Tim Omarzu (Reporter, Photographer)

Phone: 423-757-6651
E-mail: tomarzu@timesfreepress.com
Tim Omarzu covers business for the Times Free Press. He's a longtime newspaper reporter who previously worked in Michigan, California and Nevada. Contact him at tomarzu@timesfreepress.com or www.facebook.com/tim.omarzu or twitter.com/TimOmarzu or 423-757-6651.

Northpoint Boulevard repaving begins

Published Jul. 26 2017

Approximately 10,000 vehicles travel Northpoint Boulevard a day, making it a fairly significant thoroughfare in Hixson's commercial district.

'New Urbanism' development comes to Chattanooga's Southside

Published Jul. 26 2017

How do you squeeze a 21-foot-wide home onto a 28-foot-wide lot?

Chicken Salad Chick to open inside Erlanger Medical Mall

Published Jul. 25 2017

Chicken Salad Chick plans to open its third Chattanooga location on Aug. 21 inside the Erlanger Medical Mall.

Mojo Burrito heading to Ooltewah's Cambridge Square

Published Jul. 22 2017

Mojo Burrito will add its fourth location — at Cambridge Square in Ooltewah.

City to take ownership, fix Northpoint Boulevard in Hixson [photos]

Published Jul. 20 2017

A rough stretch of road in Chattanooga that's used by some 10,000 vehicles a day is slated for its first...

Instacart is latest company offering to do Chattanoogans' grocery shopping

Published Jul. 19 2017

There's yet another option for Chattanoogans who'd rather have someone else do their grocery shopping.

Two Chattanooga startups chosen to take part in Atlanta 'accelerator' program

Published Jul. 17 2017

Two Chattanooga startup companies have been picked to participate in Techstars Atlanta, an "accelerator" program in its second year.

Downtown Chattanooga's 212 Market restaurant under contract to be sold

Published Jul. 12 2017

The "For Sale" sign has the word "sold" added to it at 212 Market, a pioneering "farm to table" restaurant...

City Cafe's owner to open restaurant, tequila bar in downtown Chattanooga

Published Jul. 12 2017

Lee Epstein, the man who brought the City Cafe Diner to Chattanooga 14 years ago, is one of the backers...

1875 foundry building near Finley Stadium may get new life

Published Jul. 8 2017

The nonprofit Chattanooga historic preservation group Cornerstones Inc. should get a good idea next week whether it can help save...

Aldi escapes 14-day beer sales suspension after blame placed on store manager

Published Jul. 7 2017

The Aldi supermarket at 5706 Lee Highway in Brainerd escaped a 14-day suspension of its beer and wine sales Thursday...

Eggs cheapest they've been in years after bird flu sent prices up -- and then crashing down

Published Jul. 6 2017

A number of factors have combined to deflate the price of what the industry calls "table eggs" or "shell eggs"...


Trio heads effort to build new Erlanger Children's Hospital

Published Jul. 1 2017

An 1891 Central of Georgia Railway steam locomotive will stand outside the new Erlanger Children's Hospital outpatient building at Third...

Choo Choo's terminal tower may be moved

Published Jul. 1 2017

A little brick building tucked away in the back parking lot of the Chattanooga Choo Choo hotel complex may be...

Chattanoogan makes Mozilla list of 50 people who made Internet better last year

Published Jul. 1 2017

Thanks in part to Geoff Millener, fourth-graders can watch the Tennessee Aquarium's sharks, sea turtles and saltwater reef fish all...

The Brand: MoonPie, the Original Marshmallow Sandwich

Published Jul. 1 2017

It all began in 1917, when a Kentucky coal miner asked the bakery's traveling salesman Earl Mitchell, Sr., for a...

Tennessee gas tax will go into effect before busiest Fourth of July travel weekend ever

Published Jun. 30 2017

A new, 4-cent increase in Tennessee's gasoline tax goes into effect Saturday — just in time for what promises to...

PlayCore moves into new downtown Chattanooga digs [photos]

Published Jun. 30 2017

Chattanooga's PlayCore, the nation's largest maker of playground equipment, has acquired six companies since the start of 2017 under Roger...

Red Bank vintage store closed by freak crash hopes to reopen by Aug. 1

Published Jun. 29 2017

Deborah Baldridge was at her business, Vintage and More on the Blvd, when a sport-utility vehicle crashed through the exterior...

New Mai Bell apartments part of plan to boost Highland Park, Ridgedale [photos]

Published Jun. 28 2017

Chattanooga Neighborhood Enterprise helped revitalize Chattanooga's Southside 20 years ago when CNE first began building homes in the then-blighted, now-thriving...