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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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.

News that the owners of the Chattanooga Choo Choo have planned a major renovation was accepted as great news. The place needs it.

When Lindy Smith found a dining room table and five chairs at a thrift store, she snatched them up with the idea that she would replace the old, tattered, non-matching fabric herself.

BARRY COURTER: Lisa, it's not often you get to mention Ramsey Lewis and Bret Michaels in the same sentence, so I jumped at the chance just now. Lewis is a jazz legend who performs at University of Tennessee at Chattanooga on Tuesday for opening night of the Patten Performances series.

As children back in their native Cuba, brothers Rey and Cesar Gutierrez Montecristo used to head to the bus stop to sing and dance for change to add to the family's meager income.

Q: Dad, do you remember the event or moment when you felt truly independent or grown up?

Would you like to be able to see and hear a deceased relative one more time?

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