Mike Pare (Reporter)

Phone: 423-757-6318
E-mail: mpare@timesfreepress.com
Mike Pare, the deputy Business editor at the Chattanooga Times Free Press, has worked at the paper for 27 years. In addition to editing, Mike also writes Business stories and covers Volkswagen, economic development and manufacturing in Chattanooga and the surrounding area. In the past he also has covered higher education. Mike, a native of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., received a bachelor's degree in communications from Florida Atlantic University. he worked at the Rome News-Tribune before coming to Chattanooga. Contact Mike at 423-757-6318 or mpare@timesfreepress.com

Jake Butcher, disgraced East Tennessee banking kingpin, dies at 81

Published Jul. 19 2017

Jake Butcher, who helped bring the World's Fair to Knoxville before his family's East Tennessee banking network collapsed amid a...

Discount grocer Aldi eyes store site near Signal Mountain

Published Jul. 19 2017

Discount grocer Aldi is looking at moving ahead with a new store near Signal Mountain, and the location the chain...

Beaulieu plans to reorganize business after bankruptcy

Published Jul. 18 2017

Amid falling sales and stiffening competition, Dalton, Ga.-based flooring manufacturer Beaulieu Group has sought Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection as the...


Chattanooga manufacturing group picks new CEO

Published Jul. 15 2017

Chattanooga is home to the first local manufacturing association in the country, having started in 1902, and the entity has...

MurMaid Mattress building flagship store in Chattanooga

Published Jul. 14 2017

Chattanooga-based bedding retailer MurMaid Mattress is raising a flagship store which its owner believes will elevate the company to another...

Planning panel OKs $8 million St. Elmo project

Published Jul. 11 2017

One of the biggest proposed new St. Elmo subdivisions in years won the OK of a planning panel Monday, but...

City agrees to defer plan to buy land for wastewater storage tank after opposition

Published Jul. 11 2017

A Chattanooga official agreed Monday to defer a plan to buy land for a 7 million gallon wet weather storage...

Tennessee scores 'B' grade for manufacturing health but 'D' for human capital

Published Jul. 8 2017

A new report card on the health of manufacturing gives Tennessee a "B" grade, but the state drew a "D"...

Regional job-growth efforts paying off, official says

Published Jul. 7 2017

The winning location for a $360 million tire-making plant in Rhea County was pitched as "the Dayton-Chattanooga site" and is...

D1 gym and training center getting major renovations under new ownership [photos]

Published Jul. 6 2017

Chattanooga gym and sports training center D1 is being bought with plans by the new ownership team to pump up...

As diesel scandal fades, VW's June sales outpace rest of auto industry

Published Jul. 3 2017

Volkswagen's sales in the U.S. continued to rebound in June as the diesel scandal slipped into its rear-view mirror and...

Wacker's Mary Beth Hudson helping pave way for women in manufacturing

Published Jul. 1 2017

Mary Beth Hudson recalls it was a fifth-grade teacher who interested her in science.


Workforce training goes high-tech in Chattanooga's high-revving economy

Published Jul. 1 2017

When the staff at the Volkswagen Academy's mechatronics program in Chattanooga talk to potential recruits to the apprenticeship initiative, they...

Longtime former MetalTek facility is on the market

Published Jul. 1 2017

Manufacturing space with multiple buildings in a centralized Chattanooga location make a 26-acre tract appealing to potential buyers, according to...

Pulitzer Prize-winning writer speaks at chamber of commerce diversity luncheon [photos]

Published Jun. 24 2017

The shift of more than 6 million blacks from the South to the North or West last century was about...

Publix looking at Fort Oglethorpe store

Published Jun. 23 2017

Supermarket chain Publix is looking at growing its Chattanooga area footprint again with a possible store in Fort Oglethorpe.

Family owned preschool opens third location in Chattanooga area

Published Jun. 23 2017

Citing a need for a new child care center in the fast-growing Collegedale area, Best Beginnings has opened another early...

Nokian building 'most modern tire factory in world,' company says

Published Jun. 22 2017

Standing in a green pasture a few miles from downtown, Nokian Tyres' North American chief on Wednesday called its planned...

Chattanooga among top Tennessee cities for jobs, survey says

Published Jun. 22 2017

Chattanooga trails only red-hot Nashville in Tennessee in a survey ranking the best cities nationwide for jobs.

Mohawk building new Tennessee plant, creating 245 jobs

Published Jun. 21 2017

Calhoun, Ga.-based Mohawk Industries plans to expand its Dickson, Tenn., operations and create 245 new jobs, officials said today.