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

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As little hands pound in nails at one work station, others build mini-robotic machines with Cubelets at another.

Last week was a fairly busy one in the arts community, or at least it seemed so in my world. Or maybe I just talked to more people than usual in the arts world last week. In any case, there were two themes that people wanted to talk about.

Once the music starts for the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera’s gala concert featuring Yo-Yo Ma, CSO Music Director Kayoko Dan will be her usual professional self. Until then, she might have a hard time being anything but a giddy fan.

The bio for the band The White Animals on has a line that reads: “Unlike a lot of bands at the time, the White Animals never took themselves too seriously. They had a good seven-year run, opening for bands like The Kinks, the Ramones and Talking Heads, but they always knew that adulthood and careers [lay] on the horizon.”

Being able to communicate a message is what makes most artists tick. Losing that ability can be frustrating, frightening, even devastating.

KELLEY: Our son had given us some venison that a friend harvested a couple of months back, and it’s been sitting in the freezer. I have hesitated to use it because the last time he brought some back from college, we cooked it and it was very gamey. Didn’t like the taste at all.

LISA DENTON: Barry, I have to say I'm pretty excited that Yo-Yo Ma is coming to town because he and I have something in common: the same birthday.

Nineteen art pieces are being installed this week and next week in unoccupied downtown office windows.

A new website,, was launched this morning to promote arts in Chattanooga.

Q: Dad, they had a career day here at school with a bunch of reps from businesses on campus. Any advice on standing out with the one I want?

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