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.

Corker says U.S. standing in the world hurt by inconsistencies

Published Apr. 12 2018

U.S. influence in the world has been undermined by inconsistencies in America's foreign policy, the chairman of the Senate Foreign...

Crazy Buffet to open at former Ryan's Steakhouse site in Hixson

Published Apr. 12 2018

Nearly two years after Ryan's Steakhouse closed its Hixson restaurant, the 10,994-square-foot restaurant has reopened as a hibachi grill buffet-style...

New 5-story apartment complex opens on Chattanooga's North Shore

Published Apr. 11 2018

Residents have begun moving into the biggest new apartment complex on the North Shore as construction crews prepare the first...

Google building $600 million data center on former TVA coal plant

Published Apr. 9 2018

Nearly three years after Google first announced plans to build a data center in Alabama, the search engine giant said...

Gas prices rise again, but trade worries limit increase

Published Apr. 9 2018

Gas prices in Chattanooga rose last week for the fourth consecutive week.

BlueCross donates $10.7 million to charities in Tennessee last year

Published Apr. 9 2018

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee contributed $10.7 million in charitable giving last year.

Joe Ferguson is named 2018 Chattanooga Area Manager of the Year

Published Apr. 8 2018

EPB Chairman Joe Ferguson, who helped guide Chattanooga's electric utility over the past quarter century as it built Chattanooga into...

Corker says withdrawing from Syria now would be 'major disaster'

Published Apr. 7 2018

Pulling U.S. troops out of Syria as President Donald Trump said this week he is inclined to do could undermine...

Tasty Donuts to open second Chattanooga location at Cambridge Square

Published Apr. 7 2018

Tasty Donuts, a locally owned baker and retailer of more than 100 doughnut varieties in East Brainerd, will add a...

Sen. Corker says not seeking re-election was 'difficult' but 'the right decision'

Published Apr. 6 2018

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., said today it's still too early to read too much into a new poll showing...

California startup investor partners with Chattanooga-based digital signature company

Published Apr. 6 2018

The Chattanooga-based digital signature company SIGNiX is partnering with a leading California startup investor to help SIGNiX prepare for its...

Taco Bell brings back Beefy Crunch Burrito in Chattanooga market test

Published Apr. 5 2018

Taco Bell is bringing back its Beefy Crunch Burrito for $1 at its Chattanooga area restaurants for the next three...


BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee to cut rates, provide new tools with tax savings

Published Apr. 5 2018

Tennessee's biggest health insurer plans to use a portion of its savings from the new federal tax law to enhance...

Smucker to buy company behind Rachael Ray dog food

Published Apr. 5 2018

J.M. Smucker Co. is expanding its pet food business by buying the maker of Rachael Ray-branded dog food.

Denver-based Bad Daddy's Burger Bar expands into Chattanooga

Published Apr. 4 2018

Bad Daddy's Burger Bar officially opened its first restaurant in Tennessee on Tuesday with the ceremonial cutting of a giant...

State's senior senator says Trump's tariffs are likely to hurt Tennessee

Published Apr. 4 2018

As one of the leading states for attracting foreign direct investment and boosting its foreign exports, Tennessee likely will be...

New SUVs boost VW sales in March, but local car sales drop in quarter

Published Apr. 3 2018

Volkswagen's new Sports Utility Vehicles, including the Chattanooga-made Atlas, powered a 17.8 percent gain in VW sales last month, lifting...

Chattanooga gas prices jump to highest so far this year

Published Apr. 2 2018

Spring has sprung, and with that comes higher gas prices.

Sweet tweets: McKee Foods finds Little Debbie's voice on social media

Published Apr. 1 2018

Parting with one of the Little Debbie snack brands would be such sweet sorrow.

Historic partnership: Chattanooga's oldest and newest real estate agencies merge

Published Apr. 1 2018

One of the oldest names in Chattanooga real estate has combined with one of Chattanooga's newest real estate firms.