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.

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...

Safe and secure: Church security classes drawing crowds

Published Dec. 9 2017

Deputy George Campbell worked law enforcement more than three decades. Never locked his doors. Never shot a soul.

Restaurant review: City Cafe offers big servings, reasonable prices

Published Dec. 6 2017

I choose the Carter Street City Cafe Diner for good food on a budget - and you get a lot...

Grant enables nonprofit to provide housing for mentally ill and homeless

Published Dec. 5 2017

Former psychiatric technician Ursula Edwards saw mental health patients stable enough to leave hospitals, but they couldn't be released in...

Two local groups offer events with black Santas in effort to promote diversity

Published Dec. 1 2017

Children usually don't see black Santas at shopping malls, but two groups are providing the option at a local church...

WTCI brings educational programming to Chattanooga waiting rooms

Published Nov. 28 2017

Nine-year-old Mikayla Sanders pumped her fist and cheered as District 6 Councilwoman Carol Berz cut the ribbon allowing entrance into...

Helping hands: Churches demonstrate model for faith-based housing [photos]

Published Nov. 25 2017

The city's churches may be separated by denominations and doctrines, but nine congregations have combined resources to build a home...

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.