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.

Pinnacle completes $2 billion purchase of Bank of North Carolina

Published Jun. 16 2017

Tennessee's fastest growing bank announced today that it has closed its purchase of the parent company of the Bank of...

Tennessee jobless rate falls to 16-year low

Published Jun. 15 2017

Unemployment in Tennessee fell to the lowest monthly level in more than 16 years last month as employment grew across...

Former King's Lodge renovated to 138-unit apartment complex

Published Jun. 15 2017

One of Chattanooga's most visible and iconic hotels of the past half century is getting a new look and use.

Business Briefs: LaunchTN wins grant of $500,000 from Appalachian Regional Commission

Published Jun. 15 2017

An economic development agency targeted for elimination by President Donald Trump announced on Wednesday $15.7 million in funding to help...

Leadership Tennessee includes 14 local leaders

Published Jun. 14 2017

The Leadership Tennessee program will include 14 business and community leaders from Chattanooga in the 2017-2018 class.

Business briefs: changes coming to Tennessee's wind and nuclear business

Published Jun. 14 2017

Crossville wind mills suspended by state

Anti-nuclear group challenges TVA plans for Oak Ridge reactor

Published Jun. 13 2017

The Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League said today that it is filing a legal challenge to the proposal by the...

Trump names TVA inspector general to federal bench

Published Jun. 12 2017

Among the candidates Trump intends to nominate are Jessie Liu, the current deputy general counsel for the Treasury Department, and...

Summer gas prices cheapest in 12 years

Published Jun. 12 2017

Chattanooga gas prices dropped this week to the lowest level since January and are now at the lowest summertime level...

Southern comfort fast-food, drive-thru restaurant opens Monday in Brainerd

Published Jun. 10 2017

A new fast-food, drive-thru restaurant will make its debut next week in Brainerd.

Gap to add more than 500 jobs in Tennessee

Published Jun. 9 2017

Gap Inc. announced today it will invest another $41.7 million and add more than 500 more jobs at the company's...

Business Briefs: Mortgage rates fall to seven-month low

Published Jun. 9 2017

Long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell this week, as the benchmark 30-year rate declined for the fourth straight week to its...


Sears, Kmart stores to close in Dalton, Fort Oglethorpe

Published Jun. 8 2017

Kmart will close its only remaining store in metropolitan Chattanooga and Sears will shutter its last mall store in the...

Reappraisal appeals down despite steep rise in Hamilton County property assessments

Published Jun. 7 2017

The property tax assessments for most Hamilton County homeowners rose this year by the biggest amount in at least eight...

Chattanooga Mayor's Council on Women wants to rein in payday loans

Published Jun. 6 2017

In the shadow of where some of America's biggest payday lenders began and created hundreds of millions of dollars in...

Tennessee leads the nation in small business job growth

Published Jun. 6 2017

Tennessee continues as the No. 1 state for job growth among small businesses, according to data collected by the nation's...

Local gas prices drop below $2 a gallon

Published Jun. 5 2017

Tennessee's new gas tax increase will add another 4 cents a gallon to the price of fuel next month.

Firehouse Subs adding restaurants in Collegedale, East Ridge

Published Jun. 4 2017

Twelve years after entering the business, the local franchisee for Firehouse Subs plans to open two more suburban locations this...

CBL & Associates Properties declares dividend but stock still drops

Published Jun. 2 2017

CBL & Associates Properties, Inc. declared a quarterly cash dividend for the company's common stock Friday of 26.5 cents per...

BlueCross boosts membership, staff to record high

Published Jun. 2 2017

BlueCross BlueShield increased its membership and revenues to record highs last year, helping Tennessee's biggest health insurer to boost its...