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. gas prices rise as spring approaches

Published Mar. 19 2018

Gas prices are on the rise once again, after declining for nearly two weeks, and could jump by as much...

Two contract workers burned at TVA's Sequoyah Nuclear Power Plant

Published Mar. 19 2018

Two contract workers were burned from an arc flash while working near the cooling towers of a Tennessee Valley Authority...

City prepares to clear abandoned mill site [photos]

Published Mar. 18 2018

John Ramsey bought his home near the former Dixie Yarns textile mill in Lupton City in 1970 so he could...

TVA chief: Economics, efficiency of natural gas lessen coal's power production role

Published Mar. 16 2018

Donald Trump vowed as president he would end America's "war on coal."

Chattanooga job growth outpaces nation

Published Mar. 16 2018

Chattanooga area employers added jobs over the past year at more than twice the rate of the U.S. as a...

Chattanooga jobless rate rises to 3.9 percent in January

Published Mar. 15 2018

The non-seasonally adjusted jobless rate in the Chattanooga area rose at the start of 2018 to its highest monthly level...

Texas-based company buys 50-year-old Chattanooga metal enclosure maker

Published Mar. 15 2018

One of the nation's biggest metal galvanizing and fabrication manufacturers is buying Lectrus Corp. in Chattanooga only three months after...

Chattanooga-based Covenant Transport raises profit outlook

Published Mar. 14 2018

Covenant Transport today raised it profit outlook for the first quarter after freight revenue rose a better-than-expected 6.3 percent in...

Tennessee has lowest state, local tax burden for average resident

Published Mar. 14 2018

Tennessee boasts the lowest state and local taxes of any state for a median income household, according to a new...

Chattanooga's biggest construction firm promotes top executives

Published Mar. 13 2018

Doug Martin, a 25-year employee of EMJ Corp., who previously served as the company's chief operating officer, has been named...

Gas prices fall but still highest for March in four years

Published Mar. 12 2018

Average retail gasoline prices in Chattanooga declined last week by another 2.5 cents per gallon, dropping to an average $2.21...

TVA proposes grid access fee, lower energy costs in rate revamp [document]

Published Mar. 9 2018

The Tennessee Valley Authority is proposing to revamp the way it prices its electricity by adding a grid access charge...

Business Bulletin: Online purchase scams now riskiest form of consumer fraud

Published Mar. 9 2018

Q. This week is National Consumer Protection week. What information is BBB providing consumers in the announcement?

Tennessee jobless rate steady at record low 3.3 percent in January

Published Mar. 8 2018

Tennessee began the new year with its lowest jobless rate in modern history as the Volunteer State continued to add...

Uber Eats starts service in Chattanooga with over 70 restaurants

Published Mar. 8 2018

With parts of M.L. King Boulevard slated to close temporarily this month to be narrowed from four to three lanes,...

Tennessee senators criticize Trump for steel and aluminum tariffs

Published Mar. 8 2018

The chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, said today he fears that President Trump's tariffs...

Tax law boosts profits for Miller Industries

Published Mar. 7 2018

America's biggest tow truck maker is picking up more sales and profits from the recently enacted cut in federal taxes.

TVA water tests show no deep well contamination beneath Memphis coal plant

Published Mar. 7 2018

As the Tennessee Valley Authority prepares to start up a new natural gas plant to replace its 62-year-old Allen Fossil...

NRC identifies security, scram concerns at some TVA plants

Published Mar. 7 2018

Nearly 84 percent of all commercial nuclear reactors in the United States last year met all of the safety and...

Hamilton County sells biggest bond issue ever for schools, jail upgrade

Published Mar. 6 2018

Bolstered by a top rating from all three bond rating agencies, Hamilton County today priced a record $195 million of...