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.

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...

Single, mentally ill mom taking care of her disabled brother applies for housing voucher

Published Mar. 28 2017

Felicia Townsend enters into relationships with men to house herself and offer help to her disabled brother, but she and...

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...

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...