Allison Shirk (Reporter)

Phone: 423-757-6651
Allison Shirk was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska and graduated with a journalism degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. While in school, Allison spent five months in Rabat, Morocco traveling and writing about the aftermath of the Arab Uprisings in the North African country. After graduation, she moved to Florida and spent a few years reporting for the North Port Sun in Sarasota County and the Daytona Beach News-Journal where she covered local and state issues, such as housing affordability, high foster care rates across the state and a lack of behavioral funding for Floridians with disabilities. Now, Allison covers business for the Times Free Press. She enjoys hiking and being outdoors on the weekends with her dog, Ginger. You can contact her at or 423-757-6651.

Self-employment groups offer support, resources [photos]

Published Jun. 16 2018

Many people only dream of being their own boss, but for Chattanooga residents already living out that dream, self-employment can...

Brainerd valedictorian Dereke Townsend ready to face challenges, make a difference in community

Published Jun. 11 2018

Dereke Townsend Jr. is the 2018 class valedictorian of Brainerd High School and he is woke.

Global firm brings security surveillance business to Chattanooga

Published Jun. 9 2018

Riverbend festivalgoers will notice changes to security measures this year on the ground, but what will be much less apparent...


Boathouse Rotisserie and Raw Bar fined for beer consumption on Riverwalk

Published Jun. 7 2018

One of the most popular riverfront restaurants in the city was reprimanded today by the city's Beer and Wrecker Board...

Signal Mountain Town Council swayed by outcry, denies rezoning for Food City [photos]

Published Jun. 7 2018

Signal Mountain residents were heard loud and clear Wednesday night when the town's five-member council voted to deny a rezoning...

Health-conscious Chattanoogans get more options with Vibrant Meals, Naked Foods

Published Jun. 6 2018

Chattanooga seemed like an unlikely place for Rome, Italy, native Marco Biscarini and his wife, California native Romana Biscarini, to...

Saying no to summer jobs: Fewer teens seeking employment than in years past [interactive]

Published Jun. 4 2018

School's out and teenagers have a whole summer ahead of them before heading back to classes in the fall.

City proposes $4 million light system for Walnut Street Bridge [photos]

Published Jun. 3 2018

Having fallen into disrepair decades ago, the Walnut Street Bridge was renovated and given a new lease on life by...

Free phone and mobile banking apps make saving and investing easier

Published Jun. 1 2018

When it comes to Americans and their savings, the numbers tend to be unfavorable.

Tennessee College of Applied Technology to add $17 million building to meet workforce demand

Published May. 29 2018

The Tennessee College of Applied Technology is anticipating the addition of a $17 million technical building within the next few...

Four Chattanooga-area Starbucks to close Tuesday for 'racial bias education'

Published May. 27 2018

After Starbucks received national criticism for the arrest of two black men at a Philidelphia location last month, more than...

Former Porker's Bar-B-Que owners to open Missionary Ridge restaurant

Published May. 22 2018

Twenty five years ago, Lawrence and Diane Mills considered their restaurant, Porkers Bar-B-Que, one of the hottest lunch spots on...


Chattanooga Department of Public Works internship program provides summer jobs, lifelong lessons

Published May. 18 2018

Chattanooga native Wade Hinton took over the role of city attorney five years ago, but nearly 30 years before that,...

Annual event aims to get young Hamilton County students excited about STEM [photos]

Published May. 17 2018

Bouncing between booths Wednesday morning with her best friends, 9-year-old Victoria Williams wore a shirt that seemed only fitting for...

Marco's Pizza expanding into East Ridge, giving away free pizza for year to lucky customer

Published May. 16 2018

National chain Marco's Pizza is expanding into East Ridge and will pick one lucky customer at its grand opening this...

Chick-fil-A opens in East Ridge, offers free meals for one year

Published May. 15 2018

This week the new East Ridge Chick-fil-A off Interstate 75 will open with a relatively new kind of celebration for...

Mother's Day spending to be second highest in survey history [photos]

Published May. 12 2018

While many would say you can't put a price on a mother's love, it doesn't hurt to try on Mother's...

AOL founder Steve Case highlights Chattanooga's startup momentum [photos]

Published May. 11 2018

AOL founder Steve Case said Thursday he'd heard "the buzz" about Chattanooga, including stories of EPB's ultra-fast internet and the...

Chattanooga to spend $400,000 to fix King Street parking lot

Published May. 11 2018

After months of discussion, the Chattanooga Downtown Redevelopment Corp. voted Thursday to begin work on an estimated $400,000 upgrade of...

Pigtails & Crewcuts opens second location in North Shore

Published May. 10 2018

For some children, getting their haircut can be as scary as getting a shot at the doctor's office or walking...