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.

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.

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...

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.

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...

New-found relatives gather after slave genealogy project helps them find their roots [photos]

Published May. 19 2017

Chattanooga resident James McKissic is about to meet 100 or so relatives he didn't know he had.

Chattanooga House Shows hosting benefit concert featuring the Harmaleighs

Published May. 18 2017

A mutual friend brought singer Haley Grant and bass guitarist Kaylee Jasperson together in 2012 while they were students at...

Latino mom celebrates opportunity, safety after moving to Chattanooga

Published May. 14 2017

Basilia didn't intend to make Chattanooga her home, but staying in Guatemala might have cost her her life.

Meatloaf is a favorite menu item at these Chattanooga area restaurants

Published May. 10 2017

Sure you can make your own, but many Chattanooga area restaurants put meatloaf on the menu.

Grant will help Volunteers In Medicine patients manage diabetes [photos]

Published May. 8 2017

It took time for 60-year-old Debra Owens to accept her diagnosis of diabetes. She heard horror stories of people losing...

Hamilton County Black Caucus campaigned for change, but supported no Chattanooga City Council candidates

Published May. 7 2017

It started in 2016 when Westside Baptist Church pastor Timothy Careathers sat in the audience at a Chattanooga City Council...

Couple hope to exemplify spirit of servanthood with new bed-and-breakfast

Published May. 6 2017

A dream more than a decade in the making manifested this spring with the opening of St. Francis Cottage, a...

New ride coming for SoakYa at Lake Winnie

Published May. 4 2017

The local attraction that Travel & Leisure Magazine listed in its "America's Top 10 Family Amusement Parks" opens for its...

With life back on track, Richard Bennett dives in to life's work with benefit golf tournament

Published Apr. 24 2017

Maybe for most of the golfers playing in a fundraising tournament this afternoon at Bear Trace, the event will be...

Welcome Home of Chattanooga's spring enrichment series focuses on dying [photos]

Published Apr. 22 2017

Her story is among many that motivated Welcome Home Director Sherry Campbell to organize a spring enrichment series that focuses...