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.

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.

Nonprofits seek pay for local artists

Published May. 5 2018

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

Red Bank growing by leaps and bounds

Published May. 4 2018

Tim Thornbury, Red Bank's public works director, has lived in the small city encircled by Chattanooga for more than 40...

Soddy-Daisy offers small-town comfort

Published May. 4 2018

Cuddled between mountain ridges and Soddy Lake, Soddy-Daisy offers the best of both rural and urban life. With Chattanooga less...

'Night at the Wax Museum: The Musical' opens in Spring City

Published May. 2 2018

Tennessee Valley Theatre in Spring City, Tenn., will open "Night at the Wax Museum: The Musical," at 7:30 p.m. on...

Unitarian Church hosts sexism, racism workshop

Published Apr. 28 2018

A racism and sexism workshop hosted by the social justice committee of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Chattanooga is scheduled...

National Day of Prayer to be observed Thursday

Published Apr. 28 2018

An estimated 2 million people across the country will join in prayer Thursday for a common cause.

Annual drug take back event aims to keep drugs out of water, landfills

Published Apr. 27 2018

The Drug Enforcement Administration wants people to stop throwing prescription medications in the trash or flushing them down the toilet,...

Thomas the Train chugs into town this weekend

Published Apr. 25 2018

The classic storybook engine, Thomas the Tank Engine, rolls into town this weekend for the 19th annual A Day Out...

End-of-life care conference poses essential questions

Published Apr. 24 2018

Remember the Salt-N-Pepa song "Let's Talk About Sex"? Sherry Campbell, co-founder and director of a hospice for the homeless, thinks...

Spring invasion: There are several ways to eliminate bugs from homes

Published Apr. 23 2018

With warmer temperatures and longer days come bugs. With bugs comes the task of keeping them out of your home.

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...