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: 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 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...

Wiedmer: Former UTC lineman Corey Levin making good impression with Titans

Published Aug. 8 2017

The railing that separates Tennessee Titans football fans from the playing surface at Nissan Stadium was a busy place Saturday...

Wiedmer: Titans give super fan Blake Belcher an unbelievable night

Published Aug. 7 2017

Darrell Belcher received the first phone call a few days after the Tennessee Titans' annual caravan stop in Chattanooga this...

Wiedmer: Vols football fans as loyal as they come

Published Aug. 6 2017

Welcome to the upper level of the University of Tennessee's Neyland Stadium. Section BB. Row 4. Seats 9-12.

Wiedmer: Real football needs full pads

Published Aug. 5 2017

Todd Kelly Jr. broke into a smile early Friday afternoon when asked how putting on full football pads instead of...

Wiedmer: Tank has one more wrasslin' tourney in his tank

Published Aug. 3 2017

It all started for Warren Hullander in 1996. That's when he became the professional wrestler known as Tank. That's when...

Wiedmer: Could Los Angeles Dodgers' Rick Honeycutt coach until he's 89?

Published Aug. 2 2017

As it stands now, the 34th annual Rick Honeycutt Youth Benefit charity golf tournament will be held on Oct. 24...

Wiedmer: Before long, college softball coaches will be recruiting day cares

Published Aug. 1 2017

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's Frank Reed has been at this collegiate softball coaching business a long time, nearly...

OPINION: Football needs to address its CTE scare before mothers do

Published Jul. 31 2017

We write this after Elizabeth Fite's excellent story in Sunday's Times Free Press concerning a recent report in the Journal...

Wiedmer: Big Orange Nation now has practice to talk about

Published Jul. 30 2017

The first official practice of Team 121's preseason complete Saturday afternoon, Tennessee football coach Butch Jones bumped junior quarterback Quinten...