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 boy is one of the best young climbers in the nation

Published Feb. 16 2018

Hugo Hoyer hung from a 16-foot bouldering wall at High Point Climbing Gym, dangling halfway up above the mats below....

EPA commits to cleanup of Southside Chattanooga Lead Site [photos]

Published Feb. 14 2018

Environmental Protection Agency officials have committed to remediating all residential properties in the Southside Chattanooga Lead Site that contain unsafe...

Chattanooga voted one of the top Ironman cities, again

Published Feb. 13 2018

Chattanooga once again ranked highly in the annual Ironman Athletes Choice Awards.

Trailblazing: How the Chattanooga region's trails are built and maintained

Published Feb. 12 2018

Mason Boring and Clayton Morgan held adjoining handles of a perforated lancetooth two-man saw, pulling the more-than-70-year-old piece of equipment...

Septic system records for most Tennessee counties to be available online

Published Feb. 12 2018

Septic system records in most counties in Tennessee soon will be much easier to access.

Fixing the flume: Repairs to Ocoee River structure just getting started [photos]

Published Feb. 7 2018

Through a post-rain haze on a foggy Wednesday morning, the Ocoee River's wooden flume sat as it has for more...

Program may provide home upgrades to help children with asthma

Published Feb. 5 2018

Several groups and local entities soon may partner to fix homes for some families with children who suffer from respiratory...

Chattanooga-based corps launches group to help veterans land jobs in wildfire industry

Published Feb. 5 2018

A group of veterans is teaming up to fight wildfires while gaining needed experience to potentially land jobs in the...

Chattanooga area golf course superintendent wins top conservation award

Published Feb. 2 2018

A local golf course supervisor will receive a conservation award next week in San Antonio at one of the nation's...

'Gnarly' downhill mountain bike course opens in region [video, photos]

Published Jan. 28 2018

Eleven rugged men equipped with pick axes, shovels and a chainsaw made an arduous descent down the extraordinarily steep slopes...

Environmental education course gets kids out of the classroom [photos]

Published Jan. 27 2018

About a dozen Ivy Academy students gazed across a thriving ecosystem in a shallow marsh near a pull-off on the...

New hiking trail to open in Chattanooga area this weekend

Published Jan. 26 2018

A new hiking trail climbs the eastern edge of Prentice Cooper State Forest, ascending more than 1,000 feet with two...


Dalton, Ga., man to be featured on Discovery Channel

Published Jan. 24 2018

John Hitchens has lived an eventful life and one that producers for a Discovery Channel show want to highlight.

Chattacon moves to Chattanoogan in 43rd year for more intimate experience

Published Jan. 21 2018

A local annual science fiction and fantasy convention moved to The Chattanoogan hotel this weekend for a more intimate gathering,...

Thousands of demonstrators take part in Women's March in Chattanooga [photos, video]

Published Jan. 20 2018

Thousands of women and supporters marched in Chattanooga Saturday afternoon in solidarity with a national movement supporting women's rights, speaking...

Government shutdown won't close National Parks

Published Jan. 19 2018

National Parks and other federal public land will primarily remain open even if the government shuts down tonight, according to...

Norfolk Southern says oil spill cleanup complete, but Hamilton County commissioner demands more

Published Jan. 17 2018

Cleanup of a spill that dumped more than a thousand gallons of oil into Citico Creek is complete, according to...

Group believes budget cuts will hurt Superfund cleanup in Chattanooga

Published Jan. 17 2018

A group of small business owners in Tennessee is questioning the Trump administration's commitment to Superfund cleanups and raising concerns...

Dozens of Chattanooga homes are sitting on toxic properties

Published Jan. 15 2018

James Wood sat on the porch of his East 17th Street home on one of the first warm days in...

Officials, company still don't know what caused oil spill in Citico Creek

Published Jan. 14 2018

State and local officials, and the company allegedly at fault for the incident, said they still don't know how more...