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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Q: Dad, did you know that this whole being invited to weddings thing is expensive?

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.

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