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: A sobering look at growing boys

Published Aug. 30 2017

Terminally tired from working the two jobs required of her to feed, clothe and shelter her two middle-school-aged children, Danielle...

Wiedmer: 'Biggest amateur cycling race in the world' is Jordan Picchiottino's weekend getaway

Published Aug. 29 2017

When you think of escaping the Scenic City for a long weekend getaway, what locales do you consider? Atlanta? Nashville?...

Wiedmer: Falcons, Mocs and Titans give new meaning to lost weekend

Published Aug. 28 2017

If you hoped your favorite college or professional football team from this area could relieve some of the stress of...


Wiedmer: In defeat, UTC's Tom Arth sounds like a winner

Published Aug. 27 2017

Maybe next month.

UTC-Jax State at neutral site and idea worth repeating

Published Aug. 27 2017

The idea came to Jacksonville State athletic director Greg Seitz more than a year ago.

College Blitz: Wiedmer - College season could end exactly as it starts with Bama vs. FSU

Published Aug. 27 2017

The video runs for 2 minutes and 42 seconds, which is roughly two seconds more than the recent eclipse. And...

Wiedmer: UTC makes right hire with Mark Wharton

Published Aug. 24 2017

Long before Mark Wharton accepted his new job as University of Tennessee at Chattanooga athletic director, he began hearing what...

Wiedmer: UTC's Tom Arth is a master of more than X's and O's

Published Aug. 23 2017

We forget sometimes.

Wiedmer: Could watching the eclipse really cost Bama a national title?

Published Aug. 22 2017

With the sky above Grace Point Camp near Spring City once again sunny and clear Monday afternoon — the Great...

Wiedmer: Josh Dobbs, Falcons and Titans all having their preseason moments

Published Aug. 21 2017

The Atlanta Falcons are 0-2 for the exhibition season after Sunday's 17-13 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Tennessee Titans...

Wiedmer: Eclipse is an especially big deal in Hopkinsville, Ky.

Published Aug. 21 2017

The United States Postal Service still knows it as Hopkinsville, Ky., ZIP codes 42240 and 42241. A Little River still...

Wiedmer: We won't know Titans' ceiling until regular season begins

Published Aug. 20 2017

It was pretty much what any NFL coach hopes to see, whether the game is a meaningless August exhibition or...


McCallie rolls past Chattanooga Christian

Published Aug. 19 2017

There may come a time when the 2017 McCallie football team misses 2016 quarterback Robert Riddle, the Mr. Football finalist...

Wiedmer: Sweetens Cove suddenly more than a local golf gem

Published Aug. 17 2017

Seven years ago and three miles down Sweetens Cove Road from its Highway 72 entrance, Rob Collins got his first...

Wiedmer: Addition of Marvin Bagley III makes Duke all but unbeatable come March

Published Aug. 16 2017

Psssssst! Want an insider tip on picking your NCAA men's basketball tournament bracket(s) next March?

Wiedmer: Pittsburgh Steelers' Rocky Bleier a hero we all can believe in

Published Aug. 15 2017

Let's start this column in early December of 1968, 11 games into Robert Patrick Bleier's rookie season with the Pittsburgh...

Wiedmer: Hail Mary against Georgia a thing of the past for Jauan Jennings

Published Aug. 14 2017

To most fans — of the Volunteers or otherwise — sports is often all about the past. That Hail Mary...

Wiedmer: Turning down the Big Orange to become a Yellow Jacket

Published Aug. 13 2017

Despite growing up in Rockwood, Tenn., playing his high school ball for the Webb School in Knoxville and pretty much...

Wiedmer: Joshua Dobbs gets another chance to prove he's a winner

Published Aug. 10 2017

Sometimes nice guys really do finish first.

Wiedmer: Will new season bring different result for UTC against JSU?

Published Aug. 9 2017

Six hundred thirteen days. That's how long it's been since the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football team had its...