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.

Chattanooga and surrounding areas are top draws for retirees

Published May. 1 2017

During a cold January weekend a couple of years ago, Matt and Kelly Rozanski were looking for something to do...

The Brand: Tennessee Aquarium

Published May. 1 2017

The original $45 million freshwater aquarium opened in May 1992.

Young Gun: HR specialist Ralph Romero developing talent at U.S. Xpress

Published May. 1 2017

In an industry where the typical driver stays with an employer for only a year or less, Ralph Romero is...

J+J Industries maintains values, adapts to changing markets

Published May. 1 2017

When companies in the same industry merge, there are usually job cuts to yield consolidation savings for the surviving business.

Networking: Chamber recognizes small businesses

Published May. 1 2017

During the Small Business Expo in March, the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce Chamber awarded its top small business awards...

Legacy to add assisted living center in Cleveland, Tenn.

Published Apr. 25 2017

A decade after starting the Legacy Senior Living chain of assisted living, memory treatment and retirement homes across the South,...

Chattanooga gas prices will remain below U.S. average even with state gas tax hike

Published Apr. 24 2017

Tennessee lawmakers decided last week to add another 6 cents per gallon to the price of gasoline by raising the...

UTC mock trial team competes in national championship weekend

Published Apr. 23 2017

For the first time in its 33-year history, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga competed in the national championship this...

In 25 years, Tennessee Aquarium helps reshape Chattanooga downtown [photos]

Published Apr. 23 2017

In the 25 years since its glass peaks were raised above the Tennessee River to frame Chattanooga's skyline, the Tennessee...

Dos Bros announces three new locations in Chattanooga area

Published Apr. 23 2017

Two years after the debut of Dos Bros in Cleveland, Tenn., — and six months after adding a second store...

Gig Tank graduate Collider among startups competing at state's biggest entrepreneurial event

Published Apr. 23 2017

Gig Tank graduate Collider has been chosen to be among three dozen startup companies pitching their businesses and trying to...

TVA inspector general says safety culture problems remain at Watts Bar

Published Apr. 21 2017

An outside review of TVA's employee concerns program released this week suggests that the utility has failed to fully address...


Business Briefs: Verizon drops 307,000 wireless customers

Published Apr. 21 2017

Verizon, the once-unstoppable cellphone leader in the U.S., lost key wireless customers for the first time, even as it brought...

Tennessee, Georgia jobless rates drop

Published Apr. 20 2017

Unemployment fell two-tenths of a percentage point last month to 5.1 percent in both Tennessee and Georgia, according to job...

Covenant earnings drop, but stay ahead of analysts' forecasts

Published Apr. 20 2017

Covenant Transportation Group reported a drop in first quarter earnings, but the results were still ahead of analysts expectations.

Business Briefs: Penn Station wants four more local stores

Published Apr. 20 2017

Penn Station East Coast Subs, the fast-casual restaurant known for its made-to-order sub sandwiches, has announced its first-ever store opening...

Sen. Alexander says Trump deregulation should aid manufacturers

Published Apr. 19 2017

The chairman of the Senate labor committee said today he expects the Senate to confirm Alexander Acosta as Secretary of...

Roadtec honored as company of the year by state manufacturers

Published Apr. 19 2017

A 35-year-old Chattanooga company that has helped asphalt to become the most recycled product in the world was recognized today...

Reagan economist calls Tennessee a model for the nation

Published Apr. 19 2017

When former Reagan administration economist Arthur Laffer decided to leave the taxes and regulations of California and move to Nashville...

Teen retailer rue21 to close Bradley Square Mall store among 400 nationwide

Published Apr. 17 2017

Teen clothing retailer rue21 is closing about one-third of its stores nationwide as it focuses more on its online business.