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.'
5 Things Texans MUST Do Before Entering a Car Dealership in 2024
Being prepared before walking into a car dealership, or before making any major purchases for that matter, not only helps you before you commit to a major expense, but it also helps the professional serve you better.
15 Things You Do that Make Your Home a Target for Burglars in Texas
These are things I've been considering lately regarding my own home near Tyler, Texas. Although I do have a quite robust security system, it is still good to be aware of things that may make your home a target for burglars.
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.
TikTok Mom Shares Video of Her Baby Showing the Early Signs of Autism
Did you see the video this posted of her baby on TikTok to help other parents discern the earliest signs of autism in their child?
9 of the Freakiest-Looking Scorpions You’ll See in Texas
We have scorpions in East Texas and all over the Lone Star State. There are around 18 different species of these denizens of Hell, I mean scorpions, in Texas. But some are much more common than others.
Hot Topic: Will Disposable Vapes Be Banned in Texas?
The report says the decision is because of the concern over potential risks to the health of kids, as well as the negative impact the device could have on the environment.
Some Chefs HATE When People Do These 8 Things at Texas Steakhouses
When it comes to personal preferences, I'm a fan of letting people eat their steak however they want it. However, I do think it makes sense to expand our culinary horizons and try it the way the chef feels it tastes best if we are open to that.
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.
RUDE! 12 Things Texans Should Stop Doing Immediately at the Grocery Store
There are some behaviors many of us have seen that may immediately come to mind. Brazenly cutting in line is a HUGE no-no. That should be a given. Insulting people seems fairly obvious, but I've still seen it happen. Heaven help the person who goes after the last bag of Flamin' Hot Cheetos when THESE people are nearby.
Expert Says Texans Should NEVER Put These 11 Items on Top of the Fridge
And so, that flat space above the refrigerator seemed like the PERFECT place to put things that had nowhere else to live in my kitchen. After all the pantry space in some of these places wasn't 'ample,' either but hey--we do what we must. Until we find out we shouldn't. Ugh. So many 'shouldn'ts,' aren't there? But once you go through these items, I think it's easy to see why this matters.
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.
President Biden Just Announced Debt Cancellation for Some Texas Students
According to a story shared on BuzzFeed, early on Friday, President Biden announced plans to cancel student loans for certain borrowers. The plan is to begin the process in February "as part of a new repayment plan that’s taking effect nearly six months ahead of schedule."