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: Tennessee Walmarts hire 5,700 veterans

Published May. 26 2018

America's biggest private employer has hired more than 200,000 veterans, including 5,700 in Tennessee, toward its gaol of hiring 250,000...

Unemployment falls to 18-year low in Chattanooga

Published May. 24 2018

Unemployment in the Chattanooga area fell to an 18-year low last month as employers in the 6-county metropolitan area added...

Wacker taking long view on its $2.6 billion project in Bradley County

Published May. 24 2018

The German-based chemical business making one of the biggest private investments ever in Tennessee is taking the long view on...


Thinking small makes it big for iconic restaurant brand

Published May. 23 2018

After two years of falling sales, Krystal has a new CEO determined to turn around one of America's oldest fast...

Haney hires Trump lawyer to solicit foreign investment to finish Bellefonte

Published May. 22 2018

Developer Franklin L. Haney hired Donald Trump's personal lawyer to seek foreign investments from Qatari to help finish an abandoned...

Chattanooga to raise water quality fees over time to highest of any Tennessee city

Published May. 22 2018

A city panel has endorsed rate increases in Chattanooga's water quality fees over the next five years that will cost...

Krystal helps buy more instruments for the band at Orchard Knob

Published May. 21 2018

When Annece Holts took over the band program at Orchard Knob Middle School last fall, she found only 12 instruments...

Chattanooga gas prices rise to highest level since 2014

Published May. 21 2018

Chattanooga gas prices rose last week to the highest level in nearly four years as a new survey suggests that...

Energy lab in Oak Ridge powers Tennessee economy

Published May. 21 2018

The U.S. Department of Energy is helping to power the economy of Tennessee, especially in East Tennessee, with more than...

EPB expects to top 100,000 telecom customers this fall

Published May. 19 2018

Chattanooga's electric utility is increasingly living on a high-fiber diet.

Tennessee adds 45,000 jobs in past year; jobless rate near historic lows

Published May. 18 2018

Tennessee employers added 45,000 jobs across the state in the past year, lowering the state's seasonally-adjusted jobless rate from 4...

Charlie Brock to leave Launch Tennessee in October

Published May. 17 2018

Charlie Brock, the CEO of the statewide Launch Tennessee program for the past five and a half years, will be...


CubeSmart doubles Brainerd Road storage facility

Published May. 17 2018

More than five years after Big Lots vacated the former Hills Plaza Shopping Center on Brainerd Road across from Chattanooga's...

BlueCross rates for individual plans may stabilize next year as markets steady

Published May. 15 2018

Tennessee's biggest health insurer expects to avoid another double-digit rate increase for its individual plans next year after four years...

Tennessee American to install new pipe beneath river

Published May. 14 2018

Tennessee American Water will begin installing a 30-inch pipe beneath the Tennessee River next week to improve water service and...

Coil maker opens plant in Dayton, Tenn., plans to add 70 jobs

Published May. 14 2018

Coil Design Corp., is moving its headquarters from New Jersey to Tennessee and acquiring the former Goodman Manufacturing plant in...

Southtree adds second production facility as staff grows

Published May. 13 2018

Adam Boeselager and Nick Macco were still Lee University students and housemates when they founded Southtree in their garage in...

Who's on the move in Chattanooga?

Published May. 13 2018

Vision Hospitality has named Kremena Matzell as regional director of revenue management and Patty Martinez as regional director of operations.

Chattanooga's Fire and Police Fund sues Wells Fargo

Published May. 11 2018

Chattanooga's Fire and Police Pension Fund is suing its trustee, claiming the bank provided inaccurate information and violated its fiduciary...

TVA adopting grid access fee in move to impose more fixed costs on power bills

Published May. 10 2018

The Tennessee Valley Authority will impose a grid access charge for the first time this fall as an initial step...