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.

DNA testing the next frontier in genealogical research

Published Jun. 18 2018

A professional genealogist with nearly 20 years experience will explain the new tools of the trade at the Northgate Branch...

Fatherly Figures modeling how to be good dads, good men

Published Jun. 16 2018

As a Father's Day gift to their community, nearly two dozen local men will meet Sunday at the Eastdale Youth...

City's first black arts festival starts Thursday

Published Jun. 13 2018

Ricardo Morris is presenting the first Chattanooga Festival of Black Arts and Ideas, a five-day event that begins Thursday, June...


South Pittsburg's top student balances rest, responsibility

Published Jun. 12 2018

Alexandria Mabry knew she would have to pay for her college education, so she's been working since her sophomore year...

Community prayers, comments requested as artist Charlie Newton completes Ed Johnson painting [photos]

Published Jun. 10 2018

Charlie Newton says he hopes a planned painting of a man unjustly hanged on the Walnut Street Bridge will bring...

Chattanooga ministry embracing women in need to free them from prostitution and addiction

Published Jun. 10 2018

A sex-trafficking survivor who suffered decades of sexual abuse first freed herself, then started Love's Arm, a nonprofit that has...

Double dipping: Two ice cream-themed fundraisers coming up

Published Jun. 6 2018

Visitors to the Chattanooga Zoo can chill out eating ice cream while watching animal antics when the third annual Ice...

Messiah's Mansion returns to Dalton [photos]

Published Jun. 2 2018

Reading the biblical account of the tabernacle in the wilderness may be the way some people learn about God's plan...

Fagan Street project results in cleaner streets, energized Alton Park community [photos]

Published Jun. 1 2018

Box springs, mattresses and other junk often lined Fagan Street. Discarded tires sat in overgrown grass, and trash blew along...

A fact of life: Death is going to cost you

Published May. 29 2018

An unexpected death can leave family members dependent on donations for funeral arrangements.

Leaping off the page: Summer reading program puts kids in action

Published May. 28 2018

Summer reading isn't just about reading anymore.

Chef Jernard Wells competes in Comeback Kitchen on Food Network Sunday

Published May. 27 2018

It has been a year since viewers last saw chef Jernard Wells on the Food Network. Tonight he stages a...


More than music: Jfest promotes Christian faith, raises funds [photos]

Published May. 19 2018

J103 needed a fundraiser to support the radio station during summer months when contributions were low. That prompted organizers to...

Meghan Markle's ties to Chattanooga

Published May. 18 2018

American actress Meghan Markle is a 36-year-old divorced, mixed-race woman who is about to marry Prince Harry of Wales, sixth...

Hummingbirds are here: Here's how to attract them to your yard

Published May. 14 2018

By the time you can say the number 1,001, a hummingbird has flapped its wings at least 50 times.

River Gallery Sculpture Garden celebrates 25 years

Published May. 13 2018

Months after the River Gallery opened, Mary Portera toured an art gallery inside a historical home in Santa Fe, New...

First documentary on the Baha'i Faith airs Sunday

Published May. 12 2018

The first feature documentary on the founding of the Baha'i' faith premieres nationwide this weekend.

Pop-up party funds arts groups, artists

Published May. 11 2018

Dancers, musicians, a female impersonator, sewing machines and an abandoned warehouse all play a role in a local fundraiser this...

Retired graphic artist gets back to nature in Reflections Gallery show [photos]

Published May. 6 2018

Robert A. DeCarlo went to college to be an artist, but sought a more traditional career after he married and...

Alton Park Development Corp. launches radio station to meet community needs

Published May. 5 2018

A new radio station operating in Alton Park will be more than a source of music.