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.

Lawton Haygood bets on Hixson for his fourth local restaurant [photos]

Published Feb. 19 2017

Lawton Haygood made his mark on the Chattanooga-area's restaurant scene with three successful eateries: Canyon Grill, on the Georgia side...

Southside nightclub Coyote Jack's Saloon has beer sales suspended for week

Published Feb. 16 2017

Coyote Jack's Saloon, formerly Bella Vita restaurant and night club at 1400 Cowart St., had its beer license suspended for...

EPB, Chattanooga Public Library seek help to tap super-fast Internet

Published Feb. 16 2017

A solution looked for help to solve problems Wednesday night in the Edney Building at 11th and Market streets, the...

New homes, apartments, retail coming to neglected Ridgedale neighborhood

Published Feb. 14 2017

No one has played tennis for a while on trash-strewn tennis courts built years ago by Tennessee Temple University on...

Chattanooga-Hamilton County Regional Planning Commission endorses Alton Park apartment complex

Published Feb. 14 2017

Despite objections from several neighbors, the site for a 260-unit, affordable-housing apartment building proposed for Alton Park got unanimous approval...

City wants to sell The Chattanoogan, get out of hotel business

Published Feb. 12 2017

It might come as a surprise to Chattanooga residents to learn that the city owns a hotel, The Chattanoogan.

Valentine's Day spending to drop for first time in decade, survey says

Published Feb. 11 2017

The Beatles didn't care too much for money, of course, because "money can't buy me love."

Heart Attack Shack brings big burgers, more, to East Ridge [photos]

Published Feb. 10 2017

You can eat for free at the Heart Attack Shack in East Ridge — provided you can pack away two...

One-time 'Sock Capital of the World' to get more than 400 new jobs

Published Feb. 9 2017

Fort Payne, Ala., will soon get 442 new jobs making socks for Wal-Mart as part of the retailer's commitment to...

How Johnny Jones went from growing up poor in East Ridge to leading a $100 million shipping business

Published Feb. 5 2017

He's the president, co-owner and co-founder of Lipsey Logistics and Lipsey Trucking, a fast-growing shipping and trucking company headquartered in...

Chatter Box Cafe barbecue gets permanent home on Market St.

Published Feb. 4 2017

Since 2015, Brandon Ellis has hauled his smoker to various locations around Chattanooga to sell his slow-cooked, hickory- and cherry-smoked...

New taproom to have 64 beers on tap while offering daytime peace and quiet [photos]

Published Feb. 3 2017

A new craft beer taproom named Barley is due to open in a couple of months downtown at the corner...

CARTA buses banned from Eastgate Loop Road as fight over who should maintain road continues

Published Feb. 2 2017

You've got to hoof it to get into Eastgate Town Center from the CARTA bus stop there, since the Brainerd-area...

Catering full-time has advantages over running a restaurant, local caterers say

Published Feb. 1 2017

It's been said that running a restaurant is like putting on a concert every night — except restaurant owners don't...

University Pizza, an institution at UTC, reopens in new building as UPD Mediterranean Cuisine

Published Feb. 1 2017

Akram Musa scored 99 out of 100 Monday on his first day back at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's...

Grilled to perfection: Lawton Haygood bets on Hixson for his fourth local restaurant

Published Feb. 1 2017

Lawton Haygood made his mark on the Chattanooga-area's restaurant scene with three successful eateries: Canyon Grill, on the Georgia side...

Lose your keys? Wallet? Phone? There's an app to help you find your lost stuff

Published Feb. 1 2017

'Dang it, where'd I leave my keys?'

Asa Swift, 25, heads up three new I Love Juice Bars in Chattanooga

Published Feb. 1 2017

Asa Swift is a 25-year-old account executive at Dixie Produce, a huge, fruit- and vegetable-filled refrigerated warehouse in downtown Chattanooga,...

Chattanooga restaurateurs create recipe for success with multiple brands

Published Feb. 1 2017

Restaurants may be pleasing to the palate, but it often takes a strong stomach to survive in an industry where...

Two luxury condo projects in booming North Chattanooga spur opposition [photos]

Published Jan. 28 2017

Look for the two-story building that formerly housed Hill City Pizza and Dream Hair Studios in North Chattanooga to grow...