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.

St. Peter's School fourth-graders research, publish 'Hometown History for Kids' [photos]

Published May. 29 2017

St. Peter's Episcopal School teacher Jennifer von Klar has crafted that kind of eagerness in all 28 fourth-graders who took...

Teen suicide conference encourages talk about problems

Published May. 28 2017

Suicide is not the solution.

Hixson child development center marks 50 years [photos]

Published May. 20 2017

A child development center that calls itself "God's Green House" for children celebrates its 50th anniversary this month, and it...

New-found relatives gather after slave genealogy project helps them find their roots [photos]

Published May. 19 2017

Chattanooga resident James McKissic is about to meet 100 or so relatives he didn't know he had.

Chattanooga House Shows hosting benefit concert featuring the Harmaleighs

Published May. 18 2017

A mutual friend brought singer Haley Grant and bass guitarist Kaylee Jasperson together in 2012 while they were students at...

Latino mom celebrates opportunity, safety after moving to Chattanooga

Published May. 14 2017

Basilia didn't intend to make Chattanooga her home, but staying in Guatemala might have cost her her life.

Meatloaf is a favorite menu item at these Chattanooga area restaurants

Published May. 10 2017

Sure you can make your own, but many Chattanooga area restaurants put meatloaf on the menu.

Grant will help Volunteers In Medicine patients manage diabetes [photos]

Published May. 8 2017

It took time for 60-year-old Debra Owens to accept her diagnosis of diabetes. She heard horror stories of people losing...

Hamilton County Black Caucus campaigned for change, but supported no Chattanooga City Council candidates

Published May. 7 2017

It started in 2016 when Westside Baptist Church pastor Timothy Careathers sat in the audience at a Chattanooga City Council...

Couple hope to exemplify spirit of servanthood with new bed-and-breakfast

Published May. 6 2017

A dream more than a decade in the making manifested this spring with the opening of St. Francis Cottage, a...

New ride coming for SoakYa at Lake Winnie

Published May. 4 2017

The local attraction that Travel & Leisure Magazine listed in its "America's Top 10 Family Amusement Parks" opens for its...

With life back on track, Richard Bennett dives in to life's work with benefit golf tournament

Published Apr. 24 2017

Maybe for most of the golfers playing in a fundraising tournament this afternoon at Bear Trace, the event will be...


Welcome Home of Chattanooga's spring enrichment series focuses on dying [photos]

Published Apr. 22 2017

Her story is among many that motivated Welcome Home Director Sherry Campbell to organize a spring enrichment series that focuses...

'The Pool' makes a splash at urban festivals

Published Apr. 20 2017

Glass House Collective and green/spaces are bringing an interactive light display to Chattanooga that will be the center of attention...

Girls Inc. hosted Unbought and Unbossed luncheon Wednesday [photos]

Published Apr. 20 2017

Diamond Jones said she could have died, but a local nonprofit surrounded her with mentors who pushed her to thrive.

Glass House hosts Highlight Festival this month [photos]

Published Apr. 16 2017

Before the Glass House Collective, Glass Street had no entrepreneur like Michele Peterson teaching youth marketing skills. There were no...

Little Miss Mag Learning Center celebrates 100 years

Published Apr. 13 2017

A local nursery that opened to care for children after money shortages during World War I will celebrate its 100th...

Blackfoot Gypsies: Southern rockers growing local fan base

Published Apr. 6 2017

With high-energy rock tunes like "Everybody Is Watching" and "Under My Skin," Blackfoot Gypsies lead singer Matthew Paige believes it's...

Restaurant review: Plant Power promotes health, good taste

Published Apr. 6 2017

Plant Power. Don't let the name deceive you.

Dinner and a documentary: Gatherings meant to teach more Chattanoogans the story of Ed Johnson

Published Apr. 3 2017

About a decade before his death in 2011, criminal defense attorney Leroy Phillips Jr. walked educator LaFrederick Thirkill into an...