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.

NAACP hosts race symposium, starts action plan

Published Nov. 19 2017

Better schools, a more diverse police force and housing dominated discussions at the NAACP's race relations symposium last week, but...

Humanity, food offered at Thanksgiving Potluck Monday

Published Nov. 18 2017

Donny Faires has no home. He sleeps anywhere there is no traffic and depends on the Chattanooga Community Kitchen for...

Ready for his close-up: Several Chattanooga locations offer photos with Santa Claus

Published Nov. 17 2017

If it seems like Santa Claus is everywhere, it's because he is. Credit the magic of Christmas — and a...

Anime Blast: Cosplay, characters and contests

Published Nov. 9 2017

Sports and politics may dominate many social scenes, but the seventh annual Anime Blast Convention lets geeks and cosplay fans...

South African priest brings healing process to Chattanooga

Published Nov. 4 2017

As a white priest who fought for South African blacks to be treated equally, Father Michael Lapsley turned from his...

Family establishes scholarship honoring local musician, mother

Published Nov. 3 2017

No church would be without a musician if the late Deloria A. Westfield had anything to do with it.

Kenneth 'Super T' Simpson answers call to lead Front Porch Alliance

Published Oct. 31 2017

Decked in yellow-accented dark brown glasses, red tie and a crisp white shirt, long-time youth league coach Kenneth "Super T"...

Continuing a son's dream: 'Dreams Come True Foundation' launches tonight

Published Oct. 28 2017

After drugs and violence killed Toriq Johnson Sr.'s 19-year-old son last spring, Johnson decided to commit his life to helping...

Ghost investigation team leads ghost hunt at Hales Bar [photos]

Published Oct. 27 2017

Ghost pretenders instill fear at most Halloween houses, but inside a few area buildings no pretense is needed.

Chattanooga holds its first Ciclovia on Sunday

Published Oct. 26 2017

Chattanooga hosts its first Ciclovia this month after a two-week postponement due to rain. But this weekend's new date, Sunday,...

Students learn healthy food choices at Subway

Published Oct. 23 2017

Four-year-old Owen Culberson's hand shot in the air when a registered dietitian asked him to name a food group.

Chattanooga churches celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation

Published Oct. 21 2017

Five hundred years ago, a young monk reformed the way generations of people related to God when he challenged the...

Now is the optimum time to get a flu vaccine

Published Oct. 16 2017

A virus that hospitalizes some 200,000 Americans a year and kills at least 3,000 can be avoided or at least...

Group collecting soil in Chattanooga today for national memorial to lynching victims

Published Oct. 15 2017

When the Equal Justice Initiative opens the Memorial to Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Ala., in spring 2018, it will...

Church celebrates Bishop Scott's 60th Pastoral Anniversary

Published Oct. 14 2017

For more than six decades, Bishop James M. Scott has been married to the same wife and pastoring the same...

Restaurant review: Whole Foods has lunch options that are filling, budget-friendly

Published Oct. 12 2017

Whole Foods stands as my lunch-time hunger solution. I know the hype about how expensive it is. It's true. But...

Developer of Alton Park senior homes wants to give back to her community

Published Oct. 10 2017

A local business owner has started a senior community in the inner-city neighborhood where she once lived.

Welcome Home Coalition seeks medical respite for Chattanooga homeless

Published Oct. 9 2017

Welcome Home of Chattanooga co-founder Sherry Campbell advocates daily for people dying while homeless.

GreenSpaces launches fundraiser, promotes energy-efficient homes

Published Oct. 6 2017

Residents in inner-city neighborhoods are more likely to get slammed with super-high utility bills.

Closing the gap: Luncheon speaker seeks equity for women in workforce

Published Oct. 2 2017

Erasing the wage gap between men and women isn't that hard, says Shelley Zalis, founder of the Los Angeles-based Female...