Ellis Smith


phone: 423-757-6315




Ellis Smith joined the Chattanooga Times Free Press in January 2010 as a business reporter.

His beat includes the flooring industry, Chattem, Unum, Krystal, the automobile market, real estate and technology.

Ellis is from Marietta, Ga., and has a bachelor’s degree in mass communication at the University of West Georgia.

He previously worked at UTV-13 News, Carrollton, Ga., as a producer; at the The West Georgian, Carrollton, Ga., as editor; and at the Times-Georgian, Carrollton, Ga.; as a reporter.

Contact Ellis at 423-757-6315 or esmith@timesfreepress.com.

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Government watchdog Helen Burns Sharp, a retired city planner who sued a city board to after it met secretly to award $9 million to a golf course developer, has triumphed in her effort to recoup more than $77,000 in legal fees spent fighting the battle in court.

The Krystal Co. has parted ways with CEO Doug Pendergast, effective immediately.

EPB is looking for help to keep track of its streetlights.

After years of court battles, Luken Communications has settled with Arkansas bankruptcy trustee M. Randy Rice for $2 million, well short of the record-breaking $65.9 million penalty Rice had sought.

The new 691-bed student housing project off M.L. King Boulevard could mark the beginning of a battle for the soul of the street, as forces vie to bring entertainment, retail, housing and cultural developments to the promising corridor, said City Councilman Moses Freeman.

Luken Communications settles with former owner

TV network should emerge from bankruptcy next month

Luken Communications has settled with Arkansas bankruptcy trustee M. Randy Rice for $2 million, ending the court battles that have dogged the Chattanooga television company for more than four years.

In the gut of Chattanooga's downtown lies a barren patchwork of blighted property guarded by rusting razor wire, standing in open defiance of the growing prosperity surrounding it.

The first major development on M.L. King Boulevard in years is set to be unveiled tomorrow, as officials prepare to kick off a large student housing project some say could fundamentally transform what today is largely a forgotten, run-down district.

Chattanooga’s economic recovery is at a crossroads.

A new lawsuit claims that a city board under fire for holding secret meetings has run afoul of Tennessee's Sunshine Law because it again met secretly to discuss how to deal with previous violations.

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