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.

How should small businesses deal with a PR crisis?

Published Aug. 20 2017

What's a small business to do when it's dragged into the left-right ideological rift that has divided so many Americans?

Easily-made 'pinhole projector' always an option to view solar eclipse

Published Aug. 19 2017

Where in the Chattanooga area can you still get eclipse glasses to safely view Monday afternoon's Great American Eclipse?

Mojo Burrito fires employee who attended Charlottesville, Va., rally

Published Aug. 16 2017

Terrance Hightower was fired from his job at Mojo Burrito in St. Elmo on Monday when a co-worker sparked a...

Budgetel in East Ridge to open in two months, owners say

Published Aug. 15 2017

What a difference a year makes.

Total Solar Eclipse expected to draw thousands to Tennessee

Published Aug. 13 2017

For 55.2 million Americans, Tennessee is the closest place to see the 70-mile-wide path of totality that will sweep across...

Online petition calls for Soddy Daisy-Harrison bridge

Published Aug. 13 2017

A bridge between Soddy Daisy and Harrison could cost almost half-a-billion dollars. That's why, a year ago, Tennessee Department of...

Norspring spa brings whole-body cryotherapy to Southside [photos, video]

Published Aug. 12 2017

Exposure to the extremely cold, dry air pushes blood from your extremities to your core, causing the body to produce...

World Sales, old-time Chattanooga novelty shop, marks 63rd year with new owners

Published Aug. 8 2017

For 63 years, World Sales has been a go-to place for Chattanoogans in need of such gag gifts as Whoopee...

New Compost House will do your composting for you

Published Aug. 5 2017

John Sweet, the founder and former owner of Niedlov's Breadworks in downtown Chattanooga, believes in composting.

Rossville to fix up duck pond park with help from Tennessee American Water [photos]

Published Aug. 5 2017

The city of Rossville plans to fix up its duck pond park — with some help from Tennessee American Water.

Kangaroo Express beer sales suspended for sale to minor, questionable training

Published Aug. 4 2017

The Chattanooga Beer Board came down hard Thursday morning on the Kangaroo Express at Jenkins and Shallowford roads east of...

Jump Park Chattanooga closing for good

Published Aug. 3 2017

The Jump Park Chattanooga, an indoor trampoline park at 1810 Chestnut St. in the Southside neighborhood, will have its last...


Historic tower behind Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel torn down [photos]

Published Aug. 3 2017

The reports of the death of terminal tower — a historic two-story brick building behind the Choo Choo Hotel —...

Red Bank vintage store closed by freak crash reopens

Published Aug. 3 2017

Roughly seven weeks after a freak crash closed it, Vintage and More on the Blvd in downtown Red Bank has...

Indoor-outdoor living spaces trendy for new homes [photos]

Published Aug. 1 2017

When Ethan Collier designed One Hundred at South Broad, an enclave of contemporary homes under construction off South Broad Street...

Historic Chattanooga home showcased benefits of newfangled electricity [photos]

Published Aug. 1 2017

Fifty-two years ago, when Ed and Barbara Blake bought their two-story, Tudor revival home in North Chattanooga's Riverview neighborhood, the...

From bricklayer to project boss: Longtime developer Bobby Joe Adamson has new projects in the pipeline

Published Aug. 1 2017

Bobby Joe Adamson grew up as one of 12 kids on a 50-acre farm in Ooltewah where his sharecropper father,...

Phone Booth 2.0: Danish company Framery offers a cocoon of quiet in busy offices

Published Aug. 1 2017

Phone booths, once ubiquitous, pretty much got killed off by the mobile phone.

New life for old shopping malls, big box stores

Published Aug. 1 2017

In the Chattanooga area, a number of once-dead big box stores and shopping malls have found — or will find...

Hamilton County assessor's office certifies lower property tax rates, but cities don't have to abide

Published Jul. 27 2017

Property values are up in Hamilton County, from an average of 12.4 percent at the high end in Red Bank...