Dave Flessner (Reporter)

Phone: 423-757-6340
E-mail: dflessner@timesfreepress.com
Dave Flessner is the business editor for the Times Free Press. A journalist for 35 years, Dave has been business editor and projects editor for the Chattanooga Times Free Press, city editor for The Chattanooga Times, business and county reporter for the Chattanooga Times, correspondent for the Lansing State Journal and Ingham County News in Michigan, staff writer for the Hastings Daily Tribune in Nebraska, and news director for WCBN-FM in Michigan. Dave, a native of Lansing, Mich., joined the Times Free Press in 1999 after working for 19 years at The Chattanooga Times. He covers energy, business and special projects, including the Tennessee Valley Authority. Dave has previously covered police, county government, politics and education. A 1979 graduate of the University of Michigan, Dave also studied economics at Michigan State University's Graduate School of Business. He has won more than a dozen journalism awards for business, breaking and investigatory reporting, including first place honors for education coverage in 2007 from the Tennessee Press Association, investigative reporting in 2006 and project reporting in 2005 from the East Tennessee Society of Professional Journalists, deadlline reporting in 2002 from the Georgia Associated Press Association, and health care reporting in 2001 from the Tennessee Hospital Association. Contact Dave at 423-757-6340 or dflessner@timesfreepress.com. Follow him on twitter at twitter.com/chattreporter.

Business Briefs: TVA contractor dies at Shawnee plant

Published Dec. 16 2017

The Tennessee Valley Authority is continuing to investigate an accident Sunday night that killed a contract worker at TVA's...

Atlantic Capital sells trust business to Chattanooga group

Published Dec. 15 2017

Atlantic Capital Bank plans to spin off its trust business to a management group that includes former Atlantic Capital President...

Comcast offers computers, low-cost internet to broaden broadband access

Published Dec. 14 2017

Comcast on Thursday touted its discounted internet plan that has already connected nearly 12,000 more Chattanoogans to the information super...


EPB says it will continue net neutrality standards while Comcast welcomes repeal

Published Dec. 14 2017

Chattanooga's biggest internet service providers today reaffirmed their commitment to an open Internet after the Federal Communications Commission voted to...

Erlanger gets approval to build hospital in Dunlap, Tenn.

Published Dec. 13 2017

Erlanger Health System will relocate and upgrade its hospital facilities in the Sequatchie Valley under a $36.9 million plan approved...

Lodge Manufacturing fires up bigger foundry in Marion County, Tenn.

Published Dec. 13 2017

Workers at America's biggest cast iron cookware maker have begun pouring metal at the company's new iron foundry, completing a...

SmartBank to acquire Southern Community Bank

Published Dec. 12 2017

In its fifth acquisition in as many years, the parent company of Smart Bank announced today it will buy Southern...

Chattanooga among top 25 cities for job growth this year

Published Dec. 12 2017

Employment in the Chattanooga area this year is growing more than three times as fast as the rest of the...

Middle Valley station offers cheapest gas in the South

Published Dec. 11 2017

Gas prices dropped today at a Middle Valley gas station to only $1.86 a gallon for regular fuel.

Local poverty rate drops to 10-year low

Published Dec. 10 2017

The share of Chattanoogans living in poverty fell last year to the lowest level in a decade as the improving...

Business Briefs: Delta baggage fees added on some flights

Published Dec. 9 2017

Travelers looking to take a cheap Delta Air Lines will soon need to pay for even one piece of checked...

Georgia regulators question economics of completing nuclear plant

Published Dec. 7 2017

A new staff analysis by Georgia's Public Service Commission suggests construction of America's first totally new nuclear power reactor of...

Nooga Mattress opens in East Brainerd

Published Dec. 7 2017

Steve and Reita Ball say they were called into the ministry to start and grow the Metro Tab Church on...

Smith Automotive Solutions opens repair shop on Hixson Pike

Published Dec. 6 2017

Six years after opening his first automotive repair shop in Cleveland, Tenn., Jonathan and Heather Smith have added a second...

Hixson gas station offers cheapest gas in the South

Published Dec. 4 2017

Gas prices at a Hixson station dropped today to the lowest price in the South, but an industry analysts warned...

Tennesseans want more solar power and choices other than TVA

Published Dec. 4 2017

Most Tennesseans say they want more of their electricity from the sun.

SpringHill Suites take shape in Ringgold, Ga.

Published Dec. 3 2017

Construction began earlier this year and should be completed by the end of 2018.

Tryall tries out its business plan in Chattanooga

Published Dec. 2 2017

A trio of African-born entrepreneurs came to Chattanooga last summer to develop their online business plan with the help of...

Saluting Chattanooga business leaders who had the most influence on the region's economy in 2017

Published Dec. 1 2017

Chattanooga's downtown skyline took on a new look in 2017 with the tallest new building erected in decades added in...

James McKissic: Office of Multicultural Affairs director champions arts, diversity

Published Dec. 1 2017

James McKissic became the third director of the city's 12-year-old Office of Multicultural Affairs in May 2012, expanding the agency...