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.

Growth Fountain opens up funding for small business startups

Published Oct. 18 2017

After giving up his White Whale Room coffee and cocktail bar in Denver earlier this year, Dakin Cranwell Jr., moved...

Private equity firm to buy Ruby Tuesday after 4 years of falling sales for restaurant chain

Published Oct. 16 2017

Ruby Tuesday Inc. is being taken private as the Maryville, Tenn.-based restaurant chain struggles to cut its losses and reverse...

Lookout Valley offers cheapest gas in Tennessee

Published Oct. 16 2017

Alisha Tripp typically drives more than 400 miles a week from her home in Trenton, Ga., and regularly checks online...

Cities should foster connections, not controls for startup success, technology guru says

Published Oct. 16 2017

Cities need to take a different approach to recruiting and building up businesses to foster the kind of entrepreneurial ecosystem...

Il Primo opens second restaurant in Ooltewah next Friday

Published Oct. 14 2017

Three years after opening the first Il Primo in North Chattanooga, the owners of the popular Italian restaurant are adding...

Business Briefs: First Tennessee Bank earnings grow, beat Wall Street expectations

Published Oct. 14 2017

Tennessee's biggest bank boosted its earnings by 7 percent in the third quarter over a year ago as higher interest...

Kramer to step down at Atlantic Capital

Published Oct. 14 2017

When Mike Kramer was hired in late 2011 to help turn around FSG Bank, Chattanooga's biggest independent bank was losing...

First Tennessee Bank earnings grow, beat Wall Street expectations

Published Oct. 13 2017

Tennessee's biggest bank boosted its earnings by 7 percent.

Southern Heritage Bank expands into Chattanooga area

Published Oct. 13 2017

One of Tennessee's biggest community banks is moving into Hamilton County with plans for multiple branches to tap into what...

Shaw Industries Group buys Chattanooga-based provider of digital carpet samples

Published Oct. 12 2017

Shaw Industries Group, Inc. announced today that it has purchased Tricycle, Inc., the Chattanooga-based provider of digital carpet samples and...

Elliott Davis CEO says he expects more growth with shorter name

Published Oct. 12 2017

One of the South's biggest accounting firms is shortening its name but still planning to broaden its footprint as the...

Electric co-ops eager to expand broadband connections to rural areas

Published Oct. 12 2017

Many of the power cooperatives that helped electrify rural Tennessee in the 1930s and 1940s are gearing up for a...

Erlanger East wins award for creative lifestyle design

Published Oct. 11 2017

When Erlanger Health System began planning its $51 million expansion of its Gunbarrel Road hospital in East Brainerd, hospital officials...

Chattanooga gas prices drop by 10 cents a gallon from last week

Published Oct. 10 2017

Average gasoline prices in Chattanooga continued their four-week decline, dropping by another 10 cents a gallon in the past week...

UTC speaker denounces Democrats as fascists

Published Oct. 10 2017

Conservative author and filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza said Monday that ObamaCare and other government regulatory programs pushed by progressive politicians are...

Chattanooga gas prices are 15 cents below U.S. average

Published Oct. 9 2017

Average retail gasoline prices in Chattanooga fell by another dime a gallon last week to $2.32 per gallon, according to...

More discretionary income in Chattanooga

Published Oct. 8 2017

Workers in Chattanooga, on average, were paid nearly $3,240 less than the typical American doing the same job last year,...

Nadeau opens furniture store on Gunbarrel Road

Published Oct. 6 2017

Tom Nadeau likens buyers in his furniture stores to people on a treasure hunt.

The Chef and His Wife opens second store location

Published Oct. 4 2017

After working for years as the executive chef at major local employers like BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee and Volkswagen, Tim...

Warren Buffett buys stake in Pilot Flying J

Published Oct. 3 2017

Warren Buffet's Berkshire Hathaway Inc. said today it plans to buy a majority stake by 2023 of Pilot Flying J.