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.

Workplace inclusion key to diversity, black utility leaders say [video]

Published Feb. 7 2018

The Tennessee Valley Authority says its diverse energy production portfolio has kept its power rates in the lowest quartile of...

Alderman Holdings purchases Dal Industries Inc. in Chattanooga

Published Feb. 6 2018

In its third acquisition of a local business, Alderman Holdings has purchased Dal Industries Inc. in Chattanooga, which owns and...

Dollar Tree reopens after cleanup of rodents that shut down store for 5 days

Published Feb. 5 2018

A Dollar Tree store in Brainerd reopened Monday after being shut down for five days due to rodents getting into...


New sandwich shop opening Tuesday in Hixson

Published Feb. 5 2018

A sandwich shop known as Sub Swap will open Tuesday in Hixson next to Owen Cyclery at 1920 Northpoint Blvd.

Home sales rise to record high despite higher prices, smaller inventory

Published Feb. 4 2018

Housing sales in the Chattanooga area continued their 8-year climb last year, rising to another record high in 2017 even...

Memphis GOP attorney John Ryder named to TVA board

Published Feb. 3 2018

Memphis attorney John L. Ryder, who has served as general counsel at the Republican National Committee for the past five...

TVA says power shift benefits all consumers

Published Feb. 3 2018

Rate changes that cut the price of electricity for major industry in the Tennessee Valley also helped to hold the...

Cost cuts, power diversification pays off for TVA

Published Feb. 2 2018

Aided by cost cuts and increased power sales, the Tennessee Valley Authority started its fiscal 2018 by nearly tripling its...

Unum raises base pay to $15 an hour, extends parental leave, boosts giving

Published Feb. 2 2018

Growing up in Portland, Maine, where Unum is one of the biggest employers, Isabella Hilton knew she wanted to work...

Shaw Industries buys Scotland-based carpet tile maker

Published Feb. 1 2018

Shaw Industries Group, Inc. is expanding its global presence in carpet tile with the purchase of Scotland-based Sanquhar Tile Services...

Bridging the digital divide: Tech Town broadens broadband connections

Published Feb. 1 2018

The Martin Luther King holiday in January may have been a day off of school for most students, but for...

Here are the biggest building starts in 2017

Published Feb. 1 2018

The most expensive building permits granted by the city of Chattanooga for new building projects in 2017 were for:


Chattanooga Choo Choo revamping hotel complex; Cornerstones conserving Terminal Station

Published Feb. 1 2018

For three U.S. presidents and a king (at least of rock and roll), the Terminal Station at the Chattanooga Choo...

Employee diversity groups help connect, develop differing workers

Published Feb. 1 2018

Joining America's biggest government utility may be a bit daunting, especially if you are not among the more than 70...

Setting goals that work: Management consultant offers tips on achieveing goals

Published Feb. 1 2018

Nancy Scott, director of leadership development programs at UT's Haslam College of Business, knows how to craft a New Year's...

Women's group promotes 'All Lanes Open' to improve gender diversity

Published Feb. 1 2018

For most of her career as a mechanic, engineer and manufacturing consultant, Sabrina Butcher has been one of the few...

Chattanooga Chamber's Maria Noel champions business opportunities for all

Published Feb. 1 2018

H. Maria Noel grew up in Alton Park surrounded by African American families who often owned their own businesses to...

The Brand: Hunter Museum of American Art [photos]

Published Feb. 1 2018

Location: 10 Bluff View, perched on an 80-foot bluff overlooking the Tennessee River downtown

Unum profits rise above forecasts to record high

Published Jan. 31 2018

Unum Group boosted its adjusted fourth quarter earnings by 14 percent to raise its profits for all of 2017 to...

SmartBank boosts adjusted 4th quarter earnings

Published Jan. 31 2018

The parent company of SmartBank boosted its adjusted earnings in the fourth quarter by more than 50 percent after the...