Emmett Gienapp (Reporter)

Phone: 423-757-6731
E-mail: egienapp@timesfreepress.com
Emmett Gienapp covers crime and law enforcement for the Times Free Press. He has worked for the newspaper since December of 2015, and has previously reported on politics, education and the court system.

Former Economy Inn residents moving on more than a week after motel condemned [photos]

Published Feb. 24 2018

It's been 10 days since the Economy Inn on Brainerd Road was shut down, but the motel's former tenants are...

Chattanooga Public Library hosts ACLU of Tennessee forum

Published Feb. 23 2018

The head of the American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee paid a visit to Chattanooga on Thursday night, walking a...

Group gathers for rally after fatal Southside Social shooting

Published Feb. 21 2018

A small group gathered on the steps of the Hamilton County Courthouse on Wednesday afternoon for a pop-up rally after...

As slain woman's family grieves, Southside Social owner, police explore security upgrades

Published Feb. 21 2018

The family of 21-year-old Cachet Peterson is in the midst of mourning and making preparations for her funeral, but they're...

Southside Social owner says Chattanooga needs to tackle violence

Published Feb. 20 2018

The Southside Social remains closed after a woman was fatally shot near an apparent drive-by, and now its owner said...

Police still looking for homicide suspect in Southside Social drive-by shooting

Published Feb. 19 2018

Police are still on the lookout for the suspect involved in an apparent drive-by shooting.

Local school officials reassure community in wake of deadly Florida shooting

Published Feb. 16 2018

The threat of a school shooter is palpable to local school administrators and teachers who reflected on their own preparedness...

White supremacist group erases online presence after planning community in Meigs County, Tenn.

Published Feb. 15 2018

A white supremacist group that had aims to move into Southeast Tennessee has removed most online traces of itself several...

More than 800 calls to police lead to abrupt shutdown of Economy Inn [documents, photos]

Published Feb. 14 2018

Dozens of families jogged in and out of the rain in the parking lot of the Economy Inn on Brainerd...

Chattanooga man charged with attempted first-degree murder

Published Feb. 12 2018

A 25-year-old man has been charged with attempted first-degree murder.

White supremacists may be eyeing Meigs County

Published Feb. 11 2018

On a cold January afternoon, Christy Kecskes fried bacon in her kitchen. Grease sizzled and popped in the pan as...

Father to the Fatherless says it's here to stay

Published Feb. 10 2018

The city of Chattanooga may not have any money flowing toward support services for the Violence Reduction Initiative, but the...

Woman arrested on three counts of child neglect after allegedly leaving children at hotel

Published Feb. 7 2018

Kelsey Dunnigan, 24, was charged with child neglect Tuesday morning after allegedly leaving three of her children alone at a...

Tennessee distributes Narcan in Chattanooga for treating opiate overdoses

Published Feb. 1 2018

On Wednesday morning, Jean Key held up a unit of Narcan nasal spray and started recounting the signs of an...

Commercial fire guts two Lee Highway businesses [photos, video]

Published Jan. 30 2018

Yellow police tape strung at waist height around the parking lot of a building on Lee Highway bounced in the...

Chattanooga's busy weekend highlighted by shootings, a heist and an arrest

Published Jan. 30 2018

Chattanooga area law enforcement agencies had a couple of busy nights this weekend with several shootings, a cigarette heist and...

Robbery suspect captured after five-day manhunt in Marion County, Tenn. [photos]

Published Jan. 26 2018

A five-day-long manhunt in Marion County, Tenn., that involved personnel from 17 law enforcement agencies ended early Friday afternoon with...

Violence Reduction Initiative call-in scrapped over contract kerfuffle

Published Jan. 26 2018

The ripples from the Chattanooga City Council's refusal to vote on Mayor Andy Berke's chosen Violence Reduction Initiative social services...

Domestic violence presents unique challenge for law enforcement, victims seeking justice

Published Jan. 25 2018

While year-end crime numbers for 2017 carried positive news about decreasing gang shootings, they also showed a persistent portion of...

Fatal shooting prompts $40 million lawsuit against several deputies, Hamilton County

Published Jan. 24 2018

A $40 million lawsuit has been filed against Hamilton County government and multiple deputies involved in the shooting death of...