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: Chattanooga Golf and Country Club opens swimming pool

Published May. 27 2017

Just in time for the Memorial Day holiday weekend, the Chattanooga Golf and Country Club opened a new swimming pool...

Calhoun pulp mill shifts away from newsprint

Published May. 26 2017

The shift from paper to tissue production at one of America's biggest pulp mills, in Calhoun, Tenn., should help ensure...

Chattanooga unemployment rate below 4 percent for the first time since before the Great Recession

Published May. 25 2017

Unemployment in Chattanooga fell last month to 3.8 percent — the lowest jobless rate for the 6-county metro area in...

Business Briefs: BoxLunch opens store at Hamilton Place

Published May. 25 2017

BoxLunch, a retailer of pop culture-inspired gifts, accessories and apparel for men and women, has opened at Hamilton Place mall.

Chickamauga Lock gets $37 million for additional work this year

Published May. 24 2017

Construction of the new Chickamauga Lock in Chattanooga is getting its biggest boost since the federal stimulus program was adopted...

America's biggest government utility slims down

Published May. 24 2017

After helping to harness the power of the Tennessee River, Appalachia's coal fields and the atom first split in Oak...

Trump budget proposes higher barge fees to finish Chickamauga lock, other projects

Published May. 24 2017

Three years after the fuel tax on barge operators was raised by 9 cents a gallon to help pay for...

SmartBank to buy CapStone in Alabama for $84.8 million

Published May. 22 2017

Less than two years after acquiring the former Cornerstone Bank in Chattanooga, the Knoxville-based SmartBank agreed Monday to buy one...

Chattanooga's biggest hospital expects 10 percent growth in patient admissions

Published May. 22 2017

Aided by the expansion of Erlanger East Hospital last year and continued growth in its cardiac and other intensive care...

Local gas prices among cheapest in U.S.

Published May. 22 2017

Higher oil prices pushed up Chattanooga gas prices last week for the first time in nearly a month last week.

Chattanooga home prices jump 9.8 percent in past year

Published May. 21 2017

Chattanooga home prices continued to accelerate in the first three months of 2017 as sales outpaced the number of new...

Norfolk Southern to cut 74 jobs at DeButts Yard in Chattanooga

Published May. 19 2017

Norfolk Southern Corp. plans to cut 74 of the 495 employees at its DeButts Yard in Chattanooga as the railroad...


Auction fails to generate sufficient bids for sale of lakefront property in Harrison

Published May. 19 2017

The auction of the former Provident and YMCA lakefront property in Harrison failed to draw enough bids Thursday night for...

Tennessee jobless rate falls to 4.7 percent

Published May. 18 2017

Unemployment in Tennessee fell by the biggest monthly amount in more than 33 years during April, cutting the state's jobless...

Chattanooga-based firm rated among best cloud applications in London tech awards

Published May. 18 2017

Next month will be a busy one for the Chattanooga-based software development firm Skuid as it moves into new digs...

Chattanooga venture runner up in one of nation's top technology startup competitions [video]

Published May. 17 2017

The Chattanooga 3-D printing venture was the runner up today in one of the nation's top technology startup competitions.

Politico Report: Two local lawmakers among members of Congress with potential conflicts

Published May. 17 2017

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker and U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, both Chattanooga Republicans, engaged in stock trades over the past couple...

Memorial closing Hixson cardiac rehab unit, consolidating services at main campus

Published May. 16 2017

After 15 years of operating a cardiac rehabilitation center at North Park Hospital in Hixson, CHI Memorial plans to close...

Chattanooga startup named among top business disruptors

Published May. 15 2017

A 3-D printing venture that got its start through Chattanooga's GigTank is competing this week to be declared the top...

Chattanooga leads Tennessee in growth of new business starts

Published May. 15 2017

Hamilton County led the state in the growth of new business formations in the first quarter of 2017 with the...