Mark Pace (Reporter)

Phone: 423-757-6361
Mark Pace covers the Chattanooga area's vibrant outdoors scene and environmental news for the Times Free Press. He has worked for the paper since Nov. 2015. Previously, he was the lead reporter for the Jersey County Journal and Calhoun News-Herald in the greater St. Louis area where he won first place at the Illinois Press Association for best news reporting and best general news photo. He studied at the Washington Journalism Center and interned as a business and political reporter for The Washington Times. Mark graduated from Lee University in May 2015 with a degree in journalism. He spent two years as the sports editor of the school paper, the Lee Clarion. He is from Dayton, Ohio.

Chattanooga nonprofit group researching population trends for indicator bird species [photos]

Published Apr. 23 2018

A Louisiana waterthrush sang and danced above the Bee Branch tributary along the Middle Creek watershed.

Chattanooga partners with UTC students to clean, document stream litter

Published Apr. 22 2018

A partnership between a University of Tennessee at Chattanooga class and the city of Chattanooga is leading to cleaner creeks,...

Chattanooga-based Rock/Creek sold to Camping World subsidiary Uncle Dan's

Published Apr. 20 2018

Chattanooga-based Rock/Creek Outfitters has been bought by Uncle Dan's Outfitters.


New mountain bike trail will anchor Whitfield County, Ga., green space

Published Apr. 20 2018

An intermediate mountain bike trail that will anchor nearly 1,000 acres of green space on Rocky Face Ridge in the...

Major outdoor recreation area could be coming near downtown Chattanooga

Published Apr. 16 2018

A proposed outdoor recreational development off Mountain Creek Road below the W Road could bring downhill mountain bike trails, a...

Rafting company to file bankruptcy; Reorganization to keep company going in rough financial waters

Published Apr. 14 2018

The original paddling company to offer commercial whitewater rafting trips on the Ocoee River has defaulted on payments, leading the...

Fort Oglethorpe small business owner reliving glory days, improving health through cycling adventures

Published Apr. 14 2018

A Fort Oglethorpe restaurant owner is reliving some old adventures with his cousin while improving his health and promoting another...

Further upgrades coming to South Chickamauga Creek Greenway [photos]

Published Apr. 13 2018

Upgrades of the Sterchi Farm trailhead at the South Chickamauga Creek Greenway are underway, with the city's first environmental art...

Recovery plan draft for dwindling population of endangered fish released for public comment

Published Apr. 9 2018

A plan released for public comment would help recover a dwindling population of an endangered fish in Tennessee and Kentucky...

Local man Bud Wisseman will run his 29th and final Boston Marathon next week

Published Apr. 8 2018

When 78-year-old Bud Wisseman crosses the starting line at the Boston Marathon April 16, it will be his 11,015th consecutive...

Vandals destroy portion of new Enterprise South mountain bike trail [photos]

Published Apr. 6 2018

Vandals destroyed a portion of the soon-to-open Atlas mountain bike trail at Enterprise South Nature Park.

Sen. Alexander: Bill could be 'most important piece of legislation for national parks in decades'

Published Apr. 3 2018

Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., hopes to have the National Park Restoration Act approved this year, saying it could wipe out...


Invasive carp endanger region's freshwater ecosystem, recreational water users

Published Apr. 2 2018

Invasive carp are heading toward Chattanooga, threatening the region's renowned freshwater ecosystem and posing risk to recreational water users and...

Downhill Southeast series opens season on renovated TTC course [photos]

Published Apr. 1 2018

The Downhill Southeast mountain bike series was held again at Trials Training Center in Sequatchie, Tenn., but the third season...

Sky-high interest: Hang gliding has become major local attraction [photos]

Published Mar. 31 2018

Jason Yao soared 1,500 feet above Lookout Valley, viewing the mountainous topography below. Vast woodlands stretched as far as his...

Bird-watching event at Chickamauga Battlefield ushers in spring migratory season

Published Mar. 30 2018

A bird-watching and history event at Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park will usher in the spring bird-watching season Saturday...

Two new sections of Mountain Goat Trail being built [photos]

Published Mar. 25 2018

A multi-use paved trail system connecting communities along the path of the former historic Mountain Goat Railroad has two ongoing...

More-advanced mountain bike trail to open at Enterprise South Nature Park

Published Mar. 19 2018

A new intermediate mountain bike trail will open next month at Enterprise South Nature Park, adding to the growing network...

Newly-launched local company moving into Choo Choo, starting spin studio [photos]

Published Mar. 18 2018

A newly-launched local stationary bike company is moving into the Chattanooga Choo Choo to launch the city's first spin-only studio...

Large wildfire burning in Dunlap

Published Mar. 16 2018

A large wildfire is burning in Dunlap.