Barry Courter


phone: 423-757-6354




Barry Courter is staff reporter and columnist for the Times Free Press.
He started his journalism career at the Chattanooga News-Free Press in 1987.
He covers primarily entertainment and events for ChattanoogaNow, as well as feature stories for the Life section.
Born in Lafayette, Ind., Barry has lived in Chattanooga since 1968. He graduated from Notre Dame High School and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a degree in broadcast journalism.
He previously was a news reporter at WDEF-TV 12. Barry has been married to Kelley since 1987. Their children are Jeff Soder, Jenny Mitchell, Carson Courter and Grace Courter.
Contact Barry at 423-757-6354 or bcourter@timesfreepress.com.

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Just stringing the words "faith-based horror film" together seems wrong.

BARRY COURTER: Lisa, why is it that whenever there is something I really want to do, it usually conflicts with another high-appeal event? Next Saturday night is such an evening.

Q: Dad, I know I'm the new person on staff, but how do I get more hours?

Bless her heart. Like thousands of others, Julia Fowler is living in Los Angeles, trying to find steady work as an actress with a resume that also lists writing, producing and directing skills.

What was the last event you attended inside the Bessie Smith Cultural Center? Or when was the last time you were inside the facility? For me, it was an ArtsBuild event last year.

Bands don’t normally do soundchecks at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, Tenn., but 15 minutes before their 12:30 p.m. show this past summer, the guys in St. Paul & The Broken Bones were in position on the Other Stage, giving the audience the impression they might start early.

LISA DENTON: Barry, I know $175 is a little more (well, about $170 more) than we usually can afford to spend on concert tickets, but I'm thinking we really must go to Cleveland, Tenn., on Friday for the Museum Center at Five Points' "Friday Night Fever" fundraising gala.

They share the same studio, use the same materials, have a similar education background and are a couple, but that doesn't mean Keetra Dean Dixon and J.K. Keller are joined at the hip when it comes to their artwork.

Q: Dad, what's the hardest part about having a child away at college?

It's 11:20 a.m. and Brad Grafton is in the middle of grilling up some tortilla shells at Boyd-Buchanan School.

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