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 awards $450 million contract to Westinghouse despite its bankruptcy

Published May. 11 2017

Despite its bankruptcy, Westinghouse Electric Co. won a $450 million contract from the Tennessee Valley Authority today to fabricate...

TVA to spend $300 million to upgrade fiber optic connections across Valley

Published May. 11 2017

The Tennessee Valley Authority plans to upgrade the communications backbone for one of America's biggest power transmission networks by installing...

Former Provident, YMCA lakefront property up for auction

Published May. 11 2017

One of the largest undeveloped sites still available for lakefront homes near Chattanooga will go on the auction block next...

Business Briefs: Lawsuit over stolen drugs lowers Covenant's profits

Published May. 11 2017

The $500,000 first-quarter earnings reported by Covenant Transportation Group, Inc. turned into a $39,000 loss Wednesday.

TVA restarts Watts Bar Unit 1 after refueling

Published May. 10 2017

The Tennessee Valley Authority restarted its Unit 1 reactor at its Watts Bar Nuclear Plant on Tuesday after refueling the...

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee to restore individual coverage in Knoxville

Published May. 9 2017

Tennessee's biggest health insurer will restore individual health insurance coverage to the Knoxville market next year, helping to ensure that...

Gas prices fall in Chattanooga to among lowest in the country

Published May. 9 2017

Chattanooga motorists are enjoying some of the cheapest prices in the country, with the price of regular gas in Chattanooga...

Business Briefs: New York investment group buys Fairfield Inn in East Ridge for $6.5 million

Published May. 9 2017

A decade after building the the Fairfield Inn and Suites in East Ridge, the original investors in the 79-room hotel...

New York investment group buys Fairfield Inn in East Ridge for $6.5 million

Published May. 8 2017

A decade after building the the Fairfield Inn and Suites in East Ridge, 3H Group CEO Hiren Desai said today...

Chattanooga gas prices drop 7 cents per gallon last week

Published May. 8 2017

Gas prices fell in Chattanooga for a third consecutive week last week.

Chattanooga brokers plead guilty in scheme that bilked $5 million from hundreds of investors

Published May. 7 2017

Mickey McCamish didn't know what to think when he saw the business card left by an FBI agent at his...

Business Briefs: Rains replenish TVA reservoirs

Published May. 6 2017

TVA's fiscal year began last fall with the driest month on record in the Tennessee Valley last October. But a...

Dixie narrows losses with 9.3 percent boost in first quarter carpet sales

Published May. 4 2017

The Dixie Group, Inc. boosted its carpet sales by 9.3 percent in the first quarter to cut its losses compared...

First Tennessee to buy Capital Bank for $2.2 billion

Published May. 4 2017

Tennessee's biggest bank is buying a North Carolina chartered bank to grow into one of the biggest regional banks in...

Tax change was key to landing tire plant in Tennessee

Published May. 4 2017

When the makers of Little Debbie snacks announced plans three years ago to boost their snack production with a plant...

Puckett EMS bought by Knoxville-based ambulance service

Published May. 3 2017

The Knoxville-based Priority Ambulance announced today that it has agreed to acquire Puckett EMS, a private ambulance service based...

Miller Industries boost profits, expects better 2017

Published May. 3 2017

Miller Industries, Inc. boosted its first quarter earnings by more than 13 percent and predicted continued gains in 2017 as...

TVA's newest nuclear plant helps keep winter costs down despite recent snags

Published May. 3 2017

TVA's newest nuclear power plant helped enable the federal utility to keep costs down this winter while a drought cut...

Milder weather decreases TVA's winter power sales by 7 percent

Published May. 2 2017

Milder weather cut power use in the Tennessee Valley by 7 percent this winter compared with a year ago.

Study: TVA lakes have nearly $12 billion economic impact to region

Published May. 2 2017

The Tennessee Valley Authority was created in 1933 to harness the power of the Tennessee River with hydroelectric dams, flood...