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.

Mohawk Industries closes Chatsworth Ga. yarn plant

Published Jun. 10 2015

A flooring manufacturer is closing one of its plants in northwest Georgia and plans to move more than 150 workers...

Brother's assault left older sister with life-threatening head trauma, police say

Published Jun. 8 2015

Chattanooga police officers have arrested Christopher Merriman and charged him for attempted first degree murder after an assault that left...

Corky Coker, Chattanooga's poobah of tires, takes another track

Published Jun. 8 2015

All cars have stories, especially classic cars.


A different tune: Music mecca brewing in Chattanooga's Southside

Published May. 8 2015

The rumble of a gasoline-powered generator thumps through the dome of the Chattanooga Choo Choo as workers pound away at...

Chattanooga educator asks Congress for more counselors

Published May. 7 2015

Stacy Lightfoot, a former adjunct professor at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and the vice president of college and...

Tennessee among top states for electronic tax filing

Published Apr. 11 2015

With the average tax refund so far this year at $2,893, a record number of Tennesseans have turned to the...

Delta Queen prepares to depart Chattanooga's shores, but she may return one day (video)

Published Mar. 18 2015

The historic Delta Queen, the last of a rare breed, on Sunday will finally depart the Scenic City's shores for...

Astec Industries founder J. Don Brock dies after securing 100 patents

Published Mar. 11 2015

J. Don Brock, who died Tuesday at 76, was a quiet genius who built a billion-dollar business in the Scenic...

Coffee comeback: Fleetwood Coffee Co. to revive long-lost Chattanooga brand

Published Mar. 7 2015

There's a plan brewing to transform one of Chattanooga's oldest brands into a perky powerhouse.

How to build a garbage truck in eight easy steps

Published Mar. 2 2015

Take a rare look inside the heart of the operation that berths the garbage haulers you've always taken for granted.

Bon voyage! Delta Queen sold, will sail away from Chattanooga this spring

Published Feb. 18 2015

The historic Delta Queen riverboat is sold and set to sail to Louisiana in March, where millions of dollars in...

How the Grocery Bar plans to survive

Published Feb. 17 2015

A few bags of Tostitos, marshmallows and cans of Campbell's chicken noodle soup lined a few of the otherwise bare...


Politics deals Delta Queen another losing hand as bill dies in Senate

Published Dec. 27 2014

The Delta Queen will stay shackled to Chattanooga's shore for the time being after an attempt to move the boat...

Fleeing burglary suspects crash into Brainerd Hills Veterinary Hospital

Published Dec. 27 2014

The staff at Brainerd Hills Veterinary Hospital breathed a few words of thanks Friday after a shower of fist-sized rocks...

Delta Queen bill runs out of steam as senators kill exemption

Published Dec. 26 2014

After months of debate, the 113th Congress ended without passing a critical bill that would have allowed the Delta Queen...

Burglary suspects on the loose after car crashes into vet office (updated)

Published Dec. 26 2014

A shower of fist-sized rocks sliced like shrapnel through the wall of Pamela Prince's office today at Brainerd Hills Veterinary...

Whiskey is a go-go: Chattanooga Whiskey taps Sam Adams' top brewer as new master distiller

Published Dec. 21 2014

Galvanized by a rising tide of popular acclaim, Chattanooga Whiskey Co. altered an ancient Tennessee liquor law and rounded up...

WATCH: Bryan College student drains half-court shot to win $10,000 (updated)

Published Oct. 28 2014

Bryan College student Gustavo Angel Tamayo made a lay-up, a free throw, a 3-pointer and a half-court shot in succession...

Video: Alabama's Million Dollar Band plays Finley Stadium (with slideshow)

Published Oct. 24 2014

The Million Dollar Band appeared in Chattanooga's Finley Stadium during a pep rally on Friday to pump up Chattanooga fans...

EPB calls whistle-blower lawsuit 'frivolous;' labels plaintiff 'disgruntled vendor'

Published Oct. 3 2014

EPB has asked the Hamilton County Circuit Court to dismiss a <a href="http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2014/sep/06/epb-hit-by-10-million-whistle-blower-lawsuit/" target="_blank">whistle-blower lawsuit</a> filed by former city lighting...