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.

Food City closes East Ridge store but will build new location nearby in North Georgia

Published Mar. 24 2018

Food City will close one of its two East Ridge stores on April 2, but the grocery chain is planning...

TVA power rates to drop in April

Published Mar. 24 2018

Milder temperatures and cheaper coal should combine next month to cut the price of electricity in the Tennessee Valley.

DOE starts work on main building for Uranium Processing Facility

Published Mar. 24 2018

With extra funding in the budget signed Friday by President Trump, the Department of Energy has authorized construction to begin...


Comcast to open new Xfinity store next week in East Brainerd

Published Mar. 23 2018

Comcast will open a new Xfinity retail outlet next week in East Brainerd to give consumers hands-on access to Comcast's...

Tennessee jobless rate rises to 3.4 percent but remains near historic lows

Published Mar. 23 2018

Unemployment in Tennessee edged higher last month but remained near the record low levels reached last fall as employers in...

Budget bill doubles funding for Chickamauga lock replacement work

Published Mar. 22 2018

The $1.3 trillion spending plan for the rest of fiscal 2018 budget will more than double funding for work on...

Tennessee jobless rate rises to 3.4 percent but remains near historic lows

Published Mar. 22 2018

Unemployment in Tennessee edged higher last month but remained near the record low levels reached last fall as employment in...

Court rejects challenge to TVA pension changes

Published Mar. 21 2018

A federal appellate court has affirmed the legality of cost-of-living cuts and other changes made in 2009 by the Tennessee...

TVA board nominee says Memphis is utility's 'red-headed stepchild'

Published Mar. 20 2018

The newest nominee to become a director of the Tennessee Valley Authority said Tuesday he hopes to bring more of...

U.S. gas prices rise as spring approaches

Published Mar. 19 2018

Gas prices are on the rise once again, after declining for nearly two weeks, and could jump by as much...

Two contract workers burned at TVA's Sequoyah Nuclear Power Plant

Published Mar. 19 2018

Two contract workers were burned from an arc flash while working near the cooling towers of a Tennessee Valley Authority...

City prepares to clear abandoned mill site [photos]

Published Mar. 18 2018

John Ramsey bought his home near the former Dixie Yarns textile mill in Lupton City in 1970 so he could...

TVA chief: Economics, efficiency of natural gas lessen coal's power production role

Published Mar. 16 2018

Donald Trump vowed as president he would end America's "war on coal."

Chattanooga job growth outpaces nation

Published Mar. 16 2018

Chattanooga area employers added jobs over the past year at more than twice the rate of the U.S. as a...

Chattanooga jobless rate rises to 3.9 percent in January

Published Mar. 15 2018

The non-seasonally adjusted jobless rate in the Chattanooga area rose at the start of 2018 to its highest monthly level...

Texas-based company buys 50-year-old Chattanooga metal enclosure maker

Published Mar. 15 2018

One of the nation's biggest metal galvanizing and fabrication manufacturers is buying Lectrus Corp. in Chattanooga only three months after...

Chattanooga-based Covenant Transport raises profit outlook

Published Mar. 14 2018

Covenant Transport today raised it profit outlook for the first quarter after freight revenue rose a better-than-expected 6.3 percent in...

Tennessee has lowest state, local tax burden for average resident

Published Mar. 14 2018

Tennessee boasts the lowest state and local taxes of any state for a median income household, according to a new...

Chattanooga's biggest construction firm promotes top executives

Published Mar. 13 2018

Doug Martin, a 25-year employee of EMJ Corp., who previously served as the company's chief operating officer, has been named...

Gas prices fall but still highest for March in four years

Published Mar. 12 2018

Average retail gasoline prices in Chattanooga declined last week by another 2.5 cents per gallon, dropping to an average $2.21...