Yolanda Putman (Reporter)

Phone: 423-757-6431
E-mail: yputman@timesfreepress.com
Bio:
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.

Sunday event to recognize lynching victim Ed Johnson

Published Mar. 18 2017

The Walnut Street Bridge, one of the longest pedestrian bridges in the world, exemplifies Chattanooga recreation for most residents, but...

Volunteers of America helps 60 veterans find employment

Published Mar. 16 2017

Volunteers of America Mid-States have put 56 homeless veterans to work since October, thanks to a $200,000 grant from the...

Chambliss Center gets $900,000 from Kellogg Foundation

Published Mar. 14 2017

Mary Edwards overcame poverty as one of multiple children born to a teenage mother living in a rural Alabama trailer...


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Booker T. Park supporters seek $500,000 for playground, monument

Published Mar. 13 2017

A local nonprofit wants to raise $500,000 within the next year to build a new playground, install exercise equipment and...

Chattanooga Housing Authority accepting Housing Choice voucher applications

Published Mar. 10 2017

A 50-year-old homeless mother has traveled from Texas to Tennessee looking for housing for herself and her two disabled adult...

Dogwood Manor Apartments residents air grievances over lock-out fees, laundry facilities

Published Mar. 7 2017

Senior citizens living in one of the Westside high-rise buildings for the elderly are accusing the Chattanooga Housing Authority of...

Chattanooga nonprofit offers grants to summer programs

Published Mar. 6 2017

No Front Porch Alliance representatives told Oliver Richmond money was available to fund his summer program. He said they only...

Chattanooga's Baby University releases year-end report

Published Mar. 1 2017

The city says its Baby University program to help low-income parents form stronger families and close crucial developmental gaps has...

Area students learn of local ties to Oscar-winning film 'Hidden Figures'

Published Feb. 28 2017

An Academy Award-nominated movie that impressed viewers across the nation inspired students at Brainerd High School on Monday, when they...

Program using the arts to deter youth from violence holding concert tonight

Published Feb. 25 2017

If a local pastor has his say, no child will die of violence or commit crimes because they'll be too...

Grammy award-winning music producer David Banner speaks at Black Summit Saturday

Published Feb. 24 2017

Grammy Award-winning producer and rapper David Banner, who will speak at UTC on Saturday, said he motivates his listeners to...

First female American to lose limb in combat speaks at Siskin fundraiser

Published Feb. 22 2017

Inspiration filled the Chattanooga Convention Center Tuesday as three-time world champion and two-time Paralympian Melissa Stockwell shared her story of...


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Chattanooga civic leader Al Chapman honored for decades spent helping young people

Published Feb. 22 2017

A host of nonprofit groups, civic leaders and Chattanooga officials on Tuesday celebrated the life of a man who spent...

Park construction starts on Charles A. Bell site

Published Feb. 17 2017

Thursday, Alton Park residents saw action as Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke and other elected officials broke ground on the $1...

Chattanooga organization hosts pastors to learn about Bible youth outreach program [photos]

Published Feb. 16 2017

For decades, Child Evangelism Fellowship hired missionaries to teach summer Bible clubs throughout Chattanooga. The problem was that when the...

Memo's Grill grows with the times

Published Feb. 15 2017

In the 1960s and 1970s, M.L. King Boulevard was known for its entertainment offerings. Traffic on the street was so...

Chattanooga program seeks to demystify the end of life

Published Feb. 15 2017

People who are dying want to tell others how much they love them before they die. But the dying person's...

Former prostitute seeks Chattanooga State degree, starts support group

Published Feb. 13 2017

A woman who spent more than 20 years as a prostitute will be the first in her family to get...

Boys & Girls Club of Chattanooga recognizes young leaders

Published Feb. 13 2017

The Tyner High School senior came closer to his goal Friday when the Boys & Girls Club of Chattanooga awarded...

Second Missionary Baptist Church hosts black history program today

Published Feb. 11 2017

A local church stacked with retired educators, a federal court judge and area government officials work together each year to...