There is a Southernism that says, “We don’t hide our crazy kinfolk in the attic. We parade them around on the front porch and celebrate them.”
Q: Dad, what’s the hardest part about parenting?
When the migraines come on — and they come on sometimes as often as two or three times a week — Nancy Collum has "an arsenal of things to make them go away."
With more than 4,000 years of practice, Here Come the Mummies will bring their funk sound to Track 29, 1400 Market St., at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6.
For the first time since I was a very small child, our family vacationed together. The whole family.
Sam Bush, the Traveling McCourys and Keller & The Keels will be part of the 3 Sisters Music Festival lineup, according to a news release.
LISA DENTON: Fall won't be here for another three weeks, Barry, but it sure feels like summer's over when Labor Day rolls around.
Peggy Townsend knew the idea was a good one, she just never pictured it taking on an international flavor.
Q: Dad, I've never really had to shop for groceries before going away to college. Things just magically appear in the fridge at home. What should I know?
Ana Popovic was introduced to the blues by her father when she was 2. It might have been earlier, but the formal training began then, she says.
First, a mea culpa: The UTC football Mocs play tonight at 7:30 at Finley Stadium.
Athletes who hope to make the big leagues have a fairly defined path to follow. They might skip a step along the way, and some might take longer to get there than others, but the route is plain.
Alabama is back with a new tour and a new CD and, according to bassist Teddy Gentry, it feels so right.
BARRY COURTER: Lisa, one of the greatest days in the whole wide world is coming up — opening day of the college football season. It’s great. Everybody is still undefeated, so there is still hope and all that.
Q: Dad, college offers a lot of oppor-tunities to do things like play club or intramural sports, work at the campus radio station, do community projects or volunteer. Which should I do?
The Southern Brewers Festival has long been known as a quality beer festival, having been named one of "America's three top beer festivals" by Maxim Magazine.
Cody Dickinson answers the telephone with all of the excitement and energy of an 8-year-old on Christmas morning, but for the next 15 minutes, he’s focused and ready to talk about the new North Mississippi Allstars CD, “World Boogie Is Coming.” The album is set for release on Sept. 3.
Like a lot of actors, Christian Pitre tries to learn something from every experience.
Keith Sullivan has ridden his yellow, 2-year-old 150cc Vespa scooter all over town. More importantly to him, he's ridden it out of financial trouble.
BARRY COURTER: Lisa, I'm pretty excited about this year's Southern Brewers Festival, which is set for Saturday at Ross's Landing.
Clara Marona just doesn't have $140,000.
Q: Dad, I’m kind of surprised at how few of my former high school classmates I’ve seen or heard from since graduation. Why is that?
Good food, funky atmosphere at Universal Joint
It wasn't the most surreal moment I've had in this job, but it was right up there. It was also one of the most fun because it was so unusual and unexpected.
BARRY COURTER: Lisa, the Sequatchie County Fair starts on Wednesday, and it has come up with a truly great idea that seems to hit all the marks. It’s going to hold a “Duck Dynasty” lookalike contest. Perfect. The only way it gets better is if a woman takes the runner-up prize. Only because it’d be funny.
Say what you want about kudzu, the highly aggressive vine that’s been eating the South for more than a century, it is a distinctive plant that changes the landscape wherever it takes hold.
Q: Dad, what do you think about people who are always late?
As the three Super Decathlon planes taxied wing-to-wing along the Lovell Field tarmac just outside the lobby of TAC Air, the crews of two massive Black Hawk helicopters were 100 yards away, prepping their aircrafts for refueling.
Last week, I wrote that local artists — musicians, painters, sculptors, designers, etc. — need to be paid a fair price for their work. I got a lot of thank-you notes from many of those artists, as you might expect.
RiverRocks, the multiday, multievent, multilocation extravaganza designed to show off this area’s natural beauty and outdoor opportunities, has added a 10-event Adventure Sports Games to its lineup.
Wes Blanton didn’t expect to be broke so fast.
LISA DENTON: Barry, I’m thinking about heading out to McKay’s today for Customer Appreciation Day. The bookstore/music emporium/film vault at 7734 Lee Highway will be giving away free food, T-shirts and posters from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., but what I’m really hoping to win is a chance to get into the cash cube to grab some store trade credits.
Looking for a cheap, ready-to-use garden bed that can sit flat on the ground or stand upright and act as a vertical, plant-covered wall?
Editor’s note: Barry Courter has a 24-year-old son who is a college graduate and a 19-year-old daughter who is a sophomore in college.
Part of the appeal of "red dirt" music, a sound birthed in Oklahoma years ago, is that it is a mix of sounds that can be found in surrounding states.
Imagine you own a food business. For our purposes, it could be a food truck, a diner, a gourmet restaurant or a catering company. Truthfully, the business could be any type, but food works.
A simple desire to make a cheaper skateboard led Steve Morgan to become an artist who sells replica surfboards around the country.
LISA DENTON: Barry, one of my favorite things in the world, besides sporks, is the smell of fresh crayons. That’s why I’m excited that Tennessee’s tax-free weekend is coming up Friday through Sunday.
The Blind Boys of Alabama will kick off a Patten Performances series that also includes a production of Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451” and a quintet that specializes in everything from Mozart to Radiohead.
Q: Dad, what are the biggest differences between freshman and sophomore years at college?
I read a lot of spy novels, and I'm convinced that the next terrorist plot to take over the world will involve some computer hacker who has figured out a way to wipe out all of our passwords.
The outdoor grill, long known as the go-to tool for putting a char on hot dogs, hamburgers and other large chunks of meat, can be used for so much more.
LISA DENTON: Barry, the Southern Lit Alliance has an event coming up that I like the sound of. Its name reminds me of the way a lot of us talk, like saying "thingamabob" or "whatchamacallit." It's called Artamajig. The name alone makes it sound fun.
Simply put, bride-to-be Cassie Benford did not want to choose between her good friends Hannah Barrett or Danielle Mincey when it came time to choose bridesmaids.
Q: Dad, is there ever a good reason to drop out of college to take a job?
For more than a decade, John Watts and Steven "The Disciple" Marshall have been using music to wage a war against gangs, violence and the senseless killing of Chattanooga youth.
The reality of what Georgetown Cupcakes has become is far different than what sisters Sophie LaMontagne and Katherine Kallinis envisioned in 2008 when they opened the flagship "cupcakery."
BARRY COURTER: Lisa, if you've ever wanted to get out and try what local chefs are doing with all the fresh produce, meats and cheeses that are produced locally, this is the week.
By the end of the Civil War, about 100 Union camps around the country offered asylum and a safe haven for escaped slaves.
Q: Dad, what do I do about (insert minor health issue) that probably doesn't warrant a visit to the doctor?