Mark Pace (Reporter)

Phone: 423-757-6361
Mark Pace covers the Chattanooga area's vibrant outdoors scene and breaking 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, county sewer authority borrow $27 million for sewer upgrades

Published Sep. 20 2017

Chattanooga and the county sewer authority will borrow more low-interest loans from the state to pay for upgrades to local...

Officials: Transparency an issue as community faces months-long investigation

Published Sep. 17 2017

It could be several months before investigations into a chemical explosion at the Wacker chemical plant in Charleston, Tenn., are...

Hydrochloric acid still being released at Wacker chemical plant

Published Sep. 16 2017

More than a week after an explosion at Wacker, hydrochloric acid is still being released into the air as an...


Wacker personnel still unsure what caused explosion in Charleston, Tenn.

Published Sep. 15 2017

Officials at the Wacker Polysilicon plant say they still do not know what caused a large explosion that shook the...

Wacker chemical company releases letter to community after Charleston explosion

Published Sep. 14 2017

Wacker placed a full-page ad in today's Times Free Press apologizing "for any confusion or anxiety the incident last week...

Powerful Irma slams Chattanooga area; region escapes much of expected damage [photos]

Published Sep. 13 2017

Hurricane Irma's winds and rain stormed through the region Monday night, causing a scare for some, but the damage was...

Javier Gomez wins Ironman 70.3 World Championship; American Ben Kanute nearly goes wire-to-wire [photos]

Published Sep. 10 2017

Javier Gomez added to an already stellar career with a world title victory at the Ironman 70.3 World Championship in...

Daniela Ryf becomes first to win three Ironman 70.3 Championships with victory in Chattanooga [photos]

Published Sep. 10 2017

Daniela Ryf became the first person to win three Ironman 70.3 World Championships on Saturday in one of the biggest...

Local fitness instructor overcoming adversity to compete in Ironman

Published Sep. 8 2017

Ironman is full of familiar faces: a local accountant, a neighbor, the stay-at-home mom from church, a local YMCA instructor.

Ironman 70.3 World Championship contestant balances training with life in military family

Published Sep. 8 2017

Tiffany Blair lives in Idaho with her parents and four children. She says's starting to lose track of all the...

Ironman partnership gives funding, exposure to Crohn's and Colitis

Published Sep. 8 2017

The Crohn's and Colitis Foundation's Team Challenge is the only area organization to have partnered with Ironman Chattanooga since the...

Ironman 70.3 World Championship pro fields stacked with talent

Published Sep. 8 2017

This weekend's Ironman 70.3 World Championship in Chattanooga will attract some of the most talented athletes the race has seen...

Aquatic plants are disappearing in the Tennessee Valley. But why? [photos]

Published Sep. 4 2017

Through a small tunnel, tucked in an area with no homes and no docks, a tributary off Soddy Creek slowly...

Professor finishes scientific swimming journey along entire Tennessee River

Published Aug. 29 2017

After 34 days and 652 miles in the Tennessee River, Andreas Fath's swim for science ended Tuesday at the river's...

Chattanooga-based team wins again at River Gorge Omnium

Published Aug. 28 2017

For the second consecutive year, the Chattanooga-based Taco Mamacita cycling team won at the River Gorge Omnium.

13-year-old victorious at River Gorge Omnium

Published Aug. 27 2017

Elizabeth May turned 13 years old less than two weeks ago but was already among the best women cyclists at...

River Gorge Omnium offers weekend getaway to Scenic City

Published Aug. 27 2017

Gayle Chambers and Barb Burridge sat in the shade on East 12th Street Saturday afternoon watching the criterium races at...

State agencies go electrofishing to determine health of local waterways

Published Aug. 16 2017

Jeff Simmons walks through North Chickamauga Creek in waders and boots; strapped to him is a backpack electrofisher. He looks...

UPDATE: Inmate on litter clean-up shoots himself after obtaining gun

Published Jul. 20 2017

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation confirmed that a Polk County inmate was shot today on Highway 64.

Proposed bill would allow fourth-graders to continue using all federal land for free

Published Jul. 13 2017

The Every Kid Outdoors Act, will provide America's fourth-graders and their families free entrance to all federally managed land, waters,...