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.

'Before I Die' wall leaves after Labor Day weekend [photos]

Published Aug. 18 2017

The blackboard recording the lifetime longings of hundreds of Chattanoogans has a little more life left in it.

Ibuprofen, made for humans, is the most common pet toxin in Tennessee, Georgia

Published Aug. 14 2017

Never give a dog ibuprofen before consulting a veterinarian.

Bessie Smith mounts exhibit on life of James R. Mapp

Published Aug. 13 2017

A new exhibit at the Bessie Smith Cultural Center honors a man who fought until his death to make life...


Churches give students, educators boost into school year [photos]

Published Aug. 12 2017

Local churches have creative ways to encourage teachers and equip students for a productive school year.

Restaurant review: Chattz at the Block brings breakfast, pastries to city's tourism center

Published Aug. 3 2017

Chattz at the Block Coffee & Wine Bar brings breakfast and after-meal pastries to the center of tourism in Chattanooga.

River Gallery celebrates 25 years [photos]

Published Jul. 31 2017

Mary Portera's Cajun mother initially spoke no English, but loved flowers, and her father loved the land.

Purchase pending on Foxwood Plaza could rejuvenate neighborhood

Published Jul. 30 2017

It's been more than five years since the grocery closed, along with surrounding businesses that provided services and jobs.

Retired nurse focuses on wonders of nature in first solo art exhibit [photos]

Published Jul. 30 2017

This is her first solo art show, and it's possible Rena Malone has overprepared.

Chattanooga House of Prayer leaders seek to change city [photos]

Published Jul. 29 2017

Pianist Shane Selby struck a chord on the keyboard while Matthew Macaulay led prayer for the nearly 50 praise team...

HGTV series films Hixson home as one of its also-rans [photos]

Published Jul. 25 2017

A Hixson home will be featured in an upcoming episode of "House Hunters," but this time only as a runner-up.

Ed Johnson Project seeks artists, design teams for monument [photos]

Published Jul. 24 2017

A local nonprofit has raised $160,000 for a monument to honor Ed Johnson, a black man hanged on the Walnut...

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...