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

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....


Club Scene Calendar - May 9-16

Published May. 9 2018

Live music, dancing, karaoke and bar scene happenings.

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...

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.

Nelly, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Juvenile at AT&T Field

Published May. 2 2018

It probably wouldn't roll off of the tongue as well as the current name, but you could rearrange Bone Thugs-N-Harmony...

Club Scene Calendar - May 2-9

Published May. 2 2018

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

Whiskey Festival moving to Choo Choo with new date

Published May. 1 2018

After four years at First Tennessee Pavilion, the Tennessee Whiskey Festival is adopting a new date and a new location.

Try Kidz hopes to give all kids a chance to get outside and play

Published May. 1 2018

Andy Johnson has always loved to get outside to play and compete. So too have both of his children, 7-year-old...

Off the Couch: Events calendar springs into action with Nightfall, Chattanooga Market, Lake Winnie

Published Apr. 30 2018

BARRY COURTER: Lisa, maybe it's all the rain we had there for a while, or the many cold days, or...

Longtime local radio personality Tommy Jett dies at 77

Published Apr. 25 2018

Tommy Jett, the man known as "TJ the DJ" to thousands of radio-listening fans, has died at the age of...

Tower of Power, G. Love, U.S. Fleet Forces Band coming to Riverbend

Published Apr. 25 2018

The Riverbend Festival lineup continues to expand as the U.S. Fleet Forces Band, Tower of Power, and G. Love &...