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.

Steam Logistics continues international shipping growth despite growing tariffs

Published Jun. 18 2018

Despite growing concerns of a trade war, one of Chattanooga's fastest growing international companies still expects to grow by more...

Reliant Bank wants tower signs to mark new bank in Chattanooga

Published Jun. 15 2018

A new bank in Chattanooga has won the OK to put its mark on the city's tallest building as it...

U.S. Xpress raises over $250 million in stock issue

Published Jun. 15 2018

A decade after its owners took the company private, U.S. Xpress Enterprises, Inc. returned to Wall Street Thursday to raise...


Unemployment rises in Tennessee but remains below U.S. average

Published Jun. 14 2018

Tennessee's jobless rate rose last month to its highest monthly level since last summer, but the state still had more...

Business Briefs: Worries lower price of bitcoin to 4-month low

Published Jun. 14 2018

The price of bitcoin fell to a four-month low of $6,370 on Wednesday, days after South Korean digital currency exchange...

U.S. Xpress stock rises after initial public offering

Published Jun. 13 2018

U.S. Xpress Enterprises, Inc. said today it will sell $288.9 million of stock on Thursday in an initial public offering...

Farmers Home Furniture expands to Chattanooga

Published Jun. 13 2018

One of the South's fastest growing furniture retailers has expanded into Chattanooga with a new outlet in the city's first...

Business Briefs: Tennessee home sales drop, but prices rise

Published Jun. 13 2018

Tennessee home sales fell 1.5 percent last month from a year ago, but the median price rose 10 percent above...

Direct costs of Daimler diesel recall in Europe limited

Published Jun. 12 2018

Automaker Daimler's recall and software fixes for 774,000 Mercedes-Benz cars and vans in Europe will likely cost close to or...

Corker blasts Senate colleagues for blocking vote on tariffs [video]

Published Jun. 12 2018

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., today took to the Senate floor to denounce Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his...

CapStar Bank buys biggest bank in Athens

Published Jun. 12 2018

One of Tennessee's fastest growing banks is buying the biggest bank in Athens, Tennessee as it expands into East Tennessee.

Business Briefs: PETA thanks CBL for hot car warning

Published Jun. 12 2018

After hearing from PETA that dozens of children and animals die every year after being left inside sweltering vehicles, CBL...

Corps budget allocates $76.5 million this year for building new Chickamauga Lock

Published Jun. 11 2018

The Army Corps of Engineers has allocated $76.5 million in the current fiscal year to continue work on the new...

Vanderbilt hospital to manage NICU at Erlanger's Children's hospital

Published Jun. 11 2018

Erlanger hospital has signed a management services agreement with the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt to take over...

New IHOb name substitutes burgers for pancakes

Published Jun. 11 2018

IHOP, which teased a name change to IHOb earlier this month, says the "b" is to promote its burger menu.

Edrington becomes broker for Berkshire Hathaway

Published Jun. 10 2018

The biggest real estate selling team in Chattanooga has gained its own franchise to become its own broker for Berkshare...

Startup Champs moves into INCubator

Published Jun. 10 2018

A Chattanooga startup company that is developing an online program to aid other business startups with developing their businesses and...

Business Digest: Ronald McDonald House add Griffith as coordinator

Published Jun. 10 2018

Sarah Griffith is the new project coordinator at Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Chattanooga.

Haney signs agreement for Canadian firm to finish Bellefonte, seeks federal loan guarantees

Published Jun. 8 2018

Former Chattanooga developer Franklin L. Haney has signed an agreement to hire a Canadian engineering company to perform engineering and...

Joe Ferguson honored as 2018 Chattanooga Area Manager of the Year

Published Jun. 7 2018

After more than a half century of helping manage many of Chattanooga's pioneering ventures in manufacturing, transportation, energy and telecommunications,...