Dave Flessner


phone: 423-757-6340




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.
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A federal judge in Rome, Ga., today halted a planned foreclosure against Hutcheson Medical Center set for next Tuesday.

Three years after Erlanger Health System promised to revive Hutcheson Medical Center with a $20 million loan and new management, Chattanooga's biggest hospital has severed its management and talks with Hutcheson and plans to foreclose on the Fort Oglethorpe hospital on Tuesday to try to recover its unpaid debt.

Erlanger Health System has tapped a 27-year health care veteran to head Erlanger East and Erlanger North hospitals.

When Keith Cartright became Sequatchie County mayor two years ago, the first thing he did after being sworn into office was to call Erlanger Health System to urge the hospital to restore emergency medical service to Dunlap, Tenn.

As the Environmental Protection Agency prepares to conduct hearings today on controversial new carbon limits for power plants, Chattanooga business leaders Monday voiced support for such pollution controls and energy limits.

Jim Olson first visited Chattanooga in 1993 to ride on the historic steam locomotive at the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum (TVRRM).

Despite a 29.4 percent increase in sales this spring, the Dixie Group, Inc., today said it lost $605,000, or 4 cents per share, from continuing operations in the second quarter.

Project: Hardwood flooring plant expansion. Location: 210 E. 11th Street, South Pittsburg, Tenn. Owner: Shaw Industries Inc.

The Tennessee Valley Authority is shuttering its award-winning LiveWell program and closing most of its employee fitness centers as part of the utility's ongoing efforts to trim $500 million in annual operating expenses.

Volkswagen isn't getting as rich of an incentive package for its next 2,000-job expansion as the German auto maker was given by local governments six years ago when it first came to Chattanooga promising an initial 2,000 jobs.

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