Mark Wiedmer (Reporter)

Phone: 423-757-6390
Mark Wiedmer started work at the Chattanooga News-Free Press on Valentine's Day of 1983. At the time, he had to get an advance from his boss to buy a Valentine gift for his wife. Mark was hired as a graphic artist but quickly moved to sports, where he oversaw prep football for a time, won the "Pick' em" box in 1985 and took over the UTC basketball beat the following year. By 1990, he was the newspaper's lead sports columnist, a title he still holds today after a couple of Tennessee Sports Writer of the Year awards and a box full of other honors. He joined the staff of the Chattanooga Times Free Press when the Free Press and Times merged in 1999. Mark hails from Hopkinsville, Ky., and graduated from Centre College. Contact Mark at 423-757-6273. or

Wiedmer: Might be time for Butch Jones Era at UT to end

Published Oct. 22 2017

Dear John Currie...

Wiedmer: Will Wade enjoying his new home at LSU

Published Oct. 19 2017


Kentucky tops SEC preseason hoops poll; Vandy 7th, Georgia 8th, UT 13th

Published Oct. 19 2017

Having placed three teams in the Elite Eight of last year's NCAA men's basketball tournament — including South Carolina, which...


Wiedmer: Whether in Grundy County or elsewhere, bullying must stop

Published Oct. 18 2017

As the executive director for the National Center for the Development of Boys, longtime McCallie School administrator and lacrosse coach...

Wiedmer: Bama more than enough for UT's Butch Jones to worry about

Published Oct. 17 2017

In summing up the top-ranked, undefeated, largely untested Alabama football team his Volunteers will face Saturday inside the Crimson Tide's...

Wiedmer: Falcons still seem haunted by Super Bowl

Published Oct. 16 2017

You know how everyone has a fishing story about the big one that got away? Now the Atlanta Falcons have...

Wiedmer: Vols fall just short of win their coach needed

Published Oct. 15 2017

It was the kind of football game any coach with a crewcut would love. Rock-ribbed defense. Field goals instead of...

Wiedmer: UNC gets away with it — all of it

Published Oct. 14 2017

The bumper sticker became popular among University of North Carolina fans at the dawn of the 1970s, not 10 years...

Wiedmer: Losing to South Carolina dooms UT coaches

Published Oct. 11 2017

In the long, occasionally unsatisfying history of University of Tennessee football, an odd dynamic has developed for its head coaches...

Wiedmer: Vols say chemistry is not an issue

Published Oct. 10 2017

If you consider yourself a proud yet frustrated member of the Big Orange Nation today, you want there to be...

Wiedmer: Past week shows there's more to life than winning or losing a football game

Published Oct. 9 2017

As University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football coach Tom Arth was wrapping up his news conference after Saturday evening's 41-17...

Wiedmer: Mocs need more than Cole Copeland to save season

Published Oct. 8 2017

Behind University of Tennessee at Chattanooga true freshman quarterback Cole Copeland brightly burned the only numbers most folks ever will...

Brentwood Academy races past McCallie, 46-24

Published Oct. 7 2017

It was anything but a pleasant experience for McCallie School, but Brentwood Academy's Tomario Pleasant and teammate Camron Johnson made...

'Voice of the Titans' speaks encouraging words to dreamers

Published Oct. 5 2017

Mike Keith's most famous moment as "Voice of the Titans" may always be his call of the Music City Miracle,...

Wiedmer: Mocs still believe they can salvage season one day at a time

Published Oct. 4 2017

If they've heard any negativity and frustration over this 1-4 start to their football season, the University of Tennessee at...

Wiedmer: Las Vegas massacre puts sports in perspective [photos]

Published Oct. 3 2017

The American League wild-card playoff game between the visiting Minnesota Twins and New York Yankees gets under way tonight at...

Wiedmer: Austin Peay's Will Healy could give UT's John Currie something to think about

Published Oct. 2 2017

The Austin Peay State University football team began this season the way one might expect of a program that had...

Wiedmer: Kirby Smart's Bulldogs about to leave the Vols in the dust

Published Oct. 1 2017

And then John Kelly fumbled.

Wiedmer: Scandal with legs may overhaul college hoops

Published Sep. 28 2017

The email arrived early Wednesday afternoon, and it came from an old friend and longtime fellow college hoops junkie.

Wiedmer: College basketball is in a big heap of trouble

Published Sep. 27 2017

No one on the planet may have a more unique perspective on the latest toxic waste dump to engulf major...