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.

Unemployment drops in Dalton to second lowest monthly rate in a decade

Published Apr. 26 2018

The Dalton area continued to have the highest jobless rate among Georgia's 14 metropolitan areas last month.

REI, Burlington open stores next month in Village at Waterside

Published Apr. 26 2018

The outdoor retailer REI and the off-price clothing retailer Burlington Stores will both open new stores in the Village at...

Cleveland, Chattanooga add more construction jobs

Published Apr. 26 2018

Southeast Tennessee showed the fastest growth in construction jobs in Tennessee over the past year, rising more than twice the...

SmartBank boosts profits, expects bank purchase this spring

Published Apr. 24 2018

The parent company of SmartBank boosted its first quarter earnings this year to a record $3.4 million, or 30 cents...

Heavy rains raise creeks at or above flood level

Published Apr. 24 2018

Three days of rainfall across much of the Tennessee Valley pushed waters in the West Chickamauga Creek near Fort Oglethorpe,...

Astec Industries boosts first quarter profits

Published Apr. 24 2018

Astec Industries boosted its first quarter earnings by 33.8 percent.

Critics claim top officials' personal use of TVA aircraft may be illegal

Published Apr. 23 2018

The Tennessee Valley Authority frequently used its jets and airplanes to transport TVA's president and its chairman back and forth...

Chattanooga gas prices up 34.5 cents per gallon from a year ago

Published Apr. 23 2018

Gas prices in Chattanooga continued to rise last week, reaching the highest level since September when prices were recovering from...

TVA sells Alabama site for $5 million

Published Apr. 21 2018

The Tennessee Valley Authority on Friday sold a 900-acre portion of the site where the federal utility began in 1933...

Mayor offers city buildings for affordable housing, offices in Chattanooga's Innovation District

Published Apr. 20 2018

Four years after establishing the Innovation District downtown, Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke is offering a couple of under-utilized municipal buildings...

Tennessee adds jobs at 1.5 times the U.S. rate

Published Apr. 19 2018

Tennessee employers added jobs at more than one and a half times the rate of the rest of the country...

Mark Kimball named CEO of Erlanger Murphy Medical Center

Published Apr. 19 2018

Erlanger Health System has tapped a 20-year hospital manager to serve as the new chief executive of Erlanger Murphy Medical...

Tennessee lawmakers appeal to Trump to drop plan to sell TVA transmission assets

Published Apr. 18 2018

Despite their partisan differences, the entire Tennessee congressional delegation, plus four other lawmakers in Kentucky and Alabama, united today in...

Chattanooga's RootsRated Media pulls up roots, moves to Atlanta with new funding

Published Apr. 18 2018

RootsRated Media, a content marketing company that started and grew in Chattanooga over the past six years, is moving to...

Dollywood awards $500 bonuses to workers from tax savings

Published Apr. 17 2018

As Uncle Sam takes his cut today on those still filing their 2017 taxes, nearly 1,200 employees of Dollywood in...

Uncle Sam seeds startups: Businesses seek share of federal spending

Published Apr. 17 2018

Platt Boyd walked away from a 19-year architectural career in Alabama to start Branch Technology four years ago with the...

Price of parking: City eyes ways to limit flooding from King Street lot

Published Apr. 17 2018

After the city changed it plans for a downtown parking lot earlier this year and agreed not to sell the...

Tennessee American Water rates go up to pay for capital improvements

Published Apr. 16 2018

The average water bill in Chattanooga for customers of Tennessee American Water Co. is going up.

Local fuel prices hit 6-month high and likely to jump another 15 cents per gallon

Published Apr. 16 2018

Gas prices in Chattanooga have risen to the highest level in six months.

Chattanooga is halfway to goal of cutting energy use by 20 percent

Published Apr. 13 2018

Chattanooga is nearly halfway toward meeting its target of cutting its energy consumption by 20 percent by 2025 and the...