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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Thanks to an inquisitive — and well-connected — tourist to Chattanooga, former Impressions member Richard Brooks is selling new music.

LISA DENTON: Barry, you remember a couple of weeks ago how everything in the events calendar reminded me of music? This week, everything’s making me hungry.

Jonathan and Drew Scott have always been go-getters.

Q: Dad, we've always had you around to fix things at home, but now that we are on our own, what do we need to know about home maintenance?

On a typically hot, humid Georgia day, Earl Ehrhart stands on the deck outside the temporary office building overlooking LakePoint Sporting Community.

It's fair to say that Cumberland County Playhouse producing director Jim Crabtree knows a thing or two about putting together an entertaining show. His father opened the playhouse in 1965, and it's been a part of his life since.

A little bit of online research on noise ordinances in other cities turned up a couple of interesting items. First, we are not the only city discussing the issue of music from a club or venue and residents who live nearby. New Orleans, of all places, is dealing with it.

An online petition titled "Your Voice Is Needed To Save Chattanooga's Nightlife" began being circulated Tuesday.

Jim Crabtree and the staff at Cumberland County Playhouse will be lending their expertise at telling dramatic stories, sometimes through song, to this year's Scopes Trial Play.

BARRY COURTER: Lisa, our old friend Jim Crabtree is adding his considerable talents and knowledge to an event up your way this weekend.

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