Here are the 10 Vehicles that are Stolen Most Often in Texas
statistically, there are some vehicles that are more likely to be stolen than others. And what's even more interesting? It's not even the newest cars necessarily that thieves target the most.
Finally, Whataburger is Getting into the iced Coffee Game in Texas!
I can't begin to tell you how many times I've popped by the Whataburger closest to my house south of Tyler, Texas for a potato, egg, and cheese taquito and wished they had some kind of iced coffee option.
Walmart Employees Deserve Way More Respect, Says Tyler, TX Woman
If we get THAT mad, we'd be better off trying to call one of the Waltons up in Arkansas and yell at them. However, yelling at 18-year-old Aaron isn't going to do anything except make a hard-working local employee's life harder.
An Open Letter to People Who Are Grieving During the Holiday Season
When someone we loved dearly has died--someone who contributed to what made the season so joyful, these coming "merry" weeks can seem especially heartbreaking.
Warning–Stalking Crimes at Texas Stores May Increase During Holidays
Sadly, it has become so commonplace to hear of these things, we usually dismiss it. But when it happens in one of our East Texas cities, possibly to someone we know, we take heed. On a local social media group page, a young Tyler woman shared a frightening experience she had at the Tyler Walmart located at Loop 323 and 64.
Why is This the #1 Most Banned Book in Texas?
In my opinion, books that are overtly sexual in nature don't have a place in elementary schools--or even perhaps in middle schools, for that matter. But here's part of the controversy: different people have different ideas about what 'overtly sexual' means.
We Found the Ultimate Hack to Avoid ‘Dry Turkey Syndrome’
I've used this method many, many times in the past when preparing chicken breasts and it makes all the difference in the world, albeit on a much smaller scale.
Some People in East Texas Gave Out Some…Very Strange Things for Halloween
Sure, Halloween is behind us. But we need to talk about some of the strange things some people in East Texas gave out recently to trick-or-treaters.