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.

Several Black History Month events occurring in Chattanooga

Published Feb. 13 2018

Artists, entrepreneurs and military will be among a host of history makers honored during Black History Month.

Local movie producer giving away tickets to see 'Black Panther'

Published Feb. 11 2018

How do you motivate people to see a movie?

Caribbean Sea hosts Save Water, Drink Wine benefit

Published Feb. 7 2018

Stream-bank erosion at Red Bank Elementary School almost destroyed the back-road entrance to the school, but Mary Beth Sutton, founder...

These Mardi Gras items are essential for letting the good times roll

Published Feb. 5 2018

New Orleans may be the city most synonymous with Mardi Gras revelry, but even Chattanooga finds ways to celebrate Carnival.

New Soul of Broadway Songbook Series spotlights black artists

Published Jan. 31 2018

Everything Jazzanooga does in 2018 will address a lack of diversity in local arts programming, says Shane Morrow, founder and...

No-pain zone: Physical therapists advise listening when your body talks back

Published Jan. 29 2018

Susan Henson, 45, had lost 85 pounds and competed in her first Spartan Race, surmounting distance and obstacles, by the...

AVA hosts second annual Black History Month exhibit [photos]

Published Jan. 28 2018

The Association for Visual Arts operated for nearly 30 years without mounting a Black History Month exhibit — until 2017...

East Chattanooga nonprofit hosts grief camp for children

Published Jan. 26 2018

The deaths of Keylon Crayton's aunt and cousin happened six weeks apart, and broke his heart. The sadness he felt...

Lookout Mountain's oldest church relocates to Avondale

Published Jan. 20 2018

The oldest church on Lookout Mountain has relocated to the inner city in an effort to attract more people and...

Restaurant review: Paisano's is a little place offering big taste

Published Jan. 17 2018

Just like in the movies, gooey mozzarella cheese drips from every bite of a Paisano's pizza — layers of good...

Romantic musings: Hixson author signs book deal with Harlequin

Published Jan. 16 2018

Bingo nights at the nursing home. Answering phones at the Methodist church.

Despite the cold, drink water to avoid winter dehydration

Published Jan. 8 2018

Maybe you wouldn't expect to become dehydrated going for a run or completing a fitness routine outside in the winter....


Dreams in action: Connecting with God is key, says M.L. King prayer breakfast speaker

Published Jan. 6 2018

It's great to have a dream, but it takes spending time with God to bring it to reality, says the...

Local pastor hosts Kwanzaa celebration Saturday

Published Dec. 30 2017

For nearly two decades, a local single mother and pastor continues investing time and money to unite African-Americans and highlight...

Artist on the Loose corralled on Williams Street

Published Dec. 24 2017

Virginia Webb's series of photographs on glass started when her husband cut milkweeds from their yard and laid them on...

Individuals, churches meeting needs during the holidays

Published Dec. 23 2017

A church with fewer than two dozen members supplied food, coats and toys to hundreds of residents in a community...

With cartographic traces, Marc Boyson captures 'the everyday as art'

Published Dec. 17 2017

Where some drivers might see gridlock during their daily commute, a local artist and art professor sees beauty in his...

Thugs and preachers get love in 'Christmas Thieves'

Published Dec. 13 2017

Two robbers get more than they intend when they break into the Rev. Larry Watson's home at Christmas.

Building the basics: Friends of Howard School raising money for literacy push

Published Dec. 12 2017

Nearly half of Howard School students scored below state average in literacy, but Howard principal Chris Earl has a plan...

Annie Hanks Ceramic Studio expands into fine art with 'Convergence'

Published Dec. 10 2017

Diners at a couple of restaurants already have seen — and used — their functional ceramics. Now a couple of...