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.

One to One Health adds clinics at Purdue, Middle Tennessee

Published Mar. 26 2017

Faced with ever-rising health care premiums for its employee health insurance, Hamilton County government leaders decided three years ago to...

Tennessee's rural counties are losing population to bigger cities

Published Mar. 25 2017

Hamilton County added a new resident nearly every two hours last year as the hub of the Chattanooga region grew...

Watts Bar reactor trips for second time this week

Published Mar. 24 2017

For the second time this week, TVA's newest nuclear reactors tripped Thursday because of an equipment problem on the non-nuclear...

Pinnacle adds 17 bank officers since buying CapitalMark

Published Mar. 24 2017

Less than two years after entering the Chattanooga market by buying the former CapitalMark Bank, Pinnacle Bank has set its...

Alexander urges TVA to avoid Clean Line wind generation

Published Mar. 24 2017

The winds of change in consumer power demand are blowing against building a proposed $2 billion transmission line to bring...

Jobless rates fall in Tennessee and Georgia

Published Mar. 23 2017

Unemployment in Tennessee declined by a tenth of a percentage point last month as employers in the Volunteer State added...

Hamilton County is growing 25 percent faster than Tennessee as a whole

Published Mar. 23 2017

Hamilton County added 4,134 residents last year to grow the county's population by nearly 1.2 percent, according to U.S. Bureau...

Unum contributed $3.7 million to local non-profits last year

Published Mar. 23 2017

Unum and its employees teamed up to contribute $3.7 million last year to non-profit organizations in Southeast Tennessee and North...

Chattanooga home sales, prices rise again in February

Published Mar. 23 2017

Home sales in Chattanooga rebounded last month after January sales fell below year-ago levels for the first time in five...

Rhea County industrial park gets $500,000 for access road

Published Mar. 22 2017

The state of Tennessee is providing 18 rural communities a total of $6.2 million in site development grants to help...

Senior community takes shape in East Brainerd

Published Mar. 22 2017

Developer Ken Defoor said Tuesday he was planning on building another one of his office parks on the 11.5 acres...

Both reactors shut down at Watts Bar Nuclear Plant

Published Mar. 20 2017

Both reactors at TVA's newest nuclear power plant are shut down after plant operators idled one unit for routine refueling...

GOP health plan to hit Chattanooga hard, could cost families thousands in subsidies

Published Mar. 20 2017

Chattanooga would be one of the hardest hit cities in America for the drop in financial help in buying health...

Chattanooga gas prices make uncharacteristic springtime drop

Published Mar. 20 2017

Springtime began Monday with an unusual drop in the cost of filling up your vehicle's tank

Port of Savannah shipments reach all-time high

Published Mar. 20 2017

Cargo shipments to the Port of Savannah in Georgia rose 10 percent last month to an all-time high for February.

Chattanooga company among top clinical test facilities for new medicines

Published Mar. 19 2017

Dr. Krause retired from his own medical practice more than a decade ago, but the drug trial and testing business...

Collegedale apartment complex sells for $31.9 million

Published Mar. 19 2017

Less than six months after the sale of the biggest apartment complex in Collegedale to a Texas investment group, one...

Business Briefs: Student art displays mark mall's 30th year

Published Mar. 17 2017

Hamilton Place mall will host its seventh annual student art competition awards reception at 10:30 a.m. today at the main...

Trump budget cuts could cut $2 million of block grants for Chattanooga

Published Mar. 16 2017

President Trump's budget proposes to abolish the Community Development Block Grant program.

Dalton jobless rate jumps to highest metro area in Georgia in January

Published Mar. 16 2017

Unemployment in the Dalton, Ga., area jumped in January to the highest level in 12 months as employers cut jobs...