Zack Peterson (Reporter)

Phone: 423-756-6900
E-mail: zpeterson@timesfreepress.com
Bio:
Zack is a Floridian who graduated Magna Sum Laude from the University of Florida before interning at the Tampa Bay Times. He's also worked at the Valley News in Lebanon, N.H., and the Gainesville Sun in Florida. He covers courts for the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Man pleads to lesser charge in 2011 slaying after life conviction overturned

Published Nov. 21 2017

A man whose life sentence was recently overturned pleaded guilty to reduced charges Monday, making him eligible for parole in...

A year of grief: Mother recalls tragic day she lost her daughter

Published Nov. 19 2017

Jasmine Mateen got a new couch in January.

Lawsuit: Woodmore employees say bus company responsible for emotional trauma

Published Nov. 17 2017

In a pair of lawsuits filed Friday, Woodmore Elementary School employees say they suffered acute emotional trauma from last November's...


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Attorney for former Ooltewah coaches wants to add more evidence to lawsuit

Published Nov. 17 2017

An attorney for former Ooltewah High School employees claiming they were wrongly mistreated during a 2015 rape case wants to...

Grundy County juveniles appear in court for attempted rape case

Published Nov. 15 2017

The five Grundy County juveniles accused of attempting to rape a 15-year-old teammate appeared in court Wednesday, but the pro...

Two more lawsuits point to negligence in deadly Woodmore bus crash

Published Nov. 14 2017

A new pair of lawsuits point to gross negligence as the cause of the deadly 2016 Woodmore Elementary School bus...

Three more civil claims filed in Woodmore Elementary fatal crash case

Published Nov. 9 2017

Lawsuits filed Thursday in the name of three more Woodmore Elementary School students claim the bus company and driver involved...

Tennessee group says universal bar exam would make it easier for attorneys to practice elsewhere

Published Nov. 9 2017

A legal group is asking the Tennessee Supreme Court to adopt a bar exam that would make it easier for...

Judge on medical disability leave changes mind about returning to bench

Published Nov. 8 2017

A day after his request to return to the bench became public, a local General Sessions Court judge on disability...

Judge who declared medical leave due to cancer asks to return to the bench

Published Nov. 7 2017

A Hamilton County judge who declared medical disability earlier this year wants to return to the bench, possibly as early...

National report: Tennessee has a long way to go in ensuring equal justice

Published Nov. 4 2017

Tennessee is failing to provide pretrial services and relying on a cash-bond system that creates unfair, unsafe and unnecessary detention...

Attorney: Hamilton County judge should recuse himself from reversed 2012 homicide case

Published Nov. 3 2017

Public defenders are calling on a local judge to recuse himself from a 2012 homicide case that an appellate court...

The Vietnam nurse: Driven to make a difference, she enlisted to go to war

Published Nov. 3 2017

When the Chinook helicopters landed, 2nd Lt. Cheryl Miller and the rest of the Army Nurse Corps knew up to...

The repeat volunteer: After several deployments, now he's helping fellow vets in need

Published Nov. 3 2017

After the towers fell on Sept. 11, 2001, Staff Sgt. Billy Massingale wanted to do his part.

Woman who lost both eyes testifies in Hamilton County court against accused attacker

Published Nov. 1 2017

A woman whose eyes were gouged out in September testified against her accused attacker Wednesday, helping Chattanooga prosecutors send his...

Chattanooga judge intervenes for Silverdale inmates claiming poor medical attention

Published Oct. 31 2017

A Chattanooga judge is using his courtroom to dig into inmate allegations of delayed medical care at a privately owned...

Judge refuses to extend Cortez Sims' life sentence in fatal 2015 shooting

Published Oct. 31 2017

A judge declined Monday to extend the life sentence of a man convicted in a 2015 shooting that killed one,...

Hamilton County judge authorizes deposition of witness with brain cancer

Published Oct. 30 2017

Lawyers are traveling to Michigan next month to depose an important state witness.

City agrees to redact personal information in crash reports, resolves federal case

Published Oct. 25 2017

The city of Chattanooga has agreed to stop handing out traffic accident reports with unredacted personal information, hopefully curbing the...

Prosecutors worried key witness could die from brain cancer before trial

Published Oct. 24 2017

Prosecutors believe a Michigan man has information on a 17-year-old slaying in East Ridge and want to preserve his testimony...