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.

Combating the spread of kudzu, other invasive plants takes diligence

Published Mar. 20 2018

Kudzu may never entirely consume the South, as its aggressive growth might suggest. But left unchecked, kudzu can choke out...

Homeowners look to outdoor illumination for security, safety, curb appeal

Published Mar. 19 2018

Rip Connell lives in a picturesque home with soaring roof lines and arched windows near Chickamauga Battlefield in North Georgia....

Game On fundraiser models sportsmanship

Published Mar. 17 2018

As the players walked onto McCallie School's basketball court, the stands pulsed with the energy of a high school basketball...


Here are 5 trends from the Tri-State Home Show

Published Mar. 16 2018

Americans will spend more this year on home repairs than they've spent in a decade, according to a report released...

Chili With Coonrod gathering produces many variations of pot-scraping recipes

Published Mar. 7 2018

It's always a good sign when the people you're cooking for scrape the bottom of the pot for the very...

Something borrowed: Handmade wedding gown passes from mother to daughter

Published Mar. 5 2018

Lauren Coakley Weatherford walked down the aisle Saturday in a wedding gown representing more than three decades of memories.

Chattanooga Salvation Army celebrates 125 years of doing good [photos]

Published Mar. 3 2018

The Salvation Army advanced into Chattanooga more than a 100 years ago proposing to do good, and it hasn't stopped...

Chilly dogs: It's still sweater weather for many pets

Published Mar. 2 2018

Overnight temperatures in the 30s remind us cold weather isn't done with us yet. But local dogs Doodle and Tesla...

Concert unites black and white congregations [photos]

Published Feb. 24 2018

Singers from nearly 20 churches will join for a celebration of unity and progression at the 12th annual Sounds of...

Several Black History Month events occurring in Chattanooga

Published Feb. 13 2018

Artists, entrepreneurs and military will be among a host of history makers honored during Black History Month.

Local movie producer giving away tickets to see 'Black Panther'

Published Feb. 11 2018

How do you motivate people to see a movie?

Caribbean Sea hosts Save Water, Drink Wine benefit

Published Feb. 7 2018

Stream-bank erosion at Red Bank Elementary School almost destroyed the back-road entrance to the school, but Mary Beth Sutton, founder...


These Mardi Gras items are essential for letting the good times roll

Published Feb. 5 2018

New Orleans may be the city most synonymous with Mardi Gras revelry, but even Chattanooga finds ways to celebrate Carnival.

New Soul of Broadway Songbook Series spotlights black artists

Published Jan. 31 2018

Everything Jazzanooga does in 2018 will address a lack of diversity in local arts programming, says Shane Morrow, founder and...

No-pain zone: Physical therapists advise listening when your body talks back

Published Jan. 29 2018

Susan Henson, 45, had lost 85 pounds and competed in her first Spartan Race, surmounting distance and obstacles, by the...

AVA hosts second annual Black History Month exhibit [photos]

Published Jan. 28 2018

The Association for Visual Arts operated for nearly 30 years without mounting a Black History Month exhibit — until 2017...

East Chattanooga nonprofit hosts grief camp for children

Published Jan. 26 2018

The deaths of Keylon Crayton's aunt and cousin happened six weeks apart, and broke his heart. The sadness he felt...

Lookout Mountain's oldest church relocates to Avondale

Published Jan. 20 2018

The oldest church on Lookout Mountain has relocated to the inner city in an effort to attract more people and...

Restaurant review: Paisano's is a little place offering big taste

Published Jan. 17 2018

Just like in the movies, gooey mozzarella cheese drips from every bite of a Paisano's pizza — layers of good...

Romantic musings: Hixson author signs book deal with Harlequin

Published Jan. 16 2018

Bingo nights at the nursing home. Answering phones at the Methodist church.