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Proud Of East Texas: Neil McCoy

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CARTHAGE, TX (KLTV) - Neil McCoy has garnered numerous honors during his career in country music. But, he says his 2009 induction into the "Texas Country Music Hall of Fame" is the best tribute of all. McCoy, who was born and reared in Jacksonville, was discovered by Country Music Star Charley Pride at a talent contest in Dallas.

In 1994, McCoy's album, "No Doubt About It" and the hit song "Wink" made Nashville sit up and take notice. In 1997 McCoy's "Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye" was named "Video Of The Year" at the "TNN Music City News Country Awards" and in both 1998 and '99, he earned "Entertainer Of The Year" honors.

McCoy has made numerous trips to Iraq and Afghanastan to entertain U.S. troops without fanfare and little publicity. His "Angel Network" for sick children has been recognized with the TNN/Home Depot Humanaitarian Award. McCoy and his family live in Longview, a choice he made years ago over Nashville.

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