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Barry Courter

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BARRY COURTER: Lisa, do you remember Jon Reep from Season 5 of NBC's "Last Comic Standing"? He's coming to The Comedy Catch for shows Thursday through Saturday.

Greg Ross didn’t hesitate when he got a call from the owner of a dumpster company who told him workers were throwing away glass mosaic windows from a downtown church.

Editor’s note: Barry Courter has a 25-year-old son who is a college graduate and a 20-year-old daughter who is a junior in college.

Like everyone else, I was saddened to read on Monday that Robin Williams had apparently committed suicide.

Two locally produced plays opening this weekend tread on what is often contentious ground — people of principle on opposing sides of a central issue.

LISA DENTON: Barry, a band with one of the coolest names ever is coming to Nightfall on Friday — indie rockers Clap Your Hands Say Yeah.

Wings are longtime favorites of artists; they carry us to something, away from something; they allow us to soar.

Q: Dad, junior year in college starts in a couple of weeks. How is it different than the first two?

I actually heard someone say to me the other day while trying to decide where to take an out-of-town guest to dinner: “I thought about XYZ because they have locally grown produce, but everybody does that here anymore.”

When Deva Mahal and Steph Brown sit down to write, Mahal brings her soul and blues sensibility and Brown brings her love of current pop hits to the mix.

BARRY SAYS: As a child, I was more likely to eat a baseball than a beet. Growing up, I don't think I ever actually saw one in its natural form, but only ran across them when they mysteriously showed up on a buffet or a holiday table. Why they were there I never figured out.

BARRY COURTER: Lisa, I was confused at seeing you doing calisthenics the other day, but then I saw the calendar.

Want to keep those pesky mosquitoes away, but don’t want to empty a can of repellent around or on you while you enjoy these unseasonably cool days and nights on the porch?

Q: Dad, is it always so difficult to get utilities like water, power and Internet hooked up when you move?

Wow. Didn’t see that one coming, though in hindsight, there were some clues that something big was brewing.

For the second year in a row, an employee of Cold Stone Creamery downtown has made the semifinals in the Creamery Cup, a company-wide competition that puts a premium on showmanship.

The funny communicator

"Music & Madness with Mark Lowry, The Martins & Jason Crabb"

Mark Lowry insists he is not a comedian. He’s a singer who tells stories.

Sometimes, a good beet or kale salad is just what you want for lunch.

As program manager for Make-A-Wish Illinois, Sandi Ring saw firsthand the positive impact the organization can have on a young person fighting a life-threatening medical condition.

BARRY COURTER: Lisa, remember when Nightfall was about the only music series we had going and the only reason you’d ever go down to Ross’s Landing was to throw a dead body into the river? Wait, did I say that last part out loud?

Jazz legend Ramsey Lewis will kick off the Patten Performances series at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

For those in Apple’s camp, the latest-generation of iPad (starting at $499) and iPad Mini (starting at $399) offer nearly identical specifications, but if size and weight are deciding factors, the Mini’s 7.9-inch display is more hand- and backpack-friendly.

Q: Dad, if you had a choice between a part-time job working retail or one in a restaurant, which would you choose?

Buyers of high-end electronics know that, whatever they buy, it’s just about out of date the minute they walk out the door.

I have seen the future, and it is a 1,400-acre piece of property about 70 miles south of here on I-75 in Emerson, Ga. It’s called LakePoint Sporting Community.

Thanks to an inquisitive — and well-connected — tourist to Chattanooga, former Impressions member Richard Brooks is selling new music.

LISA DENTON: Barry, you remember a couple of weeks ago how everything in the events calendar reminded me of music? This week, everything’s making me hungry.

Jonathan and Drew Scott have always been go-getters.

Q: Dad, we've always had you around to fix things at home, but now that we are on our own, what do we need to know about home maintenance?

On a typically hot, humid Georgia day, Earl Ehrhart stands on the deck outside the temporary office building overlooking LakePoint Sporting Community.

It's fair to say that Cumberland County Playhouse producing director Jim Crabtree knows a thing or two about putting together an entertaining show. His father opened the playhouse in 1965, and it's been a part of his life since.

A little bit of online research on noise ordinances in other cities turned up a couple of interesting items. First, we are not the only city discussing the issue of music from a club or venue and residents who live nearby. New Orleans, of all places, is dealing with it.

An online petition titled "Your Voice Is Needed To Save Chattanooga's Nightlife" began being circulated Tuesday.

Jim Crabtree and the staff at Cumberland County Playhouse will be lending their expertise at telling dramatic stories, sometimes through song, to this year's Scopes Trial Play.

BARRY COURTER: Lisa, our old friend Jim Crabtree is adding his considerable talents and knowledge to an event up your way this weekend.

The newest River Gallery exhibit is called "Constant Motion" and, for at least two of the four artists showing their works, that title fits their art and their methods of working.

T.A. Smith has not spent his entire life worshipping at Bethel Church of Christ in Bledsoe County, but he has spent most of it there. His parents took him there as a child, he was married there and, for the last 18 1/2 years, he has served as its minister.

Knockdown, stand-up guy

Former wrestler Mick Foley tags in for comedy show

Former wrestler Mick Foley tags in for comedy show.

There is little doubt that since opening in August 2011, Track 29 has made a tremendous impact on the music scene in our city.

LISA DENTON: Barry, I'm trying to keep the volume down over here in my cubicle, but after looking at the schedule of upcoming events, I can't stop singing.

Q: Dad, how does a college student looking to buy a car or rent an apartment get credit?

Recently, I’ve discovered that nearly everything that I really enjoy doing, eating or drinking is not only bad for long-term well-being, but now it also makes me feel bad.

Taco Mac on Market Street will close for two weeks beginning Monday to complete the first half of renovations. When the job is completed, the 16-year-old restaurant will feature 96 beers on draft, twice as much seating, two times the number of HDTVs and a new menu.

KELLEY SAYS: This Grilled Thai Beef Salad is fairly simple, but it took some tweaking along the way. I tasted everything several times throughout and added a little more pepper here or a little more oil there.

Patrick Johnston has been in the stadium for almost 100 matches in the last seven FIFA World Cups, dating back to 1986.

Mark Simpson grew up Catholic, attended Catholic schools at times as a child in Knoxville and is today a lector and Eucharistic minister at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in East Ridge.

BARRY COURTER: Lisa, can you believe Christmas is almost here? I’m kidding, but it is stunning that the Fourth of July is Friday.

Greg Pond was still sculpting one of his art pieces a few days before the opening night of "Hunter Invitational III."

Q: Dad, what are some things you regret not having taught us do?

Jerre Haskew, who on the radio goes by the nickname The Music Man, will be inducted into America's Old Time Music Hall of Fame along with his former band mates in the Cumberland Trio. Joining him will be Tom Kilpatrick and the late Andy Gavverick.

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