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.

Farewell tribute recognizes Roderick L. Ware's Presidential Volunteer Service Award

Published Apr. 21 2018

In the nine years he has lived in Chattanooga, the Rev. Roderick Ware has attempted to use every gift he...

Group ties decisions on end-of-life care to tax day deadline

Published Apr. 16 2018

Just like no one escapes taxes, death is also certain.

Maclellan Foundation luncheon focuses on unleashing generosity

Published Apr. 14 2018

Generosity Path founder Daryl Heald knew that Scripture said it's better to give than receive, but he didn't always act...

Restaurant review: Sip and savor at Wildflower Tea Shop

Published Apr. 11 2018

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Chattanooga State students are eating books again?

Published Apr. 10 2018

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Wilcox Tunnel mural project connects, beautifies communities [photos]

Published Apr. 8 2018

A portrait of a triumphant community beams from both sides of the Wilcox Tunnel — a choice by the artists...

Churches helping churches help the community

Published Mar. 31 2018

Grace Pointe Church Pastor Marcellus Barnes wanted to minister to people who lived in the Woodlawn Apartments, but his church...

Her journey of hope: Seven-year survivor starts cancer ministry

Published Mar. 24 2018

As a licensed professional counselor, Charlaine Price's life's work has been helping people talk through their problems.

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

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Game On fundraiser models sportsmanship

Published Mar. 17 2018

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Published Mar. 16 2018

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Published Mar. 7 2018

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Something borrowed: Handmade wedding gown passes from mother to daughter

Published Mar. 5 2018

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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

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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

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Caribbean Sea hosts Save Water, Drink Wine benefit

Published Feb. 7 2018

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