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.

Young entertainers host Luther Vandross tribute tonight

Published Jul. 20 2017

Garrell Woods didn't stop with developing his own talent, the local singer and actor reached back into his community to...

Rhea County woman helps sex trafficking survivors, youth [photos]

Published Jul. 18 2017

Jo Haggard shares few details about the sexual violence she suffered during her childhood. She says only that the circumstances...

Camp employs youth to beautify Glass Street

Published Jul. 16 2017

Instead of being a place of boarded-up buildings with a crime rate twice as high as the national average, these...


Increasing diversity is one new push for Chattanooga Theatre Centre

Published Jul. 10 2017

In 2003, Shane Morrow did so well in his Chattanooga Theatre Centre performance of "A Raisin in the Sun" that...

How to safely use fireworks

Published Jun. 30 2017

Despite warnings to leave fireworks to the experts, backyard fireworks on the Fourth of July are as traditional as barbecues...

Former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee speaks at Abba's House on Sunday

Published Jun. 29 2017

Former U.S. presidential candidate and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee will speak at Abba's House on Sunday.

Chattanooga Symphony & Opera's Pops on the River is July 3

Published Jun. 29 2017

Organizers anticipate thousands of people coming to Coolidge Park for Chattanooga's annual Independence Day celebration, Pops on the River, on...

A call to parents: Meeting helps moms, dads, others steer kids from violence

Published Jun. 27 2017

Parents who have lost their sons and daughters to violence don't want another child to die, but members of a...

Highland Park house opens for homeless people with HIV/Aids

Published Jun. 26 2017

Lisa Garrett Tumlin is a 52-year-old wife and mother who works full time as a telephone operator at Memorial Hospital...

Financial education program scheduled to lose its funding will live on

Published Jun. 23 2017

A financial education program that loses its funding this month will live on, thanks to a SMART decision by another...

Chattanooga father mentors hundreds of youth

Published Jun. 18 2017

At 63, Herbert "Book" McCray has mentored youth all of his life and has no plans to stop.

Purple Xperience pays tribute to Prince tonight at Riverbend

Published Jun. 15 2017

This year Riverbend officials brought back the Purple Xperience, a five-piece Prince tribute band.

Gladys Knight: The Empress of Soul sings tonight at Tivoli

Published Jun. 15 2017

Seven-time Grammy Award winner Gladys Knight brings the soul-stirring vocals that have carried her career for six decades to the...

Mother's Finest brings the funk to Riverbend

Published Jun. 8 2017

Mother's Finest, a funk rock band still pushing music after nearly a half-century of recording, takes over Riverbend's Coca-Cola Stage...

Two local authors selected as 2017 Indie Book Awards finalists

Published Jun. 6 2017

A Holocaust-centered memoir and a faith-based murder mystery have won honors for two local authors in the 2017 Next Generation...

Lookout Mountain couple appears on 'House Hunters' [photos]

Published Jun. 2 2017

Fans of the HGTV series "House Hunters" might have recognized a local couple on a recent episode.

LaTina Webb: From backup into the spotlight

Published Jun. 1 2017

The woman who has been the only female singer onstage with Grammy Award-winning artist Maxwell for two decades says she...

St. Peter's School fourth-graders research, publish 'Hometown History for Kids' [photos]

Published May. 29 2017

St. Peter's Episcopal School teacher Jennifer von Klar has crafted that kind of eagerness in all 28 fourth-graders who took...

Teen suicide conference encourages talk about problems

Published May. 28 2017

Suicide is not the solution.

Hixson child development center marks 50 years [photos]

Published May. 20 2017

A child development center that calls itself "God's Green House" for children celebrates its 50th anniversary this month, and it...