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.

Teleworking from home proves popular in Chattanooga when bad weather hits

Published Jan. 19 2018

On a typical workday at BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, 28 percent of the staff, or 1,786 of the company's 6,100...

TVA sets power demand record during recent cold wave across Tennessee Valley

Published Jan. 18 2018

With the coldest temperatures so far this winter across the Tennessee Valley, TVA set an all-time record for energy demand...

Tennessee adds 28,700 jobs in 2017

Published Jan. 18 2018

Unemployment in Tennessee edged higher for the second consecutive month in December to reach its highest rate since last summer...


Menswear veteran joins Hardwick Clothes in Cleveland, Tenn.

Published Jan. 18 2018

Ken Hoffman, formerly CEO of Hart Schaffner Marx, has joined Hardwick Clothes in Cleveland as company chairman.

Cold weather pushes up power demand

Published Jan. 17 2018

Frigid temperatures boosted electricity use this morning across the Tennessee Valley to one of the highest winter peaks for TVA,...

Erlanger agrees to take over North Carolina hospital

Published Jan. 16 2018

Chattanooga's biggest hospital network plans to acquire its first hospital outside of Tennessee as it continues expanding its footprint across...

Chattanooga gas prices rise 6.2 cents per gallon in past week

Published Jan. 15 2018

Average retail gasoline prices in Chattanooga rose 6.2 cents per gallon last week, rising to $2.24 per gallon, according to...

Chattanooga startup broadens telehealth platform

Published Jan. 14 2018

A pioneering online video counseling business started seven years ago in Chattanooga is expanding its healthcare services, rebranding itself and...

Cambridge Square lands more tenants

Published Jan. 13 2018

Cambridge Square in Ooltewah has added three new office tenants as the commercial and entertainment complex prepares to add the...

Chamber picks finalists for small business awards

Published Jan. 12 2018

The Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce announced today the finalists for its 2018 Small Business Awards.

Chattanooga-based Fillauer distributes new prosthetic hand

Published Jan. 12 2018

A division of Fillauer Companies Inc. is the exclusive distributor for a new water resistant, multi-articulating prosthetic hand.

Retired coal executive joins TVA board

Published Jan. 11 2018

Kenneth Allen, a retired coal executive from White Plains, Ky., today officially assumed his role as a member of the...

Tax cuts will spur U.S. economy, but not much, Fed economist predicts

Published Jan. 11 2018

The U.S. economy should continue its ninth year of economic growth in 2018, albeit at a more modest pace than...

Cincinnati-based dealership buys Dunlap RV, closing original location

Published Jan. 10 2018

Nearly 24 years after Brad and Renee Soldwedel started selling campers out of an old gas station in the center...

Coker Tire touts growth with sponsorship of huge collector-car auction company

Published Jan. 10 2018

Coker Tire, the world's largest supplier of collector vehicle tires, is teaming up with the world's largest collector-car auction company...

Georgia business executive A.D. Frazier sworn in as TVA director

Published Jan. 9 2018

Georgia business executive A.D. Frazier was sworn into office today in Chattanooga as the newest member of the board of...

Chattanooga gas prices rise last week, but remain lowest in Tennessee

Published Jan. 8 2018

The new year began with higher prices at the gas pump, but Chattanooga motorists still enjoy the cheapest gas anywhere...

Frigid start to new year boosts power use in second longest stretch in TVA history

Published Jan. 8 2018

With temperatures across the Tennessee Valley below freezing for all but eight hours in the first six days of 2018,...

After toughest month in Senate, Corker looks ahead to full agenda in final year in Washington

Published Jan. 7 2018

Bob Corker says he will leave the U.S. Senate next January in a similar financial standing as when he was...

Chattanooga's InfoSystems grows with new joint venture

Published Jan. 7 2018

Since Clay Hales started InfoSystems in Chattanooga in 1994 with eight other employees from the computer division of the former...