Yolanda Putman (Reporter)

Phone: 423-757-6431
E-mail: yputman@timesfreepress.com
Yolanda Putman has been a reporter at the Times Free Press for 11 years. She covers housing and previously covered education and crime. Yolanda is a Chattanooga native who has a master's degree in communication from the University of Tennessee and a bachelor's degree in journalism from Alabama State University. She previously worked at the Lima (Ohio) News. She enjoys running, reading and writing and is the mother of one son, Tyreese. She has also received the Media Award from the Unity Group. Contact Yolanda at 423-757-6431 or yputman@timesfreepress.com.

Now is the optimum time to get a flu vaccine

Published Oct. 16 2017

A virus that hospitalizes some 200,000 Americans a year and kills at least 3,000 can be avoided or at least...

Group collecting soil in Chattanooga today for national memorial to lynching victims

Published Oct. 15 2017

When the Equal Justice Initiative opens the Memorial to Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Ala., in spring 2018, it will...

Church celebrates Bishop Scott's 60th Pastoral Anniversary

Published Oct. 14 2017

For more than six decades, Bishop James M. Scott has been married to the same wife and pastoring the same...

Restaurant review: Whole Foods has lunch options that are filling, budget-friendly

Published Oct. 12 2017

Whole Foods stands as my lunch-time hunger solution. I know the hype about how expensive it is. It's true. But...

Developer of Alton Park senior homes wants to give back to her community

Published Oct. 10 2017

A local business owner has started a senior community in the inner-city neighborhood where she once lived.

Welcome Home Coalition seeks medical respite for Chattanooga homeless

Published Oct. 9 2017

Welcome Home of Chattanooga co-founder Sherry Campbell advocates daily for people dying while homeless.

GreenSpaces launches fundraiser, promotes energy-efficient homes

Published Oct. 6 2017

Residents in inner-city neighborhoods are more likely to get slammed with super-high utility bills.

Closing the gap: Luncheon speaker seeks equity for women in workforce

Published Oct. 2 2017

Erasing the wage gap between men and women isn't that hard, says Shelley Zalis, founder of the Los Angeles-based Female...

Age affects giving: Younger generations redefining their contributions to church [photos]

Published Sep. 30 2017

The church pastor wanted money to support missionaries overseas. He passed the offering plate among his congregation, and it came...

Rachael Ray helps Chattanooga bride-to-be after bridal shop goes bankrupt

Published Sep. 29 2017

A local woman who lost $1,200 and her wedding dress when a bridal store went bankrupt has managed a happily-ever-after...

Jazzanooga launches tribute to legendary drummer Clyde Stubblefield

Published Sep. 28 2017

While directing sell-out performances of "The Wiz" this week, Jazzanooga founder Shane Morrow is also planning a four-part tribute to...

Johnson wants to mentor students so 'dreams come true'

Published Sep. 27 2017

Toriq Q. Johnson Sr., father of five, saw his third child born into the world. And it was that son...

HELP is on the way: Local man brings role models, resources to inner-city youth

Published Sep. 26 2017

Former East Lake Courts resident Terry Davis remembers the embarrassment and frustration of growing up so poor that he had...

Dreams come true: Local father starts foundation to help troubled youth, felons

Published Sep. 19 2017

Toriq Q. Johnson Sr., father of five, saw his third child born into the world. And it was that son...

Recovery @ Ooltewah UMC celebrates anniversary Thursday

Published Sep. 16 2017

An addict who broke free of his own addiction is now helping lead a faith-based program to free others.

Magic Kingdom Grand Buffet tests skills of Virginia College culinary arts students

Published Sep. 15 2017

Rice pork belly with scallops and red wine sauce sizzled in a pan as Virginia College culinary arts students Jose...

Mercy Junction celebrates grand re-opening Sept. 16

Published Sep. 12 2017

A church known for social justice and feeding the hungry almost permanently shut its doors after a legal dispute with...

Telling the story: Exum Gallery hosts 'Pilgrimages' art exhibit

Published Sep. 10 2017

After the death of her father, local artist Cam Busch took a pilgrimage to Ireland, the country where her family...

Seaux Chill and East Lake Expression Engine perform at Camp House

Published Sep. 7 2017

A local rapper and pianist hosts his first headlining performance at the Camp House this week and he's chosen children...

Union Gospel Mission finds its way forward with free barbecue fundraiser

Published Sep. 2 2017

Two years after the Union Gospel Mission sat on the verge of closing due its financial needs, executive director Jon...