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.

Networking: Voices luncheon aids Women's Fund

Published Dec. 1 2017

Spirit of Innovation awards

Tennessee business leaders back tax cut measure

Published Nov. 30 2017

As the U.S. Senate prepares to debate the most sweeping tax reduction and reform plan in more than three decades,...

Cohutta Bank switches to Synovus brand

Published Nov. 30 2017

Synovus Bank put its mark in downtown Chattanooga Wednesday as one of Georgia's biggest banks completes its name change from...

Senate panel set to confirm Trump appointees for TVA board

Published Nov. 28 2017

The four nominees for the Tennessee Valley Authority board on Tuesday praised the federal utility and its strategy to diversify...

Erlanger, partners spending $100 million on new facilities [photos, video]

Published Nov. 26 2017

In the biggest capital investment in its 128-year history, Erlanger Health System and its partners are building more than $100...

Erlanger seeks state permit to build Dunlap hospital, may operate Murphy Medical in North Carolina

Published Nov. 26 2017

Since 2010, nine rural hospitals in Tennessee have either closed or dropped inpatient services, including Parkridge West Hospital in Jasper,...

Price of TVA power to drop to cheapest in at least five years for December

Published Nov. 25 2017

As colder weather approaches, the source of heat for most Chattanoogans will be a bit cheaper next month than it...

Chattanooga job gains outpace U.S. despite monthly rise in unemployment rate

Published Nov. 23 2017

Unemployment in Chattanooga edged higher last month as the end of the summer cut back some tourism-related jobs. But over...

Audit: Bechtel Power Corp. overcharged TVA for labor at Watts Bar Nuclear Power Plant

Published Nov. 22 2017

The primary contractor for America's newest nuclear power plant overbilled the Tennessee Valley Authority by more than $6.8 million from...

Assemblers Inc. moves to bigger headquarters in Chattanooga as business continues to grow

Published Nov. 22 2017

As a store manager for both Lowe's and Home Depot in the 1980s and 1990s, Mike Giaccone repeatedly faced the...

Retired judge, former Erlanger CEO launch new consulting venture

Published Nov. 21 2017

A former Hamilton County judge and the former CEO of both Erlanger hospital and the Chattanooga Heart Institute are joining...

Mohawk Industries to buy Australia's biggest carpet company

Published Nov. 20 2017

Mohawk Industries, Inc. has agreed to buy the biggest carpet maker and distributor in Australia and New Zealand.

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...