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.

U.S. probes effectiveness of VW air bag wiring recall

Published Nov. 18 2017

U.S. safety regulators are investigating complaints that a Volkswagen recall may not fix a wiring problem that can stop the...

EPB, Comcast raising cable TV rates in January

Published Nov. 17 2017

Watching your favorite television show on EPB's Fi-TV connection will cost you anywhere from $2 to $8 more a month,...

Tennessee's unemployment rate is lowest in the South

Published Nov. 16 2017

The unemployment rate in Tennessee remained a historically low 3 percent in October after employers across the state added 34,800...

TVA employees get average $10,970 year-end bonus

Published Nov. 16 2017

Employees of the Tennessee Valley Authority will have extra reason to be thankful during Thanksgiving next week when TVA distributes...

Finding a place in the sun: Rossville solar farm prepares to start up

Published Nov. 16 2017

Five years ago, Chattanooga businessman Barney Danks spent nearly $2 million to develop and erect a pair of 200-kilowatt solar...

Fiscal health of TVA pension fund improves

Published Nov. 15 2017

The fiscal health of one of the South's biggest retirement plans improved in the past year with more market gains...

TVA raises CEO pay in 2017

Published Nov. 15 2017

Despite a drop in power sales and net income in fiscal 2017, the Tennessee Valley Authority boosted what it paid...

Keith Sanford is elected chairman of Chattanooga tourism bureau

Published Nov. 14 2017

Keith Sanford, president and CEO of the Tennessee Aquarium, has been elected chairman of the Chattanooga Area Convention and Visitors...

Chattanooga among best cities for an alternative fall getaway, according to study

Published Nov. 14 2017

Chattanooga is among the best cities for an alternative fall getaway, according to a new study by the editors of...

Tennessee Valley credit union prepares for building move

Published Nov. 12 2017

-Project: Headquarters and administrative offices of Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union

Investments top $8.2 billion in TVA region in 2017

Published Nov. 11 2017

For the third time in the past four years, the Tennessee Valley topped more than $8 billion in major new...

TVA raises CEO pay after utility cuts costs, rates, pollution and injuries

Published Nov. 9 2017

The Tennessee Valley Authority is raising the pay of its chief executive, who is already the highest paid federal employee...


Critics blast TVA monopoly and urge changes in solar power pricing

Published Nov. 8 2017

A former Tennessee Valley Authority chairman today accused the current leadership of the federal utility of abandoning TVA's pioneering role...

Miller Industries profits drop on higher sales in third quarter

Published Nov. 8 2017

Miller Industries Inc. increased its third quarter sales by 3.9 percent from a year ago, but net income dropped by...

Tennessee American Water wants 3.8 percent rate hike to fund upgrades

Published Nov. 8 2017

Chattanooga water rates will increase by 3.83 percent next year if state regulators approve plans by Tennessee American Water to...

Hixson, Tenn., stations offer cheapest gas in America

Published Nov. 6 2017

Gasoline prices in Chattanooga rose an average 3.7 cents per gallon in the past week.

EPB to replace Kaspersky anti-virus software

Published Nov. 5 2017

EPB will soon replace a Russian brand of security software the municipal utility has provided to consumers for the past...

Black tells manufacturers that tax reform will spur economy

Published Nov. 4 2017

The Republican tax cut plan unveiled this week, if approved, will help stimulate more economic growth and jobs and thereby...

Chattanooga State pioneers testing certification

Published Nov. 4 2017

Chattanooga State Community College is pioneering the first training program in the world for a new certification for engineering inspection...

CBL cuts dividend, lowers outlook in tough retail market

Published Nov. 2 2017

CBL Properties Inc. cut its dividend Thursday for the first time in nearly a decade and revised downward its outlook...