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.

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...

Grammy award-winning music producer David Banner speaks at Black Summit Saturday

Published Feb. 24 2017

Grammy Award-winning producer and rapper David Banner, who will speak at UTC on Saturday, said he motivates his listeners to...

First female American to lose limb in combat speaks at Siskin fundraiser

Published Feb. 22 2017

Inspiration filled the Chattanooga Convention Center Tuesday as three-time world champion and two-time Paralympian Melissa Stockwell shared her story of...


Chattanooga civic leader Al Chapman honored for decades spent helping young people

Published Feb. 22 2017

A host of nonprofit groups, civic leaders and Chattanooga officials on Tuesday celebrated the life of a man who spent...

Park construction starts on Charles A. Bell site

Published Feb. 17 2017

Thursday, Alton Park residents saw action as Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke and other elected officials broke ground on the $1...

Chattanooga organization hosts pastors to learn about Bible youth outreach program [photos]

Published Feb. 16 2017

For decades, Child Evangelism Fellowship hired missionaries to teach summer Bible clubs throughout Chattanooga. The problem was that when the...

Memo's Grill grows with the times

Published Feb. 15 2017

In the 1960s and 1970s, M.L. King Boulevard was known for its entertainment offerings. Traffic on the street was so...

Chattanooga program seeks to demystify the end of life

Published Feb. 15 2017

People who are dying want to tell others how much they love them before they die. But the dying person's...

Former prostitute seeks Chattanooga State degree, starts support group

Published Feb. 13 2017

A woman who spent more than 20 years as a prostitute will be the first in her family to get...

Boys & Girls Club of Chattanooga recognizes young leaders

Published Feb. 13 2017

The Tyner High School senior came closer to his goal Friday when the Boys & Girls Club of Chattanooga awarded...

Second Missionary Baptist Church hosts black history program today

Published Feb. 11 2017

A local church stacked with retired educators, a federal court judge and area government officials work together each year to...

Federal government denies Cromwell Heights renovation request due to 'high concentration of minorities'

Published Feb. 9 2017

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has denied a Chattanooga Housing Authority request to take on a $38...


Kentucky corporation wants to build $40 million apartment complex in Alton Park

Published Feb. 8 2017

Property values in Alton Park could soon increase, but existing residents are concerned about what that will mean for them.

Chattanooga ministers and residents stand in support of immigrants, refugees [photos]

Published Feb. 4 2017

Chattanooga ministers and area residents stood in support of immigrants and refugees this week, gathering across from the federal building...

Former NAACP president tells youth to be prepared

Published Feb. 3 2017

Former Chattanooga Housing Authority Board Chairman Eddie Holmes said he has a message that he always shares at speaking engagements:...

Memo's Grill celebrates 50 years with music this month [photos]

Published Feb. 3 2017

Memo's Grill, one of the oldest and longest operating black-owned businesses on M.L.King Boulevard, specializes in the chop wiener. But...

Developer proposes $40 million apartment complex in Alton Park

Published Jan. 29 2017

A Kentucky corporation wants to build a $40 million apartment complex at the old Frank H. Trotter School site in...

Glass Street community celebrates Archway renovations

Published Jan. 28 2017

Members of the Glass Street community this week celebrated a resurrection of sorts.

Former resident bringing senior housing to Alton Park

Published Jan. 23 2017

Within the next year, a former Alton Park resident plans to build a $450,000 senior community that houses two dozen...

Season 4 winner of 'The Apprentice' speaks at UTC Friday

Published Jan. 19 2017

Randal Pinkett, the only black person to be hired by Donald J. Trump during his run on the TV show...