TXK Roots

David Michael Wyatt

photo by Tre’Voy Kelly & Lindsey Wildman
Texarkana native, David Michael Wyatt, who spent years perfecting his musical talents at Berklee College of Music, is a singer, songwriter and actor whose music fits perfectly into multiple genres including gospel and R&B. Wyatt was part of BET’s Sunday Best gospel talent show, has shared the stage with well-known singers such as Kirk Franklin, been featured on Grammy Award Winner Israel Houghton’s albums and has entertained leaders such as then President-Elect Barack Obama.

Lauren Hubbard

photo by Amber Fenix
Lauren Hubbard is a freelance writer living in New York City and can be found in publications such as Town & Country, Elle Décor, Harper’s Bazaar and Fashionista. Covering beauty, shopping, entertainment, travel, home decor, wine and cocktails, Lauren is living her best life and sharing her perspective with the world. … What do you love about Texarkana? … Texarkana was a great place to grow up.

Kurt Williams

photo by Doug Summers
Kurt Williams is the co-founder and CEO of Casino Cash Trac, a company dedicated to utilizing data to streamline operations, optimize decision making and prevent fraud for casino customers. Williams always had an entrepreneurial spirit. From a very young age, he organized various ventures with his friends, from mowing yards to cleaning office buildings. “Just about anything we could do at that age we attempted.” Williams, like many young people starting school, didn’t know what he wanted to do. “My dad was a CPA and started his own firm when he was just 25 years old.

David Kersey

photo by Cannon McNair
David Kersey is a Texarkana native and a gifted artist. He has been working in the world of digital art and animation for more than 15 years. David has worked for The Walt Disney Company and Sony Pictures on films such as The Polar Express, The Chronicles of Narnia, Tangled, Wreck-It Ralph and Frozen.

Brittney Rice

Brittney Rice lived in Texarkana 18 years. She went on to attend Texas A&M University in College Station. After graduation, she moved to Dallas where she is now a successful Fitness and Nutrition Consultant at CFDC in Dallas, Texas. … What is your favorite Texarkana memory? … Most of my Texarkana memories revolve around sports. I started playing as soon as I could walk, so it was a huge part of what made me who I am. Pleasant Grove was a powerhouse volleyball school, with a 13-year streak of never losing a district game. I was fortunate enough to get to be a part of that legacy.

Nancy Hinshaw Curtis

Soprano Nancy Curtis enjoys a multifaceted career as a singer of opera, oratorio, symphonic repertoire and recitals. … She has been invited to sing for many of our nation’s leaders including former Presidents George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Ronald Reagan and Texas Governor Greg Abbott. … Curtis is also a member of the internationally acclaimed choral group, Conspirare.

John David Blagg

photo by Seth Dortch
Partner in FowlCo Premier Waterfowl Outfitters, a Garber, Oklahoma guided dove and waterfowl hunting lodge, Texarkana native, John David Blagg is living his best life and creating unmatched hunting experiences for seasoned hunters as well as newcomers to the sport. With his team of experienced guides, he leads groups through bountiful landscapes at the heart of the Central Flyway. Along with FowlCo’s beautiful and inviting hunting lodge, John David and his team create a once in a lifetime experience for their clients. … fowlcooutfitters.com … What is your favorite Texarkana memory?

Caroline Cotten Grenier

Texarkana native, Caroline Cotton has been leaving her fingerprint in the fashion world for the last seven years. She worked three years for Marc Jacobs as an Atelier Assistant, and then moved on to become a Materials Development Associate for brands like Coach, Kate Spade and Stuart Weitzman. In June, she and her family moved to Los Angeles for her new role as Fabric Developer at Alo, sourcing new materials for design consideration and working to develop new materials for quality yoga products. … What is your favorite Texarkana memory?

Telvin Griffin

photo by Zaugh Photography
Telvin Griffin, Actor/Entertainer … Years lived in Texarkana: 23 … What is your favorite Texarkana memory? … I have so many fun memories for sure, but the first one that comes to my mind was during my second-grade school year at Kilpatrick Elementary. There was a charity fundraising marathon race being held on a Saturday morning and, of course, like most kids, I wanted to sleep in. My mother wasn’t having it at all. She made me get up and we were out there bright and early. They gave us raffle tickets, and of course, I thought nothing of it.

Jonathan Weaver

Jonathan Weaver, Associate Director at ESPN … Jonathan’s Emmy’s… … 2018 Sports Emmy Award for “Outstanding Sports News/Feature Anthology” for “E:60” Associate Director … 2020 Sports Emmy Award for “Outstanding Studio Show-Daily” for “SportCenter” Associate Director … 2020 Sports Emmy Award for “Outstanding Technical Team Studio” for “College GameDay” Associate Director … Jonathan Weaver grew up in Texarkana and is a 2007 graduate of Pleasant Grove High School.

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