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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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.

Rachel Reed long knew she had a touch of wanderlust and later discovered a love for history.

BARRY COURTER: Lisa, you're probably in training for "The Hunger Games" marathon planned for Saturday at the Northgate Public Library, but a whole week is a long time to try to hold that whole scrunched-up forehead and pouty-lip look.

Q: Dad, what's the secret to staying married for so long?

DoubleTree to host inaugural ChattaNew Year event

Downtown hotel to drop a giant Coca-Cola bottle at midnight

Chattanoogans will have two new ways to ring in the new year this year, and both will involve a special homage to the city's history and will include a special Coca-Cola bottle drop at midnight.

Radio listeners now have even more country music to listen to.

Bruce Storey, 73, co-founder of the Riverbend Festival, died Saturday in Denver, where he had lived for a number of years.

Believing that there just aren’t enough minutes in an hour to play all of the country music out there, WUSY-FM 100.7 is adding another option for local listeners.

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