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.

Memorial Day travel expected to be highest since 2005 [photos]

Published May. 26 2017

Low — and stable — gas prices, schools letting students out for summer vacation, and growing consumer confidence have led...

Renovated Starbucks first step in Read House's $20 million makeover [photos]

Published May. 25 2017

The Starbucks coffeehouse inside the Read House hotel reopened Wednesday after a 45-day renovation.

What are the most endangered historic buildings in Chattanooga?

Published May. 21 2017

On March 28, customers dined at the Cheeburger Cheeburger restaurant in the heart of Chattanooga's downtown tourist district near the...

Rock City donates $300,000 for outdoor 'secret garden' at new children's hospital [photos]

Published May. 20 2017

The garden will be funded by a $300,000 donation from See Rock City Inc. and Rock City Gardens that was...

Beer Board gets tough on unreported fights

Published May. 19 2017

Expect to lose your beer license for a couple of weeks, if you're a Chattanooga bar owner who doesn't report...

Hamilton Place mall will make CARTA riders walk 400 feet to entrance

Published May. 18 2017

Get some walking shoes, if you take the CARTA bus to Hamilton Place mall.

Big digital billboard downtown sparks opposition

Published May. 17 2017

Those words, superimposed over a photo of an owl, and other images, including a smiley face encouraging people to enjoy...

Chattanooga City Council eyes revising downtown's remaining one-way streets

Published May. 16 2017

In the beginning, Chattanooga and other U.S. cities had two-way streets in their downtowns.

'Jungle Float' a.k.a. the 'Tarzan Boat' debuts today in Chattanooga

Published May. 13 2017

The Jungle Float — previously known as the Tarzan Boat — is the "world's first mobile floating water park."

Alan Gold's appeals 14-day suspension of beer sales

Published May. 11 2017

Alan Gold's is fighting a two-week suspension of its beer sales, and the bar's attorney, Johnny Houston, said anti-gay sentiment...

Chattanooga firm formerly known as Spartan Systems is now named Very

Published May. 7 2017

A Chattanooga business that helps companies develop their digital presence has rebranded itself.

Former Loft restaurant, 6 houses razed to make way for North Chattanooga apartment complex

Published May. 6 2017

Goodbye, 1940s-era bungalows. Hello, four-story luxury apartment complex.


Robertshaw closing former BSI parts plant in Lookout Valley, laying off 134 workers

Published May. 5 2017

The 134 employees at Robertshaw Chattanooga — formerly Burner Systems International (BSI) — found out Thursday that the Lookout Valley...

Unreported assault sparks two-week halt to Chattanooga gay bar's beer sales

Published May. 4 2017

Alan Gold's had its beer license suspended for two weeks by the Chattanooga Beer Board on Thursday because the longtime...

President Trump not driving gun sales like Obama did during his presidency

Published May. 4 2017

Amiee Smith, co-owner of The Shooters Depot in Chattanooga, used to call President Barack Obama "the [gun] salesman of the...

Ruth's Chris Steak House appeals three-day suspension of beer sales

Published May. 3 2017

Beer will keep flowing this weekend at Ruth's Chris Steak House Chattanooga.

How to choose a senior living community

Published May. 1 2017

John Rouser's parents met while his dad was on a month-long survivor's leave after his ship, the U.S.S. Vincennes, was...

App-titude: Five smartphone business apps that can replace your desktop computer

Published May. 1 2017

The smart phone is shaping up as the one all-purpose gadget that can replace everything from the camera to the...

Inversions Circus Arts & Performance Center finds new home near sculpture fields [photos]

Published Apr. 30 2017

One woman had on a pair of Birkenstock sandals — and another wore clear plastic 7-inch heels — one recent...

Road being expanded through Chattanooga Choo Choo hotel complex for new apartments

Published Apr. 27 2017

Passenger Street, a city-owned road, will be expanded through the Chattanooga Choo Choo hotel complex, a city board decided Wednesday.