Ellis Smith (Reporter, Photographer)

Phone: 423-757-6315
E-mail: esmith@timesfreepress.com
Ellis Smith is the digital editor at the Chattanooga Times Free Press. He joined the Chattanooga Times Free Press in January 2010 as a business reporter. Ellis hails from Marietta, Ga. He earned 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.

The Tennessee River overflows its banks after floods force TVA to open spillways [video]

Published Apr. 24 2017

Parts of the Tennessee River overflowed its banks on Monday after TVA engineers opened spillways on the Chickamauga dam.

UPDATE: Strong storms expected to wallop East Tennessee as weekend starts

Published Apr. 20 2017

The National Weather Service predicts strong to severe storms could hit several counties in the Chattanooga region this afternoon and...

Health inspector catches employees not washing hands

Published Apr. 20 2017

Hamilton County's health inspector found that employees weren't washing their hands properly, found flies in the sink, and noticed that...

Man shot on Citico Avenue

Published Apr. 20 2017

A 35-year-old man was shot on Citico Avenue at 3:46 a.m. this morning, but did not provide any information to...

Tennessee may allow selfies at polling places after Justin Timberlake controversy

Published Apr. 13 2017

After Justin Timberlake came under fire for a selfie he took at a polling place encouraging others to vote, the...

UPDATE: Severe storm warnings no longer in effect for Chattanooga area

Published Apr. 4 2017

Severe storms and the threat of damaging winds, hail and possible tornadoes are expected in the greater Chattanooga area today....

Champy's adds seventh restaurant as brand grows westward

Published Apr. 4 2017

A decade after taking a job as a server at Champy's in Chattanooga, Samantha Goonon has risen through the ranks...

Strong thunderstorms lash Chattanooga region

Published Mar. 27 2017

A low pressure system moving into the Tennessee Valley will produce strong to severe thunderstorms in scattered areas across the...

Chattanooga police looking for missing 24-year-old who never returned from the gas station

Published Mar. 20 2017

Police are looking for Zulma Quizar, who was last seen heading to a gas station but never came back.

Chattanooga police, state troopers have issued more than 300 citations during distracted driving crackdown

Published Mar. 20 2017

Chattanooga police say they're cracking down on distracted driving with enhanced enforcement in an effort to keep drivers from endangering...

One Table invites community to break bread together

Published Nov. 30 2016

Nothing brings Chattanoogans together like food, reasoned officials at Causeway, so for the third year in a row, they piled...

Chattanooga lands NCAA Tennis championships that were yanked from North Carolina

Published Oct. 7 2016

The NCAA announced that Chattanooga will host the 2017 Division III men's and women's tennis championships next May, officials said...

Inside Chattanooga: Andy Berke announces re-election bid on heels of Labor Day violence

Published Sep. 6 2016

Digital Reporter Lesley Dale and Digital Editor Ellis Smith break down the three Labor Day shootings, Andy Berke's re-election announcement,...

Chattanooga mom sues TSA for slamming her disabled daughter's head into the ground

Published Jul. 1 2016

A pattern of sequins in the shape of an owl on Hannah Cohen's t-shirt may have triggered the alarm at...

Chattanooga payday king justified illegal business by giving money to charity

Published May. 18 2016

A used car salesman turned tech entrepreneur who operated an illegal payday lending syndicate from Chattanooga will pay $9 million...

Police chase rape suspect through rush hour traffic [video]

Published Mar. 15 2016

In this video, Chattanooga Police and Tennessee Highway Patrol officers chase a Nashville rape suspect through rush hour traffic, wrecking...

Cleaning bricks with a hatchet: Emerson Russell's rise to power

Published Dec. 1 2015

A country preacher and a little boy go into a church. The preacher takes a quarter out of his pocket...

Inmates housed in shower stalls at Hamilton County jail due to overcrowding, understaffing

Published Nov. 27 2015

For the second time this year, the overcrowded Hamilton County Jail failed to meet minimum standards because of low staffing...

Causeway feeds 1,000 at downtown Chattanooga Thanksgiving bash

Published Nov. 24 2015

A wild idea named One Table that a local nonprofit organization slammed together in 2014 matured Monday into a Thanksgiving...

Change or die: Mountain City Club turns to young professionals

Published Nov. 1 2015

Two years ago, the Mountain City Club was on its last legs. Today, membership is booming, with more than 100...