Jim Tanner has worked as assistant sports editor at the Times Free Press since late 2006.
He started at the Times Free Press in 2001 and worked as a news copy/design editor from 2001 through 2006. In addition to working as a night and weekend editor producing local and national sports coverage for print and online readers, Jim occasionally writes local sports and outdoors stories.
Jim grew up in Ringgold, Ga., and is a graduate of McCallie School in Chattanooga. He earned an associates degree from Oxford College of Emory University and attended Emory University before earning his bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Prior to joining the staff at the Times Free Press, Jim worked as a sports copy editor at the Chattanooga Times and was news editor at the Dalton (Ga.) Daily Citizen.
Jim lives in the Ferger Place community near downtown Chattanooga.
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Ellen Conley, of Stone Mountain, Ga., competed in her first full Ironman in Chattanooga on Sunday, and the 23-year-old finished first in her age group and was at the Chattanooga Convention Center on Monday morning to claim her spot in the 2015 Ironman World Championships in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.
Injuries while training to compete in triathlons unfortunately are common, but Mike Biddle of Ooltewah has an injury story from the lead-in to Sunday's Ironman Chattanooga that's hard to top.
Sunday was a day of firsts in Chattanooga. The city hosted its first-ever Ironman Chattanooga, with about 2,400 people taking on the 2.4-mile swim, 116-mile bike and 26.2-mile race throughout the city and Walker County in North Georgia.
One week ago today, Trevor Wurtele was standing on the start line preparing to begin a long day at Ironman Lake Tahoe in California.
Starting about 7:30 this morning, thousands of athletes will step onto a temporary pier on the Tennessee River just over two miles upstream from downtown Chattanooga. The morning air will be charged with nerves, excitement, perhaps even fear.
By the end of today's inaugural Ironman Chattanooga, one voice will be ringing in the ears of the more than 2,500 athletes attempting to complete the 144.6-mile course.
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women's basketball player Ansley Chilton is already putting her education as a special educaton major to work in a practical way.