Barry Courter (Reporter, Photographer)

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

Cold War Kids bring live show to The Signal

Published May. 23 2018

You often hear fans of a band or performer say that their live shows sound "just like the record." It's...

Jfest leaving Camp Jordan, moving to Tennessee Riverpark

Published May. 23 2018

After 20 years, Jfest, the contemporary Christian music festival that takes place in May, will be leaving Camp Jordan and...

Club Scene Calendar - May 23-30

Published May. 23 2018

AJ'S SPORTS BAR & GRILL — 6238 Bonny Oaks Drive. Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. karaoke, free. 423-485-9080.

What is your favorite '90s sitcom?

Published May. 22 2018

Dennis Haskins, the actor who played Mr. Belding on "Saved by the Bell," is not at all surprised that the...

Off the Couch: Rock City kicks off music series, SoakYa turns on the tap

Published May. 21 2018

LISA DENTON: OK, Barry, we're coming up on a big holiday weekend, the unofficial start of summer. There's a lot...

City Beat: Local film crew producing new works

Published May. 16 2018

Local filmmaker Geoff James reached out a couple weeks ago to give me an update on three projects he's working...

Confederate Railroad keeps chugging along

Published May. 16 2018

Though he now lives in Adairsville, Ga., Danny Shirley, front man of Confederate Railroad, keeps up with what is happening...

Off the Couch: Chicago brings its hit parade to Tivoli Theatre

Published May. 14 2018

BARRY COURTER: Lisa, have I told you that you "Colour My World" and "Make Me Smile?" No? Have I mentioned...

Local sports scene legend Marvin 'Stump' Martin touched many lives

Published May. 10 2018

Marvin "Stump" Martin was remembered Thursday by friends, co-workers and colleagues as a major figure in the local sports scene,...

City Beat: Fundraisers created for Stump Martin

Published May. 9 2018

I've known Marvin "Stump" Martin since I was a 5-year-old transplanted Hoosier just moved to Greenhill Drive in Rossville, Ga....

Motown coming to Scenic City on Saturday

Published May. 9 2018

Several voices are instantly recognizable as being "the Motown sound." The instant you hear Marvin Gaye, Mary Wells or Smokey...

Club Scene Calendar - May 9-16

Published May. 9 2018

Live music, dancing, karaoke and bar scene happenings.

Walker Theatre, The Signal newest live music venues

Published May. 7 2018

Over the last year or so, Chattanooga lost both Track 29 and the Revelry Room, but it gained Songbirds South...

Off the Couch: Strawberry Festival brings back (someone's) memories

Published May. 7 2018

LISA DENTON: Barry, the Tennessee Strawberry Festival Parade is Saturday in Dayton, and that brings me to a mystery to...

Martha Reeves loves being an 'oldie but goodie'

Published May. 6 2018

It's not often a person is fully cognizant that they are witnessing or actually becoming a part of history as...

Courters' Kitchen: Ready for Cinco de Mayo with skirt steak tacos [video]

Published May. 2 2018

KELLEY SAYS: Like the rest of the city this weekend, I was ready to get outside to enjoy a beautiful...

Running of the Chihuahuas May 5 features music by Bryce Vine

Published May. 2 2018

Bryce Vine is hardly a newcomer to the music scene, but even though he has been making music since he...

Marshall Tucker Band headlines Valley Fest

Published May. 2 2018

This weekend's Valley Fest in Dunlap, Tenn., will feature a disc golf tournament, live music, plenty to eat and even...

Henry Cho brings clean comedy to Walker Theatre May 4

Published May. 2 2018

Henry Cho has dealt with stereotypes his whole life. Born to Korean parents in Knoxville, he looks like his parents...

City Beat: Tommy loved being 'TJ the DJ'

Published May. 2 2018

About 24 years ago, I was invited to be a guest on Tommy Jett's radio show.