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.

African-led team wins annual Will This Float? Chattanooga tech contest

Published Oct. 18 2017

Three friends who met in high school in Africa took the top prizes Monday night at Will This Float?, an...

City poised to sell The Chattanoogan luxury hotel and conference center

Published Oct. 17 2017

The city of Chattanooga is poised to sell The Chattanoogan, the luxury hotel and conference center on South Broad Street...

Tryall wins Will This Float? startup business pitch competition in Chattanooga

Published Oct. 16 2017

Tryall was the winner Monday night of Will This Float, an annual business pitch competition that showcases up-and-coming startup ideas...

Foundry Pattern Service shop one of the last of its kind in Chattanooga [photos]

Published Oct. 15 2017

In 1959, Bill Smith was an apprentice learning how to build the wooden patterns that foundries use to crank out...

Chattanooga bicycle maker adds assembly line for quick turnaround of carbon-fiber bikes

Published Oct. 11 2017

American Bicycle Group (ABG), the Chattanooga-based maker of the high-performance bicycle brands Litespeed, which are road, mountain and adventure bikes...

Broker withdraws parking lot application for former Cheeburger Cheeburger site

Published Oct. 9 2017

The vacant downtown Chattanooga lot where the Cheeburger Cheeburger restaurant building collapsed in March apparently won't be used for surface...

Lupi's owner sources meat, produce and flowers from her Georgia farm [video, photos]

Published Oct. 6 2017

Where does Lupi's Pizza Pies get its ground beef, sausage and green peppers?

Proposed parking lot at former Cheeburger Cheeburger site draws opposition [photos, videos]

Published Oct. 5 2017

A surface parking lot is proposed on the site of the 141-year-old brick building that held the Cheeburger Cheeburger restaurant...

SideTrack restaurant opens in Hixson

Published Oct. 3 2017

SideTrack Restaurant, restaurateur Lawton Haygood's latest — and last — addition to the Chattanooga area's restaurant scene, opens for business...

PlayCore expects continued growth under new owner, CEO says

Published Oct. 2 2017

Chattanooga-based PlayCore, the nation's largest maker of playground equipment, has a new owner.

Think your sewer bill is going up fast? You're right.

Published Oct. 1 2017

If it seems like your sewer bill keeps going up and up and up, it is.

Chattanoogan's 'just-in-time' trucking business appeals to drivers

Published Oct. 1 2017

If you've ever considered being a truck driver, Bob Poulos has a job for you.


U.S. Xpress shifts into high gear, sees good times ahead

Published Oct. 1 2017

Trucking had glamour in the 1970s, when CB radios were all the rage, the song "Convoy" was a No. 1...

Fast food: Home grocery delivery expands in Chattanooga

Published Oct. 1 2017

If going to the grocery store isn't your bag, life in the Chattanooga area keeps getting better for you.

The Brand: Food City name becomes synonymous with NASCAR racing

Published Oct. 1 2017

Food City dates to 1918 when a store was opened in Greeneville, Tenn.

Smartphone apps promise to improve your posture

Published Oct. 1 2017

"Stand up straight!"

Diesel trucks go high-tech

Published Oct. 1 2017

Black smoke billowing from a big rig's chrome exhaust stacks is a staple image of classic country truck-driving songs.

Paisano's Pizza opens on Gunbarrel

Published Sep. 27 2017

His mother was born and raised in Naples, Italy, so Fouad Qreitem grew up eating good Italian food.

Frios to bring gourmet Popsicles to North Shore

Published Sep. 26 2017

Chattanooga's trendy North Shore soon will get a shop that sells nothing but gourmet popsicles.

Developer John Wise aims to put new brewery in Southside building saved by Cornerstones

Published Sep. 24 2017

Chattanooga developer John Wise hopes to bring a new brewery to Chattanooga's Southside neighborhood in an old building saved by...