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.

County officials eye more scrutiny on Chattanooga Convention and Visitors Bureau spending

Published Jun. 21 2017

The Chattanooga Convention and Visitors Bureau wines and dines business clients at local restaurants as it woos them to choose...

Former Peerless Woolen Mills building sells for $125,000

Published Jun. 21 2017

The old Peerless Woolen Mills building in the heart of Rossville was sold at auction last Thursday for $125,000.

Critic calls sale of Walnut Commons land a 'sweetheart deal'

Published Jun. 20 2017

The owners of the Walnut Commons Apartment complex now own the land underneath their building, since a city of Chattanooga...


Dart Town Arena introduces foam dart battle play to Chattanooga [photos]

Published Jun. 16 2017

Corey Hipp grew up in Wichita, Kansas, and he loved to go to a business inside a strip mall where...

Aldi, Food City, Walmart and more cited for selling wine to underage decoy

Published Jun. 16 2017

A rogue 19-year-old cashier at the Food City supermarket in East Brainerd didn't bother to use the actual birth date...

Rossville's Peerless Woolen Mills sells for $125,000

Published Jun. 15 2017

The old Peerless Woolen Mills building in the heart of Rossville, Ga., was sold at auction Thursday afternoon for $125,000.

Bees on a Bicycle, a new 'urban garden center,' to open on Southside

Published Jun. 14 2017

Another hip, new business will open on Chattanooga's Southside neighborhood: Bees on a Bicycle, an "urban garden center" at 1909...

New coffeehouse opens on E. Main St.

Published Jun. 11 2017

Chattanooga's newest coffeehouse has its origins in Ft. Payne, Ala. — but don't expect to hear its hometown country music...

Chattanooga's new zoning rules may be tweaked to reduce 18-foot setback requirement

Published Jun. 9 2017

A four-story building at Frazier Avenue and Tremont Street got a variance for a new sign Thursday afternoon — and...

Building a future for children's health in Chattanooga

Published Jun. 7 2017

One of the first things Erlanger Health System CEO Kevin Spiegel did after he was hired in 2013 was tour...

Erlanger breaks ground on new children's hospital

Published Jun. 6 2017

Hundreds of people came to a Tuesday morning groundbreaking ceremony for the new Erlanger Children's Hospital outpatient building.

Lawsuit claims poured concrete floor caused Cheeburger Cheeburger's collapse

Published Jun. 2 2017

The 141-year-old brick building in downtown Chattanooga that housed the Cheeburger Cheeburger restaurant collapsed March 29 because the building's owner...

Chattanooga Ghost Tours finds new location after building collapse

Published Jun. 2 2017

Amy Petulla's business never gave up the ghost — even though the brick building that housed it partially collapsed March...

Dollars and sense: Variety of local programs promote financial literacy

Published Jun. 1 2017

A common theme emerged when high school seniors at the Chattanooga School for the Arts & Sciences recently took part...

Working lunch: Cubicle cooking gear, desk-drawer pantry improves 'dining al desko'

Published Jun. 1 2017

Dining al fresco, or outdoors, can be delightful when the weather's nice.

Hamilton County department heads seek $20.2 million more, but revenue only up $3.5 million

Published Jun. 1 2017

Their combined budget requests sought $20.2 million more from the general fund than in the previous fiscal year, while the...

Vision Hospitality building latest hotel near Bass Pro in East Ridge

Published May. 28 2017

Hailed as a boon for the city of East Ridge's bottom line, the construction of the shopping center with 300,000...

Descendent of Modern Maid empire aims to start residential art program in old stove warehouse [video]

Published May. 28 2017

Charlotte Caldwell bought a 75,000-square-foot complex of buildings on three acres between E. 13th and E. 14th streets just west...

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.