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Lisa Denton

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BARRY COURTER: Lisa, it's time to honor our veterans and there are several events in the area today.

The first time I tried the Sunday buffet at Dayton Coffee Shop in downtown Dayton, Tenn., I took the advice of friends who eat there all the time and ordered the child-size portion of my chicken and dressing. And it was plenty. Really it was.

Two men were debating whether Hawaii is pronounced "HaVaii" or "HaWaii."

LISA DENTON: You know, Barry, there are some words that’ll get me off the couch pretty quick — shoe sale, chocolate festival, pony rides.

What do you get when you cross Halloween with whiskey?

LISA DENTON: Barry, you know it's hard to pry my fingers off a piece of chocolate, but one area dentist may have figured out a way to make me turn loose of my Crunch bars.

The Headless Horseman is about to ride off into the sunrise. And he’s not alone. When dawn breaks Sunday, Oct. 27, more than half of the region’s haunted houses and Halloween attractions will rise no more. Here are 11 places facing their doom this weekend.

Maria Vives of Sonrisa Farms will teach a class on Sourdough Baking Basics from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 26, at Crabtree Farms, 1000 E. 30th St.

LISA DENTON: Barry, I don't know how it is at your house, but I haven't planned a family game night at Casa de Lisa in a while now. But I can get my fix in a big way starting Thursday when Game Fest South sets up at the Chattanooga Choo Choo.

Project Alice takes aims at zombies - Oct. 17-31

Acres of Darkness, Boo in the Zoo return this weekend

Nobody wants to face the undead unarmed. At Project Alice, a new haunted attraction in McDonald, Tenn., you don't have to.

BARRY COURTER: You know, Lisa, that one of my favorite pretend-you're-from-another-country-for-a-day celebrations is coming up this weekend. Chattanooga Market is again hosting its Oktoberfest event and, once again, it will be a two-day affair, Saturday and Sunday, at First Tennessee Pavilion.

The 6th Cavalry Museum in Fort Oglethorpe has set aside Saturday, Oct. 12, for "Remembering Our Heroes," a day of living history and remembrance of U.S. armed forces.

Fresh off an Artist of the Year award from the Americana Music Association, Dwight Yoakam will bring songs about guitars, Cadillacs and hillbilly music to Track 29 tonight, Oct. 3.

A new series, Music at the MACC, will feature Gospel Music Night with Neshawn Calloway at 7 tonight, Oct. 3, at the Mountain Arts Community Center, 809 Kentucky Ave., Signal Mountain.

What's lurking in the dark this weekend? Six more haunts around the region.

LISA DENTON: Barry, there’s an event coming up at Miller Plaza that I think we need to join.

Reservations for Chattanooga History Center's eighth annual History Makers Luncheon will be accepted starting Tuesday, Oct. 1. This year's award honors the legacy of the McCallie family.

Time to get your spook on — Sept. 27-Nov. 2

Three haunted atractions open this weekend

Halloween is weeks away, but scares are closer than you think.

The Association for Visual Arts is sponsoring a 48-hour, community film project, called Capture, that will put local folks behind the camera lens.

Mountain Creek Harley-Davidson in Dalton, Ga., is planning a three-day celebration of "Motorcycles, Moonshine & Music."

One beautiful Sunday morning, a priest announced to his congregation, "My good people, I have here in my hands three sermons: a $500 sermon that lasts five minutes, a $300 sermon that lasts 15 minutes and a $50 sermon that last a full hour."

Bret Mosley, an artist known for mixing then transcending the rawest elements of Delta blues, roots rock, folk, funk and rap, will be in concert at 9 tonight, Sept. 26, at The Honest Pint, 35 Patten Parkway.

LISA DENTON: Barry, I bet that, after talking to Jimmy Carter the other day (the singer, not the former president), you could make a strong case for seeing the Blind Boys of Alabama in concert tonight at the UTC Fine Arts Center.

It's time to head into the corn. With any luck, you'll find your way out.

The Chattanooga Symphony & Opera won't officially open the 2013-14 season until a Sept. 26 Masterworks concert at the Tivoli Theatre.

Guntersville, Ala., was the last show Ricky Nelson played before his death in a plane crash on New Year's Eve 1985. Tonight, Sept. 19, his twin sons, Gunnar and Matthew, will offer a tribute, "Ricky Nelson Remembered," an hour east in Fort Payne, Ala.

Want to hear two short jokes and a long joke?

"There was a land of Cavaliers and Cotton Fields called the Old South... Here in this pretty world Gallantry took its last bow... Here was the last ever to be seen of Knights and their Ladies Fair, of Master and of Slave... Look for it only in books, for it is no more than a dream remembered. A Civilization gone with the wind ..."

Along with daytime productions for area schoolchildren this week, Lee University in Cleveland, Tenn., will host a public performance of Tanglewood Marionettes' "Cinderella" at 7 p.m. today, Sept. 12, in the Dixon Center, 1053 Church St.

Remember that 1970s-era "Wide World of Sports" intro, "The thrill of victory, the agony of defeat"?

It made the news recently that a woman has sued a hospital, saying that after her husband had surgery there, he lost all interest in sex.

LISA DENTON: You know, Barry, the way I see it, ZZ Top ought to be on everybody's list of favorite bands. They've got musical chops. They've got longevity. They've got beards!

I was mailing a box at the Red Bank post office, and the counter man launched into his preshipping spiel: Anything dangerous in the box -- poison, radioactive, caustic?

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.

After Fourth of July fireworks fizzled out in heavy rains two months ago, some event planners looked ahead to the next big holiday. Which brings us to Labor Day.

A new two-day festival celebrating boats, bands and beer has the Ocoee River as its backdrop.

A husband and wife are driving down a country lane on their way to visit some friends.

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.

A honeymoon couple arrive at the Watergate Hotel in Washington, D.C., but the bride is a bit concerned about spending their wedding night there.

Q: How do you know if you have a really tough mosquito?

Get out your Mossy Oak, and ungroom your beard. The Sequatchie County Fair's "Duck Dynasty" look-alike contest is at 5 p.m. CDT today, Aug. 15, at the fairgrounds at 103 Heard St. in Dunlap, Tenn.

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.

Maybe it was the Stars and Stripes already painted on the side of the building that led Greg and Mindy Carder to name their new venture the Great American Burger Co. Or maybe it’s the all-American menu they decided on: hamburgers, hot dogs and barbecue.

A husband and wife are at a party chatting with some friends when the subject of marriage counseling comes up.

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