Dave Flessner (Reporter)

Phone: 423-757-6340
E-mail: dflessner@timesfreepress.com
Bio:
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.

Rating agencies give top bond ratings to Hamilton County

Published Feb. 22 2018

The bond rating agencies Standard & Poor's, Fitch and Moody's have each assigned their top AAA rating to Hamilton County...

Downtown is top tax generator for Chattanooga, Hamilton County

Published Feb. 22 2018

Downtown businesses and homes generated more property taxes last year than any area in Chattanooga, rising by nearly 39 percent...

TVA launches new long-range power plan

Published Feb. 22 2018

Three years ago in its last long-range power plan, the Tennessee Valley Authority foresaw the need to curtail its reliance...


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Three restaurants opening in new Gunbarrel Road center near Hamilton Place

Published Feb. 21 2018

Three growing restaurant brands will enter the Chattanooga market this spring with adjacent eateries along Gunbarrel Road offering gourmet burgers,...

Plan aims to add South Broad Street area to downtown Chattanooga's revival

Published Feb. 20 2018

A new baseball stadium for the Lookouts and a new stadium and track for Howard High School, combined with new...

TVA boosting power output at Browns Ferry with $475 million upgrade

Published Feb. 20 2018

More than 2,100 TVA employees and contractors have started to install new equipment to boost the power output at the...

Astec profits, sales drop, but company expects better 2018

Published Feb. 20 2018

Despite a drop in fourth quarter profits and sales, Astec Industries, Inc. stayed ahead of its projections at the end...

Chattanooga gas prices drop 6.4 cents per gallon last week

Published Feb. 19 2018

Average retail gasoline prices in Chattanooga fell for the second consecutive week last week, declining an average of 6.4 cents...

TVA CEO defends purchase of corporate jets, helicopter

Published Feb. 19 2018

TVA President Bill Johnson recalls being grounded because of fog at a small Alabama airport three years ago when another...

Local home prices rise 7.2 percent in 2017

Published Feb. 18 2018

Chattanooga home prices continued to rise faster than incomes last year and increased again in 2017 at a faster pace...

Moody's says selling TVA would drive up power costs

Published Feb. 17 2018

President Donald Trump's proposal to sell the transmission assets of the Tennessee Valley Authority and other federal power agencies faces...

Higher fixed charges by TVA draws fire

Published Feb. 17 2018

Since 2011, while overall power rates have remained essentially flat, the minimum or fixed-fee portion of residential electricity bills in...

Greg Goza picked as TVA engineer of the year

Published Feb. 16 2018

Greg Goza, a transmission engineer who has helped coordinate power service from the Tennessee Valley Authority to industrial customers that...

Record crowd greets new TVA board

Published Feb. 16 2018

In their first public board meeting, four new directors of the Tennessee Valley Authority were greeted in Chattanooga with a...

Groups urge TVA to disclose power rate contracts

Published Feb. 16 2018

As the Tennessee Valley Authority considers a plan to reallocate the price of its power to a more fixed and...

Chattanooga Gas Co. seeks 13 percent rate increase

Published Feb. 16 2018

In its first request for a rate increase in eight years, Chattanooga Gas Co. asked state regulators Thursday for permission...

First Tennessee Bank raises its minimum wage to $15 an hour

Published Feb. 15 2018

Tennessee's biggest bank is boosting its minimum pay for its employees to $15 an hour, or $31,200 a year for...

TVA opens spillways, closes boat ramps, shuts down barge traffic as Tennessee River rises

Published Feb. 15 2018

The rain-swollen Tennessee River has risen to its highest level in Chattanooga since last April, forcing the closing of boat...

Groups question TVA's nearly $29 million purchase of luxury aircraft

Published Feb. 13 2018

When TVA Chairman Richard Howorth and TVA Director Ron Walter travel to Chattanooga Wednesday for a TVA board meeting, the...

Alexander denounces Trump proposal to sell TVA transmission assets as 'looney'

Published Feb. 12 2018

President Trump on Monday reignited the debate over the proper role of government in the power industry by proposing the...