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.

Alexian uses holistic approach for senior care

Published May. 1 2017

Every morning, often before the sun rises, white vans bearing the Alexian Brothers logos begin arriving at the former strip...

Chattanooga and surrounding areas are top draws for retirees

Published May. 1 2017

During a cold January weekend a couple of years ago, Matt and Kelly Rozanski were looking for something to do...

Leaderboard: Top assisted living facilities in the Chattanooga area

Published May. 1 2017

1. Martin-Boyd Christian Home, 6845 Standifer Gap Road — 124 beds


The Brand: Tennessee Aquarium

Published May. 1 2017

The original $45 million freshwater aquarium opened in May 1992.

Young Gun: HR specialist Ralph Romero developing talent at U.S. Xpress

Published May. 1 2017

In an industry where the typical driver stays with an employer for only a year or less, Ralph Romero is...

J+J Industries maintains values, adapts to changing markets

Published May. 1 2017

When companies in the same industry merge, there are usually job cuts to yield consolidation savings for the surviving business.

Networking: Chamber recognizes small businesses

Published May. 1 2017

During the Small Business Expo in March, the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce Chamber awarded its top small business awards...

Wind project could bring cheaper power to TVA

Published Apr. 26 2017

The developers of a proposed transmission line to carry wind-generated power from the Oklahoma plains to the Tenneseee Valley claim...

SmartBank boosts income, margins and loans after merging with Cornerstone

Published Apr. 25 2017

SmartFinancial, Inc. boosted its first quarter profits by more than 20 percent from a year ago following the merger of...

Astec sales rise 14 percent but profits drop in first quarter

Published Apr. 25 2017

Despite a 14 percent rise in sales in the first quarter, Astec Industries Inc. said today that its net income...

DiNicolantonio to head Atlantic Capital in Chattanooga

Published Apr. 25 2017

Joe DiNicolantonio, formerly executive vice president and division head of business banking at Regions Bank, is joining Atlantic Capital in...

Legacy to add assisted living center in Cleveland, Tenn.

Published Apr. 25 2017

A decade after starting the Legacy Senior Living chain of assisted living, memory treatment and retirement homes across the South,...


Chattanooga gas prices will remain below U.S. average even with state gas tax hike

Published Apr. 24 2017

Tennessee lawmakers decided last week to add another 6 cents per gallon to the price of gasoline by raising the...

UTC mock trial team competes in national championship weekend

Published Apr. 23 2017

For the first time in its 33-year history, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga competed in the national championship this...

In 25 years, Tennessee Aquarium helps reshape Chattanooga downtown [photos]

Published Apr. 23 2017

In the 25 years since its glass peaks were raised above the Tennessee River to frame Chattanooga's skyline, the Tennessee...

Dos Bros announces three new locations in Chattanooga area

Published Apr. 23 2017

Two years after the debut of Dos Bros in Cleveland, Tenn., — and six months after adding a second store...

Gig Tank graduate Collider among startups competing at state's biggest entrepreneurial event

Published Apr. 23 2017

Gig Tank graduate Collider has been chosen to be among three dozen startup companies pitching their businesses and trying to...

TVA inspector general says safety culture problems remain at Watts Bar

Published Apr. 21 2017

An outside review of TVA's employee concerns program released this week suggests that the utility has failed to fully address...

Business Briefs: Verizon drops 307,000 wireless customers

Published Apr. 21 2017

Verizon, the once-unstoppable cellphone leader in the U.S., lost key wireless customers for the first time, even as it brought...

Tennessee, Georgia jobless rates drop

Published Apr. 20 2017

Unemployment fell two-tenths of a percentage point last month to 5.1 percent in both Tennessee and Georgia, according to job...