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.

Dreams come true: Local father starts foundation to help troubled youth, felons

Published Sep. 19 2017

Toriq Q. Johnson Sr., father of five, saw his third child born into the world. And it was that son...

Recovery @ Ooltewah UMC celebrates anniversary Thursday

Published Sep. 16 2017

An addict who broke free of his own addiction is now helping lead a faith-based program to free others.

Magic Kingdom Grand Buffet tests skills of Virginia College culinary arts students

Published Sep. 15 2017

Rice pork belly with scallops and red wine sauce sizzled in a pan as Virginia College culinary arts students Jose...

Mercy Junction celebrates grand re-opening Sept. 16

Published Sep. 12 2017

A church known for social justice and feeding the hungry almost permanently shut its doors after a legal dispute with...

Telling the story: Exum Gallery hosts 'Pilgrimages' art exhibit

Published Sep. 10 2017

After the death of her father, local artist Cam Busch took a pilgrimage to Ireland, the country where her family...

Seaux Chill and East Lake Expression Engine perform at Camp House

Published Sep. 7 2017

A local rapper and pianist hosts his first headlining performance at the Camp House this week and he's chosen children...

Union Gospel Mission finds its way forward with free barbecue fundraiser

Published Sep. 2 2017

Two years after the Union Gospel Mission sat on the verge of closing due its financial needs, executive director Jon...

Community Job and Resource Fair helps open doors for unemployed

Published Aug. 28 2017

Organizers of a job fair this week in Chattanooga say the event is not just about finding jobs for the...

New ministry meant to improve worship experience for hearing-impaired

Published Aug. 26 2017

David Harrison recalls feeling so excluded from Sunday worship service because of his hearing loss that he stopped going to...

Urban League program helping at-risk youth rewrite problem behavior

Published Aug. 25 2017

Jamara Dews' behavior got her kicked out of school and into the juvenile justice system by the time she was...

Partying with a purpose: Event organizers looking to make a difference in their communities

Published Aug. 22 2017

Montana Morgan wreaked so much havoc growing up in his Alton Park neighborhood that he got kicked out of Howard...

'Before I Die' wall leaves after Labor Day weekend [photos]

Published Aug. 18 2017

The blackboard recording the lifetime longings of hundreds of Chattanoogans has a little more life left in it.


Ibuprofen, made for humans, is the most common pet toxin in Tennessee, Georgia

Published Aug. 14 2017

Never give a dog ibuprofen before consulting a veterinarian.

Bessie Smith mounts exhibit on life of James R. Mapp

Published Aug. 13 2017

A new exhibit at the Bessie Smith Cultural Center honors a man who fought until his death to make life...

Churches give students, educators boost into school year [photos]

Published Aug. 12 2017

Local churches have creative ways to encourage teachers and equip students for a productive school year.

Restaurant review: Chattz at the Block brings breakfast, pastries to city's tourism center

Published Aug. 3 2017

Chattz at the Block Coffee & Wine Bar brings breakfast and after-meal pastries to the center of tourism in Chattanooga.

River Gallery celebrates 25 years [photos]

Published Jul. 31 2017

Mary Portera's Cajun mother initially spoke no English, but loved flowers, and her father loved the land.

Purchase pending on Foxwood Plaza could rejuvenate neighborhood

Published Jul. 30 2017

It's been more than five years since the grocery closed, along with surrounding businesses that provided services and jobs.

Retired nurse focuses on wonders of nature in first solo art exhibit [photos]

Published Jul. 30 2017

This is her first solo art show, and it's possible Rena Malone has overprepared.

Chattanooga House of Prayer leaders seek to change city [photos]

Published Jul. 29 2017

Pianist Shane Selby struck a chord on the keyboard while Matthew Macaulay led prayer for the nearly 50 praise team...