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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Every December, rent collections fall off at the Chattanooga Housing Authority.
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More than 62,000 people in Chattanooga live in food deserts, yet in some neighborhoods as few as five people take advantage of a grocery store on wheels that comes to them once a week.
Good-paying jobs, a solid support network and meaningful education would help keep men from committing crimes, said many attending an NAACP meeting Tuesday night.
When Tonya Rooks moved into public housing, she paid about $50 for rent. Within 18 months she landed a full-time job as a recruiter with First Things First and chose to pay a flat-rate rent of $447 a month, instead of 30 percent of her income.
Roger Hilley said it was hard to call the YMCA's Joe Smith and admit that he had no place else to go, but the high school senior said Smith was his brightest path to a better life. Smith let Hilley escape his environment of drugs and instability to sleep on the couch in his home for three months.