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Barry Courter

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Since the late 1950s, Chattanoogans have made a tradition of visiting the Hunter Museum of American Art during the holidays to look at beautifully decorated Christmas trees and mantels. That tradition continues beginning Friday, Nov. 28, with the annual Holidays at the Hunter.

Over the years, we’ve owned two houses, and in that time I’ve had the opportunity to do all manner of renovation and remodeling, or as we like to call it, “moving piles.”

For years, the humble mushroom, which has been around for eons, was used primarily as a salad bar filler or in a creamy soup that you could mix with just about anything.

It's an idea so simple and seemingly obvious, one wonders why it hasn't been tried before.

BARRY COURTER: Lisa, in addition to all of the eating I plan to do this week — and it's a considerable amount — there are quite a few big events on the schedule. Thanksgiving is Thursday, of course, so that's the big one, but that also means the Lighted Boat Parade is the next day, and there is something new that a lot of people are excited about. Ice on the Landing — the outdoor ice skating rink down at the riverfront — opens that night as well.

The 120 or so people who will watch a special screening of "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1" today will no doubt be watching to see the work of stars Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth and the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, but they'll also be keeping eyes peeled for a local actor as well.

Q: Dad, I may be changing jobs between semesters, but I won't know until I see my school schedule for the spring. When should I tell the job I might be leaving?

Count me among those who resisted signing up for Facebook early on. Just didn’t see the point. That’s changed, since I finally realized that I can’t go through a day without seeing which cat video is trending.

Should Bill McCallie ever start feeling a little too proud of the crowd he draws for his annual “Cowboy Jubilee” concert and live radio broadcast, he just remembers what local fiddler Fletcher Bright told him awhile back.

Rachel Reed long knew she had a touch of wanderlust and later discovered a love for history.

BARRY COURTER: Lisa, you're probably in training for "The Hunger Games" marathon planned for Saturday at the Northgate Public Library, but a whole week is a long time to try to hold that whole scrunched-up forehead and pouty-lip look.

Q: Dad, what's the secret to staying married for so long?

DoubleTree to host inaugural ChattaNew Year event

Downtown hotel to drop a giant Coca-Cola bottle at midnight

Chattanoogans will have two new ways to ring in the new year this year, and both will involve a special homage to the city's history and will include a special Coca-Cola bottle drop at midnight.

Radio listeners now have even more country music to listen to.

Bruce Storey, 73, co-founder of the Riverbend Festival, died Saturday in Denver, where he had lived for a number of years.

Believing that there just aren’t enough minutes in an hour to play all of the country music out there, WUSY-FM 100.7 is adding another option for local listeners.

BARRY COURTER: Lisa, you’d think it’d be hard for a 175th birthday to sneak up on someone, but it did.

When Shadow May started creating the pottery pieces that make up his “Ephemeral Forms” exhibition, he had no idea what the pieces would look when finished.

Q: Dad, you've done a lot of remodeling projects. What is your best tip?

When James Rogers walks on the Finley Stadium field at halftime Saturday to sing his song "Fly Eagle Fly," it will represent one of the biggest do-overs in his life.

The thought of a sheet of ice that lasts from the end of November through the new year normally would send freaked-out Southerners into an every-man-for-himself scramble for milk and bread.

Jim Moore faced a serious dilemma.

Stacy Prater isn’t ready to quit his day job just yet, but for now he does enjoy being on a film set.

When the producers of the “Elf: The Musical” set about to create a Broadway adaptation of the film “Elf,” they knew they were unlikely to find someone who could play the lead role as Will Ferrell had in the movie.

KELLEY SAYS: The cold snap over the weekend made it the perfect time for a hearty meal with slow-cooked meat and tender vegetables. This a fairly simple meal to prepare, but it pays several dividends, not the least of which is good eating.

With winter’s cold coming, Brooks Northern will likely not take his Matilda 20 sailboat onto the water for a few months. But he can get a bit of his boating fix by reading about his craft in a national magazine.

BARRY: Lisa, are you a big fan of the movie “Elf” with Will Ferrell?

Q: Dad, should I be scheduling my classes around work or work around my classes?

When Libra Jackson sold a piece of her art at the inaugural Artoberfest two weeks ago, it represented a milestone for Friends of Local Artists and Galleries.

Kevin James can make you laugh any number of ways.

Every now and then a book comes across the desk here and I wonder how I ever got along without it for all of these years. The “Infographic Guide to Music,” as well as its companion guides to literature, sports and life, the universe and everything, is not one of those books, but it’s close.

LISA DENTON: Barry, I have to admit I'm a little jealous that you got to talk to actor and comedian Kevin James the other day about his comedy show Thursday night at the Tivoli. He just seems so nice-guy likable.

For all of the tributes and talk Thursday at Engel Stadium during a ceremony remembering Luther Masingill, David Carroll perhaps best said what everyone was thinking.

One week before Barking Legs Theater is set to reopen after a $156,000 renovation, co-owner/manager Ann Law is excitedly showing off the work.

Q. Dad, what are your thoughts on paying bills?

About 200 family, friends, TV and radio personalities, co-workers and former co-workers, politicians and listeners turned out at Engel Stadium today to say goodbye to Luther Masingill.

Even many of Ann Law’s board members have not seen the results of the renovation work that has been done at Barking Legs Theater.

Engel Stadium. Perfect.

It’s 12:30 p.m. on a beautiful fall Friday in October, and the dining area at Soho Hibachi in Fort Oglethorpe is packed.

During Luther Masingill's 74-year broadcasting career he announced both the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 and the terrorist attacks in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania on Sept. 11, 2001.

Luther Masingill on how he wanted to be remembered

Chattanooga media icon passes away

Luther Masingill held the same job at the same radio station in the same time slot for 74 years. During that time he told Chattanooga listeners of the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the terrorist attacks on 9/11, and he helped reunited thousands of dogs and cats with their owners.

James McKissic was not looking to sell his favorite painting, a 24-by-18-inch mixed-media piece he created almost 24 years ago called “Jimmy’s Blues.”

BARRY COURTER: Lisa, the weather is cooling off this week, but the music scene appears to be heating up. There is a lot going on.

Benjamin Martin, 61, better known to listeners of WUSY-FM 100.7 as "Bearman," died Thursday after falling at his home and after months of battling liver disease.

Do you remember how much fun it was to rip all the blankets off the bed and turn them into a fort? A couple of flashlights and some pillows and you had a cool little space.

Q. Dad, I'll be 21 next week. Will my world change very much?

I read an article the other day about ways to not reveal your age on a resume.

When the documentary "Simple As That" took the Platinum Remington Award at the World Fest in Houston almost two years ago, filmmaker Ashley McCue "just thought they were being nice."

BARRY: Lisa, I remember a day 13 years ago when I had lunch with Mike Schoenborn and Nick Jessen when they discussed putting together an Oktoberfest event at the Chattanooga Market at First Tennessee Pavilion. Neither is involved today, but the event has grown from first one day to two and this year it will span five days. Yowza.

For husband-and-wife artists Eric Keller and Laura Willett, collaboration might have been a natural progression for their mixed-media works.

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