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.

Textile Corporation to add 1,000 jobs in Bledsoe County

Published Jul. 24 2017

PIKEVILLE -- Textile Corporation of America announced today it will make the biggest private investment ever in Bledsoe County, adding...

Chattanooga, Cleveland no longer among cheapest cities for fuel

Published Jul. 24 2017

Gas prices in Southeast Tennessee jumped last week by the biggest amount in months.

EPB consumers sign up for one fourth of community solar project in first two weeks

Published Jul. 24 2017

In its first two weeks, EPB's solar share has already attracted enough consumers wanting to buy into the project to...

Chattanooga's EPB rated top utility by J.D. Power

Published Jul. 22 2017

For the second consecutive year, J.D. Power consumer surveys rated Chattanooga's EPB as the best mid-sized electric utility in the...

Hot weather raises power use, bills but TVA will lower fuel cost in August

Published Jul. 21 2017

This week's sweltering temperatures pushed up air conditioning use and power consumption to the highest level so far across the...

Pinnacle Bank opens East Brainerd office

Published Jul. 20 2017

Pinnacle Bank opened its second office in Chattanooga today — a new branch in East Brainerd at 6180 Shallowford Road.

Business Briefs: Chattanooga foreclosures drop 26.8 percent in 2017

Published Jul. 20 2017

The number of foreclosure filings on properties in the six-county Chattanooga metropolitan area dropped 26.8 percent in the first half...

Erlanger takes delivery on sixth helicopter

Published Jul. 19 2017

The sixth helicopter in Erlanger Health System's Life Force fleet arrived at the Chattanooga hospital today to be equipped for...

Tennessee Valley Authority expects highest summertime power use since 2012

Published Jul. 19 2017

With temperatures reaching into the mid 90s Thursday and Friday, power consumption in the Tennessee Valley is projected to rise...

Cable, wire maker plans $15 million plant expansion in Blairsville, Ga.

Published Jul. 18 2017

Advanced Digital Cable Inc. plans to expand its wire and cable production facility in Blairsville, Ga., adding 65 jobs.

Senate spending bill boosts Chickamauga Lock spending to $78 million

Published Jul. 18 2017

A Senate appropriations panel today approved a spending plan that would reverse budget cuts proposed by President Trump and provide...

Pinnacle Bank posts higher profits after closing merger with Bank of North Carolina

Published Jul. 18 2017

Pinnacle Financial Partners, Inc., the parent company of Tennessee's second biggest bank, said today it boosted its second quarter earnings...

CubeSmart storage facility to double Brainerd complex

Published Jul. 18 2017

Four months after its opening, a new CubeSmart storage facility in Brainerd is already full and its owners are planning...

Memorial sells Chattanooga Heart Institute building

Published Jul. 18 2017

CHI Memorial has sold its Chattanooga Heart Institute building for $17.6 million.

One of America's biggest carpet makers files for bankruptcy

Published Jul. 17 2017

One of the nation's biggest carpet makers filed for bankruptcy today in federal bankruptcy court in Rome, Ga.

Lamp Post revives downtown Chattanooga buildings with new types of spaces [photos]

Published Jul. 16 2017

The signature decorations in the Mayfield Annex date back to the building's original use as the downtown Elk's club, where...

Business Briefs: Alternator, wiring causes Fiat recall

Published Jul. 15 2017

Fiat Chrysler is recalling over 1.3 million vehicles worldwide to fix malfunctioning alternators that can cause engines to stall or...

First Tennessee earnings rise above Wall Street projections

Published Jul. 14 2017

The parent company of First Tennessee Bank boosted its second quarter earnings by 61 percent from a year ago, increasing...

CHI Memorial closing Westside clinic

Published Jul. 14 2017

CHI Memorial will close its Westside Health Center by Aug. 1 because of a decline in patient use of the...

Winsett: Safety travel tips for seniors

Published Jul. 14 2017

Q. My parents are retired and enjoy travel. Their safety and security is always a concern while they travel. What...