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.

TVA files appeal of court order to remove coal ash from Gallatin Fossil Plant

Published Oct. 2 2017

The Tennessee Valley Authority said Monday it plans to appeal a federal court ruling that it dig up and remove...

Next generation leads Chattanooga-based construction firm DBS Corporation

Published Oct. 1 2017

For only the second time in its 23-year history, DBS Corporation has a new CEO.

Young Guns: Bellhops founders hire new CEO

Published Oct. 1 2017

In nearly every successful startup venture, there comes a time when the company founders agree to turn over day-to-day management...

Power Player: Doug Peters tapped to head Tennessee Valley Public Power Association

Published Oct. 1 2017

When Jack Simmons announced his retirement from the Tennessee Valley Public Power Association this summer after 14 years as its...

Leaderboard: Chattanooga's fastest growing firms

Published Oct. 1 2017

Inc. magazine listed the fastest growing companies in Chattanooga.

Chattanooga brokers head to jail for investment fraud

Published Sep. 29 2017

Two Chattanooga brokers are headed to jail.

Price of power drops in the Tennessee Valley

Published Sep. 29 2017

Power rates are going up in the Tennessee Valley on Sunday, but cheaper fuel costs are offsetting the base rate...

Home2 Suites is latest among 8 Chattanooga area hotels being built

Published Sep. 28 2017

Chattanooga's biggest hotel development firm is bringing another type of extended stay hotel to the local market next year —...

Gabe's discount fashion store seeks applicants to fill 150 jobs in Fort Oglethorpe

Published Sep. 27 2017

The former Rugged Wearhouse in Fort Oglethorpe will reopen next month as a bigger, rebranded discount fashion store known as...

Operation HOPE lifts credit scores, neighborhoods

Published Sep. 27 2017

The ashes of the Los Angeles riots had barely cooled when John Hope Bryant, at age 26, founded Operation HOPE...

Tax reform will be harder than health care reform, Corker says

Published Sep. 26 2017

Getting congressional approval for a major tax reform plan is likely to be even more difficult than repealing and replacing...

Check Into Cash founder pulls ads from NFL games, denounces league as 'unpatriotic'

Published Sep. 26 2017

Two years ago, Cleveland, Tenn., businessman Allan Jones was proudly showing off his newly acquired Hardwick Clothing brand suits by...


Jack's Family Restaurants opens eatery in Fort Oglethorpe

Published Sep. 26 2017

Jack's Family Restaurants, which entered the Chattanooga market a year ago with its Lookout Valley restaurant on Cummings Highway, will...

Gas prices drop 3.9 cents a gallon last week and should fall even more this week

Published Sep. 25 2017

Gas prices should decline by as much as 10 cents a gallon this week.

Tennessee Recovery and Monitoring offers jail alternative

Published Sep. 24 2017

When Andy Baggenstoss and Scott Cranmore first pitched their ankle bracelet monitoring and testing program to defense attorney Scott Kanavos...

Chattanooga, Huntsville could get jobs, tax credits from nuclear plant

Published Sep. 23 2017

Despite cost overruns and plant cancellations by major utilities in the South, Franklin L. Haney is convinced he can finish...

Congressional power comes to EPB for energizing new type of battery

Published Sep. 23 2017

Three months after activating its 4-acre solar array along Holtzclaw Avenue, EPB is tying the power generated by the sun...

Business Briefs: Uber to lose license to work in London

Published Sep. 23 2017

Uber will lose its license to operate in London because it may be endangering public safety and security, the local...

Tennessee senators back Graham-Cassidy bill

Published Sep. 22 2017

Tennessee's U.S. senators hope the latest Obamacare repeal effort passes the full Senate next week.

Corker praises recent White House changes he says are "like day and night"

Published Sep. 22 2017

Corker said "there is no daylight between" himself and President Trump.