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Best of the Upper East Side of Texas 2011

Best of the Upper East Side of Texas Hall of Fame 2011

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Local Author Releases Insightful Cookbook

Debbie Davis co-owns East Texas Burger Company and La Waffalata in downtown Mineola. She recently released a Mixing Bowl Journey cookbook called I Overcooked My Family But the Muffins Turned Out Alright!


What’s done is done and the past is the past. These are precepts delightfully ignored in Stephen King’s latest submission to the world of literature and assassination mythology. 11/22/63 is a twisted jaunt through the history of the Kennedy assassination through the eyes of the most unlikely of time travelers.

Austin Street Bistro

Jefferson, Texas is home to some of the most beautiful scenery in the state and the feeling of having stepped back in time to a simpler and slower time. In addition, it is also home to some of the best food I have ever tasted. This is certainly true of the Austin Street Bistro.

Rama Peace Gallery Offers Variety of Art in Paris

Lori Gottshalk grew up in Paris, became an accountant, and eventually moved away to Dallas and then to Colorado to work. She’s home again, pursuing a dual career in art and numbers – selling one-of-a kind jewelry and other art while keeping her hand in the accounting profession that helps pay the bills.

Bob Mauldin - Van Zandt County Line

Bob Mauldin is a former drive-time DJ at KKUS in Tyler and KVCI in Canton who gigs around the region with his band, but found himself – by his own admission – on the wrong side of the songwriting equation until he began listening to iconic Texas singer-songwriter Billy Joe Shaver.

Adler & Hearne

The word “sweet” always comes to mind when Adler & Hearne perform, soon followed by the words “sense of humor.” Both of those descriptions fit Lynn Adler and Lindy Hearne’s new CD, Live at Eddie’s Attic.

Singer-Songwriter Ruthie Foster Embraces Stillness

One of the lessons blues-soul-gospel singer Ruthie Foster has learned is to find moments of stillness amidst the flurries of life and work.

Tom’s Favorite 25 Texas-Related CDs of 2011

The best music criticism – I certainly don’t always or even often reach that level – or any arts criticism is just a simple, honest response to what it makes you feel when you hear or see it. It’s more of a subjective than objective thing.

Mill Creek Ranch Named Top RV Park

GuestRated.com named Mill Creek Ranch Resort in Canton one of the top RV resorts in the nation. For the past four years, the site has invited happy (as well as unhappy) campers to share their evaluations of RV parks and campgrounds they’ve slumbered in. Results for 2011 – consisting of 30,000 responses covering 3,000 individual facilities – are out. Twelve of the top grade winners earned a perfect grade for four years running including Mill Creek Ranch Resort. GuestRated.com’s 76-point questionnaire asks participants how they’d grade the overall experience, then gets into the nitty-gritty from the levelness of the campsite to the availability of toilet paper. Complete results are on GuestRated.com and the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds websites.

Samsung Donates To Science Place

Samsung donated more than $7,000 in electronic devices and technology equipment to Discovery Science Place in Tyler, an interactive non-profit, hands-on learning environment whose purpose is to ignite curiosity in young minds through fun, hands-on exploration.

Palestine EMS Helps With Heart Monitor

Palestine Regional Emergency Medical Services (EMS) is among a select few in the United States to take part in a trial of noninvasive heart monitor in the EMS setting.

Tyler Offers Insights On Citizens Academy

As a part of the City of Tyler’s ongoing effort to promote citizen involvement and transparency in local government, Mayor Barbara Bass has initiated the Mayor’s Citizens Academy as a way for citizens to learn about each department within their local government.

Retail Store Opens For Inspiration Child

Inspiration Child has opened its store in Canton, offering infant and toddler clothing and accessories, footwear, camouflage apparel, blankets, bedding, tutus, gifts, and more.

Convergys Corporation Wins Regional Award

Longview-based Convergys Corporation received the Employer Award of Excellence for the East Texas area at the Texas Workforce Commission’s 15th annual Texas Workforce Conference.

Texas State Railroad Hires New Manager

Ed Boeh, a management veteran and East Texas native with more than 30 years experience has been hired to be responsible for coordinating special events and managing on board guest services at the Texas State Railroad in Rusk.

Peace, Love, Swap Event in January

Organizer Lori Stovall announced a “swap” for peace. love. swap takes place at OMG! All Star Gym in Ben Wheeler January 21.

Smoke on the Mountain Cast Released

Cherokee Civic Theatre director Jerry Parker recently announced the cast of their next play, the musical “Smoke on the Mountain.”

Talking “Dog” Helps Spay/Neuter Clinic

When your non-profit corporation’s goal is to open a low-income spay/neuter clinic to help the dogs and cats in Smith County, what better way to fundraise than to put on a play about a dog who talks.

Lake Tyler Regulations Get City Council Update

Tyler City Council unanimously voted to modify city ordinances related to the popular Lake Tyler and Lake Tyler East in accordance with the Lake Tyler Master Plan.

Bowling for Scholars Helps JA Raise Funds

The 22nd annual Bowling for Scholars Bowl-A-Thon will be February 16-19 at Green Acres Bowl, 2311 ESE Loop 323 in Tyler.

Chris Tomlin named finalist for Grammy

Seventeen Texas born or based acts received a total of 21 Grammy nominations, including Grand Saline’s Chris Tomlin for best contemporary Christian music album for And If Our God Is For Us, best gospel/contemporary Christian music performance for “I Lift My Hands,” and best contemporary Christian music song for “I Lift My Hands” with Louie Giglio & Matt Maher.

Speakers Announced For Great Decisions

The annual Great Decisions Discussion Groups get underway again in Tyler in January, continuing for eight weeks.

Song Makes Top 50 in The Rolling Stone

A song sung by one East Texas star and co-written by another made Rolling Stone magazine’s Best Top 50 singles of 2011. The song – which came in at #26 – is “Mama’s Broken Heart,” on Miranda Lambert’s Four the Record CD and written by Kacey Musgraves with Brandy Clark and Shane McAnally.
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