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.

Speedway coming to Brainerd

Published Aug. 20 2017

A new Speedway gas station is under construction in Brainerd.

Staying open for all-night Krystal cravings

Published Aug. 19 2017

The Krystal Co. is making it easier for more Southerners to satisfy their Krystal cravings any time of the day...

Corker says Trump hasn't demonstrated the 'competence' to be successful

Published Aug. 18 2017

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, the Tennessee Republican who says he talks with President Donald Trump as much as anyone in...


Corker urges 'radical changes' in Trump White House [video]

Published Aug. 17 2017

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker today called for "radical changes" in the White House/

Jobless rate in Tennessee falls to an all-time low

Published Aug. 17 2017

Unemployment in Tennessee dropped last month to the lowest level on record after employers across the state added 49,100 jobs...

NRC approves power upgrades at Browns Ferry

Published Aug. 17 2017

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said today it has approved Tennessee Valley Authority's request to increase the generating capacity at its...

Unemployment in Georgia falls to lowest rate in a decade

Published Aug. 17 2017

Despite a seasonal drop in employment last month, Georgia's jobless rate in July fell to its lowest level in a...

Blasting to start soon for new Chickamauga Lock

Published Aug. 17 2017

The long-delayed construction of a new lock at the Chickamauga Dam is about to get noisier as blasting starts to...

Two Chattanooga logistics firms among America's fastest growing companies

Published Aug. 17 2017

At the hub of three interstate highways and two major rail lines, Chattanooga's centralized location helped grow two of America's...

Tyson to add 300 jobs in $80 million expansion in Tennessee

Published Aug. 16 2017

America's second biggest meat processor is expanding its chicken processing facility in Union City, Tenn., adding 300 more jobs.

Corker praises diplomatic efforts by White House to defuse North Korea threat

Published Aug. 16 2017

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., said Tuesday he supports the Trump administration's diplomatic efforts to try to contain the nuclear...

Comcast Internet Essentials reaches 3,000 Chattanooga households

Published Aug. 15 2017

Comcast has connected 30,000 Tennessee households, including 3,000 homes in Chattanooga, to its high-speed internet adoption program for low-income Americans...


Corker urges state lawmakers to remove bust of KKK leader from Capitol

Published Aug. 15 2017

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., said the bust of Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest should be removed from Tennessee's state...

Budgetel in East Ridge to open in two months, owners say

Published Aug. 15 2017

What a difference a year makes.

International nuclear agency reviews Sequoyah plant

Published Aug. 15 2017

For the first time in its 35-year history, the International Atomic Energy Agency has sent a team of its top...

Retired UTC professor selected to lead Siskin Children's Institute

Published Aug. 14 2017

The Siskin Children's Institute has selected retired University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Professor Emerita Deborah Arfken as interim president and...

GE Appliances to double staff in Tennessee at Monogram refrigerator plant

Published Aug. 14 2017

GE Appliances announced today it is expanding its appliance plant in Selmer, Tenn.

Gas prices rise to highest level this summer

Published Aug. 14 2017

Gas prices rose last week to their highest level so far this summer.

Judge dismisses lighting contractor lawsuit against city, EPB

Published Aug. 11 2017

A Hamilton County judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a Chattanooga lighting company that charged the city and EPB...

Water authority plans $11.3 million sewer upgrade in Decherd, Tenn.

Published Aug. 11 2017

The city of Decherd will soon launch its biggest capital project to upgrade and expand the capacity of its sewer...